On Sunday 29th April 2018, five brethren from the Lodge of Happiness No 7952 ventured up to Llandudno in order to present a 60 Year Certificate to W Bro Thomas F Mitchell, with the approval of the Provincial Grand Master.
W Bro Tom was initiated into the Lodge of Faith and Hope no 4772 on 25th March 1958, and subsequently became one of the 13 Founder Members of the Lodge of Happiness in June 1964.
W Bro Tom, now a Nonagenarian, is one of two surviving Founders and delighted in explaining to the visiting party some of the early history of the Lodge and its members, particularly in relation to the fun and good times of past Ladies Nights, Social events and now seeing the Lodge grow from strength to strength – unfortunately for us, from a little further afield.
The picture below shows W Bro Tom receiving his Certificate from W Bro Geoffrey Weston, IPM of the Lodge, accompanied by W Bros Chris Albion and Mike Willetts (Photographer), Bros Philip Williams and John Snape together with obligatory fizz and Lodge Cupcakes!!
Now an Honorary Member of Happiness, W Bro Tom keeps in touch with Lodge events through digital communication and the odd phone call here and there. A keen ritualist in his day, being known for his delivery of the Charge to the Initiate and the Traditional History, Tom was delighted to see a full plan of “work” for the Lodge over the next two years – only sorry that he can no longer make the journey down to Birmingham from North Wales.
After a very “Happy” couple of hours of fraternal company, the visiting posse retired to a local restaurant on the seafront in Llandudno for a refreshment stop before the return journey to the Midlands – unfortunately, we didn’t manage to wrestle either Tom or the glorious sunshine away from North Wales – can’t quite understand why!
Author – Mike Willetts – Secretary, Lodge of Happiness No 7952