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Grand Rank Conferred

Brethren Appointed and Invested in Grand Rank

Thursday 25th April saw the turn of of our Durham Companions who were to receive First Appointments to and Promotions in Supreme Grand Chapter congregate within the hallowed halls of Great Queen Street, the day began for most with an early train journey from the Northeast to the capital in support of friends and colleagues to appointed and Invested on this occasion by The Most Excellent Pro First Grand Principal Jonathan Spence, which again was undertaken with the Grand Temple at maximum occupancy.

Following the investitures the Appointees supported by the Provincial Grand Master and members of the Executive retired to enjoy a sumptuous banquet at the historic London Guildhall in the Moorgate area of the City, central to the City’s development since the Romans founded Londinium 2000 years ago. Originally the site of London’s amphitheatre to enjoy (built AD 70), 

Brethren relaxing at the Guildhall Banquet Click Here

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We congratulate them on their preferment and wish them the best of health and happiness to enjoy and perform their new duties.

Appointed to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies

David John Atkinson–Norman Lodge No 1134

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Appointed to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies

Roderick Andrew Scott– Quest Lodge No7102

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Appointed to Past Grand Standard Bearer

David Dorwood – The Lodge of Concord No6859

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Promoted to Senior Grand Deacon

Dr Rakesh Bhalla – Mowbray Lodge No5373

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Promoted to Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies

Martin Rankin – Eslington Lodge No4623

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Promoted to Past Grand Sword Bearer

John David Watts – St Aidan Lodge No4080

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Promoted to Past Grand Junior Deacon

Thomas Fred Gittins – Tees Lodge No 509

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Thursday 25th April saw the turn of our Durham Companions who were to receive First Appointments to and Promotions in Supreme Grand Chapter congregate within the hallowed halls of Great Queen Street, the day began for most with an early train journey from the Northeast to the capital in support of friends and colleagues to appointed and Invested on this occasion by The Most Excellent Pro First Grand Principal Jonathan Spence, which again was undertaken with the Grand Temple at maximum occupancy.

Following the investitures the Appointees supported by The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent and members of the Executive retired to celebrate at the adjacent Grand Connaught Rooms, one of the most unique and prestigious banqueting halls in in the City, named the Connaught Rooms after the Grand Master, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn.

We congratulate them on their preferment and wish them the best of health and happiness to enjoy and perform their new duties.

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Appointed to Past Grand Standard Bearer

Stewart Kunzmann Bell Willington Chapter No. 4028

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Appointed to Past Grand Standard Bearer

Nigel Fallow – Rowland Burdon Chapter No 3960

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Appointed to Past Grand Standard Bearer

Peter Garland Wilkie – City Chapter No. 3568

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Appointed to Past Assistant Grand Grand Soj

Stan Fitches MBE – Lambton Chapter No. 375

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Provincial Buildings Strategy Presentations

We will be hosting two seminars to support our management teams and those who support our buildings.

SATURDAY 3RD FEBRUARY – SHINEY ROW MASONIC HALL  9.30 – 11.30 am

SATURDAY 24TH FEBRUARY – FERRYHILL MASONIC HALL   9.30 – 11.30 am

These presentations will be of interest to Masonic Hall Management Teams, Directors, Trustees and anyone with an interest in the management of buildings.

The focus will be on the legal ownership of masonic halls, maintenance, repair and development opportunities, as well as minimising expenditure particularly utilities and rates.

There will also be an opportunity to engage with the Provincial Asset Management team who are happy to assist and advise where necessary.

To book your place please use the ticket Tailor on the provincial website at the following link , these links will be live from Friday 12th January 2024

https://www.tickettailor.com/events/provincialgrandlodgeofdurham/1117096?

Please note we are hosting RA Reps seminars at the same venue at the same time, please ensure you click on the correct link when sourcing your tickets.

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Whitwell Lodge Surrenders Warrant After 138 years.

On Tuesday 12th September the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Andrew Moule, had the solemn duty of collecting the warrant from Whitwell Lodge 2104 which was done with due ceremony; however, the evening was not entirely a solemn one. The lodge celebrated its achievements and Martin Hayton gave a short history of the start of the lodge and the eponymous Thomas Whitwell, after whom it was named.

Thomas Whitwell was a committed Quaker and inventor who variously worked with Robert Stephenson and filed several patents for his inventions for the iron industry. He was captain of the local fire brigade and founded the Cleveland Institute of Engineers.

Whitwell lodge was formed in 1885, and it was decided no alcohol would be drunk at the lodge as Thomas felt that alcohol was one of the biggest threats to society at the time.

After the sombre formalities the members retired to the dining room for their final meal, which was far from sombre, and certainly not alcohol-free as Thomas Whitwell would have preferred. The brethren showed that they were still in excellent spirits. The brethren are joining new lodges in Stockton, Billingham and as far afield as Chester-le-Street. Good luck to all!

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