Bounds Green Bound

Life after service as APGM-

W Bro Paul Huggins PSGD PProvAGM

After diligent service as Assistant Provincial Grand Master in Middlesex, it was time for W Bro Paul Huggins PSGD PProvAGM to pick up sticks and find new pastures.

Not masonically, one hastens, but after 60 years of living in Finchley a new home in another part of North London (Middlesex really) beckoned. Bounds Green to be precise.

Regrettably, Paul’s landlord had been suffering with dementia, which manifested itself in a violent and unmanageable form. Time to go.

Paul said that after living in one place for such a long time the move proved difficult and there were a number of traumas lurking.

First, however, was sorting out what to keep and what could be jettisoned.

Always a difficult decision and after several trips to the Council tip and 12 journeys to Charity shops order was restored.

Paul Comes a Cropper –

Rosie the Rover

During these travails Paul had an unfortunate incident with another car driven by a driver blinded by the sun.

Not quite a Damascus moment, but more a Finchley one with Paul’s faithful 20 year old Rover, affectionately known as Rosie, becoming slightly crumpled by the encounter.

A friendly Greek named Spiros managed to give Rosie an automotive seeing to and put Paul back on the road to continue his journey to the East – Well, east of Finchley – All for £25, including tip.

Bad news however, as Paul’s car was now strictly “non repairable” and would have in any event succumbed to the Mayor’s LEZ zone requirements and been liable for additional charges per day of £12.50 to drive.

Now armed with £300 scrap value it was decision time for Paul to consider what car to get next, which would comply with local emissions requirements.

Now having moved home and invited to join his new landlady, Lotte, for dinner to celebrate his arrival in the splendid new accommodations, Paul decided to reciprocate the gesture by hosting a meal at an Italian Restaurant in Muswell Hill.

Regrettably, the less than adequate cuisine caused the landlady to be food poisoned.

Not good to poison your landlady !

Handing Over –

Paul has now handed over to his successor W Bro Jim Mitchell, formerly the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies.

This took a few hours as there were four portfolios to consider which include; wreath laying on Remembrance Sunday, the Universities Scheme, Seminars and the Middlesex 150 book.

But W Bro Paul’s hands will not be idle and he is keen to contribute future articles for the Mercury.

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