Presentation of 50 Year Long Service Jewel and Certificate to Wor Bro Tom McNeill Moyarget Masonic lodge No 280 I.C.

Alastair Browne, Tom McNeill and David Elliott at Moyarget Masonic Lodge No 280 I.C.

Alastair Browne, Tom McNeill and David Elliott at Moyarget Masonic Lodge No 280 I.C.

There was a good turn-out of Members and friends at the monthly meeting of Moyarget Masonic Lodge No 280 I.C. held down in their spacious Lodge-Room on the outskirts of Ballycastle. This however was a very special evening for Wor Bro Tom McNeill was celebrating 50 years of service to Freemasonry in the North Antrim District. In 1966,Tom was proposed into Moyarget Lodge by the late Wor Bro William Munnis Senior, and his proposal was seconded by the late Wor Bro Johnny Moore, who at the time was Secretary of the Lodge. Some 50 years later Tom, was still a member of the Lodge, and on this occasion he was accompanied by his two sons, Andrew and Keith both of whom sit in Ballymoney Masonic Lodge No 330 I.C. and his son-in-law, Willie, a member of Coleraine Royal Masonic Lodge No 754 I.C. Andrew McNeill, the elder of the two sons will be going into the Chair in 330 Ballymoney in January 2017.

The McNeill Family with Rt Wor Bro John McLarnon A.P.G.M. Antrim and other Officers.

The McNeill Family with Rt Wor Bro John McLarnon A.P.G.M. Antrim and other Officers.

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Our Guest of Honor, on the night was Right Wor Bro John McLarnon, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim, and a long time friend of Wor Bro McNeill. They had both been in the Boy’s Brigade together, and both joined Masonry in the same year – 1966. Rt Wor Bro McLernon made the presentation of the jewel and certificate, ably assisted by the Wor Master of Moyarget. Tom was saluted in due form and given an opportunity to reply. However, as always he is a man of few words, so he merely thanked everyone for coming, thanked the Assistant Provincial Grand Master for making the Presentation and the Lodge for all their support over the past fifty years.

Wor Master, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Wor Bro McNeill and other Guests.

Wor Master, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Wor Bro McNeill and other Guests.

At the close of the meeting we all stayed behind to enjoy some warm tea / coffee, sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, chicken pieces, sandwiches and an extensive sweet tray. A ballot was held which raised a total of £ 385.00 for the Lodge Widows Christmas Fund. We have enclosed a few photos of some of the other Brethren present on the night.

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About irishfreemason

Rt Wor Bro Bashford lives in Ireland where he joined the Masonic Order in 1977. He became a Master Mason in 1978 and served as Master of his Mother Lodge, Moyarget No. 280 Irish Constitution in 1990. He was appointed Richard Robinson Memorial Lecturer in the Irish Masonic Province of Antrim in 1992 and 2004. In 1996 he was appointed Grand Master's personal Standard Bearer by Most Wor. Bro Darwin Templeton, G.M. In 2000 he became the Millennium Master of the `irish Lodge of Research No. 200, and in 2001 went on to become Excellent King of the irish Chapter of Research No. 222.He is the current Editor of the Irish Lodge of Research, and has been since 1992, and of the Irish Chapter of Research since 1996. He was appointed Representative of the Grand Lodge of Portugal at the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 2006 ( a ten year appointment), giving him the courtesy title of Right Worshipful Brother. He is currently Provincial Grand Librarian for the Province of Antrim, and Curator of the museum at their headquarters in Belfast.
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