Earlier this year, Andrew Peto Past Master of Invicta Lodge of Ashford No.709 achieved 60 years of Craft membership following his initiation into Pilgrim Lodge No.238 in London on 10th April 1958.
He had qualified as a Ph.D. in Chemistry and subsequently worked as a research chemist for PPL, a perfumery company in Ashford. Whilst there became a joining member of Invicta Lodge in 1968. His Mother Lodge, Pilgrim, is very old (founded in 1779) and is unique in the United Grand Lodge of England as the only Lodge permitted to undertake its work in the German language. Andrew’s fluency in German not only enabled him to take the chair in 1965 but become secretary in 1984. His work over many years as Secretary and his contact with German-speaking Masonry in Continental Europe resulted in the award of the Paulskirsche Medal from the Grand Lodge of Germany for fostering Anglo-German Masonic relations. This was also recognised by UGLE as he has been promoted twice in Grand Rank. At the same time he has been a firm supporter of Invicta and took the chair in 1997.
Now 92 years old and confined to a wheelchair, Andrew continues to take an active interest in Masonry, and on 9th September, a small party of Brethren went to his house in Bickley to congratulate him on 60 years’ service to the Craft and 50 years to Invicta Lodge. Charles Boxer, Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master and Past Master of Invicta Lodge who is also a member of Pilgrim Lodge presented Andrew with his 60 years certificate from the Province. Also there representing Invicta, Pilgrim, the Province and German Masonry were Ray Barnett, Werner Sarb and Peter Floyd.
Other photos from the presentation – click on the photo to enlarge.