On Saturday the 25th June 2011, at 11.00 am at the Sevenoaks Masonic Centre, the Kent Installed Mark Masters’ Lodge held a meeting during which our R W Bro john Alfred Edmondson was awarded with his Certificate marking 60 years as a Mark Master Mason.

The Certificate was signed personally by HRH Prince Michael of Kent, and presented on his behalf by our Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro Roger Croucher.

R W Bro John Edmondson was Advanced into Mark Masonry in the Morecombe Mark Lodge No 716 in his native Province of West Lancashire in the 11th December 1950, and did not become a part of our Kent Province until he Joined Dover and Cinque Ports Lodge No 152 on 14th April 1967, becoming Worshipful Master in 1976 and joining the Kent Installed Mark Masters’ lodge that same year.

In 1978 he was appointed our Provincial Grand Senior Warden, and in 1979 to act as Provincial Grand Charity Steward, although the post did not officially exist at that time. John took responsibility for the running of the Kent 1985 Festival for the Mark Fund of Benevolence and despite the difficulties of those days, John led Kent to raise the magnificent total of £205,000 which was a record at that time.

John’s further promotions in the Mark degree have been
1984 Grand Steward
1985 Worshipful Master of Kent Installed Mark Masters’ Lodge No 999
1988 Assistant Provincial Grand Master, an office he held with distinction for 15 years
1990 Past Grand Junior Deacon
1995 Past Grand Junior Overseer
2002 Grand Junior Warden, Active, and thereby a member of the General Board and the Grand Master’s Royal Ark Council

R W Bro John holds high rank in most of the other Orders in Kent and in particular has been Intendent-General for the Red Cross of Constantine Division of Kent and Grand Superintendent of The Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests for Kent

We all congratulate R W Bro John on his achievements and wish him well!

Following the meeting, the members attended to a very interesting talk from Mr James Burns from the help for Heroes charity who explained the origins of the charity, its philosophy and many achievements in its short existence.
Further information about Help for Heroes can be found at www.helpforheroes.org.uk

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