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Well Done and Thank You


November 2018

St Paul Lodge in Jarrow marked the first day of November by hosting the award of a commemorative Festival Supporters Medal to some of those who had recently taken part in fund raising events for the 2021 Festival.


This award was a small token to show that the hard work and dedication that each had put into the planning, training and ultimate success taking part in events such as the Castles cycle ride, 3 peaks challenge, Great North Run, slogging through muddy puddles, producing cable tows or even carving and selling wooden jigsaws has been recognised and appreciated by their Province.  Whilst the award itself is not meant to be of any particular monetary value, and anyone who chances their arm on eBay will likely be disappointed with that outcome, it is only right that those concerned were presented, in open lodge, in the presence of their fellow lodge members who attended to show their gratitude.  To that end, as many of the Festival Team who were available also attended to demonstrate their own thanks for the effort involved in raising over £80,000 with their hard work.


The night also saw the Past Senior Wardens of the Province supporting the current incumbent in that role, WBro Gavin Rowell.


At the Festive Board, the Festival Director confirmed that some 150 Brethren, their friends and families, had raised in the region of £80,000 in fundraising events in 2018. He took the opportunity to remind the Brethren present of the many and varied events planned for 2019, those events including Dragon Boat Racing, the Great Glen Canoe Challenge, the Three Province Cycle Ride, A Skiing event, the Great North Run, Muddy Mayhem, Scuba Diving and many, many more, before he proposed a toast to all of those present who had supported the Festival by taking part in one of the events, by fundraising in any way or for sponsoring and supporting those who had.


Anyone interested in taking part in any way is encouraged to get in touch so that the Festival Secretary can put you in contact with the relevant organiser.  There are many fund-raising efforts planned and It is important that you know that any help you can give is worthy, be it assistance with transport, planning, running, riding, swimming, skiing or anything else that gets you off the couch and into a just role.

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