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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.

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Gateshead Fell Lodge No. 4349 – Silver Presentation

Congratulations to Gateshead Fell Lodge No 4349 on achieving the Durham 2021 Festival Silver Award. Ian Turnbull had the greatest of pleasure in presenting the Silver PIN Badge to the Lodge Charity Steward Roy Young. At the festive board Ian Turnbull delivered a short talk to the assembled Brethren and Non-Masonic friends and family which was warmly welcomed.

Grand Draw 2018 – Special Meeting of PGL of Durham

GRAND DRAW 2018

At the Special meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham on Friday 30th November 2018 the Assistant Provincial Grand Master / Festival Director John Thompson and the Grand Draw organiser Andrew Foster made the draw after the meeting for the cash prizes. Tickets have been sold by all Lodges in the Province, towards the Grand Draw which were sold on the understanding that the monies raised by each Lodge would be credited to the Lodge towards its target. The Cash Prizes, £7,700 in total,  were drawn at random by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master with cash prizes been split into:

1st Prize – £5,000

2nd Prizes – x2 @ £1,000

3rd Prizes – x2 @ £500

4th Prize – x5 @ £100

5th Prize – x10 @ £20

The winners are:

Prize Number Lodge who sold Lodge number
£5,000 45346 Amity 3193
£1,000 35220 Jarrow Grange 8551
£500 10775 Lodge of Progress 8259
£500 44767 St. Johns Lodge 80
£100 28753
£100 26184 Lodge of Justice 8361
£100 42108 Lodge Stewart 4261
£100 33107 Beaconsfield 7768
£100 16042 Sanctuary 8613
£20 23596 Heugh 7773
£20 2169 St. Catherine’s 5361
£20 23492 Heugh 7773
£20 35138 Gyrwy 6462
£20 14550 Marquis of Granby 124
£20 21596 Eden 8162
£20 3961 Tristram 2415
£20 12090 St. Cuthbert 3417
£20 20185 Strathmore 6229
£20 45319 Amity 3193

Special thanks must go to our individual sponsors of the Grand Draw, the Hall Ambassador for ticket distribution and collection and in particular the Lodge Charity Stewards, with who’s help the Draw would not have taken place.

The Lodge selling the most tickets also receive an additional £100 towards there Festival target – Westoe Lodge No. 4750 sold £450 worth of tickets so they will receive the extra donation.

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Quest Lodge No. 7102 – Gold Presentation

Festive Cheer For Quest

 

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Craig Steel and our Festival Secretary Paul Quinn had a pleasing task to perform at Quest Lodges’ Carol Service. After a rather entertaining ‘alternative nativity’ play, performed by the lodge members and their partners, Craig presented the master, Ken Sheppard with the Gold Festival Award in recognition of the Lodge reaching 100% of its Festival Target.  Craig then praised the Lodge members for their fantastic achievement before taking the opportunity to explain to the partners and visitors an outline of the Festival, its structure and all Durham Provinces achievements to date. Craig then approached Eric Brodie, the Lodge’s long standing Charity Steward, to present him with his Gold Festival pin badge.