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The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro John Arthur accompanied by the Provincial Grand Secretary WBro Phil Rann as well as Grand Lodge officers WBro Alan Hall and WBro Ian Telfer, were escorted into St John’s Lodge No80’s regular meeting at Burdon Rd by the Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies WBro Andrew Wiegand.
The Worshipful Master welcomed his visitors and WBro John Arthur before proceeding with a demonstration of the Second Degree Ceremony. The work of the Senior Deacon was performed exemplary by WBro Alan Billinghurst who is some 82 years young.
On the second rising WBro John Arthur rose to announce the reason for his presence, to present not one but two quite unique 50year Certificates. Unique in the fact that two Masonic Brothers and Brother-in-laws, WBro Vernon Lloyd and WBro Alan Billinghurst (yes that same Senior Deacon!) had been Initiated, Passed, Raised and Exalted on the same dates and meetings. Following each other through the Chair of King Soloman from 1972/3 to 1973/4. Both certificates were then read out by The Provincial Grand Secretary before being presented by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master.
The lodge was then closed before WBro John Arthur invited WBro Alan to escort out, by his side before being escorted into the Festive Board with a standing ovation from the Brethren.
At the Festive Board the The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro John Arthur paid tribute once again to WBro Alan where upon he was presented with a cake by his fellow Lodge members.
Unfortunately due to ill health WBro Vernon was unable to attend, however the Worshipful Master, WBro C Brown and WBro Alan accepted the certificate in his absence and promised to present it to WBro Vernon at his home in the near future.

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