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A personal message from the Provincial Almoner:

“At this special time you may find yourself alone and isolated. DON’T BE! Throughout the festive period my mobile is on for anyone who would benefit from a chat over the phone! We are stronger together. Duncan Maw your Provincial Almoner 07971 350951”

Stronger Together

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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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Caring Volunteers

When a brother passes to the great architect in the sky he does so in the knowledge that his Lodge, through its almoner, will be there to maintain an interest in the lives of his widow and dependents. 

The Lodge Almoner provides a lasting link with the family and should the need arise a timely identifier of any needs and support that Freemasonry can give. He should be the gatekeeper to the many ways we can help the families of our deceased brethren. The Almoner ensures Freemasonry fulfils its last but what greatest commitment to our brethren. To be there when they are not!

When Lodges close this link can be lost and our promise broken. To prevent this happening many closing Lodges seek a local solution within the network of lodges and almoners in their area or building. 

Should a local solution not be possible The Provincial Grand Almoner takes over. There is a dedicated team of Caring Volunteers who step in and help all Masons fulfil their commitment to our departed brethren. These Volunteers are yet another shining example of the true meaning of Charity amongst freemasons. Each caring Volunteer is asked to look after maybe 10 Widows, ideally visit them twice a year and be there to provide the ongoing link to freemasonry. We cannot step in and provide support if we do not know there is a need.

Caring Volunteers are truly central to the commitment we make as freemasons and the role provides an amazing amount of satisfaction to those who undertake it. The time involved can realistically be managed with maybe two visits in total per month (maybe half a day per month?) but the impact on what are often isolated individuals can be substantial.

If you feel you have the energy, desire and commitment to fulfil freemasonry’s last great promise please get in touch with Duncan Maw, Provincial Grand Almoner on 07971 350951.

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Volunteering within your community

Now is a wonderful time to carry out some volunteering.

December is difficult for some in our communities and with a little help from the Durham Freemasons we can make a significant difference to people’s lives.

 Some tasks are done from the comfort of your own home.

With all the services through the Royal Volunteering Service

( www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk )

you can opt-out or opt-in the any of the following tasks.

Check in and Chat – provides short-term telephone support to people who need a friendly call and encouragement to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Check In and Chat Plus – provides support to more vulnerable people.

Community Response – supports people with a current health need with shopping, lateral flow tests and prescription delivery

Pick Up and Deliver – supports the NHS and people who have been newly discharged from hospital to home or are being cared for at home with the delivery of medication or equipment. Medication can also be delivered to those waiting for admission.

Connect – A pilot activity which supports people to take part in social activities, pastimes, or hobbies in the home or in their community.

Engage A pilot activity which supports in sheltered accommodation, care, residential and respite homes to assist the person leading social and wellbeing activities and groups.

Steward Volunteers – supports COVID-19 vaccination sites. They assist with managing queues, greeting, and directing people and monitoring numbers.

Just follow the link  www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk  and it is easy to enrol, you will get so much pleasure out of helping others!

 Durham Freemasons Stronger Together Volunteering Team.

Let us know if you have joined up so we can make sure of our support to you.

Malcolm Ormiston

Volunteering lead for the Province of Durham

Malcolm.ormiston@gmail.com

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Remembrance Sunday 12th November in 2023

Remembrance Sunday is our opportunity to remember the fallen, the injured and our serving personnel.

Many organisations and individual across our Province will be hosting services to commemorate the day, and I encourage you to liaise with your Lodge / Hall and support the remembrance services and walk proudly in parades wearing on this occasion your Craft collar, appropriate Military medals and Poppy. Please note that Masonic jewels should not be worn.

This year the Province of Durham will be laying 20 wreaths at various locations on your behalf along with many personal tributes from individuals and from Lodges and Chapters.  

Be part of something special, and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, so we could enjoy our tomorrows.

RWBro John Paul Thompson.

Provincial Grand Master.

 LocationProvincial Representative
1BillinghamWBro David Hay
2Chester Le StreetWBro Michael Jacques
3DarlingtonWBro Andrew Foster
4DurhamVWBro Michael Graham
5Hartlepool Raby RoadRWBro John Thompson
6JarrowWBro Paul O’Doherty
7SeahamWBro Andrew Moule
8MurtonArmed Forces Committee
9ShildonWBro Jamie Rielly
10South ShieldsWBro Clinton Leeks
11SpennymoorWBro David Hanson
12Stockton on TeesWBro Tom Gittins
13SunderlandWBro Rak Bhalla
14Darlington CockertonWBro Richard Tucker
15Darlington Yarm RoadWBro Mark Aram
16Barnard CastleWBro Frank White
17Hartlepool HeadlandWBro Paul Fryer
18Menin GateWBro Stuart Major
19BirtleyWBro Gordon Brewis
20ConsettWBro John D Watts
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