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Westoe Lodge No. 4750 – Gold Presentation

Westoe Lodge No. 4750

Gold Presentation

At the April 2019 meeting of Westoe Lodge No. 4750, in South Shields, took on a very special significance, as it saw the Lodge celebrate reaching its Durham 2021 Festival Gold Award.

Michael Graham, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master was warmly welcomed into the Lodge room by Fred Thomas, who as IPM was standing in for the Worshipful Master, who was away working at sea. After a very enjoyable First Degree ceremony, Michael then took to the floor to recognise the huge achievement of the members of Westoe Lodge, as well as those who have supported them, in their charitable efforts to date.

Michael gave the members of Westoe Lodge high praise for their fantastic achievement in raising nearly £24,000 for the 2021 Festival so far. He then had the great pleasure of presenting Ian Turnbull, the very active Charity Steward of the Lodge, with a Durham 2021 Festival Gold Pin badge in recognition of all of his and the Lodge’s charitable endeavours. Westoe Lodge currently has sixteen members who are part of the continuous giving scheme and Alan and Michael both agreed upon the importance that continuous giving had made, as the Lodge successfully reached its 2021 Festival goals.

Those assembled then broke out in to applause as they also showed their appreciation for the commitment to charity that is such an important part of Westoe Lodge. Michael thanked all of those assembled for their ‘overwhelming and continuous support for the 2021 Festival’ which has raised over £2.2 Million to date and reminded the Brethren that each pound raised would go towards ‘making a significant difference to the lives of others.’

At the Festive Board, Michael had the pleasure in presenting the Lodge with its Gold 2021 Festival Certificate in recognition of the Lodge reaching 100% of its Festival target. Michael then wished Westoe Lodge good luck in its continued efforts to attain the Platinum Award and highlighted some of the numerous events, from skydiving to coastal walks, that Freemasons in the Province of Durham can take part in should they so wish.

Upon the closure of the Festive Board many of those in attendance remained, to enjoy the company and fellowship of old and new friends alike, and all those present left with very fond memories of what had been a very special evening at Westoe Lodge.

Link to Provincial Website for Photo’s

3 Province Cycle Ride – Update April 2019

The Durham 2021 Festival – 3 Province Cycle Ride

April 2019 Update

As of the 23rd April we have 37 riders and 6 support drivers signed up for this years sponsored cycle ride. There are 3 spaces available due to a number of injury enforced withdrawals so if anyone is interested in taking part please contact Gavin Rowell on ASAP. Ride entry costs £150 and includes transport to the start line, 2 nights’ accommodation and a very fetching MCF Cycling Shirt.


With only a little over a month to go, a review of the Durham Masonic Cycling Facebook page and of Strava shows that training rides are now well and truly underway. Mileage is being stepped up and there is even some evidence of some hill training. Rumours of the occasional hill when crossing the North Yorkshire Moors appear to have spurred our riders along.


There is nothing however like a bit of sponsorship to boost the moral and to relieve those aching muscles. So far the team have raised a little over £3000 and would certainly appreciate any further support you could give them. You can visit the team Everyday Hero giving page and sponsor your selected rider by following this link:


For anyone who wants to cheer on the team during the event the draft itinerary is as follows:


Friday 31st May 2019


07.00am – Meet at Durham Services and load bikes into vans

07.30am – Bus and vans depart to start line

09.00am – Arrive at Provincial Office of Yorkshire West Ridings – 18/20 Castle Grove Dr, Leeds LS6 4BR

09.30am – Ride starts

12.30pm –York Masonic Hall – Duncombe Place Masonic Hall, Duncombe Place, York, YO1 7DX

1.30pm – Ride to Premier Inn, Beverley –  Flemingate, Beverley HU17 0NR – Overnight Stay


Saturday 1st June 2019


8.30am – Depart Beverley

12.30pm – Lunch stop at Cross Hill Methodist Church, Hunmanby, YO14 0JT

1.30pm – Depart Hunmanby to ride to Whitby

5.30pm – Arrive at Whitby YHA – East Cliff, Abbey House, Whitby YO22 4JT

7.30pm – Dinner at Hadley’s Fish & Chip Restaurant


Sunday 2nd June 2019


8.30am – Depart Whitby

12.30pm –Guisborough Masonic Hall – 27 Chaloner St, Guisborough TS14 6QD

1.30pm – Depart Guisborough

4.30pm – Finish at The Headland, Hartlepool


Just a few photo’s from the regular training rides and the victims attempting this year’s Challenge.

