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 –

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.


bronze lodge award

Vane Lodge No. 3110 – Bronze Presentation

bronze lodge award

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.

Sponsored Walk – George Malt




It is my intention to do a walk of approximately 8 miles from Roker Pier to South Shields Pier on Saturday 1st September 2018 in aid of the Durham 2021 Festival RMTGB Charity.

George Malt is a member of Lodge of Loyalty No. 8635 in the Province of Durham, and have been since March 1991. When he complete’s the walk George will be 77 years young.

George had a road accident as a child of 4, in 1945. After 3 years of surgery etc, his right leg was infected with gangrene, which required the amputation in April 1948.

It now happens to be 70 years since George acquired his first prosthetic limb. George is the oldest of 4 brothers, who have all been involved in sport, George played football and cricket at school, and he is proud to say that he has worked all his life up to retirement age 12 years ago.

I thought it might be a good idea to attempt to walk from Roker to South Shields, a distance of between 7 and 8 miles, and incorporate fundraising for the Durham 2021 Festival.

George is a well known Freemason in and around the Sunderland area and in Provincial Office

If you would like to sponsor George and help him on his way follow the link below.

Everyday Hero page, Sponsored Walk – George Malt


BEER FESTIVAL @ Chester-le-Street Masonic Hall

Chester-le-Street Masonic Centre


in aid of the Durham 2021 RMTGB Appeal 


Tercentenary Celebrations

Chester-le-Street Masonic Centre is to hold a Beer Festival in aid of the Durham 2021 Festival and in support of the Tercentenary Celebrations of Freemasonry on starting from 7pm Friday 23rd June 2017 & 1pm Saturday 24th June 2017.

Bar will be open late with 20 Local Ales and 4 Ciders on show.

Food will be available to purchase and a Guided Tour & Open Day of the Masonic Centre.

Advance Bookings being taken and a Discounted Package is available.

Non-Masonic friends and families are all welcome.


Curry & Quiz Night – Tristram & Wear Valley Lodges

Quiz Night


This is a joint Event by two local Lodges in Shildon & Bp. Auckland

Tristram Lodge and Wear Valley Lodge are holding a joint Curry Quiz night on Monday 17th October 2016 (next Monday).

It is to be held at the Spice Lounge Bondgate Bishop Auckland at 07:00pm for 07:30pm start.

The meal will be a curry buffet (nothing too hot), and English meals will be available upon request.

During the meal a quiz will be held courtesy of the local hospital radio, and of course the usual raffle in aid of the Durham 2021 Festival.

The cost is £15.00 and worth every penny.


For tickets please contact Malcolm Parkinson 07710418612.

Crowley Lodge No. 6901 – Certificate Presentation

Crowley Lodge


The brethren of Crowley Lodge No. 6901 receiving a certificate of thanks, personally made by W Bro Sandy Mathieson, for their work on the stall at the Raby Gala raising a fantastic sum of £800 towards the Durham 2021 Festival

Bro Arthur Morton jumped at the chance to help out and co-ordinated and organised the troops on the day. It gave Sandy great delight to present thank you certificates to

Arthur Morton

John Connelly

Robert Cheel

Keith Liddell

David royal

David Neald

David Dillon

Derrick Jones

Having the backup of a team like this ensured that Sandy could do the traffic management on the day without worry knowing that Crowley Lodges contribution to the Gala was in good hands.

Everyday Hero – Richard Kettlewell

Richard Kettlewell

Richard Kettlewell is in the chair of Vale of Tees lodge No.5016 and he is trying to support the sterling work the Lodge Charity Steward is doing towards our Festival target. Marie and Richard enjoy walking and this seemed like a perfect opportunity to combine that into raising some monies towards two charities. The giving page is specific to to the festival, but we have sponsor forms as well which we are circulating locally, at his work and as part of the Masonic visits Richard undertakes. The intent is halve the monies from the sponsor forms and donate to the Festival and the Darlington memorial hospital special care baby unit – Richard and Marie’s first grandchild was premature and spent a few weeks in there. The two causes being aligned to children seemed to complement each other. Richard states that Keith Schaible presented to Vale of Tees Lodge at the last regular meeting and has been most helpful in getting him more familiar with the whole Festival page and more up to date methods of donating!!

They will set off from Wallsend and walk the length of Hadrians wall, 84 miles/134km, finishing at Bowness on Solway

They plan to take photos on the way – scenery, historic Roman sites and hopefully pick out a few items relating to the stone masonry. If the photography is up to scratch, the weather is nice and there is material to work with, Alan our visiting grand lodge officer at Vale of Tees maybe in a position to help me run either a lodge or social evening when we present/discuss items of relevance/interest

Richard Kettlewell states that:

I’ve created this page because I want to make a difference. I’m inspired by the work of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation in The Province of Durham RMTGB 2021 Festival. Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the ‘Give Now’ button. The more people that know about The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, 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!


Charity Night – Elvet Lodge No. 5631

Chris Tame

The Elvet Lodge No. 5631 is to hold a Black Tie fundraising Charity Night in aid of the Durham 2021 RMTGB Festival, to be held in Durham Masonic Hall, Old Elvet Durham. Star of the Launch day, Chris Tame is to entertain on the night included on the night is:

  • 5 Course Meal
  • Table Wine
  • Charitable Games
  • Confectionery Cart

Drinks Reception at 18:45 hrs – Carriages at 23:59 hrs – Tickets £25 pp

If you would like to join in the fun contact W Bro Ivan Lowther – Mob: 07714288084 or

Ivan states that he is “Very happy that Chris is willing to come along and entertain us on this occasion, for those who were at the Festival launch i’m sure that you’ll agree that his set was without doubt one of the highlights, for those who were not present at the Sage then you are in luck to get a chance to see him sing at this intimate event”


The evening consists of a drinks reception followed by a 5 course meal with a fillet steak main course (vegetarian or chicken option available).

Table wine is included during the meal.


Following the meal we will have 2 x 45 minute sets of entertainment by Chris Tame with a grand raffle sandwiched between them.

There will also be a confectionery cart in the foyer all evening with proceeds going to the Festival.


Ivan will be dealing with the ticket sales personally so please email, text or ring me to let me know how many tickets you require.  Mobile 07714288084 or Email:


PLEASE support this event, make it a night to remember and hopefully make some money for the RMTGB.


Could all Elvet brethren if they could donate a prize for the raffle or get in touch with me about sponsorship for the event.


Hadrian Wall Walk

Hadrian Wall

Name of participants: Richard & Marie Kettlewell

All monies will be split between

The 2021 Festival in aid of The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys

The Darlington Memorial Special Care Baby Unit


Starting on May 7th Marie and Richard will be setting off from Wallsend at the East end of Hadrian’s wall, and walking to Bowness-on-Solway.  A total of 134 kilometers across some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK (and through Newcastle!).  We hope you feel able to support them on that journey.

Taken from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham website:

“As a Province we have, for so many years, been recipients of tremendous support from RMTGB.  In each and every year we receive well in excess of £100,000, to support needy children of distressed or deceased Brethren.  The support these families receive varies in so many ways, but are fundamentally used to improve the education and preparation for adult life in the years ahead. Without such support, many of these children would be missing out on essential ways of improving their lot in life.”

The special care unit provides round-the-clock care for newborn babies who are ill or born prematurely.