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Grand Secretary ends visit in style

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After Tuesday evening, of which was spent enjoying a first class meal onboard the HMS Trincomalee as guests of the Trincomalee Trust, Nigel started his last day at the Esplanade for a tour of Provincial Office. WBro Phil Rann, Provincial Secretary greeted Nigel and introduced him to a number of staff and volunteers, without whose help the Province could simply not survive.

He met Deputy Provincial Scribe E, EComp John Stirman, Stacey Williams and Frank Pearce amongst others, after which both WBro Edwin Jeffrey and Julia Reynolds gave him first hand detail of the way in which Durham Benevolence operates.
After a tour of the offices, the Grand Secretary was introduced to Provincial Grand Archivist WBro Tom Coulson who gave him a personal guided tour of our museum. The visit was concluded when the Provincial Grand Master presented Nigel with a piece of Sunderland Ware Pottery dating back to 1810 depicting a sailing ship as a memento of his visit.
After leaving Provincial Office his next stop just had to be Beamish Museum, where Nigel was transported to the door of the reconstructed Masonic Hall within the world famous attraction in true Beamish style

After a fantastic guided tour of the Masonic Hall it was off again with Boundary Court being next on the agenda. Nigel then got the chance to see one of our two truly magnificent Masonic sheltered housing properties. This allowed him to witness, first hand the massive commitment that we in the Province of Durham take looking after our elderly Brethren and dependants extremely seriously.
Leaving Bishop Auckland incredibly impressed the next stop for our prestigious visitor was Old Elvet, Durham, where after a meeting with the Craft and Chapter Executive he address the Durham Lodge of Installed Masters at their regular meeting.

Rather than deliver a lecture as most people expected the Grand Secretary to do he instead spoke briefly about Grand Lodge the Organisation, Grand Lodge the Vision and even Grand Lodge the Building and then encouraged the Brethren present to interact with him by asking questions and sharing thoughts. This was done with such aplomb nobody in the room could have failed to be impressed with the impeccable manner in which every question was answered in fantastic detail and with so much knowledge.
The evening was ended with a fabulous festive board at which the buzz created by the guest speaker in the Lodge room clearly was still echoing through the walls of the dining hall in the conversation around the tables and all in attendance enjoyed a fine Masonic evening.

A flying visit it may have been, but the Grand Secretary, VWBro Nigel Brown could not have failed to be impressed with our wonderful Province. From the exquisite meal aboard the Oldest War Ship still afloat to visiting a world famous attraction that lets Durham Freemasons enjoy a Masonic open day 365 days of the year who knows how impressed he would have been if he could have stayed longer!

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