Michael Laxton Blinkhorn 1931 – 2017

It is with great sorrow that we report the death of Michael Blinkhorn of St Egwin Lodge, Evesham. Michael passed away on the morning of Saturday 16th September.

He will long be remembered for his devotion to Freemasonry, particularly in Evesham where he has been part of the management team of the Masonic Hall Company for many years, culminating as Chairman of the Board for many years until ill health forced his retirement.

Michaels business interests were represented in both his home village of Broadway and in Offices in Vine Street, Evesham with branches of his Valuation/Auction and Estate Management Services outlets. His other interests included motor sports, a past president of the Bugatti Club whilst actively involved in the world-famous Prescott Hill Climb Trials in Gloucestershire.

A very busy and most highly respected gentleman. A very active freemason, a Grand Lodge Officer in the craft for many years, a member of both Abbott Lichfield Craft Lodge and Royal Arch Chapter, a Member of  Simon de Montfort Preceptory of Knights Templar and Knights of Malta besides membership of many other side orders.

Michael joined the Mark Family during 1971 when Advanced into St Egwin Lodge and became Worshipful Master in 1979. He was appointed Provincial Grand Junior Warden in 1984 and got his first Grand Rank in the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, that of Past Grand Standard Bearer, in 1990 and subsequently promoted to Past Grand Senior Deacon in 2008.

Elevated into the Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariners in 1976 he became Worshipful Commander of St Egwins Lodge in 1983. Appointed to Provincial RAM Grand Rank in 1992 and to Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank in 2000.

He will be sorely missed for his extensive knowledge and guidance in all walks of life.

Our thoughts and prayers now turn to Nancy and the family.

The Funeral will take place on Thursday October 5th, at 2pm at St Michaels Church, Snowshill Road. Broadway, WR12 7AE.

There are parking spaces at rear of church.

The funeral will be followed by a Celebration of Michaels Life at Broadway Golf Club, WR12 7LG.

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