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.


insiginaTuesday, 11th October 2016 saw the Grand Master, MW Bro Paul Weldon Johnston, PGHCh, GCSM as Presiding and Consecrating Officer at the Consecration of The Sword of Constantine Court No. 120 at the Croydon & District Masonic Hall. He was assisted by RW Bro Dr John Lloyd, GCSM, Deputy Grand Master, RW & Em Bro Canon Ronald Black, KCSM, Grand Prior and other Officers of Grand Court - many of whom had travelled from distant parts of England to share in the proceedings of this very special event.

Despite the train strikes and heavy traffic problems, a total of 65 Brethren turned out in good time to support this special event which saw the 120th Court of the Order being Consecrated at Croydon Masonic Hall - this also heralded the 10th Court in the Athelstan Province of Sussex.

The Proceedings commenced at 10.00 am with an Instruction ceremony for the Founders who were new to the Order. The ceremony was conducted by the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro Lionel Mee, KSM and the Provincial Officers of Sussex who were also assisted by RW Bro Roy Leavers, GCSM, PSGW, Grand Secretary, and other members of Grand Court.

After the Instruction ceremony there was a break for a luncheon at an excellent Festive Board which was enjoyed by all those Brethren present.

At 2:30pm the Brethren were honoured to receive the MW Grand Master and his team of Officers of Grand Court who carried out the Consecration Ceremony of the new court in an excellent and moving manner.

The Provincial Grand Master then Installed W Bro Ian Nelson Clark as the Primus Master of the new court who then appointed and invested the First Officers of the Court.

We wish the new Court every success for the future and look forward to the camaraderie of its members at their next meeting.

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The Right Worshipful Grand High Chancellor and the Most Worshipful Grand Master are pleased to announce the following appointments and promotions within the Appendant Order of the Scarlet Mantle. Brethren will receive their appointment or promotion at a meeting of the Appendant Order on Friday 21 October 2016 at Leicester, to which all members of the Appendant Order will be duly summoned. The nominating Province is indicated after each recipient.

To be appointed and invested as Grand High Chancellor:

RWBro Dr Christopher WG Ansell, GCh, GCSM, AGM

To receive the accolade of Knight of the Scarlet Mantle (KSM)

Matthew Bainbridge (Lindsey)
Charles Barrett (Kent)
Craig Brown (Lindsey)
A P Chitra (S India)
Brian Coshall (East Anglia)
Mark P Donovan (Sussex)
John Evans (Magonsaetan)
Gerald Foulger (East Anglia)
John C W Hickman (Sussex)
Graham S Johnston (Mercia)
Ruben Levy (USA)
Christopher G Maiden (Wessex)
Jose G Mendoza (Bolivia)
Bryan E Miller (Australia)
Stephen Norman (East Anglia)
Anthony D Parkinson (Mercia)
David Railson (Northumbria)
Alan Smith (Magonsaetan)

To receive promotion to Knight Commander of the Scarlet Mantle (KCSM)

Edward T Allcock (Mercia)
William H Carlyon (Lindsey)
Edward Casey (Northumbria)
Shaun Crutchley (Magonsaetan)
Derek Dunn (Lindsey)
Richard Elkington (Australia)
Bharat V Epur (S India)
Ian Scott (Northumbria)

To receive promotion to Knight Grand Cross of the Scarlet Mantle (GCSM)

Ronald C Black (Lindsey)
Derek Broderick (Lindsey)
David Hargett Jr (USA)
Bryce Hildreth (USA)


The Grand Master, M W Bro Paul W Johnston, PGHCh, GCSM, will be honouring the following Brethren at annual meeting of Grand Court on Saturday 22nd October 2016.

 Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master: Dr John B Lloyd OStJ, GCh, GCSM

Eminent Grand Prior Ronald Calderwood Black, KCSM
Senior Grand Warden Christopher Gavin Maiden
Junior Grand Warden Peter Ernst Ribi
President of the Grand Witan Benjamin Addy, GCSM
President of the DAC Comm Peter Hamilton Rollin
Grand Secretary Roy William Leavers, GCSM
Grand Registrar Anthony Burke, GCSM
Grand Treasurer Derek Nigel Broderick, KCSM
Grand Marshal John David Watts, GCSM
Grand Sword Bearer Ian Harold Scott, KSM
Grand Lecturer Frederick Charles Lomax, KSM
Grand High Almoner Mervyn Samuel Western, KCSM
Deputy Eminent Grand Prior Robert Downs
Dep Pres of the DAC Comm John Raymond Collison
Deputy Grand Secretary Kenneth Barrington Chalkley, MBE
Deputy Grand Marshal Simon Stuart Walsh
Deputy Grand Marshal Gerald Anthony G Barker
Deputy Grand Marshal Brian Clifford Warham
Deputy Grand Sword Bearer Kenneth Alfred Ellis
Senior Grand Deacon Paul Leo Saunders
Junior Grand Deacon Craig Alder Brown
Grand Organist Wayne Buffet Warlow
Deputy Grand Organist Clive Warham
Grand Banner Bearer John Stanley Broughton
Deputy Grand Banner Bearer Martin Thatcher
Grand Captain of the Guards Barry Alexander Jones
Dep Grand Capt of the Guards Alfred John Prime
Grand Burgh Ivor Cook
Grand Burgh Doriapandan Raja
Grand Burgh Arvind Prasad Chitra
Grand Guard Derek Dunn, KSM
Deputy Grand Guard Jason Cameron-Potter



