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Text Box: Assistant Provincial Grand Master John David Watts of the province of Durham in the Grand Lodge of England, was to have presented Robert Henry Thompson with a certificate to commemorate 50 years’ service to Freemasonry at the regular meeting of Winlaton Lodge No. 4546 on Wednesday 23rd October 2013. 

Unfortunately Robert was unable to travel from his residence in Scotland, it was decided that the certificate would be dispatched to Forres, Scotland to allow the formal presentation to take place at the meeting of St Lawrence Lodge No144 of which Bob is a member. Further to several communications between Tom Stewart Secretary of St Lawrence Lodge Morayshire and ourselves we are delighted to report that the Certificate lost none of its luster in its travels and was delivered pure and unsullied to Bob on the evening of Friday 1st of November 2013.Tom kindly provided the transcript and photographs of what turned out to be a most prestigious and memorable night for Bob. 

Shortly after joining the Craft Bob was posted to Royal Air Force Changi, Singapore in May 1964 were he joined Horsburgh Lodge in June 1965. During his time in Singapore he was made Lodge Steward and a non-office-bearing committee member.
On his return to the United Kingdom, in 1967, Bob was posted to Lincolnshire were he visited many lodges in the area. In May 1977 Bob was posted from The Queen's Flight in Oxfordshire to RAF Kinloss, Moray, Scotland. Bob started to put down roots in the area and worked in the RAF until 2007. Bob resides in Forres, and started attending the Lodges in the area and in particular Lodge St Lawrence. 

The Lodge has called on Bob on many occasions to pipe the Lodge in and out and in 2010 Bob was made an Honorary Member of Lodge St Lawrence, taking an active part in the social and charitable works of the Lodge. As many of the members of Lodge St Lawrence are members of  other Orders, Bob was invited to join the Royal Arch Chapter Varis No 658 and became a Mark Master Mason in the same chapter. Bob was made 3rd Principal in 2000, 2nd Principal in 2002 and 1st Principal 2005, including Right Worshipful Mark Master at the same time. Bob's Masonic progress has not stopped there as he joined St Ninian Cryptic Council No382 as well as the Royal Ark Mariner and Red Cross Degrees under the Scottish Constitution. 

Due to his considerable abilities with the pipes Bob was appointed Royal Arch Provincial Piper in 1996 and was appointed to the Office of Scribe N. in the Provincial Grand Chapter of Moray and Nairn in 2010. Bob takes an active part in Moravia Sovereign Chapter of Princes Rose Croix No192, which he joined in 2007. More recently he joined the Royal Order of Scotland in Inverness on the 14th of April 2012 and finally he was made a 30° Mason in 2013.      

On the evening of Friday 1st of November 2013 Bob piped in the Lodge Office bearers, as usual, and the Lodge worked a 3rd Degree.The special presentation took place near the end of the meeting. Bob was invited on to the carpet were the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of Moray and Nairn, Bro. Allan Lawrence presented Bob with his Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham Certificate. The Master of St Lawrence No144, Brother Robert Walter Malin assisted the Provincial Grand Master and Bro. Thomas Stewart, Lodge St Lawrence Secretary, presented Bob with the presentation gift on behalf of his Mother Lodge (Set of the Working Tools and a bottle of Whisky). Moray is known as the whisky county and Bob received a bottle of “Robert Burn”, which is appropriate as Burns' Country (Ayrshire) is where Brother Tom Stewart the Lodge St Lawrence Secretary comes from.

Bob put on a very nice spread at the Harmony after words, and the celebrations continued late into the evening. 

Above article is an extract from the Grand Lodge of Durham Website, posted on the 16th November 2013 with acknowledgement to Paul O’Doherty who wrote the article. article.16/11/2013 by Paul O'Doherty 
 
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