When You’re Smiling – An Introduction

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A Founding member of the Lodge of Daily Advancement No. 9979 which meets at the Chelmsford Masonic Centre also founded a charity which was registered in 2002. In the New Year’s Honours List for 2021 in recognition of his work as the Chair of the S.A.M. Fund, Steve Nottage was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) which was presented to him on 27th September 2021 at Westminster Abbey.

Very much a family man, Steve has enjoyed Freemasonry since 1988 when he was Initiated into his Mother Lodge by his brother, the Worshipful Master, his other brother as Senior Warden delivered the Charge after Initiation, with his father a Past Master and brother-in-law also members of the Spirit of Friendship Lodge No. 8061.

Friendship and the three other core principles of Freemasonry of Integrity, Respect and Charity have always been important to Steve as he progressed to become Master of his Lodge in 1997. He is now a Senior Visiting Officer (SVO) holding Senior London Grand Rank (SLGR). Steve also holds London Grand Chapter Rank (LGCR) since being Exalted into Royal Arch Masonry in 1998 and first becoming a Ist Principal in 2003.

In Essex, Steve began to regularly visit Ixion Chapter No 2501, which meets at Harlow Masonic Centre, and he joined in 2007. There is much more to tell including the reasons why Steve decided to become a member of Ixion Chapter and how his Royal Arch Masonry has advanced in the Province.  This is all described in an informative article on the News page of the Provincial Grand Chapter website. Follow the link below for:

  • The Citation by HM The Queen
  • How the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Paul Tarrant, feels the recognition of HM The Queen in awarding the BEM reflects well on the type of person attracted to Freemasonry.
  • What ‘S.A.M. Fund’ stands for and the good work it does
  • The ceremony at Westminster Abbey and the special day Steve had with his family.

As a role model for potential and new members joining Freemasonry, reading about Steve in the article on the Provincial Royal Arch website will give inspiration to all those who volunteer, help charity and contribute to society.

It is also an encouragement to all Brethren in Essex considering whether to join the Order and become a Companion. Take the next step and click on the link  When You’re Smiling (essexroyalarch.org.uk) to discover the full story.

Tony Hales

Content Generator
Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex