Stafford born and bred, Steve joined the world of Freemasonry in 2002 during the year that his dad was the Worshipful Master of the Izaak Walton Lodge (4281) in Stafford. This makes him a "Lewis" which is simply a term used to describe the son of a Freemason who is also a member (or more likely, just a term for special people like Steve who is VERY special at times - hence the road name of Cluster!). He became WM of that lodge in 2010, a role that he loved to pieces and then in 2011 took very great pride in installing his successor - a very dear friend - whilst he fought his last battles against cancer. Steve says "it may seem odd, but this is the highlight of my Masonic career thus far. I knew there was no way we could get Pete to the Lodge for his installation, so we arranged with Provincial Grand Lodge to take the Lodge to him. We set up a make-do Lodge room in the hospice where Pete was being cared for, and we did the deed with him in his bed. We both cried and both loved it. A few days later the Great Architect took him from us. He never did get to preside over his Lodge :-("
Steve received Provincial honours (Staffordshire) in 2016, and has been a member of Mark before work and family commitments necessitated he reign things in a bit, but is now finding more time in all aspects of life to pick up where he left off. He is also a member of the Foster Gough Lodge of Installed Masters in the Province of Staffordshire.
In terms of motorbikes, Steve was late joining the party, only passing his test 12 years ago. He currently rides a Kawasaki GTR1400 because it's a bit more "sit up and beg" than his last two bikes which were both sports bikes, and he confesses he's too old and fat for all that bum up chin down riding ! His partner Esther also rides bikes, and she is a Bad Penny, riding her Triumph Tiger Sport which Steve likes to pinch from time to time!
Steve works for the NHS in the IT arena, and loves his partner, kids, pizza and wine above all else! He also manages our Twitter feed for us and can be found at most Widows Sons events somewhere !
W. Bro. Keith joined Dartmouth Lodge No. 662 (Staffs) at 26 years old in December 1970, and attained the chair in 1983. He was promoted to Acting Steward, then Provincial Junior Deacon and Past Provincial Grand Registra.
Joined Old Halesonians 7104 Worcs around1996 doing the chair in 2006 and 2007, got Past Prov Junior Deacon and now Past Prov Grand Sword Bearer. He has been lodge almoner 5 years and treasurer for last 4 years. So this is his 47th year in craft.
Keith has ridden bikes since 16, again in his 40's and started again in early 60's.
His other hobby is sailing; had yachts on south coast for 27 years, he sold last one 2 years ago but still charter, and is planning to go for 2 weeks in June out of Dielette. Sailed around 70000 nms to date possibly more, but has stopped logging it..!