On Wednesday 25th January 2017 at a special meeting of the Lodge of Anchor and Hope, No 1, (which is currently in its 244th year) to be held at 19 Park Street, Kolkata, R W Bro Bharat Epur, KCSM, Provincial Grand Master for Southern India will receive the 'Order of Service to Freemasonry’ from M W Bro Harcharan Singh Ranauta, O.S.M., Grand Master for the Grand Lodge of India.

The Order wishes R W Bro Bharat Epur sincere congratulations on achieving this most prestigious of awards.


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, GCSM
December 2016


On Friday 2nd December 2016 the Grand Secretary, R W Bro Roy Leavers, attended All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames and presented Father Jonathan Wilks with cheques from:

  • Grand Court in the sum of £400.00 for the benefit of those in need
  • The Coronation Stone Court, No 50, in the sum of £50.00 for the benefit of those in need
  • Wychbury Court, No 23, in the sum of £300.00 for the benefit of Cyningstun 10 – 90 Appeal

In receiving these cheques Father Jonathan thanked the Brethren for their continued support that they, and our Order gives to All Saints Church wishing each and every member of the Order, their wives, families and friends a very happy Christmas and New Year.

Father Jonathan also expressed his hope that at some future time our Order will once again be able to hold a Service of Re-Dedication in the Church.


At the 2016 meeting of the Grand Court, the Most Worshipful Grand Master introduced the Grand Master’s Distinguished Certificate of Merit as an award in his gift to be the ‘Ne Plus Ultra’ of the Masonic Order of Athelstan. As befits such a high, meritorious and prestigious award recipients shall be allowed to have the denomination CofM placed immediately after their names and any civil award, and before any ranks held in the Order of Athelstan and the Appendant Order of the Scarlet Mantle. The designation is applicable only within the context of the Masonic Order of Athelstan.

At the 2016 meeting of the Grand Court, the Most Worshipful Grand Master was pleased to award the Certificate of Merit to the following worthy brethren:

  • R W Bro Dr John Benjamin Lloyd, OStJ, CofM, GCh, GCSM, Deputy Grand Master
  • R W Bro David Buxton, CofM, PGHCh, GCSM, Past Deputy Grand Master
  • R W Bro Raymond Norman Dinning, CofM, GCSM, Past Provincial Grand Master of Lindsey

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The Province of Northumbria, which covers the Craft Provinces of Northumberland, Cumberland and Westmorland and West Lancashire made a delightful donation to the West Lancashire 2021 Festival in aid of the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

They were very keen to give their help and support to the Province of West Lancashire as it embarks upon its 2021 Festival.

Robert Dickinson, the Provincial Treasurer of the Northumbria, was delighted to make the donation of £500 on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master T W David Railson at Preston Masonic Hall where David Winder, The Vice President of the Festival and Geoff Saul, the Festival Secretary were present to receive the donation.

Following the presentation, David thanked Bro Dickinson on behalf of the Festival President R W Bro Tony Harrison, Provincial Grand Master, and asked him to convey his thanks to R W Bro Railson and the Brethren of the Athelstan Province of Northumbria for their generosity and kindness and also on behalf of those brethren who will ultimately benefit from the donation.

The Province of Northumbria will shortly be making similar donations of £500.00 to the Craft Provinces of Northumbria and Cumberland and Westmorland.


RWBro Brian W Coshall KSM, Provincial Grand Master, writes:

On Saturday the 15th October 2016 at 11-30am the Annual Meeting of the Provincial Grand Court of East Anglia was held at the Lowestoft Masonic Center, hosted by the Court of Anglecynn No 11 on the occasion of that Court's 10th Anniversary.

The Court meeting was held prior to the Provincial meeting to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Court of Anglecynn No 11, which occurred on 12th October 2016. In addition to Court members there was a very large attendance of Provincial Grand Officers, Present and Past as well as members of Courts of the Province.

A large retinue of guests were in attendance, including the Assistant Grand Master RW Bro Chris Ansell, Five Provincial Grand Masters, Grand Officers, Deputies, Provincial Officers and numerous representatives from other Provinces.

At this meeting was also held the Installation of the New Master, W. Bro Peter Haward. In the unavoidable absence of the Master, the ceremony was conducted in fine style by W. Bro David Hepburn ably assisted by the Court Officers.

As Provincial Grand Master and in recognition of the 10th Anniversary, the Court welcomed me as a Joining member. Also the Past Provincial Grand Master RW Bro Roy Foster was admitted as an Honouree member. Unfortunately, due to ill health and detained in hospital RW Bro Roy was unable to be present, arrangements are in hand to present him an appropriate certificate.

To mark the 10th Anniversary, as the Provincial Grand Master, I was privileged to presented to the Worshipful Master a celebratory scarlet collaret depicting the Carlton Coleville Man and two winged Cyningstun 10-90 Angels. I was pleased to give an explanation of the founding of the Order, the Consecration of the Court and the significance of the symbols on the collaret particularly with their association with Lowestoft and Suffolk.


Following the Court meeting, it was my privilege and pleasure to chair the Provincial Grand Court meeting as Provincial Grand Master. This was a very special meeting for the Province and for the Order. In addition to the Assistant Grand Master, members of Grand Court, PGMs of other Provinces, together with some Deputies, their Provincial officers and members of the Order, other guest were included. This was the first occasion at a Provincial Grand Court meeting that in attendance were nonmembers of the Order as invited guests. These included the heads or representatives of many of the other Orders in East Anglia including the Craft, Royal Arch, Scarlet Cord, Allied Masonic Degrees, Knights Templar Priests, St Thomas of Acon, SRIA, the Operatives and several other Orders.

