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A Busy Night at Eardulph!


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The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Stephen Walker, headed a full team visit to Eardulph Lodge who meet in Chester le Street Masonic Centre. The purpose of his visit was to present the PGM’s award to the lodge for achieving their platinum status for the 2021 Festival, but also to witness what turned out to be a remarkable 60 years service to one of their members, Larry Tinkler.


After being welcomed into the already ‘packed’ lodge room by the Worshipful Master, Robert Thompson, the first business of the evening was to present Larry Tinkler with his long service certificate. The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Craig Steele, then seated Larry to interview him on his 60 years.


Larry was born in Crook in 1930 and spent his working career as an Electrical Engineer, firstly employed in Edinburgh, then later moving back to Chester le Street, before retiring. He started his freemasonry journey whilst working in Edinburgh in 1959, being made a master mason within a month and a half-as the Scottish lodges then met fortnightly. He became a Joining member of Eardulph Lodge in 1967, becoming Worshipful Master in 1981.


Larry really does enjoy his freemasonry, in fact to date; he has been in 14 chairs, a Founder of 23, being a member of 7 Craft lodges, 4 Chapters as well as a member of 47 other orders, yes, a total of 58…. Truly remarkable!


Straight after the presentation, the master, Robert Thompson, rose to present Stephen Walker with a cheque towards the 2021 Festival. This was promptly handed over to the Festival Director John Thompson, who was in attendance. John then swiftly went over to present the lodges’ Charity Steward, David Cooke, who proudly attached his new lapel pin alongside his gold pin!


Downstairs at the ‘full house’ festive board, the presentations continued when Stephen Walker, responding to the Provincial Grand Masters toast with a summary of the presentations upstairs, thanked Eardulph Lodge for their further £250 contribution towards the festival, over and above their Platinum status, before congratulating Larry again on his achieving 60 years in service and a staggering Masonic career. Stephen then presented the master, Robert, with the lodges Platinum Certificate and the PGM’s award.


A great night of fellowship from a thriving lodge and hats off to Larry, let’s not do the maths as in to how much it costs in subscriptions, be it in pounds, shillings or pence that he’s paid over 60years!

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