60 Years a mason


At the Canynges Lodge meeting held on Saturday 7th December 2019 attended by The PGM for Bristol, The PGM for Somerset, The DPGM of Bristol, The two PDPGM’S of Bristol, The SGW of Bristol, The SGW of Gloucestershire and a number of Grand officers.

After an excellent second degree ceremony. The PGM for Bristol R.W.Bro.Jonathan Mark Walker Davis presented to The PDPGM OF Bristol V.W.Bro.Roy Howes a certificate along with label pin to mark 60yrs being a mason.

The PGM stated that V.W.Bro.Roy had made a significant contribution To the Province of Bristol.

He was appointed Provincial Grand Secretary in May 1983, Master of the Bristol Installed Masters Lodge in 1988 and Deputy Provincial Grand Master in May 1994. In April 1986 he was appointed to Grand rank of PAGDC in UGLE and Progressed to PGswdB, he also progressed through the Royal arch Chapter offices becoming Deputy Grand Superintendent in May 2001 and was appointed to Supreme Grand Chapter rank of PGStdbr and progressed to PGSwdBr.  

The W/M W.Bro.John Geater JP Then gave the following tribute :-
"V.W.Bro.Roy it is an honour for me to be Master of Canynges during your Sixtieth year as a member of this lodge. You were initiated on the 7th December 1959 and raised as a Master Mason in January 1960.

You progressed through all the offices of the Lodge becoming the Master On 1ST March 1976.

Your library of Masonic experience has been a great asset to this lodge. Indeed at the age of 92yrs you still regularly attend our committee meetings and are always proacted in ensuring we maintain the original Bristol ceremony.

You were instrumental along with other Senior Masters in creating the Lodge Social committee which included ladies. This has been the backbone of the Lodge fund raising for charities for many years.

On behalf of the Brethren of Canynges Lodge I present you with this Engraved Masonic pocket watch to mark this special occasion with our Gratitude and affection"

The Senior Past Master and Chaplain of the lodge W.Bro.Robert Woodman PPrSGW proposed an eloquent toast to V.W.Bro. Royston William Malone Howes PGSwdB. This was followed by a rendering from the Brethren of “HE’S A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW”.