Past Junior Grand Warden Derek Nigel Broderick, KCSM
Past Grand Sword Bearer Thomas William Urwin, KSM
Past Junior Grand Deacon Henry Michael Philpot



Past Senior Grand Warden Orville Robert Armstrong
Past Senior Grand Warden Balaram Biswakumar
Past Senior Grand Warden Satoru Tashiro
Past Junior Grand Warden Donald Leo McAndrews
Past Grand Sword Bearer Charles Jonathan Aspinell
Past Grand Sword Bearer Graham Charles King
Past Grand Sword Bearer Abraham Markos
Past Grand Sword Bearer Andrew Christopher Sweeney
Past Senior Grand Deacon Vishwa Nath Chandla
Past Senior Grand Deacon Ian Trevor Dudley Smith
Past Senior Grand Deacon Narasimham Varanasi
Past Junior Grand Deacon Christopher Francis Hatton
Past Junior Grand Deacon Simon Edwin Polkinghorne
Past Junior Grand Deacon Phillip Colin Weatherall
Past Grand Banner Bearer Abraham Solomon Ben Roy
Past Grand Banner Bearer Emlyn John Carter
Past Grand Banner Bearer Wayne Dyer
Past Grand Banner Bearer Trevor Warren Holmes
Past Grand Banner Bearer Pokalath Vijay Kumar
Past Grand Banner Bearer Michael Smith
Past Grand Banner Bearer Kakkara Madathil Sukumaran
Past Grand Capt of the Guards John Frederick Callaghan
Past Grand Burgh Ross John Everett
Past Grand Burgh James Francis George Leach
Past Grand Burgh Clive Benjamin Taylor
Past Grand Guard Reinhard Klaus Amende
Past Grand Guard William Haslam



The Most Worshipful Grand Master has granted a Petition for a new Court of the Order, to be called:

‘The Sword of Constantine Court’

which will meet at Croydon, Surrey.

The Consecration will take place on Tuesday 11th October 2016 at Croydon.

The Most Worshipful Grand Master has, subject to the submission of the Petition, also approved a further new Court of the Order, to be called:

‘Upmunstra Court’

which will meet at Upminster, Greater London.

The Consecration will take place on Monday 30th January 2017 at Upminster.

Further information will be forthcoming on both these important events over the coming weeks.

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A reminder to all brethren of the Order that entries for the Chevalier Ramsay Lecture 2016 must be submitted before the 30th September, 2016 to the Grand Lecturer in the format prescribed below. Previous entries may be re-submitted.

The winner will be required to present his paper at the Order's Annual Assembly to be held on 22 October 2016 at Leicester.

These are the guidelines for the entry of a paper for the competition:

  • The paper must be on a Masonic topic of interest and does not necessarily need to be confined to the Order of Athelstan.
  • It should preferably be presented via e-mail to the Grand Lecturer and can be sent at any time.
  • The paper should not be more than 1800 words, entries above that figure will not be considered. There is limited time for presentation at the Annual Assembly and papers must therefore be limited to 15-20 mins duration and no more.
  • Entries should be on A4 paper using Arial font size 11 accompanied by full contact details of the entrant including e-mail, telephone number and full home address.
  • On submission, the author must disclose to the Grand Lecturer any prior publication or delivery of the paper.

Please submit to the Grand Lecturer, VWBro FC Lomax, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The first reunion meeting of the Cyningstun 10 – 90 Committee was held on Tuesday 5th July 2016 at Armoury House in the City of London. The Committee were pleased to have as Guests of Honour, the Grand Master , M W Bro Paul W Johnston, PGHChc, GCSM and Father Jonathan Wilkes , Rector of All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames.

After a superb Luncheon the Committee and the Grand Master attended Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street, and visited the Museum. A very fitting end to an excellent day.

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At Surbiton, Surrey on Monday 6th June 2016 the Brethren present received a lecture from M Ill Bro Stephen M Ayres, Grand Master of the Masonic Order of Pilgrim Preceptors. M Ill Bro Stephen gave a very informative resume of the history of the Order, its growth, structure and an outline of the ritual to the delight of all present. At the conclusion of which the Deputy Master thanked M Ill Bro Stephen on the presentation, which was echoed by the Brethren with spontaneous applause. M Ill Bro Stephen later joined the Brethren for a superb meal.