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, and with the cheque we presented on the night it leaves us just under £2,000,000 to raise over the next 5 years. I hope that every Durham mason will support John and his team and help us reach that goal.
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”