King Constantine March 2015The Court of King Constantine No. 70 in the Province of Northumbria held their Installation meeting at their usual assembly venue of The Lawson Masonic Hall, Brampton, Cumbria, on Saturday 21st March 2015.


The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro. Thomas William David Railson was represented on this occasion by the Provincial Grand Secretary, WBro. Alan Reece, PJGD.


The incoming Master, Bro. Walter Simpson expressed his great pride and pleasure at being installed as Worshipful Master. The ceremony progressed very smoothly using the new ritual, to the great delight of all involved.


WBro. Simpson then presented a very interesting talk entitled ‘Creating Interest’, which was written by RWBro. Edward L. Bennett, Grand Sec. of the GL of Washington. This and other presentations/talks are available to download from the member’s area of the Masonic Order of Athelstan website. Members whom wish to visit the website are reminded that they will need their unique number from their Grand Court Certificate in order to register for access to the members area.


A new applicant was successfully balloted for, followed by the presentation of a Grand Court Certificate by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, WBro. Edward Casey, KSM, PGBannerB.


Members and visitors then retired to the dining room for an excellent meal of chicken soup, steak pie with veg., and dessert.


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A special assembly of the Provincial Grand Court of Australia was held at Willoughby, Sydney on Saturday 7 March 2015, which saw the Grand Master MWBro Paul Johnston install RWBro Arthur Macken as Assistant Grand Master in Charge of Australia, and the Assistant Grand Master RWBro Chris Ansell install RWBro Richard Elkington as Provincial Grand Master for Australia. The new Provincial Grand Master then installed WBro Herbie Mailey as his deputy and WBros Donald Dezentje and Michael Burrell as Assistant Provincial Grand Masters.


The meeting was honoured also by the presence of RExComp Warren Dews, 2nd Grand Principal of USGC of NSW and ACT and the Grand Master of the UGL of NSW and ACT, MWBro Derek Robson, who were themselves escorted by many distinguished visitors from USCG and UGL of NSW and ACT.


The Grand Master was accompanied on this visit to Australia by the Assistant Grand Master RWBro Chris Ansell, the Provincial Grand Master for East Anglia, RWBro Brian Coshall. the Grand Secretary VWBro Michael Eckley, the Grand Registrar VWBro Tony Burke (who at the 11th hour was called upon to act as Grand Marshal - which he undertook with great distinction), and the Deputy Grand Secretary VWBro Nick Le Grys.


Aldred Feb2015The Court of Aldred No. 15 met on Thursday 26th February 2015, this being the occasion of its annual Installation.


Brother Simon Robinson was installed into the Masters chair, and expressed his delight at being the recipient of the confidence of the members of the Court, and his feeling of honour at being made Master.

WBro. Robinson then appointed and invested his Officers for the ensuing year.


The outgoing Master, WBro. Michael Jacques thanked his officers for their hard work and commitment, and for making his year as Master such a wonderful experience.


WBro. Thomas Urwin, KSM, ProGSec., then presented a talk, researched and produced by VWBro. Fred Lomax, Grand Lecturer, entitled ‘Masonic Imposters’.


The Grand Master, MWBro. Paul Weldon Johnston, PGHCh, GCSM, then presented two Grand Lodge Certificates to recently joined members of the Court.


Members and visitors then retired to the dining room for an excellent meal, plus the customary glass of Port from the Masters bottle.


WBro. Robinson sends his grateful thanks to all visitors who attended his Installation, some travelling considerable distances to be present.


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71 Feb2015 01The Brethren of the Court of Tinan No. 71 held their February meeting at the regular meeting place of Byker Masonic Hall, Newcastle, on Wednesday 18th February 2015.


The Court was opened promptly at 6.30 p.m., and following the normal opening proceedings, Brethren who were not present at the Installation were installed into their offices.


A further two new members were instructed into the Order, further strengthening a very successful Court.


The Provincial Grand Master, RWBro. David Railson then had the pleasure of presenting Grand Court Certificates to Bro. David Perkins and Bro. George Wady.


Upon retiring to the dining room, the members and visitors were served an excellent 4 course meal, together with a huge serving of humour and good natured banter.


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54 Jan2015 01Maers-Ea Court No. 54 was opened punctually at 12 noon on Saturday 31st January 2015, the main business of the day being the Installation of a new Master.


Following the entrance and very warm welcome given to the Deputy Prov. Grand Master, VWBro. Edward Casey KSM, Bro. John Barnes was installed as Master of the Court.


W&EmBro. John Roberts then gave a short but very interesting talk entitled ‘The Lodge’.


The Brethren then transferred to the dining room to sample a very tasty meal of fish, chips and ‘mushy’ peas.


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EW Jan2015 01The 15th Regular Meeting of The Court of the East and West No. 67 took place at the Court’s new home at Gateshead on Monday 26th January 2015.


The Court was very well attended by members and visitors, but because of business commitments by the candidates (father and son, and both farmers) they were unable to attend.


However, as the new ritual books had been delivered that day, and the Grand Marshal, VWBro. John Watts, KSM was present, it proved an ideal opportunity to have a ‘practice run’ with the new ritual, which was generally agreed to be a welcome improvement!


Three Grand Lodge Certificates were then presented and explained by VWBro. Bill Carlyon KSM, DepProvGM.


Following the closure of the Court, the Brethren retired to The Orchid Chinese Restaurant on the Quayside at Newcastle for an excellent meal.


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Following agreement with the Grand Master of Romania the Consecration of the Constantin Brancoveanu Court at the York Rite Temple, Rin Hotel, 255 A Bucuresti - Ploiest Blvd, Otopeni, Ilfov, 075100, Romania will take place on Friday 15th May 2015.


The Grand Master welcomes the assistance of his Grand Officers for the ceremony and also the company of any member of the Order to support him on this overseas event.


This is of course, self funding as all costs are met individually by members of our Order.


Any Grand Officer who is interested in attending should register their availability with the Grand Secretary so that we may evaluate the support and numbers of the visiting Grand Officers for this event.

athelstaninsigniaIn view of the celebrations which are planned for our 10th Anniversary the Most Worshipful Grand Master wishes to hold the 2015 Annual Assembly at the Conference Centre, Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, Heathrow on Saturday 7th November 2015 to combine this with the other events taking place that weekend.


This will be followed by the Re-dedication Service at All Saints Church, Kingston Upon Thames for which transport will be arranged between the two venues, details of which have already been issued by the Cyningstun 10-90 Committee together with booking arrangements for accommodation.


This will be a truly special event in celebration of our Order which I am sure will become a treasured memory by all those who attend.


The Oder of the Scarlet Mantle will hold the annual investiture meeting at the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel on the evening of Friday 6th November.


I must stress that this is a special departure from our usual date and venue which will resume next year.


Michael V. Eckley KCSM
Grand Secretary