On Tuesday 4th December, 2012, members of Provincial Grand Lodge, headed by the Provincial Grand Master Bro. James W. Miller, attended the regular meeting of Greenock Kilwinning No. XII to join the Lodge in Celebrating Brother Henry S Tibbles Platinum Jubilee as a member of the Craft. Henry was 70 years a member of Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No XII on 10th November, 2012.
Born on 4th November, 1919 in Minster, by Sheerness (Kent), he took his first degree during the Second World War on 10th November 1942. At that time he was in the Royal Navy and stationed locally. He spent all of the war years in the Navy, marrying Gourock girl Muriel along the way. They have now been together for over 70 years.
When Henry returned to Civvy Street, the printing trade beckoned and he rose to the position of Company Director. Unfortunately for No XII, promotion took Henry to London, but No. XII’s loss was The Scots’ Lodge No.2319’s (English Constitution) gain and he joined No 2319 on 24th April 1969.
Henry’s enthusiasm led him to be installed as Worshipful Master of The Scots’ Lodge in 1980. At this time, he brought a deputation up to the Town Hall when Bro. Kenneth K. Morrison was Master of No. XII and very strong links between the two Lodges began to develop. These have been further cemented over the years by visitations to Greenock and London.
Henry has held many senior positions in the craft and amongst these are the following:
Worshipful Master of Scots’ Mark Master Masons Lodge No 406 (EC) (1984),
Grand Steward of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England (1987),
President of the Board of Grand Stewards (1987),
London Grand Rank (1989)
Awarded Distinguished Service Diploma by No. XII (1990)
50 Year Jubilee Diploma (1992)
Commander of the Scots’ Lodge Royal Ark Mariners No 406 (EC) (1994),
Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank (1999),
Diamond Jubilee Diploma (2002)
Honorary Provincial Senior Grand Warden of Renfrewshire West (2003).