Maidstone Masonic Centre at Tovil is now looking resplendent with new signage on the front of the building giving it a fresh and attractive appearance.
Donated by the family of the late David G. Herron, it measures five metres across and one-and-a-half metres high and contains a special dedication to David’s memory.
David, a Past Master of Maeides Stana Lodge No. 7868, sadly passed away whilst in Spain earlier this year. His family wanted to create a lasting memorial which would reflect not just their love and affection for him, but David’s long association with, and enthusiastic support for, the Maidstone Centre.
Initiated in 1988, he was Master of his lodge in the year 2000, which made him one of Tovil’s “Millennium Masters”.
One of his most important contributions during that time was his stewardship of the “500 Club” which, over the years, raised in excess of £10,000. This helped to fund many of the improvements and developments which the Centre has seen in recent years.
On Friday 8th September 2017, nearly one hundred family members, friends and Brethren assembled in Tovil to hold a special Memorial Service in celebration of David’s life and achievements. His son Colin, also a Past Master of Maeides Stana, spoke of David’s influence in his life, not least in having proposed and initiated him into Freemasonry in the year 2000.
This was followed by a moving eulogy from fellow “Millennium Master” David Horne who explained just why David’s energy and love of life had made him so popular with all who knew him.
Peter Floyd, Chairman of the Centre’s Board of Directors said: “When Colin approached us with the idea for this new sign, we were delighted to agree to what is not only a real improvement to the image of Freemasonry in Maidstone, but a fitting memorial to one of our most dedicated and enthusiastic members. We will all miss David’s warmth and sense of humour.”
Report and photos: Richard Carney