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Annual Convocation sees Durham Companions Receive Grand Rank
Thursday 27th April 2017 saw one of the highlights of the Royal Arch calendar as Companions from all over the world gathered at Great Queen Street in London to attend the Annual Investiture Meeting of Supreme Grand Chapter. Amongst those attending were Durham Companions to receive their Grand appointments supported by a good number of friends and colleagues.
The meeting was, as usual a fantastic display of pomp, colour and ceremonial which the Royal Arch Degree demonstrates so well, which was capped off by the Durham Companions being invested with their collars of Office by the Most Excellent Pro First Grand Principal Peter Geoffrey Lowndes.
Appointed to Past Grand Standard Bearer
Dr Paul Arthur Mundell – Derwent Chapter No4250
Paul was became a joining member of Derwent Lodge at Chopwell in 1979 becoming their Worshipful Master in 1990 and again in 2012, he has been the Lodge Almoner for the last 10 years.
In the Royal Arch Paul was exalted into Derwent Chapter in 1989 and has been their First Principal three times in 1998, 2002 and again in 2008 being the Chapter Almoner for the last eight years.
Paul was honoured by Provincial Grand Lodge in 1998 when he was appointed Provincial Junior Grand Deacon and promoted to Past Provincial Grand Registrar in 2010. Provincial Grand Chapter honoured Paul in 2003, appointing him Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, promoting him to Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer the following year and further promoting him to Past Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah in 2009. In 2012, he was appointed Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, a position he held for four years.
Paul has one Daughter, a PhD and a lecturer in Durham University and a one year old Granddaughter.
Paul is committed to both his Lodge and Chapter in Chopwell and is very conscientious in all his Masonic responsibilities.
Prof George Robin Boy-Stones – Universities No2352
George was initiated in Apollo University Lodge in Oxford in 1993 serving as their Worshipful Master, while he was working on his doctorate; he was exalted into the associated Chapter in 1996. In 1999, after moving to Durham, he became a joining member of Universities Lodge becoming their Worshipful Master in 2006, and of Universities Chapter, where he was installed as First Principal in 2009. In Craft he served as Provincial Grand Pursuviant in the Province of Oxfordshire in 2000-1, and was appointed Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies by United Grand Lodge in 2008; in Chapter he was made Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer in Durham in 2014.
He has been involved in the UGLE Universities Scheme since its early days, and spent some years on its central Committee and as its representative in the North East, where he still coordinates the Scheme for the Province. In 2015, he was appointed by the First Grand Principal to serve on the Committee of General Purposes.
George is Professor of Ancient Philosophy at Durham University, based in the Classics Department, and a member of the Senior Common Room at University College. As well as teaching, he has active programme of research, and publishes widely on Greek and Roman philosophy. What little intellectual energy that leaves is occupied with interests in wine, film, architecture, and the occasional crossword.
Dr John Halshaw – St John and Ashburne No80
John was initiated into Vedra lodge in 1983 and became Worshipful Master in 1992 and again in 2006. He also served as the Lodge as Director of Ceremonies for a combined total period of 13 years.
He was exalted into Royal Arch Masonry into Ashburne Chapter in 1988 and served as First Principal in 1995. In 2013, Ashburne and St John’s Chapters amalgamated and he served as First Principal in 2014.
In the Province John was appointed Provincial Junior Grand Deacon in 2000, promoted to Past Provincial Grand Registrar in 2006 and to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2015.In the Royal Arch he was appointed Past Provincial Grand Sojourner in 2000 and as Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals in 2010
John has recently retired after a 34-year career as a hospital consultant in the NHS and now spends time in his garden and taking as many holidays as possible. He also intends to make full use of his subscription to Sky Sports and better use of his membership of Durham County Cricket Club.
Appointed to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
Godfrey William Hedley – Old Dunelmian No8100
Godfrey Initiated into Old Dunelmian Lodge No 8100 on 18th May 1979, Passed 14th December 1979 and Raised 11th April 1980. Master of the Lodge in 1989 and then Secretary from 1992 until 2003. Also lodge Organist.
In the Royal Arch, he was exalted into Ridley Chapter in Northumberland in 1981 and became Chapter Organist and from that date has served for 35- years as organist with a break of one year when he took the First Principals Chair in 2008. He was a founding member of Old Dunelmian Chapter in 1986 and became their First Principal in 1994.
Godfrey was also founding member of Lambton Chapter 1995 and becoming First Principal in 2012.
Provincially Godfrey was appointed Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer in 1997 and promoted to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2004. In the Royal Arch, he was appointed Past Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah in 1999.
Promoted to Past Assistant Grand Sojourner
Malcolm Ross – Minerva Chapter of Industry No3385
Malcolm was initiated into Shipcote Lodge in 1969 becoming their Worshipful Master in1981 and again in 2005. He joined North Durham Lecture Lodge in 1976 becoming their Worshipful Master in 1994. He also joined Dunston St. Nicholas Lodge in 2009 and Gateshead Fell Lodge in 2013 becoming the Worshipful Master of the former in 2012.
In the Royal Arch, he was exalted into Chapter of Industry in 1971 becoming their First Principal in 1989 and again in 1995, he joined Minerva Chapter in 1998 and served as their First Principal in 2002.
In the Province Malcolm was appointed Provincial Senior Grand Deacon in 1990, promoted to Past Provincial Grand Registrar in 1997 and again to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2002. In the Royal Arch, he was appointed Past Provincial Grand Sojourner in 1994, and promoted in 2000 to Past Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah. Malcolm was recognised by Supreme Grand Chapter in 2004 when he was appointed Past Grand Standard Bearer.
His other interests apart from Freemasonry are classic cars, and fine dining.
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”