I had the privilege of being installed as Worshipful Master of Royal Jubilee Lodge in 2012, the third time I had had the honour of being the Worshipful Master of a Craft masonic lodge.
My early life was spent it west London and after school I served an apprenticeship in boat building with John I Thorneycroft at Hampton on Thames. Apart from 2 years National Service in the Royal Air Force, I worked in the industry until the mid-1970s when I became self-employed as a master carpenter and bespoke joiner.
My interest in freemasonry came about as a result of attending Masonic Ladies Nights over a number of years with my wife Janne. I enjoyed the company of the members and it was while attending ladies night that I found out that Freemasonry was an organisation which helped less fortunate people. In fact it brought to mind an occasion when I was about 5 years old. I recalled one Christmas when our next door neighbour, who apparently was a Freemason, as were 2 of his sons, bringing in a large chicken (which at that time was a luxury) for our family as a present from his lodge.
I began my masonic career in 1970 when I was Initiated into Ember Lodge No. 2540 in the Province of Surrey, becoming its Worshipful Master in 1981. Such was my enjoyment of freemasonry that I joined Felix Lodge No. 1494, a Middlesex Lodge, in 1979 and become its Worshipful Master in 1985. Two years later I was appointed Secretary of the lodge, an office I held for 22 years. I also joined Royal Jubilee Lodge in 2002. In 2006 I was appointed to Grand Rank, which is a great honour, in part I imagine due to my contribution to the Province of Middlesex as a Visiting Officer for a number of years.
In addition to my membership of Craft Lodges I am also a Holy Royal Arch freemason, having served as Zerubbabel of Hamilton Chapter No. 3309 in 2005.
One of the great benefits of being a freemason is the opportunity it has given me to meet likeminded people from all walks of life, people I would not have met in my everyday life. Despite having been a freemason for over 40 years, my enjoyment of it is as great today as it was when I first joined and I continue to attend as many meetings as I am able, including visiting those lodges of which I am an honorary member.