I am most grateful to all members of the Province and our guests from other Provinces and from other Orders for their kind attendance and trust that they enjoyed the day as much as I did.

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Friday 21st October and Saturday 22nd October 2016 once again proved the continuing popularity and success of The Masonic Order of Athelstan and the Appendant Order of the Scarlet Mantle. The Annual Meeting of 2015, and all the related events, had proved highly popular and the high levels of attendance, fantastic as they were, might have proved an inhabiting factor for this year’s events. However the Brethren showed a commitment and dedication to that was of the highest standards.

The weekend commenced on Friday 21st of October with a meeting of The Appendant Order of the Scarlet Mantle. A total of 64 Brother Knights were in attendance in the Holmes Temple. M W Bro Paul W Johnston, Past Grand High Chancellor, GCSM, Grand Master; R W Bro David Buxton, Grand High Chancellor, GCSM, Past Deputy Grand Master; R W Bro Dr John B Lloyd, OStJ, Grand Chancellor, GCSM, Deputy Grand Master; R W Bro Dr Christopher W G Ansell, Grand Chancellor, GCSM, Assistant Grand Master; together with Brethren who were Knights Grand Cross of the Order entered in procession. Bro Buxton opened the meeting and presided over three beautiful ceremonies when Brethren were installed as Knights of the Scarlet Mantle; whilst others were promoted to the rank of Knight Commander of the Scarlet Mantle or Knight Grand Cross of the Scarlet Mantle.

Bro Buxton stated that after holding active Office in our Orders since the inauguration he was retiring as Grand High Chancellor. Bro Buxton then installed Bro Ansell in a most moving manner to the delight of all present. The installation Bro Ansell was special for many reasons not least that his late Father, R W Bro Keith Ansell, had also occupied the Office of Grand High Chancellor.
The Most Worshipful Grand Master congratulated Bro Buxton for the many years of Service in The Scarlet Mantle and for the manner in which he had discharged his many duties on the day. He also congratulated Bro Ansell, who was standing down as an Assistant Grand Master at midnight and presented him with the Collar of a Past Assistant Grand Master.

Following on from the open Dining arrangements of 2015 a total of 82 Brother Knights, wives, families, friends and Brethren of The Masonic Order of Athelstan enjoyed a most enjoyable meal. The highlight of which was ‘The Loving Cup’ ceremony which R W Bro Buxton had instigated the previous year.

Saturday 22nd of October saw the annual meeting of Grand Court. The Grand Master entered the magnificent Holmes Temple; to the strains of fine music played by W Bro Wayne Warlow, Grand Organist, on of one of the finest Organs; and opened Grand Court. Nearly 200 Brethren were in attendance, leaving ‘Standing Room ‘only, and were enthralled by the splendour of the day.

The Grand Master awarded his highest award, that of the ’Distinguished Certificate of Merit to Athelstan Freemasonry’ to R W Bro Dr John B Lloyd, Deputy Grand Master and R W Bro David Buxton, Past Deputy Grand Master. He later appointed and invested the Officers of the year.

At the conclusion of the meeting a total of 182 Brethren enjoyed a most sumptuous luncheon.

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insiginaOn Wednesday 19th October R W Bro Tony Parkinson, KSM, Provincial Grand Master for Mercia accompanied by many of his Provincial Grand Officers visited Wychbury Court, No 23. This being the first Official Visit by the R W Bro Parkinson since the Court had been moved into the Province from Hwicce.

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, and the Brethren, was delighted to witness a demonstration of the Ceremony of Instruction.

At the conclusion of the meeting the Worshipful Master, on behalf of all the Brethren of the Court donated the sum of £300.00 to Cyningstun 10 – 90.

All later enjoyed a most enjoyable meal so concluding a most memorable visit to Wychbury Court in which the Brethren demonstrated their generosity.

The regular meeting of the Court on Monday 24th October 2016 at Surbiton, Surrey, was another busy Court meeting for the Deputy Master, R W Bro Peter E Ribi, Officers and Brethren of the Court.

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After the Court had been opened the Deputy Master called upon R W Bro Noel A B Grout for a Eulogy in respect of Bro John A Dalley. R W Bro Noel, in a very moving eulogy, reminded the Brethren of all the many Masonic Orders that Bro John, a Past Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler in the Order of the Secret Monitor, had held high Officers in as well as his commitment to the Church and the local community where he lived. The Brethren stood together in silent tribute to the loss of a very dear Brother and Friend.

The Court having elected 10 senior Freemasons as Joining Members were then privileged to be present when Bro Theodore-Eddie Kalogeropoulos and Bro Nick Ellwood were Instructed into the Order. The ceremony was conducted by the Master of the Court, M W Bro Paul W Johnston assisted by R W Bro Roy Leavers and R W Bro Lionel Mee and the Officers of the Court in a most exemplary manner.

Bro Nigel Harding was then elected as Deputy Master for the ensuing year.

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Bro John Ward, who is currently the Mayor of Farnham in Surrey, later had his picture taken with the Worshipful Master of the Court, the Deputy Master and other Brethren.

After the meeting the Brethren were treated to a superb Surbiton meal, which surpassed their very excellent high standards.