On Monday 13th May 2019 I travelled to 4 Trafalgar Lawn, Barnstaple to visit Loyal Lodge No. 251 where I was able to present our Provincial Grand Master's certificate marking fifty years of service to our masonic order to W.Bro. Bernard Bidgood PPrJGW.
Bernard was initiated into Loyal Lodge No. 251 on 5th May 1969 by the then Worshipful Master W.Bro. Stuart Bath and W.Bro. Denzil Bath, the present Junior Deacon. Stuarts Son was able to witness the presentation.
I was able to speak about Bernard's business family and masonic life including the many other orders of which he was a member. in presenting the certificate I was able to bring the congratulations and best wishes of our Provincial Grand Master and the Brethren showed their appreciation in the usual way.
Brother Bernard thanked me for presenting the certificate and for travelling all the way from Paignton. He then spoke about his fifty years in masonry.
The Brethren then received a talk by the Provincial Grand Almoner, W. Bro. Bob Munro, PAGDC and also a talk on the 2023 festival by W.Bros Julian Turner and Steve Marshall, all then retired for an excellent festive board, ending yet another happy masonic evening.
WBro. Derek G Webber, PSGD
Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master.