Brethren, as I pick the reins from my predecessor, we are just over halfway through our five-year Festival in aid of the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, which will end early in 2021. We have just announced that we have passed the £2 million mark, and your generosity and enthusiasm show no sign of abating.
It is a monument to the incredible membership we have in the Province. The Freemasons of Durham, both in the Craft and the Royal Arch, have clearly got the Masonic ethos of helping worthy causes embedded in their DNA.
Everyone who is contributing to the Festival, in whatever way, should be rightfully proud of what they have achieved so far. I agree with my predecessor that it is a privilege to be invited to support any of our former Central Masonic Charities, and as this is the final Festival Appeal in aid of RMTGB, I hope you will agree with me that it is our duty to raise as much as we can in the time we have left. By the time we get to our next Festival, they will all be in aid of The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF).
Your generosity, the hard work of our Charity Stewards, and the numerous volunteers, who are organising the many and varied fund raising events, continues to excite and enthuse the membership to get involved.
I express my sincere appreciation to all of these volunteers, our hard working Charity Stewards, our Hall Ambassadors, and especially the 2021 Festival Committee under the leadership of John Thompson, for their continuing support in the work that they do. They continue to encourage Members to part with their money, their time, and to take part in some very unlikely and challenging events.
Provincial Grand Master
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”