On Tuesday 17th September 2019, Charles Edward Keyser Chapter No2518 held their annual Installation Convocation, which was attended by the Deputy Grand Superintendent, E Comp David Hampton. At that meeting, E Comp David was to present E Comp Thomas (Tommy) Knight with a certificate celebrating, to the day, 70 years of Royal Arch Masonry in Hertfordshire. Unfortunately, the day before the meeting, E Comp Tommy called to say he was unable to be present so the Chapter Scribe E, E Comp Les Butler and E Comp David Hampton made arrangements to visit E Comp Tommy at home.
On Monday 30th September 2019, E Comp’s David & Les visited E Comp Tommy to present him with his 70 year certificate of service to Royal Arch Masonry in Hertfordshire, and were warmly welcomed by E Comp Tommy and his wife. E Comp Thomas (Tommy) Knight was initiated into the Charles Edward Keyser Lodge No2518 on 21st April 1942, whilst on leave from the RAF, at the age of 21 years. He was installed as the Worshipful Master of the Lodge on the 1st June 1955 . He was exalted on 17th May 1949 into the Charles Edward Keyser Chapter No2518 and was installed as the MEZ on 18th September 1967.
In the Craft, E Comp Tommy’s first Provincial appointment was in 1962 when he was awarded the rank of Past Provincial Senior Grand Deacon. He was promoted in 1979 to Past Provincial Grand Registrar with a further promotion in 1992 to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden. In the Royal Arch, he was first awarded the rank of Provincial Grand Standard Bearer in 1971,followed by promotion to Past Provincial Grand Sojourner in 1980 and finally Past Provincial Deputy Grand Registrar in 1988. E Comp Tommy continues to be a subscribing and supporting member of both the Lodge & Chapter and the presentation of the 70 year service certificate was in recognition of his long and distinguished masonic career.
Photo: E Comp Thomas (Tommy) Knight, E Comp David Hampton, Deputy Grand Superintendent & E Comp Les Butler, Chapter Scribe E