Bob The Builder Hits Fifty Years In Freemasonry

02nd September 2021

Today we join Seaton Valley Lodge No.6239, which meets at Seaton Delaval Masonic Building, in congratulating Bro. Bob Shepherd on reaching 50 years of uninterupted service in the Craft.

Although a quiet man in Freemasonry, having been initiated on 1st September 1971, and never progressing on the ladder, Bob has been a very busy man with a number of interests including being a keen cyclist. He excelled in the sport so much that he participated in races in both Ireland and the Isle of Man and to this day he remains a vehement supporter of all things to do with cycling. In later life Bob took up the sport of squash and is also a keen Newcastle United and Newcastle Falcons fan even, on a number of ocaisions, travelling back from his caravan in Silloth to attend home games.

Bob was exalted into Astley Royal Arch Chapter on 16th March 1994 and remains a member of the Chapter to this day.

In his working life Bob was a joiner, working for Laurie Builders and later Bells the Builders, the forerunner of Bellway Homes. and regularly assisted with the maintenence of the masonic building.

Northumberland Freemasons offer their sincere congratulations to Bob on achieving this monumental milestone and we wish him all the very best for the future.

Thanks go to W.Bro Bill Armstrong, Worshipful Master of Seaton Valley Lodge, W.Bro Stuart Cairns, Provincial Grand Secretary, and W.Bro Paul Mckay, of Lord Warkworth Lodge No.1879, for the submission of this article and photographs.

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