50th Cert for Bowring
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50th Certificate for Bob Bowring PPJGW

W. Bro. Robert Kingston Bowring was initiated on 14th January 1960 into West Gate Lodge No. 5513. He held all the offices in the Lodge and on 26th November 1971 he was installed as Master. He held the Office of Secretary for a number of years, overseeing the move from West Avenue, Gosforth to Falmouth House in Throckley. W. Bro. Bob is also a member of Northumbrian Masters’ Lodge No. 3477. Bob received Provincial honours of PProvSGD in 1983 and promoted to PProvJGW in 1993.

In the Royal Arch, Bob was exalted on 12th March 1969 into Chapter de Sussex No. 406. He was installed as First Principal in 1995. He received his Provincial honours of ProvGSwdB in 2000 and promoted to PProvGSN in 2006. He served as Scribe Esra of the Chapter for a number of years.

In the Rose Croix, Bob was perfected into Severus Chapter Rose Croix No. 940 on 22nd November 1999. He became a founder member of De Sussex Chapter Rose Croix No. 1135 on 30th May 2001. Bob became the Most Wise Sovereign in October 2002. On 16th March 2004 he received his 30th Degree. He also held the Office of Recorder for a stipulated 4 years until October 2009.

The presentation took place at Thockley Masonic Hall on Thursday 4th March 2010. W Bro. Edwin Price PAGDC, the Reporting Grand Officer gave a brief account of Bob’s Masonic history and then W Bro. John Wallace PGStB Senior Warden of the Lodge read the content of Bob’s Certificate. Then W Bro. John Chan PSGD, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master presented the Certificate to W Bro. Bowring for his 50 years service to Craft Masonry. Finally the Worshipful Master, W Bro. John McNeil PProvJGW presented a 50th Year Certificate from the Lodge together with a bottle of whisky.

To conclude a memorable evening, the Festive Board was then held in the famous Swan in Heddon on the Wall.



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