Stydd 17 June 23

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A Special Day for Stydd

June 17th 2023 was indeed a special day for Stydd Conclave No.302.Apart from welcoming The Most Illustrious Grand Sovereign, Graham Leslie Flight G.C.C. to their regular meeting at Preston Masonic Hall, the meeting itself proved special. After being announced by the Grand Marshal, V.Ill.Kt. Paul A Norman P.G.Alm, The Most Illustrious Grand Superintendent entered accompanied by the Sepulchre Guard and received salutations and a warm welcome from M.P.S P Kt Stephen Croasdale.
The first part of the meeting was to install Companion Phillip Woods, the son of one of our senior members ,as a Knight of the Order. The ceremony was conducted by the M.P.S P Kt S.J Croasdale, the accolade being conducted by The Most Illustrious Grand Sovereign.
The Grand Sovereign then presented certificates to Philip Woods and to another new Knight, Paul McKernan, explaining the content.
The next part of the meeting was the Celebration of 50 years as a member of Red Cross of Constantine for Ill. Kt. David K.Rhodes,P.G.Orator and a founder of the Conclave. This was conducted by The Most Illustrious Grand Sovereign who related Ill.Kt.Rhodes experience in all aspects of Freemasonry, at the conclusion of which the Grand Sovereign made a field promotion, promoting Ill Kt Rhodes to Past Grand Junior General, a rare appointment which raises him to the title of Very Illustrious Knight.
This was followed by a light lunch attended by 51 members and visitors, during which the Intendant-General Rt.Ill.Kt. Stephen William Bolton presented a cheque on behalf of the Division to the Grand Sovereign for £2000 in favour of The Grand Sovereigns Care For Children Fund.

Photographs by Ernest Gavan