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Agricola Take No Chances
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!
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”