LODGE No 5470
An English Masonic Lodge under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England
Mason Roy Bibby recently celebrated 50 years in Masonry at Prescot
Masonic Hall surrounded by his many friends and colleagues.
Roy was born at First Avenue
Rainhill on 15th December 1926 and went to school nearby,
firstly at Rainhill St Annes Infant and Junior School and later at
Whiston Central School. He started work at British Sidac Ltd as an
Apprentice Electrician, then seved his time as a Bricklayer with Stan
Huyton. By age 19 he was working on the Bluebell Estate in Huyton for
Roys’ Father worked as a Dreyman for Greenall Whitley’s
Brewery and in 1948 Roy joined the firm’s maintenance team as a
Roy married Betty on the 6th of June 1953 only four
days after the coronation, they have no children. Roy and Betty started
unpaid training in 1954 in order to become Licensees at the Green Dragon
Pub. In 1955 they were offered the Red Cat at Crank and the Sun Inn at
Prescot but in 1956 they took over the British Soldier in Prescot and
also ran outside bars in addition to their work in the pub.
The year 1962 saw a move to the Holt at Rainhill where he and
Betty spent thirty happy years until their retirement. Whilst at the
Holt they bought Roy’s Current home in St Helens Road where they lived
for 21 years. Sadly Roy lost his beloved wife Betty close to the end of
Roy was initiated into Prescot
Lodge in 1963 on the 4th February. The Master at the time was
Edwin Neve, his proposer was Billy Gabriel, Licensee of the Green
Dragon, and his seconder Jim Antwis. Roy had been 6 years on the waiting
list to join Prescot Lodge, He was passed on the 7th October
1963 and raised on the 4th November the same year. Roy was
installed as Master of Prescot Lodge in January 1974 and has served 10
years as Assistant Director of Ceremonies and a further 11 years as
Director of Ceremonies. Roy also served as Charity Steward of Prescot
Lodge for several years.
Provincial Honours came on the 7th October 1982 with
promotion to in 1990 and final promotion to the highest Provincial rank
in 1998. In addition Roy served as a director of
Prescot Masonic Hall from 1985 until 2000, he was the longest
serving director to date.
On the 13th January 1977 Roy became a founder member
of Hardshaw Lodge where he served as the second Master and as Assistant
Director of Ceremonies for four years. He then served as Charity Steward
and Almoner for 16 years and as Director of Ceremonies for 16 years. He
was also the group Representative from consecration until 2010.
Roy was also an Honorary member of Antient Manor Lodge and a
member of Mersey Valley Lodge of Installed Masters from it’s
consecration in 1987 until he resigned in 2009 to give him more time to
care for Betty.
Side degrees also played an important place in his Masonic career
with Exaltation to Antient Manor Chapter in 1976 becoming Principal in
1984. Appointment to Provincial Grand Chapter came in 1991 and promotion
in 2002. He was a member of Prescot 903 Mark Lodge from 1983 and Prescot
Conclave (Red Cross of Constantine) from 1988 where he was Divisional
Sepulchre Guard for 7 years. He was also a member of St Helens Chapter
Rose Croix where he was perfected in 1990 and was accorded the honour of
the 30th degree in 2003, one of his proudest moments. As with Mersey
Valley he resigned to care for Betty.
Roy also served as Tyler for 12 years for the Jaques de Molay
Knights Templar although he was not a member.
Another proud moment was when he was taken by his friend Len Parr to be invested with Mark Grand Honours by Prince Michael of Kent.
Roy and Betty always particularly enjoyed all the Ladies Nights,
Betty’s was held at the Fleece Hotel where they invited Ian Holland
the secretary of Greenall Whitley Ltd. This was considered a
particularly good move as the Fleece was a Greenall Whitley House.
Roy proudly displays his 50 year certificate, with
Assistant Provincial Grand Master Tony Bent on his right and accompanied
by other senior members of the Group and Province
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