Posted by: derwentlodge | August 19, 2014

Celebrating 100 years of WBro Harold Rutter PPSGW

Monday 11th August 2014 was an important night in the history of Derwent Lodge and special for one man in particular and indeed for anyone lucky enough to be present on this marvelous occasion.

On the 31st January 2014 the Lodge received a Dispensation from the Provincial Grand Master to hold an emergency meeting  on Monday the 11th August 2014 to celebrate 100 years of WBro Harold Rutter PPSGW the Lodge’s oldest and longest serving member.  Harold reached his 100th birthday on Sunday 10th August 2014 and the Lodge wished to celebrate this outstanding achievement.  The Lodge sent out their summons, advertising this emergency meeting, and were delighted when 70 Brethren indicated their desire to join together to celebrate Harold’s centenary. Among the Brethren present were the Provincial Grand Master, Norman Eric Heaviside, and the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, George Clark, who had visited the Lodge as recently as Monday 23rd December 2013, when he presented Harold with a certificate congratulating him on 60 years continuous service to Derwent Lodge.

After the Worshipful Master WBro Keith Walker had opened the Lodge and the Secretary had read the dispensation for the meeting, the Director of Ceremonies WBro Ken Cook asked the ‘Guard of Honour’ consisting of Harold’s good friends, Colin Urwin, Ronnie Noble, Winston Ridley and Edwin Stanger to retire. After a few moments the Brethren were re-admitted accompanying the man of the moment and guest of honour, Harold Rutter to a thunderous standing ovation by the Brethren present. The Director of Ceremonies then walked the floor of the Lodge to collect Harold and present him to the Worshipful Master, informing the Brethren that Harold was the Director of Ceremonies, when he was initiated into the Lodge, in 1981, and he was scared of Harold at that time, to which Harold quipped back that he knew the feeling as he was scared of the DC now!

Harold was presented to the Master, who congratulated him on his milestone anniversary, informing him that he would be honoured if Harold would take the chair of Derwent Lodge once again. Harold graciously accepted this honour and the Director of Ceremonies called on the Brethren to offer suitable salutation to the centenarian, to which Harold thanked them for the warmth of their welcome.

After calling upon the Brethrens generosity in the way of a collection in aid of Masonic Charity, Harold closed the Lodge in true Director of Ceremonies fashion, not missing a beat or a word!

The Brethren were once again asked to be upstanding, in order to receive the other special guest of the evening, Harold’s daughter Margaret Rutter, there to share in her father’s extra special evening. After photographs the Brethren and Margaret adjourned downstairs to the Festive Board.

After occupying the Chair of the Lodge, Harold also added a first, as he became the first official user of the new stair lift that had been installed by the Lodge in the Masonic Hall, so that members who found stairs a challenge were able to get from the ground floor to the Lodge room on the first floor and to the Banquet room and bar on the lower ground floor. It is hoped that this chair lift will aid brethren who are infirm attend their Lodge meetings. Also in recognition of this auspicious anniversary the new toilets on the ground floor were named after Harold. They would be known as the “Harold Rutter Centenary Restrooms” for the foreseeable future.

65 brethren joined Harold and his daughter, Margaret, for an excellent Festive Board of Harold’s favourites. These dishes were thoroughly enjoyed by all the Brethren present. On the completion of the meal the Immediate Past Master of Derwent Lodge, Dr. Paul Mundell, stood to deliver the toast to the special guest, by outlining his life and achievements, both personal and Masonically.  Paul also read an email from Peter Kipps, President of the River Lodges Association. In the email he wishes Harold a Happy Birthday and informed him that the greeting was also posted to their Twitter account reaching 18,500 followers.

At the completion of the toasts and being a Birthday Party after all, the birthday boy received his presents and a fabulous birthday cake on behalf of the Lodge and his many friends, before being visibly moved as the Brethren stood and sang Happy Birthday to him. In his reply Harold thanked everyone for coming, but felt overwhelmed by the turnout. He thanked the Brethren of the Lodge for their friendship over the years and Margaret, well just for being there!

At 10pm Harold and his daughter took their leave, mentioning that even at the age of 100 years old he still needed his beauty sleep! He left to a standing ovation!

All of the Brethren present on this magnificent occasion had spent the evening in the company of a very special man and Mason and a true gentleman in every sense of the word!

 

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Posted by: derwentlodge | December 30, 2013

110 Years in Freemasonary

50 Years WBro Joseph Leslie Laverick & 60 Years WBro Harold Rutter

The Provincial Depution50 Years in Freemasonry is a special occasion for any Brother, 60 years is even more remarkable; combine the two together and present certificates for each on the same night is wonderful occasion.

