On Wednesday 19th June 2019 I attended Sir Walter Raleigh Lodge No. 2958 to present our Provincial Grand Masters certificate marking fifty years of service to Freemasonry in this wonderful Province of Devonshire to W.Bro Brian Stafford Williams PPrGSuptWks.
Brian was initiated on 17th March 1965 and in the April of that year his father Worshipful Brother Stafford J Williams was installed as Master and as an initiate Brian was able to be part of that installation ceremony.
Brian then took his second and third degrees before progressing through the offices of the lodge being installed as Worshipful Master of Sir Walter Raleigh Lodge No. 2958 on 16th April 1980.
I was able to talk of Brian’s family and business life as well as his love of and his achievements in football having been a director of Plymouth Argyle football club for 17 years and serving on many other football associations where he received high honours in each. Brian was a founder member of Plymouth Hotels and Restaurant association serving as Treasurer, Chairman and finally President.
In presenting the certificate I brought the best wishes and congratulations of our Provincial Grand Master Rt W. Bro Ian Kingsbury. The Brethren showed their appreciation in the usual way.
The Brethren were then given an interesting talk on the Mark Degree and why we should become members, which was enjoyed and appreciated by all present. We then retired for an excellent festive board ending yet again another happy masonic evening.
W. Bro. Derek G Webber, PSGD
Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master