Sponsorship needed for a Hairy Past Master !

W.Bro. Peter M. Robinson, Past Master of Eden Lodge No. 8162, Castle Eden, is currently recovering from a drastic hair cut scenario. Having been identified as a member of the community who had to go in to lock down period for the thirteen weeks due to Covid 19, unfortunately the week he was allowed to return to ‘normal life’ and to get a haircut {what a coincidence} he became seriously ill, admitted to North Tees General Hospital where he had to undergo immediate surgery to have his colon and upper stomach removed, which resulted in another six weeks of hospital care in isolation. Over the period, as you may tell from the photograph his has suffered from severe hair growth! As a result, to make a good of his endeavours to recovery it is felt that a sponsored hair and beard cut would be a positive appropriate action which would contribute to the Durham Province Charity Festival for Masonic Boys and Girls.

Please donate to this hairy mess and lets get him sorted, looking good for the road to recovery while supporting our worth while charity! Please pledge your support and sponsorship !

To donate and sponsor Peter Robinson please click here

Weardale Freemasons – Helping the NHS Visor appeal

The Freemasons of Weardale and Stanhope were asked for help and they came up trumps in the most difficult times. 

Around early April 2020 Bro Alan Anderson of Stanhope lodge 3520 enquired if the Freemasons could help in anyway to aid in the fight against Covid-19 or help anyone affected by it. Bill Hobson took on the challenge and stated he would think about what could be done. Just a few hours later Bill saw a request from Gaz Lee, who is not a Freemason, asking for financial assistance in purchasing material to enable him to make visors which he was giving to local hospitals. After doing a few checks Bill got in touch and the Freemasons of Weardale have enabled him to purchase sufficient material to produce over 2000 of the visors, of which some have been delivered to the Stanhope Community Hospital and others have been delivered to Darlington Memorial and Durham UHND hospitals by the Freemasons of Weardale Bro Alan Anderson took it upon himself to deliver them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy to receive the Visors at Stanhope Community Hospital were Jackie Hunter, Tina Marshall, Andrea Barbour, Julie Hodgson & Julie Richardson from Alan Anderson.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTER AND THE 2021 FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

John Arthur Provincial Grand Master

John Arthur Provincial Grand Master

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TEXT your support by texting DURHAM to 70500 to donate £5

A MESSAGE FROM THE PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTER AND THE 2021 FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

Dear Sir and Brother

We hope this message finds you well and safe at this difficult time. The past few weeks have been a major concern for us all and we have not seen the worst of it yet if you follow the news. The encouraging thing is that once again the nation seems to be acting as one in support of our National Health service and emergency organisations. Hopefully this “unified response of appreciation” for these key workers will last for long after this pandemic is dealt with.

This year was to be our final push in support of the 2021 Festival and so many of you were excited to be a part of it. The next few months will continue to be challenging for the country and many may need to call on The Masonic Charitable Foundation for support. The funds we have raised to date over the last 4 years I’m sure will be put to good use if called upon.

As the safety and wellbeing of our families, friends and fellow Freemasons is our main priority, we have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone or cancel some of our events which are detailed below. If the event is cancelled, all those who have made sponsorships should have their donations returned, if they wish. There is no reason why you cannot ask your donors if they would like to leave their donation standing and in support of the charity, but the option to return it must be offered.

If you have paid an entrance fee or a deposit please get in touch if you wish for it to be donated in your name to the MCF or, if you require a refund please contact Paul Quinn by email at: paul.quinn@durham2021.org

For all postponed events we will keep the sponsorship going until the event is concluded.

  • 15th April - Archery Event – Cancelled.
  • 18th April - Eanred Lodge Ladies’ night for the 2021 Festival – Postponed to a future date
  • 26th April - Lanchester Railway Walk (Alden Grange to Blackhill, @ 12miles Postponed (until late Sept / Oct).
  • 23rd May - Plant Sale at Shildon hosted by Corinthian Lodge Sale conditions to be altered - details to be provided asap.
  • 27th-31st - May London UGLE – Paris Eiffel Tower cycle ride Postponed until late September.
  • 12th June - Ladies that Leap, Tandem Sky Dive - Postponed (date to confirm asap).
  • 14th June - 24 Peaks Climbing Challenge – Cancelled.
  • 2nd-5th July - Chester Le Street Beer & Cider Festival – Postponed (date to confirm asap).
  • 13th September - Great North Run – The Organisers currently plan to go ahead with this event.
  • 13th September - Dragon Boat Race – The Organisers currently plan to go ahead with this event.

