Norman Lodge Conquers their Gold Award!
Norman Lodge was in celebratory mood during their January meeting when The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, John Paul Thompson was on hand to mark the membership’s outstanding achievement of reaching their 2021 Festival Gold Award.
The evening began, in celebratory mood when Frederick Colley was once again Installed as Master of the Lodge in well attended and highly enjoyable ceremony. Subsequently, John took the opportunity to remind those assembled of the progress that the Province as a whole continues to make towards the overall 2021 Festival target. John was also delighted to present Dave Atkinson with his the 2021 Festival Supporters Medal for his commendable achievement as part of the team that completed the 3 Peaks Challenge. John then congratulated the Worshipful Master and the members of Norman Lodge on their outstanding collective achievements in attaining their 2021 Festival target.
At a Festive Board, John stood to respond to the Toast and began by again recognising Norman Lodge’s huge achievement in raising 100% of their Festival target. He formally presented the Gold Certificate to mark the £21,465 that Norman Lodge has raised to date in just two of the three years of the festival so far. In addition, John also congratulated Norman Lodge upon having 40% of their membership supporting the 2021 Festival via direct debit, with such commitment ensuring that the Lodge shall hit their platinum target before the end of the festival. John also thanked Norman Lodge for their generous additional charitable contributions made towards the 2021 Festival, Durham Benevolence and also to the Teddies Appeal on the evening.
The attending Brethren then showed their great appreciation for the commitment that the assembled Norman Lodge members, as well as those who have supported the Lodge, have shown towards the 2021 Festival. In particular, in supporting the Province as a whole in raising over £2,000,000 towards the the Provincial target as a whole.
John also reminded those present of the wide variety of ways that individuals and Lodges as a whole can continue to support the Festival and the great friendships that can result from such activities.
Upon the closure of the Festive Board many of those in attendance remained to enjoy the company and fellowship of old and new friends. Congratulations to all of the members of Norman Lodge on their charitable endeavours which shall make a huge difference to the lives of others.
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”