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Golden evening at Lodge of Freedom – 4027
Wednesday 1 May saw the Lodge of Freedom open its doors to welcome members and guests to its meeting in this the 99th year since its founding with all looking forward to the Centenary celebrations in 2020.
On this occasion it welcomed Deputy Provincial Grand Master Stephen William Walker accompanied by his Director of Ceremonies, D.J.Turnbull to make presentation of their award to recognise the Lodge’s achievement of reaching its Gold target of £17,000. This had been achieved by a good number of the members contributing under the Continuous Giving scheme with other members taking part in the fundraising events eg. The Three Peaks Challenge, the Coast to Coast Cycle ride etc. and various donations.
The Lodge was opened and a presentation was given by the Lodge Charity Steward , Steve Guest, entitled , “ Masonic Charity”, which outlined the many ways in which support is provided for families, children, Institutions etc. through the Masonic Charity Foundation. Support is provided for family care, medical needs for treatment not always available within our NHS, Daily living grants, Support for children in full time education, Respite Care, and breaks for Carers etc.
Working in the Province to raise £2.7 million the members have already donated over £2m with the sum of £10,000 being regularly donated every week. Many events are now being organised eg the Roman Wall Walk, skiing, canoeing and there is great optimism that Lodges will exceed their given target and go on to achieve their Platinum award.
On conclusion of this very informative talk Stephen presented the Lodge Charity Steward, Steve Guest, with the Gold lapel pin and offered congratulations on this achievement, which has been achieved 2 years before the target date .
The Lodge closed with members and guests retired to enjoy an excellent dinner and companionship at the festive board.
Whilst responding to the Provincial Toast Stephen further acknowledged this great achievement by the Lodge and thanked all for a further donation of £250 . He went on to inform the brethren that John Arthur , the Provincial Grand Master , intended, wherever possible, to attend all Lodges achieving the Platinum target and make the presentation personally.
The Festive Board was then closed with many brethren remaining to chat to friends and renew acquaintances.
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”