And so it was at the Christmas meeting of our Lodge when a Provincial Deputation led by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VWBro  George Clark  PGSwdB attended to present two certificates for two incredible landmarks. Celebrating 50 years was WBro Les Laverick and 10 years his senior in Masonic terms was WBro Harold Rutter.

WBro Les Laverick was initiated into Derwent Lodge on the 18th December 1963, passed to the Degree of a Fellowcraft on the 25th March 1964, and raised to the sublime Degree of a Master Mason on the 26th June 1964. He was Installed as Master of the Lodge on the 24th October 1979 and appointed to Provincial rank PPAGDC in 1988.  He was a Founder Member of Derwent RA Chapter on the 18th March 1978.

He was proposed by WBro James Halkier, the local chemist, and seconded by his father, Bro Robert Laverick. In remembrance of their father, Les, his brother Robert, who was also a member of the Lodge, and another brother Tommy, who was a member of St Luke’s Lodge No. 6564 in Wallsend, donated the Volume of the Sacred Law which is in regular use in Derwent Lodge and has seen many a Brethren Initiated and many a Master Installed in its years.

50 Year Presentation

After the Lodge had been opened in due form and the Deputation had been admitted and the usual salutation given, VWBro George Clarke  the Deputy Provincial Grand Master then had the pleasant  duty of presenting a certificate for WBro Les Laverick to mark 50 years service. Sadly WBro Les could not be present to receive his certificate due to failing health.  VWBro Clark then gave details of his working career and Masonic achievements and informed the Brethren that he has been a valuable servant to the Lodge over his many years service. The certificate was presented to the WM WBro Keith Walker  for the Lodge’s very own deputation to present it to him personally at the Manor House Nursing Home in Whickam where he now resides.

WBro Harold Rutter PPSGW was initiated into Derwent Lodge No 4250 on the 23rd December 1952 his 10th wedding anniversary, past to the Degree of a Fellowcraft on the 24th March 1954 and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on the 23rd June 1954. He was proposed by WBro Fred Cowan’s brother, Bro George Cowan, and seconded by Octavius “Ockie” Nevin (the local bookie).
He was installed Master of the Lodge in October 1970 and appointed to Provincial rank PPJGD in1980 and promoted to PPSGW in 2004. Harold was DC for 9 years from 1975 – 84. From 1990 to 2011, for the purpose of Installation, Harold was IG 6 times, JW 3 times and SW 10 times (a fine achievement). He has given the Traditional history on more occasions than we can remember, and most recently in June 2010 and February 2011. He was exalted into Royal Arch Masonry on the 10th October 1979.

Presentation of 60 Year Certificate

VWBro George Clark then presented the certificate to mark 60 years service and invited WBro  Harold to join him in the centre of the Lodge, sitting facing each other in a relaxed format when they reminisced on a truly magnificent Masonic and working career.  He told the Brethren that he had been actively involved in Freemasonry before he even knew it, once a month, one of his school teachers, in his last year at school used to task him with folding paper in to envelopes, attaching labels, envelopes he later found out contained Lodge Summons, it turned out his teacher had been assistant Secretary of his Lodge and by default he was Assistant to the Assistant Secretary before he was ever Initiated. He also informed the Brethren that he had been actively involved in the 2nd World War as a Gunner in the Navy. VWBro Clarke then congratulated him on a wonderful Masonic career and wished him more happy years in Freemasonry. WBro Rutter then presented a cheque for £300.00 to VWBro Clark which is to be credited to Durham Benevolence and thanked him for the presentation and the Brethren for making it such a memorable occasion. VWBro Clark then thanked WBro Rutter for the most generous cheque.

60 Year Presentation

Personalised Cake

At the Festive Board that followed WBro DavidRailson PAGSwdB gave a moving tribute and toast to WBro Harold and presented him with an inscribed Carriage Clock, WBro Ian Campbell PProvJGD SW then presented him with a Personalised Christmas Cake showing Harold in his Regalia with Masonic Symbols. WBro Harold responded to the toast and thanked the Lodge for the presentation helping to make it such a memorable occasion for him and he looks forward to many more happy times ahead.

