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David Hagger, the head of freemasonary in Leicestershire and Rutland retires

The head of freemasonry in Leicestershire and Rutland, David Hagger, has retired after nearly ten years of loyal service to the organisation, writes Richard Barnett.

To celebrate the achievements made during his tenure, covering 11 masonic centres across the two counties, and serving nearly 3,000 masons, events were organised to ensure that David’s work has been recognised by all those that have benefited before handing over to his successor.

In his final month in charge, many of the masons and others who have benefited from his vision to help the local community gathered to ensure that his retirement would be memorable.

David Hagger
David Hagger

This included the unveiling of a large portrait that is to hang in the ornate Holmes Lodge room at the headquarters of freemasonry in Leicester, and the presentation of a silver salver at a special dinner in his honour that was attended by many of his friends from more than 47 years as a Freemason.

The retiring Provincial Grand Master first took up the post in 2010, and during his time has overseen more than £1m being donated to local charities, as well as numerous projects to help those in need in and around Leicestershire and Rutland.

David has also been instrumental in funding local projects, such as joint ventures to establish the Memorial Wood in Bradgate Park, and a donation of £50,000 towards the multifunctional room at Leicester University’s Centre for Medicine.

A retired solicitor from Leicester, David first became a freemason in 1972 and has held many posts within the organisation over that time. During his time in office, David has overseen the improvement of the masonic halls in the county, with many being open for hire to cater for weddings and events. David’s legacy to freemasonry will continue, with his enthusiasm to ensure that those involved enjoy their freemasonry, as they continue to help those in need.

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