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One last time

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On Monday 2nd December, Darlington Lodge held it’s 660th and final meeting.  Having been consecrated in 1945, the lodge has been home to many Craft Masons over the years but in more recent times, numbers have dropped to unsustainable levels.  With this in mind the Brethren of the Darlington Lodge had decided that the time had come to hand in their Warrant.

The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Stephen Walker, accompanied by the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, Nigel Fallow were in attendance for the final meeting of Darlington Lodge.  Stephen commented that despite handing in the warrant, Darlington Lodge have achieved great things since it was formed and that the founders would be very proud of this and its members throughout its time – Darlington Lodge had achieved the gold award for the 2021 festival.  Stephen also highlighted that it’s a positive to look to the future of the former members of the lodge who were joining new lodges as part of a new chapter in their masonic life.

Following a notice of motion at the previous meeting it was proposed and accepted that the remaining lodge funds be dispersed between St Theresa’s Hospice, The Boys Brigade, The TLC Teddy Appeal, Butterwick Children’s Hospice, Prostate Cancer & North East Air Ambulance.

In a brief but moving ceremony, the Lodge Warrant was formally handed it to Stephen by the Master, Denis Slater.  Stephen then paraded around the lodge for the brethren to see before the visitors and then members left the lodge in a respectful silence.

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