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Your Highness – Oops I meant your Honour
On the evening of Wednesday 1st November 2017, the brethren of Lodge of Freedom met at Stockton Masonic Hall. This was a regular meeting with special importance – not only to celebrate 50 years in Freemasonry for Richard Hall, but also to present this lodge with its Silver award with over 40 brethren in attendance.
Once the meeting had started, a number of officers of the Province of Durham briefly vacated the lodge in order to provide escort to the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Stephen Walker. Stephen was warmly welcomed into the lodge by the Worshipful Master, Richard Poole.
The evening started in a jovial manner with Steve Lewis, Stephen Walker’s Director of Ceremonies, calling Tony Briggs –Your Highness instead of Your Honour.
Stephen Walker then invited Richard Hall to join him in the east to talk about his life and masonic experiences. Richard had asked for as little fuss to be made about the night as possible – “can’t I just have a handshake?”
Richard, initially from the Derby area studied at Birmingham University before moving to Norton to take up a position as a GP. He was proposed into Freemasonry by John Armitage – Initiated on 1st November 1967 exactly 50 years to date.
Due to the Lodge of Freedom’s large membership in those days – Richard once on the ladder, worked his way through the lodge officers to become its Master in 1986. In 2004, Richard was appointed to the rank of Past Provincial Grand Standard Bearer in Provincial Grand Lodge.
Steve Lewis then read out the Certificate before handing it to Stephen Walker to present to Richard, thanking him for his continuous commitment to Freemasonry. Richard then replied with a small speech – saying how it was an honour to receive this certificate and thanking Stephen Walker.
Next followed an excellent presentation from Andrew Bunting entitled “The Three Big Ships of the White Star Line”.
Stephen Walker rose and congratulated the Lodge of Freedom 4027 for gaining the Silver award for passing 66% of its Festival target and then presented Steve Guest, Charity steward with the Silver Pin.
The evening was finished off at the festive board, Stephen Walker responding to his toast, he thanked everyone for the warm welcome, next he talked about the Tercentenary event at the Royal Albert Hall, again congratulating Richard Hall for his 50 years in Freemasonry and Lodge of Freedom for its Silver Award. Finishing off with thanking Steve Lewis for filling in as his Director of Ceremonies this evening at late, late notice.
Further toasts were made by Tony Briggs and S.Robinson (Lodge of Benevolence on their fraternal visit)
An excellent and entertaining evening, was enjoyed by all.
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”