Reaching a significant milestone of 50 years in Freemasonry is a remarkable achievement that deserves recognition and celebration. In the Province of Northumberland, a special evening ceremony took place to honour W.Bro. David William Foggin for his exceptional dedication to the craft. Led by W.Bro Dr Greg Smith, Assistant Provincial Grandmaster, the event brought together Freemasons from all over the province to commemorate this momentous occasion.
David’s journey in Freemasonry began in April 1973, when he was initiated into Fidelity Lodge No 4902, which met at Byker Masonic Hall, prior to its sad demise in December 2016. He progressed steadily through the ranks being appointed as Steward in 1974, followed by his role as Inner Guard in 1975 and continued to ascend the ladder until the Lodge was erased.
For an impressive 42 years, David served Fidelity Lodge, leaving an indelible mark on the Lodge, however, its closure did not dampen his passion for Freemasonry as, in 2016, he joined St Raphael Lodge No 6261, where he found a new home for his Masonic journey. David was appointed as the Director of Ceremonies in 2017, a position he continues to hold with great honour and responsibility.
Within the Province of Northumberland, his dedication and contributions have been duly recognised and rewarded. In 1990, he was appointed to the rank of Past Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, subsequently receiving promotions to Past Provincial Assistant Grand Sword Bearer in 2006 and Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2015.
During the evening ceremony, a heartfelt toast was proposed by W.Bro. Peter W Brown, who also presented him with a 50-year pin, and flowers for his wife, Sandy.
In his response, David reflected on the transformations he had witnessed within Freemasonry over the past 50 years and expressed his heartfelt gratitude to W.Bro Brian Sandells, his Proposer, and W.Bro. Ernest Sandells, his Seconder, for their instrumental roles in launching his Masonic career. Their guidance and support having a profound impact on shaping his path within the Craft.
The evening was a true testament to his unwavering commitment, passion, and service and the presentation of the certificate and pin served as tangible tokens of appreciation for his enduring contributions.
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