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Byker Masonic Hall
Byker Masonic HallSunday, May 24th, 2020 at 10:48am
News and link about Northumberland Day
C/o the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland

Today is Northumberland Day, we celebrate all that is great about our beautiful Country. Have a great day.

https://northumberlandday.co.uk/

#northumberlandday
#northumberlandfreemasons
Byker Masonic Hall
Byker Masonic HallSaturday, May 23rd, 2020 at 10:51am
Further to our post on Friday 15th May promoting the new masonic related Facebook page "Masonic Jewels of Northumberland & Durham" by John Devine, we are submitting a week long set of stories of interested on his page.

For those who are not members of that page yet we are pleased to copy our stories on this page for our members.

Please see the link below to the new page for those who maybe interested in more stories.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2012648195546127/

Day six of items from Byker Masonic Hall

Below is a picture of a set of Jewels related to St.Raphael Lodge No.6261 along with a very informative bit of Masonic history c/o the St.Raphael Lodge website. On this page you will see a further two Jewel pictures of the Lodge.
Please click link below :
http://st-raphael-lodge-no-6261.co.uk/history.html
St.Raphael Lodge No.6261 is still going strong and meets at the Masonic Hall, Corbridge Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne on the 4th Monday of the month.

The Past Masters Jewel shown was originally presented to the late W.Bro.Gordon Morrison, the 25th Master of the Lodge in 1970-71. W.Bro.Gordon in turn presented it to W.Bro.James Horner in 1997 on the completion of his year in office, being the Master of the Lodge in its 50th year. A year in which was marked by the attendance of the then Provincial Grand Master Micheal Nixon Craig, accompanied by numerous members of the Executive.

The 3 x Northumberland Provincial jewels are :
PProvJGD, PProvGSuptWks & PProvGReg

1 x Royal Arch Chapter Jewel presented by Walker Royal Arch Chapter in 1996. Unfortunately Walker Chapter is no longer.
Byker Masonic Hall
Byker Masonic HallFriday, May 22nd, 2020 at 3:26pm
Sad news regarding Bro Jack O'Dowd
C/o Brian Denton
Northumberland Masonic Demonstration Team

It is with great sadness and regret that we have to inform you of the death of Bro Jack O’Dowd PPGStwd who passed peacefully today at 2.15 with his son, daughter & niece at his side in hospital. Jack was 88 yrs old. An ex- paratrooper and a dedicated Freemason. As a member of the Northumberland Masonic Demonstration team he was responsible for the wardrobe. Which meant he looked after the candidates clothes in the degrees we performed. Jack always enjoyed travelling with us and made trips far and wide with the team. He enjoyed a drink and always had a tale to tell. We will all miss him. Our condolences to John his son and all the O’Dowd family. He lived respected and died regretted. R.I.P Bro Jack O’Dowd.
Byker Masonic Hall
Byker Masonic Hall is at Scarbrough Court.Thursday, May 21st, 2020 at 4:11pm
Scarbrough Court
Positive news from RMBI Scarbrough Court
C/o Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland

The latest news from Scarborough Court, the RMBIs care home right here in the Province of Northumberland.

Due to the current COVID 19 guidelines, for the safety of the residents over the past weeks, residents have not been able to be in large groups or have been staying in their home.

With the kind support of the Association of Friends of Scarbrough Court the home have provided activity boxes filled with fun games to do alone or with small groups from Smile through Sport.

Everyone has enjoyed keeping their mind and body active whilst having so much fun with these games.

They have also been overwhelmed with kind gifts of snacks and drinks for the residents and staff

Stacey, the activities coordinator, asked us to say “Thank you so much to you all and we hope to see you all soon

The Provincial Communications Team thank Stacey, Sam and all the team at Scarbrough Court for the hard work that you do, especially during these very testing times. We look forward to the time when the home can re open and we can come and support all the fundraising activities that you run.
Byker Masonic Hall
Byker Masonic Hall is at Scarbrough Court.Thursday, May 21st, 2020 at 3:47pm
Scarbrough Court
Further to our post on Friday 15th May promoting the new masonic related Facebook page "Masonic Jewels of Northumberland & Durham" by John Devine, we are submitting a week long set of stories of interested on his page.

For those who are not members of that page yet we are pleased to copy our stories on this page for our members.

Please see the link below to the new page for those who maybe interested in more stories.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2012648195546127/

Day five of items from Byker Masonic Hall

Below is a picture of a set of Stewards Jewels we have on display here at the Hall along with a little bit of history c/o the RMBI

(RMBI) Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution - Steward charity medals pictured :
(2 x 1953, 1 x 1962, 3 x 1975, 1 x 1979 & 3 x 1999)
The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution (RMBI) was formed from the Masonic Benevolent Annuity Fund for Men (founded 1842) and the Female Annuity Fund (founded 1849). In 1850, they opened their first care-home in Croydon called the "Asylum for Worthy, Aged and Decayed Freemasons" and the RMBI was formally established. Although it no longer runs the original home in Croydon, the RMBI now administers sheltered accommodation across England and Wales caring for more than a thousand residents. The original care-home moved from Croydon to Hove in 1955 to provide accommodation for more residents and by 2008, the RMBI had expanded to twenty residential care-homes.
The RMBI provides a comprehensive range of services designed to meet the needs of older Freemasons, sheltered accommodation, residential and nursing care in homes as well as practical and financial support for those who wish to remain in their own homes.

The RMBI operate through the generous donations of the Masonic community and medals such as these, would have been awarded to those who donated a minimum amount or more during a Masonic fund-raising event.
Our local RMBI Care home is Scarbrough Court in Cramlington and more information about the excellent work the RMBI do can be found on the RMBI website if you click the below link :
https://www.rmbi.org.uk/scarbrough-court-northumberland

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