GRAND RANK CONFERRED 2021
Congratulations to our Brethren who are appointed or promoted in Grand Rank, which would normally see the Durham Brethren catching the early London bound train on route to Freemasons Hall Great Queen Street.
On arrival they would have joined the throng of Freemasons from around the world, to witness those Brethren who are to be appointed or promoted in Grand Rank at Annual Investitures of both the Craft and the Holy Royal Arch held within the auspicious surroundings of the Grand Temple.
The Annual Investitures this year unfortunately are unable to be hosted in London due to the (COVID-19) crisis, which has saw Freemasonry placed into lock down for a period of 4 months.
Today we celebrate our Craft members on their preferment’s and tomorrow those in the Royal Arch, it will have been a terrible disappointment not to have been invested as usual, however it in no way detracts from their magnificent achievement.
We are extremely proud of all of them all and look forward to seeing them adorned in their new regalia and insignia when we return to our Lodges.
Receiving First Appointments were:
Ian Heaviside Eardulph Lodge No6645 – PAGDC
Michael James Wilkinson Surtees Lodge No4593 – PAGDC
Dennis Ayre Tow Law Lodge No3349 – PGStB
Promoted to Past Junior Grand Deacon
Ronald Calderwood Black Winlaton St Paul’s No8931 – PJGD
The Durham companions honoured on this occasion were:
David Nigel Hanson Williamson Chapter No949 – PGStB
Philip Donald Rann Sportsman’s Chapter No949 – PGStB
Frederick Piggford Bernard Gilpin Chapter No3076 – PAGDC
Promoted to Past Grand Sojourner
Fred Richardson Baliol Chapter No1230 – PAGSoj
We again congratulate them all on honours very well deserved and we wish them the best of health and happiness to enjoy their new preferments.
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”