It was Wednesday 8th of May 1968, the venue, Franklin Road Masonic Centre, Gillingham, when a young 21 year old Solicitor’s Clerk was Initiated into Freemasonry in the Norman Lodge No.3502. I’m sure like us all, at the end of that meeting his thoughts were “What was that all about?”

Advance 50 years to Tuesday 8th of May 2018, when this previously young 21 year old solicitor’s clerk attained his 50 years’ service in the Craft. However, it was the following day, at the Norman Lodge Regular May meeting when non Masonic friends and family were invited to join Lodge members in the Temple and witness the presentation of a 50 year Certificate of Service to Michael Robin Bailey PProvGM.

David Alexander APGM presented an eloquent résumé of the life and times of Michael Robin Bailey PProvGM. He did mention in passing that the only other noteworthy event that day was the arrest of the ‘Kray’ twins in London. Following the presentation of the certificate  Michael Bailey responded, thanking everyone for coming.

Before Michael could sneak back to the organ the Worshipful Master, Thomas Lawson, presented him with a Masonic pocket watch from the members of the Lodge, which had been engraved to celebrate his 50 years in the Craft.

At the festive board afterwards 88 members, families and guests enjoyed a good meal with the Provincial Choir serenading everyone after the meal. A bouquet of flowers was presented to Mrs Sandra Bailey by the Master along with one for David Alexander to present to his wife who had been unable to attend.  All in all, a thoroughly good time was had by all.

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