East Kent Provincial News 2014

Robin Doughty's 50th

Robin Doughty Celebrates 50 Years Service

 Alan Twocock (Worshipful Master) with Robin Doughty, Peter Hagger and Larry Andrews

Worshipful Brother Robin Doughty, of the Royal Engineers Chatham Lodge No 4465, celebrated his 50th anniversary in Freemasonry on 20th November, when he was presented with a Long Service Certificate by Assistant Provincial Grand Master WBro Peter Hagger.

Robin was initiated into the Royal Engineers Lodge in 1964 and was installed into the chair of Master in 1976. He initiated his father in 1976 but sadly, his father passed away soon afterwards. Robin's son Graham was initiated into the lodge in 1984 and Robin was thrilled to be invited to take part in the ceremony. During the evening it was noted that the lodge was fortunate to have another three active father and son memberships.

Before presenting the certificate, Peter Hagger gave a resume of Robin’s background when it was revealed that, after military service, Robin obtained employment with the London Borough of Bromley Architects Department who granted him day-release in order to qualify as a Building Professional. Further experience was gained at The London Borough of Tower Hamlets and KCC Architects Department.

He then moved to Gillingham Borough Council where he stayed until retirement in 1994 as Head of Property Services. Robin’s professional expertise proved valuable when he served for 11 years as a director of the Franklin Road Masonic Club Company during a period of refurbishment.

Robin was appointed Justice of the Peace for the County of Kent in 1980 and continued to serve until ill-health forced his retirement in 1994; he is still a magistrate serving on the supplementary list. He loves his sporting life and after leaving the Forces, played cricket for Hempstead where he was made President on the death of Sir Freddie Burden. Robin still plays golf at Gillingham where he was made Captain of the Club in 1997.

All stood while the Provincial Escorting Director of Ceremonies, WBro Larry Andrews read the certificate, after which Peter presented it to Robin.

A memorable meeting, followed by an enjoyable Festive Board, all contributed to a wonderful celebration of a valued and long-serving Brother.