A Unique Occasion
A Provincial Deputation lead by the Provincial Grand Superintendent, John Arthur, attended the Chapter of Strict Benevolence, No. 97, who meet at Wearside Masonic Temple in Sunderland. The reason for this visit was quite unique, as it was to obligate, invest and appoint Paul Anthony Lee Hopper as the new Second Provincial Grand Principal, and Dr Rakesh Bhalla, a companion of Strict Benevolence, as the Third Provincial Grand Principal, at a special meeting of the Chapter held by dispensation.
After Taking the Chair from Clive Alan Perry, John firstly conducted the investiture of Paul Anthony Lee Hopper as the Second Provincial Grand Principal, before presenting Paul with his chain of office. He then proceeded to invest Dr Rakesh Bhalla as the Third Provincial Grand Principal, before also presenting Rakesh with his chain of office.
Once the business of the evening was concluded in the chapter room, everyone retired to the dining room for an excellent four course meal at the festive board.
After the toast to the Provincial Grand Superintendent, John Arthur responded by saying that to his knowledge, this evening had been a unique occasion, investing both the Second and Third Grand Principals at a regular Chapter meeting. More importantly, John thanked both Paul and Rakesh for all the work they have done for the Province over the years, and their appointments tonight were as a result of that, but warned that the hard work was just about to begin now that they are both members of John’s newly shaped Executive Team.
Finally, on the reply to the toast of the Provincial officers, Dr Rakesh Bhalla, responded by thanking everyone for making this a special night for both him and Paul as the new Second and Third Provincial Grand Principals, concluding by saying that they look forward to the tasks John will be giving them in the near future.
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…..
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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”