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GNAAS Representative Visits Vulcan Lodge

On Thursday 21st March Vulcan Lodge 5757 were honoured by a visit from a representative of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), Mr Ben Sisson.

The Lodge was opened, business completed and then closed, at which point our non-masonic guests then entered the lodge room along with Ben who then proceeded to give a very informative in depth talk and discussion into the running of the service.

Everyone then retired to the festive board to enjoy an excellent 4 course meal. A special raffle was held which raised the magnificent amount of £470, the lodge added to that amount and presented Ben with a cheque of £700.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service is a charitably funded air ambulance service which provides life-saving care throughout the North-East, North Yorkshire, Cumbria and the Isle of Man.

GNAAS cover an area of more than 8,000 square miles and on board their aircraft and rapid response vehicles are specialist doctors and paramedics who effectively bring the hospital to the patient. The level of skill and expertise of the team mean they respond to the most critically ill and injured people to give them the best chance of survival.

Last year, the team of doctors, paramedics and pilots, responded to more than 2,000 incidents across the region, including road traffic collisions, cardiac arrests and falls. That’s potentially several lives saved, and many families kept together as a result.

As a charity, GNAAS don’t receive Government funding and must therefore raise £8.5m a year through public donations to remain operational.  They have a team of charity services staff who work behind the scenes engaging and building relationships with companies and members of the public to help secure their support for the charity.  Raising this amount is incredibly challenging, especially as the charity, like many others, has been affected by the cost-of-living crisis.

On average it costs up to £5,000 every time the critical care team are called out to help a person in need. And to run both the bases, one in the North-East and one in the North-West, the running costs per day are £23,200 regardless of the number of call outs, which are on average 6 per day at the present. While this may seem like a large amount of money, every call-out is a potential life saved, and honestly you can’t put a price on a life.

If any Lodge would like to invite Ben for a presentation Email Ben at ben.sisson@gnaas.co.uk     

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SW Brian Colvin , WM Edwin Oxley, Ben Sisson,(GNAAS) and JW Malcolm Fleming.

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‘What did the Freemasons ever do for us?’

At the latest Tees Lodge No. 509 Sunday Lunch we presented charitable donations (some in conjunction with Durham Freemasons Charity and the Masonic Charitable Foundation) to:

Tees River Rescue £3000, Stockton Netball Club £1000, Butterwick Hospice £500, MIND £500 and the wonderful Roseberry Community Consortium £250 who entertained us with their superb young choir…If your charity – particularly small and local would like to see if we can possibly help, please ask…the process is quite simple. Oh – and an Easter Egg hunt in the Lodge room for the little and big kids!

Making a difference…Happy Sunday feeling!

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Royal Arch Annual Convocation 2024

Please be advised that Bookings for the Chapter AGM Banquet on TicketTailor are now open

The Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter will be held at The Fed, Lancaster Road, Dunston, Gateshead NE11 9JR on Saturday 18th May 2024. The Grand Superintendent hopes that many of you will attend this Annual Convocation and looks forward to welcoming you on the day.

Each Chapter in the Province must be represented at the meeting and Chapter Scribes E will be asked to confirm the name of that person in a separate communication. The Chapter representative must also apply and pay for a meal if they intend to dine. ALL Companions are most welcome and encouraged to attend.

  • Tickets for this event cost £32.00 each with a maximum of 8 companions permitted per table for overall comfort.
  • You do NOT need to apply if you are attending the meeting only and do not wish to dine.
  • Tickets for this event cost £32.00 each with a maximum of 8 companions permitted per table for overall comfort.
  • You do NOT need to apply if you are attending the meeting only and do not wish to dine.
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Andy’s Man Club

Tees Lodge 509 meeting on the 4th April are hosting a demonstration by Andys Man Club.

ANDYSMANCLUB, want to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health and create a judgment-free, confidential space where men can be open about the storms in their lives, achieving this through weekly, free-to-attend peer-to-peer support groups for men aged over 18. Watch the video below to

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Duncan Visits Radio Stitch

Duncan Visits Radio Stitch

Taking up an invitation from Stitch Radio our Provincial Almoner Duncan Maw visited their state of the art Studio’s within the University Hospital of North Tees.. The Hospital radio station were keen to learn about how Freemasons care for their brethren in need, their families and, when they are no longer with us, their widows.

Duncan was able to bring alive how Durham Freemasons operate as one big family. Looking out for each other and when things become hard lending that helping hand. He was keen to stress that Our commitment doesn’t end when our Brethren pass to the grand lodge above and talked about how we keep in touch with and support their dependents especially in the event of a members lodge being no longer in existence.

The Interviewer was intrigued to learn of the various forms of support provided to freemasons throughout the province by Durham Benevolence and the MCF. They were also surprised at the enormous contribution to local charities that are made by Lodges, Durham Benevolence and the MCF.

