Ron Clarke celebrates 90 years
We may be currently unable to meet for any official masonic meetings at the moment with the restrictions in place due to the Pandemic but this doesn’t stop the spirit of masonry for any of us. Ron Clarke who is a well-known Darlington mason and a member of Dunelm and Commercial Travellers lodge celebrated his 90th birthday this month (7th Feb.). The brethren of Commercial Travellers lodge and Dunelm lodge hatched a plan to make sure Ron knows that he is in their thoughts despite being able to get together physically. Ken Tait from Dunelm lodge orchestrated the idea to have a special masonic cake made in celebration of Ron’s birthday and to make it all happen liaising with Jonathan Stapley and Graham Wharton, whose wife very kindly made the cake which features a very detailed “little Ron” sat in a chair on the chequered carpet.
Ron resides in the Grange Care home in Darlington, who specialise in dementia care, and still manages to make it to most meetings. This is made possible by the thoughtful and caring support of Jonathan and Ken who go early to collect him and drive him to the Darlington Masonic Hall, before returning him home after what is always a very enjoyable evening. Many happy returns Ron from all of your masonic friends in the Province of Durham.
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”