Divisional Grand Conclave of Sussex

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Friday 24th May - In Deo Fidemus No 423

Wednesday 12th June - Cicestre No 317

Thursday 13th June - Blackham No 160

Thursday 13h June - St. Peter No 350

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IOW WEEKEND 2019

Once again, a few members of the Order with wives / partners attended the annual weekend on the Isle of Wight arriving in time for dinner at the Aqua Hotel in Shanklin. The evening was spent relaxing in the bar with a local musician performing for us all until bedtime.
In the morning, following a hearty breakfast, we got on the coach which took us on a mystery tour of the Island. First stop was to the Gin distillery where we were given a short talk on the manner in which Gin is distilled. They also make Vodka and after the talk there was much tasting followed by quite a few purchases.
Back on the bus and on to Yarmouth where we stopped for a nice relaxing lunch. Following that, we then travelled to Godshill where a little retail therapy took place with the addition of tea and / or ice creams.
Back to the hotel in time for a pre-dinner drink before we all got ready for dinner. After dinner we had the usual Solent Sounds Disco which is more of a show of music present and past. This year he dominated the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. We all enjoyed the quiz questions and the banter that flowed during the evening.
The following morning after another hearty breakfast (you will be getting the picture by now), we boarded the coach and visited the Busy Bee Centre where a great deal more retail therapy took place.
Back to the Aqua for a hearty lunch and then it was time to return home. I should point out that throughout the entire weekend we enjoyed the best ever weather conditions with a huge amount of sunshine. It was just like summer and we all considered it a bonus.
These weekends seem to fly by and no sooner had we arrived than we were headed home again. My thanks are extended to James and Annette, the owners of the Aqua Hotel, and all their staff who made our stay with them so pleasant. Everyone attending this weekend have sent me their thanks which I have forwarded to James and Annette.
Regrettably, at the time of writing this short report, there are no photo’s of the weekend, but if some appear in the near future, I will post them.




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Sussex Divisional Conclave held on Saturday 4th May 2019

The Divisional Conclave of Sussex was held on Saturday 4th May 2019 at Charmandean Centre in Worthing at 11am.
The Conclave was formed with all VIP guests and Heads of Companion Orders being processed in and seated and the team of Divisional Officers were processed in by the Divisional Marshal. The Intendant–General, R.Ill.Kt. Paul Norman Rose entered in procession and all were seated. The Grand Sovereign, M.IllKt. Graham Leslie Flight GCC then processed into Divisional Conclave.
The Intendant General invited the Divisional High Prelate, P.Kt. Alan Hobden to conduct the Service of Re-dedication. The Grand Sovereign retired at the conclusion of the service.
The I-G then opened Divisional Conclave in due form and was saluted with 7 by the members present for which he thanked them. The R.Ill.visiting knights were then saluted with 7. R.Ill.Kt. Matthew Burt, I-G for Dorset and Wiltshire responded to the salutation.
The Grand Sovereign then re-entered Divisional Conclave, was welcomed by the I-G and saluted with 11 for which he thanked the members present.
The I-G then welcomed all VIP guests individually including the Heads of Companion Orders in Sussex.
General business was carried out until the I-G installed Ill.Kt. Andrew Robert Knight as the Deputy Intendant General for Sussex. He was Obligated, Invested and Installed by the I-G and proclaimed and saluted with 5. He then thanked the worthy knights for the fraternal salutation and greeted them with the watchwords of the Order.
The I-G then re-appointed Ill.Kt. John Ellenger as Divisional Eusebius who was proclaimed and saluted by the members below his rank and he responded accordingly. The I-G then appointed his team of Officers for the forthcoming year.
The I-G then appointed the Captain of the Sepulchre Guard and the Deputy Captain and went on to appoint the members of the guard.
The I-G then welcomed W.Kt. David Lewis, with suitable words of encouragement, the token member for the new members who joined the Order since the last AGM.
The I-G then announced that the Processional Conclave for 2020 will be Rose of St. Mary Conclave No 274 and that the 2 “team” meetings will be Tuesday 24th September 2019 at In Deo Fidemus Conclave No 423 and Monday 9th March 2020 at Rose of St. Mary Conclave No 274.
The I-G then gave his much awaited for address. He then went on to present a cheque to the Grand Sovereign towards his Care for Childrens fund and a cheque to the PGM of Sussex Mark towards their festival. Both made suitable responses with their thanks.
Alms were collected
The Grand Sovereign retired from Divisional Conclave.
The I-G closed Divisional Conclave in due form and retired in procession.

The full album of photos from the meeting and lunch can be viewed by clicking here.

