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Royal Sussex Conclave No. 10

Consecrated: 1947


Meeting Dates

Meets in Littlehampton on
1st Tuesday January
1st Tuesday April (Installation)
1st Tuesday October

Meeting Location

Masonic Centre
Church Street
Littlehampton
West Sussex
BN17 5EN

Secretary

Wy.Bro. John C.W. Hickman
Tel: 01243 603571
Email: john.hickman9@sky.com


Officers at Inst 2016
Wy.Bro. Paul D. Swarbrick, ProvGStwd Supreme Ruler
Bro. David M. Lewis Counsellor
Bro. Paul J. West Guide
Wy.Bro. Derek F. Oliver, PGStB Chaplain
Wy.Bro. Paul S. Hollobone, ProvGTreas Treasurer
Wy.Bro. John C. W. Hickman, ProvGSwdB Secretary
Wy.Bro. Royston J.H. Lestor, PGSwdB, ProvAGDC Director of Ceremonies
Wy.Bro. Alan Hall, PGSwdB 1st V. Deacon
Bro. Stephen N. Puttick 2nd V. Deacon
Bro. Simon Piper 3rd V. Deacon
Bro. Robin Jupe 4th V. Deacon
Wy.Bro. B. Trevor Lee, ProvGCoun Assistant Director of Ceremonies
Bro. vacant Organist
Bro. Keith G. M. Davis Scroll Bearer
Bro. Edward H. Catherall Standard Bearer
Bro. John C. Gough Guarder
Bro. Paul Brennan Steward
Bro. Simon P. Cooch Steward
Bro. Stanley J. Cooch Steward
Bro. David J. Guildford Steward
Bro. John E. Ceiriog-Hughes Sentinel
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Wy.Bro. Gordon Leaman, ProvGStwd IPSR

News & Events

At our Meeting on Tuesday 2 February held at the Masonic Centre Church Road Littlehampton our Supreme Ruler Wy Bro Gordon Leaman admitted two new Princes into our Order.

Bro Chris Mayhew and Bro Malcolm Brown witnessed a superb Ceremony. The Ceremony was conducted in the presence of Wy Bro Leonard Peter Palmer the Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler and a number of other guests.

The Lecture on this occasion was given by Wy Bro Trevor Lee in a most excellent manner.

After the Meeting we all dined at the Maltravers Club and spent a couple of hours chatting and making new friends and acquaintances.

Our next Meeting will be our Installation and the full Provincial Team will be joining us. If you would like to join us and witness a splendid Ceremony please book in with John Hickman on john.hickman9@sky.com

Posted 07/02/16

The last meeting of Royal Sussex Conclave No 10, on Tuesday 6th October 2015 at Littlehampton, opened at 5pm.

The Supreme Ruler, Wy.Bro. Gordon Leaman being on holiday, the acting SR, Paul Hollebone was processed into the Conclave with the officers, led by the Royal Sussex Conclave No 10 Standard Bearer carrying their Standard.

After the SR opened the Conclave, the PGSR, R.Wy.Bro. Paul Rose, processed into the Conclave accompanied by the Deputy PGSR, Wy.Bro. Len Palmer. The PGSR was welcomed, saluted and made a suitable response to his welcome.

The PGSR then spoke about R.Wy.Bro. Gordon Howard Jones, who passed to the Grand Conclave above on 1st October 2015. The eulogy will be given at the next meeting.

The SR then welcomed all Visitors/Guests/Friends, in particular those attending from other Conclaves.

After the general business had been conducted, a ballot was held to Induct Bro. Chris Mayhew and Bro. Malcolm Brown, which proved in favour of both candidates. They were then Inducted by the Supreme Ruler in a most efficient and sincere manner, with Bro. Paul Swarbrick, giving the explanation of the weapons and the SR giving the address to the candidates.

After the arms collection, the PGSR, accompanied by the Dep PGSR retired from the Conclave which was then closed.

After the meeting, we all dined at the Maltravers Club, on Mushroom Soup, Roast Pork with all the trimmings, followed by Banoffee Pie. It proved to be a very convivial evening which finished at 9.15pm.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 2nd February 2016 and will be a Princes Degree for our two inductees. All are welcome to attend, please notify the Secretary, John Hickman, if you wish to be included.

May the Friend of all Friends be with you all.

Posted 16/10/15

Old News

What a Superb Meeting Our Installation Meeting took place on Tuesday 7 April 2015 at Littlehampton Masonic Hall.

Our Supreme Ruler of the Order, Wy Bro Paul Stephen Hollebone, opened the Meeting and his first duty was to welcome Wy Bro Leonard Peter Palmer the Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler and Commissioning Officer.

