Ryton Holy Cross Lodge stands the test of time
On the evening of Monday14th June 2022, the brethren of Ryton Holy Cross Lodge met at Ryton Masonic Hall. This was a meeting of Very Special importance – to celebrate their 100th Anniversary with 83+ brethren in attendance.
The evening started with a Deputation team visit led by Stephen Walker complete with a good turnout of acting officers, and all were warmly welcomed into the Lodge Room.
Ian Hawkes and Malcolm Ormiston gave a light-hearted resume of the history of the lodge taken from the minutes.
Stephen Walker thanked the members for the invite and then before presenting the NEW Warrant, reflected that the lodge received its first warrant over 100 years ago after the Spanish flu epidemic and was now receiving another after Covid (Slight coincidence) and it was good to see the “Lodge had stood the test of time”.
Before Stephen presented the Warrant to Bob Lydon, Tom Gittins read aloud the Warrant to everyone. Each member of the Lodge was then presented with a Centenary Jewel
Bob Lydon then presented a cheque to Stephen for £200 from the lodge and Stephen said he would pass it to the TLC Teddies.
Julian Ward stood to re-dedicate the lodge banner following restoration and conservation by Bowes Museum. He then went on to talk about the image on the banner, an Empress of the Roman Empire and mother of Roman emperor Constantine.
Lodge Photos were taken before the evening concluded at the festive board, where all present received a small Pen and individually named placemat.
Paul Swansbury – thanked everyone involved for the warm welcome well received.
Martin Jameson – thanked all for the preparation taken for tonights meeting. He also spoke about the Ryton history (Place where Rye is grown)
Bob Lydon praised all the staff including the chef and waiting staff for their help and assistance with the wonderful meal served.
Ian Hawke then presented Bob and Stephen with engraved Whisky glasses and a bottle of Robbie Burns Whisky. Stephen then presented the lodge with a Crystal plaque Platinum award for their Festival efforts. A bouquet of flowers for Stephen’s wife completed the presentations.
All enjoyed an excellent and entertaining evening
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”