St Bede Double
Wednesday 27th November saw St Bede Lodge No 1119 welcome the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Michael Graham to their meeting at Grange Road, Jarrow.
St Bede Lodge, like a lot of Lodges has seen a massive decline in membership over many years but has managed to struggle on with a hard core of regulars and visitors keeping the meetings flowing. On this occasion the meeting was graced with a short talk by Lodge Treasurer and Charity Steward Phil Dunn, which was well received by all present.
The Assistant Provincial Grand Master Michael Graham then presented a 50 year membership certificate to the Master, Mark Livingstone on behalf of Past Master Tom Powell who was Initiated into the Lodge on the 26th November 1969. Tom could not be present to accept the certificate himself and Michael expressed his wish that members of the Lodge visit Tom to present him with it personally.
Michael was also pleased to announce that the Lodge had achieved Gold status in reaching its target towards the 2021 Festival and had pleasure in presenting the Charity Steward Phil with his gold lapel pin and then presenting the Master, Mark with the certificate to mark the occasion.
The Festive Board concluded the evening with a fine meal in a relaxed atmosphere at which Michael, in his reply to the Provincial Toast praised the Lodge in their efforts in raising the funds to reach their Festival target.
Well done St Bede Lodge.
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”