NEWMP News
Freemasons of the Province of Durham support NEWMP
Tuesday July 23rd 2019

NEWMP members Dorothy and Alan Hall and John Dixon travelled to the newly renovated War Memorial in the churchyard at St Ebba's Church at Ebchester. Paul Debenham, a member of the Benevolent Committee of the Province of Durham, arrived with a cheque for 1000 from their Community Support Grants in response to our 2019 Appeal.

Masonic War Memorials can be found in Durham Cathedral, St. Hilda's Church Hartlepool and in the many Masonic Halls in the Province. In the Bi-Centenary 1806-2006 St. Johns Lodge No. 80 book - the Unveiling Programme is reproduced with not only the names and details of the dead (14) but also lists the names of those who served -99 members. A total of 113 Freemasons in the services from one lodge. The photograph in the booklet also shows the War Memorial was altered after World War II.

One of the first 'extras' we added to the website was a transcription of the Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918 published by Grand Lodge in 1921. Since then we have had W. Bro. Rev. David T. Youngson's permission to add his research on Durham Freemasons to our County Durham notes. Rev. Youngson has since found through his studies that there are a number of Durham Freemasons who are not in the Roll of Honour and he is sending us these details to add to our Every Name a Story pages.

NEWMP are very grateful for the donation from the Freemasons of Durham and acknowledge their support over the years.

Also in attendance were Rev. Ian Waugh with Eric and Paul Heatherington. Eric, a member of St Ebba's Church, had brought with him the original Order of Service for the Unveiling of the War Memorial in 1922 - to Dorothy's delight the sheet included a 'Roll of Honour' of those from Ebchester who had served, never seen before. This will be added to the website shortly.

The Rector at the time of the unveiling, Rev. John George Gibson, was a prominent Freemason.

Photographs with kind permission of Ian Lowrey.

Mark Mason's Presentation
On August 12th 2019 representatives from the Province of Durham Mark Masons came to Chester-le-Street and presented NEWMP with a cheque for 500.

The presentation took place beside the War Memorial originally in the Market Place and now in the grounds of St. Mary and St. Cuthbert Parish Church.

Roy Neville and Trevor Lynn, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Durham Mark Masons, met with Dorothy and Alan Hall and John Dixon, Project Members. Mr Neville wished the Project's fund raising well and that there would be very few families in the North East who would not have an interest in this project as a part of their ancestry.

Dorothy thanked Mr Nevile and My Lynn for their donation and said this cheque meant we were nearly half way to the target of 25,000.

Photographs courtesy of Martin Schoolkate