Order of the Secret Monitor

or Brotherhood of David and Jonathan

Provincial Grand Conclave of Sussex

 
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Chichester Conclave No. 471

Consecrated: 2003


Meeting Dates

Meets in Chichester on
4th Friday January
1st Friday April
1st Wednesday October (Installation)

Meeting Location

Pallant Centre
7 South Pallant
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 1SY

Secretary

Wy.Bro. John C.W. Hickman
Tel: 01243 606494
Email: john.hickman9@sky.com

Officers at Inst 2015
Wy.Bro. Royston J.H. Lester, PGSwdB, Prov ADC Supreme Ruler
Wy.Bro. Stuart Scott-Darling, Counsellor
Wy.Bro. Alan R. Froom, PGBB, ProvGReg Guide
Wy.Bro. John E. Shade, ProvGGuarder Chaplain
Bro. Malcolm A.J. (Pat) Patrick Treasurer
Wy.Bro. John C.W. Hickman, ProvGSwdB Secretary
Wy.Bro. Alan L. Thompson, PGSwdB, DepPGSR (Hants & IOW) Director of Ceremonies
Bro. John M. Waymark 1st V. Deacon
Wy.Bro. Michael J. Newth, ProvGVis (3) 2nd V. Deacon
Bro. G. Coneley 3rd V. Deacon
R.Wy.Bro. Leonard L. Palmer, ProvGSR 4th V. Deacon
Bro. vacant Assistant Director of Ceremonies
Bro. vacant Organist
Bro. vacant Assistant Secretary
Wy.Bro. John C.W. Hickman, ProvGSwdB Scroll Bearer
Bro. Samuel Diprose Guarder
Wy Bro Glyn R. Goddard Sentinel
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Wy.Bro. John C.W. Hickman, ProvGSwdB IPSR
Bro. Malcolm A.J. (Pat) Patrick Benevolent Fund Steward

News and Events

Trauma and Triumph

Our troubles started when we realised that our meeting fell on Friday 3 April which of course was Good Friday this year and the only sensible day to have our meeting was 27 March so plans were put into motion. Then we were presented with another problem - a lot of our members were going to Portugal to celebrate a Mark Meeting and raise money for charity. It was too late and not convenient to change the date again, so the meeting went ahead. Most of the thanks for the fact that it did go ahead was down to our Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Wy Bro Leonard Peter Palmer who mustered the troops from other Conclaves which included members of No 10, No 38 and No 150.

The meeting finally took place and brethren as far away as Hastings rallied round and made it a superb meeting for Bro Samuel Diprose who took his Prince's Degree. The Ceremony was conducted by the Supreme Ruler of the Order, Wy Bro John Hickman, and assisted by Bro Paul Swarbrick and Bro Steven Puttick. Bro Samuel Diprose was treated to a most excellent lecture given by Wy Bro Tan Rusby, in fact all of the brethren that attended the meeting assisted in making this a most memorable evening.

The Order of the Secret Monitor prides itself on being a very friendly Order and this meeting goes to show that whenever you are feeling down the friends of all friends will rally round to assist.

The meeting ended triumphantly with the announcement that we have two more candidates who wished to join and become friends with us.

Posted 09/04/15

Old News

A regular meeting of the Conclave was held on last Friday, 23rd. January 2015 with the attendance of the Provincial Supreme Ruler, R.Wy. Bro. Paul Norman Rose, (hon member) and his Deputy, Wy. Bro. Leonard Palmer, PADGC, (member of this Conclave). After being formally welcomed, the PGSR was saluted according to his rank, and the meeting continued with the business. The ballot for the candidate, Bro Samuel Diprose, was successful and the Supreme Ruler vacated his chair to Wy. Bro. Alan Thompson who inducted him into the Order. The explanation of the Weapons being given by Wy.Bro. Kevin Lysaght, Prov Grand Visitor.

May the Friend of all Friends be with you and we hope you will all enjoy the forthcoming summer with your families.

Posted 25/01/15

The Installation Meeting of the Conclave was held on 1st October 2014.

The Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, R.Wy. Bro. Paul Norman Rose, was welcomed into the conclave accompanied by his full team of Officers. He took the Chair and introduced his Officers to everyone present. He took the next few items on the agenda before relinguishing the Chair to the Supreme Ruler, Wy.Bro. Michael J. Newth, who immediately offered it to Wy.Bro. Roy Lester to conduct the Princes ceremony.

Bro. Glen Coneley was then admitted as a Prince of the Order and the Chair returned to its rightful owner.

