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And its’s Gold for Surtees
The date was Thursday 27th September 2017, the night the brethren of the Surtees met at the Masonic Hall Shildon and received their Gold Medal
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master John Arthur was shocked and surprised when he was presented with a cheque of £12,340 for the Masonic Charitable Foundation which takes the Lodge form Bronze to Gold. The lodge has now contributed £31,104 towards the Durham 2021 Festival
John Thompson, Festival Director then stood up and congratulated the Brethren of Surtees for the cheque before formally presented the Lodge with its Gold medal in recognition of the fact that they had now achieved their Festival target and acknowledged this as being an outstanding achievement.
This was followed by the presentation of a commemorative plaque, which was to be displayed at Lodge meetings. John was delighted to acknowledge the progress made on achieving progress to the Festival Target and stated that this was currently running at receipts of £10,000 per week.
John Thompson then presented Dale Kelly, Surtees Charity Steward with the Lodge’s Gold Lapel Pin. Dale then gave a short speech thanking not only Surtees Lodge members but members of all Shildon lodges for their Great effort they have made, which received an excellent round of applause from the whole room.
Earlier in the evening, the Lodge were given a presentation on the “Mentoring Scheme” delivered by Norman Alderson, Provincial Grand Mentor, explaining what the Mentoring scheme was about, how it worked and how important it was for the future of Freemasonry, including the use of handbooks and leaflets for use as guides. In addition, it’s mnemonic BUNGI (Belonging, UNderstanding and Getting Involved), followed by a question and answer session from all attending.
Then Michael Wilkinson Provincial Junior Grand Warden gave an explanation of the 1st Degree Tracing Board.
A Great evening enjoyed by all.
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”