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.


The address given by M W Bro Paul W Johnston, PGHCh, GCSM, Grand Master on the occasion of the Eleventh Annual Assembly of Grand Court at The Masonic Hall, Leicester on Saturday 22nd October 2016

I extend a most sincere welcome to all our Guests many of whom have travelled from afar. Their commitments are considerable yet they have found the time to be with us here today in Leicester. Over many years they have extended to me every courtesy and kindness when I have had the honour and privilege to attend their meetings and it is an enormous pleasure to know that they are here today supporting us. I would ask that you save your welcome until after I have introduced them all to you.

Brethren I am pleased to welcome:

The Grand High Priest of The Grand College of the Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests and Order of Holy Wisdom, Most Illustrious Knight Priest Christopher Gavin Maiden

The Past Pro Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons for England, Wales and its Districts and Lodges Overseas, Most Worshipful Brother Benjamin Addy; who is the President of the Grand Witan

The Recently Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons for Switzerland, Most Worshipful Brother Peter Ernst Ribi

The Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Iowa, Most Worshipful Brother Bryce Brent Hildreth who is Provincial Grand Master for the United States of America. Many Brethren from the United States are with us today. Perhaps they can stand so that we can acknowledge their commitment.

We also have in attendance the Grand Master of the Hermetic Order of Martinists who is the Unknown Philosopher.

Brethren I so very pleased to also welcome R W Bro Bharat Epur, Provincial Grand Master for Southern India; and he is accompanied by W Bro Ben Roy.

From Bolivia I am so pleased to welcome the Provincial Grand Master R W Bro Jose Mendoza

From Spain we are honoured by the presence of the Deputy Provincial Grand Master V W Bro Barrie Mansell; he is accompanied by the Provincial Grand Secretary W Bro Roy Mitchell and W Bro Roy Porter and the brothers Crawford.

Brethren let us all now join together in welcoming our Honoured Guests in the traditional Athelstan fashion.

Much has happened since that wonderful weekend in November last year when, after the meeting of Grand Court, we held a Service of Rededication of our Order in All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey; where the Banner of our Order was blessed by Father Jonathan; and where I made a significant donation of £57,500.00 on behalf of the Order to All Saints Church. Over the following months further donations of £2,700.00 were received which resulted in a total donation of £60,200.00. I am now informed that a further donation is expected. When I stood in All Saints Church, as part of that congregation which filled the Church, I knew that through your generosity, your compassion and your dedication our Order had come of age. For me it was a very moving moment and one I will always cherish. Brethren you exceeded my wildest expectations, thank you. I recently met with Father Jonathan and there have been developments regarding the moving of the Coronation Stone, in particular the late interest of the Royal Borough of Kingston Council and the Chairman of the 10-90 Committee will keep the Order informed in due course.

Following on from that marvellous weekend in November our Order has developed in many ways. I acknowledge the wisdom, understanding and leadership of my Provincial Grand Masters who have all worked so well and worthily over the last year; and who together with my ‘Team of Officers’ at Grand Court work tirelessly on behalf of the Order.

During this period R W Bro Howard Doe, R W Bro Malcolm Burns, R W Bro Brian Prevett and R W Bro Raymond Dinning have all, after so many years of exemplary and dedicated service, retired.

Yes they will be missed but in wishing each of them a very happy retirement I know that they will always be available to help in your Courts, your Provinces and at Grand Court.

The retirement of these very dear and distinguished Brethren has meant, together with the sterling support of my Officers, I have been busy installing Provincial Grand Master’s.

As I name them will they please stand:

  • R W Bro Ralph Mannings Apperley as Provincial Grand Master for Kent
  • R W Bro Roger W Freeman as Provincial Grand Master for Wessex
  • R W Bro Jose Mendoza as Provincial Grand Master for Bolivia. Brethren whilst in Bolivia we also consecrated five new Courts and constituted the Province.
  • R W Bro Lionel B Mee, KSM, as Provincial Grand Master for Sussex. Brethren earlier this month we consecrated a new Court in Sussex, The Sword of Constantine Court, No 120.
  • R W Bro Oscar de Alfonso Ortega as Provincial Grand Master for Spain. Brethren R W Bro Oscar is not able to be present today due to ill health and I ask RW Bro. Barry Mansell to pass on our best wishes to Oscar.
  • R W Bro William H Carlyon, J.P., KSM, as Provincial Grand Master for Lindsey

Brethren we welcome you to Grand Court for the first time as Provincial Grand Masters.

Overseas visits demand a lot of preparation and commitment for all those involved. It is not necessary to name the Brethren but I thank all those who assisted in our undertakings in Bolivia and Spain.

