Ryton Holy Cross help to fill the bath
On entering the Lodge room the Provincial Grand Master was welcomed by the Worshipful Master WBro Alan Phillips, and after the formal salutations, Bro Kevin Plummer was passed to the Degree of a Fellowcraft, in a ceremony conducted in its entirety by Master Masons with the only exception being the Worshipful Master.
At the 2nd rising the Worshipful Master presented the PGM with a cheque for £1,000 towards the 2021 festival adding to the £2036 already donated through the generosity of Lodge members, with 20% already making regular payments to the continuous giving scheme, which in no small part has been achieved through the studious work of the Charity Representative WBro Bill Dawson.The PGM is often heard telling the members that the dripping tap eventually fills the bath with respect to the continuous giving scheme and with donations like this we better get a bigger bath.
At the festive board the PGM gave a stirring reply to his toast and thanked the Brethren of the Ryton Holy Cross Lodge for the excellent work they are doing for
The Province of Ryton along with tendering his congratulations to WBro Dean Anderson ProvGSwdB on his having the honour of carrying the Provincial Sword into his own Lodge on the evening. He then announced that earlier that day he had received notification from Durham Cathedral authorities that PGL Durham have been allocated Friday 20th December 2013 for a Masonic Carol Service, of which fuller details would be available soon on the Provincial Website.
WBro Alan Phillips who had earlier in the evening presided over an excellent ceremony, was then surprised when the Senior Warden Brother Steve Ward made a presentation to him to mark his 40 years since first taking the Chair of the Lodge. This wonderful Masonic occasion was concluded with Bro Steve Whitfield the Lodges newest Master Mason presenting the PGM with a floral display for his Wife, Sue.
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”