Monday 16th January 2012 saw Bronte Lodge of MMM No. 535 bid a fond farewell to W. Bro. Cliff Houston P.Prov.G.M.O., his last meeting before emigrating to Australia. The Lodge invited the Master of his Craft Lodge W. Bro. Peter Thornton, Lodge of the Three Graces No. 408 to join W. Bro. Graham A. Cooper, Master of Bronte to make a joint presentation of cut glass crystal decanter’s and tantaliser whilst the Lodge was called off.
Cliff Houston originates from The Wirral and was a Lewis. He joined Corinthian Lodge No. 3805 (no longer in existence) some 44 years ago. He was Worshipful Master in 1983. He also joined a Chapter in Cheshire on the same night as his father.
During Cliff’s work life he was in the Merchant Navy, an engineer at Cammel Laird, Price Chemicals, Shell and Vauxhall. He then went into the licensing trade and took over a Greenhall Whitley Pub called The Greenland Fisheries at Neston, Cheshire. He then came to Keighley in 1981 and took The Three Horses on Fell Lane, Keighley before going to work at Whiteley’s Paper Mill at Pool in Wharfedale. He retired 5 years ago. His wife Chris started fostering, whilst still on The Wirral and she continued doing this when they came to live in Keighley. She has specialised in caring for medically and terminally ill children, those with behavioural problems and those with disabilities. In 37 years of caring, Chris and Cliff have fostered over 100 children and given them the love and affection when they were most vulnerable.
Whilst at Keighley, Cliff joined The Lodge of The three Graces No 408, Brunswick Chapter where he went through the 3 chairs, Bronte Mark Lodge No 535 where he went through the chair in 1982 and Bronte Royal Ark Mariners. He holds Provincial Rank in both Craft and Mark.
He now leaves to go and live in Brisbane where his 3 children David, Ian and Jayne already live with their respective partners and children. Also going with them is their adopted daughter Katie, who has represented Great Britain at weightlifting in the ‘Special Olympics’. She has won several medals at Olympics, world , European and British Games.
We wish them well on their new adventure and hope they have a long and happy retirement.