Durham 2021 Easter Ball Hosted by Eanred Lodge

Black tie evening in aid of the Durham 2021 Festival, hosted by Eanred 7478. Welcome drinks followed by a four course meal, entertainment and dancing. Tickets £30 via bmhcltd@gmail.com

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Climb

The Yorkshire Three Peaks route is 24 miles (38.6km) and includes 1585m (5200ft) of ascent.

SUNDAY 14th JUNE 2020

This event has been organised for the more experienced hiker and is very much a difficult challenge that will require some training to take part. You will require some kit (listed below) and to be fit and healthy enough to take part.

The cost of taking part in this event is £30, this fee is to cover costs for an MCF branded Technical T-shirt, administration, first-aid and refreshments.


We are meeting in the car park at Horton-in-Ribblesdale car park BD24 0HE at 6:30am. No group transport is arranged for this event, but lifts may be available if you contact the event organiser – Ivan Lowther on 07714288084 to let him know if you would need or could provide transport for others.




  • Walking boots (with ankle support, not trail shoes or trainers)
  • Head torch
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Hiking socks
  • Backpack (approx. 20-30 litre size)
  • Water container (bottle or Camelback-style, 1-2 litres)
  • Food & hill snacks (pasta, cereal bars, dried fruit, nuts)
  • Gloves
  • Hat (covering ears)

Recommended clothing

  • Walking trousers (lightweight hiking trousers, not jeans or tracksuit trousers)
  • Sports top (not cotton)
  • Warm outer layer
  • Changes of clothes

Recommended, optional

  • Sunglasses & suncream
  • Walking poles
  • Light shoes / sandals
  • Thermal underwear
  • Backpack raincover

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, usually in this order, and in under 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge includes:

  • Pen-y-Ghent (694 metres)
  • Whernside (736 metres)
  • Ingleborough (723 metres)

For more information please follow this link:-https://www.threepeakschallenge.uk/yorkshire-three-peaks-challenge/

Our marshals will indicate direction and provide refreshments at several points along the way. They will also be there to provide basic first aid and help at ground level, where access permits.

Proposed Itinerary

Sunday 14th June 2020

6:30am Meet at Horton-in-Ribblesdale car park BD24 0HE

6:45am Briefing from the Festival team

7:00am Start Walking the designated Yorkshire 3 Peaks Route – clockwise

7:00pm onwards Hopefully Everyone will have completed the challenge

Terms and Conditions (Read Carefully before Applying)

  • I would like to sign up to be a participant in the above event.
  • I understand that entry is on a first come first served basis.
  • The cost of the event is £30. This is payable via this link.
  • This Event is subsidised by The Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham/Durham 2021 on behalf of the MCF. All sponsorship raised must therefore be for the Durham 2021 Festival in aid of the MCF. By signing up to this event I am committing to raise money in sponsorship for the Durham 2021 Festival/MCF
  • I understand and agree that I participate in this event entirely at my own risk, that I must rely on my own ability in dealing with all hazards and that I must walk in a manner which is safe to myself and others. I am aware that when walking on a public highway the function of marshals is only to indicate direction and that I must decide whether it is safe.
  • I agree that no liability whatsoever shall attach to the Organisers and/or The Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham in respect of any injury, loss or damage suffered by me in or by reason of the event however caused.
  • I have no objection to photographic/video imagery being taken and used for promotional purposes.
  • I hereby consent to the processing of my personal data for the purposes of this Event. Personal Data will only be used for the purposes of this Event and shared with the Event Organisers & Participants.
  • I hereby agree to delete all participant personal data after the event is complete.

To buy tickets and book the Event please Click Here

Hard Copy of Itinerary & Terms and Conditions

platinum lodge award

Ernest Dixon Lodge No. 7856 – Platinum Presentation

The Provincial Grand Master, John Arthur, accompanied by John Thompson, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, attended the Ernest Dixon Installation meeting at Burdon Road in Sunderland this week.


After being warmly welcomed into the lodge by the master, Bob Littlechild, they witnessed an excellent Installation ceremony of the new Master, Anthony Benson. On the second rising John Arthur rose to present the lodge’s Charity Steward, Tony Conlon, with his platinum pin badge. After this, the newly Installed masters first pleasing duty was to present John Arthur with three cheques, £100 for the Durham 2021 Festival, £100 for Durham Benevolence and £50 for TLC.


At the festive board, the evening’s high standards continued with a sturdy four course meal served by waitresses.


Replying to his own toast, John Arthur firstly thanked the members of Ernest Dixon for their hospitality before asking John Thompson, in his capacity of Festival Director to present the new Master Anthony Benson with the lodge’s Platinum certificate. John Arthur then resumed the proceedings by then handing over the Provincial Grand Master award to the Lodge.


Further toast and responses followed throughout the evening by Mike Cockerton, George Stephenson, Tony Conlon, Joe Laidler and even John Thompson got into the act by proposing the toast to the Master,  who has been a great supporter of both the cycle ride events and the Great North Run in aid of the 2021 festival.


A brilliant evening was had by all, well organised and planned to the finest detail.

