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Humber Daggards

(W Bros Richard Smedley, David Terry, Des Ashton and Eddie Wildman are all members of Humber Lodge 57) enjoyed a convivial evening performing at the St John's Lodge 1736 in Blackwell, Halifax, in the Province of Yorkshire West Riding. Festive Board Entertainment was the theme of their presentation which indeed continued after the ceremony, during the meal and into the toasts. The Lodge Room upstairs was filled almost to capacity - the WM, W Bro D Bowen remarked that it was gratifying to see such numbers which normally met only at Installations. The assembled Brethren made a splendid sound joining in the choruses. It was particularly rewarding when a ninety-four year old Mason, in the forty-fourth year of the Craft, said it was one of the best nights he's experienced in Freemasonry. People left with smiles on their faces and a song on their lips. The Daggards were delighted to receive a handsome donation, which will, of course, go towards local charities. Pictured: W Bros Ashton, Terry, Bowen, Smedley and Wildman.

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50 years in Freemasonry

On the 12th December 1961 Winston was initiated into the Whitwell Lodge 2104, in Stockton-on Tees, in the Province of Durham.  As his father was a member of the same Lodge he was, of course, a Lewis. 

In 1967 his father was elected W. Master of the lodge. In 1974 Winston was Installed into the Chair of his mother Lodge his father at this time held the office of Secretary. Winston’s father-in-law subsequently joined the Lodge making a happy family trio.

He was exalted into the Whitwell Chapter in February 1965 and became M.E.Z. in 1978. He was also a member of the order of the Secret Monitor joining the Harte Conclave No. 47. He was Supreme Ruler in 1976.

Winston moved to Kingston upon Hull in 1976. He became joining member Humber Lodge No. 57 in November 1977 being proposed by Clive Naylor and seconded by Sydney Gibbs.  During long service with Humber Winston has held office as Steward, Almoner, and Chaplain he has served with distinction in the office of Treasurer from 1989 to date.

Winston received Provincial honours in Durham in 1980 when he was made PPGstb. In 1995 he was promoted to PPJGW in Yorkshire North & East Riding. 

Winston is also an active Member of Rotary and was President of the Rotary Club of Humberside in 1996. He was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship in 2003 in recognition of his services to Rotary International.  Many readers may have felt the hand of Winston on their shoulder asking them to be a guest speaker at there regular meetings.

Winston was born 1937  in Stockton on Tees and was  educated at Holy Trinity Boys School and Grangefield Technical College.

He served in the RAF as a Radar Operator stationed in the wilds of Scotland.

On leaving the RAF Winston became a Procurement specialist for a large retail chain a task at which he excelled and subsequent promotions lead to the Move to Hull as Store Director of Willis Ludlow Hull. He set up his own gentleman’s outfitters in Hessle in 1979, retiring in 2006.

Winston is married to Ann, and they have just celebrated their Golden Wedding, they have three children Kathryn, Simon and Victoria who are now living in London /Derby and New York they have 2 grandchildren.

On 14th February 2012, at the regular lodge meeting, WBro., Christopher Sharp PGStB., made a presentation of a 50-year certificate on behalf of the Provincial Grandmaster. Also in attendance were two Grand Lodge officers from Lincolnshire, W.Bro. Rev. Ian Walker PAGChap. ProvGChap Lincolnshire, and W.Bro. Chesney Brocklesby, PGDC. After an informal interview in the body of the lodge, the certificate and pin were presented and acclaimed by all present.