City Lodge Goes Platinum
The Provincial Grand Master, John Arthur accompanied by John Thompson, The assistant Provincial Grand Master and Festival Director were delighted to attend the Regular Meeting of City Lodge, who meet in the Masonic Hall, Old Elvet, Durham.
After being warmly welcomed into the lodge by the Master Tony Gallimore, they were given An informative presentation by members of the Durham Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity.
On the second rising John Arthur rose to present and congratulate the lodge with their Platinum certificate for the 2021 Festival. The Deputy Provincial Director of Ceremonies, Nigel Fallow then escorted the lodges’ Charity Steward, Geoff Smith, up to the Dace to receive his Platinum pin badge from John Thompson. The Master, Tony Gallimore, was to have the last word though, presenting John Arthur with a one hundred pound cheque for the TLC teddies and then to David Grey, the Chairman of the Durham Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity also with a one hundred pound cheque.
After the lodge was closed, everyone retired downstairs to the festive board, where a hearty meal was served to the usual high standards from Old Elvet.
After John’s Response to his toast, he asked John Thompson to do the honours of presenting the lodge with the Provincial Grand Masters special award, allowing the Festival Director to communicate how well the lodges of the Province have performed thus far. With the evening been drawn to a close there was just one more item on the agenda, and that was for the Master Tony Gallimore, to remind everyone how much he is looking forward to installing his son Daniel next month.
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”