The Peace and Unity Lodge were the one of the first Lodges to invite the Durham 2021 Festival Director, John Thompson and the Festival team, to join them at their Lodge and complete a PowerPoint presentation for the members.
The WM, who is also the Lodge Charity Steward, is a very passionate Charity Steward and going by that evening the Lodge will be a big player within the Festival process. Robin Middleton has plenty of ideas and initiatives that he is planning and hopes to get near to 100% regular payers as possible.
There to support the Festival Director were Paul Quinn, Festival Secretary, Edwin Jeffrey Festival Treasurer, Geoff Lewis Hall Ambassador.
Pictured here with the Worshipful Master & Lodge Charity Steward Robin Middleton.
The Festival Director addressed the assembled Brethren to highlight not only the commitment that the PGM has given to the Royal Masonic Trust for Boys & Girls (RMTGB) but to also highlight the charity itself and the excellent support given by the Trust.
The Festival Director began his presentation by explaining the role of the Charity and the myths surrounding the RMTGB and how the charity has not, for over 30 years, continued to run schools. The Festival Director informed the Brethren of the Festival Objectives and that the Gift Aid Envelopes will be an important factor along with the Chancellor and Gift Aid.
At the start of the evening, as happens at the Provincial meetings GAE were handed out to the Brethren and were asked to fill in with the relevant details to claim the gift aid. The Lodge Treasurer informed the Festival team that their collection would normally be an average of £30 – £35, however due to the use of GAE’s the Lodge and the RMTGB benefited with an uplift of £149.00 including gift aid, so a worthwhile exercise and the biggest uplift of the so far presentations.
The brethren warmly received the presentation and the Lodge pledged their support to the Festival cause.
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