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Cleveland Show 2011

show_11_2show 11 3Yet again our splendid display brought in the crowds. The Teddies for Loving Care display brought to everyone’s attention the great job that this appeal does. 

We even had visitors to our marquee with a child who had received one whilst in hospital and the comfort that these little bears brought was amazing.

Amongst the many visitors to the Masonic Stand was the Mayor of Stockton and his wife who took great interest in what we had to say.

This year our guests in the marquee were a team from the Unicorn Centre  Riding for Disabled Children. The Centre was recently given aid by the Linthorpe Lodge which was matched by the Provincial Grand Charity

 

This year we decided to look the part and have a team shirt; embroidered with the Masonic Logo and Middlesbrough Freemasons. These shirts really stood out and if anyone would like one please contact the FITC

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Cleveland Show 2010

show10_1show10The Freemasons stand at the 2010 show was another success thanks to the efforts of the FITC committee.

Attendance was up and there seemed to be a good deal of interest in our newest member...



Donated by the TLC this cool teddy was raffled free of charge to the public and with over 150 tickets given outit was a great idea to attract people to the stand.

 

Cleveland Show 2009

show09_2The weather was again kind to us as we arrived at the masonic Hall at 7am to collect the displays and equipment for the show.The displays were quickly erected at the showground and goodie bags filled by 9am as we waited for the gates to open.

 

 

After a slow start we did indeed have a good few visitors to the stand with mostly good comments coming our way.

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We received many congratulations for the amount the Middlesbrough Freemasons donated to local charities this year, a staggering £26,908 and people were interested to find out who we donated the money to.

Cleveland Show 2008

The day dawned to clear blue skies and despite our early morning start (6.45) we set off from Roman Road to set up our stall at the show full of enthusiasm.Perhaps its practice but whatever the reason we were set up by 8.30 and were eagerly awaiting the official opening at 9.00.From a slow trickle we were soon experiencing more and more customers. My Uncle, my Dad, My brother was/is a Freemason do you know him? Was the usual opening of many of our visitors the majority of them Ladies. Sometimes just a cursory passing interest, but certainly more than a few wanting to know just what we were about.PGM_Jack_2show2008The utter surprise when we explain to them that, no we are not a secret society and that on the contrary, we don’t just look after ourselves but help others in their time of need was evident on their faces.Amongst our display items this year were two cheques for the Yorkshire and North East Air Ambulance Services. A great many people commented on the fact that it was a great cause and congratulated us on a great effort. It would seem that it is a very popular charity close to the hearts of many people.


We also had a Cleveland Search and Rescue Team and their Land Rover with us as our guests. They had received a donation for £5000 from Anchor Lodge No 1870 and Provincial Grand Lodge so they wanted to show themselves off to the public to great effect.Our day ended as it had begun back at the Masonic Hall in Roman Road some twelve hours later.as it worth the effort? Would we do it again? Ask that question in a few months time when we have forgotten the long hours and I’m sure you will get a positive “YES” for an answer.

The Cleveland Show 2006

On a very hot and humid day members of the Freemasonry in the Community Committee for the Middlesbrough Lodges spent Saturday 22nd July 2006 at the Cleveland Show, Stewart Park, Middlesbrough promoting Freemasonry.
Members of the public at the Show, of which there were an estimated 8,000 were able to study Photographs, read Display Boards, collect Information Packs and talk to members of the Middlesbrough Lodges as they passed the Stand. Anyone with a greater interest entered the Marquee to view the Display Boards inside. Interest exceeded the expectation of the organisers and some members of the public requested further information. Committee members will pursue their requests.
cleveland028cleveland007In addition to the Display Boards about Freemasonry in Middlesbrough there were Display Boards about Freemasonry on a Provincial, National and International perspective. 
In addition to Middlesbrough residents there were visitors from other parts of the United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia. Numerous visitors said how impressed they had been with the display and what a great idea it was.The unanimous view of all the Brethren who had worked on the initiative, and been present on the stand, was that it had been a very successful day and one worthy of being repeated, which hopefully it will be.