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Durham Newsletter

Durham Insight

Durham Insight is our monthly newsletter that is sent direct to every member, keeping us all up to date with everything happening from every corner of our Province.

In the words of our Provincial Grand Master, “We are Stronger Together” and Durham Insight plays its part in keeping us all connected by sharing some of the wonderful initiatives being adopted by Masons from the shores of the Tees to the Banks of the Tyne.

Durham Podcast is now on it’s own page – click here.

Email Archives

Launched to keep you connected, it is emailed to all subscribers. For those not subscribed an archive of all newsletters is available here.

Tell us what’s been happening in your Lodge, Chapter or Masonic Order by sending a good quality image along with a few words to newsletter@durhamfreemasons.org

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New Masons

New Freemasons

Masons in their early years in Freemasonry are important to the Province of Durham. We want you to be a member of a Lodge but also to feel a part of the Province. We are on a journey with common values that bring us together and we want to support you as you grow in Freemasonry.

We have set up a Durham New Masons Forum, with the initial aim of learning what it is that you need as you assimilate yourself into life as a Freemason.

Our New Masons Forum focus groups will give you a say and allow us to consider what has worked and not worked in the past as well as to review what others are doing in the other Provinces around the country.

Our ultimate aim is to build a vibrant and fulfilling experience for our early years Masons, with a sense of belonging which will sustain them in years to come on their Masonic journey. Watch this space.

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The Universities Scheme

University Scheme

About the Scheme

Tradition and continuity are just two of the values that characterise the relationship between Freemasonry and Universities. It was more than 200 years ago that the first University Lodge, Apollo University Lodge was founded in Oxford in 1818.

Isaac Newton University Lodge soon followed at Cambridge in 1861 and since then many thousands of young men have been introduced to Freemasonry through these two Lodges.

It was these very foundations that led to the United Grand Lodge of England establishing the Universities Scheme in 2005 and introducing Freemasonry’s important values to a new generation.

There are now 87 Lodges and seven Chapters pursuing a similar, yet distinct, course across England and Wales, where towns and cities have Universities. Here in the Province of Durham we have 3 Universities Lodges, Mowbray Lodge in Sunderland, Universities Lodge in Durham City and Lodge of Fraternity in Stockton-on-Tees.

All these Lodges welcome new members and those wishing to become Freemasons, who are undergraduates, postgraduates, senior members of the university and alumni, and any students from Further Education, ranging in age from 18 upwards.

“We know from these long-established University Lodges that students – whether undergraduates or postgraduates – enjoy Freemasonry to the full. Through the Universities Scheme, we hope that university members from all over the country will be able to gain the same inspiration, fulfilment, and enjoyment.”

Sir David Wootton, Deputy Grand Master, and President of the Universities Scheme

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Lodges in The Universities Scheme

Undergraduates, Graduates, Researchers, Academics and Lecturers who are interested in learning more about Freemasonry are all welcome to contact the respective Lodges directly by following the links below.

Billingham Masonic Hall

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Stockton Masonic Hall

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Mowbray 5373

Mowbray L5373
Wearside Masonic Temple

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Billingham Masonic Hall

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Durham Masonic Hall

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Our History

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Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal societies. There are many legends linked to its birth but the general consensus amongst masonic scholars is that it descends directly or indirectly from the organisation of operative stone masons, those who built the great cathedrals and castles of the Middle Ages. However, evidence exists of gentlemen being made Freemasons in non-operative lodges, by the late 1600`s.

The original area of County Durham lies only 50 miles from the Scottish border and has within its boundaries many places of historic significance and great natural beauty. The limits of the original County were marked by the River Tyne to the North, the River Tees to the South, the North Sea Coast to the East and the Pennine Hills to the West.

