Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Grainger attended Arthur John Brogden Lodge No 1715 which meets at Grange-over-Sands to lead the celebrations as Russell Bloxsom attained the milestone of 50 years as a Freemason.
Originally from County Durham, Russell had been initiated as a Mason at a meeting of St George’s Lodge No 5720 in Washington on 11 September 1967. It seems scarcely believable nowadays, but he had been on the waiting list for interview, as a prospective candidate, for five years.
As master of the lodge in 1983 Russell initiated, passed and raised three candidates. In 1992 he was appointed to Past Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham.
Following a change of address he joined Penshaw Lodge No 3194 in the same Province. Upon retirement he re-located to the Grange-over-Sands area, and in 2008 became a joining member of Arthur John Brogden Lodge.
It was pleasing to see that a number of Russell’s friends had made the journey to Grange-over-Sands to help him celebrate his golden anniversary in the Craft. There were brethren present from Durham, East Lancashire, Cumberland and Westmorland and Wigan.
Also looking on were junior members of the lodge, including entered apprentice Matt Hamilton and inner guard Craig Lenette who in contrast are just setting out on their Masonic journey.
A certificate from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison acknowledging Russell’s milestone was presented by David. Following the meeting good food and companionship was enjoyed by all.