SM USA 07-02-2018

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.


As this joyous season of Christmas approaches we ask that the Supreme Being may pour out His blessings on us, our families and loved ones. May peace and joy be with us all and the New Year be a time of health and happiness keeping us in mind of those less fortunate than ourselves.

R. W. and Em. Bro. Canon Ron. Black.
Eminent Grand Prior

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The Court of Wiht-land was consecrated by the Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Paul Weldon Johnston, PGHCh, GCSM at the West Cowes Masonic Hall, Castle Road on the Isle of Wight on Wednesday, 6th December 2017. The Consecration team included R W Bro Roy Leavers, Assistant Grand Master, R W Bro Lionel Mee, Provincial Grand Master, plus a number of other Grand and Provincial Grand Officers. A total of 55 brethren were in attendance for this very special occasion, 53 of whom later enjoyed an excellent luncheon at the Festive Board.

W Bro Colin Wilson – the principal organiser of the new court - was installed as Primus Master and he appointed and invested W Bro Colin Maddison as Secretary and a number of the other Founders as first officers for the year ahead.

The new court is the NINTH to be established in the Province of Sussex, and it was a most convivial occasion enjoyed by all who attended.

The next meeting of the new Court will be at the Masonic Hall in Ryde on Thursday, 11th January 2018.

R W Bro Lionel B Mee, KSM
Provincial Grand Master

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The Consecration of the first Greek Court of our Order, the Sectio Aurea Court No. 125, took place in Surbiton on the 23rd of October 2017.

The Regular Meetings shall be held at The Freemasons’ Hall, 19, Acharnon Street, Athens - Greece on the Second Saturday in February, the First Saturday following the 15th of June and the Friday preceding the 15th of September.

All business of the Lodge, including the ceremonies, together with their charges, addresses, etc. will be conducted in the English language.

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The Assembly of the Provincial Grand Court of Essex held at Letchworth on Thursday 16 November 2017 saw the Installation of RWBro Peter Ribi (main image, left) as Provincial Grand Master by the MW Grand Master. RWBro Ribi confirmed VWBro Richard Goodwin PGSwdB (main image, right) as his deputy.

We thank WBro R Tuthill KSM for these images from the day.

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