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An occasional newsletter for the information of the Brethren in the Province of Northumberland

Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE
August 2008

Festival for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys – 2009

The target £2.5 million: the total at the date of publication - £2m - 31weeks left
Have you paid your £100 yet?

Reminder to all brethren:
ALL Standing Order Mandates must be sent to Provincial Office (either direct or via the Lodge Charity Steward) and not direct to the Bank/Building Society.

News from United Grand Lodge

A personal reflection by Brian Ruderman PAGDC

The 30th April 2008  is a day I will never forget. It was the day I was appointed Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies by his Royal Highness the Duke of Kent at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London. From the train journey down to meeting up in a bar with friends later in the evening it was the perfect day. Being in the presence of over 1500 masons, including all those whose names we regularly toast at our festive boards, was an unforgettable experience.

There were 382 promotions and appointments and this included brethren not only from every province in England and Wales but from throughout the world including Ghana, Nigeria, Natal, Eastern Archipelago, South Africa, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, India, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the Far East, Guyana, Cyprus, Zambia, Bahamas and Turks, Namibia, Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.

Of course there were highlights for me within the day. These included actually receiving my collar from the Grand Master, feeling the hairs on the back of my neck rise at the singing of the National Anthem and attending the sumptuous banquet at the so very impressive Guild Hall. 

The occasion is so inspiring, a view shared by the many Northumberland masons who attended as guests and supporters. It is a shame that more of our brethren can not have the opportunity to be present and to witness this meeting. However all our brethren have the opportunity to see the distinguished ceremonial side of freemasonry by attending the Annual Meeting of our own Provincial Grand Lodge and I would really recommend all those who will be receiving first appointments or promotions this year to encourage the master masons of their lodges, particularly those who have never attended before, to come and see what happens. I am sure they will be impressed.

Note: The Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge will be held on Thursday 13th November 2008, at The Brandling Suite, Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth commencing at 3.00pm


The Freemasons Grand Charity

Where does our money go ? A question often heard asked. Your Secretary has copies of The Freemasons Grand Charity leaflets describing grants made by the Charity in 2007 for Masonic Relief, non-Masonic charitable work and hospice services. The Charity has a variety of other publicity materials and services that are available to help explain the work of the Charity on behalf of Masons their dependent and non Masonic charities.
If Lodges would like to receive additional copies of these publications or require further information on any of the above services contact Natasha Treweek or Katrina Baker at 60 Great Queen Street, London, Telephone No. 020 7395 9261. You can also visit the Grand Charity’s website at and for the latest news on the award of grants visit 


Starting out originally in 1999 as a Project of the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, Lifelites is now a charity in its own right providing a full package of state-of-the-art education and entertainments’ technology to every childrens hospice in the country. This means that life-limited children and their families can explore the Internet, do their homework, play computer games, watch their favourite programmes together and use the Lifelites digital camera to make a lasting record of their stay at the hospice.
If you would like more information on the work of Lifelites, if you wish to receive their newsletter, assist in their fundraising activites or simply make a donation,  contact them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call on 0207 440 4200, or visit the website at


News from Provincial Grand Lodge

Comings and Goings

On the 21st March the Provincial Office Secretary Theresa Mawhinney retired after 21 years service during which time she served 4 Provincial Grand Masters and 3 Provincial Grand Secretaries. Our sincere thanks go to Theresa for the invaluable part she has played in the administration of our affairs. The cheerful countenance she has always displayed when dealing with the brethrens’ many and varied queries will be greatly missed. Best wishes go to Theresa and her husband Ian for a long and happy retirement during which they’ll have more time to enjoy their family not least their latest acquisition a new grand-daughter, Hollie.
The complement of the office has been increased by the return of an “old hand” Alan Rice who like Peter Danbury will be assisting our Secretary, Colin Hume, on a part-time basis.
Thanks from Brian Taylor
Our former Provincial Grand Secretary, Brian Taylor wishes to convey his sincere and grateful thanks to all those lodges and their brethren who contributed so generously to his retirement gift.
Looking to the future
Provincial Office has recently registered for the “Adelphi” system. What is it? You ask. “Adelphi” is a Management Information System that has been designed by the Provinces and developed in conjunction with United Grand Lodge. It offers increased functionality over most existing Provincial administrative systems and will provide Provincial office with the tools needed to conduct the core business of Masonic administration. The system is maintained and backed up by a team of dedicated technical staff based in London and as more Provinces join it will continue to be enhanced and improved, hopefully offering a standard membership system for all Craft Lodges and Royal Arch Chapters. It will in due time necessitate changes to the way individual Lodges, Province and United Grand Lodge interact.  


