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Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge hold their Inaugural Ball

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First annual Ball for the Stewards Lodge held at Hardwick Hall proves to be a great success

Durham’s very own Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge held its Inaugural Ball – their equivalent of a Ladies’ Night – at Sedgefield’s Hardwick Hall on Saturday 16th February. The Lodge’s current Worshipful Master, Ian Kirkbride welcomed everyone to a celebration of the Lodge’s efforts on behalf of the Province since its inception in 2007 and was pleased to see many old acquaintances who had come along to join the180-strong party of Stewards Lodge members, past and present, and their guests.

Provincial Grand Stewards are chosen by the Provincial Grand Master annually and typically from a Provincial ‘population’ of existing Worshipful Masters and or Immediate Past Masters. Since the appointment of its original thirty seven founder members in 2007, the Lodge has now largely settled at a membership of 50 or so with most founders  having resigned following the awarding of their  Provincial ‘blues’ and  their replacement by new appointees. This year is likely to see resignations of some who joined in 2008 leaving just a handful of original founder members involved in the widely varied project work the Lodge undertakes. Thus the “Ball” is expected to become a regular “re-union” celebration as well as allowing the working membership an opportunity to ‘cease labour and go to refreshment. £700-00 though intended recipient charities have still yet to be chosen. With entertainment provided by local former ‘New Faces’ star Stephen Lee Garden, whose choice of songs also led to an often-crowded dance floor; the evening was deemed a great success. It seems obvious that the friendships formed during membership of the Lodge are no different from those established in many others with the difference that Durham’s Stewards are from every Area of the Province. Now however its back to ‘work’ and  the continuing provision of DC’s accompanying ‘reps’ at Installation meetings; distribution of the newly-designed annual Provincial Year Book and preparations for  the annual Chapter Convocation and some Mentoring training on the not too distant horizon!

What’s more, ‘profit and pleasure’ were the result as a raffle rais

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