70 Years Celebration
On 20th February the Past Provincial Grand Master, Rt W Bro Eric Heaviside, was privileged to attend Vulcan Lodge No 5757 at Blackhill, to present a 70 Year Certificate to W Bro Eric Oliver PM. a very rare occurrence for a Brother to have unbroken service for 70 years.
Eric was Initiated on 16th February 1950 into Vulcan Lodge having been proposed by his father, W Bro Jim Oliver, becoming Master of the Lodge in 1967. Rt W Bro Heaviside gave a brief resume of Erics life who in turn recalled some of the more notable events. Eric has always enjoyed his Freemasonry and although he is not a regular attender, has always ensured that his Annual subscriptions are paid on time.
Eric also outlined his working life in Hospital Analytical services. He began at Shotley Bridge Hospital and after becoming manager of his Department he was later engaged by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead where he was Manager of their Laboratories until he retired. Eric was also a keen Golfer at Heworth Golf Club and later at Garesfield where he is still a Social Member. At the age of 91 years Eric continues to enjoy good health.
At the Festive Board the Vulcan Brethren Presented Eric with a beautiful piece of engraved Glassware suitably inscribed. In his reply Eric expressed how much he had enjoyed the evening and thanked the Brethren most heartily for their kindness.
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”