Provincial Executive (4)
David (Dave) was born and educated in Chatham Kent, after graduation from university in London and completion of an apprenticeship with the Central Electricity Generating Board he subsequently worked for the electricity supply industry in its various guises for 42 years before retiring in 2013. He is married to Sally, they have twin children both of whom work in London, a daughter who is a production manger for a fashion house and a son who is a software consultant.
It was Sally’s father who was responsible for his Masonic introduction as his proposer into St Nicholas Lodge (East Kent) in 1984 where he went on to become WM in 1992. Work commitments prompted a family move to Suffolk in 1989 where he became an active member of the Lodge of Fidelity, becoming its WM in 1995 and 1998. He was appointed Provincial Grand Steward in 1996 and was the Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2009
David’s Royal Arch career began with his exaltation into Gundulph Chapter (East Kent) in 1988 and continued in Suffolk when he joined Henniker in 1991, becoming its MEZ in 1998. He was appointed Provincial Grand Steward in 2000, and served as Provincial DGDC in 2011/12. He is currently MEZ of Suffolk Provincial Grand Stewards Chapter.
David’s enthusiasm and commitment to masonry is evidenced by the fact that he has held an office in either Lodge or Chapter continuously since he was initiated. With respect his recent appointment he said “I suspected that I might be asked to do something when I received a surprise home visit from the Grand Superintendent on New Years Day. But it was a great surprise and honour to be offered that of Provincial Third Grand Principal, a role that I accepted with pleasure and look forward to discharging with fervour ”
Ralph was born in Ipswich. Schooling included Copleston Boys where he found an early interest in Brass & Military Band Music. As well as the Copleston School Band, he played with the Woodbridge Excelsior Band and the Suffolk Military Band. In pursuit of this interest, Ralph joined the Regular Army as a Bandsman at the age of 16. He remained with the Royal Anglian Regiment from 1973 until 1986. After initial training at Bassingbourn Barracks, he served in West Germany as part of the British Army of the Rhine. Following a return to the UK and short Op Banner Tours of Northern Ireland he was posted to Berlin for two years. The Regiment then had a two year posting to Londonderry in 1981 where he met his wife, Alice. They married in 1983. Following a tour with the United Nations Force to Cyprus and visits to the United States, the Regiment arrived back in Colchester. On completion of service with the Army as a Senior NCO, Ralph joined the Suffolk Constabulary in 1986, finally retiring from their employ in 2013.
Ralph was initiated into Doric Lodge No.81 in 1991 and became Worshipful Master in 2001. In 2003 he was appointed a Provincial Grand Steward and was Secretary of the Provincial Grand Stewards’ Lodge for five years. He received promotion to Provincial Senior Grand Deacon in 2007, Past Provincial Grand Registrar in 2014 and Provincial Senior Grand Warden in 2015.
Ralph’s Royal Arch career commenced in April 1995 when he was exalted into Royal York Chapter No.81, becoming MEZ in 2008. Provincial appointments followed as Provincial ADC in 2010. In 2013 he became Provincial Grand Charity Steward, an appointment which has allowed him to visit Chapters across the Province and meet with many of the Companions.
Born in Carshalton in the Surrey suburbs of London John grew up in nearby Epsom. At the age of 20 he joined the Metropolitan Police where he spent 6 years before transferring to the Suffolk Police in 1973. He served until retiring in 1995, as Temporary Chief Inspector at Newmarket. After leaving the Police he was employed as the Fraud Team Manager for a partnership of three local authorities until finally retiring in 2009.
He has been married to his wife Lola for 50 years and they have a daughter and a son, and 4 grandchildren.
John is a keen golfer, that doesn’t mean good, and plays at every opportunity he gets. Also since retiring he has learned to dinghy sail at Lackford Lake near Bury St Edmunds. He says that he left it a bit late to learn to sail and his lack of mobility, plus ability, often means that he spends more time in the lake than on it !! He is an active volunteer with the WASH Sailability charity at Lackford Lake providing the sailing experience for people with disabilities.
He was initiated into Ala Lodge at Stowmarket in 1988 and became WM in 1998. He was Secretary of the Lodge for a number of years. He is a member of Phoenix & Ala Chapter at Stowmarket and was MEZ in 2005. He has served in the Provincial Chapter as both an Assistant and Deputy Director of Ceremonies before becoming Provincial Scribe E in 2014. He was appointed Provincial Third Grand Principal in June 2017.