At the Tyntesfield Lodge meeting held on 5th October in Nailsea Masonic Hall, W.Bro Norman Dury was presented with his certificate celebrating his 60 years in Masonry by W.Bro Richard Winter, Assistant Provincial Grand Master.
Norman was initiated on 2nd May 1961 and was Master of Tyntesfield in 1970. He was also a member of the both the Forest of Mendip Lodge No 8019 and Somerset Masters’ Lodge No 3746 for over 45 years! The photo below shows Norman together with APGM Richard Winter enjoying a drink after the meeting.
Norman was born in Compton Martin in July 1936 and lived on the family farm with his Mum and Dad and his older brother Robert and sister Margaret. His school days were spent at The Sacred Heart convent in Chew Magna followed by senior school in Bishop Sutton. By the age of 15, in addition to the farm, the family now owned a haulage business, lorries that collected milk from all the local farms to take to the dairy in Chew Stoke. Norman left school and undertook an apprenticeship in mechanics to work in the family business.
He was a keen footballer, playing for East Harptree. At 16 he met Grace who he later married just 4 years later. Norman’s 2 daughters Tina and Debbie came along a fews years later by which time he was working fully in the family milk haulage business as mechanic and driver.
In addition to football Norman was a keen and very successful Go-kart racer. Weekends were spent at race meetings across the South West and many trophies were won over the years.
Norman and Grace were a great partnership both in life and business and following the sale of the business in 1989 embarked on retirement together when they both became accomplished bowls players. Regular holidays were taken with family friends, particularly, coach trips with Lioness coaches and Spanish holidays.
Norman and Grace moved from Compton Martin to Chilcompton in 2001 to be closer to their chosen bowls club and lived together until Grace sadly died in 2019 following a wonderful 63 years of marriage.