Order of the Secret Monitor
or Brotherhood of David and Jonathan
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At 9:00am on Saturday 3rd June the EoCBC met at Sainsbury’s in Newhaven. For those of you unaware of this unit, it is the Earl of Courtown Breakfast Club, and meets on the last Saturday in January and September, and the first Saturday in June. This co-incides with the meetings of the Earl of Courtown Conclave, OSM, which happens to meet on the same day, usually a couple of hours later. The brethren stood for the arrival of the Supreme Ruler, and then a Great British breakfast was enjoyed by all. After the EoCBC had finished, the brethren moved to Peacehaven.
The Earl of Courtown Conclave 150 convened at 11:00am, in the presence of Wy. Bro. John Fuller PGSwdB, the Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler – who was duly welcomed and saluted. …but in the absence of the candidate for the day, Taz Bharmal, who was running late, having flown in from Africa the same morning!! The SR, Wy. Bro. Angus Cameron, pushed through the minutes, communications, and muster roll; and then the Conclave took the ballot for Taz, which was approved. The candidate still being absent, the SR proceeded on through the remaining agenda in the way of elections for the installation meeting and the propositions and other transactions. Of note was that the SR was re-elected for a second year; and that the Treasurer was replaced as the incumbent had been called to higher service… no, not Grand Lodge Above… he has been made PGSR! The candidate still being “on the way”, the Conclave adjourned to the bar for a cup of coffee.
Taz arrived shortly thereafter, and the brethren returned to the Conclave where Taz was inducted as the newest member of the Conclave, Province and indeed Order in a fun and enjoyable ceremony. He was welcomed by the Deputy PGSR and took his place with the brethren, just in time for the risings and close. The brethren then took to the bar, for a drink ,and then enjoyed the traditional June “light buffet” lunch with the usual high levels of merriment and banter. A really great day for all that came.
Once again our meeting on Saturday 28th January was preceded with Breakfast in Sainsbury's Newhaven. Once the meeting opened we welcomed our newly Installed PGSR Dries; we are very proud that our boss is also a member of our Conclave. A short meeting followed where various pieces of business were transacted after which we withdrew to the bar and then a light lunch. Our next meeting is on the 3rd June when we hope to Induct a new Brother.
Tony Padley, 2nd Visiting Deacon.
On the 24th September 2016 some of us started the day at our regular Breakfast Club in Newhaven. Members of the Arch of Steel then gathered for a rehearsal before the meeting commenced. Once the Conclave was opened we welcomed Worthy Brother Keith Harding, Deputy Grand Supreme Ruler into our midst. After the administrative business was dealt with the DepProvGSR presented WyBro Stephen Earl with his Third Degree Certificate and Bro Simon Langton with his 1st and 2nd Degree Certificates.
Our Supreme Ruler, WBro Paul Hollebone then led the Ceremony of Installation of our new Supreme Ruler WyBro Angus Cameron in an excellent manner. The explanation of the Weapons (our equivalent of The Working Tools) was superbly delivered by Bro Paul Brennan.
It was unanimously acclaimed that RtWyBro Len Palmer, ProvGR be made an Honorary Member of the Earl of Courtown Conclave.
Here's to our next merry meeting!
Saturday 30th January 2016
For many of us the day started with our regular Breakfast Club in Newhaven from where we made our way to the East Brighton Masonic Centre for the meeting.
Once the 'business' was attended to and we welcomed our guests and visitors WyBro Tan Rusby delivered a very interesting Paper entitled 'The OSM, what does it bring to me'
After breaking down the Conclave we all retired to the bar (where else!) for a quick drink and chat before a delicious lunch of Homemade Soup, Sandwiches and Gateaux.
Here's to our Next Merry Meeting.