Kenneth Foulkes

Kenneth Foulkes served Province for 11 years

FOR MORE than 11 years WBro Kenneth Wilfred Foulkes held an active rank in the Province of West Lancashire.

During that time he travelled the length and breadth of the Province from the Lake District to Manchester for both Craft and Chapter as Provincial Grand Pursuivant and Provincial Grand Tyler.

Each Provincial meeting and Consecration entailed at least three days work for WBro Foulkes for he had to collect all the Provincial Lodge Furniture from Hope Street the day before the event, set out the lodge on the day and clear everything away, and then return it all to Liverpool the following day.

Ken Foulkes was Initiated on 12 September 1957. It would no doubt have been a lot earlier had it not been for his wartime service as Engineer Officer in the Merchant Navy and later as a Flight Engineer (Aircrew) with 190 and 644 Squadrons in the RAF. He finished his service in Palestine and was awarded the European Star, Atlantic Star, North Africa Star and Clasp campaign medals and the Good Conduct Medal.

During the 16 years between his Initiation and becoming Worshipful Master in 1973 he was proud to say that he never missed a single lodge meeting. He had not been in the lodge long when he was made social secretary, a position he held for seven years. He assisted many lodges at social events and in his younger days was known to sing at ladies’ evenings and Installations.

WBro Foulkes was made Provincial Grand Pursuivant in 1979 and four years later was given the rank of Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden even though he continued in his active role. That year also saw him promoted to Acting Provincial Grand Tyler in Craft and Provincial Grand Janitor in the Royal Arch.

His work for the Province and St Oswald Lodge was rewarded in 1987 when he was made a Past Grand Standard Bearer.

WBro Foulkes went into the Chair of the lodge for a second time in 1991 and in 2002 he was promoted to the rank of Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies.

WBro Foulkes had been closely associated with our mother lodge, St Elphin Lodge No 3287, for many years. He was made an honorary member of St Elphin Lodge on 15 September 1996 and could often be seen taking an active role in their monthly ceremonies and at Installations before it amalgamated with two other lodges to form the Warrington Lodge of Concord No 1250.

WBro Foulkes died in February, 2007, just a couple of months before he was due to celebrate 50 years as a Freemason. At the meeting when the celebration took place a friend of WBro Foulkes supplied wine for the social board in memory of him.