The administrating duties of the Conclave having been completed it was time to Install Bro Gordon Leaman into the Chair. The Ceremony was carried out by Wy Bro Paul Hollebone in a most excellent manner and the Weapons of the Order were also presented in an excellent manner by Bro Paul Swarbrick. The Address to the Supreme Ruler was delivered by Wy Bro Paul Hollebone after which Wy Bro Gordon Leaman invested his Officers.

The Supreme Ruler of the Order then addressed the Visiting Deacons followed by the address to the Officers.

Bro Secretary announced that we also had a Candidate for the next meeting.

And finally twenty brethren dined in perfect harmony at the Maltravers Centre.

Posted 24/04/15

The last meeting of Royal Sussex Conclave No 10, on Tuesday 7th October 2014 at Littlehampton, opened at 5pm.

The Supreme Ruler, Wy.Bro. Paul Hollebone was processed into the Conclave with the officers, led by the Royal Sussex Conclave No 10 Standard Bearer carrying their Standard.

After the SR opened the Conclave, the Grand Visitor, Very Worthy Brother Ron Bridger was welcomed, saluted and he made a suitable response to his welcome. Then the PGSR, R.Wy.Bro. Paul Rose, processed into the Conclave accompanied by the Deputy PGSR, Wy.Bro. Len Palmer. The PGSR was welcomed, saluted and made a suitable response to his welcome.

The PGSR then gave an eulogy to Wy.Bro. Phillip Waterfall, the Secretary at No 10 who passed to the Grand Conclave above on 18th September 2014.

The SR then welcomed all Visitors/Guests/Friends, in particular the Grand Visitor and those attending from Cinque Ports Conclave whom he thanked for making the long journey to attend.

After the general business had been conducted, a ballot was held to Induct Bro. Paul Brennan which proved in favour of the candidate. He was then Inducted by the Supreme Ruler in a most efficient and sincere manner, with Bro. Paul Swarbrick, (the candidates proposer), giving the explanation of the weapons and the Past PGSR, Vic Wisden giving the address to the candidate. It was the first time Paul had undertaken this task, and he did a magnificent job in delivering it, as did the Past PGSR.

The Supreme Ruler then made a presentation to Wy.Bro. Alan Hall who is about to leave us to live in New Zealand. The SR thanked Alan on behalf of all the members and friends who knew him for the sterling work he had done ever since he had been a member of No 10. The gift was presented on behalf of No 10 and No 516 as Alan was a staunch member of both Conclaves. The gift was a pair of whiskey glasses both engraved with his name and the name of each Conclave on one glass in the hope that it will bring back good memories of both Conclaves.

After the arms collection, the PGSR, accompanied by the Dep PGSR, the Grand Visitor and the Past PGSR retired from the Conclave which was then closed.

After the meeting, we all dined at the Maltravers Club, on deep fried Brie, Chicken Escalope with potatoes and rattatouie, Waffle and ice cream, followed by cheese and biscuits. It proved to be a very convivial evening which finished at 9.15pm.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 3rd February 2015 and will be a Princes Degree. All are welcome to attend, please notify the Acting Secretary, John Hickman, if you wish to be included.

May the Friend of all Friends be with you all.

Posted 08/10/14

The last meeting of Royal Sussex Conclave No 10, on Tuesday 4th February 2014 at Littlehampton, opened at 5pm.

The Supreme Ruler, Wy.Bro. Trevor Lee was processed into the Conclave with the officers, led by the Royal Sussex Conclave No 10 Standard Bearer with their Standard.

After the SR opened the Conclave, the PGSR, R.Wy.Bro. Paul Rose, processed into the Conclave together with a large number of the Provincial Officers and members of the Provincial Arch of steel. The PGSR took the chair and introduced every Provincial Officer in attendance, followed by all the members of the Arch of Steel, and he thanked them all for attending.

The PGSR then notified the members of a letter he had received regarding the retirement of the Grand Supreme Ruler, M.W.Bro. Michael Guest and also the nomination of his successor, R.Wy.Bro. Paul Clements, the current Grand DC. He is to be appointed, invested and installed at the AGM which will be held on Tuesday 11th November 2014 at Great Queen Street, London. The PGSR added that one of our members, Graham Flight, was to be appointed as Grand Sovereign of the Red Cross of Constantine at their AGM on Tuesday 1st July 2014 at Great Queen Street, London. Both announcements were met with vigorous applause by the members and their guests. The PGSR dealt with certain items of the agenda and then handed the chair back to the SR. The PGSR was welcomed, saluted and he gave a warm response.

