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Lodge of Loyalty No. 8635 – Gold Presentation

 

At the recent meeting of Lodge of Loyalty No. 8635 in Queen Street, Sunderland the brethren welcomed the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Simon Craig Steele, to its annual Trafalgar evening.  It was also a special evening in the Lodge as the Lodge had reached its 2021 Festival target.

After Craig had been warmly welcomed into the Lodge room, the next business of the evening was a talk by Peter Cowling which focused on “Nelsons Navy” at the time of The Battle of Trafalgar (21st October 1805) and the often-overlooked impact that Vice Admiral Collingwood had on the battle, both before and after Nelson’s death when he assumed command.

The interesting talk was appreciated by everyone in the Lodge room who showed their appreciation with a warm round of applause to Peter.

Craig then had the great pleasure in presenting the Lodge with its Gold Festival Award in recognition of the Lodge reaching 100% of its Festival Target (£22,896).  Craig praised the Lodge members for their fantastic achievement, before presenting Farley Downs, the Master of the Lodge, with a framed 2021 Gold Festival Certificate.

Craig then asked George Malt, the Lodge’s Charity Steward, to step forward so he could present him with a Gold Festival pin badge.  Craig praised George for all of his hard work and congratulated the Lodge as they have 47% of its membership signed up to the Just Giving scheme.  George thanked Geoff Lewis, the previous Lodge Charity Steward, who did so much of the work in achieving this award.

George then had the great pleasure in presenting Craig with 3 cheques:  £508 from a Lodge Social, £414 from the Festival Smarties tubes and £855 from a Sponsored Walk that George undertook.  In total the magnificent total of £1,777!  Craig certainly wasn’t expecting that and he very graciously accepted the cheques.

The annual Trafalgar evening is a special event in Queen Street and to celebrate the evening, Phil Rann, who hails from Portsmouth, the Home of the Royal Navy, pressed ganged the Grand Officers attending the Festive Board into the evening’s harmony. Best described as a vaudeville homage, it certainly entertained everyone present. In the second act, Phil invited Craig to play his part in a delightful modern take on conditions in the Royal Navy at the time and how they wouldn’t be allowed in today’s Health and Safety conscious society.  Both acts were excellently received and brought a memorable evening to a close at Lodge of Loyalty.

“England expects that every man will do his duty”

“England expects that every man will do his duty” was a signal sent by Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, from his flagship HMS Victory as the Battle of Trafalgar was about to commence on 21 October 1805.

Trafalgar was a decisive naval engagement of the Napoleonic Wars. It gave the United Kingdom control of the seas, removing all possibility of a French invasion and conquest of Britain.  Although there was much confusion surrounding the wording of the signal in the aftermath of the battle, the significance of the victory and Nelson’s death during the battle led to the phrase becoming embedded in the English psyche and, it has been regularly quoted, paraphrased and referenced up to the modern day.

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Willington Lodge No. 4028 – Bronze Presentation

Willington Lodge No. 4028

The Durham 2021 Festival West Area Director Bill Hobson had the greatest of pleasure on Friday 12th October 2018 to present the Lodge Charity Steward – Geoff Duncan with the Bronze PIN Badge to celebrate the Lodge achieving 33% of the Lodge target. The Area Director also present the Charity Steward with a signed copy of the acclaimed book “Orphan Boys” written by a local writer about his early childhood experiences with the MCF Charity.

 

bronze lodge award

bronze lodge award

Durham 2021 Festival – 2018 Supporter Medal Presentations

Durham 2021 Festival

2018 Supporter Medal Presentations

During the months of October and November 2018 the Festival Team were delighted to attend various selected Lodges to present the 2018 Supporter Medals to those members of the Province of Durham and in some case family members of those members. Here are some photos of the presentation nights, with special thanks to Eanred, Willington, Eardulph, Elvet and Corinthian Lodges for hosting the Medal Presentations at their Lodge nights.

 

 

 

Our own Festival Director at the “Muddy Mayhem 2018” Event

Muddy Mayhem

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Heugh Lodge No. 7773 – Gold Presentation

Heugh Lodge No. 7773 

Durham 2021 Festival Gold Award Presentation

On  19th September 2018 at the Installation meeting of Heugh Lodge No.7773 in Hartlepool, the Heugh brethren welcomed the Assistant Provincial Grand Master Stephen William Walker, to their meeting.

After witnessing an excellent Installation Ceremony, which saw Steve Craven installed into the Chair of the Lodge, Stephen then had the great pleasure in presenting the Lodge with its Durham 2021 Festival Gold Award.

Stephen praised the members of Heugh Lodge for achieving its Gold Award and then formally presented the Lodge with its Durham 2021 Festival Gold Award in recognition of the Lodge reaching its festival target.

Stephen then presented S J Lowe, the Charity Steward of the Lodge, with a Durham 2021 Festival Gold Pin badge in recognition of all of his and the Lodges work. He then highlighted the Festival, with its total fund currently standing at £2.1m.

