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Johnstonian Lodge No. 9301 – Gold Presentation

Johnstonian Lodge’s June 2019 meeting saw The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Stephen William Walker lead an Area Team Visit to mark the membership’s outstanding achievement of reaching their Durham 2021 Festival Gold Award.


After Stephen was warmly welcomed in to the Lodge Room by John Dodson, as Worshipful Master, the main work of the evening began by Raising Bro Trevor Goodwin of The Spirit of Rugby Lodge 9910. After a faultless, and most enjoyable ceremony, Trevor took his seat with those assembled in the Lodge including members of the ‘Durham Light Blues Club’ (DLBC) who were also lending their support on the evening.


Stephen then took the opportunity to congratulate the members of Johnstonian Lodge upon their outstanding collective achievements in attaining their Gold Durham 2021 Festival target, with eighteen months of the Durham 2021 Festival still remaining. On behalf of the Provincial Grand Master, John Arthur, Stephen reminded those assembled of the exceptional progress that the Province as a whole continues to make towards the overall Durham 2021 Festival target and thanked those assembled for their continued support.


After the formalities in the Lodge Room came to an end, the Festive Board saw Stephen stand respond to the Toast and again recognise Johnstonian Lodge’s huge achievement in raising 100% of their Durham 2021 Festival target. He formally presented the Gold Certificate to John and expressed his thanks for a further two generous cheques that were presented on the evening, again in support of the Durham 2021 Festival. Stephen also pointed out that as a former Durham Johnston student himself he was particularly delighted to be able to share in the evening’s celebrations.


Stephen went on to thank the Deputation who had accompanied him for their support and also asked the members of the visiting DLBC, including their Chair, Matthew Pearce, to rise in order for those assembled to express their appreciation of their attendance. Stephen explained that the DLBC is a new group set up to enhance the feeling of brotherhood, camaraderie and fun both inside and outside the Lodge Room. It is is open to all Masons who hold a rank between an Entered Apprentice, to a current or Past Master who has not yet received Provincial rank.


Stephen then 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 in particular, as well as the Craft in general.


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 Johnstonian Lodge on their charitable endeavours which continue to make a huge difference to the lives of others.

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Commercial Travellers Lodge No. 5089 – Gold Award

Commercial Travellers Lodge

Reach Gold Award

Commercial Travellers Lodge No 5089 welcomed the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Gordon Brewis to help them celebrate their 90th Anniversary and to present him with a cheque to the value of £1800.00 , towards the Durham 2021 Festival and thereby achieving their Gold Award target.


The Worshipful Master Edward Jenkinson invited Past Master Alan Neil to deliver the 90 year history of the Lodge from its beginnings in 1929, formed by 25 “bona fide”  Founder Commercial Travellers, some of whom came from as far away as London and Plymouth. With the demise of the profession of Commercial Travellers the Lodge By Laws were altered in 1967 and the main criteria for membership was altered to initiate ‘ Good Men and True ”  The Lodge Chaplain Phillip Etherington conducted a memorial to deceased brethren which was followed by prayers. The Charity Steward Steven Noble then gave a summary of the Lodges substantial  charitable giving over the last 15 years.


The celebration festive board was a jovial affair and made extra special with each brother receiving a set of cuff links bearing the Lodge insignia and a laminated place mat to remember the occasion. The splendid meal which followed was rounded off with a specially baked birthday cake by Elaine, wife of the Secretary Graham Wharton.


The Provincial Director of Ceremonies for the evening,  Grahame Haran then conducted the appropriate toasts of the evening. During his reply to the Provincial toast Gordon Brewis thanked the Lodge for their welcome and for providing a very special evening for all present. Gordon made special reference to the generous cheque for £1800.00 achieving Gold status and indeed putting the Lodge on its way to Platinum. The Charity Steward Steven Noble was then asked to come forward where he was presented with the Gold Award pin badge marking the achievement. The Worshipful Master was also presented with a framed Gold Award certificate.


