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British Empire Medal to William(Bill) Joseph Watson

On Tuesday 14th May 2024 Durham Freemason William (Bill) Watson had the great pleasure of being presented the British Empire Medal, by The Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham Sue Snowdon.

This medal is granted in recognition of meritorious civil or military service by His Majesty the King. Bill Watson has made a huge, significant difference to the musical lives of countless over the whole of the North East. As a music teacher, Director of the Great North Big Band Festival, Musical Director of the Sunderland University Big Band and as a founder member and Secretary of the Saint Cecilia Freemasons Lodge in Durham he has given countless opportunities for young musicians in a variety of ways.

His passion for music is palpable, and Its impossible not to be impressed by the amazing range of activities Bill has been involved with and his passion for music.His drive and total dedication and energy makes him a most worthy recipient of this honour.

Congratulations from all at Durham Freemasons Bill.

Stronger Together

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Durham Freemasons wish HM Majesty King Charles III, a very happy 75th birthday.

In celebration HM Majesty’s coronation and 75th birthday year, local Freemans have granted donations totalling £75,000 to the Princes Trust in our region.  

Durham Freemasons offer £25,000 for core funding of the Prince’s Trust general projects to be ring fenced for projects in our region. We also offer £50,000 to fund projects as outlined in your application for £25,000 to be distributed in Dragons Den style panels made up of local Freemasons.  This funding will be in two payments.  1 of £25,000 for the current year as per the application, and a second £25,000 payment made next year to fund a second year of the programme. 

Lisa Thomas Philanthropy Manager of the Prince’s Trust said.

“This grant will help us to reach some of the most marginalised young people, bringing hope and motivation back into their lives. I very much look forward to sharing their stories with you in due course and reporting to you on the impact of this donation”.

The Provincial Grand Master said.

“ We are proud as Durham Freemasons to celebrate His Majesty’s 75th birthday in this his coronation year. The trust has been impacting young lives since 1976 and we hope these grants will continue the charity ethos to enable young persons to have every chance to succeed.

Thank you, Your Majesty, for your leadership and service. We hope you will have a truly wonderful day.

Stronger Together.

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