Grand Chapter Rank Conferred
William Henry Carlyon – Past Grand Standard Bearer,
Thornhill Chapter No3216 (Sunderland).
Bill was Initiated in to Lodge of Loyalty in 1990, becoming their Worshipful Master in 1998 and again in 2002, afterwards he spent 2 years as their Assistant Director of Ceremonies. He was honoured in 2004 when he was appointed Provincial Grand Standard Bearer and promoted to Past Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works in 2005.
In the Royal Arch Bill, was Exalted in to Thornhill Chapter in 1992 becoming their First Principal in 2001 and again in 2004. Immediately after his spell as First Principal he became the Chapters Scribe E for 3 years before becoming their Director of Ceremonies in 2009 an Office he still holds. He served as the Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals from 2006-2010.
Bill is the equivalent of an Assistant Provincial Grand Master in both the OSM and Scarlet Cord and Deputy Provincial Grand Master in the Masonic Order of Athelstan.
A driving instructor by profession Bill may be known to many around the Province who have attended a speed awareness course as he delivers these on a regular basis.
Danny Guy Past Grand Standard Bearer,
Tristram Chapter No2415 (Shildon).
Danny was initiated into Corinthian Lodge No5808 in 1980 and became their Worshipful Master in 1996. In the Province he was appointed Past Junior Grand Deacon in 2003, and Past Junior Grand Warden in 2007. He became a joining member of Aclet Lodge No5880 in 2004 and became their Worshipful Master in 2007; he is also their Royal Arch Chapter Representative and Chaplain.
Danny was Exalted into Tristram Royal Arch Chapter in 1984 and became First Principal in 1999, was Treasurer from 2001 – 2010 and is currently Assistant Director of Ceremonies. He was appointed Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals in 2004.
Danny is the Provincial Secretary of both the Mark and the Royal Ark Mariners degrees.
Danny retired (early) from Whessoe Darlington in 2009 following 44 years service in the Quality Control Department; his leisure time is spent gardening.
John Stirman Past Grand Standard Bearer, Rowland Burdon (Castle Eden) John was Initiated into St Peter’s Lodge No8953 in 1990 and became their Worshipful Master in 1996. Spending 7 years as their Assistant Director of Ceremonies, 4 years as their Director of Ceremonies and is currently into his 4th year as their Treasurer. In Provincial Grand Lodge he received the rank of Past Provincial Deputy Grand Registrar in 2003 and promoted to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2010.
In the Royal Arch John was Exalted into Rowland Burdon Chapter No3960 in 1991, becoming their First Principal in 2003. He was appointed Assistant to the Provincial Grand Pricipals in 2008, Provincial Assistant Grand Scribe E in 2009 & 10 and promoted to Provincial Deputy Grand Scribe E in 2011 a position that he still holds and is the main administrator of Provincial Grand Chapter working as a volunteer at least 2 days a week in Provincial Office and from home most days.
John worked as an Electrician for British Coal but was made redundant when the mines closed. Following another path John became an Area Manager for Bell Fruit Gaming until he retired; John lists the Provincial office as his only hobby.
John Errington Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
Saint Hilda (South Shields)
John was Initiated as a Lewis in to Hadrian Lodge No1970 in 1971, becoming their Worshipful Master in their Centenary Year, 1981. He became their Assistant Director of Ceremonies in 1984 and stepped up to Director of Ceremonies in 1988, an Office he held for 3 years before returning as ADC in 2001 and still is to date. In the Province he was appointed Past Provincial Junior Grand Deacon in 1990, promoted to Past Provincial Grand Registrar in 2003 and prompted again in 2012 to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden.
In the Royal Arch John was Exalted in to St Hilda Chapter in 1982 and became their First Principal in 1995, he served as their Assistant Director of Ceremonies from 1998 to 2001 becoming their Director of Ceremonies in 2001 and still holds that position 12 years later.
For his whole working life John was employed as a Civil Servant, starting for the Ministry of Labour in 1967 in South Shields.
From 1986 until his retirement in 2009 he was employed as a Benefits Fraud Investigator.
Married since 1971, his wife, also a Civil Servant, retired at the same time as John, they have one son.
Johns hobbies, apart from Freemasonry, include military history and reading, he is also a keen armchair fan of sport, mainly rugby and cricket.
Joseph Bulmer was promoted from PGStB to Past Assistant Grand Sojourner.
Joe was initiated in to Doric Lodge No5455 in 1974 becoming their Worshipful Master in 1984 he became a joining member of the Durham Lodge of Installed Masters No4441 in 1984 serving as their Worshipful Master in 2005. Joe has filled just about every Office imaginable and has held some of these for many years, he has served an aggregate of 28 years as Secretary of both Doric and Durham Lodge of Installed Masters as an example. He is currently Charity Steward for Doric and has been for the last 17 years. In the Province he was appointed Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 1992.
In the Royal Arch Joe was Exalted in to Whitworth Chapter No1932 in 1976 serving as their First Principal in 1991, he was Founder Member of Nevill Chapter of Installed First Principals in 1993 and was their First Principal in 2008. Joe has served as Scribe E for both Chapters (a pattern is forming here) and handled both at the same time for an aggregate of a staggering 39 years. Provincially he was appointed Past Provincial Grand Scribe N in 1996.
Joe is a Grand Officer in the Mark Degree and is an active member of the Provincial Benevolent Committee, his hobbies are Freemasonry, Freemasonry and Freemasonry and his only regret in life is that there are not 8 days in the week, then he would be able to join something else.
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”