The evening was further enhanced with entertainment provided by Merrick Hamilton in his own unique style. It was said at the outset that to be a Commercial Traveller you had to be a “Charmer” and there is no doubt that on the evidence this evening that this is a “Charming Lodge”.

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Three Province Pedal Ride

Update to the Three Province Pedal Ride

Over the weekend of Fri 31st  May – Sun 2nd June 34 Riders and 6 support crew set off from Durham Services for a 180 mile bike ride. Gavman Rowell, Brian Bullock and Steve Piercy had planned a route from Leeds Provincial Office in Headingley to the Headland of Hartlepool, with various stops along the route for lunch and evening stays in hotels and YHA.

The ending on the Sunday was fantastic and we were all with our families. Can the Festival team take this opportunity to thank you all for your tremendous efforts over the weekend, it had been great riding and sharing some happy and terrible memories all at the same time. We thank all the riders and support crew,  you will agree everyone played their part in raising what looks like a projected total of £25,000 which is another supreme effort from Gavin, Steve and Brian and the team. This takes the cycling total to over £75,000 in the last three years.

These challenges are never easy but it’s always satisfying when the riders get finished and arrive home. The PGM & The Festival Team are grateful for the efforts of the whole team including the support teams. Our Durham 2021 Festival wouldn’t be as successful if it wasn’t for events such at these.

We intend to host our supporters evenings again towards the end of the year to thank you all once again and to give us the chance to meet up and relive the memories of the weekend.  We hope you can make it, full details will be sent probably over the summer.

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Dunelm Lodge No. 4079 – Silver Presentation

DUNELM LODGE No. 4079   

Silver Presentation

On 23rd May 2019 the South Area Director, Mike Smithies of the Durham 2021 Festival had the greatest of pleasure to present the Silver Pin Badge to the Lodge Charity Steward Mick Redpath. Dunelm Lodge recently smashed through the 66% target and are now well on the way to achieve the Gold Award.

At the Festive Board Mike Smithies thanked the WM and Brethren of the Lodge for their continued support of the Durham 2021 Festival appeal.

Photo’s of the Night where Mike Smithies presented the PIN Badge to the Lodge Charity Steward Mick Redpath with the current WM Christopher Lewin, also the assembled Brethren of Dunelm Lodge No. 4079

Ride the Dragon 2019


1st September 2019

You have all seen Daenerys Targaryen in “Game of Thrones” well it is now your chance to emulate her in the Dragon Boat Racing !!!!!!!!!!!

On Sunday 1st September 2019 at Tees Barrage – Stockton-on-Tees teams will take part in this years newest event for the Durham 2021 Festival. At present we have x2 teams competing in the challenge, however there is still time for you to get some of your friends, family and Brethren to this enjoyable event.

It is open to individuals, Lodges and Masonic Centres including family and friends who are not Freemasons, as long as they agree to raising sponsorship money for our chosen charity for the Durham Festival “Royal Masonic Trust for Girls & Boys (RMTGB)” the strap-line for this Charity, and a quote from the then CEO Mike Woodcock is “A man never stands so tall as when he kneels to help a child” 

Entrants must be over 16 years old at the time of the event and the cost is £30 per person, each boat needs up to 20 people and a dedicated “Everyday Hero page has been set up to make it easier to collect money from sponsorship.

To Enter contact Dave Green at


Lumley Lodge No. 5807 – Durham 2021 Festival Social

Extraordinary Support

Lumley Lodge in Chester-le-Street have held their Annual Social in support of our sponsored cycle events. Organised by Craig Pattison and Craig Gartside, both of whom are part of the support driving crew for this year’s 3 Province Cycle Ride, this was the 3rd such event that Lumley Lodge have held in support of our cyclists efforts.

Over 70 Brethren and their Families were in attendance for what was a wonderful night. Compered by Craig Pattison, who is also the Charity Steward of the Lodge, those present were treated to the usual favourites of Heads & Tails, Bingo and a wonderful Raffle, before being thoroughly entertained  by the brilliant guitar & vocal talents of Karl Herbert.

