Acting Officers Having to Work for Their Supper!
Thirty two members of the Provincial Team supported the Deputy Provincial Grand Master in Charge during his full team visit to Aycliffe Lodge on Tuesday 18th May 2022. The lodge being selected from one of the four Craft lodges meeting in the Masonic Hall in Ferryhill.
A last minute change was made to the business of the evening as the planned initiation ceremony had to be postponed as the candidate was unable to attend. Unfortunately, the candidate’s son was admitted to hospital with suspected meningitis. However, the Provincial Team stepped up to the challenge on the evening and gave a talk on their roles within the Province. VW Bro Steven Walker explained to the members and visitors present that acting office was offered to members of the craft as acknowledgement of their role within their respected lodges, lodge buildings and help with-in the province. He then introduced 5 members of his team to give a brief introduction to the duties and responsibilities they perform in their respectful offices.
The Provincial Grand Warden, Provincial Chaplin, Provincial Sword Bearer, and One of the Deputy Provincial Director of Ceremonies all gave accounts on their enjoyable roles serving the Province. They went onto explain the joy they have experienced since the day that their letters of invitation to join as acting officers dropped on their door mats at home. Various roles having a variable length of service being held from between 1 to 5 years.
Following the meeting the Worshipful Master and his members invited those present to retire to the festive board where ample provisions had been made. A 3 course meal of roast pork was thoroughly enjoyed, and the Masonic toasts were duly honoured.
The Worshipful Master asked the lodge Almoner to pass on the Lodges sincere wishes to Mr Lockey that his son makes a full recovery, and his team looks forward to performing an initiation ceremony at a future occasion.
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”