Fifty Years Service From Colin Burnett

25th November 2023

Today Northumberland Freemasons congratulates W.Bro Alfred Colin Burnett on completing fifty years on uninterrupted service to the Craft.

He joined Northumberland Freemasons in October 1973 when he was Initiated into White Friars Lodge No.6523, prior to its sad demise in March 2022, subsequently joining Carliol Lodge No.5419, which meets at Fern Avenue Masonic Hall.

He occupied the office of Master on an incredible four occasions in White Friars Lodge and is currently the Lodge Almoner and Assistant Director of Ceremonies in Carliol Lodge.

He was acknowledged in Provincial Grand Lodge in 1991, when he was Appointed to the rank of Past Provincial Senior Grand Deacon, receiving subsequent Promotions to Past Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works in 2008 and then Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2014.

He joined the Royal Arch Chapter in September 1981, when he was Exalted into Fortitude Royal Arch Chapter No.4017, which was sadly erased in 2017, when he then joined Carliol Royal Arch Chapter. He occupied the office of First Principal, of Fortitude Chapter in 1990 and was acknowledged in Provincial Grand Chapter when he was Appointed to the active rank of  Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1994.

Originally a motor mechanic by trade he slipped a spinal disc and was unable to continue in that employment, subsequently attending University and achieving both a Masters Degree and Chartered status in Engineering. He then specialised in sensors, working on aircraft and satellite thermal units, and was highly respected.

Away from work he has a family with two daughters,  and is a keen caravaner, holidaying in both the UK and Europe. He owns an apartment in Spain, and enjoys a couple of months away there each year.

Congratulations from everyone at Northumberland Freemasons and we wish you many more happy years service.

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