The members of Hugh de Pudsey lodge, who meet at the masonic hall at Archer street in Darlington, were gathered at their May meeting to celebrate 100 years since the lodge was consecrated. The Provincial Grand Master, John Thompson, led a small team of Provincial officers on this very special occasion into the lodge room where they were all warmly welcomed in a manner that is usual among masons. A special centenary warrant was presented by John to the lodge which was read out by the Provincial Secretary, Tom Gittins.
On this special occasion partners were also invited and when the meeting upstairs concluded everyone sat down to dine together at the festive board. John thanked the brethren of Hugh de Pudsey for their invitation to be able to join in on such an enjoyable occasion, the welcome received by the Provincial team and for the effort put in to organise such a momentous celebration.
It was also very fitting that in attendance and one of the visitors was a well known Durham Freemason, Derek Blenkiron. Derek’s grandfather, James F. Blenkiron, was the first Master of Hugh de Pudsey lodge 100 years ago.
After the festive board everybody enjoyed harmony as well as a raffle consisting of many prizes.