Michael and Peter are this year’s ‘Wardens’

The Provincial Grand Master, Tony Harrison invested Michael Threlfall as the new Provincial Senior Grand Warden and Peter Schofield as the new Provincial Junior Grand Warden at the meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge held in the Winter Garden in Blackpool.

Michael Threlfall – Provincial Senior Grand Warden

Michael is pictured surfing in Cornwall.

Michael is pictured surfing in Cornwall.

Michael lives in Preston with his wife Janice. They have two daughters, Lynsey and Rachel, and two granddaughters.

After leaving Preston Sixth Form College Michael joined the Lancashire Constabulary in 1972 and served in various posts across Lancashire, retiring from the police force in 2005. He now works for the NHS as a security management specialist.

Whilst in the police he was sponsored for two degree courses, firstly a bachelor of laws degree and then a master’s degree in business administration. Whilst at Lancaster University he was involved in a project with the Czech Police and he became the first UK police officer to visit Prague and work with the police on a security project.

In his spare time Michael enjoys a number of hobbies including gardening, photography and taking part in sport – mainly karate and going to the gym. He is a qualified national karate referee and an assessor for the karate instructor qualification. He is a board member of the Lancashire Crime Stoppers Charity and a member of the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust.

Michael was initiated into Centenary Lodge No 4908 in December 1976 and served as worshipful master in 1985. Centenary Lodge amalgamated with Lodge Of Concord No 343 in 2003. In 1986 he joined Setantia Lodge Of Installed Masters No 7755. He was also a member of Stanley of Preston Lodge No 2600 and was WM of that lodge 2004 and 2005. He is a member of the Red Rose of Lancashire Lodge No 9640 and Lodge Amounderness No 7105. He was WM of Lodge Amounderness in 2013.

Janice and Michael at Hidcote Gardens.

Janice and Michael at Hidcote Gardens.

Provincial honours came in 1995 when he was appointed PPrSGD. He was promoted in 2006 to PPrGSuptWks and again in 2014 to PPrJGW.

Michael was Group Publicity Officer, the Group Web Master and the Group Membership Officer for the Preston Group from 2010 to 2012 when he was appointed as the Provincial Membership Officer – a post he currently holds.

In the Royal Arch he was exalted into Jubilee Chapter No 5555 in 1978 and was first principal in 1995 and again in 2009. He is currently the chapter’s charity steward. Provincial honours in the Royal Arch came in 2002 when he was appointed to the rank of PPrPGSoj, and in 2010 he was promoted to PPrGSN.

Michael is also a founder member of the Red Rose of Lancashire Chapter No 9640.

Michael says: This honour came as a complete surprise to me. I am looking forwards to the busy year ahead and I intend to enjoy the opportunity of being an acting officer. I am keen to visit the various groups around the Province and I anticipate a very pleasant and enjoyable year working with Peter and the Provincial team.

Peter Schofield – Provincial Junior Grand Warden

Peter is pictured on his local golf course.

Peter is pictured on his local golf course.

Peter was born and has lived all his life in Barrow-in-Furness. He currently lives in Barrow with his wife Michelle and two daughters, Leah and Fern. He was educated at Thorncliffe Secondary modern school and continued with further education at Barrow Technical College, Lancaster and Morecambe College and Lancashire Polytechnic.

He served an apprenticeship as a Carpenter and Joiner and was employed as a Local Authority Building Control Officer for several years before commencing self-employment forming his own construction company in 1989.

Peter became a Freemason in 1989 and was initiated into Semper Sursum Lodge No 5622. He became worshipful master in 1998 He is a member of Lonsdale Lodge of Installed Masters No 9422 Provincial honours came in 2007 when Peter received his first appointment as PPrSGD, followed by a promotion to PPrJGW in 2013.

Peter was exalted into Semper Sursum Chapter in 1992 and was installed as first principal of the chapter in 2002. He held the position of secretary of Semper Sursum Lodge for eight years and was also the chapter DC. He is also a member of Vale Chapter of Installed Principals No 5256 and Provincial Grand Stewards Chapter No 8516.

Peter was appointed to the Acting Rank of PrGStwd in Provincial Grand Chapter in 2004 before promotion to PPrDGSwdB and recently PPrGSN.

He became an active member of Provincial Grand Stewards Chapter in 2004 and joined the demonstrations team delivering many demonstrations across the whole Province. This was an activity which Peter particularly enjoyed and he was particularly proud and honoured to be elected as first principal of the Provincial Grand Stewards Chapter in 2012.

Peter was appointed secretary of the Furness and South Lakeland Group in 2011 before becoming vice chairman in 2013, the position which he holds today.

Having responsibility for the Royal Arch in the Furness and South Lakeland Group he spends a lot of time visiting chapters within the area as well as the usual administrative matters associated with the running of the group.

In his younger years he was a keen sportsman playing football at a local level for various teams up to the age of 28 when he decided to hang up his boots and started playing golf which he thoroughly enjoys playing at his local golf club (when time permits).

Because of his sporting background Peter is actively involved in the sponsorship and support of several local football, cricket and bowling clubs and particularly enjoys supporting clubs who have an active youth development policy who mentor, encourage and support young children to participate in sporting activities.

Peter and his wife Michelle at a local charity fund raising event.

Peter and his wife Michelle at a local charity fund raising event.

Peter also supports many local charities including St Marys Hospice where he is a Gold Membership holder.

Peter says: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed to the rank of Provincial Junior Grand Warden. I would also like to dedicate this fantastic honour to the many people within Semper Sursum Lodge and the Furness and South Lakeland Group who have mentored, helped and supported me over the years of my Masonic career to date.

I am only too aware of the responsibility that now rests on my shoulders and I will do my utmost to ensure that the trust which has been placed in me will not be misplaced and I can live up to the extremely high standard which has been set by my very distinguished predecessors.”