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Elvet’s Lasting Legacy
The Provincial Grand Master, Norman Eric Heaviside along with the Festival Director, John Thompson made a formal visit to Durham Masonic Hall for to present Elvet Lodge with their Platinum Award.
Once the lodge had duly opened by their young Master, Michael Snowball, Eric was then ‘piped’ into the lodge room by the unusual sound of bagpipes courtesy of Frank Bonner.
The first business of the evening was a presentation of a somewhat ‘special’ cheque, to Eric for the sum of £7500 which elevated the Lodge form Silver to Platinum, thus taking their total contribution to over £19,000, so far, towards the Durham 2021 Festival.
Richard Langton then gave a wonderful resume on the life of the recent deceased Gordon Ryan, a long standing member of the lodge. Richard, a retired solicitor, had been entrusted by Gordon, many years ago, to prepare his Will. Within this, Gordon wanted to bequest part of his estate to Masonic Charities and them to be directed by his own lodge as to where they were distributed. This, Richard explained, resulted in the magnificent cheque presented this evening, what’s more, leaving a lasting legacy from Gordon as in the lodge exceeding their Festival target well in advance.
At the festive board, before Eric’s response to his own toast, he was presented, to his surprise, a remarkable, life like, Caricature and Sunderland ‘legends’ Calendar. straight after that, he was also presented with all the proceeds of the raffle along with a £50 donation from the lodge funds, for the Masonic Fishing Charity.
Eric then replied, firstly putting on his ‘fishing’ cap to thank them, on behalf of the charity before congratulating Elvet lodge on a truly wonderful achievement on attaining their Platinum status.
John Thompson was then handed the reins, to present the Platinum badge to the lodge charity Steward, Ivan Lowther and give the Master, Michael Snowball, the prized certificate on attaining Platinum status.
The joviality continued throughout the rest of the festive board, culminating in Eric and the visiting grand lodge officer, David Grey winning the raffle. A great night and a very rewarding night for both Eric and Elvet lodge.
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”