© 2008 Provincial Grand Court of Wessex
 Court of St. Germans No. 97
Meeting at Masonic Hall, The Parade, Liskeard, PL14 6AF Regular meetings of the Court are held on the 1st. Thursday in May, 2nd. Thursday in August and 2nd. Friday in December (Installation) CONTACT SECRETARY :  W.Bro.Eric W. Jayne e-mail: jayne382@btinternet.com Address: The Anchorage, Whitecross, Wadebridge. PL27 7JB Phone: 01208 815073
ORATION : Court of St. Germans` No 97, 18th January 2014 by W.& Em.Bro. Colin Lowther, Provincial Eminent Grand Prior of Wessex
Most Worshipful Grand Master, Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brethren, Brethren. When appointed to the office of say, a Provincial Chaplain, a Provincial Prelate or even a Provincial Eminent Prior, you  might find yourself called upon once during your period in office to prepare and deliver an Oration. Not so in the Masonic Order of Athelstan, particularly in the Province of Wessex where growth is so rapid that in my  short tenure as Provincial Eminent Grand Prior, I have been called upon on no less than four occasions to prepare such  an address. An Oration requires some research. My research has involved the work of several reputable authors and whilst I have  written this Oration, I do not claim all of it as my own work, for I have used a number of sources. Some may call it  Plagiarism, but I call it research and no doubt you will draw your own conclusions. Brethren, this is a happy occasion. Once again, we are gathered together in Cornwall, in peace and harmony and  privileged to be present at, and to participate in, the consecration of a new Court, the Eighth in the Province of Wessex,  St Germans Court Number 97 on the register of the Grand Court of Athelstan in England, Wales and its Provinces  Overseas. The eighth Court in the Province of Wessex, the second Court in the County of Cornwall and, if my researches prove  correct, the ighth Masonic Order to be meeting in this building. It is therefore an auspicious day in the Province of Wessex. It is also a very special day for those Brethren who are  founders of this new Court. In these days when so many of the older ideas are being cast aside and when so many of the  older values are being discarded, it is good to know that there are still those who consider that our honourable Order is  worthy of support. With the exception of Malmesbury Court, I have attend, and, even been part of, the consecration of the other seven  Courts in the Province. I therefore make no apology for some of the thoughts expressed in this oration or the use of the  words that have been spoken by myself and my predecessor on a previous occasion. Some of the words that have been  used before are worth repeating. On the 2nd April 2011 I was present at the consecration of Bricgstowe Court No. 75 in Bristol. I described that Court as  the 75th brick in the building of this Order and that it would not be long before we would see the laying of the 100th  brick. Here we are, less than three years later laying the 97th brick, consecrating the 97th Court. When I was informed that a new Court of Athelstan was to be consecrated in Liskeard, I thought to myself Liskeard ?. Why Liskeard ?. My first reaction when presented with a new problem is to consult Wikipedia or Google. It proved  very interesting. Brethren, in choosing Liskeard as your base and the name St. Germans, you have chosen well. History, Anglo-Saxon history, exudes from the very ground you walk on. Although there is no evidence that Athelstan  ever visited Cornwall, it would be nice to let our minds wander and imagine that King Athelstan himself may well have  walked the lanes and crossed the fields surrounding this pretty, and very ancient town. Liskeard has a long history.....There are indications of human activity in this area from the Stone Age, some 6500 years  ago. Moving on, it is recorded in the Doomsday Book as Lisscaret. At that time it was a typical village and boasted a market, a mill and 250 sheep. Granted a Charter in 1240, it moved on from being a village to a small market town but the population still remained in  the lower hundreds. Today it is a flourishing market town and tourist destination with many fine buildings including this  Masonic Hall. You have chosen St. Germans as the name for this Court. Taking the name from St Germanus, the fighting Bishop who  is supposed to have landed in the neighbourhood when he came to England to suppress the Pelagian heresy in A.D. 429. I say supposed, although the suggestion may be supported as there seems to be a creditable tradition that the church of  St. Germans was founded by Germanus himself. Born in Auxerre in AD 380 into a wealthy family, he was well educated and practised law in Rome with great success.  Appointed as a Duke by Emperor Honorius with responsibility for the governance of Gaul, he lived a worldly lifestyle  until he was informed that he would one day become the Bishop of Auxerre after which, he changed his lifestyle,  completely devoting himself to prayer, study and charity. On his appointment as Bishop in July 418, Germanus became another man. He lived with his wife as if she was his  sister. He gave all his worldly goods to the Church and lived as a pauper dressing in simple monastic clothes. But his  previously learned administrative skills served him well as a Bishop.  