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St Martin at Sees Conclave 2014 Outing

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Members view the remains of the Abbey

Following recent tradition several members of the St. Martin’s Conclave met for an informal social event which included a guided tour of the atmospheric Whalley Abbey. Members met in the car park to the Abbey which is entered through an impressive gateway suitable for a building of such importance. Members were taken on a guided tour of the site, much of which is in ruins, although there are still several majestic walls and arches which remain to indicate the splendour of the building.

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Listening with interest to our Guide

Whalley Abbey was founded in 1296 by monks from Stanlow in Cheshire.  Although a substantial building with a hospice/infirmary and large kitchens, only 30 monks and around 90 lay brothers actually lived there. The site contains examples of Gothic, Medieval, Tudor and even Victorian architecture as renovations have been made. The Guide was informative and interesting as well as humorous and obviously had a love of the Abbey.

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Outside Whalley Parish Church, in front of one of the ancient Crosses

Following the visit to the Abbey, members enjoyed a lunch together in a nearby hotel before visiting the local Churchyard with a view to touring the inside of the church when it opened later that afternoon. Regretfully, the church was not opened to the public for some unexplained reason so that part of the visit was concluded by having a short service of contemplation in the churchyard. Members stood around a Celtic cross (one of three in the churchyard) and the Grand Prior led members in the ‘Service of the Crosses’.

The visit concluded with members having afternoon tea together in the town of Clitheroe before making their various ways home after thanking David Haywood for organising the event.

The day proved to be one of education, pleasure, spiritual contemplation and friendship which was much enjoyed by all.

Elaine represents our Order

From E Chevalier David Starritt

Elaine went to Bamberg in Germany to represent the Order of St. Raphael at a meeting of the Orden der Ritter vom Stern und der Freundschaft. I went to keep her company and went in my other guise, as a humble knight of the Schwertritter von Livland.

We arrived in Bamberg on the Thursday evening, so had all of Friday to explore, and what a beautiful and interesting town it is. We were received with great hospitality, and enjoyed a social evening with Germans, Belgians and Swiss at a rustic restaurant, with good food and interesting beers. Saturday was given over to more exploring and a river cruise before the evening’s formalities. After a one hour session which we couldn’t understand, but involved some devotions followed by a dubbing, we proceeded to the banquet. Elaine was according the title of Ihre Excellenze Lady Elaine, meaning her excellency. Not sure she’s entitled to that, but didn’t complain. We were presented with a bottle of Sekt (German sparkling wine) with bits of gold leaf in it. We were told to make sure we drank the gold as it would be good for us.

Having arrived by a flight from Aberdeen to Frankfurt, and having taken the train from there to Bamberg, we had a problem on the Sunday morning as the train drivers went on strike. We were over 100 miles from the airport, so a taxi would have been a tad pricey. Thankfully one of the Belgian knights said his route home went passed the airport and he gave us a lift there, where we arrived at 12:30 for a 16:15 flight. On checking in, it turned out the flight was over booked, and we got bumped back to the 21:15 flight. We consoled ourselves with a rather good meal taken at a leisurely pace.

I thought our troubles were over, but the incoming flight from Marseilles was delayed. This had two possible consequences. The first was that Aberdeen might close the airport and divert us to Edinburgh if we were too late – they used to do that, but it transpires, no longer. The second hazard was that if we didn’t get away soon, we would get caught up in a pilots’ strike. However, we got away at 22:15 and landed in Aberdeen at 23:00, ready to drive home at last.

Our flights had cost about £194, but of that only £22 was air fare and the rest was taxes! So for £5.50 each, each way, we got to Germany, and we got food, tea or coffee, and an alcoholic beverage! And then for compensation for the seats being full, they gave us back £197 each. Can’t complain! Now I’ve just got to try and claim back half of my return train ticket.

Conclave visit to Lindisfarne

The Conclaves of St Martin at Sees and Lion Rampant are pleased to announce a joint Conclave visit to Lindisfarne on Saturday 20th June 2015.

Members of the two Conclaves have been notified, but if any other members of the Order are interested in joining us then please contact David Haywood as soon as possible so you can be included in the planning. (gh@orderofstraphael.org.uk)

Consecration of the Lion Rampant Conclave

29th March 2014 Hopeville Social Club, Harlaw Road, Inverurie

Present
Howard Doe -Grand Master
Lesley Doe
Barry Uttley – Grand Chancellor
Dianne Uttley
Geoffrey Robinson – Grand Prior
Pamela Robinson
Julian Gunnell – Grand Steward
Margaret Gunnell – Grand Custodian of Insignia
Geoffrey Berry – Grand Treasurer
David Haywood – Grand Herald and Commander of the St. Martin of Sées Conclave
Evelyn Haywood
Kenneth Shipman
Christine Ogden
David Starritt – Commander designate
Elaine McLellan
Isobel Smith
Ian Cameron
Michael Stephen
Anne Stephen
Gordon Wackett
Jeannie Wackett
Ian Ross
Sabina Cameron
John Farquharson
Lesley Farquharson
Rhoda Ross
Melanie McLellan

Apologies for absence:
Grahame J. Smith – Working in Tasmania
Ross A. McLellan – Clash of duties

The Grand Conclave was opened in the customary manner, led by the Grand Master, Grand Prior and Grand Chancellor, with R.E. Chevalier Julian Gunnell acting as Grand Marshal before handing over to the Conclave Marshal for the final section.

Michael Stephen, Anne Stephen, Gordon Wackett, Jeannie Wackett, Ian Ross, Sabina Cameron, John Farquharson, Lesley Farquharson, Rhoda Ross were all admitted as members of the Order. They were then all promoted to receive the accolade of Knight or Dame of the Order.

The Grand Master then consecrated the Lion Rampant Conclave, and David Starritt was appointed as the first Commander of the Conclave. He then appointed the following officers:

Deputy Commander – Ian R Cameron
Chaplain – Isobel Smith
Vice Chaplain – Grahame J. Smith
Vice Chancellor – Elaine J. McLellan
Marshal – Gordon Wackett
Treasurer – Rhoda Ross
Lecturer – Ian Ross
Director of Music – Jeannie Wackett
Deputy Marshal – Lesley Farquharson
Sword Bearer – John H. Farquharson KR
Banner Bearer – Anne Stephen
Banner Bearer – Sabina Cameron
Captain of Guard  – Michael A. Stephen

The Conclave was closed in traditional form, and those present retired for a banquet. Some suitable and brief toasts and speeches were proposed and given. The Grand Master was presented with a quaich for the Order. It was filled with a good single malt whisky and passed to the left around the members. The Commander promised that if the Quaich were taken to the meeting of the Order, the Lion Rampant Conclave would ensure there was something to put in it. He also promised that the Lion Rampant Conclave would give the Grand Master a suitable sum for the charitable work of the Order, but we would do this in May after we have balanced our accounts for the day. A raffle raised £120.

 

St William of Rochester Conclave

It is proposed to hold a meeting of the St William of Rochester Conclave on 5 October 2013 at 11.00am, at the Balmoral Masonic Centre. Anybody requiring further information should contact Trevor Harrison on 01634 362196