The SR then welcomed all Visitors/Guests/Friends, in particular the Provincial Officers and those attending from Cinque Ports Conclave whom he thanked for making the long journey to attend.

After the general business had been conducted, a ballot was held to Induct John Charles Gough which proved in favour of the candidate. He was then Inducted by the Supreme Ruler in a most efficient and sincere manner, with Wy.Bro. Roy Lester giving the explanation of the weapons.

Following the conclusion of the remaining business, the PGSR congratulated the 4 visiting deacons for a superb undertaking of their parts, not only their duties as VD’s but also for their performance of the ritual during the ceremony. The PGSR, accompanied by the Provincial Officers retired from the Conclave which was then closed.

After the meeting, we all dined at the Maltravers Club, and dined on Soup, Braised Steak with all the trimmings, Fruit salad and ice cream, followed by cheese and biscuits. It proved to be a very convivial evening which finished at 9.15pm.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 1st April 2014 and will be the Installation meeting, when Paul Hollebone will become the Supreme Ruler. All are welcome to attend, please notify the Secretary, Phil Waterfall, if you wish to be included.

May the Friend of all Friends be with you all.

Posted 06/02/14

The last meeting of Royal Sussex Conclave No 10 on Tuesday 1st October 2013 at Littlehampton opened at 5pm.

The Supreme Ruler, Wy.Bro. Trevor Lee was processed into the Conclave with the officers, led by the Royal Sussex Conclave Standard Bearer with their Standard.

After opening the Conclave, the PGSR was welcomed by the Supreme Ruler, saluted and he gave a warm response.

The Supreme Ruler then welcomed all Visitors/Guests/Friends, in particular those attending from Cinque Ports Conclave over in the East of the County. He thanked them for making the long journey to attend.

After the general business had been conducted, a ballot was held to Induct Simon Piper which proved in favour of the candidate. He was then Inducted by the Supreme Ruler in a most efficient and sincere manner with Wy.Bro. Mike Chambers, (a member of 38), giving the explanation of the weapons in a most sincere way.

The PGSR presented Grand Conclave Certificates to Brothers Paul Swarbrick and Simon Gooch and was thanked by the SR. The PGSR went on to congratulate the 4 visiting deacons for a superb undertaking of their parts of the ritual during the ceremony. He further reminded the Brethren of the Christmas lunch to be held at Rowfant House, Turners Hill, on Sunday 8th December and said there were a few places left if anyone was interested. The lunch is always informal and fantastic. Tickets are available from the DPGSR, Len Palmer.

Following the conclusion of the remaining business, the meeting was closed.

After the meeting, we all dined at the Maltravers Club, having melon gondola, steak pie with all the trimmings, fruit salad and ice cream, followed by cheese and biscuits. It proved to be a very convivial evening which finished at 9.15pm.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 4th February 2014 and will be a Princes degree meeting. All are welcome to attend, please notify the Secretary, Phil Waterfall if you wish to be included.

Finally, all the members of No 10 wish you a very happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

May the Friend of all Friends be with you all.

Posted 11/10/13

The last meeting of Royal Sussex Conclave No 10 on Tuesday 2nd April 2013 at Littlehampton, was a Proclamation of a Supreme Ruler, (Trevor Lee), continuing in Office ceremony, which opened at 4.30pm.

The Supreme Ruler, Wy.Bro. Trevor Lee was processed into the Conclave with the officers, led by the Royal Sussex Conclave Standard Bearer with their Standard.

After opening the Conclave, the PGSR was welcomed by the Supreme Ruler, saluted and he gave a warm response.

The Supreme Ruler then welcomed all Visitors/Guests/Friends, including the Past Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler Vic Wisden, although he is an honorary member of the Conclave.

After the general business had been conducted, the Installing Officer, (Roy Lester), conducted the installation of Trevor Lee.

The Supreme Ruler appointed and invested his officers. The lecture on the weapons was given by the Past PGSR, Vic Wisden, who was thanked by the SR and the meeting continued.

The PGSR presented Grand Conclave Certificates to Brothers Paul West and Robin Jupe and was thanked by the SR.

Following the conclusion of the remaining business, the meeting was closed.

After the meeting, we all dined at the Maltravers Club having soup, braised steak with all the trimmings, fruit salad and ice cream, followed by cheese and biscuits. It proved to be a very convivial evening which finished at 9.00pm.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 1st October 2013 and will be an Induction meeting. All are welcome to attend, please notify the Secretary, Phil Waterfall if you wish to be included.

May the Friend of all Friends be with you all.

