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Harte Chapter Centenary Celebrations | Durham Freemasons

Monday the 26th of September was a night of special celebration for the members & visitors of Harte Chapter 4217, who meet at the Masonic Hall at Raby Road in Hartlepool.  A lot of preparation had been invested in advance by a number of companions to make sure everything was in place to celebrate Harte Chapter centenary, having been founded in 1922.

John Thompson, Grand Superintendent, welcomed the Provincial Team (led by David Hanson, Second Provincial Grand Principal) in his capacity of Zerubbabel of Harte Chapter.  The companions were treated to a rich & detailed history of Harte Chapter that was prepared & delivered by Darren Bethell, Scribe Ezra, where appreciation was shown by all companions in a manner usual among Royal Arch Masons.

Companion David Kirwan took the floor & presented John with a trophy for the centenary of Harte Chapter.  The trophy being very detailed demonstrated that a lot of time & effort had been put in by David to craft it by his own hands.  David explained that he had joined Harte Chapter as a joining member where he was warmly welcomed by the members, which he very much appreciated.  David has never found the opportunity progress in office due to busy work commitments but has enjoyed every minute of being a member & wanted to give something to the chapter as a thank you & also something that can be looked after & displayed for many years ahead.  John commented on how wonderful he thought the trophy was & thanked David for his kind gift.  David also pointed out that there is a secret door on the back of the trophy.

A facsimile of the centenary charter was read out by Tom Gittins, Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra, who advised that the official charter is delayed due to a shortage of materials.  Tom also advised the companions that he is sure that the Grand Superintendent would be happy to visit in the future to officially present it when it arrives.  David Hanson presented the facsimile to John on behalf of the Province.

John presented David Hanson with two cheques from Harte Chapter; one for £100 towards Durham Benevolence & the other also for £100 towards TLC teddies.  David thanked John & the members of Harte Chapter for their kind generosity.

After the business was concluded upstairs the companions enjoyed a fantastic festive board & each others company downstairs as well as a raffle with many prizes.  The raffle raised the grand sum of £561.75!

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Alice House Hospice | Durham Freemasons

On Saturday 13 th August 2022, Graeme Haran met with Janice Forbes from the Alice House Hospice located in Wells Avenue Hartlepool, at 11:00am to present to Gemma a cheque for a magnificent amount of £671.00.

Alice House is a local Hospice that is serving the communities of Hartlepool & East Durham; previously Graeme has raised money for this hospice.

Graeme and Stephen Lancaster along with the help of their wives Sam and Tracey raised this amount with 52 guests including members of Strathearn Lodge 4965, other Lodges and friends attending their summer ball, which was held at Marine Hotel Seaton Carew, Hartlepool on June 18 th 2022. This included a 3-course meal and live music from local band “Guess” followed a Raffle with lots of prizes donated by local businesses and a Closest to the bottle (Coin shove).

This event was first talked about as far back as 2019, as many younger or newer members of Strathearn lodge had not attended a summer ball or Ladies night previously to attending this night at the Marine Hotel, and had started to build up momentum from a meeting in April 2022 with Graeme and Stephen.

Just prior to this event happening, Stephen Lancaster’s daughter Charlotte had gone out of her way by visiting some local businesses trying to build up support for this event.

Cash donations were given by

Reactive design,(Andy Kennedy) Strathearn Lodge

Cranwell Motors (Nick Cavilla ) Strathearn Lodge

Ben Cram (Lego Ben) – Harte lodge

Businesses who donated were

Sensory Spot Is a shop in Hartlepool that offer sensory and educational items

Matteo’s (local family run restaurant in Seaton),

Surfside Fish and Chips,

Larry’s Lanes (local Bowling Alley),

Seaton Tandoori,

Ultimate tanning,

Lyla Bells café

Graeme asked that because the above Businesses had given towards the lodge’s summer ball, it be worth mentioning them by name.

This is a great advert to Freemasonry in Hartlepool and a fantastic donation and gesture. Well done everyone involved.

Thank you cards were given to the Local Businesses who generously donated raffle prizes and were duly appreciated

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Coffee shop hoping to reach teens in crisis with new ‘safe space’ venture | Durham Freemasons

LilyAnne’s Coffee Bar has had a staggering 556 people on the point of crisis reach out to it so far this year

A coffee shop in Hartlepool offers so much more than what’s on the menu – it provides a safe space for people to talk.

LilyAnne’s Coffee Bar may look and feel like any much-loved high street venue, but it was set up as a community venture to provide people with friendship and understanding when they are facing mental ill health, social isolation or loneliness.

Now, because of the rise in suicides among young people, the Victoria Road outlet is launching a We Listen group for young people over the age of 16 to go along and feel at ease talking about their problems.

As part of the launch, organisers have placed 300 special cards around the town featuring codes that young people can scan to get more help and advice about mental health issues, within four days, 55 of the cards had been activated.

Trevor Sherwood, who is in charge of project development at the cafe, said the new social group will launch next month.

He said: “We are looking to create a safe place where young people over the age of 16 can go and talk and be listened to, when it comes to mental health groups there are quite a few but they are for over 18s only”.

However, LilyAnne’s felt something needed to be offered to people a bit younger, who are at risk of taking their own lives, a lot of young people don’t realise they are in crisis with their mental health and a lot of them don’t want to burden family and friends with their issues. Sometimes they don’t realise they can go to the doctor for help and they just don’t know where to turn.

He said: “In four days 55 people have scanned the code on the cards and five have made contact with the coffee shop, which is great. If 55 people have scanned them, even if it is just out of curiosity, it means 55 people now have more information so they can support others.”

Trevor said: “We are finding a lot of young men, aged between 16 and 21, are just not coming forward with their problems. I think there’s a lot of stigma and they think of the old-fashioned idea they should man-up. We want them to realise real men talk rather than bottling everything up.”

LilyAnne’s is a not-for-profit community interest company, and already this year it has had a staggering 556 people on the point of crisis reach out to it.

The idea behind the venture is that anyone can enjoy a nice coffee, with family, friends or on their own, with the added benefit of being able to tap into the support on offer. The aim is to reduce the feelings arising from social isolation and loneliness while creating companionship.

Volunteers and staff believe being better connected to others improves well-being and the best way to reduce troubling feelings and thoughts is by being around people.

Trevor, who is launching the We Listen venture with Alexander Gray, said they already have ten volunteers in place who want to help out and support young people.

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