James is 13 year old and has autistic spectrum disorder.
His parents separated when he was four years old. When James’ behaviour became increasing challenging due to his condition, his Freemason father took on full-time care of him and his younger brother at the expense of his business.
Our support means James is able to take part in sporting activities that channel his excess energy. We have provided badminton equipment and have covered the cost of trips to sports centres.
James’s father says: “I am eternally grateful to the RMTGB. The support has been incredible. From the first moment I spoke with the Advice and Support Team I felt a huge sense of relief and felt more confident that I could cope with the challenges. In the near future I'm looking forward to starting my own business. Once again a big thank you for all your help.”
A key part of the gala is the brochure; this is sold in all parts of the province many months in advance, and the cost is £10 which includes the entry fee for one car and its occupants.
We also have advertising opportunities for the Gala Brochure, the commercial team are now actively seeking sponsorship and looking to sell advertising space. Prices range from £20 up to £350 depending on requirements. If you are a business and would like to be part of this exciting event then please visit our Gala Page on the website for further details.
We now have over 800 members of the Province signed up to our very successful continuous giving scheme that was launched 5 years ago by our Provincial Grand Master. As you know this money will be donated to our 2021 Festival Appeal.
Although this total is an impressive amount it only equates to about 14% of our membership.
The PGM would be grateful if everyone where funds permit sign up to this scheme and show their support to our Festival Campaign to ensure the RMTGB have sufficient funds to continue to support those children affected by distress.
It would be fantastic if all our members were giving on a regular basis.
The great advantage of the regular giving is the opportunity the charity has to claim the extra 25% in gift aid.
Has your Direct Debit finished?
Since the scheme is almost 5 years old, many direct debits are coming to an end or have already ended. If this is the case we will inform you and invite you to start a fresh mandate for our Festival Campaign.
You must remember you can’t alter or change the direct debit.
It was a quiet and glorious sunny day at Provincial Office on The Esplanade, when suddenly the thunder of Motor Bikes was heard as the Durham Masonic Motorcyclists (DMM) rode in to present a cheque for £250 to The Festival Director John Thompson.
The group was formed in January 2015 by members of Freemasons Lodges within the Province of Durham. They are the Durham Chapter of The Widows Sons of Great Britain.
The first Chapter of The Widows Sons was founded in the United States of America in 1999. The association quickly grew in popularity and spread across the States and into Canada.
The Widows Sons arrived in Great Britain in 2004 formed by a group of Masons in the Nottinghamshire area. Since then they have grown substantially and now cover most of the UK.
The cheque was presented by Chapter President Trevor Harbottle and members of the Durham Chapter, Trevor explained that the Chapter had only formed a few months ago but they were very keen to support the Festival.
John thanked them for the kind and generous donation and explained that the money would be put to good use in supporting our 2021 Festival Campaign for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys. He further explained that although we don’t launch for another 7 months the support has been tremendous from the Brethren of Durham with donations already in excess of £620,000.
The Widows Sons then had a detailed tour of The Provincial Museum from Adam Lamb followed by an ample selection of cakes supplied by Chapter member John Watts.