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(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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60 Years in Freemasonry

W. Bro. Jones receiving his 60 year Certificate from V.W. Jeffrey Gillyon ProvDGM

 On 19th November 2011 the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Yorkshire North & East Riding, Very Worshipful Brother Jeffrey Gillyon was joined by Brethren of the Humber Lodge No57 and their Ladies, at Connaught Court in York. This special occasion was to mark the presentation of a 60 year Certificate and Jewel to W.Bro. Dr Clifford Leslie Jones, PAGDC.

V.W. Gillyon gave a very informative overview of the life and times of our Lodge Father, which was interspersed with amusing anecdotes from W. Bro. Cliff.    

Cliff was born in London 18th August 1926.  He received his education at Quintinians School followed by Degrees in Chemistry and Physics from London and Reading Universities.  A PhD from an American University acknowledged him as one of the world’s foremost authorities on his specialised subjects of waxes and resins.

Later, as a Director of Reckitts his real expertise it would seem was in soft soap, a point not lost on those who know him well.

An active member of the church with a strong faith, he has been Secretary of the Lay Readers Association and chairman of a special committee appointed by the Archbishop of the time to deal with matters of finance within the diocese.

As a young man he was not only a Boy Scout but County Commissioner for Middlesex, in charge of Scoutmaster Training.

Cliff was very happily married to his wife Peggy, who sadly died several years ago and he felt her loss terribly. Always an active and caring member of the community, after Peggy died Cliff devoted much of his time counselling recovering alcoholics and drug addicts.

Cliff and Peggy were blessed with two children, Martin and Elizabeth.  Martin is a Captain in the Royal Navy and his wife, Joan is a senior officer involved in Environmental Protection, and often briefs government ministers. They live near Southampton and have two children. Elizabeth is married to David and they also have two Children. Liz is a maths teacher in a local school on the outskirts of Hull. 

In his long Masonic career Cliff has achieved wide acclamation; in particular he is remembered as an erudite and excellent orator and lecturer.  His masonic career is as follows:

1951      Initiated into Old Quintinians Lodge No 3307

1963      Companion of the Holy Royal Arch – Old Quintinians Chapter No 3307

1976      Knight Companion of the Red Cross of Constantine – De La Pole Conclave No 132

1976      Knight of the Holy Sepulchre and Knight of St John the Evangelist - De La Pole Conclave No 132

1977      Mark Master Mason – Humber Lodge No 182

1991      Knight Kadosh 30o of the Supreme Council of the 33o

 In 1967 he was elected as Master of Old Quintinians Lodge No 3307 and between 1977 and 1993 was the Lodge Chaplain.  In 1967 he was also installed as the MEZ of Old Quintinians Chapter no 3307. In 1979 he became the MEZ of Humber Chapter No 57.

1980 saw him installed in the chair of the Ancient York Chapter of Redemption, and in 2005, at the age of 79, he became the Master of Humber Lodge No 57.

 Cliff holds Grand and Provincial Grand Rank in Craft and Chapter:

 Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies (PAGDC) - Craft     -              1998

 Past Assistant Grand Sojourner (PAGSoj) - Chapter                    -              1996

 Grand Standard Bearer (GStB) - Chapter                                   -              1988

 Third Provincial Grand Principal (3rdProvGPrin, Yorks. N&ER)     -              1991

 London Grand Rank (LGR, MetGL, London)                               -              1986

At the end of the presentation, the Master of Humber Lodge No 57, W. Bro. David Terry thanked V.W. Bro. Gillyon for agreeing to present W. Bro. Cliff with the Certificate, and for such a wonderfully told life story.  He also thanked all those who had taken the time to mark this a special day, not forgetting the staff of Connaught Court, the York RMBI residential home. The presentation was concluded with group photographs and a buffet lunch.

 A very good and enjoyable time was had by all, especially W. Bro. Cliff who could not understand why so many people had bothered to come and celebrate this landmark.  Only Cliff could be so genuinely and generously modest.