Jarrow Grange go Gold
The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Michael Graham made a formal visit to Jarrow Grange Lodge on Monday the 13th May who meet at the Masonic Hall Grange Road Jarrow. The purpose of his visit was to present the Provincial Grand Masters Award to the lodge for achieving their gold status for the 2021 Festival, but also to present a certificate for 60 years of continued service to John Pike.
After being welcomed into the already ‘packed’ lodge room by the Worshipful Master, John Newham, the first business of the evening was to present John with his long service certificate. The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Michael invited john to take a seat with him in the body of the lodge to chat and reminisce on his 60 years in the Craft.
John although suffering with mobility problems over the last few, spoke of his professional life which began as a Joiner, in the nearby Shipyards and ended as a School Board Man, giving a a sprightly and entertaining account of those years and the many enjoyable years he had experiences as a member of the Craft.
He started his freemasonry journey in St Bede Lodge on the 27th May 1959 becoming a founder member of Jarrow Grange in in 1974 working his way to Master in 1980, a generous mason and stalwart of the lodge was exemplified when at later in the evening it was announced that he had donated the raffle prizes for the evening and presented a commemorative bottle of whiskey to the Master to celebrate his year in the chair.
Following the presentation, the master, rose to present Michael Graham with donations towards the 2021 Festival for £160 and TLC for £50, to which Michael responded conveying the gratitude of the Provincial Grand Master for the donations, and stated that this conveniently led him in to his other duty on the evening, which was that of presenting the lodge charity Steward Bill Armstrong with a Gold Festival Award. On congratulating Bill for his sterling efforts having reached this milestone he proudly attached his new Gold lapel pin.
At the festive board a full house enjoyed an evening warmth and celebration, and after congratulating John again on his personal achievement within freemasonry, Michael then went on to present the Worshipful Master with the lodges Gold Certificate Award.
A memorable night of fellowship enjoyed by all congratulations and best wishes for the future to all at Jarrow Grange.
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”