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50 Year Celebration at Yoden Lodge


April 2017

Yoden Lodge welcomed The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, John Arthur, and his Provincial Director of Ceremonies, Nigel Fallow, at its recent meeting on Thursday 13th April.

Yoden Lodge No. 5684 which meets in the Masonic Hall at Castle Eden had the great pleasure in welcoming John on an evening that honoured long time Yoden member William Charles Raine, who has reached a long service landmark with the presentation of his 50 year certificate.

After being warmly welcomed inside of the Lodge Room, John took his seat and the first business of the evening was a talk by Gordon Graves from the Lodge of Progress in Chester le Street.

The talk was titled ‘The Tercentenary of the United Grand Lodge of England and What is Freemasonry?’

The talk focused on the challenges the organisation faces going forward, reflecting on what had been achieved in the past, most certainly can be achieved going ahead, in a Shakespearian Play within a Play format.

John then presented William Raines 50 year certificate to John Dockrill the Lodge’s Master.  William has only recently come out of hospital and wasn’t in good enough health to make the evening.

William was born on 1st May 1930 and lives in Darlington.  He was Initiated into Strathmore Lodge No.6229 on 8th March 1967, Passed on 12th April and Raised on 10th May.  He is a much valued and respected Mason by everyone in the Lodge and John asked that when the certificate is presented to him that the citation is read out to him, so that he can get some sense of the standing he has, not only in his Lodge but in the Province of Durham.

At the festive board the ever present Castle Eden Mason Richard “Mint man” Armstrong and his latest creation, Joric, or guess the number of mints inside of Joric was in full fundraising mode.  The current amount he has raised from Joric is a staggering £450 for the 2021 Festival!

Every Lodge has its own traditions and Yoden Lodge is no different in this regard. The Presentation of a Gavel to the Master of the Lodge, after his year in office somehow stopped, however, to mark and congratulate Ted Leighton, who recently stood down as DC of the Lodge after 26 years, Charles Wilding  proudly presented a gavel to Ted.  The Gavels were made by Roy Greenwell who sadly recently died, Charles visited his son and he remarked ‘I think he still has a few in the loft’; the few turned out to be many and the rest as they say history.

In the reply to his toast John thanked the brethren for the welcome he received coming into the building and into the Lodge Room.  He then congratulated the Lodge’s Master, John Dockrill, on his fourth time in the Masters chair.  He also mentioned the upcoming Royal Arch Annual Convocation on the 24th May in Dunston and the Provincial Craft Annual Meeting on 17th June, also at Dunston.

John reminded all that The Party in the Park at Wynyard Hall on 12th August tickets, go on sale, online, from Sunday 30th April at 12 noon.

That brought to a close, an enjoyable evening, in Castle Eden.

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