The Ancient Masonic Order of Alfred the Great
Since the inception of the Masonic Order of Athelstan, the Appendant Order of the Scarlet Mantle has existed as a 'separate reward-based Order with its own statutes', admitting to membership members of the Masonic Order of Athelstan as a reward for meritorious service. On Tuesday 30th April 2019 at the Leicester Masonic Hall, 90 members of the Order of the Scarlet Mantle assembled to witness a full performance of the new rituals of the Appendant Order, where some 46 brethren were either admitted or promoted, and its renaming by Charter as the Ancient Masonic Order of Alfred the Great. This change of ritual and title more clearly defines and enhances the structure of the Order, clearly linking it to the broader role played by Alfred, grandfather of Athelstan, in paving the way for Athelstan's succession. The position of the Order within Athelstan masonry, and its relation with the Masonic Order of Athelstan is now clearly defined in the Charter.
The Grand High Chancellor of the Scarlet Mantle in India, RW Bro Bharat Epur (picture, left), travelled to join this historic occasion in the history of the Order. The Sovereign Grand Master of the newly titled Order, Sir Knight and MWBro Paul Johnston (picture, centre) addressed the brethren on the background to the changes first initiated in 2016, and thanked all those who had contributed to the spectacular culmination of many months of effort.
Sir Kt and RWBro Dr Christopher Ansell (picture, right) was confirmed and installed as the first Grand High Chancellor of the newly titled Order, continuing the role he held in the Scarlet Mantle.
With this retitling of the Order, post nominals for members in our constitution are also being updated. Holders of KSM, KCSM and GCSM are now styled KAG, KCAG and GCAG respectively. The Sovereign Grand Master of the Ancient Order is styled SGM.
Afterwards some 75 brethen sat down to enjoy a most convivial and informal lunch as a fitting way to end the happy proceedings