2020 Grand Raffle

All lodges should now have tickets; we recommend that ticket sales are suspended until further notice. It is our intention to postpone the draw date until early 2021. This will give sufficient time to sell our allocation of tickets. For any tickets sold to date we have been given the advice by the Sunderland Council to “Make all reasonable efforts to inform those to whom we have, or intend to sell tickets to, that the date of the draw will be postponed (by a reasonable time) due to the Covid19 virus". A new draw date will be determined when we return from this enforced recess.

During this period, we are sure that our members will generate other methods and ideas to raise monies for charities and good causes and some we can do indoors. Maybe grow a beard, or run 10k on the running machine indoor sport or disco marathons, Etc. Etc. or even

TEXT your support (see details to the side or download here)

Whatever you do please at all times stay safe and follow the Government guidelines. The festival team are here to advise and support you in whatever you do, please get in touch with your ideas so we can share them with the all of our members.

As “we have been taught to be cautious” and at the moment caution is imperative. It is important for you to know that the Masonic Charitable Foundation is there to support you.

The MCF remains committed to providing the same levels of support to our members and to the wider society as they always have done.  Of course if there is an increase in the support that they need to give they will react in the appropriate way to meet that need. There has never been a greater need for us to pull together and the support the MCF.

Thank you all for your understanding and the constant support that you give to our Charity, and hopefully this will just be a temporary pause in our fundraising activities.

We both sincerely hope that you and your families get through the next few months and are not too badly affected by this crisis and we look forward to meeting again in the not too distant future.

Sincerely and Fraternally

John Arthur ProvGM / GSupt

John Thompson 2021 Festival Director

REMEMBER TO STAY HOME -- PROTECT THE NHS – SAVE LIVES

Walk Along the Tracks

WALK ALONG THE TRACKS – ALDEN GRANGE TO BLACKHILL

All ages and levels of fitness/ability are welcome take part. Open to Durham Freemasons and their families.

Our aim is to have wonderful family day out whilst raising funds for the MCF, just like last years’ successful Coastal Path walk. Friends, family and dogs are very welcome to accompany our participants along the clearly marked route. Our marshals will indicate direction and provide refreshments at several points along the way.

This 12-mile linear walk is fairly flat. There are several steep slopes where bridges once stood but only those which are particularly steep have been marked on the map. Path surfaces vary and small sections of the path suffer from erosion and may have ruts and large stones in them. The path width is a minimum of 1.2 metres. There are a number of seats along the route.

Please visit https://www.thisisdurham.com/things-to-do/lanchester-valley-railway-path-walking-and-cycling-route-p666841 a printable map and further route information.

Proposed Itinerary

Sunday 26th April 2020

7:30am Meet at Aldin Grange Fishing Lakes Bearpark Durham DH7 7AR. Ample free car parking is available.

7:45am Briefing from the Festival team

8:00am Start Walking along the Lanchester Valley Railway Path towards Consett

11:30 – 14:00 Arrive at Blackhill Masonic Hall for refreshments.

Lifts back to Aldin Grange car park will be provided by our marshals

 

Terms and Conditions (Read Carefully before Applying)

 

  • I would like to sign up to be a participant in the above event.
  • I understand that entry is on a first come first served basis.
  • The cost of the event is £15. This is payable via this link.
  • This Event is subsidised by The Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham/Durham 2021 on behalf of the MCF. All sponsorship raised must therefore be for the Durham 2021 Festival in aid of the MCF. By signing up to this event I am committing to raise money in sponsorship for the Durham 2021 Festival/MCF
  • I understand and agree that I participate in this event entirely at my own risk, that I must rely on my own ability in dealing with all hazards and that I must walk in a manner which is safe to myself and others. I am aware that when walking on a public highway the function of marshals is only to indicate direction and that I must decide whether it is safe.
  • I agree that no liability whatsoever shall attach to the Organisers and/or The Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham in respect of any injury, loss or damage suffered by me in or by reason of the event however caused.
  • I have no objection to photographic/video imagery being taken and used for promotional purposes.
  • I hereby consent to the processing of my personal data for the purposes of this Event. Personal Data will only be used for the purposes of this Event and shared with the Event Organisers & Participants.
  • I hereby agree to delete all participant personal data after the event is complete.

 

To buy tickets for this Event – Click Here

Durham 2021 Easter Ball Hosted by Eanred Lodge

Black tie evening in aid of the Durham 2021 Festival, hosted by Eanred 7478. Welcome drinks followed by a four course meal, entertainment and dancing. Tickets £30 via bmhcltd@gmail.com

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Climb

The Yorkshire Three Peaks route is 24 miles (38.6km) and includes 1585m (5200ft) of ascent.

SUNDAY 14th JUNE 2020

This event has been organised for the more experienced hiker and is very much a difficult challenge that will require some training to take part. You will require some kit (listed below) and to be fit and healthy enough to take part.

