Ken Ranger, of the Nicholas Ridley Lodge No 8094 in Herne Bay, celebrated 60 years continuous membership of the Craft In May 2016 and, on Saturday 17th September, he was presented with a certificate commemorating the anniversary. The long service certificate was presented by the Head of East Kent Freemasons, Provincial Grand Master Geoffrey Dearing, on a visit to Ken’s lodge.
Ken was initiated into Freemasonry in Hertfordshire in May 1952. In June 1966, having moved to Herne Bay, Ken was one of the founding members of the Nicholas Ridley Lodge. Now, in the lodge’s 50th year, he is the last surviving Founder Member. The Lodge previously met on Saturdays as its members were primarily commuters but it is now in the process of changing its meeting days to Wednesdays to serve the needs of the current generation of Freemasons.
As a young man Ken was a keen sportsman and was an International Water Polo player. He has given a lifetime of service to the community and to Freemasonry and throughout it all he has been supported by his wife of 63 years, Joyce, and their two sons.
In addition to his activities in the Craft, Ken spent eight years as a member of the Herne Bay District Council and eight years as a member of Kent County Council on which he served as Chairman of Highways and Public Transport. His service to the community includes: involvement with the Herne Bay branch of Cancer Research UK since 1968; a Past President of the local Probus Club; Chair of the Boards of Governors of two schools and the local Herne Parochial Charities Committee.
He was also involved with the Strode Park Foundation from the early 1970s until 2014 and is a Past Chairman of that Foundation. In recognition of his services to Strode Park, he was awarded a well-deserved M.B.E. in the New Year’s Honours List in 2005.