On Wednesday 6th April 2016 and at the regular meeting of St. Gabriel Lodge No. 2995, W Bro. Thomas Ahang Foo PGStB was presented with a Certificate marking his fifty years of continual service to Masonry by the Past Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro. Peter Magnay DL. The meeting was held in Corbridge Road Masonic Hall, Byker and was very well attended with a large number of Grand Officers present.
R W Bro. Frank Mapes, Past Provincial Grand Master of Province of Argyll and the Isles (SC) and his Past Depute Grand Master, V W Bro. Lindsey Hunter were amongst the distinguishing guests.
W Bro. Tom was initiated on 2nd February 1966. He was Master of the Lodge 3 times in 1976, 1996 and 2006.
He was the Founding Senior Warden of Oriental Lodge No. 9371 when the Lodge was consecrated in May 1990 and the Master of that Lodge in May 1991. He was also a member of Northumbrian Masters Lodge No. 3477 until 2014.
In the Royal Arch Chapter, he joined Chapter de Sussex No. 406 in January 2005 and was a Founder of Oriental Chapter No. 9371 when it was consecrated in December 2005. He was the Most Excellent Zerubbabel of the latter in December 2008.
For Provincial Ranks: In the Craft, he was appointed PProvAGReg in 1993 and promoted to PProvJGW in 1999. In the Chapter, he was appointed as ProvGSoj in 2014.
For Grand Rank: He was appointed as PGStB in 2000 in the Craft.
Finally for his sins, he is the Chairman for Northumberland Masonic Bowling Association for many years and still a very active and skilful bowler.
Congratulations Tom for what you have achieved for Freemasonry in general and for St. Gabriel Lodge and Oriental Lodge in particular!