Friday 3rd May was a very special celebration for the visitors and members of Barnard lodge, who meet at the Masonic hall in Barnard Castle. Both the Provincial Grand Master, John Arthur, and the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Stephen Walker, were in attendance to join in the celebration of the lodge’s 150 years since consecration.
The brethren enjoyed an extremely well prepared presentation from Michael Burdess, DC of the lodge and a past master. Michael explained that Barnard lodge is the only lodge in the building not to have a traditional honours board and that the past masters are honoured by having their photographs displayed on the wall of the dining room, where all of the brethren enjoy the festive board. Michael talked through the lodge history from 1995 to date, informing of the Worshipful Master for each year as well as some interesting facts of what went on in the outside world too. The presentation was full of interesting detail combined with some witty levity too which was appreciated with many smiles and laughs and a well deserved round of applause at the conclusion, in the manner usual amongst masons.
In the second rising the Worshipful Master presented John with a cheque for £1,230 pounds towards the 2021 festival, the figure being the lodge number. This contribution meant that the lodge had achieved their gold award for meeting the target and John was very pleased to be able to present the lodge Charity Steward, Ian Groves, with a gold lapel bin to recognise their efforts. John thanked the members for their support and said that he looked forwards to be able to present them their Platinum award!
The brethren enjoyed one another’s company at the festive board as well as a delicious meal. John responded to his toast and thanked the brethren for their generous donation, congratulated the lodge members on their 150 year anniversary and paid thanks to Michael for his very interesting and fun talk. John also reminded the brethren who were present of the upcoming Provincial Convocation and Craft meetings. Stephen addressed the brethren and told them how delighted he was to be there and very humbled to have been invited. Stephen noted that Barnard lodge is the foundation of Freemasonry in that area of the Province and proposed a toast to Barnard lodge.
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”