My name is Nigel Watson, and I was the Worshipful Master of City Lodge of Freemasons 3568 from February 2016 to February 2017 and have been a Mason since January 2008. I have an interest in History and enjoy taking part in the rituals carried out in our ceremonies. I enjoy meeting up with like-minded gentlemen from all walks of life, both in our Lodge and in many others whilst out visiting. I have occupied all the chairs in the Lodge since joining and last year achieved the pinnacle of Freemasonry as Master of my Lodge.
I was born in Kings Cross London and moved up to Durham in 1975 getting married in 1978. I have three children. I was a Police Officer in the Metropolitan Police for 2 years working in the West End before transferring up to Durham in 1975. During my time with the police I worked on the Dog Section for about 20 years handling both General Purpose Dogs (German Shepherds) and Narcotic Detection Dogs(Springer Spaniel). I ended my service in the force Emergency Control Room handling calls from the public and dispatching officers to incidents. I retired from the force in 2004 and gained employment as a Civilian working in the Control Room, where I remained up until December 2013 when I retired. At present I am enjoying my retirement spending more time with my family. My hobbies include holidays with my family and keeping active through walking and cycling. I have always enjoyed helping others and this led me to joining Freemasonry. I now have 4 grandchildren and enjoy spending my retirement looking after them whenever required. I really enjoy my cycling and am doing the Coast to Coast in June on behalf of the Durham 2021 festival raising money for the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) and with the added bonus of losing weight put on during my year in the Chair.
I have been appointed as the Benevolent Representative for the Lodge with the responsibility of giving assistance/advice when Brethren require it and keeping the Brethren updated with the work of the MCF and the Benevolent Committee in the Province. My main role in the Lodge for the ensuing year is to assist the Worshipful Master whenever possible and assist in other roles whenever required. I am also receiving Provincial Honours in June becoming a Past Provincial Grand Steward – a role which will ultimately assist in my future development as the possible ADC or DofC within the Lodge.