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A double celebration at St Helens lodge
On the evening of Thursday 6th July 2017, the brethren of St Helen’s lodge met at the Masonic Hall Regent street, Hartlepool. This was a regular meeting and an upbeat night with special importance with so many things to celebrate – not only to celebrate 50 years in Freemasonry for Brian Sutton but also an initiation of a new lodge member with 54 brethren in attendance including John Arthur – Deputy Provincial Grand Master.
During the risings, John stood and spoke about how long he had known Brian, from the Boys Brigade to Freemasonry. Brian had left school and started to work for a family run Fish Quay Wholesaler – while there also attended school of commerce. Brian left the family run business when it closed down when he was 45 years old and then worked for Brian Firth Accountancy until he retired at the age of 63.
Brian was initiated into Freemasonry on 6th July 1967, passed in 5th October 1967 and raised in 5th September 1968. Brian became Master of St Helen’s in 1975. appointed to ProvAGReg (acting) in 1988, and promoted to PPGSwdB in 1995. Brian is also a member of the Royal Arch – exalted 11th September 1969 and Z in March 1983 – appointed to PProvGSN.
Brian is a Lewis – had had to ask his father to join freemasonry and his father had said he would only allow him to join if he promised commitment.
John informed the brethren that Brian was a good example of a Mason and always willing to help others. Previous roles in the lodge included Director of Ceremonies and Chapter representative as well as being a member of the lodge of Instruction. Brian has had 50 years active service with St Helen’s lodge and 48 years with the chapter.
Brian is married with 2 sons and 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
John then read out the 50 years Certificate before presenting it to Brian, thanking Brian for his continuous commitment to Freemasonry. Brian replied and thanked everyone who was in attendance and expressed how much he had enjoyed his time in Freemasonry.
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”