RWBro Richard Elkington KCSM, Provincial Grand Master for the Athelstan Province of Australia,has been elected the next Deputy Grand Master of Freemasons Victoria. This election will be formally announced at the Quarterly Communication on 20 September 2017 at Morwell and RWBro. Richard will be installed as Deputy Grand Master at the Grand Installation on 7 April 2018.

I am sure all members of the Order will be delighted at his preferment and join us in congratulating RWBro. Richard on his election.

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The Grand Master of The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Iowa, Most Worshipful Brother  Kenneth A. Hurmence, has invited our Grand Master to assist in their celebrations of the 300th anniversary of the world’s first Grand Lodge for freemasons.

The Masons of Iowa will pay tribute to this auspicious occasion with a historic celebration on Saturday June 24, 2017 in Des Moines, when Most Worshipful Brother Paul W. Johnston will demonstrate an ancient and extended version of the ‘Master’s Degree’ better known as the ‘Inner Workings’ to an assembly of over 350 Past Masters. He will be assisted by Right Worshipful Brother  Bryce Hildreth, Worshipful Brother John Klaus from the Province of the USA and Worshipful Brothers Chris Hatton, Simon Polkinghorne and Bro Graham Hancock from England.

I am sure that we all wish them all a very happy and succesful time in the USA.



In accordance with the announcement made on this website recently, all member login accounts to this website that have not been accessed in the last 24 months (or registrations granted but not accessed within the last 12 months) have now been suspended and cannot be used to log in to the members area of this website.

These accounts will be irrevocably deleted on14 June 2017. Accounts can be reactivated before that date by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.quoting your username and Grand Court Certificate number.

After 14 June, suspended accounts will not be recoverable so any members affected will need to apply for a fresh account here if they subsequently want to access the members area.


In keeping with our responsibilities under Data Protection Legislation, for site security management and as part of website "housekeeping" behind the scenes, all member login accounts to this website that have not been accessed in the last 24 months (i.e. since May 2015) will be deleted on 1 June 2017. Any members affected will need to apply for a fresh account if they subsequently want to access the members area. To preserve your account, simply log in to the members area before 1st June.

Going forward, it will be our intention to repeat this process on a regular basis. Notice will be given to members via this website.

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On behalf of the Order we extend sincere good wishes to R.W.Bro Peter H Rollin, PresDAC, in achieving 50 years Craft membership in Montgomerie Lodge No 1741, which meets at Diss in the Province of Norfolk.His certificate was presented by the PGM for Norfolk, R.W.Bro Stephen Allen (image, left) in a humorous and interesting way, enabling Peter to answer the probing questions in a forthright and honest manner! 

Congratulations Peter.


It is my intention at our October Annual Assembly of Grand Court to appoint and invest R W Bro Roy W Leavers, GCSM, to the rank and office of The Assistant Grand Master. This is in recognition of the exemplary and professional manner in which he has assisted me in the guidance of our Order. His work as Grand Secretary has not only benefitted our Order but has been invaluable to me as Grand Master.

As a consequence we will require a new Grand Secretary and I am delighted to announce that W Bro K ‘Barry’ Chalkley is to be promoted from Deputy Grand Secretary to Grand Secretary at our October Annual Assembly of Grand Court. R W Bro Roy will continue to mentor W Bro Barry to ensure a smooth transition in this key position.

I am sure that you will wish to congratulate both on their forthcoming preferments.

Paul Johnston
MW Grand Master
May 2017


The Annual Meeting of the Province of Sussex was held at the Nutfield Masonic Hall in Redhill on Saturday, 1st April 2017 with R W Bro Lionel Broadbent Mee, Provincial Grand Master for Sussex presiding. The meeting was conducted in a highly professional and convivial manner and everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed the proceedings.

Among a total of over 70 attending were members of the Province, Guests from Grand Court, other Provinces and Distinguished Brethren from as far as afield as Cornwall, East Anglia, Essex and Kent. We were also very pleased to welcome R W Bro Brian Prevett, Past Provincial Grand Master.

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master introduced a total of 35 Distinguished Guests, Heads of Orders, their Deputies and other members of the Executive within the Province - which comprises the Craft Provinces of Hampshire & Isle of Wight, Surrey and Sussex.

During the meeting, the Provincial Grand Master re-appointed W Bro Michael Daniel Ellis, KSM, PSGD as Deputy Provincial Grand Master, after which he invested the Active Provincial Officers for the ensuing year and conferred Past Provincial Grand Rank on a number of other brethren.

In his Annual Address to the Brethren, R W Bro Lionel said that he had thoroughly enjoyed his first year as Provincial Grand Master during which he and Deputy Mike Ellis had visited all Courts in the Province. He had particularly enjoyed meeting so many members during these Visits and expressed his appreciation of the welcome and hospitality extended to him on every occasion. A schedule of Official Visits for 2017-2018 has been circulated to the Active Officers who have again been invited to join the visits if they wish to attend.

The Consecration of the Sword of Constantine Court No 120 at Croydon Masonic Centre in October last year had been one of the highlights of the year, when W Bro Ian Clark was installed as Primus Master. TWO further Courts are currently being planned; one on the Isle of Wight and the other at Cole Court, the Twickenham Masonic Centre. The organisers of these new Courts are Bro Colin Wilson and Bro Martin Smith respectively and we look forward to founding these new courts in the not too distant future.

This year marks the Tenth Anniversary since the first Court in the Province was founded at Chichester on 26th May 2007 and there will be a Celebration Dinner & Dance at the Chichester Park Hotel on Saturday, 10th June. All are welcome to attend - whether members of the Order or not - together with Wives, Partners, non-Masonic friends and guests. The event is being organised by W Bro Ross Everett and W Bro Lee Everett.

The Provincial Grand Master thanked W Bro Ron Bentley, Provincial Secretary, W Bro John Hickman, Provincial Treasurer and W Bro Mark Donovan, Provincial Marshal and his team for their hard work in planning what has been a very successful meeting. Thanks also to Bro John Gough, Provincial Organist for his wonderful musical contribution during the meeting.

There followed a pre-lunch Drinks Reception after which 51 members and guests enjoyed an excellent and convivial Festive Board.

Further images from the day may be viewed on the Sussex Provincial website: http://www.athelstansussex.org.uk/news-0098-01.html

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A meeting of the Appendant Oder of the Scarlet Mantle was held prior to the Court of Eoforwic No 1 at York on Friday 24 February. Three brethren who were unable to be present at the annual investiture held in October 2016 at Leicester received honours.

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WBro Matthew Bainbridge was appointed Knight of the Scarlet Mantle, and VWBro Edward Casey and WBro Eddie Allcock were promoted to Knight Commander of the Scarlet Mantle by the Grand High Chancellor. The meeting was well supported by members of the Order of the Scarlet Mantle in and around the Province of Lindsey and all joined other brethren of the Court of Eoforwic No 1 at their Court meeting which immediately followed. The Court instructed three new brethren on this most memorable occasion and the subsequent festive board was a most convivial occasion.