Platinum Status for Sincerity Lodge
The warrant of Sincerity Lodge No. 6036 was granted on 6th December 1944 and was consecrated 22nd September 1945 in Birtley Masonic Temple. It is interesting to note that, had their faith in the political leadership of the country at that time and their optimism in the eventual outcome of the hostilities found favour at a higher level, we would this evening have been talking in either “Churchill Lodge” or “Victory Lodge” – these being the first names proposed by the worthy founders. Likewise their subsequent submission of “RH Yeld Lodge” or “Joseph Corker Lodge” named after the first Master and the Master of Moseley Lodge for the last 2 years of World War One, were superseded by the name Sincerity Lodge. The Lodge Banner which is proudly on display as you enter the Masonic Temple was purchased from members’ donations. The motto “Audi, Vide, Tace” may be literally translated as “Hear, Observe, Be Silent” or as those familiar with the old Yorkshire adage, “Hear all, See all, Say Nowt”. The meaning of Sincerity according to the English dictionary is, ‘approving of ones behaviour because they really mean the things that they say,’ and that was so true of the warm hospitable welcome the Provincial Grand Master and a Deputation of Provincial Grand Officers received on Wednesday 3rd April, 2019 into the Lodge. Fraternal visitors from Coronation Lodge No. 2929 and Eardulph Lodge No. 6645 proceeded the Provincial Team’s entrance into the lodge room. After formalities of the lodge business were concluded the Worshipful Master presented two cheques to the Provincial Grand Master, one for the TLC Teddies Project , the second a donation to the Durham 2021 Festival for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys (RMTGB) elevating Sincerity Lodge to Platinum Status a special award for lodges who achieve 130% of the lodge’s 2021 Festival target. The Provincial Grand Master addressed the brethren praising the hard work put in by members of the lodge and for attaining the prestigious Platinum milestone. Lodge Charity Steward Gordon Brewis was delighted when presented with the award pin badge giving his lodge special status within the Province of Durham.
John Thompson, Assistant Provincial Grand Master and Festival Director, rounded of the momentous occasion with news about the 2021 Durham Festival.
At the Festive board the festivities continued where the Provincial Grand Master thanked the members for the warm welcome he received and the generous donation, congratulating them on their achievement and presenting them with a crystal award, which he suggested they might want to display at the festive board for future meetings. John Thompson highlighted support available to brethren and their families from the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF). John also paid particular thanks to the Lodge Charity Steward, Gordon Brewis, for his continued efforts and presented him with a framed certificate marking the achievement attained by the members. Gordon thanked the members for their continued support and stated that the success is absolutely down to their efforts. The formalities concluded with the Provincial Grand Senior Warden, Gavin R Rowell thanking and toasting Sincerity Lodge for an enjoyable fraternal 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”