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150 years @ Fraternity

On the 26th of October the Provincial Grand Master, John Thompson, had the pleasure of leading his team of Provincial officers to the Lodge of Fraternity.  Both members and visitors had gathered to celebrate a very special milestone in the history of the lodge; Lodge of Fraternity was consecrated one-hundred and fifty years ago in 1873.

All of the visitors were warmly welcomed into the lodge by its members and were then treated to a presentation led off by the Worshipful Master, Richard Barlow, and supported by his team of lodge officers.  The presentation gave snippets of the lodge history through the years touching on founder members, membership during war time, some callouts to individual lodge members on various topics as well as peaks and troughs in membership over the time. 

As part of the history it was highlighted that back in 2007 the lodge applied for membership of a new initiative from the United Grand Lodge of England. The initiative being the Universities Scheme, as a means of introducing Freemasonry to younger members.  The lodge has a wide demographic ranging from 20 to 85 years of age.  All of the brethren showed their appreciation of the presentation, and the hard work that has gone into it, in a manner usual among masons. 

During the second rising Richard had the pleasure of presenting a cheque to John for masonic charitable purposes to the value of £1,418; which is the number of the lodge as a mark of the occasion.  John was also able to surprise Richard by presenting him with a signed and framed certificate from The Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham for the lodge commemorating their 150 year achievement.

Downstairs at the festive board everyone in attendance was gifted a 2024 pocket calendar, a pen and also a booklet to commemorate the 150 years of the Lodge of Fraternity.  John responded to his toast and thanked the lodge for their 150 years of service in the Province of Durham. John also highlighted what a proud achievement it is and how appreciative he was able to be there celebrating with the lodge members and visitors.

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Double Congratulations to Restoration

On the evening of Thursday 28th the members of Restoration lodge met for their September meeting in Darlington. This was a double congratulation – Firstly because the lodge collected £250 for the TLC Teddies and secondly £250 for Annabelle Challenge.

Firstly, Steven Hicks asked the members if they could do a collection for the TLC Teddies at this meeting and the lodge raised a celebratory sum of £250.

Secondly £250 for Annabelle Challenge – the story behind this donation began 6 months earlier on the slopes of mount Everest. Jason Brimson who attended to collect the £250 cheque from the lodge and Dave Riches of Restoration, along with a handful of like-minded individuals completed the trek to Everest Base Camp, and one of the reasons for doing this was to raise funds for various charities, in Jason’s case ‘Annabelle’s Challenge’

The following month Dave gave a presentation of the trek to the Lodge, and explained a little about the charity ‘Annabelle’s Challenge’. Dave asked the members of Restoration if they could donate £50 the following month, and Dave was immediately reminded of the generosity of the members to be raised to £250.

Now it’s all very well sending off money to good causes, but Dave likes the personal touch, and thought that £250 is a larger than usual sum, so he invited Jason to attend at the September meeting, so that he could present Jason with a cheque, and he could have an opportunity to explain some more about where the money is going. The charity is still relatively small, so raising awareness is top priority, and Dave thinks he can safely say that has been achieved.

Annabelle’s Challenge is the leading charity for Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome in the UK. At the heart of the charity is Annabelle, a brave little girl from Bury who is the inspiration behind the challenge to raise awareness and support for patients and families affected by vascular EDS. VEDS is a life threatening connective tissue disorder that affects all tissues, arteries and internal organs making them extremely fragile. Patients are at risk of sudden arterial or organ rupture.

Website

https://www.annabelleschallenge.org/

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Outstanding Service

The Provincial Grand Master, John Thompson, had the pleasure of heading up his Mini Team to a special celebration at Benfeldsyde Lodge.  Peter Hough received a well-deserved promotion to Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden for 60 years of service to the craft and recognition for all his meticulous work in running the building at Blackhill Consett.

After a second-degree demonstration ceremony Peter was asked to join John for the informal seated chat on the carpet, in front of the master’s pedestal on Saturday 7th October 2023. Peter moved to Consett at the age of 5 from Manchester and was educated at a local school with Eric Heaviside. He then went on to serve his time at Consett Iron Company and was initiated into the lodge in 1963.

After the chat, Eric assisted John to invest his old school mate Peter, with his new apron and collar.

At the festive board Peter was presented with an engraved glass, garden ornament and etched slate to mark 60 years of outstanding service to the Lodge. Peters’ wife Christine was also presented with flowers from the lodge for supporting her husband over the years.

Stronger together

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Beamish Temple L9815

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Address

Lumley Castle Hotel, Ropery Ln, Chester-le-Street, DH3 4NX

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Clarence L2462





Who are we?

Clarence Lodge is steeped in history and celebrated its 125th anniversary in October 2018. It currently has 40 subscribing members who come from all walks of life and live mainly around Hartlepool and Teesside. Ages range from 19 – 80 and many recent members joined as a result of internet enquiries. 

What we do

The Lodge has strong links to the ancient traditions of freemasonry while enjoying a lively social side, which includes wives and partners. 