Germanus visited Britain twice, in A.D. 429 and again in 446. On both occasions to suppress the supporters of  Plagiarism. His visits proved successful. Freemasonry in Cornwall has a long history. The first Lodge, Lodge of Love & Honour No. 75 was founded in 1751,  meeting in Falmouth. However, it was over 50 years before a Royal Arch Chapter was linked to that Lodge. Since that date, Cornish Masonry has gone from strength to strength with over 80 Lodges in the Province. Royal Arch  Chapters, Mark and the other newer degrees are thriving. The Masonic Order of Athelstan is young by comparison. Yet, like Freemasonry some 250 years ago, the Order is  thriving and, as with the Craft, moving from strength to strength, growing month by month and year by year. This Court, the Court of St Germans is the second Court of Athelstan to be founded in Cornwall. But, it must be  remembered that the Court of St. Germans does not form part of the Province of Cornwall. It is a part of the Province of  Wessex. The original Wessex goes back to the days of Athelstan although the Province of Wessex that we now know  was founded in 2008 when Malmesbury Court was consecrated. We should remember, and I quote from the Grand Master's address at the Grand Court meeting in Leicester last year -  The Masonic Order of Athelstan is not the Craft, it is not the Chapter, it is Athelstan and it is unique. As founders, you have been instructed into this wonderful Order. You have taken an obligation and listened to the history on which this Order is based. Fact not myth. Brethren, I exhort you to follow the guidance given during the course of your instruction earlier today. Remember your obligation, wherein you swore, that you would uphold the honour and dignity of the Order, and the high character and usefulness of this Court, in both your civil and private callings. It is our duty as Masons to continue these practises. As Court Masons, we should be looking for like minded persons to join us in this Order. Look for those who hold the same ideals as ourselves. A lot of good will come out of a simple conversation. By uniting and spreading the ideals that we hold, we may contribute to making the world a better place, not only for ourselves but for future generations. Remember that membership of this highly respected Order is by invitation only. Today, you have been given the tools to work with. That Holy Book contains the greatest set of plans ever given to man. In it you will find a plan to guide you, a plan to sustain you in fair weather and foul. The answer to every question you will ever be asked can be found in that Holy Book. As Court Master Masons, we are inspired by our leaders. They lead from the front. They are here today to watch with interest as you are formed into a new Court. They will follow your progress as you grow and will attend your future meetings when time permits. Under the watchful eye of our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Paul Johnston, who has travelled many miles to be with us today, the Right Worshipful Brother Malcolm Burns, Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Wessex will guide you and encourage you to make a further daily advance in your Masonic knowledge. Under his guiding hand this court will grow stronger as the years roll by. Let the prayers that we offer today be the prayers of us all as we consecrate this new Court which will go forward from strength to strength, ready to promulgate those great truths and principals for which our Order is justly renowned. Brethren, may the Supreme Being and Creator of all things direct all your endeavours and may you prosper under his guidance from this day, and until time shall be no more. 18.01.2014 - Liskeard.
                   © 2008 Provincial Grand Court of Wessex
 Court of St. Germans No. 97
Meeting at Masonic Hall, The Parade, Liskeard, PL14 6AF Regular meetings of the Court are held on the 1st. Thursday in May, 2nd. Thursday in August and 2nd. Friday in December (Installation) CONTACT SECRETARY :  W.Bro.Eric W. Jayne e-mail: jayne382@btinternet.com Address: The Anchorage, Whitecross, Wadebridge. PL27 7JB Phone: 01208 815073
ORATION : Court of St. Germans` No 97, 18th January 2014 by W.& Em.Bro. Colin Lowther, Provincial Eminent Grand Prior of Wessex
