platinum lodge award

Ernest Dixon Lodge No. 7856 – Platinum Presentation

The Provincial Grand Master, John Arthur, accompanied by John Thompson, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, attended the Ernest Dixon Installation meeting at Burdon Road in Sunderland this week.


After being warmly welcomed into the lodge by the master, Bob Littlechild, they witnessed an excellent Installation ceremony of the new Master, Anthony Benson. On the second rising John Arthur rose to present the lodge’s Charity Steward, Tony Conlon, with his platinum pin badge. After this, the newly Installed masters first pleasing duty was to present John Arthur with three cheques, £100 for the Durham 2021 Festival, £100 for Durham Benevolence and £50 for TLC.


At the festive board, the evening’s high standards continued with a sturdy four course meal served by waitresses.


Replying to his own toast, John Arthur firstly thanked the members of Ernest Dixon for their hospitality before asking John Thompson, in his capacity of Festival Director to present the new Master Anthony Benson with the lodge’s Platinum certificate. John Arthur then resumed the proceedings by then handing over the Provincial Grand Master award to the Lodge.


Further toast and responses followed throughout the evening by Mike Cockerton, George Stephenson, Tony Conlon, Joe Laidler and even John Thompson got into the act by proposing the toast to the Master,  who has been a great supporter of both the cycle ride events and the Great North Run in aid of the 2021 festival.


A brilliant evening was had by all, well organised and planned to the finest detail.

Link to Provincial website

John Rippon – Cowman Triathlon & ChillSwim Challenge

“Cowman Triathlon & ChillSwim Challenge”


This year John is doing two fantastic events. The ‘Cowman’, a half distance triathlon in Northampton, and a ChillSwim, swimming the length of Coniston water, 5.25miles.
A half distance Triathlon is a 1.9km swim, then a 90km cycle ride, and then (as if that wasn’t enough), run 21km. John hope’s for a three hour time. The ChillSwim is an organised swim, swimming the length of Coniston water, 5.25miles, again, John hope’s for a three hour time. You’ll see him swimming hundreds of lengths in the local baths and sea swimming getting some practice in.
John has created a “Everyday Hero”page because he wants to make a difference. John stated that he is inspired by the work of The Relief Chest Scheme and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation in E0124 – The Province of Durham RMTGB 2021 Festival. Please help John to help them by giving whatever you can using the ‘Give Now’ button. The more people that know about The Relief Chest Scheme, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot! John 🙂

To Sponsor John Rippon in his x2 Challenges Click here






Sunderland Marathon – Stuart Major



in aid of the Durham 2021 Festival Appeal

SUNDAY 27th September 2020

This will be Stuart Major’s third half marathon, only his second in the north east and the first one which starts and finishes with in the bounds of the Province. Stuart started running in 2018 with a 5k and have progressed to completing both the Great Manchester Run Half Marathon and the Great North Run in 2019, both for the Durham 2021 Festival. This year Stuart will be running both the Sunderland Half Marathon as well as the Great North Run for the Durham 2021 Festival. Outside of masonry, Stuart is a rugby Union referee for the Durham County Rugby Referees Society.

To sponsor Stuart use his “Everyday Hero” page online at: