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Official Handover of Durham Mason
Saturday 9th June 2018 saw the Quarterly Meeting of Durham Benevolence held at Castle Eden Masonic Hall start with a real feel good factor as Chairman, John Watts was
able to combine two of his greatest volunteer passions.
John handed over a brand-new Yamaha FJR1300 motorcycle to Alan Johnson, the fleet manager of Northumbria Blood Bikes. The new bike was purchased with a £15,000 grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation made as part of the 300th anniversary celebrations of Freemasonry.
The bike, aptly named Durham Mason proudly displays the MCF and Durham Freemasons logos within its livery and will now join the fleet helping them with their life-saving work.
Northumbria Blood Bikes is a charitable organisation established by local volunteers to deliver essential blood and other urgent medical supplies out of hours between hospitals and healthcare sites in North East England.
After the handover and before donning his Benevolence cap john told us “As an enthusiastic blood bike volunteer rider and Freemason it gives me the greatest of pleasure to formally hand over this new bike to Northumbria Blood Bikes on behalf of the Masonic Charitable Foundation. We are delighted NBB have named it Durham Mason and sincerely hope our members as well as the general public will enjoy seeing it on duty throughout the region carrying out lifesaving and cost-saving work for the NHS.”
Also present for the handover was Deputy Provincial Grand Master, John Arthur, MCF representative, Natasha Ward, MCF Trustee, Brian Footitt and a delegation of members of the Durham Widows Sons Biking Association.
Another outstanding boost for yet another worthy cause by the MCF on all of our members behalf, well done to everyone involved.
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”