GRAND RANK CONFERRED 2020
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:
David John Green Clarence Lodge No2462 – PAGDC
Andrew Charles Moule Lodge of Freedom No4207 – PAGDC
Paul John Quinn Rowlandson Lodge No3360 – PAGStB
Nigel Fallow Rowland Burdon Lodge No3960 – PAGStB
Gavin Ronald Rowell St Paul Lodge No3242 – PAGStB
Promoted to Past Junior Grand Deacon
Keith Bibby Lodge of Loyalty No8635 – PJGD
Frank Alexander Rankin Eslington Lodge No4623 – PJGD
The Durham companions honoured on this occasion were:
Dr Rakesh Bhalla Chapter of Strict Benevolence No97 – PGStB
Fraser Smith Alexander Darlington Chapter No1379 – PAGDC
Lewis John Ayers Clarence Chapter No2462 – PAGDC
Promoted to Past Grand Sojourner
John Reginald Bayles Old Barnardian Chapter No9358 – 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”