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50 Years at Longscar


February 2017

On the evening of the 7th February the brethren of Longscar lodge, who meet at the masonic hall at Raby Road in Hartlepool, gathered for their regular meeting.  After the meeting started a goodly number of officers of the Province of Durham briefly vacated the lodge in order to provide escort to the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Stephen Walker.  Stephen was warmly welcomed into the lodge by the Worshipful Master, Colin Aisbitt, and then sat in the chair of King Solomon whilst the brethren gave salutations.

The meeting continued with a talk provided by the Provincial Orator, Bernard Hope, entitled “Prisoner of War Freemasonry”.  The talk was extremely detailed, accompanied by photographs, film footage and relevant music, reflecting the hard work and dedication behind it.  All of the brethren in attendance clearly enjoyed the talk and gave their appreciation at the conclusion in the manner usual among masons.

Before the close of the meeting Stephen addressed the brethren advising why he had come along for the evening.  Stephen then explained that brother Leslie Hamilton had achieved fifty years of masonry and as a member of Longscar lodge.  Leslie was initiated on the 6th February 1967, passed on the 1st of October 1968 and raised on the 7th of October 1969.  Previously to attending the meeting Stephen learned that Leslie had not attended the lodge for some time and it is believed that he resides in California and remains a subscribing member.  In Leslie’s absence Stephen presented the 50 year certificate to the Worshipful Master and advised he couldn’t get the budget sign off from Provincial office to cover the cost of a trip to California in order to deliver it in person.  Colin gratefully received the certificate on Leslie’s behalf and looked towards the lodge treasurer to see if he could get the sign off!  The brethren of Longscar will arrange for the certificate to be sent to Leslie within budget.

At the festive board everyone enjoyed one another’s company and ate a delicious soup, traditional mince and dumplings, followed by jam roly-poly and custard and finally cheese and biscuits for those with room.  Stephen responded to his toast and told the brethren how great it was to be in attendance at Longscar and confirmed how much he had enjoyed the whole evening.  Stephen referred to the 2021 Festival and congratulated Longscar lodge brethren having achieved 66% of their target.  Stephen also asked the brethren to make use of the pull out centre page in the latest issue of the gazette which contains many key dates for the busy calendar in the Province across the year ahead.

At ten o’clock everyone paused and raised a glass giving thought to absent brethren, which included brother Hamilton across the waters.

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