Monday 11th November will go down as a busy night for the Lodge, we had to invest our D.C. and Asst D.C., welcome W Bro Michael Graham, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master. Then Initiate a new member, present a 50 Years Certificate and present a Gold Award!
The Lodge was opened at 7.05 and after the usual formalities W Bro Urwin and W Bro Bill Graham MBE were invested as D.C and Asst. D.C. respectively.
Soon after we welcomed W Bro Michael Graham, the Asst P.G.M into the Lodge, after which we all stood as a mark of respect to the Fallen and in particular Bro Arthur Mullen the only Brother in Ryton Holy Cross Lodge to lose his life in wartime.
Mr Gary Horn was then Initiated into Freemasonry, he then witnessed a lovely presentation of a 50 years Continuous Service Certificate to W Bro John Hodgkinson. Although we haven't seen a great deal of W Bro John in recent years due to him living in Yorkshire he has always been held in high esteem.
The Asst P.G.M. was having a busy night as well, because he then presented our Charity Steward, W Bro Bill Dawson with the Gold Medal as the Lodge had reached its total for the 2021 Festival.
At the Festive Board W Bro Norman Moffitt movingly played the "Last Post" to commemorate Armistice Day.
The Asst P.G.M during his reply said that the Lodge was well and truely on its way to the Platinum Badge through the very generous donation from W Bro John Hodgkinson and some other donations on the night.
All together a very special day in the history of Ryton Holy Cross Lodge.
On Monday 14th October Bro Bob Lydon became W Bro Bob Lydon when he was Installed in Ryton Holy Cross Lodge after which he invested his officers for the year. After the Installation the brethren convened in the dining room and enjoyed a sumptious meal of Stornaway Black Pudding, Braised Steak in Red Wine Sauce, a Choice of Cheesecake, Cheese and Biscuits and After Eight Mints. Our thanks must go to Caroline and her staff for preparing such a fantastic meal. The evening was a wonderful experience for W Bro Bob and everyone there thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Good luck Bob, for the coming year.
Our June meeting was always Past Master's Night, but it had stopped a number of years ago. So, this year the WM decided to revive it and W Bro Ward was nominated to be the WM. Along with the other Past Masters they conducted a Second Degree demonstration. W Bro Ward did an excellent job of the degree, especially when as Master in 2013-14 he had been taken ill and was unable to do a Second Degree. Everyone enjoyed the ceremony and the Festive Board afterwards. Another great night at Ryton!
14 members of the Lodge met at Rowlands Gill Lodge for a very special night. Bro Evans a Fellowcraft was to be Raised to the Third Degree there because his time ashore from his work isn't allowing him to be at his mother lodge very often. After an excellent ceremony we all sat down to a tasty Festive Board and after the usual toasts the raffle was drawn and it was definitely Scott's night as he won the whisky! It was lovely to see 2 Lodges working together and enjoying each other's company.
On Monday 3rd June we are having our Lodge of Instruction starting a 7.00pm. All our Master Masons and Past Masters are welcome to attend.
Wednesday 5th June will see Bro Evans Raised at the regular meeting of Rowlands Gill Lodge commencing at 7.00pm. This is a special meeting for us as our Officers will be assisting the Officers of Rowlands Gill and the Lodge is very grateful to them in assisting us in Raising Bro Evans. If you are interested in attending this special meeting please contact the WM so that the catering can be sorted out.
On Monday 10th June the regular meeting will be a Past Master's night and a demonstration of the Second Degree will take place. Please come along and enjoy a truly Masonic Evening.
Unfortunately Bro Evans who was due to have taking his MM's degree is having to work, so we are very fortunate to have W Bro Alan Errington of Benfeldsyde Lodge who will give a talk on "Freemasonry in South Africa, the same but different!" Please come along and join us for a wonderful Masonic Evening. It is on Monday 13th May at 7.00pm., we look forward to seeing you.
On Monday 8th April the Lodge Passed a candidate to the Second Degree, he had obviously done his homework and proved an exceptional candidate. We welcomed a Past Master of the Lodge who had moved to Shropshire a number of years ago and we were very glad to see W Bro Mike who is now Worshipful Master of Lodge of St Oswald in Oswestry. Everyone enjoyed the meeting and afterwards we held an excellent Festive Board.
Monday saw the Lodge have a guest speaker. Although we were lacking in quantity the quality was excellent! W Bro Neil Walker of Gateshead Fell Lodge gave a talk called "Getting your Bearings". It was well received and a lively debate ensued. We were saddened to hear that the JW was wishing to resign, it is sincerely hoped that Derrick will change his mind. Afterwards we retired to the Festive Board where we had a delicious chicken curry. Next month we have a new candidate to initiate.
10th December saw the Lodge have its December meeting, the Treasurer presented the accounts to the lodge which were duly past by the brethren present. After which the Lodge was closed and we joined our families and friends for our Christmas dinner, although we were low in numbers we made up in enthusiasm. When the lovely food had been eaten we continued with a presentation on the TLC Teddies by W Bro Kevin Carter, carols were sung and the Bottle Draw was held. Congratulations to those that won something.
W Bro was presented with a cheque for £100.00 towards the teddy bear funds, also a cheque for our contribution towards the running of the scheme.
On 10th December the Lodge will hold its Christmas meeting. After a short meeting where the Treasurer will present the Lodge accounts for approval, the Lodge will close and adjourn to the dining room for the Christmas dinner. We will be joined by our wives, partners and friends, after dinner we will sing some carols, have a pantomime (not confirmed) and hold the bottle draw. The bottle draw is our main booster to Lodge funds, so we hope to sell as many tickets as possible. There is always a good number of bottles for prizes. All brethren are invited to attend.