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Crack, Crack, Crack went the Whip!
Once more the official Full Team Visit of Provincial Grand Lodge Officers led by the Provincial Grand Master, Norman Eric Heaviside were out on their travels around the Province and on Wednesday 18th October 2017, they descended on Middleton in Teesdale Masonic Hall to attend the regular meeting of Vale of Tees Lodge.
Once opened, the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, Andrew Dixon and his Deputies processed the Full Deputation of 33 officers into the lodge room. Together with the brethren of the Vale of Tees lodge and their visitors – a total of 68 were in attendance.
Raymond Wainwright with help from the Vale of Tees brethren put on an excellent ceremony for his son Alex Wainwright,
The evening and good fellowship continued at the festive board after enjoying a hearty meal, before Eric responding to his own toast, firstly thanked Vale of Tees lodge for their hospitality that evening, then explaining the Provincial Full Team Visits and how they work and where they go. Tonight was the Southern area Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Stephen Walker choice.
Next Eric updating all on the 2021 Festival on how much has been raised so far and that Vale of Tees lodge had achieved their Bronze medal.
Eric then allowed John Thompson (Festival Director) to say a few words. John spoke about what a fantastic achievement the Coast 2 Coast bike ride had been and then the Great North Run, which had managed to raise a total of £40,000. John then presented two of the brethren, Richard Kettlewell and Robert Kirby with Achievement Medals.
Eric finally spoke about the up and coming promotions meeting in Dunston. Eric was presented with cheque total of £270 from the evening’s raffle, which goes toward, Vale of Tees Lodges’ Festival fund.
Next to stand up and give, a response was Michael Wilkinson, replying as the Provincial Junior Warden on behalf of the Deputation. Michael spoke about the Vale of Tees history and the different locations where the lodge has been held in their 90 years of existence, having been founded in 1928. Michael rounded off his response talking about the future and not to dwell on the past.
Next up was Raymond Wainwright – Vale of Tees Senior Warden – Thanking everyone for the opportunity to conduct the ceremonies for his son. He also asked his son to ask his friends to join Masonry and make them better men and protect the future of Freemasonry going forward. The lodge Junior Warden then spoke about the last time Eric had visited the Vale of Tees lodge five years ago and how in the past he had also attended and joined in harmony with his predecessor Derek Richmond.
Finally, Eric accompanied by George Dixon on the Piano entertained everyone with Harmony. Singing two songs – The Cobblers song and Joe the Carriers lad (with a Chorus of “Crack, Crack, Crack went the whip” –which I’m sure was in everyone’s head as they made their own way home.
It was clear that everyone had a brilliant evening, enjoyed by all.
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