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.
It with sadness that we have to announce the death of W Bro Alan Lawrence Chapman PPGSwdB on Thursday 30th August 2018. His funeral takes place at Lucy Street Methodist Church, Blaydon on Thursday 6th September at 12.30pm and at West Road Crematorium. Afterwards at Ryton Rugby Club.
Monday 8th October is Installation Meeting night and W Bro Phil Davis has been re-elected to be Worshipful Master for a 2nd year. Why not send us a message and get your name down for the Installation dinner, it is guaranteed to be a good night. See you there.
The WM wishes to thank brethren of his own lodge and other brethren for their kind sentiments and message of congratulation as he received his first appointment (PPGStwd) from PGLD.
We wish to thank all our visitors last night. The 2DC was excellently carried out by the WM, assisted by his brethren. It was also nice to receive our guest (non-mason) at the festive board. We lodge will be performing a 3DC next month. Please feel free to join us.
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The Lodge would like to congratulate W. Bro. Malcolm Ormiston and W. Bro. Phil Davis on their preferments this year. W. Bro. Ormiston has been invested with the rank of Provisional Grand Registrar in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons and was invested on Thursday 24th May 2018. W. Bro. Phil Davis the Lodge's Worshipful Master is to invested as a Provincial Grand Steward at the Annual meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham on Saturday 23rd June 2018. We wish them well in their respective offices. If you able to please go along to support W. Bro. Phil on the day.