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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


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