The Lodge supports all charities and good causes suggested by its membership and their wider families and friends. Most recently, we helped four young people to join as crewmembers of the Tall Ships Race 2023, that would not otherwise have been able to do so.

Why join us?

Every Freemason thinks that their Lodge is the best! It’s not for us to say but Clarence Lodge is well known for being a lively and friendly Lodge, that visitors enjoy coming to. 



When we meet

7:00 PM on the 4th Thursday of each month except July and December.

Fees

Joining fee: £135

Lodge subscriptions: £135

Typical dining fee: £12 – £15

Contact



clarencelodge2462@hotmail.co.uk




facilities at Hartlepool Raby Masonic Hall

Address

Raby Road,  Hartlepool TS24 8AH

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Parking: 

A mix of parking is available directly adjacent the building and on-street in near proximity, with permit-only parking spaces free for use after 6pm.

The dedicated parking on tarmac around the building is monitored; members car registration must be logged with the co-ordinator.

Approach: 

Ramp to main entrance which is wide enough for wheel chair access.

Entrance: 

The main entrance has video doorbell entry.

Emergency: 

Emergency exits are sign posted. Defibrolator located outside adjacent the main entrance.

Accessibility:

We welcome everyone and we will always be ready to lend a helping hand when required. Many of our meeting places were built before disabilities were fully considered; and our building has been adapted to help. The brethren will always help each other to participate in enjoying our masonry.

Toilets: 

Male, female, and disabled toilets.

Inside: 

All one level on the ground floor with access to stairs and lift to all floors.

Stairs/Lifts: 

Stair case and Lift to temple and dining room.


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Old Barnardian L9358

Old Barnardian 9358





Who are we?

We are a very friendly and welcoming Chapter to visit, by all Companions. The Chapter is affiliated with the Barnard Castle School in that anyone who has any connection with the school can join as a member.

What we do

We carry out all Royal Arch ceremonies including lectures; we visit other Chapters. This Chapter prides itself on being a group of forward-thinking
Companions with a common goal, to meet with like-minded people and enjoy each other’s company, whilst trying to make a difference, both in each other’s lives and in our local community.

Why join us?

We are the second and youngest Chapter in Barnard Castle; we have a wide cross section of members who believe in living life to the full working hard but above all helping others whilst trying to have fun in the process. Our aim is always with charity in mind the bigger the challenge the better.



When we meet

The Chapter meets on the 3rd Saturdays in March, May (Installation) and November.

Fees

Lodge subscriptions: £25

Typical dining fee: £13 variable on numbers (for an exceptional meal)

Contact



obsec9358@gmail.com




facilities at Barnard Castle Masonic Hall

Address

Masonic Hall, Newgate, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, DL12 8NJ

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Parking: 

On Newgate. The blue line shows on street parking which doesn’t affect residents.

Entrance: 

Main door access to the road.

Emergency: 

Exits clearly marked.

Accessibility:

Royal Arch Masons are judged on the content of their character, not any disability that they may have. We welcome everyone and we will always be ready to lend a helping hand when required.

Our meeting place was built before disabilities were fully considered; many have protected status making major adaptations difficult. But Freemasons in themselves will adapt and assist Companions, and visitors, to fully participate and enjoy the facilities.

Toilets: 

Male and Female toilets.  An accessible toilet is not available.

Inside: 

The hall is small lending itself to a friendly and convivial evening amongst friends. The Chapter meeting room is on the ground level with 4 steps down to the dining area and facilities.

Stairs/Lifts: 

None.


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Tristram L2415

Tristram L2415





Who are we?

Tristram Lodge No 2415 (consecrated 1891) We are group of freemasons who
offer a welcoming atmosphere, believe in friendliness, respect to all and charity
to local and global needs. We uphold the 132 years of the age-old tradiEons of
the Lodge and incorporate modern everyday requirements to enhance
membership quality and a feeling of belonging.

What we do

Tristram Lodge believes that as a group of friendly freemasons we meet
regularly and enjoy each others company. We believe that all masons current
and past must have their needs considered and aWempt to fulfil this goal as a
group of like minded people. We aWempt to look aZer the wives, partners and
widows in the Lodge and are involved with the yearly gatherings with them.

Why join us?

The oldest original Lodge in Shildon we have a wide cross section of members
who believe in living life to the full, working hard but above all helping others
whilst trying to have fun in the process. Our aim is always with charity in mind.



When we meet

Second Tuesday in the month except in February and September. Installation in
November.

Fees

Joining fee: £80.00 + Initiation Fee £160.00

Lodge subscriptions: £120.00

Typical dining fee: £10.00

Contact



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facilities at Shildon Masonic Hall

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Middleton Road, Shildon, Co. Durham, DL4 1NN.

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Parking: 

There is ample room for parking in the Masonic Hall car park. 

Approach: 

Long steady ramp to side entrance from the car park to level access to ground floor. 

Entrance: 

There is a newly created ramp into the building, which is a disabled access with widened doors and ground floor facilities.

Emergency: 

There are a number of exits should any emergency arise. The Hall also has a defibrillator should that be required.

Accessibility:

The Masonic Hall is easy to access for able and those who are disabled.

