Trek to Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

Trek to Everest Base Camp in aid of the Durham 2021 Festival

A father and son from Westoe Lodge No. 4750, based in South Shields, are taking part in an experience of a lifetime. In October 2016 they are to fulfill an ambition that has been on their mins for some time. The start of the Durham 2021 festival was the opportunity to raise funds and complete their ambition.

W Bro Duncan Turnbull PPJGW an his son Steven, who is now a Master Mason having completed his final steps in April 2016 within the Lodge was Initiated in 2015, are embarking on the trip to the Himalayas, trekking three high passes and ascending three walking peaks as part of their ultimate aim of achieving Mount Everest base camp. All of the passes and peaks are between 5388 meters and 5550 meters above sea level.

W Bro Duncan, only three years ago, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro raising £3500.00 in sponsorship for the Children’s Charity “Children Today”

On this occasion Duncan & Steven, having already paid for the trip, have agreed that every penny in sponsorship that they raise will go towards the Durham 2021 Festival for the RMTGB.

This incredible effort and commitment is to be congratulated and they ask if you would consider sponsoring them as generously as you can. This incredible effort and commitment is to be congratulated and they ask if you would consider sponsoring them as generously as you can.

For details of sponsorship please contact Ian Turnbull by email in the first instance:


Everyday Hero – Richard Kettlewell

Richard Kettlewell

Richard Kettlewell is in the chair of Vale of Tees lodge No.5016 and he is trying to support the sterling work the Lodge Charity Steward is doing towards our Festival target. Marie and Richard enjoy walking and this seemed like a perfect opportunity to combine that into raising some monies towards two charities. The giving page is specific to to the festival, but we have sponsor forms as well which we are circulating locally, at his work and as part of the Masonic visits Richard undertakes. The intent is halve the monies from the sponsor forms and donate to the Festival and the Darlington memorial hospital special care baby unit – Richard and Marie’s first grandchild was premature and spent a few weeks in there. The two causes being aligned to children seemed to complement each other. Richard states that Keith Schaible presented to Vale of Tees Lodge at the last regular meeting and has been most helpful in getting him more familiar with the whole Festival page and more up to date methods of donating!!

They will set off from Wallsend and walk the length of Hadrians wall, 84 miles/134km, finishing at Bowness on Solway

They plan to take photos on the way – scenery, historic Roman sites and hopefully pick out a few items relating to the stone masonry. If the photography is up to scratch, the weather is nice and there is material to work with, Alan our visiting grand lodge officer at Vale of Tees maybe in a position to help me run either a lodge or social evening when we present/discuss items of relevance/interest

Richard Kettlewell states that:

I’ve created this page because I want to make a difference. I’m inspired by the work of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation in The Province of Durham RMTGB 2021 Festival. Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the ‘Give Now’ button. The more people that know about The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, 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!