Our Order is blessed to have three very hard working Assistant Grand Masters R W Bros Allen Surratt, Arthur Macken and Madhavan Chellappa, who are based in Australia, India and the United States of America, respectively. Within their spheres of responsibility sit many Sovereign Grand Lodges and Supreme Grand Chapters. Through their knowledge of Freemasonry they ensure that our Order grows overseas in a manner that is acceptable to local customs and traditions. They are three wonderful Ambassadors for our Order. I am sure that over the coming months they will be working tirelessly to ensure there is more work to be undertaken overseas.

Today has also seen some retirements from Active Grand rank, with new replacements eager to begin their various duties. To those Brethren that have stood down today thank you for all that you have done during your tenure of Office; the manner in which you discharged your duties is so greatly appreciated.

One of those who has stood down is the Deputy Grand Secretary, W Bro David Hughes. Bro David has recently become a Metropolitan Grand Inspector in Metropolitan Grand Lodge. David we know that your new duties will be considerable. During your time as our Deputy Grand Secretary we all realised your ability and we are so proud that you have been awarded such a high rank; we are obviously sad to lose you from active Office; you achieved much as Deputy Grand Secretary; please enjoy your role as a Metropolitan Grand Inspector.

To all those that have undertaken new Offices welcome.

I am always pleased to be accompanied by acting Grand Officers when I make Official visits either here or overseas. My administration will ensure that you have plenty of notice to attend, should you so desire and I look forward to your company when I undertake these duties.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the amazing work and dedication to duty of our Grand Marshal and his team of Deputies; Brother John thank you for making everything tick and for making the Grand Master look so efficient!

To our Grand Secretary; Brother Roy your first year in office has been a huge success and you have worked tirelessly for the Order and our brethren. As our Order ever expands the number of items that now cross your desk is immense and your vast experience is an invaluable asset in ensuring the Order’s administration is carried out efficiently. Brethren, I speak to our Grand Secretary more times a day than I do my long suffering partner!

Today brings significant changes to the Statutes of the Order. These changes have been brought about in order to ensure our Order is more efficient and remains fit-for-purpose for the future. The Grand Witan, a name that Athelstan would have been very familiar with; which will be under the Presidency of R W Bro Ben Addy, has a clearly defined role. Over the coming months and years, we shall all feel the benefits of the Grand Witan, and the influence of its President.

Last night R W Bro Dr Chris Ansell was installed as Grand High Chancellor of our Appendant Order. It is his ardent wish to devote himself to his new Office and he has therefore stood down as an Assistant Grand Master, an Office he has undertaken with considerable aplomb since 2013. Whilst I will miss him as my Assistant I look forward to the fresh approach that he will bring to the very important Office of Grand High Chancellor. I am sure that we will have some very exciting times ahead of us and that he will do his late father Keith proud.

I have already paid tribute to R W Bro David Buxton, Past Deputy Grand Master and Past Grand High Chancellor. David your influence on our Order began before the Order was inaugurated. That we are all here today in such great numbers is a tribute to all that you have achieved. It would be totally remiss of me not to mention your good lady Janet as she is as much part of the early years and history of this Order than we are. We shall never forget your achievements and I actually believe that you and I are probably two of a very select club of members who have been present at every single Grand Assembly.

Present throughout all that has been achieved over the last year it is our Deputy R W Bro Dr John Lloyd who I commend to you all. He is a great source of knowledge and wisdom.

Put simply he is our guiding light – thank you John.

Brethren we still have much to do to ensure out Order grows and flourishes. Your work and commitment for the Order, your Provinces and your Courts is greater than anything I could have expected. Over the last 11 years we have made the most splendid of starts setting the highest of standards. Our Order is now, quite rightly regarded as being vigorous and progressive. We must not sit back and reflect on what has happened but focus on the future. The future for us means a continuance of that which we have so far achieved – bringing the joy of Athelstan Freemasonry to Royal Arch Masons; ensuring that our new Brethren immediately become part of our Order; maintaining the high standards of ritual; supporting each other as Freemasons; and not forgetting that we must also enjoy ourselves.

You will be pleased to know that it is now nearly time to cease our labours and go to refreshment.

Thank you all for your attention.


Athelstan died on 27 October 939, 1077 years ago today (27/10/2016) and almost exactly 40 years after his grandfather Alfred (d. 26 October 899).

In her excellent biography of Athelstan, Sarah Foot further relates that some evidence exists for his death occurring at Gloucester.

Athelstan was buried at Malmesbury Abbey, but his tomb (see image), although still there, now lies empty.