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“Breaking” News – A Jarrow Grange Double Golden Jubilee

On the 13th May 2024 the Members of Jarrow Grange Lodge no. 8551 and their many supporting visitors met to celebrate a double Golden Jubilee. The Lodge itself was consecrated just over 50 years earlier on 27th April 1974 and it was exactly 50 years to the day that they initiated their first candidate, Tom Race.

Representing the Province, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro Clinton Leeks was on hand to present the Lodge with 2 “cracking” certificates, the first in recognition of the Lodges contribution to Freemasonry in the Province and the second in recognition of WBro Tom Race’s service and whilst WBro Tom was unable to be present, his certificate was gratefully accepted by the Lodge members present

In the Lodge Room, those present were treated to a “smashing”  recitation of the Lodge History, first compiled for the Lodge’s 25th Anniversary by the late WBro Ron Smith and updated and narrated on this occasion by WBro John Anderson. Opening with 31 Founder Members from the Local Lodge’s and with 7 joining members at the first meeting, Jarrow Grange was built on firm foundations.

The name of the Lodge was chosen in recognition of the period when in the early 19th Century, Jarrow was a rural village with a population of only 1566 that largely consisted of the old church of St Paul, that had been the home of the Venerable Bede, 3 farms and a few cottages. The oldest of the farms in the area was “The Grange” which was built by Robert Ellison in 1666. Whilst that fine old building, depicted on the Lodge’s Summons, was demolished in 1909 to make way for the new Co-operative Bakery, part of the “fractured” remains, the inscribed lintel stone dated 1666, can still to be seen today above the side entrance of Christ Church Parish Hall and the Grange gave its name to many local landmarks, including the Grange School and Grange Road on which the Masonic Temple in Jarrow now proudly sits.

Jarrow Grange Lodge is noted for the friendly atmosphere that pervades all of its meetings and whilst it has never been a large Lodge, their members are noted for their commitment to their own Lodge, to all of those in the local area and to the fine building in Jarrow.

At the conclusion of the meeting the Master was delighted to present WBro Leeks with a wonderful cheque for £1000 in aid of the Masonic Charitable Foundation to be allocated against the Lodge’s future 2032 Festival Target which will no doubt be “shattered” by the wonderful efforts of this very fine Lodge.

The evening was topped off by a fine festive board in a packed dining hall which was very reminiscent of the wonderful traditions of earlier years. Here’s to the next 50 years!

If any of our readers are wondering about our use of synonyms for the word “breaking” in this article, please speak to Clinton the next time you see him !!!

“Our lips are sealed”.     

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