John was Initiated into the Lodge of Prince George No. 308 by the Worshipful Master W. Bro. Trevor Shepherd who Passed him the following September. He was Raised in December of that year by his proposer into Freemasonry W. Bro. Frederick L. Halstead.
He was Worshipful Master of the Lodge in 1985, a year he Initiated, Passed and Raised three candidates. Also that year, along with his Officers, He performed a demonstration Raising ceremony at the Lodge of Fort William No. 43 (Scottish Constitution)
John was Master of the Lodge in 2008 when he again Initiated, Passed and Raised three candidates. John occupied the Chair again in 2013 for a First and Second Degree ceremonies.
In 1994 he was appointed Director of Ceremonies of the Lodge. He held this office for 9 years which included officiating at the Lodge Bicentenary in 1996. He took the office again in 2018 and still holds it today.
John's first Provincial Rank was Provincial Senior Grand Deacon. In this capacity, he officiated at the Installation of R.W. Bro. J. Trevor Broadley as Provincial Grand Master.
W. Bro. Pickles is the fourth generation of his family to be a member of the lodge. He was preceded by his Father George Ronald, his Grandfather Hiram and his Great Grandfather George. Other members of his family were Past Masters of the Lodge too.
Once social distancing restrictions are lifted, his son W. Bro. Howard Pickles is looking forward to presenting his father with his Certificate marking 5O years in the Craft and a member of the Lodge of Prince George No. 308.