Welcome to the Website of Ribble Valley
Right Distinguished Companion Allan M Shields V
As the Provincial Grand Summus for the Province of East Lancashire, I would like to extend a warm hearty welcome to you and thank you for taking time to visit the website of Ribble Valley "The Internet" Consistory.
When I say welcome to the website, it is in fact just the website that I am welcoming you to as the Consistory is currently in the planning stages to present a petition to Mark Masons Hall to be granted a warrant to hold Consistory meetings.
We do however have a target date for the consecration meeting which is January 22nd 2022.
So you may be asking yourself at this point why should a consistory thats not yet been consecrated developed a website?
Well the answer to that is when I took over as Provincial Grand Summus, the Province was made up of just three Consistories, The Vale of Irwell, Beal Valley and Pomona which had all be set up by my predecessor, Right Distinguished Companion Howard S Nuttall and I wanted to build on all the hard work he had done for the Province therefore this new venture was launched. Building on the River theme Howard had introduced we needed a name of a river, it was at this point my Provincial Grand Recorder who had already been instrumental in the planning suggested that we chose the name of one of Lancashires biggest rivers, The River Ribble.
He then went on enthusiastically to say the river is big, so lets aim to make this consistory big, the river is over 75 miles long so lets set our sights high and aim for 75 members. His plan was to run the consistory along similar lines to one of his OSM conclaves that he is member of, Supera Moras No49, which is a very old and distinguished conclave, consecrated in 1920, which therefore puts it in its Centenary year. A thing they did just after the turn of the millennium was to adopt the words "The Internet" after its name and what a game changer this was bringing in members from all around the British Isles and as far a field as Canada.
The way they make it work is by use of a simple strap line "Bringing Secret Monitor Freemasons from around the World Together" They are peripatetic, hosting their installation in East Lancashire, the next meeting is at a place of choice of the Supreme Ruler of the year and then a meeting later in the year at Tapton Hall in Sheffield.
So with this plan, it was first mentioned to the members of Supera Moras what they thought and if they wanted to be founders, a good number of them put their names forward and three who are not companions of The Scarlet Cord put their names forward as candidates following the consecration.
It was then on with marketing the project on social media which has had a good effect and at the time of writing we have 27 founders and that number is growing daily.
Today we have Companions from as far north as Scotland, south as Sussex, from the west in Liverpool to the East in Durham as well as both sides of Lancashire. The oversea draw via the internet has has helped bring founders from the USA, Brazil, Australia and France.
So the answer to why is there a website before the consistory is to help recruit YOU.
We are not here looking to poach members just 'Bringing Scarlet Cord Freemasons from around the World together"
I hope you see you all at the consecration and my name is already on the list of founders, if you want to join the list please can I ask you email our Provincial Grand Recorder Paul Joynson firstname.lastname@example.org who will be only too happy to send you a set of forms.
Yours Fraternally Allan