Fenwick Lodge No. 1389
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.