One of our members got quite a shock this week when the Loyal Lodge of Industry No 421’s monthly ZOOM meeting received a surprise visit from none other than RWBro Ian Kingsbury JP, Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Devonshire.
The reason for his unannounced arrival was to congratulate our long serving Secretary WBro. Frank Handscombe BEM, PAGDC on 60 years of continuous service to Freemasonry.
Expressing his regret at not being able to attend in person,
RW Bro Ian offered the warm congratulations of the whole Provincial Executive; the members of which had been sworn to secrecy to ensure a complete surprise.
It is not certain whether Frank had remembered the significance of the date, but his faithful Assistant Secretary, Bro Eric Stanley had; and together with Provincial Grand Secretary WBro Richard Ebrey, ensured that a certificate was safely delivered to Frank’s home later that evening.
In presenting the certificate, the Provincial Grand Master said…
“I would like to thank Frank for his many years of Service to not only the Lodge but also to the Province of Devonshire which he has served as Secretary of the Benevolent Fund for many years. He is someone who can always be relied on to complete any task which is asked of him. His contribution to the Craft over the last 60 years has been outstanding.”RW Bro. Ian Kingsbury JP
Once he had regained his usual equilibrium, Bro. Frank thanked everyone for their good wishes and paid tribute to the support he had received from the Loyal Lodge of Industry’s members over so many years.
“ I couldn’t do what I do without the wholehearted and enthusiastic support of our wonderful members” said Frank. “It makes me proud to be part of such a caring and committed Lodge.”Frank Handscombe BEM
Before he left the meeting, RWBro. Kingsbury promised to attend the Lodge at the earliest opportunity to present the certificate in person.
Who knows….. Frank may even buy him a pint!
UPDATE… 8th March 2021
It’s turning out to be quite a week for
We are delighted and proud to confirm that it was announced today that the MW The Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England, HRH The Duke of Kent, has been pleased to promote Frank to the rank of Past Junior Grand Deacon.
Well done Sir!