To: Bro. Stan Eadie PProvGStwd of St Nicholas Lodge No.2908 who celebrated his 100th birthday. On St George’s Day 23rd April 2008 in his residence, the RMBI home The Prince George, Duke of Kent Court at Chislehurst, Kent. Formerly a resident of Scarborough Court (since1997) Stan moved to Kent in August 2006 and until very recently was a member of the Good Neighbour Lodge No.8378, West Kent. Relatives from Northumberland, Durham and Yorkshire joined Stan to celebrate his Centenary including the only remaining relative of his generation, his Sister-in-law, from Bishop Auckland, Agnes Howland. W.Bro Keith Thompson from his mother lodge also joined the party.
To: Croft Lodge No.3310 who celebrate their Centenary at Blyth on Saturday 13th September 2008

Bowling News
Information on forthcoming outings can be obtained by contacting, W.Bro. John Meikle Tel. 0191 284 0886

Golf News
The Annual Charity Golf Day was held on Wednesday 21st May at Arcot Hall Golf Club – The first prize of a round of golf for 4 at Slaley Hall was won by a team of  Whitley Bay Masons captained by W.Bro Eddie Thompson of the Links Lodge No.7666 The 2nd place prize of a round of golf for 4 at Wynyard Hall was won by the team captained by W.Bro David Jeffcock of Fenham Lodge No.4019. 17 Teams entered the event and £1,000 was raised towards the Festival Target.  Membership of the Golf Society is £15 a year – The first outing for members was on Thursday 31st July at Blyth Golf Club. Society members will be advised of the details of a proposed outing in September in due course.  Contact Norman Hurst Tel.0191 4133508.

New Provincial Tie
The design for the new Provincial Tie has been approved and can be seen on the Provincial website. The Tie will go on sale in October at a price of £10. Full details will be available via Lodge Secretaries and the Provincial website in September. All profits from the sale of the ties will go to the NMCA.

A Gallon of Whiskey for RMTGB
W.Bros Ken Cooper and Philip Thornton of Holmes Lodge No.2571 are visiting as many lodges as possible selling tickets for a gallon of whisky they have donated to raise funds for the Festival in 2009.

Big Cheques for the 2009 Festival
Thanks go to the following Lodges for their recent contributions to the NMCA: Holy Stone No.6171 who gave £3,000, Friendship No.6675- £2000, Monkchester  No.5762- £1500, Wallsend No.2703, Justice No.4421, St Raphael No.6261, Oriental No.9371 and Per Diem No.9638 who all gave £1000, and Ridley Chapter who gave a sum equivalent to their number £2260.

Chinese Banquet at Poon’s Palace, Gosforth – Sunday Evening 19th October 2008
The host’s Per Diem Chapter No. 9638, invite all Companions/Brethren their families and friends to this social evening where all monies raised will go to the 2009 Festival. Contact: Peter Brinkworth Tel. 0191 2532553.

Brethren, do you or a member of your family have a mobile phone that is no longer used? Would you consider donating it to the NMCA in order that we can turn it into cash for the Festival? If so please forward it to the Provincial Office or send it direct to W.Bro David McGeagh, 3 Dachet Road, Beaumont Park, Whitley Bay NE25 9UQ (Phone 0191 2530518, Mobile 07870879885, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it