A most special meeting.
Marquis of Granby's November meeting was already a special one as we worked a second degree ceremony where Brother Geoffrey Newton was passed to the degree of a Fellowcraft.
Enhancing the evening was the opportunity to welcome WBro Fred Colley, Worshipful Master of Norman Lodge No.1334, his officers and brethren on this their fraternal visit.
Taking the evening to an even higher level was the arrival of our Provincial Grand Master, RWBro John Arthur accompanied by 27 of his officers.
Geoffrey Newton is seen in the photograph below with WBro Norman Alderson, Provincial Mentor and WBro Michael Eve, area mentoring coordinator for the west of the province. Michael presented Geoffrey with mentoring booklets and gave a short but meaningful address explaining how the provincial mentoring system worked.
Some eighty seven visitors, guests and lodge members enjoyed an excellent festive board during which the Provincial Grand Master presented WBro John Butterfield, the current Master of our lodge, with a framed certificate marking the occasion of Marquis of Granby Lodge reaching the 'Gold level' in fundraising for the Durham 2021 Festival for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys.
Later, Mike Smithies, Festival Ambassador presented Marquis of Granby Brothers Kenny Beal, Michael Dunn and Jason Heels with a festival jewel, which recognises their support of and achievements when taking part in sponsored events such as the Three Peaks Challenge, the Mud Run, Provincial Golf Day etc.
These three Granby brethren between them have raised almost £6000 to date.
Granby's Gone Gold!
In 2016 the freemasons of the province of Durham accepted the challenge of raising £2.8m, by 2021, for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys (RMTGB).
Each lodge was given an individual target, this was based on the number of members in each individual lodge.
Marquis of Granby's target was £18,576.
Our lodge is delighted to announce that we exceeded this target in October 2018.
Charity isn't only about giving money....
Freemasonry as an organisation has a well earned reputation for charitable giving, we donate millions in cash to registered charities and good causes here in the UK and overseas, second only to the National Lottery when it comes to charitable donations.
However, charity can also be about giving your time, experience and commitment to a good cause and in the autumn edition of 'Freemasonry Today' there's a great example of how many Freemasons do both!
The story initially hears from John Watts, a Durham Freemason and APGM who, as well as fundraising for many causes including the provision of new Blood Bikes, John commits his time and energy as a volunteer for Northumbria Blood Bikes.
The story then takes a nationwide look at other Freemasons like John who quite literally go 'the extra mile' by offering hands on support to the NHS by delivering blood and other urgent medical samples and equipment across our region.
Click on the photo of the front page of Freemasonry Today to open a link to the online magazine and read about this heartwarming story and others too.
Social Evening, June 2018
A roaring success, our brethren, along with their family and friends shared a great time at our lodge's social evening.
We enjoyed a quality four course meal as well as entertainment and in the process we raised £££'s for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys.
The Challenge took place over the Bank Holiday weekend on Saturday 26th May 2018 to raise funds for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys.
Three members of Marquis of Granby Lodge took part in what was a huge challenge, climbing the three great peaks of England, Scotland and Wales in just 24 hours.
They were Kenny Beal, Craig Baker and Jason Heels. Each one paid his own transport costs as well as one night's accommodation.
Their combined efforts have raised more than £5000 so far.
It's not too late to support them! Please click on the photos to offer your support to Craig, Jason or Kenny (or all three!) in what was a gutsy fund raising challenge.
The Installation meeting January 2018
In relatively recent times, our lodge has celebrated the installation of a new Worshipful Master in our January meeting. It was not always so.
As highlighted in our lodge history page last month, in times gone by a new master took his place in the chair and appointed his officers for the ensuing ‘Halfyear’. These half year periods began with either the festival of St. John the Baptist in June or the festival of St. John the Evangelist each December.
On the 9th January 2018 and by dispensation from the Provincial Grand Master, WBro John Butterfield was installed as master of our lodge for the third consecutive year. He is pictured above with some of his lodge’s officers that evening.
To mark the occasion, John handed three cheques to WBro David John Green ProvSGW who was representing the PGM. The cheques were donations to the 2021 festival, Durham Benevolence and the TLC Teddy Initiative.
The lodge’s cheque to the 2021 Festival was for £2000, carrying Marquis of Granby Lodge forward from Bronze and passing the sum required for a Silver Award.