M ost Worshipful Grand Master, Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brethren, Brethren. When   appointed   to   the   office   of   say,   a   Provincial   Chaplain,   a   Provincial   Prelate   or   even   a   Provincial   Eminent   Prior, you  might find yourself called upon once during your period in office to prepare and deliver an Oration. Not   so   in   the   Masonic   Order   of   Athelstan,   particularly   in   the   Province   of   Wessex   where   growth   is   so   rapid   that   in   my     short   tenure   as   Provincial   Eminent   Grand   Prior,   I   have   been   called   upon   on   no   less   than   four   occasions   to   prepare such  an address. An   Oration   requires   some   research.   My   research   has   involved   the   work   of   several   reputable   authors   and   whilst   I   have     written   this   Oration,   I   do   not   claim   all   of   it   as   my   own   work,   for   I   have   used   a   number   of   sources.   Some   may   call   it     Plagiarism, but I call it research and no doubt you will draw your own conclusions. Brethren,   this   is   a   happy   occasion.   Once   again,   we   are   gathered   together   in   Cornwall,   in   peace   and   harmony   and     privileged   to   be   present   at,   and   to   participate   in,   the   consecration   of   a   new   Court,   the   Eighth   in   the   Province   of Wessex,      St   Germans   Court   Number   97   on   the   register   of   the   Grand   Court   of   Athelstan   in   England,   Wales   and   its Provinces  Overseas. The   eighth   Court   in   the   Province   of   Wessex,   the   second   Court   in   the   County   of   Cornwall   and,   if   my   researches   prove     correct, the ighth Masonic Order to be meeting in this building. It   is   therefore   an   auspicious   day   in   the   Province   of   Wessex.   It   is   also   a   very   special   day   for   those   Brethren   who   are     founders   of   this   new   Court.   In   these   days   when   so   many   of   the   older   ideas   are   being   cast   aside   and   when   so   many   of the      older   values   are   being   discarded,   it   is   good   to   know   that   there   are   still   those   who   consider   that   our   honourable Order is  worthy of support. With   the   exception   of   Malmesbury   Court,   I   have   attend,   and,   even   been   part   of,   the   consecration   of   the   other   seven     Courts   in   the   Province.   I   therefore   make   no   apology   for   some   of   the   thoughts   expressed   in   this   oration   or   the   use   of the      words   that   have   been   spoken   by   myself   and   my   predecessor   on   a   previous   occasion.   Some   of   the   words   that have been  used before are worth repeating. On   the   2nd April   2011   I   was   present   at   the   consecration   of   Bricgstowe   Court   No.   75   in   Bristol.   I   described   that   Court as      the   75th   brick   in   the   building   of   this   Order   and   that   it   would   not   be   long   before   we   would   see   the   laying   of   the 100th  brick. Here we are, less than three years later laying the 97th brick, consecrating the 97th Court. When   I   was   informed   that   a   new   Court   of Athelstan   was   to   be   consecrated   in   Liskeard,   I   thought   to   myself   Liskeard   ?. Why   Liskeard   ?.   My   first   reaction   when   presented   with   a   new   problem   is   to   consult   Wikipedia   or   Google.   It   proved     very interesting. Brethren, in choosing Liskeard as your base and the name St. Germans, you have chosen well. History, Anglo-Saxon   history,   exudes   from   the   very   ground   you   walk   on. Although   there   is   no   evidence   that Athelstan     ever   visited   Cornwall,   it   would   be   nice   to   let   our   minds   wander   and   imagine   that   King Athelstan   himself   may   well   have     walked the lanes and crossed the fields surrounding this pretty, and very ancient town. Liskeard   has   a   long   history.....There   are   indications   of   human   activity   in   this   area   from   the   Stone   Age,   some   6500 years      ago.   Moving   on,   it   is   recorded   in   the   Doomsday   Book   as   Lisscaret.   At   that   time   it   was   a   typical   village   and boasted a market, a mill and 250 sheep. Granted   a   Charter   in   1240,   it   moved   on   from   being   a   village   to   a   small   market   town   but   the   population   still   remained   in     the   lower   hundreds. Today   it   is   a   flourishing   market   town   and   tourist   destination   with   many   fine   buildings   including   this     Masonic Hall. You   have   chosen   St.   Germans   as   the   name   for   this   Court.   Taking   the   name   from   St   Germanus,   the   fighting   Bishop who      is   supposed   to   have   landed   in   the   neighbourhood   when   he   came   to   England   to   suppress   the   Pelagian   heresy   in A.D. 429. I   say   supposed,   although   the   suggestion   may   be   supported   as   there   seems   to   be   a   creditable   tradition   that   the   church of  St. Germans was founded by Germanus himself. Born   in Auxerre   in AD   380   into   a   wealthy   family,   he   was   well   educated   and   practised   law   in   Rome   with   great   success.     Appointed   as   a   Duke   by   Emperor   Honorius   with   responsibility   for   the   governance   of   Gaul,   he   lived   a   worldly   lifestyle     until   he   was   informed   that   he   would   one   day   become   the   Bishop   of   Auxerre   after   which,   he   changed   his   lifestyle,     completely devoting himself to prayer, study and charity. On   his   appointment   as   Bishop   in   July   418,   Germanus   became   another   man.   