On the 9th January 2014 the WM and a deputation of Dewent Brethren made a special visit to Manor House Nursing Home, his wife Dorothy and his daughter Dianne were also present. The WM WBro Keith Walker then read out and presented WBro Les with his 50 Year Certificate and thanked him for his service to the Lodge over the years. WBro Dr Paul Mundell then gave details of his Masonic achievements over the years and presented him with a book on the “History of Chopwell”. The Secretary Bro Winston Ridley then presented his wife Dorothy with a bouquet of flowers and thanked her for all the work that she had done for the Lodge Social Evenings. Everyone  had a wonderfull afternoon together and enjoyed the afternoon tea which was very kindly provided by the Home.  WBro Les’s wife Dorothy thanked everyone for making the afternoon so special for the family.

Posted by: derwentlodge | April 14, 2013

Presentation of R L A Certificate and Burns Night February 2013

TopOn the 27th February 2013 The W.M. W.Bro Dr Paul A.Mundell  welcomed W.Bro John M.Y.Wood of the River Lodges Association to Derwent Lodge. W.Bro Woods informed the W.M. that he was very pleased to be present in the Lodge as he had the honour of presenting Derwent Lodge with its Joining Member Certificate of the River Lodges Association. W.Bro Wood informed the Brethren that to become a member of the Association a Lodge has to be named after or connected with a river in the UK or abroad, W.Bro Wood then outlined the aims of the Association. The W.M. then thanked W.Bro Wood for the Presentation.

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Top-001At the Festive Board the Lodge held a Burns Night Supper in celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robbie Burns.The haggis entered the Dining Room to piped music and the Address to the Haggis was given by W.Bro Ken Cook who also gave the Immortal Memory and everyone drank to the toast to Robbie Burns. W.Bro Dr Paul Mundell W.M. recited Burns poetry.

Posted by: derwentlodge | November 10, 2012

Vulcan Traveling Gavel

W.Bro David Miller W.M. Vulcan Lodge No. 5757 presenting the Vulcan Travelling Gavel to W.Bro Dr Paul A.Mundell PPGReg

On Wednesday 24th October 2012 at the Installation of W.Bro Dr Paul A.Mundell PPGReg the Vulcan Travelling Gavel was presented to him from W.Bro David Miller W.M. Vulcan Lodge No. 5757.  The Vulcan Lodge No. 229 Traveling Gavel is in its seventh year and has now traveled over 73,000 miles to 178 Lodges in five countries on four continents plus traveled on a cruise of the Caribbean and been held by eighteen Grand Masters. It was presented to Rt WBro Norman Eric Heaviside Provincial Grand Master W.M. of Benfeldsyde Lodge No. 7807 at their 50th Anniversary of their Consecration.

On the 11th November 2012 W.Bro Dr Paul A.Mundell presented  the Vulcan Travelling Gavel to W.Bro Andrew Gailes WM Conside Lodge No.7179.

Vulcan Lodges :- The start of the Travelling Gavel

Vulcan No. 229     Kansas USA

Vulcan No. 3181   London

Vulcan No. 4382  Alfreton Derbyshire

Vulcan No. 4510  Middlesbrough

Vulcan No. 5757  Blackhill Durham

Vulcan No. 74      Alberta Canada

Vulcan No. 498    Bristow Iowa USA

W.Bro Dr P.A.Mundell presenting W.Bro Andrew Gailes Conside Lodge with the Vulcan Travelling Gavel 1th November 2012

W.Bro Dr P.A.Mundell PPGReg WM Derwent Lodge No. 4250 presenting W.Bro Andrew Gailes WM  Conside Lodge No. 7179 with the Vulcan Travelling Gavel on the 11th November 2012

Posted by: derwentlodge | October 7, 2012

50 Year Presentation

50 Year Presentation to W.Bro Bill Ellis MSc PPGStB 26th September 2012

W.Bro George Clark PSGD Deputy PGM Presenting W.Bro Bill Ellis MSc PPGStB with his 50 year Certificate

W.Bro Bill Ellis MSc PPGStB was initiated into Rowlands Gill Lodge No 4648 on the 6th June 1962 past to the Degree of a Fellowcraft on the 6th November 1962 and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on the  6th February 1963.

He was Installed Master of Rowlands Gill Lodge in 1974, 2006 and 2007, receiving Provincial Honour Past Provincial Grand Standard Bearer in 1984. He joined Derwent Lodge No 4250 on the 19th December 2007 and was Installed Master in 2011. He was exalted into Rowlands Gill Royal Arch Chapter No 4694 on the 11th May 1967 and was Installed as “Z” in 1979, 1996 and 2008 receiving Provincial Honours 1986 – Provincial Deputy Grand Registrar he was promoted 1997 – Past Provincial Grand Registrar and again in 2005 to Past Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah. He joined Derwent Royal Arch Chapter on the 11th June 2008.

