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On behalf of the Order we extend sincere good wishes to R.W.Bro Peter H Rollin, PresDAC, in achieving 50 years Craft membership in Montgomerie Lodge No 1741, which meets at Diss in the Province of Norfolk.His certificate was presented by the PGM for Norfolk, R.W.Bro Stephen Allen (image, left) in a humorous and interesting way, enabling Peter to answer the probing questions in a forthright and honest manner! 

Congratulations Peter.

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It is my intention at our October Annual Assembly of Grand Court to appoint and invest R W Bro Roy W Leavers, GCSM, to the rank and office of The Assistant Grand Master. This is in recognition of the exemplary and professional manner in which he has assisted me in the guidance of our Order. His work as Grand Secretary has not only benefitted our Order but has been invaluable to me as Grand Master.

As a consequence we will require a new Grand Secretary and I am delighted to announce that W Bro K ‘Barry’ Chalkley is to be promoted from Deputy Grand Secretary to Grand Secretary at our October Annual Assembly of Grand Court. R W Bro Roy will continue to mentor W Bro Barry to ensure a smooth transition in this key position.

I am sure that you will wish to congratulate both on their forthcoming preferments.

Paul Johnston
MW Grand Master
May 2017

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The Annual Meeting of the Province of Sussex was held at the Nutfield Masonic Hall in Redhill on Saturday, 1st April 2017 with R W Bro Lionel Broadbent Mee, Provincial Grand Master for Sussex presiding. The meeting was conducted in a highly professional and convivial manner and everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed the proceedings.

Among a total of over 70 attending were members of the Province, Guests from Grand Court, other Provinces and Distinguished Brethren from as far as afield as Cornwall, East Anglia, Essex and Kent. We were also very pleased to welcome R W Bro Brian Prevett, Past Provincial Grand Master.

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master introduced a total of 35 Distinguished Guests, Heads of Orders, their Deputies and other members of the Executive within the Province - which comprises the Craft Provinces of Hampshire & Isle of Wight, Surrey and Sussex.

During the meeting, the Provincial Grand Master re-appointed W Bro Michael Daniel Ellis, KSM, PSGD as Deputy Provincial Grand Master, after which he invested the Active Provincial Officers for the ensuing year and conferred Past Provincial Grand Rank on a number of other brethren.

In his Annual Address to the Brethren, R W Bro Lionel said that he had thoroughly enjoyed his first year as Provincial Grand Master during which he and Deputy Mike Ellis had visited all Courts in the Province. He had particularly enjoyed meeting so many members during these Visits and expressed his appreciation of the welcome and hospitality extended to him on every occasion. A schedule of Official Visits for 2017-2018 has been circulated to the Active Officers who have again been invited to join the visits if they wish to attend.

The Consecration of the Sword of Constantine Court No 120 at Croydon Masonic Centre in October last year had been one of the highlights of the year, when W Bro Ian Clark was installed as Primus Master. TWO further Courts are currently being planned; one on the Isle of Wight and the other at Cole Court, the Twickenham Masonic Centre. The organisers of these new Courts are Bro Colin Wilson and Bro Martin Smith respectively and we look forward to founding these new courts in the not too distant future.

This year marks the Tenth Anniversary since the first Court in the Province was founded at Chichester on 26th May 2007 and there will be a Celebration Dinner & Dance at the Chichester Park Hotel on Saturday, 10th June. All are welcome to attend - whether members of the Order or not - together with Wives, Partners, non-Masonic friends and guests. The event is being organised by W Bro Ross Everett and W Bro Lee Everett.

The Provincial Grand Master thanked W Bro Ron Bentley, Provincial Secretary, W Bro John Hickman, Provincial Treasurer and W Bro Mark Donovan, Provincial Marshal and his team for their hard work in planning what has been a very successful meeting. Thanks also to Bro John Gough, Provincial Organist for his wonderful musical contribution during the meeting.

There followed a pre-lunch Drinks Reception after which 51 members and guests enjoyed an excellent and convivial Festive Board.

Further images from the day may be viewed on the Sussex Provincial website: http://www.athelstansussex.org.uk/news-0098-01.html

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A meeting of the Appendant Oder of the Scarlet Mantle was held prior to the Court of Eoforwic No 1 at York on Friday 24 February. Three brethren who were unable to be present at the annual investiture held in October 2016 at Leicester received honours.

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WBro Matthew Bainbridge was appointed Knight of the Scarlet Mantle, and VWBro Edward Casey and WBro Eddie Allcock were promoted to Knight Commander of the Scarlet Mantle by the Grand High Chancellor. The meeting was well supported by members of the Order of the Scarlet Mantle in and around the Province of Lindsey and all joined other brethren of the Court of Eoforwic No 1 at their Court meeting which immediately followed. The Court instructed three new brethren on this most memorable occasion and the subsequent festive board was a most convivial occasion.

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Tonight (23/2/17) RWBro Jose Guillermo Mendoza, GCh GCSM, Primus Assistant Grand Master in charge of Latin America and Primus ProvGM of the Province of Bolivia, (image: 3rd from left) installed RWBro Mario Raúl Cabrera Ruiz, PSGW (Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Bolivia) as the new Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Court of Bolivia. The new ProvGM then reappointed and installed RWBro Jorge Arze Escobar, PSGW (Grand Master in title of the Grand Lodge of Bolivia) as DeputyPGM and the Provincial Grand Officers of Bolivia.

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It was a red-letter day within the Province of Essex when the Grand Master, accompanied by his team, consecrated the new court in Upminster on Monday 30th January 2017.

 It was an early start, with Provincial Grand Court being opened by the Provincial Grand Master at 0900 at which the Instruction Ceremony for the fourteen founders, who were not already Court Master Masons, was conducted by RW Bro. Roy Leavers and W Bro. Martin Bates. The Provincial Grand Master then conducted the Entrusting Ceremony for the Primus Immediate Past Master, Bro. John Simons, ably assisted by W Bro. Simon Walsh.

Grand Court was opened by the Most Worshipful Grand Master at 11.30 a.m., when he proceeded to conduct the Ceremony of Consecration in his customary dignified and impeccable manner.

The meeting was attended by a total of thirty four founders and thirty nine other brethren including the Grand Master’s Consecrating Team and other brethren from within the Province and from other Provinces, who enjoyed an excellent lunch, which was honoured by the presence of Right Worshipful Brother Rodney Bass, Provincial Grand Master for the Craft in Essex; all in all a splendid day which was enjoyed by all present.

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The Annual Assembly of the Province of Northumbria will be held on Friday 23 June 2017, immediately after the Installation Meeting of Court of Tinan.
Further details will be available nearer the time.

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Congratulations to Bro Richard Tucker, founder and Marshal of Dearthington Court, who has been honoured in the New Years Honours list with an MBE for Services to Business and the Community.

Read more here.