A jubilee celebration is something special and every effort is made to ensure the best possible experience for each celebrant.
It was the request of Brian Peter Fairclough that he should celebrate his 50th jubilee in a quiet manner. He didn’t want to be asked to sit in the middle of the lodge floor and his life history delivered by an Assistant Provincial Grand Master. He chose instead to be the candidate in a demonstration initiation ceremony; a task he completed with great dignity (and knowledge).
He was joined on this special occasion by his younger brother, Aubrey, who had enjoyed many a visit to Pemberton Lodge No 4686 in the past and at the same time had invited Brian to visit his lodge, Tuscan Lodge No 4427, on a regular basis.
Brian had joined Orrell Lodge No 8371 in September 2009 when his mother lodge, Pemberton Lodge, returned its warrant. He had been installed as master in Pemberton Lodge on 24 October 1979 (when the lodge had 70 members) and having previously served as ADC from October 1984, was appointed director of ceremonies in 1987 with Stanley Oldfield as ADC, until they both retired from their respective offices in October 1992.
He served Pemberton Lodge as almoner from 26 October 1998 to 24 October.2001, appointed junior warden on 25 October 2000; steward from 27 October 2004 to 25 October 2006; installed as WM again on 25 October 2006 and back to be DC from 24 October 2007 until the lodge closed on 23 September 2009. Brian was appointed PPrSGD in May 1990 and had been promoted to PPrGSuptWks in October 2001.
On completion of the demonstration of initiation, the WM requested the secretary to read an extract from the minutes of the meeting when Brian became a member of Pemberton Lodge on 24 April 1968. He then called upon the group chairman Geoffrey Porter to read the certificate announcing Brian’s celebration of 50 years membership. Geoffrey then presented the certificate to Brian, on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, to rapturous applause.
At the festive board, Brian’s brother Aubrey recounted some interesting facts from Brian’s past. Brian was a very happy man who wanted little fuss, responded in fine form, revealing his knowledge of Freemasonry and a concern for his fellow man.
A wonderful evening was further enhanced with Paul O’Brien singing some beautiful ballads, rounding off the occasion in fine style.