The Bishop’s Suite at Ramside Hall, Carville, Durham provided the setting for Durham Freemasons, their partners, and friends to celebrate the conclusion of the hugely successful Durham 2021 Festival, where the sum of £3,477,877 was raised.
The sell-out event with over 350 tickets sold started in the reception area where pre dinner drinks were served and it steadily filled with smartly dressed ladies and gentlemen looking forward to a fabulous evening in good company.
After all the guests had taken their seats in the main dining area, which looked brilliant and fit for this special occasion, the Provincial Grand Master and Festival Director John Thompson and his distinguished guests were announced and welcomed by all present. John then thanked all guests for attending and hoped they all had a superb evening. John made special mention of Mrs Sue Snowdon, the Lord-Lieutenant Her Majesty’s representative in County Durham, Sir David Hugh Wootton, Assistant Grand Master and Sir Paul Williams, O.B.E, KStJ, Deputy President and Chairman of the Trustees of the MCF.
Enter CIC opened the entertainment, and this was followed by a 5 course meal enjoyed by all present.
The formal Toasts were observed with suitable replies by the appropriate people. In his reply John made special reference to the Province of Durham as a whole for the magnificent effort made by everyone involved throughout the Festival resulting in the end total. Flowers were presented to Mrs Sue Snowdon and Johns wife Andrea.
A fabulous night enjoyed by everyone who attended and with the help of Chris Tame the entertainment, it continued until the “wee hours”.
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”