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300th Birthday a Fantastic Success
Saturday 24th of June saw the 300th anniversary of the first ever Grand Lodge and the beginning of Freemasonry as we know it today celebrated, and here in the Province of Durham we like to celebrate in style.
Masonic Halls the length and breadth of our Province threw open their doors and welcomed the local community in to see what we are all about and the effort displayed Province wide was there for everyone to see.
The day started with a bang as dozens of motorbikes carrying members of the Durham Chapter of the Masonic Widows Sons thundering up the famous cobbles, not Coronation Street, those other famous cobbles of Beamish Museum. The bikers arriving in full regalia to have a sneak peek at the fantastic Masonic exhibition on display in the masonic hall there. The bikers then left in the same roar as they arrived to take up residence on the display field where they spent the day entertaining the visitors with their impressive machines. The Masonic Hall meanwhile then hosted frequent shows by Brian Denton and the Northumberland Masonic Demonstration Team, this was incredibly popular as questionable could be seen all day!
Throughout the day Queen Street in Sunderland, South Shields, Burnopfield, Stanley, Consett, Chester-Le-Street, Seaham, Durham City, Hartlepool, Stockton,Darlington, Tow Law, Stanhope, Staindrop, Woolsingham, Crook and Shildon, to name but a few hosted a variety of Teddy Bears Picnics, Lodge Room Tours, Regalia Exhibitions, Community Support Grant Presentation, fun, games, stilt walkers, face painting, people being wet sponged in pillories, welly tossing and even a beer festival…….phew!
Once again, the brethren of our wonderful Province stepped up to the plate and provided fun and games and a little sneak peek into Freemasonry in our local Communities.
Take a bow everyone who got involved, you are what Freemasonry is all about!
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”