Charity Stewards Seminar
Saturday saw the first of the year, Provincial seminars. Shiney Row hosted the Charity Stewards Conference, which was well attended by over 70 brethren. John Thompson began by welcoming all before explaining the aim of the day was to give support and advice for Charity Stewards, both new and existing. Andrew Thompson then introduced himself as our Provincial Grand Charity Steward and to his roll and availability for guidance.
Next up was the VIP guest speaker for the day, Mr Paul Crocket, who is the MCF Fundraising Manager, based at Freemasons Hall in London. Paul gave an informative talk and showed a very emotional video from the Charity before commending the Charity Stewards for their hard work and initiative performances thus far for this Festival.
John then introduced Maurice Errington and Rod Scott who gave a short presentation of the work of the Durham Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity who provide an interactive fishing and countryside experience for disadvantaged persons above the age of eleven with special needs to local schools and organisations within our Province.
Duncan Maw was next up to talk and show a video on the great work being carried out by the TLC programme to the hospitals in our area while also taking the opportunity to show the fresh new branding from the main Charity.
Craig Steele, in his role as Chairman of Durham Benevolence, then gave a brief outline of our own Durham Charity. He explained we have a team of Durham Benevolence representatives who ensure support is identified at the lodge level; he encouraged support to Benevolence but agreed that the Festival was our priority at the moment.
John launched the 2020 fundraising events, with a host of activities for everyone to get involved with.
John then closed off by thanking everyone for attending and for the massive support the Charity Stewards have given to the Festival from day one. The Festival Team are overwhelmed with the generosity which allowed us to reach our target in less than 4 years. But he reiterated that the job is not done. He reminded the Brethren that the MCF will continue to support Brethren, families and charities here in Durham long after our Festival is completed. So we need to have one big push in 2020 to ensure the MCF can continue their amazing work.
There has been great feedback from those attending on the day, so if you missed this event you still have a chance to attend the next one on Saturday the 1st February at Ferryhill Masonic Hall. Again the start time will be 10am, finishing around 12:30pm.
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”