Chris Sanford was recently presented with a certificate to mark his twenty years service as a Justice of the Peace. The certificate was signed by the Lord Chief Justice and presented by the Chairman of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, Phillip Viscount De L’lsle, the Lord Lieutenant of Kent.
Chris is a Past Master of Pentangle Lodge No 1174; he was initiated in 1988 and served as the lodge’s Master in 1996. He is currently the lodge’s mentoring officer, ensuring that the newer members receive all the advice and guidance needed to fulfil their enjoyment of Freemasonry.
He is also a Past First Principal of Pentangle Royal Arch Chapter No 1174 and currently holds the secretarial office in that Chapter. As an enthusiastic companion of the Royal Arch, he serves his lodge as Chapter Liaison Officer, in which capacity he advises other Brethren contemplating their next step in Freemasonry.
Chris’s commitment to Freemasonry has been recognised with Provincial Honours. Until recently he held the active office of Deputy Provincial Registrar in the Craft and he has a similar past rank in the Chapter.
Of his twenty years as a magistrate, Chris has served fourteen as a Court Chairman, sitting mostly in Chatham. He has also sat on the Family Bench for nine years. For the last eight years Chris has served on Kent’s senior magistrates’ Committee, the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee (LCAC), which has nine members and is Chaired by The Lord Lieutenant of Kent. (The LCAC deals with the appointment, discipline and exclusion of magistrates.)
As if he is not already very busy, Chris volunteers his help with some wider Provincial activities, one of which is the onerous task of mailing the Provincial magazine to its thousands of readers. He sets a wonderful example to us all and is worthy of recognition as one of our “Amazing Masons”.