Lodge of Progress Go for Gold
There was a full house at Chester Le Street Masonic Centre for Lodge of Progress’s Installation night. David Grey, Chairman of the Durham Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity, who was representing the Provincial Grand Master, witnessed an excellent ceremony from Paul Black installing David Frew into the Master’s chair.
The new Master’s first duty was to hand a trio of cheques over to David Grey, firstly, £100 to Durham Benevolence, then the new figure of £50 to the TLC fund and lastly a cheque for £2021 for the Festival fund. In response, this gave rise to David presenting the lodge with their new Gold Achievement Certificate, then, promptly awarded the lodge’s Charity Steward and the Festival Treasurer, Mike Cockerton, with his Gold pin badge. Mike responded by thanking John Rutherford, the former Charity Steward for all the work he has done before he took over.
Following another excellent Chester Le Street festive board and a number of ‘fishy responses’ to the toasts, the master David Frew, ‘cast’ another cheque over to David Grey, for the sum of £200, which was for a Charity, close to both parties hearts, the Masonic Fishing Charity.
A great night had been had by all and it was nice to see the representative of the Provincial Grand Master ‘net’ a ‘bagful’ of cheques for all the Charities.