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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Advice from the Grand Secretary:

If a regular meeting of a Court cannot be held because of bad weather, or any other reason, a note must be placed in the minutes explaining the reason and the subsequent action taken. The following should be used as the framework for the entry:

“As a result of severe adverse weather conditions/ A N Other cause, the regular meeting of the Court scheduled for …. (date)…. did not take place as there were insufficient brethren present to open the Court.
(Note, Statute 50: At least 6 members including the Guard and a Master or Past Master are required to open a Court.)

A copy of the summons for the meeting is attached, together with the names of those brethren who managed to attend and made the decision to postpone the meeting.

A dispensation was applied for and granted by the Provincial Grand Master for the Province of ………..
to hold the postponed regular meeting on …date… …………

A postponed meeting should normally be held within 7 days of the planned date, but Provincial Grand Masters will use their judgement in granting the dispensation, notwithstanding which the postponed meeting must be held before, and not on the same day as, the next regular meeting.

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Day 1 of AMD week at Washington DC was a very busy one for the Masonic Order of Athelstan.

The first meeting to be opened was Potomac Court No107 by the WM James H Hodge.

A contingent of acting Grand Officers then entered under the direction of RWBro John D Watts GReg acting as Grand Marshal: MWBro Paul W Johnston, Grand Master, RWBro Roy W Leavers AsstGM; RWBro D Allen Surratt, AsstGM in Charge of the North Americas; RWBro Jose Mendoza AsstGM in Charge of Latin America; VWBro K Barry Chalkley, Grand Secretary and WBro Stephen J Priestley, Grand Almoner.

The Most Worshipful Grand Master took the Chair of Potomac Court and Instructed the Representative candidate (of 8) MWBro Teko Foley, PastGM of the District of Columbia into the Order assisted by officers of the Court, AsstGM Roy Leavers who explained the signs and words and WBro Ian Dixon PJGD who explained the Rosetta Stone.

Bro Erwin J Coon was then installed as the new Worshipful Master of Potomac Court No107 by the Grand Master.

There then followed the AGM of the Province of the USA with RWBro Bryce B Hildreth presiding.

RWBro Orville Robert Armstrong, PSGW, ProvSGD (Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee) was appointed as Deputy Provincial Grand Master, obligated and invested by RWBro Leavers, AsstGM and installed by the ProvGM.

The Assistant Provincial Grand Masters Gene R Hatfield and Blane H Simmons were reappointed followed by the appointment of the Officers of the Province of the United States of America.

The MW Grand Master assisted by the Grand Secretary and Grand Registrar then presented Assistant Grand Masters Leavers and Mendoza with their patents of appointment and made some field appointments to Past Grand Rank to Past and Current Grand Masters of the Craft and Rulers of other masonic Orders in the USA.

After 3 hours of intense meetings there was a well earned rest period before an Athelstan banquet was held, also in the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel, Reagan National Airport attended by over 80 members of the Order and guests.

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The MWGM, AsstGM, GSec, GReg and WBro Ian Dixon PJGD have travelled from the UK to Washington DC for the USA Masonic week being held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Crystal City.

On the eve on the official events the MWGM in his capacity as Past Grand High Chancellor conferred the honour of Knight of the Scarlet Mantle on WBro Gene Hatfield, AsstPGM USA (pic front row 2nd from left) who was unable to attend Leicester in October 2017 due to ill health.

Grand Chancellor RWBro Roy Leavers delivered the oration, VWBro Barry Chalkley KSM acted as Knight Secretary, RWBro John Watts GCSM fulfilled his duty as Knight Marshal and WBro Ian Dixon KSM acted as Knight Captain of Guards.

Also present were RWBro Allan Suratt GCh AsstGM for North America, RWBro Jose Mendoza GCh AsstGM for South America, RWBro Bryce Hildreth GCSM, PGM for USA, RWBro David Hargett GCSM, DepPGM USA and WBro Andre Lovas KSM of Georgia Court.

Tomorrow the AGM of the Province of USA will take place to include a ceremony of instruction, and the installation of a WM in Potomac Court.


The MW Grand Master has announced the appointment of 2 Provincial Grand Masters.

