The reputation that the Order of the Secret Monitor is one of the friendliest of orders was certainly enhanced on the 1st February 2022 when Warrington Conclave No.119 completed a Princes Degree ceremony for not one; but four candidates!
Initially the meeting was going to see the conclaves own Bro David John Eccles being raised to the degree of a prince; but when notice of the meeting was circulated by the conclave’s secretary Worthy. Bro Brian Potter a call for help came from Concord Conclave No.64 who had three brothers awaiting raising; two of whom because of the suspension of masonic activates had been waiting since February 2019!
In accordance with the principles of the order, brotherly love and friendship and after consultation with the rulers of the Warrington Conclave it was agreed to proceed with an enhanced Princes Ceremony which would raise all four brothers on the night:
Bro. David John Eccles – Warrington Conclave No.119
Bro John Shaw –    Concord Conclave No.64
Bro. Alan Ray –      Concord Conclave No.64
Bro. James Pape – Concord Conclave No.64
Very Worthy. Bro David Knight took the Supreme Rulers chair for the ceremony and in typical fashion delivered a faultless ceremony raising each brother with sincerity and decorum
Principle guest for the evening was Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler. Very Worthy. Bro. John Charles Bicknell who assisted by delivering the preamble prior to the scripture reading
Following the general business of the conclave the brethren which included sixteen visitors retired to the festive board to enjoy a well-presented wholesome meal of:
1st Course – Pea & Ham Soup
2nd Course – Beef Casserole & Dumplings served with seasonal vegetables   
3rd Course – Homemade Blueberry & Passion Fruit Cheesecake
During the festive board; a fun filled raffle for bottles of wine raised £135 which when added to the charity collection will be allocated for future distribution towards worthy charities 
On the basis that sixteen visitors attended the meeting; and from the general ambience of the festive board, it shows that Warrington Conclave and the Order of the Secret Monitor is slowing returning to pre-Pandemic levels
Why not join us at our next meeting on: Tuesday 5th April 2022 – 18.30hrs when we will be holding a Ladies to Dine Evening (with a difference?) all will be made welcome
Bob Williams – Past Provincial Grand Guide
Warrington Conclave 119