Paul Tarrant, the Provincial Grand Master made an Official Visit to the Lodge of Beneficence No. 7978 at Orsett Masonic Hall on 18th November 2021. The meeting was an illustrious occasion for Michael Spencer, a Past Junior Grand Deacon as it marked his 50 years in the Craft. Michael is a Past Provincial Grand Master for Essex, in the Mark and Royal Ark Mariner Degrees
Consecrated in 1964 by The Earl of Warwick, at Southend in 1967 the Lodge of Beneficence moved to Grays following the opening of Thurrock Masonic Hall and in 1971 moved again to its present venue at Orsett. In May of that year the Immediate Past Master had the pleasure of initiating his son, Michael George Spencer, to become the first father and son in the Lodge and began a trend which has served the Lodge well over the last fifty years.
Michael Spencer became Worshipful Master in 1982, was appointed as Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1990 and following subsequent Provincial and Grand Lodge promotions was appointed Past Junior Grand Deacon in 2017.
Paul Tarrant, himself a Past Grand Secretary at Mark Masons Hall, presented Michael with a framed certificate marking his 50 years. The Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, Geoff Turpin, said 'This was a special occasion for Michael and among the 77 Brethren present celebrating with him there were many distinguished visitors representing additional Masonic Orders of which Michael is a member of'. It seems appropriate after half-a-century in the Craft making new friendships and charitable-giving that Michael George Spencer may now become known as ‘A Freemason of Beneficence for Fifty Years’.