W Bro Dr Mavin Macauley has been appointed Past Provincial Junior Grand Deacon. Congratulations to him on his preferment, he has put in a lot of work behind the scenes as well as his work in the NHS as a Consultant. Well done Mavin.
Sadly, the Lodge has 2 funerals this month. The first is for W Bro Steve Ward which is at Mountsett Crematorium on Friday 12th March at 1.15pm, but if members would like to pay their respects before the funeral W Bro Steve's wife has suggested that the Brethren stand in their street at about 12.15 to see him off before they leave for Mountsett.
The next funeral is for an Honorary Member of the Lodge and that is W Bro David (Davey) Bell and his funeral is at Saltwell Crematorium on Tuesday 16th March at 10.30am. Please attend if it is at all possible.
As with all funeral services at this time we are not allowed into the service, but can stand outside.
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of W Bro Stephen F Ward Provincial Junior Grand Deacon and Senior Deacon of the Lodge. He died this morning in the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
On Monday 1st February the Lodge became the proud owner of a Founder's Jewel. W Bro Ormiston successfully bid for it on Ebay. It is going to be cleaned up and will be placed with the other 9 that are in our possession.
A big thank you must go to W Bro Ormiston for his endeavours and to W Bro Jackson for spotting it on Ebay. Hopefully we will be able to find some more and add those to the collection.
On Monday 9th November 2020 Anthony and Jenn Davis had a baby boy. They have named him Nate. Congratulations to you both.
Bro Gary Horn was due to marry Karen on Saturday 7th November, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic England went into lockdown on Thursday 5th November so his wedding was cancelled. Karen decided to do something about the situation and managed to change all the arrangements and they were married in the Vermont Hotel in Newcastle on Tuesday 3rd November and it all went off very well. Congratulations Gary and Karen and have many happy years together.
Sadly we have to announce the death of W Bro Elliott T Kershaw a Past Master of Ryton Holy Cross Lodge, who died on 3rd November 2020. His funeral took place on 10th November at Ryton Holy Cross Church.
Congratulations must go to W Bro Steve Ward who was given the acting rank of Provincial Junior Grand Deacon for 20-21 and also the same congratulations go to W Bro Dean Anderson who has been promoted to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden. Sadly, because of the present Covid-19 situation neither Brother can be presented with their honours. Hopefully they will be able to at some point in the future.
Tonight was to be our Installation, but because of the continuing restrictions we are unable to meet up. At the present time it is not known when we will be having our Installation! Watch this space!
There is a plaque in the Lodge room dedicated to Bro Arthur Mullen a member of the Lodge. He was the only member from Ryton to lose his life in the 1939-45 war. He died in Burma in 1944. So, on this the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day we will remember him and all those other brave servicemen that lost their lives in the far east. We will remember them.