He   lived   with   his   wife   as   if   she   was   his     sister.   He   gave   all   his   worldly   goods   to   the   Church   and   lived   as   a   pauper   dressing   in   simple   monastic   clothes.   But   his     previously   learned   administrative   skills   served   him   well   as   a   Bishop.      Germanus   visited   Britain   twice,   in A.D.   429   and again in 446. On both occasions to suppress the supporters of  Plagiarism. His visits proved successful. Freemasonry   in   Cornwall   has   a   long   history.   The   first   Lodge,   Lodge   of   Love   &   Honour   No.   75   was   founded   in   1751,     meeting   in   Falmouth.   However,   it   was   over   50   years   before   a   Royal Arch   Chapter   was   linked   to   that   Lodge.   Since   that date,   Cornish   Masonry   has   gone   from   strength   to   strength   with   over   80   Lodges   in   the   Province.   Royal Arch      Chapters, Mark and the other newer degrees are thriving. The   Masonic   Order   of   Athelstan   is   young   by   comparison.   Yet,   like   Freemasonry   some   250   years   ago,   the   Order   is     thriving and, as with the Craft, moving from strength to strength, growing month by month and year by year. This   Court,   the   Court   of   St   Germans   is   the   second   Court   of   Athelstan   to   be   founded   in   Cornwall.   But,   it   must   be     remembered   that   the   Court   of   St.   Germans   does   not   form   part   of   the   Province   of   Cornwall.   It   is   a   part   of   the   Province of      Wessex.   The   original   Wessex   goes   back   to   the   days   of   Athelstan   although   the   Province   of   Wessex   that   we   now know  was founded in 2008 when Malmesbury Court was consecrated. We   should   remember,   and   I   quote   from   the   Grand   Master's   address   at   the   Grand   Court   meeting   in   Leicester   last   year -  The Masonic Order of Athelstan is not the Craft, it is not the Chapter, it is Athelstan and it is unique. A s   founders,   you   have   been   instructed   into   this   wonderful   Order.   You   have   taken   an   obligation   and   listened   to   the history on which this Order is based. Fact not myth. Brethren,   I   exhort   you   to   follow   the   guidance   given   during   the   course   of   your   instruction   earlier   today.   Remember   your obligation,   wherein   you   swore,   that   you   would   uphold   the   honour   and   dignity   of   the   Order,   and   the   high   character   and usefulness of this Court, in both your civil and private callings. It   is   our   duty   as   Masons   to   continue   these   practises. As   Court   Masons,   we   should   be   looking   for   like   minded   persons to   join   us   in   this   Order.   Look   for   those   who   hold   the   same   ideals   as   ourselves. A   lot   of   good   will   come   out   of   a   simple conversation. By   uniting   and   spreading   the   ideals   that   we   hold,   we   may   contribute   to   making   the   world   a   better   place,   not   only   for ourselves but for future generations. Remember that membership of this highly respected Order is by invitation only. Today,   you   have   been   given   the   tools   to   work   with.   That   Holy   Book   contains   the   greatest   set   of   plans   ever   given   to man.   In   it   you   will   find   a   plan   to   guide   you,   a   plan   to   sustain   you   in   fair   weather   and   foul. The   answer   to   every   question you will ever be asked can be found in that Holy Book. As   Court   Master   Masons,   we   are   inspired   by   our   leaders.   They   lead   from   the   front.   They   are   here   today   to   watch   with interest   as   you   are   formed   into   a   new   Court.   They   will   follow   your   progress   as   you   grow   and   will   attend   your   future meetings when time permits. Under   the   watchful   eye   of   our   Grand   Master,   Most   Worshipful   Brother   Paul   Johnston,   who   has   travelled   many   miles   to be   with   us   today,   the   Right   Worshipful   Brother   Malcolm   Burns,   Provincial   Grand   Master   for   the   Province   of   Wessex will   guide   you   and   encourage   you   to   make   a   further   daily   advance   in   your   Masonic   knowledge.   Under   his   guiding hand this court will grow stronger as the years roll by. Let   the   prayers   that   we   offer   today   be   the   prayers   of   us   all   as   we   consecrate   this   new   Court   which   will   go   forward   from strength to strength, ready to promulgate those great truths and principals for which our Order is justly renowned. Brethren, may the Supreme Being and Creator of all things direct all your endeavours and may you prosper under his guidance from this day, and until time shall be no more. 18.01.2014 - Liskeard.