Friday the 4th of November was a very special evening for the members of The Haven of Rest lodge (#4350), who meet at Raby Road in Hartlepool. Having been consecrated 100 years ago, the members and visitors gathered from near and far to celebrate the lodge centenary. The Provincial Team, which was led by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master Michael Graham, were warmly welcomed by the Worshipful Master, Stephen Little, and the brethren of the lodge.
Brian Footitt presented a very interesting talk on the History of the lodge from the point of being consecrated to present date. Haven of Rest being the daughter lodge of Harbour of Refuge was founded in 1922 with 20 founder members. For the first 8 years of the lodge history 8 of the founder members occupied the chair of King Solomon. It was very clear that Brian had invested a lot of time and effort in producing the history of the lodge and all in attendance showed their appreciation in a manner usual among masons.
The centenary warrant was presented to Stephen Little, on behalf of the lodge, by Michael Graham. It was highlighted that Dennis Carter, lodge secretary, had skilfully crafted by hand the frame and surround for the centenary warrant which was in fact in keeping with the surround which houses the original lodge warrant. Stephen expressed his gratitude on behalf of the entirety of the lodge to Dennis for his special contribution.
Celebration continued when the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, John Watts, took to the floor and presented John Henry Carr with a long service award for 50 years of continuous membership and service to freemasonry and the Province of Durham. John was initiated into the lodge on the 3rd of November 1972 at 35 years of age and became Worshipful Master of the lodge in 1981. John has been and continues to be a very active freemason which was very clear when the Assistant Provincial Grand Master detailed numerous events and activities that spelled out John’s masonic career spanning 50 years. The 50-year certificate was read out by the Provincial Senior Grand Warden, Paul Swansbury, before it was presented to John to take home.
A cheque for £200 was presented by Stephen, on behalf of the lodge, to Michael towards Durham Benevolence.
Downstairs everyone enjoyed a delicious meal and each other’s company at the festive board before the night concluded. Paul also paid thanks on behalf of everyone in attendance to all of the members who had been involved in the planning of the evening, in which it was very evident that a lot of time and effort had been invested well in advance.