Worldly Greetings for Richards 50th
Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Andrew Moule had the pleasure of presenting to Richard Turner of Stranton Lodge a certificate to mark 50 years of service to Freemasonry and the brethren turned out in numbers to honour him.
Richard was initiated in March 1973. His work then took him to South Africa where he visited several lodges, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, where Freemasonry was not permitted and then to Nigeria where he joined Port Harcourt Lodge (English constitution). Whilst in Nigeria he met Norman Reekie of the Lodge of Concord and eventually took over Norman’s position as head of a machete manufacturing company. Norman Reekie brought greetings from Port Harcourt Lodge to Richard. Richard served as Master for two years and was an Acting Provincial Senior Deacon in 2016.
Richard is now the lodge historian and is working on a comprehensive history of Stranton lodge and its furnishings since 1880. Richard also presented a written history of the bible cushion on the evening which was inserted into the cushion flap for future masonic generations to find.
Congratulations and welcome to the ‘50th club’ were given by Peter Meadows and the whole lodge rose to applaud Richard.
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”