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Provincial Grand Master Oscar De Alfonso Ortega presided over the 2018 AGM of the Province of Spain at Torrevieja (Alicante) on Saturday 26th May supported by DepPGM Barrie Mansell, officers of Provincial Grand Court and other local Athelstan Freemasons.

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RW Bro Lionel Mee, KSM, Provincial Grand Master for the Athelstan Province of Sussex was an Honoured Guest of the Craft Province of Middlesex at their Annual Meeting on Tuesday, 8th May 2018 in the Grand Temple at Great Queen Street in London.

RW Bro Alastair Mason, Pro Provincial Grand Master was the Presiding Officer in the absence of RW Bro HRH Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO Provincial Grand Master for Middlesex who was unable to be present, and he formally welcomed and individually introduced RW Bro Lionel as Provincial Grand Master in the Masonic Order of Athelstan.

The Court of Sion Abbey No 126 was established at Twickenham, Middlesex in the Athelstan Province of Sussex in February this year and a number of the Founders of that Court were present at the Annual Meeting.

It was a most enjoyable meeting and Investiture, and a large number of brethren later dined in the Connaught Rooms at a convivial Festive Board.

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In consequence of the forthcoming retirement of R W Bro Dr John B Lloyd, OStJ, CofM, GCh, GCSM as Deputy Grand Master, the Most Worshipful Grand Master is pleased to announce the following appointments:

  • Deputy Grand Master: R W Bro Roy William Leavers, GCh, GCSM, AGM

RW Bro. Roy has served the Order in the most professional and selfless manner for many years, most recently in his roles as Grand Secretary and Assistant Grand Master. His experience and his loyal service are well known to all and we offer him hearty congratulations on his preferment.

  • Assistant Grand Master: R W Bro Derek Nigel Broderick, GCSM, PJGW, GTreas

RW Bro Derek has served the Order as Provincial Grand Treasurer for the Province of Lindsey from 2008 until his preferment to Grand Treasurer in 2012. His sound judgement and practical approach coupled with his extensive knowledge of the Order and the wider Masonic community are well recognised, and will prove invaluable to the governance of the Order.

We offer our warm congratulations to these two distinguished brethren on their promotions. Their installations will take place at the meeting of Coronation Stone Court on Monday 22nd October 2018 at Surbiton. Full details will be circulated in due course.

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The Grand Master writes:

At my installation as Grand Master on 28 th May 2013 I had the foresight to appoint R W Bro Dr John B Lloyd, OStJ, Certificate of Merit, GCh, GCSM, as Deputy Grand Master.

Since his appointment as Deputy Grand Master R W Bro John has served both me and the Order with flair, tact, diplomacy and dedication. During the last five years our Order has witnessed changes to the Ritual; the Statutes; the Administration; changes to the boundaries of our Provinces; the Constitution of new Provinces; the highly successful 10-90 Appeal; and numerous other initiatives. Throughout all these changes and initiatives R W Bro John has been both at my side and in the forefront. His sound advice, wisdom and leadership skills have been of immense benefit to the Order, to me personally and to our Brethren. No Grand Master can had a more loyal and conscientious Deputy. It is therefore with a very heavy heart that I have accepted the retirement of my very dear friend and Deputy from the Office which he has filled with distinction at the annual meeting of Grand Court in October. Whilst he will be greatly missed as a Deputy Grand Master, he will still be a most valued advisor to me and the Order.

To know, and have worked with, a Freemason of such wonderful qualities is a privilege.

I know that my sentiments will be unanimously met by members of our Order.

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The Masonic Order of Athelstan was constituted in England in October 2005 and has developed and become well established internationally faster than ever conceived by the original founders. It has been particularly pleasing to note the enthusiasm and commitment shown by our brethren in our first overseas Provinces of India and Australia over this period of rapid growth and development.

After due consideration the Grand Master, M W Bro Paul W Johnston, PGHCh, GCSM, has concluded that Athelstan Freemasonry in India and Australia is now so well and firmly established that it should be placed under the authority of a Sovereign Grand Court of Athelstan in each country. This will undoubtedly benefit the future growth and prosperity of the Order in both countries.

It is the intention of the Grand Master that the Sovereign Constitutions of both India and Australia will be inaugurated at Grand Court in October 2018. Following each inauguration the first Grand Master will be appointed and installed. These will be:

  • R W Bro Bharat Epur for India
  • R W Bro Richard Elkington for Australia

This major milestone in the successful international expansion and development of Athelstan Freemasonry is one all members of the Order should celebrate and brethren are encouraged to come to Grand Court in October to witness these historic proceedings.

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Brethren of Courts No 114 (Corte de La Paz), 115 ( Corte Del Illimani) and 116 (Corte de Simon Bolivar) held meetings on consecutive days in April: on 3, 4 and 5 April 2018 respectively. As well as two Instructees joining the Corte Del Illimani, seven brethren of the Corte de La Paz made a joint presentation on the emblems of mortality, prompting much discussion afterwards. The brethren sent us these images from their meetings.

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The reconstitution of the Province of Wessex and the constitution of the Province of Dumnonia took place in Plymouth on Saturday 14 April 2018. Over 60 brethren (and one dog!) witnessed the MW Grand Master complete the process of the reorganisation of our Provinces in England and Wales, begun many months ago.

WBro Ian Crowe was installed as the Provincial Grand Master for the reconstituted Province of Wessex by the MWGM, and he then proceeded to install WBro Peter Hughes as his deputy. WBro Peter received a "field promotion" to PSGD from the MW Grand Master.

Following the constitution of the new Province of Dumnonia, the MW Grand Master installed RWBro Roger Freeman KSM as first Provincial Grand Master. RWBro Roger then installed VWBro Keith Waters as his deputy.

The proceedings concluded by the Grand Masters' recognition of one canine attendee.

The new Province of Dumnonia comprises the following Courts: Bishop Leofric No 58 (Plymouth), Adelred No 66 (Burnham on Sea), King Hywel of Cornwall No 69 (Perranporth), King Cerdic No 82 (Honiton) and St Germans No 97 (Liskeard).

The Province of Wessex now comprises the following Courts: Theocsbury No 57 (Tewkesbury), Aethelbald No 62 (Keynsham), Bricgstowe No 75 (Bristol) and Malmesbury No 100 (Malmesbury).

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This is Rufus. He’s an assistance dog who attended the Grand Court/Provincial Grand Court meetings in Plymouth on Saturday 14th April. You may wonder why he is wearing a Scarlet Mantle. It’s because after the MWGM made him an honorary member of Court No 50 and conferred upon him the rank of Past Grand Guard, The Grand High Chancellor made him an honorary Knight of the Scarlet Mantle, as reward for twice saving his owner's life (Bro Bajona). A very happy ending to today’s Installation of 2 PGMs, concluding the reorganisation of Provinces in England & Wales, a report of which will follow soon.

Sion Abbey Consecration

The Court of Sion Abbey, the tenth Court to be established in the Province of Sussex, was consecrated at the Cole Court Twickenham Masonic Centre on Wednesday, 28th February by RW.Bro. Lionel Broadbent Mee, Provincial Grand Master who officiated as Consecrating Officer.

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