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Golden Evening at Hudson Chapter


July 2018

Once again Hudson Chapter opened its doors to welcome members and guests as it has done since 1922. On this occasion, as well as its own members, it welcomed the Third Grand Principal, Michael Stuart Shaw with an accompanying Deputation of Provincial Grand Chapter Officers . Also attending were members of the Chapter of Concord on their annual fraternal visit.
The evening was made a Golden one as the Companions were also gathered to celebrate Keith Robinson’s 50 years as a member of Hudson Chapter.
Following on from the formal opening and business Michael made a presentation of Keith’s Craft and Chapter career which was as follows:
“ Keith Robinson was exalted into this Chapter, Hudson Chapter, on 25th July 1968. He had been initiated into Hudson Lodge, in 1967. When he joined the lodge he discovered that several of his colleagues at the Wolsingham Steelworks were members too.Keith enjoyed his Craft masonry so much that in less than a year after becoming a master mason he was exalted into the Royal Arch.
When asked why this was such a short time after joining the Craft Keith stated “ That at that time he was a single man and there was not much to do in the evenings in the small town of Wolsingham”
He soon became lodge treasurer, a position he held for twelve years.At that time there was no bar at Wolsingham Lodge, so Keith and Bill Harrison provided and sold bottles of beer at the festive board. Thus providing not just a service but also raising additional funds for the lodge. Keith and Bill became good friends and Bill was later best man at Keith’s marriage to Evelyn. Unfortunately, Bill Harrison is not able to be here this evening due to his poor health.
Keith stood down as treasurer of the lodge so that in 1984 he could be installed as Worshipful Master. In 1993 he was appointed PPSGD, and he was promoted ten years later to PPGReg. In 1995 Keith was a founder member of the Weardale Lodge of Installed Masters.
At the time that Keith joined Hudson Chapter there were 101 members, and so it was almost 20 years later in 1987 that he served as 1st Principal. He was appointed to the Provincial rank PPAGSoj in 1993, and later promoted to PPGReg. Just last year he was again promoted, this time to the senior rank of PPGSN.
He continues to regularly attend the lodge and chapter, always happy to help out whenever he can. He is currently in the office of 2nd Assistant Sojourner, a position he’s held for the last few years. Keith has always been a keen, enthusiastic mason, always willing to undertake work behind the scenes. He continues to do so in a quiet and modest manner, ensuring that brethren and companions enjoy their Freemasonry in Wolsingham.
Keith has contributed significantly to the life of Hudson Lodge and Chapter. He is a much appreciated and well-respected member of our organisation.”
On conclusion of a very warm evening, mainly due to some very warm weather, the Companions adjourned to enjoy the festive board which was well received and was taken in an atmosphere of friendliness and companionship.

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