W Bro. Michael Povey was installed as the Worshipful Master of St. Gabriel Lodge No. 2995 on Wednesday 2nd November 2016 at Corbridge Road Masonic Hall, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne. The Installing Master was W Bro. David Rajiah. It was an excellent ceremony witnessed by about 50 brethren present. The representative of our Provincial Grand Master on this occasion was W Bro. Tom Foo PGStB, the most senior Past Master of the Lodge.
W Bro. Michael is a joining member. He joined this Lodge after his mother Lodge was Tuscan Lodge No. 6020 closed a few years ago. He was Master of that Lodge in 1989. He received his Provincial honours of PProvJGD in 1997.
Michael is a keen and dedicated Mason who is always willing to help with the ceremony by stepping into an office with short notice. This also applies to his other Lodge, Oriental Lodge No. 9371 which is the daughter Lodge of St. Gabriel. He promised to try his best to promote St. Gabriel Lodge and make sure that his Officers will have a happy and successful year.
On Wednesday 2nd November 2016 and at the Installation meeting of St. Gabriel Lodge (SGL) No. 2995, W Bro. Thomas Ahang Foo PGStB presented a 50th Year Certificate to Bro. John Badkin PPGStwd.
Bro. John was initiated into SGL on 5/10/1966 at the age of 36 years old. He passed to the Fellow Craft degree on 4/10/1967 and raised to Master Mason degree on 1/5/1968. It took almost 3 years for John to get through his 3 degrees due to his being away at sea where he served as Chief Engineer in the merchant navy.
SGL had around 150 members in 1966 & at that time the Grand Lodge fee was 6 shillings & 6 pence and the Provincial Grand Lodge fee was only 4 shillings.
He lived and is still living at Bedlington from the time of his initiation and although the Lodge’s membership had diminished over the past 50 years, John has remained loyal to SGL by attending the Lodge meetings whenever he can. He used to spend a lot of his time visiting family in Kenya every year, especially winter months there rather than in the North East.
Bro. John received his Provincial honours of Provincial Grand Steward in 1/11/1989. (At such an early date even our Grand Lodge Dephi computer system does not have a record of it!)
Bro. John with the Worshipful Master