50 years ago, James (Jimmy) William Charles Jones was initiated into City Lodge No 2514 and has remained an active member of the lodge until recently.
When Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton and Woolton Group Chairman Andrew Whittle heard that Jimmy was not going to be able to celebrate his Jubilee at his own lodge Kevin’s immediate words were: “If Jimmy can’t come to us we will go to him.” Both he and Andy made a determined effort to see that Jim received his certificate.
Kevin and Andy, accompanied by the senior member of the lodge and one of Jim’s oldest friends Geoffrey Johnston with lodge secretary Colin Roberts visited The Orchard Care Home in Huyton where they met Jimmy’s wife Gladys, to present his certificate for achieving 50 years in Freemasonry.
After a cup of tea and piece of cake Kevin read the citation to Jim and then presented him with his certificate after which there was time for a chat. It was with great pride that Gladys accepted the certificate from Kevin, a bouquet of flowers from the lodge and a 50 year lapel pin from Geoff Johnston but on this occasion with a slight difference. The lodge has arranged for the lapel badge to have a chain attached to it so Gladys can wear it and as soon as it is ready it will be presented to her.
Jimmy Jones was born on 23 December 1941 in Aigburth, Liverpool to William and Kath Jones. He has one brother, Steven a few years younger than him. He attended local primary and secondary schools and then gained a scholarship to The Holt Grammar School on Queens Drive Liverpool. He left there when he was 16 years old just after the sudden death of his father. He joined the Liverpool City Police Cadets in 1959. He joined the Liverpool City Police Force in January 1961, which subsequently became the Liverpool and Bootle Police and the Merseyside Police. He served mainly in the then ‘F’ Division, Traffic Department, Police Driving School and on the docks.
Another of Jimmy’s roles was a Police Prosecutor at the Liverpool City Magistrate’s Court where, because of this quickness of mind, he excelled, even against very experienced barristers. He finally became the secretary and compere of the Police Club in Prescot Road, Liverpool. This suited his personality as he had a story or joke for every occasion and he was greatly respected by all the well-known comedians and other turns who played at the club. After a long and distinguished career in the Police Force he finally retired in 1990.
Jimmy was married on 17 September 1968 to Gladys and lives in Hunts Cross. He has two grown up children Alexandra and Nicholas and two grandchildren Zoe and Sanna. His main sporting activity was playing rugby which he did for the police playing hooker for 10 years. He also enjoyed music, especially jazz and military music and this led him to attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo on several occasions.
He was initiated into City Lodge on 15 September 1967 and was a very keen Mason. He attained the chair of King Solomon in 1989,1999 and again in 2003. He was a keen ritualist and held the offices of director of ceremonies and steward on a number of occasions.
After retirement from the Police Force he joined Sovereign’s Peace Lodge No 8911 and a lodge in another Masonic Order where he was secretary. He received Craft Provincial honours in 1997, with the rank of PPrJGD and his present rank of PPrGSuptWks in 2007.
To mark his fellowship and jubilee, and his service to the lodge, the members elected him an honorary member – the only one in City Lodge.