As you all know all Masonic activity has been cancelled effectively until our Installation in October. It is thought we might have to call a meeting in September if it is allowed, this to start the election process. But in the meantime there is nothing to stop you from getting your little ritual book out and making a daily advancement in Masonic knowledge! Enjoy your reading and please stay safe!
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On the 22nd February saw the Ryton Holy Cross Lodge 4231 hold its Ladies night. It was at the excellent venue of Close House Golf Club near Wylam.
The Worshipful Master Bob Lydon along with his wife Janis greeted 70 guests consisting of lodge members, their good Ladies and their personal guests as they arrived to a champagne reception. The meal was absolutely a dream as expected at such avenue.
The Ladies Song was delivered by W Bro Jim Jordan of Ryton Holy Cross Lodge along with W Bro George Paylor of Ryton St Mary’ s Lodge. Mrs Janis Lydon suitably responded.
The entertainment was provided by Jason King who sang many popular “swing” songs and had everyone up dancing throughout the evening.
The Worshipful Master Bob and Janis had dressed the tables with lighting within table balloons and provided most of the raffle prizes themselves.
The guests were most generous in buying tickets which raised £520 which is destined for the Children’s Ward of the RVI Hospital.
The night was an outstanding success and carriages arrived at 11-30 (ish) and all went home very satisfied. A truly excellent Masonic Ladies evening in great company.
Monday 9th March will see Ryton Holy Cross Lodge celebrate its 1,000th Meeting. There is to be a short talk by W Bro M Ormiston and W Bro I Hawkes and after the meeting we will have our Festive Board where a 3 course dinner will be served. A Bottle Draw will take place. Why not come along and enjoy some good Masonic company.
The Worshipful Master Bob Lydon and his good lady Janis are holding a Ladies night on the 22nd February at Close House Golf Venue. This is not a golf club in the normal sense, but a FIRST CLASS dining experience, in a fabulous setting used by celebrities from sport, TV and entertainment. Have a look at their website on www.closehouse.com
The Worshipful Master has put a lot of time and money into making this a success and although this function has been mentioned several times at the lodge, the uptake has not been high within our own membership. The cost of £40 per head is not excessive considering what we will receive in return.
It is many years since the Lodge had a ladies Night and primarily this is a function for the members and their partners, but it is an opportunity to invite friends and relatives to see Masonry in its social side and you are urged to consider joining us on the 22nd February. Dress code is Evening suit with the Ladies looking immaculate it should be a very good night.
The entertainment for the evening will be Jason King and he is well known for “Swing and Soul”, you can see him on his website www.jasonkingsinger.co.uk
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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.