As 2017 draws to a close, I would like you to enjoin with me and reflect on the tremendous year that Freemasonry in Northumberland has enjoyed. In this special year, we celebrated the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England in style, with many activities and events taking place across the Province. A Classic Car and Bike show, a Celebration Dinner held at St James’ Park, a Multi-Faith Ceremony attended by Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland and one of my favourites; the Teddy Bears Picnic held at Alnwick Gardens in the summer.
This event saw more than 200 children from schools in Newcastle, Morpeth, Berwick, Hexham, Alnwick and Cramlington enjoy a teddy bear trail, a picnic box, entertainment by colourful fairy tale characters and of course the obligatory teddy bear, which was given to every child.
I would like to thank all of those individuals and groups involved in organising and running these events; your support has been very much appreciated by me.
In this Tercentenary year, we’ve donated money to charities close to each of our 27 lodge buildings across North Tyneside, Newcastle and Northumberland so that we can really make a positive impact on local projects and causes near to where Masonry takes place.
Our donations were all chosen by our members and the money has helped the charities concerned carry on their work locally within the community. In total, 78 charities received cheques for the good work they do to help the people of our Province.
In total, the Province or Northumberland has donated nearly £700,000 to local and national charities this year.
It’s been a fantastic year for freemasons from the Tyne to the Tweed and I’m very proud of the work we’ve done in the community which has made a positive impact on so many people who need our help. I am also grateful for the support I have received from Executive Team, The Provincial Office and each and every one of you who have supported me on my visits throughout the Province.
I hope you have a wonderful Festive break and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.