The Masonic Order of Athelstan
in England, Wales and its Provinces Overseas

The annual Ceremony of the Ancient Charges was held at St Saviourgate Masonic Hall, York on Monday 18 July 2022.

The ceremony was attended by members of the Order from across the UK, despite the hot weather and possible travel disruption.

Presiding Officer RW&EmBro Dr Chris Ansell said "The Ancient Charges ceremony celebrates and commemorates the legendary assembly of masons at York in 926, which is a core element of the ethos of the Masonic Order of Athelstan and a part of "masonic folklore". It is only performed once per year, at York, and it has been really gratifying to see the number of brethren who have travelled considerable distances in difficult conditions to be present and in many cases take an active part in the proceedings".

The ceremony makes use of masonic working tools which were expertly hand made for the ceremonial by Bro David Kirwan:

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The ceremony followed a most successful double instruction at the Court of Eoforwicingas No 160 and despite very warm conditions the brethren dined together afterwards in a most convivial manner.