Posted 30/04/13

The last meeting of Royal Sussex Conclave No 10 on Tuesday 2nd April 2013 at Littlehampton, was a Proclamation of a Supreme Ruler, (Trevor Lee), continuing in Office ceremony, which opened at 4.30pm.

The Supreme Ruler, Wy.Bro. Trevor Lee was processed into the Conclave with the officers, led by the Royal Sussex Conclave Standard Bearer with their Standard.

After opening the Conclave, the PGSR was welcomed by the Supreme Ruler, saluted and he gave a warm response.

The Supreme Ruler then welcomed all Visitors/Guests/Friends, including the Past Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler Vic Wisden, although he is an honorary member of the Conclave.

After the general business had been conducted, the Installing Officer, (Roy Lester), conducted the installation of Trevor Lee in an exemplary manner.

The Supreme Ruler appointed and invested his officers. The lecture on the weapons was given by the Past PGSR, Vic Wisden, who was thanked by the SR and the meeting continued.

The PGSR presented Grand Conclave Certificates to Brothers Paul West and Robin Jupe and was thanked by the SR.

Following the conclusion of the remaining business, the meeting was closed.

After the meeting, we all dined at the Maltravers Club having soup, braised steak with all the trimmings, fruit salad and ice cream, followed by cheese and biscuits. It proved to be a very convivial evening which finished at 9.00pm.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 1st October 2013 and will be an Induction meeting. All are welcome to attend, please notify the Secretary, Phil Waterfall if you wish to be included.

May the Friend of all Friends be with you all.

Posted 13/04/13

The last meeting of Royal Sussex Conclave No 10 on Tuesday 5th February 2013 at Littlehampton, was a Prince’s ceremony which opened at 5pm.

The Supreme Ruler, Wy.Bro. Trevor Lee was processed into the Conclave with other officers, led by the Royal Sussex Conclave Standard Bearer with the new Standard.

After opening the Conclave, the PGSR was welcomed by the Supreme Ruler, saluted and he gave a warm response.

The Supreme Ruler then welcomed all visitors/Guests/Friends, including the Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Wy.Bro. Len Palmer, PAGDC and the Past Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler Vic Wisden, although he is actually an honorary member of the Conclave.

After the general business had been conducted, the Prince’s ceremony was conducted in an excellent manner by the Supreme Ruler.

The candidate, Bro. Robin Jupe, having moved back to this area recently had made an approach to the Conclave Secretary after investigating the Order via the Website. He thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony and was welcomed as a Prince of the order by the SR and PGSR. Our new Prince is proof that with a reasonable amount of information on a Conclave news page, any Conclave can attract new members.

The meeting was closed at 7.10pm.

After the meeting, we all dined at the Maltravers Club having soup, braised steak with all the trimmings, fruit salad and ice cream, followed by cheese and biscuits. It proved to be a very convivial evening with 25 dining and finished at 9.15pm

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 2nd April 2013 at 4.30pm and will be the Installation meeting. All are welcome to attend, please notify the Secretary, Phil Waterfall if you wish to be included.

May the Friend of all Friends be with you all.

The last meeting of No 10 on Tuesday 3rd April 2012 at Littlehampton, was the Installation meeting.

The Supreme Ruler, Wy.Bro. Roy Lester was processed into the Conclave with other officers, led by the Royal Sussex Conclave Standard Bearer with the new Standard. He then opened the Conclave. The Right Worthy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, R.Wy.Bro. Paul Rose was escorted into the Conclave with the Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Wy.Bro. Len Palmer PAGDC, by the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, Wy.Bro. Roger Richardson and the PGSR was welcomed by the Supreme Ruler, saluted and he gave a warm response.

After the general business had been conducted, the ceremony of Installation of a new Supreme Ruler was conducted in an excellent manner by the Supreme Ruler, Roy Lester. The new Supreme Ruler, Wy.Bro. Trevor Lee was suitably installed into the chair and the PGSR commissioned him. The SR then appointed and invested his officers for the two degrees and concluded the business of the Conclave. Thanks are to be recorded to Wy.Bro. Mike Parkin and also Wy.Bro. Rod Barker who stood in office at the last moment and performed remarkably well.

Before he retired from the Conclave, the PGSR donated a Pole and Base for the new Standard and also presented a new gavel to the Conclave for use at future meetings and was thanked by the SR.

After the meeting, we all dined at the Maltravers Club having soup, roast pork with the trimmings and steamed treacle pudding with custard, followed by Cheese and biscuits. It proved to be a very convivial evening.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 2nd October 2012 at 5pm and will be an induction ceremony. All are welcome to attend, please notify the Secretary, Phil Waterfall if you wish to be included.

