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Golden Celebration at Benfeldsyde Lodge


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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.

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