  •  WBro Ian Crowe is to be Provincial Grand Master for the re-constituted Province of Wessex, which will comprise of the craft areas of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire & Berkshire.
  • RWBro Roger Freeman as Provincial Grand Master of the new Province of Dumnonia which will cover the craft areas of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.

The date and venue for their installation meetings have yet to be determined.

 RWBro Freeman will continue as PGM of the Province of Wessex until the changes are implemented.

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On Saturday 13th January 2018 the MW Grand Master attended by the Asstant Grand Master, Grand Wardens and other Grand Officers, conducted the ceremonies of Reconstituting the Province of Northumbria, installing RWBro Bill Carlyon and PGM, Constituting the Province of South Rheged and installing RWBro Bryan Ogden as it’s Primus PGM.

The 2 PGMs than installed VWBro Tom Urwin PGSwdB and RWBro Eddie Casey PJGW as their Deputy PGMs along with other acting Provincial Officers.

The ceremonies were followed by lunch attended by over 100 members of the Order also held in Wellington Park Masonic Centre, Leyland, Lancashire.

The reconstituted Province of Northumbria consists of the 6 Courts meeting in the Craft areas of Northumberland, Durham and Cumberland & Westmorland.

The newly constituted Province of South Rheged consists of 9 Courts meeting in the Craft areas of East Lancashire, West Lancashire and Cheshire.

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On Thursday, 21st December 2017 the Archbishop Æthelhelm Court No. 34 in the Province of Sussex was honoured by a visit from the Provincial Grand Master, RW. Bro. Lionel B Mee, KSM.

The Court was opened at 4.30 pm by W Bro Leslie Grout, Worshipful Master with more than 45 members and visitors in attendance at the Nutfield Masonic Centre in Redhill.

The Worshipful Master welcomed the Official Visitor, RW. Bro. Lionel Mee, KSM, Provincial Grand Master on his annual visit to the Court; he was escorted by W Bro Mark Donovan, Provincial Marshal, accompanied by V W Bro Mike Ellis, KSM, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, and a number of Provincial Officers of the year. R W. Bro. Lionel thanked the brethren for their warm welcome, and introduced his Deputy and the accompanying Provincial Officers. He then congratulated V W. Bro. Mike Ellis on his promotion in Grand Rank and W.Bro. Louis Keats, Deputy Eminent Grand Prior and W.Bro. Bob Tuthill, Deputy Grand Secretary, on their recent appointments to Grand Rank.

For the second time in just under six months a number of new Brethren were instructed into the Order to enable them to become Petitioners and Founders of a new Court in the Province to meet at Twickenham. W.Bro. Leslie Grout assisted by the Provincial Grand Master carried out the ceremony of instruction for 12 new members into the Order.


W.Bro. Leslie then carried out the ceremony of installation for Master Elect, Bro. Andrew Fox and also installed the following Petitioners by Dispensation; Bro Martin Smith, Worshipful Master-designate of the new Court, Bro Richard Hardaker, Bro Gordon Smith, Bro Roger Short, Bro John Billet. Both ceremonies were carried out to a high standard in a faultless manner and with great dignity.

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The Provincial Grand Master presented a Grand Court Certificate to Bro Osiji Onah in an interesting and informative manner.


37 Brethren later enjoyed a convivial meal at the festive board during which the formal toasts of the Order were observed.

The next meeting of the Court will be on Tuesday 10th July 2018 at the Nutfield Masonic Centre when it is hoped that Bro Laurie Young, who was elected a member at this meeting, will be able to attend to be introduced into the Order.

The new Court - the Court of Sion Abbey No 126 - will be consecrated on Wednesday, 28th February 2018 and will meet at Cole Court Masonic Centre, Twickenham.

Article by Lionel Mee and photos by Chris Eley



In his speech at the meeting of Grand Court in October 2017, the MW Grand Master announced the intention to form a study circle within this Order in 2018.

Registration for credentials to access the study circle is now available.  Any member of the Order who has not accessed the study circle previously will need to register for access, at the circle website. The circle is located at The study circle is (deliberately) entirely separate from the main website and separate credentials are required to access each site.