50 Years for Derek
At the October Meeting in Gateshead of St Mary’s Lodge the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Michael Graham, was in attendance to present a 50-Year continuous masonic membership certificate to Brother Derek Bell.
Making the Presentation, Michael reflected on the life of Derek, from his early childhood in Ushaw Moor Durham. He spoke about his employment years at the Prescription Pricing Bureau and then his promotions within that organisation resulting in him being an Area Manager for the PP Authority overseeing a staff of over 200 people.
Derek was a member of Northbourne Lodge for many years until it closed a few years ago, then joined St Mary’s where he continues to enjoy his Freemasonry. Derek’s contribution to Freemasonry has been huge as he was the Charity Steward of Northbourne Lodge for many years.
He was responsible for organising the Lodge’s contribution to masonic charities by working diligently and steadily in that office, recognised by Provincial Grand Lodge in 2001 when he was appointed to Past Provincial Grand Steward, which he wears with pride.
Referring to the huge contribution made by Derek over his 50 years Michael stated, “that it proved that everyone has a contribution to make to their Lodge, regardless of whether they have progressed through the Chair”.
Notably on the evening Michael was particularly impressed with the number of ‘Light Blues’ the Lodge had as Officers, which can only bode well for the future of this fine Lodge.
Derek married to Margaret for more than 60 years, have two sons a daughter, six grandchildren and when not spending time with them love to travel, visiting over 27 countries over the years.
At the festive board Paul McKie Worshipful Master, presented Derek with an engraved Whiskey Decanter and Glasses, together with an appropriate bottle of Malt, ironically in the Raffle, Michael drew out Derek’s number for the first prize and Derek subsequently drew our Michael Graham’s for the second prize……………..pure chance honestly!
We wish Derek health and happiness to continue to enjoy his Freemasonry.
TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”