The Provincial Grand Master John Thompson took a deputation of his Officers to visit Lodge of Industry in Gateshead on Monday 23rd January. John was keen to support the oldest Lodge in the Province of Durham, having been in existence for nearly 300 years.
The lodge room looked splendid with 70 brethren in attendance and the Worshipful Master, Dr Anthony Thomas Richardson, enlightened them all with a talk entitled “ The early history of Masonry and the development of the Lodge of Industry “, which you can read in full by using the following link.
The festive board was enjoyed by all present and in his reply to his toast the PGM made special reference to his commitment to embrace the UGLE strategy for 2022 and beyond, to ensure Freemasonry in Durham is fit for the membership and helps to attract and retain members. In this respect it is important to maintain tradition and history and the Lodge of Industry like many others may have to adapt and change to be viable in the future. John also thanked the brethren for their exceedingly kind donation of £200.00 to Durham TLC.
May the future be bright.
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”