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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Former prison chief to head Freemasons

The former deputy governor of Haverigg Prison has been appointed leader of the Freemasons in Cumbria.

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Norman Thompson: Wants to dispel myths about Freemasonry

Norman James Thompson will be installed on September 25 at the Sands Centre in Carlisle.

Mr Thompson, who comes from the Kendal area, is married to Janet and has two grown-up children.

After an engineering apprenticeship and obtaining engineering qualifications at Lancaster and Morecambe College, he changed direction and joined the Prison Service in 1968, retiring as deputy governor in 2002 after 34 years in the service.

In addition to his involvement in many branches of Freemasonry, Norman was until June this year vice-chairman of Victim Support Cumbria Ltd.

He said: “Freemasonry has been working for our community here in Cumbria for nearly 300 years.

“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to carry on the excellent work of my predecessor, John Hale, and to lead such a wonderful Province. I want us to dispel the myths about Freemasonry and let the community see what a positive contribution we make to our fellow citizens and to society.”

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