Listen to Duncans interview Here:

Should anyone be interested in helping with the ongoing support we give to the widows of closed lodges please email Duncan at almoner@durhamfreemasons.org

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2024 Masonic Group Break

Applications are now open for the Provincial 2024 Masonic Group Break. This time, it will be at The Queens Hotel in Blackpool. Commencing on the 17th of June for 4 nights, at the cost of £350.00 per person.

Situated on South Promenade, overlooking the Irish Sea, Queens Hotel offers live entertainment, home-cooked food. The bright and airy bedrooms are traditionally decorated, and each has a radio, television, and tea/coffee facilities. All rooms feature a private bathroom, and some have wonderful sea views. The Theatre Bar regularly hosts live cabarets, comedy and music. The spacious restaurant serves a full English breakfast and a Table d’hote evening menu.

Just a 10-minute walk from Pleasure Beach, Queens Hotel is just 200 meter’s from South Pier. Blackpool Tower and the Grand Theatre can be reached in a 25-minute seafront stroll.

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The Ravensworth Golf Competition, Presentation to Winners

On Tuesday the 5th of December at St Cuthbert’s Lodge No. 3417, Archer Street in Darlington, W Bro. Bill Baty and W Bro Stephen Willis attended the Lodge’s Christmas Meeting to officially present the Ravensworth Golf Trophy to the Winning Pair.

The Organising Committee of this very old and prestigious Golf Competition comprises the above two Brethren together with Alan Jenkins, Craig Pattison and Martin Rankin, who have worked tirelessly to re-establish this event in the Durham Masonic Social Calendar. Indeed our Provincial Grand Master, Rt WBro. John Paul Thompson, endorsed it with his attendance on the day itself.

The original trophy resides in the Provincial Museum/Office and is a magnificent piece of silverware. The trophy was introduced in 1921 by the Hon Gerald Wellesley Liddell, later the 6th Baron Ravensworth who was our Provincial Grand Master from 1919 until 1932. He wanted to create an event during his tenure as the Provincial Grand Master of Durham and to give the Brethren of the Province of Durham a prestigious Golf Tournament to be proud of and to participate in.

The original trophy is now replaced by a wonderful engraved Crystal Bowl which the Lodge keeps for one year. There are also individual trophies for the winners together with golf related prizes.

In July 2023 the Tournament was played at Roseberry Grange Golf Club and the Club and its Members embraced our event magnificently and made us truly welcome. Being the height of Summer, the course was in excellent condition and 64 golfers took to the Greens to challenge it.

The Winners on the day were W Bro. Andrew Peter Fall Foster and Bro. Martin Dunstone, of St. Cuthbert’s Lodge No. 3417 with a tremendous Stableford Score of 47 Points. Incidentally, Andrew and Martin were repeating their success in this Competition in 2021.

Bill and Stephen attended St Catherine’s Lodge and made the ‘Official Presentation’ to them and at the same time, thanked them and their Lodge for their continued support. The Worshipful Master, W Bro. Mark A. Philbin and the Lodge Members made them most welcome and they enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Dinner in good company, followed by their tremendous Christmas raffle, toasts and replies. Congratulations were extended to Bro. Mark P. Bradbury, Senior Warden who was elected as Worshipful Master of the Lodge for the forthcoming masonic year.

In his presentation Bill Baty thanked all the other golfers, sponsors, raffle supporters and helpers on the day; collectively this resulted in the 2023 raising £1,500 presented to the TLC Teddies, a fantastic amount for a one-day event.

The 2024 Tournament details will come out early new year and this now well-established annual event on the Durham Masonic Calendar is set to continue for many years. Thank you all for your support.

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A Night of Carols and Charity

Jarrow Grange Lodge held their Christmas Meeting on Monday 11th of December,  where members family and friends to attend the evening.

Following the business of the evening being concluded and the Lodge closed in due form, guests were invited into the Lodge Room for the annual christmas carol  with Gordon Scott Worshipful Master of St Bede Lodge providing the musical accompaniment on organ.

After the carols everyone was invited to the festive board where they enjoyed a traditional Christmas fayre  dinner followed by more harmony in the form of “The Twelve Geordie days of Christmas”.

Bringing the evening to a close, Tracey Beaton representing the volunteer ladies of the South Tyneside based Bede Helping Hands food bank, was presented with a £500 donation to the charity from the remaining funds of Pele Tower Lodge by Tom McIntosh former Charity Steward of the lodge who sadly closed earlier in the year.

A Christmas hamper was then presented to allow them to raise further funds by means of a gala raffle at the Helping Hands Foodbank centre, finally Tracey was given the many gifts of food, toys, games and some 70 selection boxes all donated by members and guests of Jarrow Grange Lodge, that were delivered  to the centre the following day.

A very successful and enjoyable evening was brought to a close with gratifying words of thanks from Tracey.

Jarrow Grange Lodge, wish to thank all who contributed in making the evening another resounding success.

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