Joint Meeting of St William of Rochester and London Conclaves

A meeting was held on the 8th August 2015 at the Civil Service Club, London, for an Investiture service and for the re-dedication of the Conclave of St Thomas Becket – Martyr.  Although the ‘home’ of the conclave is   St. Mary’s church, Putney High Street (Next to the river Thames by the stone Bridge), London SW15 1SN, this was unavailable on the day.

The Grand Conclave was opened in the customary manner, led by the Grand Master, Grand Prior and Grand Chancellor.

Members in attendance were ; Howard Doe, Grand Master, Barry Uttley, Grand Chancellor, David Haywood, Grand Chancellor Designate, Rt Rev’d Geoffrey Robinson, Grand Prior, Steven Turner, Norman Offield, Elizabeth Murray, Mike Boxall, Simon McIlwaine, Lawrence and Penny Bell-Wright and Ian Tough.

At this time there was one Postulant –  Andrew Charalambous, who was invested as a Knight of the Order.

The Grand Master re-dedicated the St Thomas Beckett – Martyr Conclave, with Norman Offield being appointed as the first Commander. The Conclave was closed in traditional form, and those present retired for a banquet in the bar, where some suitable toasts were proposed and speeches given.

Norman Offield will give notice of the next meeting of the Conclave in Putney, after speaking to the Rector in charge of St.Mary’s church.

Photos from the event can be found in the Gallery.

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