Hall given a goodbye gift

The Castle Wardens Chapter present a cheque to Ponteland Memorial Hall.
The Castle Wardens Chapter present a cheque to Ponteland Memorial Hall.

A MASONIC organisation in Ponteland has supported two worthy causes with its final act.

Following the closure of the Castle Wardens Chapter, a decision had to be made for the disposal of its assets, including its remaining funds.

The members decided that Ponteland Memorial Hall, which had hosted their meetings, would appreciate such a gift and it recently received a cheque for £2,000. It had previously been awarded donations from masonic funds for the provision of new windows.

Another cheque for more than £1,800 has been given to the Royal Masonic Trust for Boys and Girls – a charity that offers support to young people in a multitude of projects, including many in Northumberland.

The Memorial Hall presentation at Ponteland Golf Club was made to Eric Marshall, Chairman of the Hall, accompanied by committee members David Cobb and Dr Peter Burnett, by Comp John Hancock and E Comp Raymond Tipping.

Mr Tipping, a former secretary of the Castle Wardens Chapter, said: “Formed in 1978 from the three masonic lodges in Ponteland, the closure was a sad decision that the current Companions had to make. 

“They were all very anxious to know that funds generated over the years would be put to good use and on advice from the Northumberland province, they were encouraged to include community projects in their donations.

“It was decided that the Memorial Hall would be a well-deserving recipient of part of the funds because of its importance to Ponteland.”

In 1978, a total of 25 founder members established the Chapter, which had an annual subscription of £10.

There are only two founders still alive and they are both active in masonic circles.

Three lodges continue in Ponteland. Meeting in the Memorial Hall, their members remain active in the community.