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

The Provincial Grand Master’s visit to the Court of Wiht-land
Friday, 13th September 2019 at the Ryde Masonic Hall on the Isle of Wight was the occasion of the Annual Official visit by RW.Bro. Lionel Mee, Provincial Grand Master, to the Court of Wiht-land No 123. The meeting was opened by Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Roger Huntley. The Provincial Grand Master, accompanied by W Bro Mark Donovan, Deputy Provincial Grand Master and a number of Provincial Officers, was then received and welcomed by the Worshipful Master.

The Provincial Grand Master’s visit to the Court of Wiht-land The Court was opened by the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Terry Carpenter, who welcomed the Provincial Grand Master and the Deputy Provincial Grand Master wishing them both an enjoyable visit. The Provincial Grand Master was saluted with 7 under the direction of the Provincial Grand Marshal, W.Bro. Chris Eley, a member of the Court.

The members of the Provincial team were introduced by the Provincial Grand Master, several of whom are members of the court, including Escorting Officer W.Bro. Duncan Maguire. Also in attendance was W.Bro. David Stock, the current Worshipful Master of the Court of King Alfred the Great which meets at Winchester within the Province.

Bro. Michael Lloyd, Master-elect, was Installed as Master for the ensuing year by W.Bro. Roger who carried out the ceremony with great dignity and in a most memorable manner. The Officers for his Year were then appointed and invested. The Provincial Grand Master congratulated them all, and wished the new Master and his Officers a happy and successful year.

The Provincial Grand Master was pleased to learn that the court may have a candidate for Instruction into the Order at their next meeting in January.

Twenty four members and visitors attended the meeting and twenty later dined at an enjoyable and convivial Festive Board at the Ryde Masonic Hall.

Article by Lionel Mee and photo by Martin Smith

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