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A Double Celebration at Amity Lodge


October 2017

The Newby Boocock Award, is an annual award in Sunderland that honours Masons who have made an outstanding contribution to Freemasonry, in and around Sunderland.


The award posthumously honours its namesake, Amity Lodge’s long time member Newby Boocock, in a manner that reverently honours his Masonic career and the way he conducted himself both as a Mason and gentleman. These qualities typically are exemplified by the award winner with dedication and drive manifesting itself into someone who goes above and beyond in their Masonic life.


Brethren are nominated to the Lodge committee, who then decide whether the brother meets the criteria of the award.


This year’s winners were Anthony Ingram and William Finkle. Tony Ingram is Amity Lodge’s Secretary and a tireless servant to the Lodge; an ever present, with a can do approach to all matters. Bill Finkle is the Lodge’s Honorary Organist, a position he enjoys in numerous Lodges in both Burdon Road and Queen Street, Sunderland. Bill is Secretary of Civic Lodge and he organises the legendary St George’s evening as well as many others. He is a tireless servant to masonry on Wearside and a respected mason throughout the Province.


The second part of the evening was a talk in honour of Ted Hold – entitled:

“Simply Ted”


It is often said in Masonic circles that characters and personalities of old simply aren’t around anymore. No greater example of that is the very sad recent passing of Ted Hold of Amity Lodge No. 3193 in Sunderland.


Ted was so much more than a character; you simply have to type his name into any internet search engine to see that. To celebrate and try and get Ted’s life into some form of context, Ted’s son-in law Ken Routledge had the great pleasure in delivering the evenings talk.


After closing the Lodge, non-masonic guests were invited into the Lodge room. This allowed Ted’s grandson James the pleasure of seeing this special evening.


Ken, with the help of a slide show, interjected with songs from Ted, focusing on the joy and pleasure Ted received from sharing his gift, his voice. At one time Ted had the option to pursue a professional career but, Ted being Ted, he chose to put his family first and stayed at home on Wearside.  He satisfied his love of music and passion for singing through amateur operatics and played the leading role in many productions for over twenty five years.


Many of the brethren present fondly remembered the glory days of Masonry and the one time staple of every Lodge meeting, Harmony. Ted was perhaps most fondly remembered in Masonic circles for his classic rendition of “The Old Bazaar in Cairo” and in respect to this, the master and wardens wore a red fez at the festive board.


Ted a founder member of Pegasus Forces Lodge and, as a mark of respect, Rodney Johnson, a Past Master of the Lodge, travelled up from Sheffield for the evening and presented the Lodge with a Pegasus Forces Lodge plaque engraved with Ted’s name on the back. Ted was also the National Chairman of the Fellowship of the Services in 2010, having been a member of the organisation for 60 years as well as being a member of numerous Associations.


At the festive board Eddie Gratton, one of Ted’s numerous singing companions, accompanied by Janette Waugh on the piano, performed a selection of songs that were staples of Ted’s including “The Old Bazaar in Cairo”, which fittingly brought to a close an evening that celebrated and honoured one of the greats.





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