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At the April 2016 meeting of The Great Priory of Knights Templar held in The Grand Temple at Great Queen Street, London several members of the Masonic Order of Athelstan received Knight Templar appointments. David Railson, PGM Northumbria was promoted and first Great rank conferred upon Bob Tuthill KSM and Ray Hudson, DepPGM Kent.

In addition, our Junior Grand Warden Noel Grout P 2nd Gt Const was re-elected to the Appeals Panel and the President of our DA&C Committee, Peter Rollin P 2nd Gt Const was re-elected to the Grand Masters Council.

Some of our members took the opportunity to visit the UGLE Library and Museum of Freemasonry and after browsing a temporary exhibition celebrating the Ter-Centenary in 2017 were delighted to see a display case dedicated to the Masonic Order of Athelstan. It contains aprons of a Court Master Mason, a Provincial officer, a Grand Officer and the original apron of the Most Worshipful Grand Master, who now wears a new apron presented to him as part of our 10th anniversary celebration weekend in 2015.

An introduction to the display contains the following words “The additional orders of freemasonry mostly date from the 1700s and 1800s but Freemasonry in England continues to develop to meet the needs of its members and new orders are still being created. These all require members to be freemasons in good standing under the United Grand Lodge of England. The Masonic Order of Athelstan …. uses non Biblical imagery and is a new order in its structure and ritual."

All our members are encouraged to visit the museum and view our dedicated display next time they are in London.

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Cyningstun 10 90 a further donation

The generosity of the Brethren of the Order knows no bounds. Nearly six months after the 10th Anniversary celebrations of the inauguration of the Order R W Bro Roy Leavers, Grand Secretary (picture right), and R W Bro Noel Grout, Junior Grand Warden, the Chairman and Deputy Chairman respectively of Cyningstun 10 – 90 (picture left), again attended All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames. On Monday 25th April 2016 they were able to make a further donation, on behalf of the Order, to Father Jonathan Wilkes (picture centre) in the sum of £2,700.00; the total donations are now the magnificent sum of £60,200.00. In accepting the donation Father Jonathan once again thanked the generosity and support of the Masonic Order of Athelstan and hopes that if our Brethren, wives and families are in Kingston to take time and visit All Saints Church; where they will be most warmly welcome.

At the meeting of the Appendant Order of The Scarlet Mantle held on Saturday 19th Match 2016 at Freemasons Hall, 80 London Road, Leicester R W Bro David Buxton, GHCh, GCSM, P Deputy Grand Master, announced that he would be retiring as Grand High Chancellor of the Order of Scarlet Mantle with effect from the next meeting date of the Order which is on Friday 22nd October 2016.

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RW Bro Brian W COSHALL PGM (East Anglia) receiving the Past Masters Board for Court No 48 kindly donated from W & Em Bro James Stevens

On Tuesday 15th of March at the Masonic Rooms, The Pavilion, Bowling Green Lane Luton, the Court of Earl Godwyne No 48, in the Province of East Anglia, took delivery of a splendid record board showing the Court Masters as from the Consecration in 2008.

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On Wednesday 27th April 2016 at Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street, London R W Bro Ralph M Apperley, Provincial Grand Master for Kent, will be appointed to the rank of Past Grand Standard Bearer in the United Grand Lodge of England.