Golden Celebration at Benfeldsyde Lodge
Benfeldsyde Lodge 7807, in Blackhill, was in celebratory mood during their April meeting which saw the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Stephen William Walker, mark the membership’s outstanding achievement of reaching their 2021 Festival Gold Award.
Nearly 100 members and visitors, including a significant contingent from the Scottish Constitution, were also present on the evening to witness Gaurav Jamnadass Installed as Worshipful Master for the first time. Those assembled included the Past Provincial Grand Master Norman Eric Heaviside, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master John Paul Thompson, Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master John David Watts and Alan Hall, recipient of the Provincial Grand Master’s Certificate of Service to Freemasonry.
After a wonderful Installation ceremony Stephen was delighted to mark the charitable achievements of Benfeldsyde Lodge by presenting the Charity Steward, Ivan Jewell with the Gold pin badge to mark the Lodge’s success in reaching 100% of their 2021 Festival target. Stephen was also delighted to receive a cheque for a further £2000 from the newly Installed Worshipful Master as the Lodge now pushes towards its Platinum Award.
At a packed Festive Board, Stephen thanked the Brethren of Benfeldsyde Lodge for both the unexpected cheque that he had received earlier in the evening, that smashed their Gold target total, as well as their on-going charitable endeavours that continue to make a significant difference to the lives of others. He then went on to present a framed 2021 Festival Gold Certificate to Ivan Jewell, as the Lodge Charity Steward, and to acknowledge, and give thanks, to Durham Freemasons in general for raising over £2 Million towards the 2021 Festival so far. At which point, those assembled duly showed their appreciation of the charitable efforts of the Lodge membership.
Upon the closure of the Festive Board many of those in attendance remained to enjoy the company and fellowship of old and new friends alike. An enjoyable and Fraternal evening was had by all, once again at Benfeldsyde Lodge, and all those present left with very fond memories of what had been a very special evening.
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”