The Masonic Order of Athelstan in England, Wales and its Provinces Overseas
Provincial Grand Court of Sussex

Sword of Constantine Court No 120
The July meeting of The Sword of Constantine Court No.120 was held at the Croydon Masonic Hall on Monday 8th July. The Court was opened by the Acting Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Chris Eley, Provincial Grand Marshal.

Sword of Constantine Court No 120

After the regular business of the Court the Secretary, Bro. Phil Reutner, gave a most informative talk on King Athelstan and Malmesbury which was well received. Malmesbury is a town and civil parish in Wiltshire, England. As a market town it became prominent in the Middle Ages as a centre for learning focused on and around Malmesbury Abbey, the bulk of which forms a rare survival of the dissolution of the monasteries. Once the site of an Iron Age fort, in the Anglo-Saxon period it became the site of a monastery famed for its learning and one of Alfred the Great's fortified burhs for defence against the Vikings. Æthelstan, the first king of England, was buried in Malmesbury Abbey when he died in 939.

W.Bro. Chris Eley (Provincial Grand Orator, Craft) then gave a talk entitled ‘Freemasonry during the Second World War’ which was also well received and prompted some discussion afterwards.

After the customery group photo the Brethren of The Sword of Constantine Court sat down to a most enjoyable meal at the Croydon Masonic Hall.

Article and photos by Chris Eley

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