On Tuesday the 5th of December at St Cuthbert’s Lodge No. 3417, Archer Street in Darlington, W Bro. Bill Baty and W Bro Stephen Willis attended the Lodge’s Christmas Meeting to officially present the Ravensworth Golf Trophy to the Winning Pair.
The Organising Committee of this very old and prestigious Golf Competition comprises the above two Brethren together with Alan Jenkins, Craig Pattison and Martin Rankin, who have worked tirelessly to re-establish this event in the Durham Masonic Social Calendar. Indeed our Provincial Grand Master, Rt WBro. John Paul Thompson, endorsed it with his attendance on the day itself.
The original trophy resides in the Provincial Museum/Office and is a magnificent piece of silverware. The trophy was introduced in 1921 by the Hon Gerald Wellesley Liddell, later the 6th Baron Ravensworth who was our Provincial Grand Master from 1919 until 1932. He wanted to create an event during his tenure as the Provincial Grand Master of Durham and to give the Brethren of the Province of Durham a prestigious Golf Tournament to be proud of and to participate in.
The original trophy is now replaced by a wonderful engraved Crystal Bowl which the Lodge keeps for one year. There are also individual trophies for the winners together with golf related prizes.
In July 2023 the Tournament was played at Roseberry Grange Golf Club and the Club and its Members embraced our event magnificently and made us truly welcome. Being the height of Summer, the course was in excellent condition and 64 golfers took to the Greens to challenge it.
The Winners on the day were W Bro. Andrew Peter Fall Foster and Bro. Martin Dunstone, of St. Cuthbert’s Lodge No. 3417 with a tremendous Stableford Score of 47 Points. Incidentally, Andrew and Martin were repeating their success in this Competition in 2021.
Bill and Stephen attended St Catherine’s Lodge and made the ‘Official Presentation’ to them and at the same time, thanked them and their Lodge for their continued support. The Worshipful Master, W Bro. Mark A. Philbin and the Lodge Members made them most welcome and they enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Dinner in good company, followed by their tremendous Christmas raffle, toasts and replies. Congratulations were extended to Bro. Mark P. Bradbury, Senior Warden who was elected as Worshipful Master of the Lodge for the forthcoming masonic year.
In his presentation Bill Baty thanked all the other golfers, sponsors, raffle supporters and helpers on the day; collectively this resulted in the 2023 raising £1,500 presented to the TLC Teddies, a fantastic amount for a one-day event.
The 2024 Tournament details will come out early new year and this now well-established annual event on the Durham Masonic Calendar is set to continue for many years. Thank you all for your support.