At St Andrew’s Lodge in Stanley, Selwyn Smith Beattie celebrated his 60th anniversary as a Freemason on 1st November 2022.
The commemorative Certificate was presented by the Provincial Grand Master, John Paul Thompson and at the festive board which followed Selwyn received a gift of a special whisky and glasses.
As well as holding Grand Rank for 30 of his 60 year’s service, Selwyn holds grand rank in the Royal Arch Chapter and most of the Progressive Orders including Mark, RAM, KT, KM, RCC, OSM, SC, AMD and KBHC with the highest in the Royal and Select Masters as the first District Grand Master of Durham for a period of AAA14 years from 1997 to 2011 and became a member of the Ninth Arch in 2016.
In the unavoidable absence of the current District Grand Master Michael Graham the Royal and Select Masters were represented by the District Principal Conductor of the Work, Bryan Kennedy; Red Cross of Constantine and Scarlet Cord represented by the Deputy Intendant General and Deputy Provincial Grand Summus Gary D Taylor while Knights Templar by the Provincial Sub Prior John D Watts also present as craft Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the North West Durham area.
Selwyn is a skilled banner maker with his handiwork not only evident in his mother lodge but on many other unit and provincial banners throughout the region.
In his response to a generous toast at the festive board Selwyn thanked everyone for the support he’s received and that he is looking forward to receiving his 60th certificate presentation from Mark Masonry in only 6 years time and thereafter, the many other Progressive Orders which have given him so much pleasure.
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”