Thank you for all of the support to date

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Tees Lodge No. 509 – Silver Presentation


Silver Award Presentation

At the April 2019 meeting of Tees Lodge, Stockton-on-Tees Masonic Centre – the South Area Director for the Durham 2021 Festival Appeal had the greatest of pleasure in presenting the Worshipful Master W Bro George Temperton with the Silver Pin Badge for attaining the Silver Award thereby reaching the 66% of the Lodge target and well on their way to achieving the target figure. Mike Smithies congratulated the Lodge and it’s members for all the hard work which they have so far achieved and hoped to be returning with a member of the Provincial Executive team to present the Gold award which they are on target to reach by 2021.

The officers of the Lodge were more than happy to have the photo taken and all retired to an excellent festive board.

Coastal Walk – Crimdon to Seaham Masonic Centre

COASTAL WALK in aid of Durham 2021 Festival appeal 12th May 2019


All ages and levels of fitness and ability are welcome to take part and is open to Durham Freemasons and their families.

The Heritage Coastal Path is one of the most scenic walks in the country with stunning views of the North East Coastline.

The footpath from Crimdon Dene to Seaham Masonic Centre is approx 12 miles. Waymarkers and finger posts mark the route with a variety of infomative and interesting artwork along the way.

Visit for more information and to download a map.

To register to take part for the Durham 2021 appeal please email:

You can sign up for either a 5, 8 or 12 mile walk depending on your personal fitness levels.


Annual Real Ale & Cider Festival – Chester-le-Street Masonic Centre

Annual Real Ale & Cider Festival

Chester Le Street Masonic Centre’s Annual Real Ale and Cider Festival in aid of the Durham 2021 Festival will be daily on the first weekend in July 2019 from Thursday 4th July to the Sunday 7th July 2019. Normal Licencing laws apply.

This has in previous years proved to be a very successful event for all the Lodge’s in CLS and would like to see as many visitors to CLS Masonic Centre as possible. On sale will be a number of Real Ales and Ciders for you to try.

All proceeds from the fundraising event will be donated to the Durham 2021 Festival appeal.

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Avalon Lodge No. 7647 – Silver Presentation

Avalon Lodge No. 7647

Silver Presentation

The Area Director for the West region Bill Hobson made the special journey to Avalon Lodge No. 7647 to Blackhill Masonic Centre, where he had the great pleasure of presenting The Silver Award and Pin Badge to the Lodge Charity Steward, D W Graham. W Bro Hobson thanked the Lodge for their tremendous efforts in attaining 66% of the Lodge target. Below is a photograph of Bill presenting the pin badge to David William Graham.

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Wear Valley Lodge No. 1121 – Silver Presentation

Wear Valley Lodge No. 1121

Silver Presentation

 Congratulations to Wear Valley Lodge No. 1121 on achieving the Silver Award for the Durham 2021 Festival appeal at there February 2019 meeting. The AsstProvGM and Festival Director John Thompson had the pleasure of presenting the Silver PIN Badge to the Lodge Charity Steward Malcolm Parkinson. The Festival Director thanked the Lodge for there tremendous support and wished the Lodge well in there endeavours to achieving the Gold award.

Wear Valley Lodge No. 1121 – “A Night to Remember”



TITANIC “A Night to Remember”

Wear Valley Lodge No. 1121 are to hold a “Titanic – A Night to Remember” themed night in aid of the Durham 2021 Festival appeal. Includes a 4 course meal and themed entertainment. Dress code for the event is Passenger or Crew of the Titanic 1912. The cruise liner sank between 14th & 15th April 1912. Start time is 7:30pm and carriages for 11pm. Cost of tickets is £20 each and are available from

Malcolm Parkinson Tel. No. 07710 418 612 or 01388 663 456.

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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.