Chairman of the Durham University Scheme
George was initiated into Apollo University Lodge as a graduate student at Oxford in 1993, serving as its Worshipful Master in 1998.
After moving to Durham as a Lecturer (subsequently Professor) in the Classics Department, he joined Universities Lodge, which was later to become the Scheme Lodge in Durham – one of the first outside Oxford and Cambridge. He became Worshipful Master in 2006, just as the Scheme was taking off.
George went on to serve on the Grand Lodge Scheme Committee for three years as its representative in the north-east. He was promoted to Grand Rank as Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2010.
“The Province of Durham can pride itself on bringing three lodges so successfully into the University Scheme. All of them have a healthy balance of local and university membership, which is important for students, because it helps make the lodge a permanent link to the city, and the region where they spent their University years. Our biggest challenge is to help people find the lodges sooner so that they have more opportunities to get involved in their work – and to spread the word to their friends.”
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”