W.Bro George Clark PSGD Deputy Provincial Grand Master presented the certificate to mark 50 years service and invited W.Bro Ellis to vacate his chair and join him in the centre of the Lodge, sitting facing each other in a relaxed format when they discussed his working career, his passion of dancing shared with his wife Jane and his Masonic career, the Royal Arch Chapter he sees as the pinnacle of Freemasonry. He then congratulated him on a wonderful Masonic career and wished him many more happy years in Freemasonry.

At the Festive Board that followed W.Bro T.W.D.Railson PAGSwdB gave a moving tribute and toast to W.Bro Bill and presented him with pair of Crystal Brandy Glasses together with a bottle of Brandy. W.Bro Bill responded to the toast and thanked the Lodge for the presentation helping to make it such a memorable occasion for him.

Posted by: derwentlodge | March 23, 2012

Burns Night 2012

On Wednesday 25th January 2012 at the Festive Board the Lodge held a Burns Night Supper in celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robbie Burns.

The haggis entered the Dining Room to piped music and the Address to the Haggis was given by W.Bro Ken Cook who also gave the Immortal Memory and everyone drank to the toast to Robbie Burns. W.Bro Dr Paul Mundell recited Burns poetry.

Posted by: derwentlodge | April 3, 2011

50 Year Presentation

50 Year Presentation to W.Bro Alan Cox PPJGW 26th January 2011

W.Bro G Clark PSGD Asst PGM Presenting W.Bro Alan Cox PPJGW with his 50 Year Certificate

W.Bro Alan Cox PPJGW was initiated into Derwent Lodge on the 28th December 1960 past to the Degree of a Fellowcraft on the 23rd March 1961 and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on the 28th June 1961.

He was Installed Master of the Lodge in October 1974 and appointed to Provincial rank Past Provincial Senior Grand Deacon in 1984 and subsequently promoted to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 1990. In 1978 he was appointed Lodge Almoner an office he served extremely well for 17 years. He was exalted into Rowlands Gill Royal Arch Chapter No 4694 and was Installed as “Z” in 1978, 1995 and 2007. He was a Founder Member of Derwent Royal Arch Chapter which was Consecrated on the 18th March 1978 and was Installed as “Z” in 1982. He was appointed the Chapter Almoner in 1996 an Office he served for 5 Years.

W.Bro Alan’s brother Jack was also a member of Derwent Lodge and was Master of the Lodge in1973,when he Initiated W.Bro Alan’s son Brian into the Lodge on the 28th November 1973 who was Installed as Master of the Lodge in 1985.

W.Bro George Clark PSGD Asst Provincial Grand Master presented the certificate to mark 50 years service and gave details of his working career and congratulated him on a wonderful Masonic career and wished him many more happy years in Freemasonry.

At the Festive Board that followed W.Bro T.W.D.Railson PAGSwdB gave the toast to W.Bro Alan Cox and presented him with an inscribed crystal glass and a bottle of Whisky. W.Bro Alan responded to the toast and thanked the Lodge for the presentation helping to make it such a memorable occasion for him.

Posted by: derwentlodge | April 3, 2011

40 Year Presentation

40 Year Presentation to Bro Edwin Stanger PProvGStwd 15th December 2010

Bro Edwin Stangers 40th Year Presentation with W.Bros Alan Nixon SW 1970, Bob Cook WM and Harold Rutter WM 1970

At their Festive Board On the 15th December 2010 W.Bro’s Harold Rutter and Alan Nixon presented Bro Edwin Stanger with an inscribed crystal glass and a bottle of whisky in recognition of 40 years service and his 37th year as Lodge Organist, which is an excellent achievement.

W.Bro Harold Rutter was W.M. and W.Bro Alan Nixon was S.W. when Bro Edwin was initiated into Derwent Lodge on the 23rd December 1970 past to the Degree of a Fellowcraft on the 24th March 1971 and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on the 23rd June 1971.

Bro Edwin was Appointed & Invested Organist of the Lodge in 1974 by the W.M. W.Bro Alan Cox who was also present on this occasion. He was appointed to Provincial Rank ProvGStwd in 1985

Bro Stanger responded to the toast and thanked the Lodge for the presentation, helping to make it such a memorable occasion for him.

Posted by: derwentlodge | April 3, 2011

New Website Launched

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