W. Bro. Colin Tressider Jenner receives his 50 year R.A.M. Service Certificate

W. Bro. Colin Tressider Jenner receives his 50 year R.A.M. Service Certificate

Tuesday 4th March 2014 marked significant day in the life of W. Bro. Colin Tressider Jenner and the history of Kentish Royal Ark Mariner Lodge No. 857 for this was the day that W. Bro. Colin was presented with his 50 year Service Certificate as a Royal Ark Mariner.

He had already received a similar 50 year Service Certificate in the Mark degree on 24th September 2013 when RW Bro. Roland Wade, PPGM, had visited Kentish Mark Lodge to pay tribute to his service in that degree.

Today RW Bro. Archibald Torrance, PGM, was the distinguished visitor who presented the Certificate and was accompanied by a small delegation of Active Provincial Officers.

W. Bro. Colin Tressider Jenner receives his 50 year R.A.M. Service Certificate

In his tribute the PGM said W. Bro. Colin was born on Armistice Day 1923, and in his youth walked to Sunday School at Christ Church and St. John’s Church, Bexley. He was educated at Uplands Infant School in Church Road and subsequently at Graham Road Primary and Dartford 'Tech' later to become the County Technical College. He travelled either by bicycle or trolleybus.

In 1935 he saw from his bedroom window the glow in the sky as the Crystal Palace burnt to the ground and in 1940 there was a different kind of glow when an air raid set the docks alight at the start of the Blitz.

He joined the 1st Bexleyheath Scout Group and progressed as a Cub, Sixer, Patrol Leader and King Scout with his name being shown on the roll of King Scouts at Mayplace Road.

Military Service saw him join the RAF as an Aircraft Apprentice at Halton in January 1939 to train as fitter but later was accepted and travelled to Canada for flying training. Also gained a Navigation Certificate. He was posted to No. 612 Squadron (City of Aberdeen), Coastal Command, flew Leigh Light Wellingtons, Dakotas and Lancasters. His service took him to various parts of the world including Cairo, Suez Canal, around the Med, into Africa, the Persian Gulf and Palestine.

W. Bro. Colin Tressider Jenner receives his 50 year R.A.M. Service CertificateAfter the war it was discovered he was suffering from TB and was hospitalised at Halton for 3 years. After being discharged he served for a time in the Royal Corps of Signals but was not happy and left to join a sales company which meant travelling all over the country. It was at that Company he met Helen. They later married and had two children, Lesley and Ian. Lesley married and now has two grown up sons , James and Stuart. Two great grandchildren were born in 2009 and 2011. Son Ian now lives in Teesdale. Sadly wife Helen passed away unexpectedly in 1999 but close support from Lesley and the rest of the family has been invaluable.

Colin was initiated into East Wickham Lodge No. 7038 in March 1958, exalted into Bexley Heath Holy Royal Arch Chapter No. 4918 in December 1961, advanced into Kentish Mark Lodge No. 857 in March 1963 serving as Treasurer for 17 years, elevated into Kentish R.A.M . Lodge No. 857 in December 1963 and was perfected in Shirley Woolmer Chapter Rose Croix No. 948 in November 2000. He was installed in the Chair of his R.A.M. Lodge in 1969 and thus has the distinction of being one of only four Brethren to have been installed in the Chair of a Kent R.A.M. Lodge prior to 1970.

Colin has a wonderful warm and witty sense of humour. He has served the various units he joined and Province in an exceptional manner. The citation on the 50 year Service Certificate was read. The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro. Archibald Iain Torrance, then said it gave him immense pleasure, on behalf of the Grand Master, MW Bro. HRH Prince Michael of Kent, to present W. Bro. Colin with his certificate marking 50 years as a Royal Ark Mariner. He went onto thank him for all that he done for the Fraternity and wished him many more years of good health to continue enjoying his Freemasonry.

The end of the presentation was met with an instantaneous ovation and W. Bro. Colin gave a short speech to express his thanks and appreciation of the occasion.


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