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Dykes Conclave No. 36 Meeting – 21st September 2020
A regular meeting of Dykes Conclave No.36 was held at the Masonic Hall, Fairfield Lane, Barrow on Monday 21st September 2020, in compliance with the various national, divisional and masonic hall requirements during the coronavirus pandemic.
With 6 attendees present, the Conclave was opened by the Most Puissant Sovereign
The Recorder read the dispensation from the Intendant General allowing the meeting to be held on the 3rd Monday in September and in Barrow Masonic Hall, and it also covered the absence of the warrant of the conclave, still in the closed Ulverston Masonic Hall.
The minutes of the last regular meeting were confirmed by the members and signed by the Recorder as a true record, they will be counter-signed by the Sovereign when multi-handling of paper documents is allowed.
Apologies for absence were received from all other members of Dykes conclave. Since the last meeting there had been several communications from Grand Conclave which were read.
The Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt Keith Beaumont, and the Deputy Intendant General, V.Ill.Kt Joe Sudhakar, PGHAlm, had sent greetings and best wishes to all Dykes’ members.
The Recorder presented the statement of accounts on behalf of the Treasurer, which were proposed, seconded and approved by those present.
Elections had been held at the January meeting however, because over half of the year had already been lost to the coronavirus pandemic, and additional time may be lost in the coming winter, the members had agreed during the summer by telephone and the internet that the Sovereign and Viceroy should remain in office for a second year.
The Recorder therefore proposed that P.Kt Simon Blundell and Ven.Kt Alan Tomlinson should remain in their respective offices of Sovereign and Viceroy for a second year; Ill.Kt Bill Glassey seconded, and the members concurred. The Recorder then formally declared P.Kt Simon David Blundell to be the Most Puissant Sovereign until a successor had been duly elected and enthroned in his stead; after the proclamation, the knights saluted the Sovereign. The Recorder then declared Ven.Kt Alan Tomlinson in absentio to be the Eminent Viceroy of the Dykes conclave until a successor had been duly elected and consecrated in his stead. A full set of officers were appointed by the Sovereign for the first time in several years.
An Alms collection (held without contact) raised £23 for charity. After receiving the Almoner’s Report, the Recorder went through the remaining business with special thanks due to Barrow Masonic Hall for allowing the premises to be used by Dykes conclave on this occasion.
With nothing further transpiring for the good of Red Cross Masonry in general or of the Dykes Conclave No.36 in particular, the Conclave was closed.
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Dykes Conclave No 36
At the meeting on Monday 27th January 2020 the Conclave welcomed and installed Comp Johnathan Cody as a Knight of the RCC and re joining member W Kt Howard Conner.
E.Kt Alan Tomlinson was declared MPS Elect and W Kt Barry Hadley Eusebius Elect . The enthronement meeting will be on Monday 23 March 2020 at 7pm with a full Divisional Team Visit.
Geoffrey Robert Wiggins RIP
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Geoffrey Wiggins on 5th January 2020. Geoffrey was 88 years of age and a member of Luguvalium Conclave No 494. His funeral will take place on Friday 24th January at Wigton Road Methodist Church at 12:30pm and afterwards at the Carlisle Crematiorium.
Dennis Dixon RIP
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dennis Dixon who was the Most Puissant Sovereign of Cumbria Conclave No 347 in 1994 and brother of the late Reverend Canon David Dixon.
He held the Ranks of PGViceChamb and PDivChamb.
Dennis was 91 and leaves behind his wife Audrey.
The funeral for Dennis will be on Monday 23rd December at 12.45pm at the Ulverston Parish Church.
A very sad loss to his family, friends, the Conclave, Freemasonry in general and the local community.
Dykes No.36 Welcomes a New Member
On Monday 23rd September 2019 there was a demonstration Red Cross degree in Ulverston, but all of the conclave members present had offices to fulfil in the ceremony. However, Robin Pearson was joining that night from St Leonard conclave, and he was ‘volunteered’ to be the candidate.
The ceremony was performed by the acting Sovereign Richard Johnson and the Viceroy Alan Tomlinson, while Dave Sear as Junior General expertly delivered the oration on the origins of the order. All of the junior officers had learned their parts well, and the whole ceremony was a pleasure to be participating in – just as well, as the Divisional Marshal David Stewart was present to see that all went as it should!
As an aside, on the original 1870 warrant, the first Viceroy in the conclave was a John Pearson, so perhaps a family relation to Robin, 149 years later?
Anyway after the meeting the Dykes’ members all looked fairly relaxed – or were they just glad it was all over?