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Agricola Take No Chances


July 2017

For the last six years, the Brethren of Agricola Lodge have opened Durham Masonic Hall on the day of the Durham Miners’ Gala with an extremely cunning plan.

For those unaware of the Miners’ Gala it is an event first held in Wharton Park in 1871 and these days involves a large gathering on the second Saturday in July marching with banners and brass bands to the old Racecourse, where political speeches are delivered.

Many see this as a great day out, but Agricola assisted by some other Durham City Masons see this as an opportunity to do what they do best, raise thousands of pounds for charity.

For the past six years, the members have sold cans of Ale at the door of the Masonic Hall and inside they have a hot sandwich bar selling a variety of hot sandwiches, chips and hot beverages. This proves extremely popular throughout the day but not quite as popular as their other charity venture which involved, this year Les Dean and Doug Barkess on toilet duty.

The only thing bigger than the que for the hot butties in would appear is the que for the toilets to which the Brethren armed with a bucket as for donations to ‘spend a penny’ with the bucket this year raising over £400!

Obviously, a venture of this size needed a competent and trustworthy accountant to count all the charity cash and make sure it was deposited in a place of safety at the end of the day. The Durham Brethren managed to recruit as they always do, none other than our Provincial Grand Master for the task but judging by our photograph, we think there may be some ‘trust issues’ there!

A community service provided and thousands of pounds raised in the name of charity, well done everyone involved!

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