50th Certificate for Rutherford
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50th Certificate for Mervyn Rutherford

W. Bro. Mervyn Hepple Rutherford PProvAGReg was initiated into Lord Armstrong Lodge No. 3074 on 23rd January 1961. He joined Newcastle Royal Grammar School Lodge No. 7463 in 1966. He was installed as the Worshipful Master in 1984. This relatively slow progress was due to his working as an architect in Southern Rhodesia. Mervyn’s interest in the Craft was greatly influenced by his wife, Elizabeth who was one time a high ranking women’s Mason held a position equivalent to a Provincial Grand Master.

W Bro. Rutherford received his Provincial honour of PProvGStB in 1994 and promoted to ProvAGReg in 2008.

The presentation took place on Monday 14th February 2011 at Royal Grammar School where he was a pupil from 1944. W Bro. Dr. Stanley Ashman PAGDC, the Reporting Grand Officer who was also a pupil in the same year, was invited to give a brief account of Melvyn’s Masonic history, read the content of and presented him with his 50th Year Certificate. Finally the Worshipful Master, W Bro. Mark Gilpin PProvSGD congratulated him on behalf of the Lodge. The special occasion was witnessed by the Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro. Peter Magnay DL who is also Past Master of the Lodge (as shown in the first photo) together with three other Mervyn’s pupils in the same years (as shown in the second photo).


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