Readers may remember, back in August, when Northumberland Freemasons reported on the magnificent achievement of W.Bro Charles Harrison on reaching sixty years of uninterrupted service in the Craft.
Well Charles is back in the news again when, at the recent October meeting of Lodge De Ogle No.636, which meets at Morpeth Masonic Hall, after presenting a lecture with regards two brethren who secured the future of Freemasonry in Morpeth, he was presented with a vintage Regency style candle holder, approximately sixty years old, in recognition of his sixty years in the Craft.
The candle holder, presented by the Lodge Director of Ceremonies, John Bell, is mounted on an inscribed oak plinth, crafted by Bro. James Newland, and made from part of a hundred year old prayer kneeler from the Church of St James the Great, where Charles has worshipped all of his life.
Charles subsequently thanked John for his exceedingly generous personal gift and, with his blessing, requested that it should ever remain in the Lodge, to be displayed in front of the Lodge Chaplain at the Festive Board, to be lit by the Director of Ceremonies at the announcement of the Toast to Absent Brethren, and after the Ode to be extinguished by the Chaplain.
In addition Charles also requested that it should ever be known as “The Light Of Hope”.
Many thanks to W.Bros Charles Harrison and Don Mackenzie for the submission of this article.
Congratulations once again to Charles, from all at Northumberland Freemasons for your magnificent achievement.
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