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Trinity Lodge No. 4751 – Platinum Presentation

Trinity Lodge No. 4751

Platinum Presentation

Trinity Lodge No. 4751, who meet in Darlington, were celebrating achieving Platinum for their Durham 2021 Festival target at the January 2019 meeting.   At the meeting Steven Wilcock presented John Arthur, the Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Durham, with a cheque for £1,700 on behalf of the Lodge members.  John advised the brethren that this takes the total amount raised to £33,765 and qualifies for the Platinum award.

John thanked the members for the warm welcome he received and the generous donation, congratulating them on their achievement.  John also paid particular thanks to the Lodge Charity Steward, Simon Atkinson, for his continued efforts.  Simon thanked the members for their continued support and also stated that the success is absolutely down to their efforts.  Over 50% of Trinity Lodge members are signed up to the continuous giving scheme making monthly payments to the Festival by direct debit.  John Thompson, Assistant Provincial Grand Master and Festival director, was also in attendance and explained all about the Festival for the benefit of the lodge’s newest member, Jeffrey Crowe, who was initiated at the meeting.

Simon was presented with the charity steward’s Platinum lapel pin by John and the Lodge also received a certificate and crystal award which John suggested they may want to display at the festive board for future meetings.

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Corinthian Lodge No. 5808 – Gold Presentation

Corinthian Lodge No. 5808

Gold Presentation

Many congratulations to Corinthian Lodge No. 5808 on achieving their Gold target award. The AsstProvGM John Thompson had the pleasure of presenting the Gold pin to Charity Steward Jamie Rielly and the certificate to newly installed Worshipful Master Paul Westgarth. The evening started with an excellent Installation ceremony with a blend of youth and experience, both Master Masons and Past Masters doing work within the ceremony. The Worshipful Master stated that he was very proud to be able to lead such a team of officers this year with 11 officer as Master Masons. In the 2nd Rising John Thompson, AsstProvGM & Festival Director was able to present the Charity Steward with the Gold PIN badge and the Gold Certificate in recognition of the Lodge doing events throughout the last few years. The Lodge have had member compete in the GNR, Muddy Mayhem and also a unique event Plants sale.

At the Festive board the Charity Steward was again in full flow by raising monies via the raffle and Brick in the wall cards, which also raised funds towards the Lodge achieving the Platinum status in the near future. The Lodge is looking forward to this years events with another Plant sale planned and members competing in Events throughout the year.

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Norman Lodge No. 1334 – Gold Presentation

Norman Lodge No. 1334

Gold Presentation

Norman Lodge was in celebratory mood during their January meeting when The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, John Paul Thompson was on hand to mark the membership’s outstanding achievement of reaching their 2021 Festival Gold Award.

The evening began, in celebratory mood when Frederick Colley was once again Installed as Master of the Lodge in well attended and highly enjoyable ceremony. Subsequently, John took the opportunity to remind those assembled of the progress that the Province as a whole continues to make towards the overall 2021 Festival target. John was also delighted to present Dave Atkinson with his the 2021 Festival Supporters Medal for his commendable achievement as part of the team that completed the 3 Peaks Challenge. John then congratulated the Worshipful Master and the members of Norman Lodge on their outstanding collective achievements in attaining their 2021 Festival target.

At a Festive Board, John stood to respond to the Toast and began by again recognising Norman Lodge’s huge achievement in raising 100% of their Festival target. He formally presented the Gold Certificate to mark the £21,465 that Norman Lodge has raised to date in just two of the three years of the festival so far. In addition, John also congratulated Norman Lodge upon having 40% of their membership supporting the 2021 Festival via direct debit, with such commitment ensuring that the Lodge shall hit their platinum target before the end of the festival. John also thanked Norman Lodge for their generous additional charitable contributions made towards the 2021 Festival, Durham Benevolence and also to the Teddies Appeal on the evening.

The attending Brethren then showed their great appreciation for the commitment that the assembled Norman Lodge members, as well as those who have supported the Lodge, have shown towards the 2021 Festival. In particular, in supporting the Province as a whole in raising over £2,000,000 towards the the Provincial target as a whole.

John also reminded those present of the wide variety of ways that individuals and Lodges as a whole can continue to support the Festival and the great friendships that can result from such activities.

Upon the closure of the Festive Board many of those in attendance remained to enjoy the company and fellowship of old and new friends. Congratulations to all of the members of Norman Lodge on their charitable endeavours which shall make a huge difference to the lives of others.

