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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


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


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.   

Mount Kilimanjaro Trek – Richard Kettlewell VoT Lodge No. 5016

Inspired by the 3 Peaks Challenge to go higher!!


On February 11th 2019 will be flying to Tanzania to trek up Mount Kilimanjaro.  Mount Kilimanjaro or just Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones, “Kibo”, “Mawenzi”, and “Shira”, is a dormant volcano in Tanzania.  It is the highest mountain in Africa, about 4,900 metres (16,100 ft) from its base, and 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level.


I’ll be following the Lemosho route, which approaches the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro from the west before travelling around to the south and circling Kibo, the largest of the three volcanoes that make up Mount Kilimanjaro, before arriving at Barafu Camp (Base Camp) the point from where the final summit starts.  This trek starts with some long walks through magnificent forests and moorlands, before the path takes us through a high-alpine desert.  On reaching Uhuru Peak, we have the glorious glacial panorama from the highest point in Africa.


The Lemosho route will be an 8 day trek, covering around 73 kilometres (45 miles) walking/climbing, with 4200m of ascent and 4500m of descent.  The impact of high altitude on individuals are difficult to predict, but the ascent will include rest periods to allow time for acclimatisation – hopefully enough time will be available!!


After walking Hadrian’s Wall, cycling Coast to Coast and completing the 3 Peaks challenge (and making a lot of new friends across the Province of Durham) the ascent of Kilimanjaro seems like a good way to continue the fund raising efforts of the Vale of Tees Lodge.  I fully appreciate that everyone has been working their socks off to keep the 2021 Festival fund raising efforts moving forward, but would appreciate any support people could make towards my climb.  I thank you all for your support.

if you would like to sponsor Richard please click on the link below to go to his “Everyday Hero” page, alternatively if you can help with funding the Trek with sponsorship please contact the Festival Secretary at for details.


Everyday Hero Page




Day 1 – Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters)

Zone: Rain-forest

Day 2 – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) to Shira Camp 1 (3,500 meters)

Zone: Rain-forest / Low Alpine Zone

Day 3 – Shira Camp 1 (3,500 meters) to Moir Hut (4,200m)

Zone: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone

Day 4 – Moir Hut (4,200 meters) to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) and then Barranco Camp (3,900 meters)

Zone: High alpine zone

Day 5 – Barranco Camp (3,900 meters) to Karanga Camp (3,960m)

Zone: High alpine zone

Day 6 – Karanga Camp (3,960m) to Barafu Camp (4,680m)

Zone: High alpine zone

Day 7 – Barafu Camp (4,680 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Mweka Camp (3,100 meters)

Glacial zone and the all preceding zones

Day 8 – Mweka Camp (3,100 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters)

Zone: Rain-forest

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Vane Lodge No. 3110 – Bronze Presentation

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Vane Lodge No. 3110

Bronze Award Presentation

At a meeting held on Friday 12th October 2018 the Durham 2021 Festival West Area Director, Bill Hobson attended Vane Lodge No. 3110 to present the Lodge Charity Geoff Duncan with the Bronze Pin Badge and Award. The Area Director then went on to talk a little about the Durham 2021 Festival and followed up with a heart wrenching story of “Orphan Boys” the local best selling author, Phil Mews, who’s parents sadly passed away leaving his older brother, himself and younger brother were taken care of by the MCF as Phil’s father was a farmer and Freemason in Stanhope. The Area Director then presented the Lodge with a signed copy of the book and wished the Lodge well.

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St Lawrence Lodge No. 6042 – Gold Presentation

St. Lawrence Lodge No. 6042

Gold Award Presentation

Many congratulations to the Brethren of St Lawrence Lodge who have blasted through their festival target. Many of the brethren took part in our sponsorship events this year which leave them very close to the Platinum Award. Our new AsstProvGM Michael Graham had the pleasure to present the gold pin to charity steward Michael McTavy. #Masonic Charitable Foundation

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Lodge of Loyalty No. 8635 – Gold Presentation


At the recent meeting of Lodge of Loyalty No. 8635 in Queen Street, Sunderland the brethren welcomed the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Simon Craig Steele, to its annual Trafalgar evening.  It was also a special evening in the Lodge as the Lodge had reached its 2021 Festival target.

After Craig had been warmly welcomed into the Lodge room, the next business of the evening was a talk by Peter Cowling which focused on “Nelsons Navy” at the time of The Battle of Trafalgar (21st October 1805) and the often-overlooked impact that Vice Admiral Collingwood had on the battle, both before and after Nelson’s death when he assumed command.

The interesting talk was appreciated by everyone in the Lodge room who showed their appreciation with a warm round of applause to Peter.

Craig 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 (£22,896).  Craig praised the Lodge members for their fantastic achievement, before presenting Farley Downs, the Master of the Lodge, with a framed 2021 Gold Festival Certificate.

Craig then asked George Malt, the Lodge’s Charity Steward, to step forward so he could present him with a Gold Festival pin badge.  Craig praised George for all of his hard work and congratulated the Lodge as they have 47% of its membership signed up to the Just Giving scheme.  George thanked Geoff Lewis, the previous Lodge Charity Steward, who did so much of the work in achieving this award.

George then had the great pleasure in presenting Craig with 3 cheques:  £508 from a Lodge Social, £414 from the Festival Smarties tubes and £855 from a Sponsored Walk that George undertook.  In total the magnificent total of £1,777!  Craig certainly wasn’t expecting that and he very graciously accepted the cheques.

The annual Trafalgar evening is a special event in Queen Street and to celebrate the evening, Phil Rann, who hails from Portsmouth, the Home of the Royal Navy, pressed ganged the Grand Officers attending the Festive Board into the evening’s harmony. Best described as a vaudeville homage, it certainly entertained everyone present. In the second act, Phil invited Craig to play his part in a delightful modern take on conditions in the Royal Navy at the time and how they wouldn’t be allowed in today’s Health and Safety conscious society.  Both acts were excellently received and brought a memorable evening to a close at Lodge of Loyalty.

“England expects that every man will do his duty”

“England expects that every man will do his duty” was a signal sent by Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, from his flagship HMS Victory as the Battle of Trafalgar was about to commence on 21 October 1805.

Trafalgar was a decisive naval engagement of the Napoleonic Wars. It gave the United Kingdom control of the seas, removing all possibility of a French invasion and conquest of Britain.  Although there was much confusion surrounding the wording of the signal in the aftermath of the battle, the significance of the victory and Nelson’s death during the battle led to the phrase becoming embedded in the English psyche and, it has been regularly quoted, paraphrased and referenced up to the modern day.

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