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1st June 2014 sees the commencement of a new electronic newsletter for the Masonic Order of Athelstan, which we hope will be of value to members.

 

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Wessex beehiveThe Annual Assembly of the Provincial Grand Court of Wessex was hosted at Honiton by King Cerdic Court № 82 on Saturday 17th May 2014. The Court's Regular meeting preceded the Provincial meeting.

 

At the Provincial Assembly RW.Bro. Malcom J. Burns, GCSM re-installed his deputy VW Bro. Brian G Wright, KSM, PGSwdB and continued to Install his Provincial team both in active office and past ranks.

 

The Photo shows the Provincial Grand Master of Wessex RW Bro. Malcolm J. Burns, GCSM (l) receiving the “Travelling Hive” from The Court of King Cerdic No. 82, presented by the Master of the Court W.Bro. Simon F. Dunn (r) on behalf of all the members of the Court. The design and manufacture of the Hive under the direction of the Province was made by one of the members of the Court Bro. David S. Perkins, MBE.

 

The purpose of the Hive is to promote fellowship and social interaction between the Courts of Wessex. The host Court, King Cerdic № 82 will start and retain the Hive in safe custody. If another Court wishes to gain possession of the hive they must visit Honiton with a minimum of 5 members of their Court. The Provincial Grand Master hopes that it will encourage Wessex members to visit and support other Courts.

 

More pictures from the day may be viewed in the members picture gallery after logging in.

Masonic hallBecause of the ethnic mix of the membership, The Court of the East and West divide their festive board menu between Indian, Chinese and traditional cuisine.

 

The April meeting being held on, or close to, St. George’s day, is ‘themed’ to that celebration, and is therefore the traditional meeting and menu. However, this meeting was not only memorable for that event, but because of the sale of the building, it was also the last meeting of this Court to be held in the Washington Masonic Hall.

 

The Court is proving to be a great success, Instructing two new members, Bro. Neil Kevin Garrett and Bro. Christopher John Patrick Burgess, whom we are sure, will have a long and happy association with the Court.

 

The Master of the Court, W. Bro. Matthew Bainbridge, was delighted to welcome R. W. Bro. Dr. Christopher Ansell (Ass. Grand Master), V. W. Bro. William Henry Carlyon (Dept. Prov. G.M.) and R. W. and Em. Bro. Cannon Ron Black (Grand and Prov. Prior), together with other very welcome visitors from various Courts, from within and outside the Province of Lindsey, who had all travelled considerable distances on a very foggy evening. We hope they all had a safe, but no doubt long journey home, due to the weather conditions.

 

Lisa and Chris, the caterer’s for the hall, produced an exceptional four course meal, the main being Beef Wellington. Lisa was presented with a huge bouquet of flowers, and Chris received a bottle of fine single malt whisky as a sign of appreciation from the members of the Court. Lisa allowed everyone to smell her lovely flowers, but Chris flatly refused to give the members a taste of his gift!

 

Harmony was again supplied by the Court’s favourite duo, Linda and Margaret, who involved the members in some rousing patriotic songs, in addition to performing a selection of other favourite numbers.

 

Despite the success of the evening, there was also a sad and emotional element, this being the last Masonic meeting to be held in this building. Future meetings of the Court will be held at Birtley Masonic Hall, but some of the meeting dates will change, so visitors are advised to check before travelling.

 

Pictures from the event are viewable in the members picture gallery after logging in.

masons-north americaThe Grand Master accompanied by the Provincial Grand Master for United States of America, RW Bro. Bryce Hildreth attended the 2014 Conference and annual meeting of the Grand Masters of Masons in North America in Baltimore during the 16-18th February 2014.

 

In another historic milestone for our Order both were formally presented to the sitting Grand Masters and conference delegates along with many other leaders of other recognised Masonic organisations.

 

The Conference membership is comprised of the Grand Lodges of the Provinces of Canada, the States of the United States of America, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, the States of Mexico, and the American-Canadian Grand Lodge of Germany. These Grand Masters represent some 2 million Freemasons in North America.

 

Recognised Grand Masters from countries throughout the world also attend to join in fellowship and the Conference is the largest gathering of Grand Masters in the world.

 

MW Bro. Paul Johnston is the first Grand Master from the Masonic Order of Athelstan to be invited to attend and he received a very warm welcome throughout the 2 days he spent in Baltimore and was taken aback by the genuine respect afforded to our Order.

court 70 mar2014On Saturday 15th March 2014, The Court of King Constantine No. 70, Brampton, in the Province of Northumbria, held its annual Installation, placing Bro. James Moran into the chair of Worshipful Master.

 

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brian coshallThe MW Grand Master has chosen VWBro Brian Coshall, PGSwdB to be the next Provincial Grand Master for the Province of East Anglia. VWBro Brian is presently Deputy Provincial Grand Master for the Province.

 

His installation will be held on Saturday 5 July 2014 at Diss. The event is now fully subscribed.

The Coronation Stone Court LogoThe Consecration of The Coronation Stone Court No 50 took place at Surbiton on Monday 27th January 2014.

 

Pictures from this memorable event and a detailed report written by WBro Roy Leavers can be viewed in the members gallery after logging in.

Maeres-ea54.250114On Saturday 25th Jan. 2014, Maeres-ea Court No. 54 installed W. Bro. Ian Rooney as Master of the Court for the forthcoming year. Unfortunately, W. Bro. Bernard Ashley, the outgoing Master was in hospital for an operation, so the post of Installing Master was performed by W. Bro. Alan Riley at very short notice.

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st germans consecrationThe Court of St Germans No 97 was consecrated in Liskeard on 18 January 2014. This is the 8th Court in the Province of Wessex. More pictures can be viewed in the members picture gallery after logging in.