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Jack’s Boy notches up 50 years in the Craft

by Brian Page

The Deputy Provincial Master for Berkshire VW Bro Peter Sands along with Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master VW Bro Julian Pacey P and nine other brethren from the Province of Berkshire recently visited Athelstan Lodge No. 1333 in the Province of Warwickshire. Their purpose was to see W Bro John Nixon receive his 50-year certificate in his mother lodge, presented by RW Bro Philip Hall, Provincial Grand Master for Warwickshire. 

John was initiated into Freemasonry by his father W Bro Jack Nixon exactly 50 years ago to the day in 1972 as a Lewis, and during his formative years in the Craft was always referred to as ‘Jack’s Boy’. On moving to Berkshire, John joined Berries Lodge in 1980 and also remained an active member of Athelstan Lodge, progressing through all offices to the Master’s chair in 1986. Later that same year John was installed into the chair of Berries Lodge. 


John’s first provincial appointment in Berkshire was to Provincial Grand Steward in 1990, the year the Provincial Grand Stewards’ Lodge was consecrated, he was installed as Master of that lodge in 1997. He was appointed Provincial Grand Charity Steward in 1994 and lead the Festival 2000 fundraising effort for the Royal Masonic Trust for Boys and Girls. In recognition of this (£2.2m was raised), he was appointed to the Grand Rank of PAGDC in 2000 and promoted to PSGD in 2008, following his appointment as Assistant Provincial Grand Master.

All the while John was busy pursuing a demanding career with Sketchley Dry Cleaners, joining the company as a management trainee on leaving school and progressing to a senior management role. John subsequently started his own cleaning business in Berkshire in 2000.


The evening was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended, particularly those from Berkshire. There were over seventy members and guests present and all enjoyed the traditional Athelstan hospitality at the festive board with much singing and wine taking. Truly a day to remember!


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