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Bill’s 60 year milestone


October 2017

At the October meeting for the Loge of Fraternity, who meet in Stockton, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Stephen Walker, was in attendance with a very pleasant duty to perform.   George William Ellington, Bill to his friends, was presented with a certificate to mark his achievement of 60 years continuous membership in freemasonry.  Stephen made Bill aware that it is one of the best duties that he gets to perform in his role and it is such a wonderful achievement.  Stephen advised the brethren that in this year there are only three 60 year certificate presentations in the south of the province and then gave thanks to Michael Shaw would had supported him with detail on Bill’s history.

Bill was initiated into his lodge on 24/10/1957 at the age of 25, pass on 30/12/1957 and raised in the December of 1958.  The membership of the lodge at that time was so large that it took bill a number of years to take office as inner guard within the lodge before progressing through to take the chair in 1974.  Bill’s work took him abroad for a number of years which included a long spell in South Africa until he retire in 1997.  Despite working abroad Bill remained a subscribing member of the lodge until he returned to the UK and became Worshipful Master once again in 2001.

Within the Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham Bill was appointed PPJGD in 2000 and promoted to PPGReg in 2006.  Bill was a joining member of Yarm lodge for almost 20 years and was appointed PPJGW in Yorkshire North and East Riding in 2008.  He was exalted into Marwood chapter (N & E R) in 1974 and was first principal in 2005, gaining a promotion to PPGSoj in 2016.

Stephen pointed out to the brethren that Bill is clearly held in the highest regard in Durham and our sister province.  In the October of 2007 Tony Currie, Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master, attended the lodge of Fraternity and presented Bill with a certificate to mark 50 years of membership of the craft.  Stephen confirmed that he had extreme pleasure and honour in presenting him with his 60 year certificate.

Although Bill was unable to remain for the festive board, he enjoyed the meeting and the brethren who were able to stay for dining enjoyed one another’s company and celebrated Bill’s remarkable achievement.

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