Philips Sensational Sixty Years Presentation

21st June 2022

Congratulations from Northumberland Freemasons to Bro Philip Rutherford Brown on reaching sixty sensational years of uninterrupted membership of the Craft.

Philip was Initiated into Freemasonry in May 1962 into Howden Panns Lodge No.5315, which meets at Wallsend Masonic Hall, undertaking his Second Degree ceremony in October and finally his Third Degree ceremony in November of the same year. He has remained a member and decided never to office due to work commitments.

Now living in Stockport he made the 160 mile journey to receive his accolade amongst the members of his Mother Lodge. Prior to living in Stockport Philip had previously moved to the Scottish Borders.

In his younger days Philip was a keen amateur runner, sponsored by Heaton harriers, who regularly took part in the Morpeth Road Race which took place on Boxing Day each year. He was a software engineer and computer programmer which took him away to Stockport. During his work life he was involved in introducing some of the first computers into the United Kingdom.

Philip has many family connections with Howden Panns Lodge in that his father, Alexander Hay Brown, was Initiated into the Lodge on 16 February 1935, taking the Masters Chair in 1955, his uncle, Fred Rutherford Brown, was Initiated on 19 February 1944 and was the Master in 1963 and his brother, Fred, was initiated on 17 February 1968.

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