Bringing Bollywood to life with dance in Hebburn
The June meeting of Perseverance Lodge Hebburn, Michael Graham, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master was warmly welcomed on his first formal visit to the lodge since being appointed back in October 2018.
Michael Graham was warmly welcomed into the Lodge room by the Worshipful Master Bob Hamilton and following salutations for a brief period occupied the chair of King Solomon before handing back over to the Master to continue with the business of the evening, consisting of a discussion with regard to Freemasonry and the way forward within Hebburn.
At the festive board the Brethren were treated to some quite unique entertainment when the Bollywood Dancers from the Hindu Nari Sange Group performed a dazzling display of traditional Indian Dance routines. Hindu Nari Sangh was started in 1992 to make South Tyneside’s aware of Indian culture and Hindu festivals, the group performs at events and festivals throughout South Tyneside and across the region.
Following the performance, the founder and president of the dance group Shobha Srivastava thanked the lodge for allowing the troupe to perform for the very first time within a Masonic environment and alluded to her own personal Masonic connections,with both her Grandfather and Father were Freemasons as members of Military Lodges in India, stating, she remembered fondly the camaraderie and fellowship that she had enjoyed on visiting their Lodges.
This fascinating lady came to Britain in 1975 having qualified as a doctor, working in various NHS hospitals across England other areas of the UK, she joined South Tyneside Hospital in 1981 as a Consultant Anesthetist. Since her retirement in 1998 she has been working in voluntary organisations including South Tyneside Citizens Advice Bureau, and for Northumbria Police up until 2001 as a rape examination doctor. Her services to both the NHS and the voluntary sector were recognised in when she was awarded MBE at Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2017, receiving her medal from Prince Charles.
The Worshipful Master thanked In Shobha, before handing over a cheque for £50 pounds from the lodge and a donation of £125 from a collection held on the evening, to assist in supporting their activities, which was received to rapturous applause.
It was now over to the Michael to make two further presentations, the first of which to the Director of Ceremonies Arnold Popay who for many years had treasured an old photograph of the Masonic Hall in Aln Street , depicting the consecration ceremony, which had been taken from the Newcastle Chronicle in 1925. He had always wanted something done with the image but never quite knew what, and it was with great pleasure that Michael presented him with a large canvas on behalf of Perseverance Lodge to be mounted within the William Gillhespy Masonic Center.
Two further presentations swiftly followed when in the absence of the charity Steward the Worshipful Master was presented with their Silver Festival Award, and as is the lodges tradition Gordon McCallister having been presented with his 50th certificate for continuous service to the Craft at the May meeting, he was presented with his 50th square and compasses commemorative lapel badge, it having been out of stock previously.
Those present in Hebburn on Wednesday evening were delighted to have witnessed something completely different at this Masonic Meeting, which not only greatly enhanced the evening but allowed local Freemasons to further enhance their community friendships.
Well done to all involved
TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”
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