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On Wednesday the 19th of February Doric Lodge opened its doors to welcome visitors and guests to celebrate a double gold evening. The evening was attended by a full Provincial Team escorting the Provincial Grand Master, John Arthur.   Also in attendance were 30 members and visitors.


The Lodge was opened in due form and the fist business of the evening was to John Arthur explain the purpose of such Team visits. John explained that this was threefold:


  1. To show support for the Lodge.
  2. To increase Lodges members understanding of the reasons for these visits.
  3. To allow acting Officers to experience visits to Lodges around the Province thereby increasing their knowledge of them.

An explanation of their roles in Province was then given by several Senior Provincial Officers. Steven Walker explained upgrades of IT use and the increased ability to share information. John Thompson talked about fund raising, Gordon Brewis about management and liability of masonic halls, Michael Shaw about the role of the Royal Arch, Canon Black as to the role of the Chaplaincy, Nigel Fallow as to the role and work of the Provincial Director of Ceremonies and Peter Taylor explained the work and role of the Provincial Tyler and all of this information was well received by the Brethren.


Also as part of the evening John Arthur made a presentation of a 50 year certificate of Service to Freemasonry to John Patrick Billington. John became a member of The Vale of Beck Lodge no. 6283 W.Kent, in 1970 and a founder of Croyden Lodge of Achievement no. 8554, in the Province of Surrey before moving to the NE where he became a member of Durham Lodge of Installed Masters no. 4441 before joining Doric Lodge no. 5455.


In his service to the Craft John has fulfilled many roles of Office and in recognition of this service he was awarded Provincial Office in both Kent and Durham. John also became an active member of the Royal Arch chapter in both Kent an Durham and was awarded Provincial Office in the Province of Durham.


As well as his work John was a full time carer for his wife and became Chairman of the Durham Carers Association. John was then described, by John Arthur as a fully committed and worthy member of Freemasonry.


John, who had been honoured by his Lodge to take the Master’s chair for the evening then presided over the Lodge Charity Steward , Peter Bambrough, presenting  a cheque in support of the,” Teddy Bear appeal”, and then present a cheque for £1151.38, to John Thompson from the Lodge to achieve the Silver Festival award ie 66% of their final target.


On retiring to the Festive Board a pleasant meal was enjoyed and as part of the round of toasts the Lodge stood to toast and thank John for his service and to make presentation of travel luggage in recognition of his service to Freemasonry and Doric Lodge.


All work and business being completed the Lodge was closed in due form and many brethren remained to enjoy the company of friends and acquaintances.

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