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Tom does his time at Hammurabi Lodge!


February 2018

On Monday 19th February, over 100 members and guests gathered at Hammurabi Lodge 9606 in order to celebrate the outstanding achievement of Tom Urwin in reaching 50 years of continued membership of Freemasonry. The meeting took place in Hammurabi Lodge’s new home at Ferryhill and there could not have been a better night upon which to commence their Masonic meetings.

After the Worshipful Master, had opened proceedings the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, John Paul Thompson joined Tom in the centre of the Lodge to reflect upon the significant milestones in Tom’s Masonic journey so far. John’s opening line ‘You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your chances of receiving this 50 Year certificate if you do not mention something when questioned.’ was one that raised a smile with all assembled and was no doubt well recognised by many at Hammurabi Lodge!

Tom’s long Masonic career has been a highly distinguished one. He was, and still is, a member of several Craft Lodges, Holy Royal Arch Chapters, The Order of the Secret Monitor Conclaves, Knights Templar and the Masonic Order of Athelstan as well as being the former Chair of the Washington Hall Management Committee. In all of these Masonic capacities he has also served in the position equivalent to WM and he is also the current Deputy Provincial Grand Master for the Northumbria Province for the Masonic Order of Athelstan. In all of these roles, Tom has worked extremely hard across his 50 years in Freemasonry, to raise considerable amounts of money for charitable causes on the way.

Another one of Tom’s claims to fame was the evening when he was Installed Master of a Temperance Lodge in Consett.  He was obviously unable to bring in any form of Intoxicating Liquor but he did ensure that an Installation Cake made specially to celebrate the occasion and for distribution to the Membership at the Festive Board was laced with sufficient Brandy to have a telling effect on those who were prepared to partake of or sample the offering.

Tom’s Brandy Fruit Cake was obviously extremely well received and enjoyed by the membership as, hoping for a repeat performance, the members balloted for Tom as their Master on four separate occasions.

Even though he has suffered some serious periods of poor health Tom is never happier than when he is helping others, this shone through in his long and distinguished career in the Police Service as well as his role as a family man, husband, father and grandfather.

John was also delighted to receive a further £2,000 towards the 2021 Festival made up of a cheque from the Lodge as well as personal donations. It was a wonderful Masonic evening that celebrated a wonderful Mason.

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