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St Georges Platinum Award


May 2018

The Durham 2021 Festival has 4 awards, the Bronze, Silver and Gold, with the fourth the Platinum (PGM’s Special Award) for Lodges who achieve 130% of the Lodges 2021 Festival target.


The target amount is based on the membership of each Lodge as stated in the 2016 yearbook.  It’s also worth mentioning that the Festival was only launched at the Sage in Gateshead on Sunday 24th January 2016.


Agricola Lodge in Durham achieved the very first Platinum Award in the Province on 22nd November 2016: 10 other Lodges have reached this magnificent milestone with the PGM personally presenting this special award to the respective Lodge. St George’s Lodge No. 5720 joined that list on Monday 14th May.


The evening was a double celebration for the St George’s brethren, as Kevin Bainbridge was installed as the Master of the Lodge on a special celebratory evening in Birtley.


The Provincial Grand Master, Norman Eric Heaviside accompanied by John Thompson, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master and 2021 Festival Director, joined the St George’s brethren on a glorious mid-May evening in Birtley.


After witnessing a first class installation Ceremony at the Festive board, in the reply to his toast, Eric again thanked the St George’s brethren for the cheques they had presented to him in the Lodge room; £1500 for the 2021 Festival and £75 for the TLC Teddies.


The Festival has exceeded all expectations, with a weekly average of £10,000 going into its coffers every week; truly magnificent.


With that Eric then presented Kevin Bainbridge, the newly installed Master of the Lodge, with a framed Platinum 2021 Festival Certificate in acknowledgement of the Lodge achieving 130% of its Festival Target. Eric then presented a glass plinth engraved memento of the Platinum Award that he hoped would be displayed on the table at the Lodge’s Festive board.


Eric then handed over to John Thompson, the 2021 Festival Director to say a few words on the Festival.


John firstly acknowledged the fantastic achievement of the St George’s brethren in achieving the Platinum award, going on to praise the whole Festival Team, from the Area Directors, to the Hall Ambassadors, to the Lodge Charity Stewards who all do a fantastic job.   Without their support none of this would be possible. We must not forget the reason why we are doing this for the MCF; the work and support they offer is amazing. John asked everyone to be mindful of people who may or do need the support of the MCF.


John then presented Barry Watson the Lodge’s Charity Steward with a Platinum Festival Pin Badge in acknowledgment of all of the work he has undertaken.


This brought a memorable evening to a close; one that the Birtley brethren will long look back on with fond memories of a great evening at St Georges Lodge.





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