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

At the last meeting of No 10 on Tuesday 7th February 2012, the Supreme Ruler, Wy.Bro. Roy Lester admitted 6 candidates as Princes of the order in the presence of the new PGSR, R.Wy.Bro. Paul Rose, the DPGSR, Wy.Bro. Len Palmer and members of the Provincial Grand Conclave.

This meeting was designated as a “Full Team” meeting and after the PGSR had been escorted into the Conclave he took the chair and introduced the members of the Provincial team in attendance. He then vacated the chair in favour of the Supreme Ruler. The PGSR was then saluted and he responded warmly to his salutation.

The members admitted as Princes were David Guildford, Paul Swarbrick, Paul West, Stanley Gooch, his son, Simon Gooch and Stephen Puttick,

The whole ceremony was conducted in an excellent manner by the Supreme Ruler, Roy Lester, and all candidates thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thank are to be recorded to those members of the Conclave who stood in office at the last moment and nevertheless, performed remarkably well.

After the meeting, we all dined at the Maltravers Club having Soup, Braised Steak and Fruit Salad and cream followed by Cheese and biscuits. It proved to be a very convivial evening.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 3rd April 2012 at 4.30pm and is the Installation meeting of the Conclave. All are welcome to attend, please notify the Secretary, Phil Waterfall if you wish to be included.

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

Posted 08/03/12

At the last meeting of No 10 on Tuesday 4th October 2011, the Supreme Ruler, Wy.Bro. Roy Lester inducted 4 candidates into the order in the presence of the new PGSR, R.Wy.Bro. Paul Rose and the DPGSR, Wy.Bro. Len Palmer.

Those members inducted were Paul West, Stanley Gooch, his son, Simon Gooch and Stephen Puttick.

The ceremony was conducted in an excellent manner and all four candidates thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thank are to be recorded to those members of the Conclave who stood in office at the last moment and nevertheless, performed remarkably well.

The PGSR notified everyone at the meeting of impending promotions in Grand Rank, particularly Phil Waterfall, who will be promoted to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies at the next annual meeting of Grand Conclave in Birmingham on 10th November 2011. Phil was heartily congratulated with applause.

After the meeting, we all dined at the Maltravers Club having Soup, Braised Steak and Fruit Salad and cream followed by Cheese and biscuits.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 7th February 2012 at 5pm when the Conclave will conduct the Princes degree. All are welcome to attend, please notify the Secretary, Phil Waterfall if you wish to be included.

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

Posted 16/11/11

The last meeting of the Conclave was opened by the Supreme Ruler, Wy.Bro. Gerry Furniss at 4.30pm at Littlehampton Masonic Centre, Littlehampton, on Tuesday 5th October 2010.

The Right Worthy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Victor Alan Wisden, was welcomed, saluted and thanked the assembled brethren for the warmth of their reception of him.

Following the general business of the Conclave, four new members were inducted into the order. They are Bob Munro, Ron Strutt, Ken Skilton, and John Hughes. All these members are well known to most of the brethren of No 10. The ceremony was very well conducted by the Supreme Ruler, and the remainder of the Officers of the conclave are to be congratulated for their involvement and performance, particularly the 6 members who stood in for absent officers with very little notice.
Worthy Brother Rod Barker is to be particularly congratulated as he stood in as Counsellor at short notice.

We were pleased to welcome Bro Roy Lester, Guide, who attended confined to a wheelchair following a recent operation to his ankle. He performed his work verbally with a "runner" performing the actions. We all thank Roy for attending and wish him a speedy recovery. He will remain "plastered" for the next six weeks. Heaven!! Oh, not that sort of plastered!!
We missed Sam Bendyshe-Brown as he was having his new leg fitted and could not be present. We all wish him well with the new leg and hope he makes a speedy recovery to good health.

We wish to particularly thank the PGSR for giving the explanation of the weapons as well as the address to the candidates. This was a spur of the moment decision and we are grateful to him.

After the remaining general business, the Conclave was closed. The Principal Officers of the conclave accompanied by the Right Worthy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler and other distinguished guests, retired from the conclave to the Maltravers Club for Dinner.

The festive board was, as usual, a most friendly and happy occasion with a good meal and excellent company. We retired from the table at 9pm having enjoyed a really great meeting and dinner.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 1st February 2011 at 5pm, (tea and biscuits at 4.30pm), and we are hoping to perform a Princes degree. The Right Worthy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler will be attending, so if you would like to attend, you will be made very welcome. Please contact the Secretary for any more information, he will also book you in for dinner after the meeting if you so wish.

May the Friend of all Friends be with you and all your loved-ones and on behalf of all the members of No 10, I wish you and your families a very happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

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