The Supreme Ruler then proceeded to install Bro. John Hickman as Supreme Ruler of the Conclave. The Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler commissioned him and he then installed his Officers and invested those present. Bro. Angus Cameron, a guest, gave an explanation of the weapons and Wy. Bro. Rev. David Allonby, another guest, acted as Chaplain.

A very long evening was concluded by a meal of Roast Lamb in very convivial company.

The next meeting will be on 23rd January 2015.

Posted 2/10/14

A Regular meeting of Chichester Conclave No 471 was held yesterday at Chichester. It was a great delight to welcome back Wy.Bro. John Shade following his chemotherapy and radiotherapy and Bro. Mike Newth his heart surgery.

We were again short of officers, but having both the PGSR and his Deputy with us, the PGSR, R.Wy.Bro. Paul Rose, as he often does, helped out taking the office of Chaplain once more.

The ballot for the candidate Bro. John Waymark was successful and Wy.Bro. John Shade, our Supreme Ruler, proceeded to Induct him into our Order and this Conclave, but in doing so came close to assassinating our Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler with a wayward arrow. Wy.Bro. Stuart Scott-Darling gave an explanation of the weapons and Wy.Bro. Roy Lester gave the address to the candidate.

After the ceremony the PGSR thanked all those who had taken part especially those that had taken an office at the last moment and said that it was nice see the Conclave moving forward and becoming stronger.

Following the meeting 13-14 members and their guests sat down to a meal of Fish & Chips in the Bar.

May the Friend of all Friends be with you and we hope you will all enjoy the forthcoming summer with your families.

Posted 6/4/13

A Regular Installation meeting of the Conclave was held on Wednesday 3rd October 2012. We were pleased to receive the Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Wy. Bro. Leonard Palmer, PAGDC who was visiting us Officially He was escorted by Wy. Bro. Roger Richardson, PGDC. Wy. Bro. Alan Thompson acted as Supreme Ruler at 2 minutes notice due to the absence of Wy. Bro. Stuart Scott-Darling. He did a splendid job of Installing Bro. John E. Shade as Supreme Ruler. The Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Wy. Bro. Leonard Palmer, PAGDC Commissioned him. The Supreme Ruler then appointed his officers and invested those present. The explanation of the weapons again being given by Wy. Bro. Alan Thompson. The Supreme Ruler thanked all for helping conduct the ceremony particularly Wy. Bro. Alan Hall who had made the journey from Reigate to visit us and who was pleased to act as Chaplain for us. Bro. John Hickman had done a commendable job in assuming the role of Secretrary due to the hospitalisation of Wy.Bro. Jack Handford who is very ill at the moment. Fifteen of us dined on Chicken & Ham Pie in the Hall Bar as there was a function in the Dining Room dowstairs that evening.

Posted 4/10/12

The last meeting of Chichester Conclave No 471 was an Emergency one held on Friday 21st September 2012. The meeting was, again, very short of members attending so The R.Wy. Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, R.Wy. Bro. Paul Rose, kindly stood in as Guide and the Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Wy. Bro. Leonard Palmer, PAGDC also kindly stood in as 4th Visiting Deacon. A ballot was successfully taken for a candidate and two joining members, Bro. Ken Skilton and Wy. Bro. Roy Lester. Wy. Bro. Roy Lester assumed the Chair and very competently inducted into the order Edward Murphy, with the address to him and the explanation of the weapons being given by Wy. Bro. Alan Thompson. Eight of us dined on Fish & Chips in the Hall bar.

Posted 23/09/12

The last meeting of Chichester Conclave No 471 was on Friday 30th March 2012. The meeting was very short of members attending so The R.Wy. Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, R.Wy. Bro. Paul Rose, kindly stood in as Guide and the Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Wy. Bro. Leonard Palmer, PAGDC also kindly stood in as 4th Visiting Deacon. A ballot was successfully taken for the candidate and the Supreme Ruler inducted into the order David Hoadley. The ceremony was very well conducted by the Supreme Ruler, with the explanation of the weapons being given by Wy. Bro. Alan Thompson. The Supreme Ruler thanked all for helping out with the ceremony and in particular thanked our guest Bro. Ken Skilton for standing in as 3rd. Visiting Deacon.

The next meeting will be on 3rd October which will be the Installation.

Following the meeting 11 Brethren dined on Fish & Chips.

May the Friend of all Friends be with you and we hope you will all enjoy the forthcoming summer with your families.

Posted 06/04/12

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