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Golden celebration at Lambton Lodge


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The main business of the evening was the initiation of Mr Lewis Mark Harvey (pictured in EA Apron).
WBro Hay was accompanied by his Prov AGDC David Anderson and made the presentation in the second rising. David Hay began by referring to the unusual situation he had when replying to the letter of welcome from the Secretary as he is currently Senior Warden of Lambton Lodge. He continued by referring to the many years he has known Jeff Reavley and his first recollection was when Jeff and his wife Hilda, who sadly passed away, only last year, were babysitting him.
In summarising Jeff’s significant Masonic contribution he said “Jeff was initiated, aged 34, into Whitwell Lodge 2104 on 11th December 1962. It now seems a long time ago a time when most people didn’t know who the Beatles were, before Tony Blair was born. His proposer was his brother-in-law Bill Seaman and his seconder was a Grand Officer, Tom Ruff. The following month, he was passed to the Second Degree, and became a Master Mason on 14th May 1963.
In an illustrious Masonic life, these are some notable events:
In October 1975, he was installed as Worshipful Master of Whitwell Lodge, and again in 2002. In March 1965, he was exalted into Tees Chapter No509 and became its First Principal in 1978. In 1971, he was a Founder of the Lodge of Justice No8361 and became its Worshipful Master in 1977, going on to serve as the Secretary from 1992 to 1998. He was a Founder of Dunelm Chapter No4079 in 1988, becoming First Principal in 2007. In 1990, he joined Lambton Lodge No375 and was Worshipful Master in 2000. Also in 1990, he joined Durham Lodge of Installed Masters No4441. In 1991, he became a Founder of Nevill Lodge of Installed Masters No9441, and 2 years later, a Founder of Nevill Chapter of Installed First Principals, becoming First Principal in 2002. In 1995, he was a Founder of Lambton Chapter No375 and was First Principal in 1997.

There are several other Orders of Freemasonry in which Jeff has made a significant contribution.
In recognition of his service to Freemasonry, he was appointed Past Provincial Senior Grand Deacon in 1984, and later promoted to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 1989. He was appointed Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in Grand Lodge in 1994.

In the Royal Arch, he was appointed 3rd Provincial Grand Principal in 1984 and received Honours in Supreme Grand Chapter, first in 1990 as Past Grand Standard Bearer and in 2001 as Past Assistant Grand Sojourner.

Throughout his life, both inside and outside Freemasonry, Jeff has always exuded a sense of great fun and enjoyment and is held in much affection by friends old and new.
Among his most notable and admirable achievements were these: marrying the much – missed Hilda in 1955, and proposing WBro David Hay into Lambton Lodge and Chapter, for which we are truly grateful!
The banquet which followed the meeting was adorned with gold candles, table decorations and napkins continuing the 50th anniversary theme. Brethren present including the DepPGM, 2 other AsstPGMs, a Past DepPGM, 2 Past APGMs and a large retinue of Grand Officers were most grateful for Jeff’s hospitality in providing a champagne reception and copious wine throughout the meal which concluded with Jeff cutting a celebratory cake.
Photos courtesy of WBro Adrian Tilbrook

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