300 Years of Freemasonry
TERCENTENARY BIKE RIDE
Whitehaven to Sunderland, 2nd June 2017
Friday 2nd June will see 30 cyclists from our Province complete a three day Whitehaven to Sunderland Coast to Coast in a joint Tercentenary/2021 Festival venture.
This ride is limited to 30 cyclists (each rider representing ten years of Freemasonry as we know it) demand will be high for this event so contact Gavin Rowell on CYCLE300@pgldurham.org for more information or to reserve your place.
OPEN WEEKEND &
TEDDY BEARS PICNIC
Masonic Halls Across the Province, 24th June 2017
On the weekend of 24th June 2017 we are encouraging Masonic Centres Province wide to throw open their doors to the local communities, in whatever format best suits your demographic or particular hall. Maybe you could host a craft fair or a summer fete, maybe a jumble sale or a social evening, maybe you could all of them. Whatever activity you decide, this is an ideal opportunity to engage with our communities, help to break down the barriers and dispel the myths and welcome people with open arms into our halls. This would also be an ideal time to host a very exciting project that will be rolled out in the new year and that is the Teddy Bears Picnic.
This brand new Grand Lodge initiative is a brilliant way to take the TLC Teddy campaign to the next level by hosting parties for local children and helping them to have fun and make friends. More on this scheme will be revealed in the new year. To let us know what your hall is planning or to get more information or ideas email Stephen Walker on OPENWEEKEND@pgldurham.org
PARTY IN THE PARK
Walled Gardens Wynyard Hall, 12th Aug 2017
A summer’s evening of celebration. Starting early evening with free entry to the Walled Gardens, musical entertainment whilst you enjoy a summer cocktail, followed by a song and dance show, then the evening continues with a five-course dinner, a variety of cabaret entertainment, dancing to live music, entry ticket draw and then, for those with the energy, the evening will continue with disco dancing from 11pm until 1am.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Durham Freemasons and their partners and friends to enjoy a very special and unique celebration of 300 years of Freemasonry. Tickets will be on sale in the new year. Do not miss your chance of attending this one off event.
GREAT NORTH RUN
Newcastle to South Shields, 10th September 2017
Since being devised in 1981 by Brendan Foster, the Great North Run has established itself as the largest half-marathon in the world and we as a Province have secured at least 23 places for 10th
With such limited numbers, demand to participate is expected to be extremely high so register your interest today be emailing John Thompson at GNR@pgldurham.org. All applications must be received before the 31st December.
SPECIAL MEETING OF GRAND LODGE
Royal Albert Hall, 31st October 2017
On the 31st October 2017 there will be a special meeting of Grand Lodge, at the famous Royal Albert Hall. Apart from some traditional elements, such as addresses and processions, there will be a theatrical extravaganza. Some 2,000 guests will then go on to dine at Battersea Evolution, this will include a reception, wine with dinner, and drinks afterwards.
Our Province has been allocated 90 tickets and in the interests of fairness the following format has been chosen: 15 Grand Officers, 15 Provincial Grand Officers, 15 Worshipful Masters, 15 Master Masons, 15 Royal Arch Masons and 15 Executive and Provincial Staff. We have been allocated 33 tickets for Battersea Evolution of which the dinning fee will be £160, people attending must also be attending the Royal Albert Hall.
All ‘Expressions of Interest’ must be entered by posting to Provincial Office or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st December 2016. In the event of over subscription a ballot will take place. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity – register your interest today!
TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”