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Light Blues

The Durham Light Blues Club is a relatively new group set up to enhance the feeling of brotherhood, camaraderie and fun, both inside and outside of our lodge rooms. The group is open to all Masons who have not yet received Provincial rank, from Entered Apprentices through to Past Masters.

The aims of the club are to connect brethren from all areas of the province who will be sharing similar masonic experiences, helping to meet in both masonic and non-masonic settings. The club aims to provide its members with enjoyable events and platforms to explore it, and to unlock the experience to its fullest potential.

The group has three key types of event for the membership to take part in; organised visits to masonic events and lodges around the province, charitable events in the community, and informal events where masons and non-masons, friends and family, can socialise in a relaxed setting.

If you feel the Light Blues could be for you, register your interest by following the below link to the sign-up form.

Join the Durham Light Blues.

Connecting brethren from all areas of the province who will be sharing similar masonic experiences.

TEAM PROFILES
Matthew Pearce

Chairman

As a Lewis, joining the Craft in my early twenties was an inevitability for me. I’ve been an active mason for 12 years.

I enjoyed all of the progressive floor officer positions on the way to becoming Worshipful Master of my lodge in 2013. Now, as a Past Master, I have strived to improve the lodge and freemasonry both in the Durham Province and further afield.

I have enjoyed being involved in the early evolution of the Durham Light Blues and helping steer it to becoming an active group that is at the forefront of bringing extra enjoyment to younger masons across Durham and the wider area.

Anthony Turfrey

Secretary

Having only joined the Craft in 2017, I'm a relatively new mason. Once I had reached the rank of Master Mason and I had my clearance certificate, I took it upon myself to start visiting other lodges on my own. Whilst quite daunting at first, I found it very interesting, and it was great to see the differences between the lodges.

I learned of the Durham Light Blues Club at one of the Provincial training sessions, and immediately signed up. Since joining, my visiting, knowledge, Masonic education, circle of friends, and most of all, my confidence, have grown enormously.

If you have any questions about the Light Blues, or any other enquiry, please feel free to email me. If you would like to join, there is a link on the page.

Stephen Little

Treasurer

I’ve been a Freemason since May 2015. I originally joined having been intrigued with the mystery that surrounds it and the opportunity to pull my dinner suit out of long term storage, unfortunately it no longer fit, so had to buy a new one!

Some of the highlights for being in Freemasonry for me is being able to take my better half all dressed up to Ladies Night functions; visiting other lodges and meeting new and welcoming people.

As part of the Durham 2021 Festival I recently undertook my first charitable fundraising activity being part of the Ski Challenge at Silksworth in Sunderland. I’m keen to get involved in some of the other events that are planned in the future and would recommended others get involved in any way possible in some of these fun activities for a worthy cause.

Stuart Major

Communications Officer

I've been a mason since January 2014, originally joining a lodge in the Province of Northumberland, of which I am still an active officer. Within weeks of my third degree I was visiting lodges in the Province of Staffordshire, where I was studying, and was also active down there. After the completion of my studies I joined a Durham Lodge. I'm the third generation of my family to have joined the lodge.

As the communications officer I am responsible for the web and social media presence.

The Light Blues Club has provided me an opportunity to meet fellow younger masons, both in lodges and socially. My aim is to provide those same enriching opportunities to others and to highlight that masonry is fun and social.

As part of the 2021 Festival, I completed the Great Manchester Run, which was my first half marathon. Currently, I am in training for the 2019 Great North Run, also in aid of the festival.

David Andrew Martin

Events Coordinator

As Events Coordinator I aim to attend many lodges in the coming year to encourage newer masons to visit and extend their arms of friendship.

Visiting and getting to meet new people is a benefit that you don’t appreciate or understand when you first join and our eclectic range of planned events and activities should have broad appeal, so please get involved, and if you have any suggestions, please get in touch! As the old adage goes "You only get out what you put in".

  • TLC Teddy Initiative……

    “thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”

  • Community Support Grants…..

    “The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”

  • Provincial Annual Meeting….

    “The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….

  • Masonic Widows……

    “My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”

  • Provincial Meeting…..

    “The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”

  • The Royal Arch…..

    “I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”

  • What have you gained?

    “I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”

  • In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative

    “A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”

  • What Freemasonry has done for you?

    “The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you

  • One of the best things I have ever done…

    “Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”

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