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Appointed to the rank of Past Assistant Grand Registrar WBro Richard Tait Universities Lodge (Durham City)
Richard Tait was Initiated in to Universities Lodge No2352 in January 1995 becoming their Worshipful Master in 2002. He was thereafter exalted in to Universities Chapter No2352 serving as First Principal in 2010. He was Director of Ceremonies in Universities Lodge for several years and is now DC of Universities Chapter.

He is a member of the Durham Lodge of Installed Masters No4441 and has been DC for five years. He joined Agricola Lodge No7741 in January 2005 going through the Chair in 2011/12. He was appointed Provincial Senior Grand Warden in June 2008 and to the office of Provincial Deputy Grand Registrar, in 2009.

He is to be invested as Provincial Grand Registrar at the Provincial Meeting on 22 June, 2013.
Richard was educated at the King Edward VI Grammar School, Morpeth, gaining a County Scholarship to read Law at the University of Leeds graduating in 1971 with the degree LL.B(Hons) He commenced his training as an articled clerk with a firm of solicitors in Gateshead becoming Senior partner in 1991. His interests are many and varied including traveling, ancient history, baroque music, country sports and choral singing.

Appointed to the rank of Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies

WBro Grahame Stephen Gibbon Civic (Sunderland)
Grahame was Initiated in to Civic Lodge No5841 in 1989 and became their Worshipful Master in 1994, he became a joining member of Sportmans Lodge No9440 in 1991 becoming their Worshipful Master in 1998. After 3 years as Secretary of Civic Lodge he became their Almoner, an Office that he still holds nearly 10 years on. In 2001 Grahame was appointed Past Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works and became the Provincial Grand Tyler in 2008 serving for 4 years before becoming the Provincial Almoner in 2011. In 2007 Grahame became a Founder Member and primus Secretary of Durham Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge No9833.
Grahame has worked in the Transport Industry for 40 years as an Engineering Manager.
WBro Michael Stuart Shaw Lodge of Fraternity (Stockton)
Michael Shaw was born and educated in Stockton-on-Tees. He attended Leeds University, graduating in Chemical Engineering

He works as a Chartered Chemical Engineer.
He was Initiated into the Lodge of Fraternity No1418 in 1982, and served as Master in 1991.

In 1994 he was appointed secretary of the Lodge, an office he still holds. In 1999 he was appointed Past Provincial Grand Registrar and was promoted to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2005.

He is also a member of Nevill Lodge of Installed Masters
Exalted into Tees Chapter No 509 (Stockton-on-Tees) in 1993, he became First Principal in 2000 and in 2005 he was appointed Past Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah. In 2011 he was appointed as an Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, Michael is also a member of the St Cuthbert Chapter, Rose Croix No96 (Darlington).
Since returning from a couple of years working in South Africa in the mid-1980s, Michael has lived in the village of Long Newton, just outside Stockton. Outside Freemasonry, Michael interests include music, especially classical. He organises regular concerts and musical events in Long Newton and is occasional organist at the village church.

Appointed to the rank of Past Grand Standard Bearer

WBro George Laverick & Halsey No1479 (Herts) George was Initiated in Sunderland into Londonderry Lodge No2039 in 1972 but moved to Hertfordshire before he had held office. He became a joining member of Halsey Lodge No1479 in1998 becoming their Worshipful Master in 2004 and has since been a member of numerous Lodges and Chapters. He is currently a member of Nevill No9441 Lodge of Installed Masters and in 2007 was a Founder Member of the Durham Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge No9833.

