On Monday the 10th. October 2022, Ken Huntingdon of St. George’s Lodge celebrated 50 unbroken years in freemasonry within the Province of Durham.
Due to ill health Ken cannot now attend his lodge. In the circumstances the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, John Watts very kindly took time out of his busy schedule to visit Ken at his home in Cramlington and present him with his 50 year certificate. Ken’s wife Dorothy kindly provided tea and biscuits for this special occasion.
In 1972 Ken was a serving officer in the RAF in Germany. His father-in-law was the Worshipful Master of Bewick Lodge and naturally wished to initiate his son in law during his year as Master. Ken decided to drive home for his initiation in September 1972 after which he drove straight back to Germany. He was clearly very keen to join the craft and particularly Bewick Lodge. Ken was installed as Worshipful Master of Bewick Lodge in 1984, being promoted to PAGDC in 1994. Ken made many friends within freemasonry, particularly in the Province of Durham.
Ken’s work took him to Yorkshire where he lived in Osset for many years. He did not lose his love of freemasonry and visited a number of lodges in the area. He moved back to the North East when his health was becoming more of an issue and joined St. George’s Lodge on the 11th. June 2007. Ken was an active member and enjoyed participating in the ceremonies with his son in law, now a member. When the lodge relocated to Birtley from Washington Ken found access to the Lodge more difficult and because of circumstances accepted becoming an Honorary Member. He continues to take an interest in all lodge business.
Ken thanked John for visiting him at home and presenting him with his 50 year certificate. The visit was included in the St. George’s Lodge minute book at their meeting on the 10th. October 2022.
We all wish Ken good health for the future.