John Potts celebrates 50 years in Freemasonry

John Potts of Lancaster Castle Lodge No 5952 has achieved the wonderful milestone of 50 years in Freemasonry. The event was marked by a celebration held at Lancaster Masonic Hall and led by Assistant Provincial Grand Master Keith Kemp and was accompanied by grand officers Phil Gardner and Peter Mason, Lancaster and District Group Vice Chairman Scott Devine, Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Ian Halsall and acting Provincial grand officers Paul Mason and Norman Ley.

A toast to John’s health. Pictured from left to right, are: Ian Halsall (rear), John Potts and Jim Hamilton.

A toast to John’s health. Pictured from left to right, are: Ian Halsall (rear), John Potts and Jim Hamilton.

The celebratory meeting was opened by WM James (Jim) Hamilton and the usual administrations observed, then upon the lodge being opened in the third degree it was announced by Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Ian Halsall that APrGM Keith Kemp was without and demanded admission.

Keith was admitted in due ceremonial style, before being warmly welcomed by Jim. As is the custom, Jim offered Keith the gavel, which he graciously accepted. Having assumed the master’s chair, Keith closed the lodge in the third degree and it was resumed in the first degree.

Introducing his address, Keith outlined the purpose of the meeting which he said was: “To celebrate 50 years as a Freemason with John Potts, Past Provincial Junior Grand Deacon of the Province of West Lancashire and both he and I are very grateful for your attendance and your support this evening. You know, brethren, to be a member of any organisation for 50 years is a remarkable achievement and something that many of us, myself included, are very unlikely to achieve. It is, therefore, very appropriate for John’s friends and colleagues to celebrate this special occasion with him and I know he will be delighted that you are all here tonight. In order to fully appreciate such length of service it might be helpful to remember some of the things that were happening throughout the world in 1969 when John Potts took his first steps in Freemasonry.”

Having outlined some of the important events from 1969, Keith asked the PrDGDC to place the celebrant before him so that he may continue his address. After making sure John was sitting comfortably, Keith embarked on an engaging and illuminating reflection on John’s personal, professional and Masonic life. A transcript of Keith’s address can be found by clicking here.

On the conclusion of his address, Keith asked the group vice chairman Scott Devine to read the commemorative certificate which the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison had caused to be issued, after which Keith presented the certificate to John and thanked him for all that he has done wishing him good health, continued happiness and the heartiest congratulation from all the brethren present.

Following the meeting the brethren retired to the festive board, held at Lancaster Masonic Hall, where John was delighted to respond to the toast to his health. A truly memorable evening was had by all present.

Pictured from left to right, are: Norman Ley, Peter Mason, Keith Kemp, John Potts, Jim Hamilton, Scott Devine, Ian Halsall and Paul Mason.

Pictured from left to right, are: Norman Ley, Peter Mason, Keith Kemp, John Potts, Jim Hamilton, Scott Devine, Ian Halsall and Paul Mason.

Article written by Paul Thompson.

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