Installation of Bro Oscar De Alfonso Ortega as Provincial Grand Master for Spain

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After our Grand Master, M W Bro Paul W Johnston, P GHCh, GCSM, had installed R W Bro Lionel B Mee, KSM, as Provincial Grand Master for Sussex on Saturday 2nd April 2016, later that same evening he travelled to Spain for the Installation of Bro Oscar De Alfonso Ortega as the first Provincial Grand Master for Spain.

Here he was joined by the following Assisting / Attending Officers: R W Bro Ralph M Apperley, Provincial Grand Master for Kent; R W& Em Bro Canon Ronald C Black, KCSM, Eminent Grand Prior; V W Bro John D Watts, GCSM, Grand Marshal; V W Bro Ian H Scott, KSM, Grand Sword Bearer; W Bro Mervyn S Western, KCSM, Grand High Almoner; W Bro Robert Downs, Deputy Eminent Grand Prior; W Bro Gerald Spencer, Past Deputy Grand Secretary; W Bro David P G Booth, Deputy Grand Marshal; W Bro Craig A Brown, Junior Grand Deacon; W Bro K Barry Chalkley, MBE, Deputy Grand Captain of Guards; W Bro Alan Davidson, KSM, Past Junior Grand Deacon; Bro Anthony Pinnell. Many of whom had either been at the Installation meeting of R W Bro Lionel at Chichester or at the Provincial Meeting of Magonsaetan both held on Saturday 2nd April.

After a ‘rest day’ on Sunday 3rd April our Grand Master together with the Assisting and Attending Officers and W Bro Barrie Roy Mansell then took part in a day long exercise of Masonic activity.

Monday 4th April began at 9.00am when, under the direction of the Grand Marshal, V W Bro John D Watts, GCSM, all the Brethren, made their way to Sociedad Compas, Calle Toledo 14, Ciudad Quesada, 01370 Rojales, Alicante, Spain and prepared the Temple for the Consecration of the Court of Castilla de Rougemont, No 119. Having ensured the Temple was to his complete satisfaction the Grand Marshal then held a rehearsal for both the ‘Team’ and the Petitioners of the new Court.

At 11.00am our Grand Master, accompanied by his Assisting and Attending Officers entered the Temple and opened Grand Court. He then appointed the following Brethren to undertake the ceremony of Instruction:

Worshipful Master W Bro Mervyn S Western
Eminent Prior W Bro Robert Downs
Senior Warden R W Bro Ralph M Apperley
Junior Warden V W Bro Ian H Scott
Secretary W Bro Gerald Spencer
Marshal V W Bro John D Watts
Deputy Marshal W Bro David P G Booth
Senior Deacon W Bro Craig A Brown
Junior Deacon W Bro Craig A Brown
Captain of Guards W Bro K Barry Chalkley
Guard W Bro Alan Davidson

Rosetta Stone V W Bro Ian H Scott

Bro Pinnell assisted with the VSL’s at the appropriate part of the ceremony
The Circle of Nine comprised of:

Worshipful Master W Bro Mervyn S Western
Eminent Prior W Bro Robert Downs
Junior Warden VW Bro Ian Scott
Junior Deacon W Bro Barrie R Mansell
Marshal V W Bro John D Watts
Secretary W Bro Gerald Spencer
Captain of Guards W Bro K Barry Chalkley
Senior Deacon W Bro Craig A Brown
Senior Warden R W Bro Ralph M Apperley

The Brethren were Instructed into the Order in a most moving and sincere ceremony.

The Installation of a Master of the Order was then conducted by the Grand Master, assisted by:

Eminent Prior R W& Em Bro Canon Ronald C Black
Marshal V W Bro John D Watts
Deputy Marshal W Bro David P G Booth
Captain of Guards W Bro K Barry Chalkley
Guard W Bro Alan Davidson

The Master Elect, Bro Stanley Crawford, was presented for Special Progression, together with the following nominated Brethren:-
Bro Oscar de Alfonso Ortega
Bro Terrence Porter
Bro Michael Anthony Shilan
Bro Roy Alan Mitchell
Bro Rodney Charles Bignell

The Grand Master then closed Grand Court and after a break re-entered the Temple at 2.20pm. He then appointed the following Officers to assist him:

Eminent Grand Prior R W& Em Bro Canon Ronald C Black
as Senior Grand Warden R W Bro Ralph M Apperley
as Junior Grand Warden W Bro Mervyn S Western
as Grand Secretary W Bro Gerald Spencer
Grand Sword Bearer V W Bro Ian H Scott
Grand Marshal V W Bro John D Watts
Deputy Grand Marshal W Bro David P G Booth
as Grand Captain of Guards W Bro K Barry Chalkley
as Grand Guard W Bro Alan Davidson

Bro Pinnell assisted with the elements.

The Grand Master then Consecrated the Court of Castilla de Rougemont, No 119, in a most moving ceremony to the delight of all present.

The Master, W Bro Stanley Crawford, having been installed as the Primus Master then appointed and invested his Officers. The Grand Master and his Assisting and Attending Officers retired and the Court was then closed.

The Grand Master then re-entered the Temple, opened a Provincial Grand Court and appointed the following Officers to assist him:

Eminent Grand Prior R W& Em Bro Canon Ronald C Black
as Senior Grand Warden R W Bro Ralph M Apperley
as Junior Grand Warden W Bro Mervyn S Western
as Grand Secretary W Bro Gerald Spencer
as Grand Registrar W Bro David P G Booth
Grand Marshal V W Bro John D Watts
Grand Sword Bearer V W Bro Ian H Scott
Deputy Grand Marshal W Bro David P G Booth
as Captain of Guards W Bro K Barry Chalkley
as Guard W Bro Alan Davidson

The Province of Spain was then Constituted and proclaimed. W Bro Oscar de Alfonso Ortega was installed as Provincial Grand Master for Spain in a most sincere and moving ceremony by the Grand Master. Having been installed as the Primus Provincial Grand Master for Spain R W Bro Oscar then installed W Bro Barrie R Mansell as Deputy Provincial Grand Master in a most friendly and sincere ceremony and the Provincial Grand Officers were appointed.

To the delight, and surprise, of all present the Grand Master appointed W Bro Barrie R Mansell to the rank of Past Grand Sword Bearer. The Brethren spontaneously showed their appreciation.

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At the conclusion of the proceedings all enjoyed superb luncheon. It was a most fitting ending to a most important day in the history of the Order, the Province of Spain and very many happy ‘Athelstan Brethren’.