At the installation meeting of Croyland MMM Lodge No.594 held on the 26th September 2013 at the Masonic Hall,Mill Road,Wellingborough, VWBro Stanley Wilford PGJO, celebrated the milestone of 60 years as a Mark Master Mason and a member of Croyland MMM Lodge.
The meeting was attended by the Provincial Grand Master,RWBro George Bonham,the Deputy Provincial Grand Master,WBro Brian Ennever, two Past Provincial Grand Masters:RWBro Norman Manser and RWBro Roy Bradley as well as two Past Deputy Provincial Grand Masters: VWBro Geoffrey Bollard and VWBro Richard Turpin. The meeting was also enhanced by members of the Provincial Team.
On presenting the 60 year certificate to VWBro Wilford,the PGM ,RWBro George Bonham gave a brief history of VWBro Wilford's time as a Mark Master Mason:
Advanced into Croyland MMM Lodge September 24th 1953, WM 1959, PrGJW 1972, PGJD,1975,PGJO 1981.
The PGM remarked that VWBro Wilford had been a very worshipful brother for an amazing 32 years! Highlights had been giving the Address to the Wardens in Ampthill as the Provincial Junior Warden in the "old" Province of Northants,Hunts and Beds. and opening Provincial Grand Mark Lodge on two occasions.He had served Croyland Lodge as an officer for very many years,particularly as Chaplain and Organist.
The PGM, RWBro George Bonham then surprised VWBro Wilford by promoting him to Past Grand Senior Overseer as a field appointment.
The Master of Croyland Lodge then presented VWBro Stanley with a bottle of his favourite medicine,a bottle of malt whisky on behalf of the Lodge.
An emotional VWBro Wilford then thanked the PGM for the presentation of the certificate and the promotion and the members of Croyland Lodge for the bottle of "medicine".
The photographs show the PGM, RWBro George Bonham, VWBro Stanley Wilford, the Deputy PGM, WBro Brian Ennever, WBro David Snape the immediate Past-Master of Croyland Lodge and WBro Marcus Dickens, the newly installed Master of Croyland Lodge.