The first of WBro George Reynolds’ 100th Birthday celebrations was held on Friday 20th July at Newport Masonic Hall. 160 Family and invited members of Monmouthshire Craft Lodges were present to mark this momentous occasion.
RtWBro Captain Sir Norman Lloyd Edwards accepted an invitation to attend as an Honorary member of the Armed Forces Lodge accompanied by a good number of Lodge members to present WBro George with an inscribed cut glass decanter to mark this landmark. Sir Norman, in his inimitable manner, spoke about Georges’ incredible war time experiences as well as his illustrious Masonic career.
RtWBro Richard G. Davies, Provincial Grand Master, commented that “it was most appropriate for Sir Norman to make the presentation on behalf of the Province and I know that it meant a great deal to WBro George. All of us would wish to add our congratulations to a wonderful active Mason still acting as Tyler at the age of 100. I would not be surprised if this was a unique occasion.”
VW Bro Chris Evans, Deputy Provincial Grand Master and Mandated Officer to the Armed Forces Lodge, had sent his apologies as he was away raising money for Masonic Charities participating in the Monte Carlo or Bust Rally, and said that “I hold George in the highest esteem, he is someone who I continue to admire and is a fantastic role model to us all. I offer him the heartiest of congratulations on his 100th Birthday”.
On Sunday the 22nd July, The Jasper Tudor Lodge (Georges mother Lodge) held a sumptuous buffet lunch where a short film of WBro George when he was interviewed by VW Bro Chris Evans giving detail of his time in the war and his experiences as a Japanese prisoner of war was presented by WBro’s Tony Charles and Paul Burley. WBro. Jonathan Roberts then gave a presentation giving dates and ages that George had been during his illustrious Masonic career. RWBro David Powell (The PGM of the Mark degree) then presented WBro George with a 100 year certificate issued by the Grand Master. WBro Nigel Roberts then read a letter from RWBro Richard Davies congratulating George on his achievement. The afternoon was finished off by George presenting the Tyler’s toast in his own inimitable way. This can be viewed on you tube by clicking on the link below.
The afternoon was a great success and the 100 who attended all enjoyed what must be a unique gathering.