 

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Crowley Lodge No. 6901 – Silver Presentation

CROWLEY LODGE  No. 6901

Durham 2021 Festival Silver Award

 

What a delightful Friday 21st September 2018 at Crowley Lodge No. 6901. The Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro John D Watts was there to deliver a talk on Blood Bikes and was delighted to receive a Lodge donation of £100 for Northumbria Blood Bikes. The Lodge has also exceeded 66% of its Festival fundraising target so John Watts was delighted to present their Charity Steward Alex Mathieson with a Durham 2021 Festival Silver Award as well as presenting a Stewards jewel to a Lodge member. Malcolm Ormiston then surprised John with another £180 towards the Durham 2021 Festival from the DMCCC thanks to the generosity of Caravan Site owners Phil Appleby and Karenze Appleby-Blaauw. The icing on the cake however literally came after dinner when John was delighted to be presented with ironically a Smartie filled cake to mark his retirement as Assistant Provincial Grand Master on Saturday 6th October 2018. Now we know where the contents of the 20p collection tubes go !!!! The AsstProvGM then gave huge thanks to everyone at Dunston Masonic Hall for making his last APGM visit there so special and Martin Rankin for acting as my DC for the evening.

 

 

Great Glen Canoe Trail 2019 – Training Update

GREAT GLEN CANOE TRAIL 2019

Training is going well for the Great Glen Canoe Trail and below is a training video on the progress for the challenge.

If you would like to sponsor the members of the team please contact Ronnie Fraser – Lodge of Progress No. 8259 Province of Durham.

 

Preparation and planning are well under way for a contingent of 10 brothers, and one sister ! From the Province of Durham Freemasons.To navigate the Great Glen Canoe Trail in late May 2019.

The team have already completed their compulsory water safety instruction and are now busy preparing their Canadian Canoes,  Kindly on loan from the Durham Scouts at Moor house Durham City.

Over what remains of the summer period a schedule of training days have been planned in order to practice the skills required to complete this arduous adventure safely.

To date we have been given a cash and vehicle sponsorship from North Spas, any other sponsorship’s would be most welcome and would be represented on our daily Blog and video updates.

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Peace and Unity Lodge No. 6312 – Gold Presentation

 PEACE UNITY LODGE No. 6312

Gold Presentation Award

V W Bro Norman Eric Heaviside made his penultimate visit to Queen Street in his capacity as Provincial Grand Master on Monday 17th September 2018. He was invited to attend Peace and Unity Lodge along with Craig Steele, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master and Andrew Dixon the Provincial Director of Ceremonies.

After witnessing a superb lecture from the Provinces’ Grand Orator, Bernard Hope entitled “Betsey Ross…Twilight Gleaming”. Craig then had the great pleasure in presenting the Lodge with its Durham 2021 Festival Gold Award. Craig praised the Lodge members for joining the other 11 Lodges in the East, thus far, who have attained the Gold Award, before presenting Michael Brown, the Master of the Lodge, with a framed Durham 2021 Festival Gold Certificate in acknowledgement of the Lodge achieving its Festival Target. Craig then went on to say that he was so proud that over £500,000 thus far, been raised for the Festival, from the East of the Province. He then presented Robin Middleton, the Lodge’s Charity Steward, with a Durham 2021 Festival Gold Pin Badge, to be worn throughout the Festival period until 2021.

The festive board was attended by visitors from Hong Kong, Canada, Cambridge and East Yorkshire, helping make this evening a special occasion. After the toasts, Eric was again ‘showered’ with gifts from the ‘East’ namely a Hong Kong Vase and a case of his favourite ‘Queen Street’ beer with an engraved trinket from the East end of Sunderland, no doubt leaving Eric with more fond memories of his visits to Queen Street.

 

Great Glen Canoe Trail 2019

GREAT GLEN CANOE TRAIL 2019

Preparation and planning are well under way for a contingent of 10 brothers, and one sister ! From the Freemasons of the Province of Durham. To navigate the Great Glen Canoe Trail in late May 2019.

The team have already completed their compulsory water safety instruction and are now busy preparing their Canadian Canoes,  kindly on loan from the Durham Scouts at Moor House Durham City.

Over what remains of the summer period a schedule of training days have been planned in order to practice the skills required to complete this arduous adventure safely.

To date we have been given a cash and vehicle sponsorship from North Spas, any other sponsorship’s would be most welcome and would be represented on our daily Blog and video updates.

Monies raised during the Great Glen Canoe trail will be donate to the Durham 2021 Festival appeal in aid of the RMTGB.

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Vale of Tees Lodge No. 5016 – Wine & Cheese tasting night

 VALE of TEES Lodge No. 5016

The Brethren, Wives, Partners and Friends of the Vale of Tees Lodge go to prove that they don’t need to run, walk or cycle hundreds of miles to raise funds for the Durham 2021 Festival appeal as they recently held a Wine & Cheese tasting night at the Fox & Hounds in Cotherstone.

5 wines from Hallgarten and Novum were sampled and cheeses from the award winning Teesdale Cheese-makers provided the nibbles for a most entertaining night.

A table quiz provided talking points for friends and family who managed to raise around £250.00 on the night.

Our Festival Director John Thompson has always said “It’s not what the Lodge does as long as someone is doing something to raise funds towards the Lodge target” The Vale of Tees Lodge have proved that in a very easily organised fundraising night.