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.
The Secretary was informed that W Bro Peter D Jones sadly passed away peacefully at his son's home on Sunday 26th April 2020, he was 95 years old.
Peter joined Ryton Holy Cross Lodge on Monday 14th May 1990 and very quickly became one of our most loved members. he joined us from Weyland Lodge No 6507 which is in Oxfordshire where he had been a Head Teacher. he retired to Ryton, so that his wife could be near her relatives in the North-East.
Although Peter never took the chair in the Lodge he did do a fair bit of work in the Lodge and was an active member of the F&GP Committee. But when his inability to walk very far became obvious he had to stop attending the Lodge, but kept up his interest in what was going on mainly due to living just across the road and through his friendship with W Bro Brian Edwards.
After spending a few years on his own after his wife died, he sold his bungalow and moved down to London to live with his son. It was there that he was presented with his 50 years certificate by the then Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro John Watts while he was there at the Grand Lodge meeting. He was afterwards made an Honorary member.
Even though Peter lived away from the Lodge, the thought that he is no longer with us and has ascended to the Grand Lodge above will still leave a sadness that we won't see him again.
Monday 20th April was supposed to be our 1001 meeting, but obviously that did not take place. Instead we experimented with a Zoom conversation, which proved very good and it was nice to see some of the brethren again after such a long time in lockdown. We are hoping to do this on a regular basis until we can get back to normality.
Finally, when we think of Absent Bretren can we also think of all those NHS staff that are putting their lives in danger to help others and in particular our own Organist and Past Master W Bro Mavin Macauley who is working extremely hard.
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!
Talking of making a daily advancement in Masonic Knowledge, why not download the Team App from your app store to your mobile and keep up to date with all that is going on in Durham Freemasonry. It has a load of very useful and interesting information on it. Go on! You know you want to!
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.