It was with the greatest of pleasure that I was able to accept the privilege of our Province hosting the 2021 Festival, in aid of The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys. A privilege and an honour indeed as this will be the last bespoke Festival in aid of the RMTGB, as from 2022 the four individual Charities will have been merged into one unit.
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 Province of Durham has always risen to the occasion, whenever they are asked to support a Festival or many other initiatives. I am totally confident that our Brethren and their families will respond to this very worthwhile Festival, which will result in a final result in 2021 of which we can all be very proud. Such an effort will not be easily achieved but our Festival Committee are determined to involve as many Brethren and their families as possible, and they hope to make all of the fund raising activities more enjoyable than ever before.
Following our successful launch of the Festival at The Sage Gateshead which was our first family occasion, I was pleased to announce our Festival target of £2,712,768. I hope that every Durham mason will support John and his team and help us reach that goal.
Believe me Brethren we come across many distressing cases, in and beyond our Province, of children who need our help in so many different ways. This is to be our opportunity to help give them a better life and an improved outlook for the future.
Please support the various fund raising initiatives in whatever way you can.
N E Heaviside Provincial Grand Master
Bronze Award for achieving 33% of the lodge target.
Silver Award for actually achieving 66% of the Lodge target.
Gold Award for actually achieving 100% of the Lodge target.
Platinum Award (PGM’s Special Award) for actually achieving 133% of the Lodge target.
Grand Draw Results from the Raby Gala