Another 50th for Restoration Lodge
Thursday 30th January 2020 saw another milestone for Restoration Lodge, who meet in Darlington, when George Edward Coulson was presented with a certificate for long service to Freemasonry having been a continuous member for the last 50 years.
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Stephen Walker, was in attendance to present George with his certificate along with another 80 Brethren from all four quarters of the Province. The Lodge of Jurists brought along 15 members to support George, who had been their Tyler since they moved to Darlington from Stockton over 20 years ago.
Stephen presented George with his certificate and thanked him for his services to Freemasonry in General and to the Province of Durham in particular. George then presented Stephen with a cheque for £300 towards the 2021 festival; the money being the profits from the mending and recycling of old Masonic Regalia, which George enjoys doing.
On behalf of the members, the Master of Restoration Lodge, Ian Groves, presented George with an engraved Crystal Bowl as a thank you for his dedicated 50 Years’ service. Lodge Secretary, Andrew Hill gave George a Certified Original copy of the “Yorkshire Post” from the 29th January 1970 plus a bounded book containing every front-page headline from the 29th January for the past 50 years.
At the Festive Board the celebrations continued with George’s favourite meal of Carrot and Coriander Soup followed by Lamb Hotpot. John Parker responded at the Festive Board to give thanks for all that George had done for Freemasonry over the last 50 years. Ian finally presented George with a Masonic Mug with the words “50 Years’ Service” so he could enjoy his early morning tea.
Restoration Lodge No 111 now have 4 members who have achieved 50 Years continuous membership.
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”