Amity Lodge No. 3193
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.