Provincial Grand Master’s / Grand Superintendent’s Christmas Message
Dear Brethren and Companions,
It is with great thanks and appreciation that I look back over 2022 and my first six months as the head of the Freemasons of Durham, a role I carry out with immense pride.
Many thanks to you all for the support you have given to me and our team as we start to implement those changes which will take our Province forward.
Some of our Lodges and Chapters have felt the need to return their warrants this year with much sadness but also with great dignity. A task forced by many reasons including the recent pandemic, and the economic challenges we all now face.
Freemasonry I feel will persevere and will be stronger going forward. The Pro Grand Master has recently launched the strategy for the next 7 years of our organisation as we head towards 2030. A strategy I hope we all can endorse next year.
I’m proud of the Lodges and Chapters who have supported Durham Benevolence over the past year with donations increasing at a very generous rate. Your support is needed now more than ever as we try to help those in most need within our Province.
It is vital that we support our communities, our food banks, and our elderly. Durham Freemasons when called upon always step forward and it gives me a deep sense of pride when I see individuals volunteering, and Lodges and Chapters going ‘above and beyond’ to support the charities in our Province.
As 2023 approaches I’m very optimistic that we will tackle our challenges together, we will continue to support each other. Our charitable support I’m sure will still be needed more than ever as the economic uncertainty continues and working together will make us stronger together.
Andrea and I wish all Durham Freemasons and your families a very Merry Christmas and healthy and Happy New Year.
Best regards to you all,
Provincial Grand Master / Grand Superintendent
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”