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50-years for Norman Trattles
On the evening of Thursday 4th May 2017, the brethren of Tees lodge met at Stockton Masonic Hall. This was a regular meeting with special importance – not only to celebrate 50 years in Freemasonry for Norman William Trattles but also a double fraternal visit from Zetland lodge and Lodge of Philanthropy with 47 brethren in attendance.
Once the meeting had started, several officers of the Province of Durham briefly vacated the lodge to provide escort to the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Stephen William Walker. Stephen was warmly welcomed into the lodge by the Worshipful Master, Derek Wild.
The lodge secretary advised the brethren that Norman William Trattles had sent a letter asking for it to be read out stating he was sad to be unable to attend the meeting but was looking forward to receiving his certificate. Despite Norman being unable to attend the meeting the brethren of Tees lodge got on with business at hand and successfully conducted an enjoyable 2nd degree ceremony for Luke Metcalfe.
Close to the end of the meeting, Stephen addressed the brethren advising why he had come along for the evening. Stephen then explained that Norman had achieved fifty years’ continuous membership in Freemasonry and as a member of Tees lodge. In Norman’s absence Stephen presented the 50-year certificate to the Worshipful Master, Derek, who was happy to receive on Norman’s behalf and with intent to present to Norman as soon as possible.
Norman was initiated on the 2nd February 1967, passed on the 6th April 1967 and raised on the 7th September 1967. In addition, was exalted in to Royal Arch on 14th March 1968 remaining a member for 42 years. Norman never went into the chair of Tees Lodge but was made an Honorary member in 2016.
The evening was finished off at the festive board with Egg Mayonnaise, Fish and Chip supper and Diane’s Surprise Pudding. Stephen responded to his toast and told the brethren how great it was to attend Tees lodge for a second time this year and confirmed how much he had enjoyed the whole evening he also updated the brethren with what was happening regarding the 2021 Festival.
Fraternal visit responses were given from Dominic Thompson from Zetland lodge and Keith Robinson from Lodge of Philanthropy and a very enjoyable evening was had by all.
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”