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Ed, Alan and the Provincial Team


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The October meeting for Vigilance Chapter, who meet at Archer Street in Darlington, was a special occasion for its members with a Provincial team visit led by the Grand Superintendent, John Arthur, who was on his first outing since his installation on the 6th of October. The companions of Vigilance carried out a well-rehearsed exaltation of Edward Villers into the Chapter; which was made extra special for everyone involved with John and the provincial team being in attendance to witness.

The 3rd Grand Principal, Paul Hopper, also presented Paul Farrell, Zerubbabel, with a 50 year certificate for Companion James Alan Jack, Alan to his friends. Although Alan wasn’t able to attend the meeting, Paul informed the companions of Alan’s remarkable achievement. Alan was born 05/01/1927 into a family where it was considered a rite of passage to become a Freemason. Alan followed his father and grandfather into the Craft; his father being a Founder Member of Earsdon Lodge and his grandfather was a member of Lord Barnard Lodge. It was in the busy Masonic years following WWII , on 15/06/1949 that he was Initiated into Earsdon Lodge, within the Province of Northumberland. Alan has already been presented with his 50 year and 60 year certificates and on 15th June 2019 he will be eligible for his 70 year award! Alan was Exalted into the Chapter of Vigilance on 08/10/1968 and has enjoyed continuous membership ever since. Paul, having conversed with Alan prior to the meeting, advised that Alan confirmed that he has thoroughly enjoyed his very many years in Freemasonry.

In Alan’s working life he was employed by British Rail and ended his career as Freight Manager based at Newcastle Central Station. He eventually retired in 1982, and is a amazed to find that he has now been retired for more years than he actually worked! Alan was delighted to have been remembered by the Province and asked for his best wishes and kindest regards to be conveyed to everyone.

Before the meeting closed upstairs Paul Farrell presented John with a cheque for £100 on behalf of the companions of Vigilance Chapter towards the 2021 festival.

At the festive board John responded to his toast and thanked the companions of Vigilance for their welcome, hospitality and the £100 towards the festival. John also addressed the newly exalted Companion, Edward Villiers, and encouraged him to bring his brother and father into the Chapter too.  John conveyed a sincere message to the Companions advising that the whole evening was a superb example of what the Chapters should be doing across the Province of Durham, finally stating that the bar had been set very high.

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