On Wednesday 4th November 2021 Prince of Wales Lodge No 1012 celebrated 50 Years in Freemasonry for a very special member of the lodge.
WBro Derek Calrow OBE, PProvSGW is one of the iconic members of Prince of Wales Lodge and Wednesday evening was certainly a night to remember.
The Lodge tyled at 6.30pm
WBro Terry Kakoullis, PAGDC, the current Worshipful Master of Prince of Wales Lodge, opened the Lodge after which the Provincial Deputation entered the Lodge.
The Worshipful Master offered the gavel to the APGM WBro John A Griffin PSGD, which he graciously accepted before occupying the chair to conduct this special Golden Jubilee celebration.
The Lodge room was full, with members from many other Lodges in attendance, a real mark of the man of the moment.
WBro Griffin delivered a fitting tribute to Derek, for his many years of service to Freemasonry and his outstanding achievements.
WBro John Holt PJGD then delivered a very personal, in depth, tribute to Derek. It was clear to see that they had both known each other outside of Freemasonry, as well as in it, and that they had formed a real bond of friendship together over many years.
The 50th Golden Jubilee Illuminated Certificate and letter from the PGM was then read out by WBro Griffin before being presented to Derek.
Derek was then escorted around the lodge room by the Deputy Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, WBro Phil Collier, to the acclamation of all the brethren.
The Worshipful Master then presented the APGM with a cheque, on behalf of the members of the lodge, to the ELMC to mark the occasion.
The deputation retired and the Worshipful Master concluded the lodge business.
The social board was a very happy and joyous occasion the dining room was full with a most fabulous atmosphere, everyone present was treated to a fabulous five-course meal.
WBro Steve Holland, the Bury District Chairman, presented Derek with a special 50th Anniversary lapel badge, on behalf of the District.
The formal toast to Derek’s health was proposed by RWBroGraham Elliott, in a very personal manner and was received with warmth.
Derek responded in a most suitable manner, and he presented a personal cheque to the ELMC and at the conclusion of his response received a standing ovation by all present.
A fantastic evening was had by all, the inclusion of Derek’s personal friends in Freemasonry at the celebration gave it a real personal touch. It was certainly one which The Prince of Wales lodge can be justly proud of for many years to come.
Report and Pictures by Craig Hindle
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