One last time
On Monday 2nd December, Darlington Lodge held it’s 660th and final meeting. Having been consecrated in 1945, the lodge has been home to many Craft Masons over the years but in more recent times, numbers have dropped to unsustainable levels. With this in mind the Brethren of the Darlington Lodge had decided that the time had come to hand in their Warrant.
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Stephen Walker, accompanied by the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, Nigel Fallow were in attendance for the final meeting of Darlington Lodge. Stephen commented that despite handing in the warrant, Darlington Lodge have achieved great things since it was formed and that the founders would be very proud of this and its members throughout its time – Darlington Lodge had achieved the gold award for the 2021 festival. Stephen also highlighted that it’s a positive to look to the future of the former members of the lodge who were joining new lodges as part of a new chapter in their masonic life.
Following a notice of motion at the previous meeting it was proposed and accepted that the remaining lodge funds be dispersed between St Theresa’s Hospice, The Boys Brigade, The TLC Teddy Appeal, Butterwick Children’s Hospice, Prostate Cancer & North East Air Ambulance.
In a brief but moving ceremony, the Lodge Warrant was formally handed it to Stephen by the Master, Denis Slater. Stephen then paraded around the lodge for the brethren to see before the visitors and then members left the lodge in a respectful silence.
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”