WBro Arthur Lichfield Jones PPrGSwdBr was initiated into The Cope Lodge No. 1357 on the 18th April 1969 and following amalgamations with The Sale Lodge No. 2962 and Timperley Lodge No. 3555 his current Lodge – Sacotias Lodge No. 1357 came into being some 10 years ago.
In a very friendly and sincere ceremony at Altrincham Masonic Hall, Arthur’s history in the Craft was recounted by WBro Adrian Davies, APGM who was accompanied by the Provincial Wardens as well as a strong Provincial Delegation that included two Past APGM’s. Arthur who is 73 years old is a native of Chorlton cum Hardy in Manchester and was born in the same year as Freddie Mercury and Adrian Davies APGM – 1946, the year that the television licence was introduced!
He worked for 50 years for British Telecom in their Printing Department where during a Royal visit to his workplace he was introduced to HRH the Duke of Gloucester and in doing so gave him a handshake (which was recognised) leading to a conversation about Freemasonry. Following retirement from BT, Arthur worked at Tesco until finally finishing work last year in September 2018.
Married to Jane, he has a daughter and three step sons and in his heyday was a nifty ballroom dancer with Jane who became his dance partner winning several Ballroom competitions and dancing at the world famous Blackpool Tower ballroom although he has never appeared on ‘Strictly’!
In his Masonic career, Arthur was exalted into the Royal Arch just a year after his initiation and has reached high office in the Order. Worshipful Master of his Lodge on five separate occasions he is currently the Chaplain of Sacotias Lodge. At the conclusion of his celebration, WBro Adrian Davies delighted Arthur and all those present by promoting him to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden and he was duly proclaimed as such by WBro Tom Smith DepPrGDC .
When Worshipful Master Bro David Corbett resumed the chair of King Solomon, a further presentation was made to Arthur by his friends in the Lodge – a very handsome hand carved wooden Masonic pen which had been made by Lodge member WBro Frank Wigglesworth. The Worshipful Master then presented a cheque in the sum of £150 in favour of CFC to WBro Davies. The news in any other business that the Lodge has interviewed two new members, proposed by the Worshipful Master and to be balloted for in September closed the meeting in appropriate style.