Speedway Director to help Essex Freemasons keep up to speed and stay on track.

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Well known by many riders on the Speedway World Championship Grand Prix circuit throughout Europe and a co-director of Thurrock Hammers, Russell Keetch has been appointed as the new Provincial Grand Mentor for Essex Freemasons.

Living on Canvey Island and the operations director of a construction services company based in Canvey, Russell joined Engayne Lodge No. 6831 which meets at Upminster Masonic Hall with his brother-in-law in 2010 and became Master of Engayne Lodge in 2016.

Although Freemasonry is not a high speed and high-octane sport, Russell’s experience in explaining, encouraging and helping individuals progress should benefit the 8,000 plus Essex Freemasons especially as the organisation attracts more younger members.

Speedway racing started in Britain about 100 years ago and Freemasonry over 300 years ago. Both have track records of community engagement and raising money for charity.  Getting across the traditions of Freemasonry to the 8,000 Masons on the Essex circuit to help them on their way is something Russell is keen to do.

Russell said “My aim is to be the best Freemason I can be with the skillset I have to hand and most of all enjoy it and help others enjoy it and as Provincial Grand Mentor, with the team we are assembling, I’m sure we can collectively achieve these aims as well as the aims of the Provincial Grand Master, Paul Tarrant.”



Thurrock Hammers up to speed and staying on track and Russell Keetch the new Provincial Grand Mentor