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Surrey Mark Masons in the Order of the Secret Monitor

The first meeting of Warlingham Conclave in the Order of the Secret Monitor since the change in Government and MMH guidelines took place at Nutfield on the 29th September 2020 with six Brethren present including the Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, R.Wy.Bro. Colin Beerling.

The Conclave was opened by the Acting Supreme Ruler, R.Wy.Bro. Michael Barnes, Past Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, our Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master, who welcomed the Officers and thanked them for attending the meeting. Our Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler was saluted with seven under the direction of the Director of Ceremonies, Wy.Bro. Ian Clark, our Provincial Grand Master.

After the Dispensation was read by the Secretary, Bro Chris Eley, our Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master, was elected as Supreme Ruler. The Ceremony was conducted with his usual aplomb by R.Wy. Bro. Michael Barnes. Assisting him in the team of six were R.Wy.Bro. Colin Beerling, the Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler; Wy.Bro. Ian Clark, our Provincial Grand Master; Wy.Bro. Bob Tuthill, our webmaster, and Wy.Bro. Alastair Richardson, our AProvGSec.

Surrey Mark Masons in the Order of the Secret Monitor

R.Wy.Bro. Colin Beerling gave the Address to the Supreme Ruler, as well the Lecture on The Weapons, both in a faultless manner. After the Officers of the Conclave were appointed and those present were invested R.Wy.Bro. Colin Beeling, and R.Wy.Bro. Michael Barnes congratulated Wy.Bro. Chris and wished him a successful, if rather unusual, year.

Surrey Mark Masons in the Order of the Secret Monitor

After the meeting everyone said how good it was to get together again, which proved that even under the current restrictions a meaningful ceremony can still be conducted. Thanks to the team at Nutfield for all their hard work in ensuring we stayed safe while at the Redhill and Reigate Masonic Centre.

Article and photograph by Chris Eley