Royal Blue M.L. No.414, Bushmills
Friday 3rd June 2022 was another auspicious occasion in the history of Royal Blue M.L. No.414, Bushmills, as W. Brother Ivan Campbell and Brother Cecil McLaughlin were presented with their Fifty-Year Jewels and Certificates, by the Provincial Assistant Grand Master, R. W. Brother Samuel Brennan, accompanied by the Worshipful Master of the Lodge, W. Brother Wesley Hunter.
W. Brother Ivan Campbell:
W. Brother Ivan Campbell was proposed for membership of Royal Blue M.L. No.414, Bushmills, by his father W. Brother James Campbell and seconded by his uncle, W. Brother James Ramage.
He was Worshipful Master of the Lodge in 1986 and held the office of Secretary for ten (10) years from 1991 to 2000. He served as Provincial Grand Lodge Steward of Charities for eight (8) years and was part of the eight (8) person Young Master Masons Committee, which amongst other things brought in the ten (10) year rule.
W. Brother Ivan was Initiated as an Entered Apprentice on 30th December 1970, Passed as a Fellow Craft on 27th January 1971 and was Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on 22nd March 1971.
On a personal note, he was an Insurance Broker for forty-eight (48) years before retiring some fifteen (15) years ago. His children are now in their 20’s and 30’s.
His hobby for over fifty (50) years has been sailing. Amongst his many voyages, he has sailed to Iceland, crossed the Atlantic, back via the Azores and even sailed around the infamous Cape Horn. He also tries to play golf.
He is very involved in his church “Christchurch,” having served as their secretary to the Select Vestry.
Brother Cecil McLaughlin:
Brother Cecil McLaughlin was proposed for membership of the Lodge by Brother R. N. Wilkinson, seconded by Brother J. F. McAllister.
W. Brother Cecil was Initiated as an Entered Apprentice on 4th June 197, Passed as a Fellow Craft on 3rd September 1971 and was Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on 5th November 1971.
Brother Cecil was a builder all his life since 1959 and in the 70’s he became a self-employed builder.
On a personal note, this September he will be married to his wife Irene for fifty-one (51) years, and they have a son who is in his 40’s and a Grandchild.
Irene was in the Ladies Masonic back in the 80’s and was Secretary of her Lodge which held meetings in Moneymore and Portstewart.
Brother Cecil has a keen interest in football and loved clay pigeon shooting and game shooting and he is a regular church attender.