50 Year Citation - WBro Bob Noble - Founder Member

On Tuesday 25 March 2014, the Lodge was privileged to host a very special and exceptional event. WBro Robert (Bob) Noble was a Founder of Rivermead Lodge when it was consecrated on 3 October 1969. It goes without saying that WBro Bob's Masonic history goes back beyond that date.

WBro Bob was initiated into St Thomas of Acon Lodge 5233 on 24 February 1964, some five years before the Consecration of Rivermead Lodge. Having been a Founder, WBro Bob became Master of the Lodge in 1974 and has remained an important and much loved members ever since.

It was, therefore, the unanimous wish of the Lodge that Bro Bob should be honoured by receiving a Fifty Year Citation to mark his long service in Masonry. The Lodge was, therefore, delighted to receive a visit from its very own Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro Mark Estaugh, who presented a 50 Year Certificate to WBro Bob in a manner, which touched everyone present. WBro Bob is, sadly, the only remaining Founder of the Lodge and it was particularly poignant to hear WBro mark state that he had never before presented a 50 Year Certificate to a Founder of a Lodge!

The event was rounded off when WBro Roy Cockburn presented WBro Bob with a scroll from the Lodge to mark the fact that he had previously been elected an Honorary Member. Bro Bob had been WBro Roy's proposer when he was initiated in January 1978.

Some 45 members and visitors were present to celebrate the event. The fullness of the Temple certainly added to the overall atmosphere.

The picture below shows WBro Bob (left) being congratulated by the APGM, WBro Mark Estaugh, (right).