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50 Year Celebration at Lambton Lodge


May 2017

Lambton Lodge, who meet in the Masonic Hall Old Elvet in Durham, had cause for celebration at its recent meeting on Friday 12th May; celebrating the half century in Freemasonry of Lambton member, William C Stewart.


Lambton Lodge No.375 is the eighth senior Lodge in the Province with a warrant dated 10th April 1824. The Lodge’s Past Masters Board inside of the Lodge room is a historical who’s who in the Province of Durham; 1824/26 John George Lambton, the Provincial Grand Master, afterwards the 1st Earl of Durham, right up to the 21st Century with the Assistant Provincial Grand Masters John David Watts in 2004, David Sanders Hay in 2013 and the current  Worshipful Master, Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Charles Marshall.


After opening the Lodge, Charles Marshall, as Master of the Lodge, welcomed the Assistant Provincial Master John David Watts into the Lodge room. On taking the Master’s chair, John then presented William Charles Stewart with his 50 years in Freemasonry certificate.  Charles was Initiated into Elevation Lodge No. 4185 in Annfield Plain on 3rd May 1967, Passed on the 6th September and Raised on the 6th December 1967.


He was Master of Elevation Lodge on 2 occasions; firstly in February 1981 and again in February 2000. Then was Director of Ceremonies of the Lodge for 22 years. When the lodge closed in December 2001, he joined Lambton Lodge in March 2001.


Charles was introduced to Lambton Lodge by Ron Lund and seconded by Kenneth Kent.  He is a true traditionalist and on deciding to go on the ladder in Lambton Lodge he filled every position from Tyler in 2009 to Master in 2015, to IPM in 2016. In respect of this, all of the Grand Officers present on the evening wore Full Dress Regalia in a mark of respect to a much respected member of the Lodge.

Charles humbly accepted the certificate and said it was the highlight of his Masonic career.

After retaking the Master’s chair Charles Marshall received a cheque from the Lodge’s Charity Steward, Simon Cowley, to the Durham Benevolence Fund for £200.  Charles then had the great pleasure in presenting the cheque to the Durham Benevolence Chairman, John Watts.

Keith Lee who was intiated on the 10th March was then Passed to the second degree in a ceremony which was enjoyed by everyone in a full Lodge room.


Lambton Lodge has the very enviable reputation for its festive board which is due in no small part to the phenomenal work undertaken by Kenneth Kent and Stanley Fitches.  This hard work manifests itself in arguably the finest festive board experience in the Province. The attention to detail from the place settings to the wine service with the candle lit ambience enhancing the dining experience.

As the Lodge only meets 4 times a year, these evenings are enjoyed as much by the members and equally by the many visitors.  John Watts invites his Provincial Director of Ceremonies past and present to one of the Lambton meetings each year as a thank you for their work.  That evening he had the pleasure of Mark Livingstone, Ian Dixon, Philip Heppell and Philip Stephenson’s company.

The evening was brought to a close and the 79 that dined on the evening will long remember an evening which honoured and celebrated a much respected Charles Stewart.

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