King Alfred Chapter, No. 2945 recently recognised the outstanding contribution of its retiring Scribe E, Morris Freeman, PProvGSN, SLGCR by awarding him Honorary membership.
This is the Chapter’s first such award for many years and rewards Morris’s almost 25 years of service as its Scribe E, taking on the role at a time when the Chapter was struggling and reinvigorating the membership before handing over the reins at the age of 93.
Stepping in to Morris’s shoes is newly-appointed Scribe E Ray Ayres, PPrAGDC, who was himself recruited into King Alfred by Morris in 2000.
“As soon as I established contact with Morris I realised how devoted he is to making sure that the Ceremonies are carried out in due accordance to the established ritual, and I must say that at the age of 93 he can still step in to any office and recite verbatim the content of the work” said Ray.
A long and distinguished masonic career –
Morris has a long and distinguished Masonic career in both Craft and Royal Arch, dating back to his Initiation in Remus Lodge, No. 4760 in 1967 and Exaltation into Amicus Chapter, No. 3772 in 1968, both in London.
He was a Founder of Middlesex Masters (Southgate), No. 9240 and his honours include Provincial Grand Standard Bearer in 1996 and Provincial Grand Senior Warden in 2000, while in 2011 he was awarded the Order of the Silver Trowel.
Ray Ayers summed up Morris’s contribution to freemasonry: “His history shows that he has given most of his senior life to Masonry and served it very well in order to demonstrate the value it can have on ones life.
Whenever and wherever I saw him he always, always had a proposal form ready for completion.
If ever a man should be described as a true Mason, Morris Freeman should be that person.”
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