Byker Masonic Hall
Byker Masonic HallSaturday, August 1st, 2020 at 2:52pm
Province Executive appointments
C/o the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland

New Appointments To The Provincial Executive 1st August 2020.
The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro Ian Craigs, wrote to all Lodge Secretaries with an update on the changes to our Executive team.
“I have some very important and pleasurable announcements that I want to share with you but before I do that I want to extend my sincere thanks and genuine tributes to two very dear and senior colleagues in our Province.

V. W. Bro Robin David Lillie, Deputy PGM, my friend and dedicated servant to Freemasonry in Northumberland has informed me that he would like to step down from that post.
I have shared a very enjoyable Masonic journey with V. W. Bro David. He was our Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies before he was promoted to an Assistant PGM in 2012 and I had no hesitation in appointing him as my Deputy when I was Installed as PGM in 2014.

In 2015, I asked V. W. Bro David to take responsibility for the running of our Festival 2020 contribution targets and I am sure that everyone will agree that he has proved to be a wonderful success.
I do not want to lose V. W. Bro David’s enthusiasm for our Festival commitments, and I have asked him to continue his work in ensuring that the brethren receive Festival Jewels in recognition of their own contributions. You will guess that he readily agreed to that request.

W. Bro Brian Walter Denton, Assistant PGM, has also informed me that he too wishes to step down from his post.
Brian has likewise been a wonderful servant to Freemasonry in Northumberland; as a hardworking member of the Provincial Support Team and as the Leader of the very popular Demonstration Team. I appointed W. Bro Brian as one of my Assistant PGM’s in 2014 and I could not have asked for a more dedicated and loyal member of my Senior Team.
In 2018, UGLE announced that it was going to introduce ‘Solomon’ and informed all PGM’s that it was essential that the benefits of Solomon be brought to the attention of the brethren. I asked W. Bro Brian to take responsibility for delivering ‘Solomon’ to the Lodges in our Province and he has done so with determination and enthusiasm.

I feel sure that you will want to join me in saying a massive thank you to V W Bro David and W. Bro Brian for the wonderful and dedicated service that they have given to our Province over many years. Sadly, current circumstances mean that we cannot publicly show our appreciation of that service, but I am sure that we will have an opportunity to do so at some time in the future.
Going forward I am delighted to inform you that I have Appointed WBro Kevin Peter Stannard as my new Deputy PGM. WBro Kevin has been a wonderful servant to our Province as an Assistant PGM and I know that he is thoroughly looking forward to his new responsibilities
I have appointed W. Bro Gordon Craigs as an Assistant PGM.
WBro Gordon is the Provincial Grand Master for the Mark Master Masons and Royal Ark Mariners here in Northumberland and has recently announced that Mark Masons Hall has accepted his request to step down from that position in September 2020.
I know that WBro Gordon has been much loved by the Mark and Royal Ark Mariner Brethren in Northumberland and is held in very high regard both in this and many other Provinces.

When I heard that news of that pending retirement, I felt that I just could not let WBro Gordon’s enthusiasm and experience go. When I approached him, to ask if he would agree to be one of our Assistant Provincial Grand Master’s, I would have well understood if he was unable to accept but that wasn’t the case and I am so thrilled that he has agreed to bring his considerable skills to our Provincial Team
I have appointed WBro George Joseph Sanger as an Assistant PGM.
Communications is such an important part of our way forward and the future of our organisation. W. Bro George has considerable skills in that field and currently heads our Provincial Communication Team.

There is still a great deal of work to do and I am delighted that W. Bro George has agreed to bring his skills and expertise to the role of Assistant PGM

Their Appointments become effective on 1st August 2020
Brethren, as we emerge from the difficulties of Coronavirus, we face a number of challenges. Confidence will take time to recover and steps will understandably be slow and cautious, but that confidence will return, and I am confident that we have a Senior Team to successfully lead our Province in the months and years ahead.
RW Bro Ian Craigs, Provincial Grand Master
Byker Masonic Hall
Byker Masonic HallWednesday, July 22nd, 2020 at 1:34pm
Announcement from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland

Congratulations to W.Bro Kevin Peter Stannard, W.Bro Gordon Craigs and W.Bro George Joseph Sanger on their preferments which become effective on 1st August 2020.
On behalf of the whole of the province we would also like to thank V.W.Bro Robin David Lillie and W.Bro Brian Walter Denton for all their hard work, over many years, for the province. We wish them a well deserved and relaxing retirement.
Byker Masonic Hall
Byker Masonic HallWednesday, July 22nd, 2020 at 11:00am
News from the Province of Northumberland
C/o Brian Denton

All good things must come to an end at some time and that time has arrived for me to step down as an Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Northumberland.
It has been hard for me to make the decision to go but I know it’s the right one and at the right time.
I have been in office for six wonderful years and during that time I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of representing the Province of Northumberland and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
I’d like to say “thank you” to my DC Peter Younger for supporting me and keeping me right throughout.
I have been very proud to be a member and then leader of the Northumberland Masonic Demonstration Team which has raised more than £30,000 in the last twelve years.
I became the leader when my great friend and mentor Gordon Scullard passed away and I couldn’t have done it without his prior guidance and advice.
I am also pleased that as leader of the Provincial Support Team, those lodges that delivered their action plans have stayed open and built up their membership.
I have done my best to improve communications within the Province and show that using social media can have a positive impact for Freemasonry.
I was looking forward to setting up and implementing the new Solomon Learning and Development Team but unfortunately the Covid-19 virus has got in the way of all those plans.
I wish my successor and the new executive all the best for the future and I hope the brethren of the Province continue to give the PGM and his team their full support in these challenging times.
So in the words of Groucho Marx,
“Hello, I must be going. I cannot stay, I came to say I must be going. I'm glad I came, but just the same I must be going. I'll stay a week or two.
I'll stay the summer through. But I am telling you that I must be going. I'll do anything you say.
In fact, I'll even stay! …..But I must be going.”
Byker Masonic Hall
Byker Masonic Hall is at Royal Victoria Infirmary.Monday, July 20th, 2020 at 6:23pm
Royal Victoria Infirmary
C/o the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland

Some fantastic local news from The Masonic Charitable Foundation about the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Masonic Charitable Foundation

📽️ Thanks to our recent £50,000 grant to MediCinema, thousands of patients at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary can enjoy the latest films from their beds.

🏥 For over 20 years, MediCinema has been offering a slice of escapism for patients by building and running state of the art cinemas in hospitals. These cinemas were forced to suspend their services in March, but the charity quickly responded with a new bedside service.

❤️ Find out how Freemasons are helping MediCinema to isolated hospital patients to ‘feel better with film’:
Byker Masonic Hall
Byker Masonic HallThursday, July 16th, 2020 at 1:18pm
United Grand Lodge toolkit info
C/o the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland

United Grand Lodge of England has launched a new Online Communications Toolkit to help older members get online. Printed copies will be distributed ASAP 👍

To download your copy now, click here ➡️

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