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Bill celebrates 5 decades


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The 11th of December was a time for celebration for Bill Urwin having achieved 50 years continuous membership in freemasonry.  The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Stephen Walker, presented Bill with his 50 Year Certificate at his home in Scorton, North Yorkshire.  Also present were Ian Groves, Andrew Hill and Lee Hadland.

Bill originally from Stanley and a member of Tower Lodge No. 7292 joined Restoration Lodge No. 111, who meet in Darlington, in February 1996 after befriending Bryan Hill when they both worked at Aycliffe College.  Bill was responsible for the Lodge Website and digitalised the complete Minute Books for Restoration Lodge from the first ever Book dated 1761, no easy or quick task with over 2,250 meetings.  The minutes were mostly handwritten until the 1990’s.

Bill handed over the original memory sticks containing every volume of the Minute Books to the current Secretary, Andrew Hill for safe keeping.  Andrew stipulated that the digitalised memories would be invaluable over the years ahead for checking back over the decades of Restoration lodge history and records.

Bill’s partner Debbie, who has a Farm near Grinton, was presented with a large bunch of flowers and Bill received an engraved cut glass bowl from the Brethren of Restoration Lodge.

Restoration Lodge now have 2 members who hold 50 Year Certificates for continuous membership in freemasonry.

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