The following Promotions were also Conferred
WBro John David Watts from PAGDC (AGDC 04) to SGD
John is well known throughout the Province as the previous PIO and is now the Assistant Provincial Grand Master who covers the North area, John is currently the Vice Chairman of the Benevolent Committee and this prestigious acting honour will be the 3rd Acting Grand Rank of his Craft and Chapter career VWBro George Clark PSGD to PGSwdB
Our Deputy Provincial Grand Master is known by all after serving as an Assistant Provincial Grand Master for 6 years and as Chairman of the Benevolent Committee to name but 2 of his many roles over the years. This promotion of course means that George is now Very Worshipful Brother, an extremely well deserved title.
WBro John Arthur  PJGD to PSGD
John is currently the Assistant Provincial Grand Master who covers the East Area of the Province. Well known for his management skills and the driving force behind the recent Raby Gala which as we all know was such a magnificent success.
WBro Malcolm Dabbs PAGDC to PSGD
Malcolm is currently an Assistant Provincial Grand Master in the Province of Yorkshire, North and East Ridings and a member of Indaba Lodge No9454 in Darlington as well as other Lodges in Yorkshire. He was Initiated in to Acklam Lodge No6248 in 1974 and Exalted in to Priory Chapter No561 in 1977. He was the Acting Junior Warden for Yorkshire, North and East Ridings in 1997 and was promoted to PPSGW in 1988. He was installed as Assistant Provincial Grand Master in September of last year.
Malcolm is married to Margaret and has a son and a daughter, he is a retired BT Planning and Works Manager and enjoys some voluntary work, cycling and hill walking.
WBro David Sanders Hay – PAGDC to PSGD
David is well known to us all and is of course the Assistant Provincial Grand Master who covers the West of our Province. David is at the helm of our new Training and Education Initiative has had a busy introduction since his appointment in 2011.

WBro Harold Butterfield – PAGDC to PJGD
Harold was Initiated in to Tow Law Lodge No3349 in 1962 and received his certificate to mark his 50 years of continuous membership in the craft in October of last year. He was Worshipful Master of Tow Law (Lodge) in 1980 and Exalted in to Tow Law Chapter in 1965 becoming their First Principal in 1984 with a 2-year term of Office. In the Province he was appointed Past Provincial Grand Registrar in 1989 and promoted to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden 1995. Harold holds Grand Rank in both the Craft and the Royal Arch Chapter.
Married to Katherine for 47 years with one daughter. An account by profession he had a fifty percent stake in a local building company Birtley Wire Construction until his retirement in 2002.
His hobby is a passion for motor cycling particularly vintage motorcycles. In 1997 he rode his 1914 Triumph from John O’Groats to Lands End. In 2000 he covered 650 miles on his 1914 Matchless motorcycle and often takes part in the London to Brighton Pioneer Vintage Motor Cycle Rally.
In the earlier years of motorcycling Katherine would be the pillion passenger, however, more recent years contributes by being his support personnel ensuring comforts along the way.
WBro Derek Warneford – PAGDC to PJGD
Derek followed his father into Freemasonry when he joined Saint Edmunds Lodge No7377 in 1972, becoming their Worshipful Master in 1982. In the Craft he was appointed to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 1991.
In the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, he became Assistant Provincial Grand Master from 1998 to 2003 when he retired to become the Third Provincial Grand Principal of the Royal Arch Chapter of Durham, serving from 2003 to 2006, when he became Second Provincial Grand Principal, cumulating with his appointment to Deputy Grand Superintendent in 2009, and retiring in October 2011.
During his busy Masonic career Derek also managed to fit in being Secretary of Gateshead Masonic Hall Company for some 14 years, and also Secretary to three Raby Galas in 1998, 2003 and 2006.
An upholsterer by trade, Derek completed his apprenticeship at the Co-op Cabinet Factory in Gateshead, and then worked on a production line in a furniture factory on North Tyneside, until he became a lecturer, teaching upholstery apprentices to City and Guilds level at the College of Arts and Technology in Newcastle. In 1977 together with his wife Pam, Derek started up his own upholstery business where they worked together until retiring in 2010.
Juggling his business commitments and a family of two daughters and furthering his Masonic career made for a busy man. Any of his free time was spent in the other passion of his life, scuba diving and underwater photography.

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