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Gold Award and All is Well at Trinity


October 2017

On the evening of Wednesday 25th October 2017, the brethren of Trinity lodge met at the Masonic Hall Archer Street, Darlington. This was Trinity’s Installation meeting and an upbeat night with many things to celebrate – with 66 in attendance including John Arthur, Deputy Provincial Grand Master.

The evening started with the brethren of Trinity successfully conducted an Excellent Installation of Joseph (Joe) Simpson.

John Arthur was presented with a cheque from Joe Simpson from the brethren of Trinity of £1,000 for the 2021 Festival; this cheque took Trinity’s total giving above their target, qualifying them for Gold. John then presented Joe with a plaque to celebrate the Gold award and then John appended the lodge Charity Steward, Simon Atkinson’s jacket with a Gold Lapel Pin.

Southern Area representative for the 2021 Festival, Mike Smithies then stood and presented two of brethren with Achievement Medals to Joe Simpson and David Gutteridge for a fantastic achievement completing the Great North Run back in September.

The evening continued at the festive board after enjoying Good food, John Arthur stood, firstly thanked Trinity for their hospitality that evening. Then praised Simon Atkinson for getting 50% of the lodge members to sign up to the dripping tap Continuous Giving scheme leading to the lodge getting its Gold award that evening.

Fred Holmes then stood and gave the toast to Joe Simpson (Fred’s Son-in-law) and how in 2010, Joe was his candidate and how he has passed on his Apron to Joe, same thing had happened to Fred previously. Tom Whitfield followed this in song.

Joe then rose and gave his response to Fred’ toast – stating he was as proud as punch and happy he had caught the bug. Then praised his new team – stating they were all stepping up and a strong team, hoping this year he could attract new members.

Joe then spoke and thanked John for his attendance – asking to pass on – “That all is well at Trinity” and in good hands. Joe then thanked all the visitors and the Members of Restoration lodge for looking after the bar.

Joe finished with giving praise to Nigel O’Brien Bird for an excellent job he had done last year and tonight – Call this “a changing of the guard” at Trinity

Nigel rose and presented John with a cheque for £200 from his joint ladies night with Dunelm lodge for the 2021 Festival.

Further toasts were made by David Parr, Nick Taylor (of St Cuthberts lodge), Tony Petch and Dave Gutteridge.

A brilliant evening, enjoyed by all.

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