Craig concluded the evening with a turn at the mike himself before announcing to all those assembled that due to their generosity, the night had raised £700.00 for the 3 Province Ride, in Aid of Durham 2021 Festival – but that was not the end, before leaving, an anonymous benefactor was so moved when hearing what the monies were being raised for, to help children in need of support & assistance, that they very generously made a further donation to bring the monies raised to a fabulous £1,000.00

A huge thank you to Lumley Lodge, their families and their friends for their extraordinary support

The 3 Province Ride will get under way on Friday 31st May 2019. Training is well under way and any sponsorship support would be greatly appreciated – and just might sooth those already aching legs! Follow this link to sponsor the team or your chosen rider –

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Jarrow Grange Lodge No. 8551 – Gold Presentation

Jarrow Grange Lodge No. 8551

Gold Presentation

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Michael Graham made a formal visit to Jarrow Grange Lodge on Monday the 13th May 2019 who meet at the Masonic Hall Grange Road Jarrow. The purpose of his visit was to present the Provincial Grand Masters Award to the lodge for achieving their gold status for the Durham 2021 Festival, but also to present a certificate for 60 years of continued service to John Pike.

After being welcomed into the already ‘packed’ lodge room by the Worshipful Master, John Newham, the first business of the evening was to present John with his long service certificate. The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Michael invited John to take a seat with him in the body of the lodge to chat and reminisce on his 60 years in the Craft.

John although suffering with mobility problems over the last few, spoke of his professional life which began as a Joiner, in the nearby Shipyards and ended as a School Board Man, giving a a sprightly and entertaining account of those years and the many enjoyable years he had experiences as a member of the Craft.

He started his freemasonry journey in St Bede Lodge on the 27th May 1959 becoming a founder member of Jarrow Grange in in 1974 working his way to Master in 1980, a generous mason and stalwart of the lodge was exemplified when at later in the evening it was announced that he had donated the raffle prizes for the evening and presented a commemorative bottle of whiskey to the Master to celebrate his year in the chair.

Following the presentation, the master, rose to present Michael Graham with donations towards the Durham 2021 Festival for £160 and TLC for £50, to which Michael responded conveying the gratitude of the Provincial Grand Master for the donations, and stated that this conveniently led him in to his other duty on the evening, which was that of presenting the lodge charity Steward Bill Armstrong with a Gold Festival Award. On congratulating Bill for his sterling efforts having reached this milestone he proudly attached his new Gold lapel pin.

At the festive board a full house enjoyed an evening warmth and celebration, and after congratulating John again on his personal achievement within freemasonry, Michael then went on to present the Worshipful Master with the lodges Gold Certificate Award.

A memorable night of fellowship enjoyed by all congratulations and best wishes for the future to all at Jarrow Grange.

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Durham 2021 Festival Coastal Walk 2019

Coastal Walk in aid of the Durham 2021 Festival

On Sunday 12th May 2019 the Brethren and families of the Durham Province set off for a 12 mile coastal walk from Crimdon Dene to Seaham Masonic Centre.  The Festival Director started off the walk announcing that even before the 22 walkers and 6 marshals set off they had raised £3,000 towards the Durham 2021 Festival, and he thanked each one of them for taking on this challenge, he also thanked Ivan Lowther for suggesting and organising the event. The sun was shining when the walkers set off and the heat continued to rise throughout the day, along the walk were plenty of water and chocolate bars for the walkers to boost their energy levels, also to greet them was the Provincial Grand Master John Arthur, his wife Joan and their trusty dog, who attends most of the outside Festival Events each year.

The walkers enjoyed some fabulous views along the East coastline and all was going well, however their was support from the Coastguard in case anyone got into difficulty, apart from a few blisters and quick stops these were thankfully not needed. Whilst along the route the walkers even encountered the wildlife, with a grass snake for company. The camaradiere and crac was good amongst the walkers.

The going was tough and with some uphill challenges, not in the script when it was first suggested as a Stroll up the coast line, however the walkers were not put off and carried on regardless. With the finish line in sight and Seaham Masonic Centre opening the doors for refreshment the walkers got a second wind

Congratulations to all 22 walkers making it to the end and raising up to now over £5,000 if you would like to support these walkers please click on the link “Everyday Hero”

Thank you to Seaham Masonic Centre and to the support team, whom we could not compete in these events without.

