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Well Done and Thank You
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.
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”