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Celebrating 50 years in Masonry.

On Friday 4″‘ October 2019, W Bro Malcolm J Dabbs PSGD PAPGM presented WBro John J Duffed PPJGW with his certificate marking 50 years of service to Freemasonry

W Bro John has been a dedicated Mason since being initiated into Padley Lodge No 6379 in double ceremony with his brother Jim on 25th June 1969, both being passed on 24th June 1970. He was raised on 22″‘° September 1971being followed by his brother a month later.

John was born in Stockton-on-Tees, and was brought up in Sheffield, and after qualifying as a Chartered Mechanical Engineer in 1972, he continued his studies in order to meet the requirements of the Institution of MechanicalEngineers.
In 1975 he and his wife Jean, moved to Teesside to live in Great Ayton, whilst John worked at British Steel at Redcar. He joined Cleveland Lodge No 543 in 1981 and progressed through the chair in 2002.
Daughter Claire was born in 1979 and son Adrian in 1982, and they both went to universities in Scotland.
John went on to be elected a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1995, and achieved 50 years membership in 2015.

Around 1992/3 several Masons together to examine the possibility of forming a lodge in Great Ayton, and in February 1996 Ayton Lodge was consecrated in Afton Hall in the Friends School in Great Ayton on Sat 10th February 1996, by His Honour Judge Gerald Coles QC. John was a Founder Member and was invested as Senior Warden

In Feb 1997 John took the chair of Ayton Lodge, and was informed during the summer recess that the Friends School was closing and that Anyton Lodge  would have to find a new place to meet in October.
Eventually it was decided to move our Lodge into the WI Hall in Great Ayton, where we have acquired the name of the “flat pack” Lodge [all our Lodge furniture and artefacts being stored in two cupboards in the WI Hall.) We continue to meet in the Hall and we have to thank both John and his wife Jean, who is heavily involved with Great Ayton WI, for all their hard work, along with that of other Ayton Lodge members and their wives who are WI members, for the success of the Lodge over the last 22 years

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