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Barnard Lodge No. 1230 – Gold Presentation

On Friday 3rd May 2019 was a very special celebration for the visitors and members of Barnard lodge, who meet at the Masonic hall in Barnard Castle. Both the Provincial Grand Master, John Arthur, and the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Stephen Walker, were in attendance to join in the celebration of the lodge’s 150 years since consecration.

The brethren enjoyed an extremely well prepared presentation from Michael Burdess, DC of the lodge and a past master. Michael explained that Barnard lodge is the only lodge in the building not to have a traditional honours board and that the past masters are honoured by having their photographs displayed on the wall of the dining room, where all of the brethren enjoy the festive board. Michael talked through the lodge history from 1995 to date, informing of the Worshipful Master for each year as well as some interesting facts of what went on in the outside world too. The presentation was full of interesting detail combined with some witty levity too which was appreciated with many smiles and laughs and a well deserved round of applause at the conclusion, in the manner usual amongst masons.

In the second rising the Worshipful Master presented John with a cheque for £1,230 pounds towards the Durham 2021 festival, the figure being the lodge number. This contribution meant that the lodge had achieved their Gold Award for meeting the target and John was very pleased to be able to present the lodge Charity Steward, Ian Groves, with a Gold pin badge to recognise their efforts. John thanked the members for their support and said that he looked forwards to be able to present them their Platinum award.

The brethren enjoyed one another’s company at the festive board as well as a delicious meal. John responded to his toast and thanked the brethren for their generous donation, congratulated the lodge members on their 150 year anniversary and paid thanks to Michael for his very interesting and fun talk. John also reminded the brethren who were present of the upcoming Provincial Convocation and Craft meetings. Stephen addressed the brethren and told them how delighted he was to be there and very humbled to have been invited. Stephen noted that Barnard lodge is the foundation of Freemasonry in that area of the Province and proposed a toast to Barnard lodge.

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Lodge of Freedom No. 4027 – Gold Presentation

On Wednesday 1st May 2019 saw the Lodge of Freedom open its doors to welcome members and guests to its meeting in this the 99th year since its founding with all looking forward to the Centenary celebrations in 2020.

On this occasion it welcomed Deputy Provincial Grand Master Stephen William Walker accompanied by his Director of Ceremonies, D.J.Turnbull to make presentation of their award to recognise the Lodge’s achievement of reaching its Gold target of £16,848. This had been achieved by a good number of the members contributing under the Continuous Giving scheme with other members taking part in the fundraising events e g. The Three Peaks Challenge, the Coast to Coast Cycle ride etc. and various donations.

The Lodge was opened and a presentation was given by the Lodge Charity Steward , Steve Guest, entitled , “ Masonic Charity”, which outlined the many ways in which support is provided for families, children, Institutions etc. through the Masonic Charity Foundation. Support is provided for family care, medical needs for treatment not always available within our NHS, Daily living grants, Support for children in full time education, Respite Care, and breaks for Carers etc.

Working in the Province to raise £2.7 million the members have already donated over £2m with the sum of £10,000 being regularly donated every week. Many events are now being organised e.g. the Roman Wall Walk, skiing, canoeing and there is great optimism that Lodges will exceed their given target and go on to achieve their Platinum award.

At the conclusion of this very informative talk Stephen presented the Lodge Charity Steward, Steve Guest, with the Gold pin badge and offered congratulations on this achievement, which has been achieved 2 years before the target date.

The Lodge closed with members and guests retired to enjoy an excellent dinner and companionship at the festive board.

Whilst  responding to the Provincial Toast Stephen further acknowledged this great achievement by the Lodge and thanked all for a further donation of £250 . He went on to inform the brethren that John Arthur , the Provincial Grand Master , intended, wherever possible, to attend all Lodges achieving the Platinum target and make the presentation personally.

The Festive Board was then closed with many brethren remaining to chat to friends and renew acquaintances.

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