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Celebrating Gordon Wilson's 40 years service to Red Cross of Constantine

On Monday 11th March 2019, the Right Illustrious Intendant-General for Sussex, Paul Rose attended the meeting of Rose of St. Mary Conclave No 274 in Eastbourne. The meeting was an Enthronement meeting which was carried out very well and was a most happy occasion for all those attending.
One of the members of the Conclave, Very Illustrious Knight Gordon Wilson was presented with a certificate and a 40 years lapel badge for his service to the Order by the I-G.
Gordon joined Chilwell Conclave No 293 on 21st December 1978, he then joined Rose of St.Mary Conclave No 274 in 1986, became a founder member of Emmanuel Conclave No 438 in 1995, joined William de Warenne Conclave No 306 in 2007 and the Grand Sovereigns Conclave No 500 in 2012.
His Grand Ranks started in 1993 when he was appointed P.G.W. of Reg, promoted to P.G.Orator in 1999, further promoted to P.G.H.Alm in 2005, then P.G.J.Gen in 2012, the rank he currently holds.
For a man aged 97 years, he is remarkably fit and still well enough to attend meetings on a regular basis and the I-G made mention of those qualities in his presentation, which was met by all the brother Knights in attendance with sustained rapturous applause.
MANY HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS GORDON !!

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Celebrating Horold Piggott's 50 years service to Red Cross of Constantine

At the annual Appendant Orders meeting of Rose of Sussex Conclave No 196 held on 29th November at Littlehampton Ill Kt Harold Piggott celebrated the completion of 50 years service to the Order of the Red Cross of Constantine.
The meeting was honoured by the presence of M. Ill. Kt. Graham the Grand Sovereign accompanied by Grand Senior General V. Ill. Kt. Raymond Smith, Grand Junior General V. Ill. Kt. Michael Spencer and V. Ill Kt Neil Mathews the Grand Marshal. The Grand Team entered the Conclave under an Arch of Steel provided by members of the Grand Sepulchre Guard.
During the meeting the Grand Sovereign was pleased to give a brief summary of Harold's many achievements in both the Civic and Masonic worlds. The Grand Sovereign then went on to present Ill. Kt. Harold with his 50 year certificate and breast jewel. The presentation culminated in M. Ill. Kt. Graham Flight appointing and inverting Ill. Kt. Harold with a field promotion to Past Grand Junior General. Which makes him a Very Illustrious Knight, a very rare honour. This was greeted with rapturous acclamation by the assembled Worthy Knights.

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TOTTINGTON MANOR CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION MEAL

On Friday 7th December 2018, the Division held a Christmas Celebration meal for all members of the Division and their family and friends as an informal start to the Christmas festivities.
It was held at Tottington Manor, (a central location for the Division), and comprised a 3 course meal selected from an extensive menu including a Traditional Christmas meal option and vegetarian alternatives.
The function was very well attended by many members of the Red Cross of Constantine and their guests with 51 diners attending. The food, service and hotel surroundings were superb. Suffice to say that a good time was had by all those attending.
We were honoured by the presence of the Grand Sovereign, Graham Flight and his wife Sue, who both expressed their pleasure in being able to attend and added that they both enjoyed the festive occasion.
The photographs show various members and their guests having a good time. The feedback following the meal was so positive that a booking for 2019 has been made for Sunday 1st December 2019. Why not make a note in your diary NOW.

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WEEKEND on the ISLE of WHITE

On Friday 20th April 2018 a few members of the Order with their wives/partners travelled courtesy of the Wight minibus company to the Isle of Wight for a pleasant weekend break. We arrived at the Aqua Hotel in Shanklin in plenty of time for dinner and relaxed in the bar afterwards chatting and socialising.
After a good nights’ sleep and a hearty breakfast, the IOW coach collected us from the hotel and took us off to the pearl factory where many a gentlemen’s wallet took a good pasting. Back on the bus and off to the Dimbola museum.
This was the home of famed Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, friend of the poet Tennyson who lived nearby. The picture exhibition and the artefacts on display were superb and everyone enjoyed the guided tour by Mike, a member of the voluntary staff.
Lunch followed and then it was off to Alum Bay. Most took the chair lift to the beach and then on to a pleasure boat for a leisurely trip around the needles. (see pictures). Then it was back to the hotel for dinner and the usual Solent sound disco, (with a difference), who gave a brilliant show of music through the modern ages.
On Sunday, following another hearty breakfast, the coach arrived to take us to the Busy Bee garden centre for retail therapy, (gents wallets again). Many purchases were made, and everyone enjoyed the morning. Back to the hotel for lunch and then home.
I hope that everyone attending had a great weekend. It certainly seemed so and I thank everyone for attending. I also wish to thank James and Annette, owners of the Aqua Hotel, for making our stay so pleasant.

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CHARITY DONATION FROM FREEMASONS
GRAND SOVEREIGN’S CARE FOR CHILDREN FUND


On Thursday 23rd March 2017, the Intendant-General attended the Tree of Hope, Salford House in Tonbridge together with his Deputy I-G, Bernard Marchant, the Divisional Recorder, Andy Knight and the Divisional Sentinel, Mike Chambers to present a cheque in the sum of £1,000 from the Grand Sovereign’s Care for Children Fund towards the LEO LEYLAND fund.
Leo1They were met by the Tree of Hope family support officer, Georgina Sales, Leo’s mum, Tarnia and his dad, Stefan Leyland, who accepted the cheque on behalf of the Tree of Hope. The main photo shows the presentation, with the I-G in the centre presenting the cheque to Stefan, with Tarnia and Leo lower centre. The other people in the picture are from left to right, back row, Andy Knight, Mike Chambers, Stefan and the I-G, Tree of Hope’s Finance Manager, David Grist and Bernard Marchant on the far right. The ladies, all representing the Tree of hope, from left to right are Elizabeth Alvey, (Tarnia and Leo), Georgina Sales and Catherine Marsh.
Leo was born 10 weeks premature and suffered a pre-birth haemorrhage in his brain resulting in him getting Hemiplegia cerebral palsy. Because of this, he has high muscle tone in his leg and arm resulting in a form of toe poking and closed fist. There is a life changing new pioneering operation that Leo can have called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR). Unfortunately, the NHS will not fund this and he will need private care in America. Without this operation, Leo will find it very difficult to be mobile for the rest of his life but he must have this operation before he is 5 years old. His family have, to date, raised £28,000 (before today), towards the £70,000 required to give this little boy a normal life. The I-G said he was extremely pleased to make the presentation of the cheque for £1,000 from the Grand Sovereigns care for children fund, as it will benefit Leo bringing him nearer to a dramatic change in his life for the better. He added that the presentation of the cheque reminded him that there are still many children suffering from terrible conditions, but being well cared for and his hope is that Leo’s family succeed in raising the remainder of the money required. They have now, with this donation, raised £29,000. If anyone would like to help Leo reach his target you can donate any amount at www.treeofhope.org.uk/helpleotowalk or contact Georgina Sales at the Tree of hope on 01892 535525.
Finally, the I-G presented a soft cuddly teddy bear to Leo who was rather more enamoured with the kit-kat he was eating.
Further photo’s of the presentation are included for your information and Leo’s parents and staff at the Tree of Hope have expressed their grateful thanks to the members of the Order. The I-G has passed those thanks on to the Grand Sovereign and his committee that oversee such donations.
Stefan has promised to keep the I-G informed of Leo’s progress and when that occurs, it will appear on the website news page.

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CHARITY DONATION TO SNOWDROP TRUST
ON BEHALF OF
GRAND SOVEREIGN’S CARE FOR CHILDREN FUND.

On Tuesday 18th October 2016, I attended the Snowdrop Trust in Walberton, West Sussex and presented a cheque in the sum of £1,000 from the Grand Sovereign’s Care For Children Fund. We were met by the Fundraiser, Mrs. Diana Levantine, who accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity. The photo shows the presentation, for which the charity expressed their gratitude.

Also attached is a brief explanation of the work undertaken by the charity and I recommend that all members of the order read through them to gain an insight into what a difficult world it is for some very unfortunate individuals in this world. Unless you visit and see for yourselves what goes on at the Trust, you have little idea what magnificent work is done to ease the lives of those youngsters far less fortunate than ourselves.

On behalf of the Division, I have forwarded my thanks to the Grand Sovereign for making this donation from his charity.

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A brief explanation of the work undertaken by Chestnut Tree House can be seen by clicking here and you can visit their website here.


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CHARITY DONATION TO CHESTNUT TREE HOUSE
AND CHAILY HERATAGE ON BEHALF OF
GRAND SOVEREIGN’S CARE FOR CHILDREN FUND.

On Thursday 21st July 2016, my Deputy Intendant-General and I attended the Chestnut Tree House, Arundel and presented a cheque in the sum of £2,500 from the Grand Sovereign’s Care For Children Fund.
We were met by the Fundraiser, Caroline Roberts-Quigley, who accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity.


The photo’s show the presentation, for which the charity expressed their gratitude.

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In the afternoon, we both travelled to Chailey and made a similar presentation to the Chailey Heritage foundation from the same Grand Sovereign’s Care For Children Fund.
Similarly, we were met by their Fundraiser, Sally Anne Murray, who accepted the cheque on behalf of that charity.

The photo’s show the presentation, for which they are similarly grateful.

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Also attached is a brief explanation of the work undertaken by both charities and I recommend that all members of the order read through them to gain an insight into what a difficult world it is for some very unfortunate individuals in this world.

A brief explanation of the work undertaken by Chestnut Tree House can be seen by clicking here and you can visit their website here.

A brief explanation of the work undertaken by Chailey Heritage can be seen by clicking here and you can visit their website here.

Unless you visit and see for yourselves what goes on at both venues, you have little idea what magnificent work is done to ease the lives of those youngsters far less fortunate than ourselves.

On behalf of the Division, I have forwarded my thanks to the Grand Sovereign for making these two donations from his charity.


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