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Full Team ahead at Caradoc
On the 7th of March the Provincial team led by the Provincial Grand Master, Norman Eric Heaviside, paid a visit to Caradoc lodge who meet at Castle Eden. The visit is one of many that the Provincial team fit in across the year where they enjoy the opportunity to get out and meet some of the brethren across various lodges around the Province of Durham. After receiving a warm welcome from the lodge members everyone enjoyed the passing of Stuart Cutty, where the lodge officers of Caradoc conducted a well-rehearsed ceremony, testament to the time and effort they had clearly invested.
During the risings the Worshipful Master of Caradoc Lodge, Andrew Robson, presented Eric with a cheque for £200 towards the 2021 festival and also a cheque for £50 for the TLC teddies on behalf of all of the lodge members. Eric gratefully received the donations and thanked the brethren for the donation in the response to his toast at the festive board, where he confirmed that Caradoc has raised a total of £6,200 towards their festival target thus far. He also thanked the lodge members for the warmth of their welcome and reflected that the meeting was an absolute success from beginning to end. Eric also informed the brethren that in the last 2 years the brethren of the Province of Durham have raised on average approximately £10k per week, which is amazing, and that £1.8 million was raised towards the overall target as of the end of January 2018. Eric expressed sincere thanks to all of the brethren for their continued support of the 2021 festival.
Eric also advised the brethren that he had recently had the pleasure to present North Tees Hospital with their eighty-thousandth TLC bear on behalf of the Province of Durham. The feedback that was given was of absolute appreciation for the bears and the support they receive; the nurses advised that it makes such a difference to the children receiving them and their experience is impacted for the better as a result. Eric also mentioned that he had recently been an invited guest to an event at the Durham Cathedral where he was introduced to Prince Charles. Eric had a conversation with the Prince and mentioned the floor that has been laid with the money raised by the brethren of the Province of Durham; Prince Charles expressed appreciation and also stipulated as part of his conversation, that in his opinion, what wonderful work Freemasons do in the community.
The evening concluded with harmony provided by Eric Leighton where all of the brethren joined in with some singing and clapped along, which concluded another enjoyable masonic evening within the Province of Durham.
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”