Malcolm John Mitchell (known as John), of the Chantry Lodge No 6454 in Gravesend, celebrated sixty years in Freemasonry on 28th November 2016 and, on the 25th January 2017, he was presented with a long service certificate to mark the occasion. The certificate was presented by Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Graeme on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master.
John was born and brought up in Gravesend. He attended Gravesend County School (later Gravesend Grammar School for Boys) and, on leaving, was articled to Martin Tolhurst as a Trainee Solicitor. After qualifying, he served for two years in the RAF as a Radar Technician. He returned to Martin Tolhurst where he stayed until the early 1980’s after which he continued practicing as a solicitor from home. John also loves property development and do-it yourself! He built his own home in Istead Rise before moving to Shorne forty-two years ago. He has undertaken many building projects and, although retired from his career as a solicitor, he continues to keep himself busy.
John joined and became Treasurer of Gravesend Young Conservatives where he met his wife, Penny. They have two children, Sarah and Jackie.
John enjoys boating but has spent far more time messing about and building them than actually sailing. He first built a canoe, moved on to a dinghy then a much larger yacht which he never actually finished.
John was initiated into Freemasonry in Chantry Lodge No 6454 on 28th November 1956, worked his way through the offices and was installed as Master of the Lodge in 1966. During his year as Master he initiated 4 candidates into Freemasonry. He went on to gain Provincial Honours in 1976.
Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Graeme, escorted by his Director of Ceremonies and twelve Active Provincial Officers, attended the Regular meeting of Chantry Lodge on 25th January. David spoke about John’s personal and masonic career then presented him with a sixty-year Long Service Certificate. Afterwards the members, visitors and guests sat down for an enjoyable Festive Board to round off a memorable evening.