The growth of Freemasonry in the county may be considered in three distinct parts

Earliest records to 1734

Earliest records to the appointment of a Provincial Grand Master in 1734.
Continued below…

1734 to 1787

The appointment of a Provincial Grand Master to the formation of Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham

1788 to date

Formation of Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham

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What is Freemasonry

Modern Freemasonry

Our Guiding Principles

For Freemasons there are four important values that help define our path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. In today’s world these principles ring as true as they have at any point in the organisation’s history.

integrity

Integrity

Building Good People

Rather than working on buildings like the masons of old, today’s Freemasons focus on building themselves as people of integrity, and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal.

friendship

Friendship

Building Together

One of the oldest social organisations in the world, Freemasonry provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life.

respect

Respect

Building Unity

With a membership of more than 200,000 people drawn from communities across the UK, Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion or any other perceived differences that can divide us as a society.

charity

Service

Building Compassion

Whether participating in events, fundraising for a charitable cause or volunteering for public or community organisations, service is at the very heart of Freemasonry. Our members make valuable contributions by donating time, resources and skills. 

What is Freemasonry

Freemasonry means different things to every Mason. Some Freemasons enjoy meeting new people and expanding their circle of friends. For others, our charitable fundraising and works, are fundamental to their membership, helping deserving causes and making a difference to family, friends and society as a whole. For most Freemasons it is a great way to spend quality time in an enjoyable hobby that they share with like-minded people from an incredibly diverse cross section of society.

As one of the world’s largest and oldest fraternal, charitable, non-religious and non-political organisations, Freemasonry teaches self-knowledge. Members are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry and are expected to be of high moral standing.

Members are taught our guiding principles (moral lessons and self-knowledge) via a series of ritual dramas, a progression of allegorical plays which are learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge, using stonemasons customs and tools as their guide.

A moral and ethical approach to life is instilled in our members. Its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches concern for society, care for those less fortunate and help for those in need.

Everyday Freemasons
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Where & When we meet

Billingham Masonic Hall

Try our interactive hall map, with information and links to our Masonic Halls and the lodges that meet there.

Durham Masonic Halls

Hover over the map to identify the Masonic Halls, then click on the hall to view more information on that venue.
Durham Province Masonic Halls Map
South Shields Masonic Lodge Jarrow Masonic Hall Gateshead Masonic Hall Dunston Masonic Hall Ryton Masonic Hall Chopwell Masonic Hall Birtley Masonic Hall Wearside Masonic Hall Queen Street Masonic Temple Penshaw Masonic Hall Chester-Le-Street Masonic Hall Stanley Masonic Hall Blackhill Masonic Lodge Consett Masonic Hall Seaham Masonic Hall Hetton-le-Hole Masonic Lodge Durham Masonic Hall Stanhope Masonic Hall Wolsingham Masonic Hall Tow Law Masonic Hall Crook Masonic Hall Willington Masonic Hall Spennymoor Masonic Hall Ferryhill Masonic Hall Castle Eden Masonic Hall Hartlepool Raby Masonic Hall St Helens Masonic Hall Shildon Masonic Hall Middleton-in-Teesdale Staindrop Masonic Hall Barnard Castle Masonic Hall Darlington Masonic Hall Stockton-on-Tees Masonic Hall Billingham Masonic Hall Lumley Castle Hall

South Shields Masonic Lodge

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Gateshead Masonic Hall

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Dunston Masonic Hall

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Ryton Masonic Hall

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Chopwell Masonic Hall

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Birtley Masonic Hall

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Wearside Masonic Hall

Queen Street Masonic Temple

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Penshaw Masonic Hall

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Chester-Le-Street Masonic Hall

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Stanley Masonic Hall

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Blackhill Masonic Lodge

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Consett Masonic Hall

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Seaham Masonic Hall

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Hetton-le-Hole Masonic Lodge

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Stanhope Masonic Hall

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Wolsingham Masonic Hall

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Tow Law Masonic Hall

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Crook Masonic Hall

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Willington Masonic Hall

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Spennymoor Masonic Hall

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Ferryhill Masonic Hall

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Castle Eden Masonic Hall

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Hartlepool Raby Masonic Hall

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St Helens Masonic Hall

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Shildon Masonic Hall

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Middleton-in-Teesdale

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Staindrop Masonic Hall

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Barnard Castle Masonic Hall

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Darlington Masonic Hall

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Stockton-on-Tees Masonic Hall

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Billingham Masonic Hall

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Lumley Castle Hall

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You can also visit the lodge pages directly using the ‘Lodge Finder’ page.

Diary of Lodge / Chapter meetings in Durham