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A Golden Celebration for Peter Quinn at St. Andrews Lodge


November 2018

The brethren, of St. Andrews lodge in Stanley, celebrated 50 years of continued membership of one of their lodge members at their regular meeting on Tuesday 6th November 2018. The Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro Simon Craig Steele presented Peter with a certificate for 50 years continued service in freemasonry.


Peter was locally educated and went on to Newcastle College to study Mechanical Services. After qualifying, work took Peter away from the area to Ipswich, London, Scotland and Wales. However, during this period Peter remained dedicated to his freemasonry and with the blessing of his employers, was able to travel back to Stanley for his lodge meetings and progress through the chair.


Peter informed the meeting that during his working career, he installed Air Conditioning Units in the Newcastle Universities Applied Maths and Science Department, which today he still admires when in the area. Peter recalls being initiated into freemasonry at the age of 22 after being brought up in a Family with dedicated Masons. Peter informed the brethren that he has had many happy times in St. Andrews Lodge and in Fawcett Lodge in Seaham where he later became a member.


Peter went on to reminisce about his early days in the lodge when 6 candidates a year where not uncommon and Ladies nights with over 150 guests were achievable. Unfortunately, times have now changed, and Peter thinks modern life has many other attractions and alternatives, such as Sky Television for entertainment on an evening.

Highlights of Peter’s life have included watching his children grow up and becoming very proud of his son and daughter as they have gone on in life to obtain good jobs.


At the Festive Board, Peter was joined by his brothers and friends from both Stanley and Seaham. The lodge Master presented Peter with a set of display miniature working tools for each craft degree and this brought the very enjoyable evening to a close.

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