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A Double Jubilee at St Georges Lodge
St George’s Lodge in Birtley was the destination for the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Simon Craig Steele, on a glorious mid-June evening. The evening not only allowed Craig the pleasure of visiting the Birtley brethren, it also allowed him the very pleasurable task of presenting 2 St George’s Lodge members, Robert Ford Ramsey and Malcom Rowe, with 50 year certificates.
Sadly Robert couldn’t make the evening as he is unwell so Craig gave some background to his 50 years in the Lodge: Bob was Master of the Lodge in 1986 and an ever present, regular attender. Bob was a good sportsman, who always had an opinion and foremost a good friend to the St George’s members.
Craig handed the certificate to Kevin Bainbridge, the Master of the Lodge and at a future date, it will be presented to Bob.
Craig then asked Malcolm to step forward for his presentation starting by reflecting on that time 50 years ago when Malcolm and Bob were initiated. This took place on 10/06/1968: worthy of mention as it was the hottest day in the year. Both were Passed on 11/11/1968 and Raised on 10/02/1969.
Malcolm served an engineering apprenticeship at the Artic Fuse Company in Birtley before joining Northern Electric. He became a Magistrate in 1979 sitting on the Houghton le Spring and Washington Benche. After being promoted at work a move to York soon followed. This opened up a panacea of opportunity, both in his industrial life and in his commitment to the community. Highlights of his working career was becoming a member of the IEE and becoming a Senior Telecoms Engineer with responsibility for North Yorkshire and Teesside.
Malcolm has been a fantastic servant to the public and he is one of life’s individuals who has certainly put back into society.
Some of Malcolm’s community highlights have included the following; attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace, meeting the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, sitting at Northallerton Court, Teesside Crown Court and York Crown Court, opening a Bail Hostel in York, Chairing the North Yorkshire Magistrates Association Meetings and finally attaining the Chair of Stillington Village Parish Council.
Malcolm humbly accepted his certificate and thanked everyone present who had made the evening.
At the festive board, in the reply to his toast, Craig reflected on the weekends Quarterly Meeting of Durham Benevolence held at Castle Eden with the £15,000 grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation made as part of the 300th anniversary celebrations.
This allowed them to present the Northumbria Blood Bikes with a brand-new Yamaha FJR1300 motorcycle.
The bike, aptly named Durham Mason, proudly displays the MCF and Durham Freemasons logos within its livery and will now join the fleet helping them with their life-saving work.
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”