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A ‘Hard Day’s Night’ at Hardwick
This weekend hosted the 5th annual gathering of past and present Provincial Stewards, along with all their invited guests, for the now infamous ‘Stewards Ball’, which is held at the impressive Hardwick Hall near Sedgefield.
Over 250 guests arrived throughout Saturday, some in the early afternoon, checking into the hotel then ‘chilling’ in the lounge and bar area for a beer or high tea for a catch up, before ‘glamming’ up for the evening.
A champagne reception was held at 6.15 prior to the guests being escorted into the newly decorated Coleman ballroom for 7pm.
After the greeting from the master of the Stewards lodge, Dave Green, an excellent five course meal was served expertly by the staff of Hardwick to all the thirty tables of diners for to enjoy.
After the meal, it was time for the main event, as the evening’s entertainment took to the stage in the form of the energetic ‘Tone Riders’, a fantastic Seven piece band, which had the dance floor filled from their first number until their encore. Following a very successful raffle, the DJ for the rest of the evening, Mike Hall, continued to play the hits, allowing the guests to ‘shake their moves’ until the very last dance just after midnight.
After the dancing had stopped and the night was nearly over the guests started to drift off, some to their homes and some, who were staying at the hotel, headed to the hotel bar, for a little too long by the looks of some of the ‘delicate’ faces at breakfast the following morning.
This was another fantastic evening enjoyed by everyone who attended and a good sum of money raised for charity to boot. A big thank you to all of the organisers for all their hard work in organising another fantastic occasion.
Now however its back to ‘work’ for the Provincial Stewards for this very important year and the continuing provision of assistance in the running of the planned events by the Province.
More pictures of the event are on our flickr account..
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”