Link to Provincial website

John Rippon – Cowman Triathlon & ChillSwim Challenge

“Cowman Triathlon & ChillSwim Challenge”


This year John is doing two fantastic events. The ‘Cowman’, a half distance triathlon in Northampton, and a ChillSwim, swimming the length of Coniston water, 5.25miles.
A half distance Triathlon is a 1.9km swim, then a 90km cycle ride, and then (as if that wasn’t enough), run 21km. John hope’s for a three hour time. The ChillSwim is an organised swim, swimming the length of Coniston water, 5.25miles, again, John hope’s for a three hour time. You’ll see him swimming hundreds of lengths in the local baths and sea swimming getting some practice in.
John has created a “Everyday Hero”page because he wants to make a difference. John stated that he is inspired by the work of The Relief Chest Scheme and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation in E0124 – The Province of Durham RMTGB 2021 Festival. Please help John to help them by giving whatever you can using the ‘Give Now’ button. The more people that know about The Relief Chest Scheme, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot! John 🙂

To Sponsor John Rippon in his x2 Challenges Click here






Sunderland Marathon – Stuart Major



in aid of the Durham 2021 Festival Appeal

SUNDAY 27th September 2020

This will be Stuart Major’s third half marathon, only his second in the north east and the first one which starts and finishes with in the bounds of the Province. Stuart started running in 2018 with a 5k and have progressed to completing both the Great Manchester Run Half Marathon and the Great North Run in 2019, both for the Durham 2021 Festival. This year Stuart will be running both the Sunderland Half Marathon as well as the Great North Run for the Durham 2021 Festival. Outside of masonry, Stuart is a rugby Union referee for the Durham County Rugby Referees Society.

To sponsor Stuart use his “Everyday Hero” page online at: https://donate.everydayhero.com/d/9VnBsuI1XS-WWF3kq-XurA/amount




Simplyhealth 40th Great North Run

Simplyhealth 40th Great North Run is to take place on Sunday 13th September 2020, places will be going fast book your place once open and when you have been allocated a place let the Durham 2021 Festival Secretary know paul.quinn@durham2021.org Do not worry if you are unsuccessful once the ballot has been drawn we may have a few spaces left.

Butterwick Hospice has again kindly agreed for us to use their GNR Marquee as on previous years many services available within the Marquee.

Click on the link to register for the reminder service.


Grand auction

Durham 2021 Festival Auction – Winners


Grand auction

Congratulations to all those who bid on the items and won, apologies to those who were unsuccessful. The Auction was a one off way of trying to raise funds for the 2021 Festival and we managed to raise the tremendous sum of £9,300 towards our target. It generated quite a bit of interest from members and some very late last minute bidding up to 11:59pm on the night of the auction. Click on the link below to open the list of successful winners.

If you have been successful you will have received an automated email from the site asking you to pay, however we have had a few issues with this and we have now sent personal emails to those members, with bank details for those to now pay.

Auction Winners





Breaking News

A message from the PGM

Brethren, as we approach the end of year 4 in our 5-year Festival in aid of the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys which will end early in 2021. I have just announced that we have passed our original target and we have now raised a total of : –

£2,752,675 as at October 31st 2019


This is a phenomenal achievement by the members of our Craft Lodges, Royal Arch Chapters and many other orders and organizations who have given their support.

Everyone who is contributing to the Festival, in whatever way, should be rightfully proud of what they have achieved so far. I hope you will agree with me that it is our duty to raise as much as we can in the time we have left.

Whatever we raise in excess of the original target will be a bonus that we can be proud of.

Your generosity, the hard work of our Charity Stewards and the numerous volunteers who are organising the many and varied fund raising events continues to excite and enthuse our members.

I express my sincere appreciation to all of these volunteers, our Charity Stewards, our Hall Ambassadors and especially the 2021 Festival Team under the leadership of John Thompson for their continuing support in the work that they do. The Province of Durham committed to a 5 year fundraising campaign and I urge you all to keep on supporting the Festival until our conclusion in 2021. I hope you all become Festival Stewards and to make every effort for your lodge to reach its potential.

We have exciting events planned for 2020, please get involved we have one year left to make a real difference.  Once again thank you.

John Arthur

Provincial Grand Master

30th November 2019

platinum lodge award

Corinthian Lodge No. 5808 – Platinum Presentation

Corinthian Spirit at Corinthian Lodge!


The November meeting of Corinthian Lodge No 5808, saw their magnificent charitable achievements recognised by the Provincial Grand Master John Arthur. John, accompanied by a team of Provincial Officers, was delighted to award Corinthian Lodge with their Platinum Certificate and Award on the evening. The Platinum Award itself, came after the Lodge members and their supporters raised over £21,000 towards the Durham 2021 Festival. Corinthian Lodge’s Charity Steward, Jamie Rielly, was also awarded the Platinum Badge by John in recognition of the Lodge, and their supporters, outstanding commitment in their charitable endeavours since the start of the Durham 2021 Festival.


The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, John Thompson, was then invited to give an illuminating video and PowerPoint presentation regarding the work of the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), as well as reviewing the wide range of charitable events that had taken place, in support of the Durham 2021 Festival, across the 2019 calendar year. John thanked all those who had given their time, energy and commitment in supporting the 2021 Festival to raise over £2.5 million to date, towards the Festival target, at the rate of over £10,000 per month!


John also reminded those assembled of the great friendships and Masonic bonds that can develop from such activities and further encouraged individuals to continue to support the 2021 Festival in whatever way that they can.


Then, to make the evening even more special, fourteen Freemasons, from a variety of Lodges across the Province, who had actively participated in a range of events such as walking, canoeing, cycling, skydiving, skiing, ‘Dragon Boat’ racing & the Great North Run were asked to gather on the floor of the Lodge. John Arthur and John Thompson then took great delight in awarding each participant with their well deserved 2019 Festival Supporters Medal. Consequently, those assembled, in the packed Lodge room, duly showed their appreciation of their charitable efforts and Corinthian Spirit!


At the well-attended Festive Board, John Arthur stood to respond to the Toast and began by formally recognising Corinthian Lodge’s huge achievement in raising over £21,000, 130% of their Festival target. He then formally presenting the Platinum Award to Corinthian Lodge’s Worshipful Master Paul Westgarth who had already presented John with a further £2150 on the evening for charitable causes.


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. Many congratulations to the members of Corinthian Lodge upon their Platinum Award, and to the medal winners for their charitable achievements !