On Wednesday 15th October 2017 the APGM W Bro J D Watts attend Derwent Lodge is his official capacity and was presented a cheque to the value of £4,250.00 which has taken the Lodge to their Durham 2021 Festival 5 year target in only 22 months. The APGM J D Watts congratulated the Lodge in achieving their Gold award which was well deserved and presented to Charity Steward Ken Cook with his Gold PIN Badge to wear throughout the Festival period.
November meeting for St Oswald lodge, who meet in Darlington, was a double celebration. The Provincial Grand Master, Norman Eric Heaviside, was in attendance to represent the Province of Durham and to witness the installation of Donald Bowen (Don). After a well-executed ceremony upstairs which was a testimony to the effort from all those involved, Eric was presented with a cheque for £250 in the second rising from Don on behalf of the lodge towards the 2021 festival. Eric thanked the lodge for the donation and advised the brethren he would say more about it downstairs. At the festive board the brethren enjoyed a delicious meal of pate to start followed by carrot and coriander soup, chicken in mushroom sauce with vegetables, cheesecake, cheese and biscuits, finally followed by coffee and mints for those who could find the room.
Eric responded to his toast and informed the brethren what a lovely night it was and it was a joy for him to represent the Province of Durham and to see the ritual work done extremely well; a fine example of how to do it right. He further advised that he was very surprised to see yet another cheque from the lodge with it doing so well working towards the 2021 festival in terms of money raised already. Eric informed the brethren that since the start of the festival the money raised has averaged £10k per week, which is absolutely brilliant. The Province is almost at £1.7m towards the target of £2.7m and that it’s fantastic to see such sure support, with St Oswald lodge setting such a great example of how to support the festival. Eric pointed out to the brethren that you don’t have to be a big lodge to be successful and advised that St Oswald had raised £33,248 towards the festival already which is nearly double their platinum target which was circa £17k. Eric advised that St Oswald lodge is number one in the Province of Durham in terms of percentage of members committed to continuous giving (60%). Eric presented the 2021 festival platinum award to Don on behalf of the lodge and he confirmed that it was an absolute privilege for him to do so. Eric then invited Duncan Maw, lodge Charity Steward, to join him briefly and went on to present him with the platinum lapel pin for the lodge, thanking Duncan for all of his hard work and dedication as charity steward and money raised. After Eric had sat down Duncan thanked Eric for attending their meeting which gave it “added lustre” with his presence; Duncan presented Eric with a gin and tonic advent calendar as a token of appreciation.
The Provincial Grand Master, Norman Eric Heaviside along with the Festival Director, John Thompson made a formal visit to Durham Masonic Hall for to present Elvet Lodge with their Platinum Award.
Once the lodge had duly opened by their young Master, Michael Snowball, Eric was then ‘piped’ into the lodge room by the unusual sound of bagpipes courtesy of Frank Bonner.
The first business of the evening was a presentation of a somewhat ‘special’ cheque, to Eric for the sum of £7500 which elevated the Lodge form Silver to Platinum, thus taking their total contribution to over £19,000, so far, towards the Durham 2021 Festival.
Richard Langton then gave a wonderful resume on the life of the recent deceased Gordon Ryan, a long standing member of the lodge. Richard, a retired solicitor, had been entrusted by Gordon, many years ago, to prepare his Will. Within this, Gordon wanted to bequest part of his estate to Masonic Charities and them to be directed by his own lodge as to where they were distributed. This, Richard explained, resulted in the magnificent cheque presented this evening, what’s more, leaving a lasting legacy from Gordon as in the lodge exceeding their Festival target well in advance.
At the festive board, before Eric’s response to his own toast, he was presented, to his surprise, a remarkable, life like, Caricature and Sunderland ‘legends’ Calendar. straight after that, he was also presented with all the proceeds of the raffle along with a £50 donation from the lodge funds, for the Masonic Fishing Charity.
Eric then replied, firstly putting on his ‘fishing’ cap to thank them, on behalf of the charity before congratulating Elvet lodge on a truly wonderful achievement on attaining their Platinum status.
John Thompson was then handed the reins, to present the Platinum badge to the lodge charity Steward, Ivan Lowther and give the Master, Michael Snowball, the prized certificate on attaining Platinum status.
The joviality continued throughout the rest of the festive board, culminating in Eric and the visiting grand lodge officer, David Grey winning the raffle. A great night and a very rewarding night for both Eric and Elvet lodge.
Silver Award presented to St. Cuthbert Lodge No. 3417
On Tuesday 7th November the APGM W Bro Stephen Walker attended St Cuthbert Lodge in Darlington for a Formal visit to the Lodge, whilst he was in attendance the Lodge made use of being able to present the APGM with a cheque for £3417, the Lodge number of St. Cuthbert towards the Durham 2021 Festival also included was £75 towards the TLC Teddies appeal.
This fantastic donation, totally unexpected by the APGM and the Festival team took the Lodge past the level for the Silver Award and as a well prepared APGM, W Bro Walker had a Silver Pin Badge in his possession and was able to present their Assistant Charity Steward Bro Malcolm Dunstone with the Silver Pin Badge.
Pictured above is the APGM W Bro Stephen Walker presenting the pin to the Assistant Charity Steward Bro Dunstone, with W Bro Nick Taylor, the Lodge current WM.
We would like you to design the front of our 2018 Christmas cards
The chosen designs will be printed and distributed ready for sale Christmas 2018. Entries will be judged on three age categories 5-8 years, 9-12 years and 13-16 years (that being your age as of the closing date of 31st January 2018).
The winning designer in each age group will receive a voucher for $50 and their design will be printed as a Christmas card, with the runner up receiving £25.
Designs should be submitted on a piece of A4 (297x210mm) paper and can be of any Christmas theme in either landscape or portrait. It can be drawn by hand or produced electronically.