120 years between them!
George attended the regular meeting of the Lodge with the prior knowledge that neither of the recipients would be able attend. Although both remarkably physically fit for their age, they have difficulty in getting to the Lodge, which enabled George a regular visitor to Crowley Lodge to conduct the proceedings with a little less formality than generally afforded to such an occasion. At the appropriate point in the proceedings the certificates were presented to the Lodge, with George requesting that the congratulations and best wishes of the Provincial Grand Master be conveyed to the recipients.
Jack and Bob as they are fondly known have been lifelong friends having established their friendship as young as Sea Scouts, this continued into their Professional careers Jack becoming a Construction Engineer and Bob an Engineering Inspector. They then went on to form a Masonic connection when together on the 20th March 1953 they were initiated into Crowley Lodge No6901, subsequently Passed 19th June and Raised on the 18th September of the same year. They followed each other through the Wardens Offices and as Worshipful Master of their Lodge, with Jack attaining the chair of King Solomon in 1964, having the honour of installing Bob into Office in 1965.
Jack gained Provincial honours in 1973 when he was appointed to the Rank of Past Provincial Junior Grand Deacon, Bob the following year being also appointed to the Rank of Past Provincial Junior Grand Deacon, and subsequently being promoted to the Rank of Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 1988. Both then went on to be exalted into Liddell Royal Arch Chapter No3616.
During their many shared years at Dunstan they served on the Masonic Entertainments Committee to raise funds for amongst other things, the upkeep of the building whilst at the same time assisting practically with the maintenance of the building, Bob eventually becoming the Hall Company Director.
On Friday 26th April Jack and wife Enid were delighted to welcome into their home WBro David Dillon, Master, WBro Keith Liddell, Almoner, and WBro Alan Coxon, Secretary who on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master arrived to present the 60th certificates. Bob and wife Mary also being able to attend in person made the event a most memorable occasion for these truly ‘Lifelong friends and Brothers
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”