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Amity Lodge No. 3193 – Gold Presentation

Amity Lodge No. 3193

Gold Presentation

The brethren of Amity Lodge No. 3193 welcomed the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Stephen William Walker, to its Annual Installation meeting on Thursday 17th January at the Wearside Masonic Temple, Burdon Road, Sunderland. It was also a special celebratory evening for the brethren of Amity Lodge, as the Lodge had reached its 2021 Festival target.

After witnessing an excellent Installation Ceremony, that saw Colin Broxson re- installed into the Chair of the Lodge for a second consecutive year, Stephen praised the members of Amity Lodge for achieving its Gold Award.  He then presented Colin with a Durham 2021 Festival Gold Pin badge in recognition of the Lodge reaching 100% of its Festival Target. Colin accepted the badge on behalf of Barrie Tudberry, the Charity Steward of the Lodge, Who unfortunately couldn’t attend the evenings meeting. It was then Colin’s turn to present Stephen with a cheque for £250 to the Durham 2021 Festival that Stephen gladly accepted; he would say more about it later.

At the festive board Stephen then had the great pleasure in presenting the Lodge with its Gold Festival Award in recognition of the Lodge reaching 100% of its Festival Target (£9.936). The target amount is based on the membership of each Lodge as stated in the 2016 year book. In the reply to his toast, Stephen praised the members of Amity Lodge for achieving its Gold Award after only 3 years. The Festival targets were set to be achievable and, at the same time, challenging; something that the brethren of Amity Lodge have embraced and excelled at. 2019 is going to be another exciting year for the festival, with lots of opportunities to have a go at something new to raise money. The new Light Blues Club was highlighted along with the greater engagement with The Royal Arch and Craft Masonry.

That brought the evening to a fitting close, amongst good company and excellent masonic fellowship.

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Fenwick Lodge No. 1389 – Gold Presentation

Fenwick Lodge No. 1389

Gold Presentation

Gold is a chemical element with a symbol Au (from Latin: aurum) with an atomic number of 79, making it one of the higher atomic number elements that occur naturally. In its purest form, it is a bright, slightly reddish yellow, dense, soft, malleable and ductile metal. It also happens to be the Durham 2021 Festival award that signifies that a Lodge has reached its Festival target. Joining the brethren of Fenwick Lodge No. 1389 in their golden celebration was the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Stephen William Walker. The evening had a certain touch of Déjà vu about it for Stephen, as 24=hours earlier, he was in the same place at the same time, presenting Amity Lodge with its Gold Festival Award. After Stephen had been warmly welcomed into the lodge room by Bob Hann, Fenwick Lodge’s Master, the next business of the evening was a talk by Bernard Hope, the Provincial Grand Orator and Fenwick Lodge’s Visiting Grand Lodge Officer, entitled; “Prisoner-of-War Freemasonry”.  The talk celebrated and focused on the struggle and endeavour that Freemasons have displayed in at times  unbearable captivity. The very poignant talk was greatly appreciated and the level of background research which clearly went into it was warmly applauded and acknowledged by everyone present. Stephen praised the members of Fenwick Lodge for achieving its Gold Award. He then had the great pleasure in presenting Chris Wright, the Charity Steward of the Lodge, with a Durham 2021 Festival Gold Pin badge in recognition of all of his and the Lodge’s work.

At the festive board, Stephen had the pleasure in presenting the Lodge with its Gold Festival Award in recognition of the Lodge reaching 100% of its Festival Target. Stephen highlighted this great achievement and that the lodge isn’t a million miles away from attaining its Platinum Award.  Indeed, this would certainly be achievable within the 2 years remaining on the 2021 Festival. Harmony is a staple at Fenwick Lodge and on this special evening, the entertainment was provided by Julie Pendleton, who provided a homage to music hall with a wide-ranging selection of singalong nostalgic classics. The evening was brought to a close in a very fitting manor, in The Good Old Days style with a stirring rendition of “Down at the old bull and bush” something that Leonard Sachs would have been proud of.

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Lodge of Philanthropy No. 940 – Silver Presentation

Lodge of Philanthropy No. 940

SILVER AWARD PRESENTATION

Congratulations to Lodge of Philanthropy No 940 on achieving the Durham 2021 Festival Silver Award. South Area Director Mike Smithies had the greatest of pleasure in presenting the Silver PIN Badge to the Lodge Charity Steward and SW Master Elect Ian Franks.