50 Year Certificate for Tommy Thompson

A Special Delivery

 

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Tommy Thompson celebrated fifty years in the Craft this year but poor health and reduced mobility has prevented him from attending his beloved Agricola Lodge in Maidstone for some time. So, it was decided that Tommy should be presented with his long-service certificate at his home.

It was agreed that the presentation should be made by Tommy’s long standing Masonic friend, Grand Officer Richard Hinge, who was accompanied by the Master of the lodge, Roger Bister, Assistant Provincial Grand Master Roger Waltham, Almoner Mike Spencer, Secretary John Beadle, and another old friend and close neighbour, Alan Sankey.

In thanking the Brethren, and to their great amusement, Tommy recounted a number of happy tales from days gone by. After the presentation the visiting Brethren were generously treated to a glass of champagne, following which Tommy’s partner, Bubbles, and his daughter, Di, spoilt them with tea and light refreshments.

Roger Waltham took the opportunity to repay £1 to Tommy, which had owed since 1994 when a surplus bottle of wine changed hands at the end of the Lodge’s annual cheese & wine party. Tommy showed an unexpected turn of speed as he pocketed the £1 in the wink of an eye!

Tommy was born in 1919, just after the end of the First World War, and has already celebrated his ninety-second birthday. He was initiated into the Agricola Lodge No.4501 on 24th February 1961. He was Master of the lodge in 1974 and appointed Past Provincial Assistant Grand Registrar in 1983.

18 June 2011