St Georges Chapter No. 4387 had much to celebrate on Wednesday 6th May, when their longest serving member, Excellent Companion Arthur Ferguson, received a 50-year long service certificate from the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Geoffrey Dearing. The certificate was presented by the Deputy Grand Superintendent, Excellent Companion David Kershaw, who coupled the presentation with an interesting account of Arthur’s personal and Masonic history.
Exalted in St George’s Chapter in September 1964, Arthur completed his 50th several months ago but ill health had prevented him from attending chapter for a while. Arthur progressed to First Principal in 1970 and received his first Provincial appointment as Past Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1977 and was promoted to Past Provincial Assistant Grand Sojourner in 1994.
The meeting was well-attended and many eyebrows were raised on learning of Arthur’s escapades during the Second World War and his evident bravery which resulted in him being awarded the Military Cross.
Also present on this occasion was another long-serving chapter member, Excellent Companion Eric Hewson, who was exalted in the chapter in 1970 when Arthur was First Principal.
The occasion was all the more memorable as two candidates were exalted by the Principals and officers of the chapter on the same evening.
Arthur completed 60 years in the Craft in March 2014 and was presented with a long service certificate, signed by the Provincial Grand Master, at the regular meeting of St George’s Lodge No 4387 in April 2014. Read the report here.