The cost of taking part in this event is £30, this fee is to cover costs for an MCF branded Technical T-shirt, administration, first-aid and refreshments.

 

We are meeting in the car park at Horton-in-Ribblesdale car park BD24 0HE at 6:30am. No group transport is arranged for this event, but lifts may be available if you contact the event organiser – Ivan Lowther on 07714288084 to let him know if you would need or could provide transport for others.

 

 

Mandatory

  • Walking boots (with ankle support, not trail shoes or trainers)
  • Head torch
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Hiking socks
  • Backpack (approx. 20-30 litre size)
  • Water container (bottle or Camelback-style, 1-2 litres)
  • Food & hill snacks (pasta, cereal bars, dried fruit, nuts)
  • Gloves
  • Hat (covering ears)

Recommended clothing

  • Walking trousers (lightweight hiking trousers, not jeans or tracksuit trousers)
  • Sports top (not cotton)
  • Warm outer layer
  • Changes of clothes

Recommended, optional

  • Sunglasses & suncream
  • Walking poles
  • Light shoes / sandals
  • Thermal underwear
  • Backpack raincover

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, usually in this order, and in under 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge includes:

  • Pen-y-Ghent (694 metres)
  • Whernside (736 metres)
  • Ingleborough (723 metres)

For more information please follow this link:-https://www.threepeakschallenge.uk/yorkshire-three-peaks-challenge/

Our marshals will indicate direction and provide refreshments at several points along the way. They will also be there to provide basic first aid and help at ground level, where access permits.

Proposed Itinerary

Sunday 14th June 2020

6:30am Meet at Horton-in-Ribblesdale car park BD24 0HE

6:45am Briefing from the Festival team

7:00am Start Walking the designated Yorkshire 3 Peaks Route – clockwise

7:00pm onwards Hopefully Everyone will have completed the challenge

Terms and Conditions (Read Carefully before Applying)

  • I would like to sign up to be a participant in the above event.
  • I understand that entry is on a first come first served basis.
  • The cost of the event is £30. This is payable via this link.
  • This Event is subsidised by The Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham/Durham 2021 on behalf of the MCF. All sponsorship raised must therefore be for the Durham 2021 Festival in aid of the MCF. By signing up to this event I am committing to raise money in sponsorship for the Durham 2021 Festival/MCF
  • I understand and agree that I participate in this event entirely at my own risk, that I must rely on my own ability in dealing with all hazards and that I must walk in a manner which is safe to myself and others. I am aware that when walking on a public highway the function of marshals is only to indicate direction and that I must decide whether it is safe.
  • I agree that no liability whatsoever shall attach to the Organisers and/or The Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham in respect of any injury, loss or damage suffered by me in or by reason of the event however caused.
  • I have no objection to photographic/video imagery being taken and used for promotional purposes.
  • I hereby consent to the processing of my personal data for the purposes of this Event. Personal Data will only be used for the purposes of this Event and shared with the Event Organisers & Participants.
  • I hereby agree to delete all participant personal data after the event is complete.

To buy tickets and book the Event please Click Here

Hard Copy of Itinerary & Terms and Conditions

platinum lodge award

Ernest Dixon Lodge No. 7856 – Platinum Presentation

The Provincial Grand Master, John Arthur, accompanied by John Thompson, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, attended the Ernest Dixon Installation meeting at Burdon Road in Sunderland this week.

 

After being warmly welcomed into the lodge by the master, Bob Littlechild, they witnessed an excellent Installation ceremony of the new Master, Anthony Benson. On the second rising John Arthur rose to present the lodge’s Charity Steward, Tony Conlon, with his platinum pin badge. After this, the newly Installed masters first pleasing duty was to present John Arthur with three cheques, £100 for the Durham 2021 Festival, £100 for Durham Benevolence and £50 for TLC.

 

At the festive board, the evening’s high standards continued with a sturdy four course meal served by waitresses.

 

Replying to his own toast, John Arthur firstly thanked the members of Ernest Dixon for their hospitality before asking John Thompson, in his capacity of Festival Director to present the new Master Anthony Benson with the lodge’s Platinum certificate. John Arthur then resumed the proceedings by then handing over the Provincial Grand Master award to the Lodge.

 

Further toast and responses followed throughout the evening by Mike Cockerton, George Stephenson, Tony Conlon, Joe Laidler and even John Thompson got into the act by proposing the toast to the Master,  who has been a great supporter of both the cycle ride events and the Great North Run in aid of the 2021 festival.

 

A brilliant evening was had by all, well organised and planned to the finest detail.

Link to Provincial website