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Durham Freemasons Raise The Flag For NHS


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NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day – 5th July 2021.


Representatives of each Masonic Hall within the Province have been contacted by our Comms Team to arrange the displaying of a flag or banner to show support and advertise the above event.  The flag or banner will be raised or displayed on 5 July to signal the official start the day’s celebrations, and then left flying or in-situ for seven days.  Hall contacts have been asked to remember to send pictures of them in place to


The main thrust of the support from Durham Freemasons is to fly a flag or Banner on Masonic halls up and down the Province.

Due to current guidelines, we ask not for you to open the Halls or gather in groups for the day.

We do ask you to join the Nation, at home, in the celebration of this day. Background information related to the day can be seen below.


The Provincial Grand Master wishes to announce that on the 5th July a local support fund of £20,000 is to be made available from our Province to provide support to Local Charities / organisations who can identify active support to the NHS, Social Care and Frontline workers. This has been made available from Durham Benevolence and Provincial Funds. A simple online application bidding form will be available with a link forwarded in due course.


About the day:

‘The inaugural celebration of NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day is set to take place on 5 July 2021, with Freemasons leading the event.


The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has invited its 200,000 members to fly specially designed flags or banners at 10am on the 5th July, to celebrate this unique day dedicated to the NHS, social care and all those that work on the front line, who have saved so many lives during this pandemic. The celebration will also remember those workers we sadly lost.


July 5th 1948 was an historic moment in our country’s history. It was the day our pioneering National Health Service (NHS) was born, bringing free healthcare to everyone.  Now we have the chance to show our gratitude to all NHS and front line staff with an annual day of thanks, and remembrance of those who lost their lives because of this dreadful disease.


At 11am,  a 2 minute silence to remember NHS workers and all those who died from Covid-19.


The day continues with a toast to the NHS at 1pm, ‘raising a cuppa’ to the NHS.


At 8pm, we ask all Durham Freemasons to join the nation in an evening clap for NHS workers, while church bells are set to ring 73 times to celebrate 73 years of the NHS.


Closing the celebrations at 9pm, there will be a #timetotoast for all NHS workers.’


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