Toilets: 

There are adequate toilet facilities, male and female, including disabled downstairs. There are also toilet facilities upstairs.

Inside: 

No internal ramps. Hearing loop in temple. Dining tables are wheelchair accessible.

Stairs/Lifts: 

Two stair cases available to temple on first floor. The rear stair case has stair lift, and then ramp into temple.


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Conside L7179





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John St, Consett DH8 5AS.

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Durham Provincial Grand Stewards L9833





Who are we?

The Durham Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge was consecrated in 2007, and is considered a Lodge of privilege as members are selected by the Provincial Grand Master from those Past Masters who have been granted advancement to the rank of Past Provincial Grand Steward. As a member of the Lodge, members will usually retain membership for 6 years and work closely with the Provincial Executive to deliver initiatives across the Province. This is a working Lodge and as such, does not confer any degrees however our meetings are held with the same decorum as all other Craft Lodges. Our meetings work as any other Craft Lodge but are centred around progress reports and updates relating to those Provincial initiatives as well as any other fulfilling work delivered by the Stewards on behalf of the Province.

What do we do

As outlined above, we work closely with the Provincial Executive to support the Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham and assist in delivering their initiatives. We are at the heart of the Province and our duties are vast and very rewarding. We have 3 teams within the Lodge:

Director of Ceremonies Team – This team works with the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies and accompany the representatives of the Provincial Grand Master on their official visits to Installation meetings throughout the whole Province. Team members are divided into four geographical regions of the Province with responsibility for Lodge Installations within each of those regions.

Learning and Development Team – This team work closely with the Provincial Learning and Development Officer to deliver Learning and Development initiatives across the Province and aims to educate, instruct, and assist all lodges to increase their Masonic knowledge. They are on hand to enrich Lodge meetings and ultimately to support Lodges in delivering their own Learning and Development needs.

Operations Team – This is the generalist team who lead on delivering the many and varied tasks required by Province. This team supports the Director of Ceremonies Team and the Learning and Development Teams enabling them to fulfil their roles but take primacy when assisting the Provincial Grand Secretary and the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies to plan, co-ordinate and deliver the Provincial Annual General Meetings for both Craft and Chapter. During these meetings, you will see members from across the Lodge undertaking a wide range of duties from the collection of Lodge Furniture, setting up, meeting and greeting, car park management, registration, merchandising and close down. A vital role is to oversee the welfare of all those in attendance, providing care, support and attention should the need arise. Other roles within this team include communications, and equipment management, transport, and table planning.

Why join us?

As a member of a Lodge, each year members are selected to join the Provincial Stewards Lodge.



When we meet

The Lodge meets at Durham Masonic Hall, 36 Old Elvet, Durham. DH1 3HN and hold regular meetings on the Fourth Wednesday in April, First Thursday in July, and Fourth Tuesday in October.

Fees

Joining fee: £

Lodge subscriptions: £

Typical dining fee: £

Contact



johnc187@yahoo.co.uk




facilities at Durham Masonic Hall

Address

36 Old Elvet, Durham, Co. Durham, DH1 3HN

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Parking: 

Parking is on the street outside the building, and it can on occasions be busy but it is free and generally available.

Approach: 

The approach is level off the pavement.

Entrance: 

Wide wheelchair accessible doors.

Emergency: 

The Hall is also equipped with a defibrillator and has Emergency exits across all floors of the building.

Accessibility:

The hall is accessible for those with limited mobility with a combination of lift and stair lifts.

Many of our meeting places were built before disabilities were fully considered; many have protected status making major adaptations difficult. But Freemasons in themselves will adapt and assist Brethren, and visitors, to fully participate and enjoy the facilities.

Toilets: 

The Hall is equipped with Male/female and disabled toilet facilities.

Inside: 

A grand entrance leads into a hallway which runs through the heart of the building past the grand staircase to the great hall. The Hall itself has a modern bar, fully functioning commercial Kitchen, a three-tier garden ideal for summer socials and functions as well as a first-floor committee room and Temple room to seat 100. 

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is lift and stair lifts in the building.


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Sanctuary L8613

Sanctuary Lodge L8613





Who are we?

Sanctuary Lodge was consecrated on 26th April 1975 and is based in the superb
Durham Masonic Hall at Old Elvet in Durham.
Our lodge is made up of our valued members, of which there are more than 40 of us,
and growing! Ranging from 31 years through to 86 years with varying levels of
masonic experience.
Lodge members have diverse backgrounds spanning multiple professions including
Information Technology, Law Enforcement, Passenger Transport, Education,
Finance, Retail, Musicians and Armed Forces. We all share a common goal of
Friendship, Respect & Charity in a welcoming, easy-going atmosphere.

What do we do

Alongside our masonic commitments, we’re a very sociable lodge, noted
throughout the Province for proactive visiting, taking part in and promoting a wide
range of activities both in and out of the lodge.
Our Sanctuary Lodge diners club, our events, social evenings, and get-togethers are
very popular among our members, visitors and those interested in joining
freemasonry.
We take pride in our masonry and encourage every Brother to take part in our lodge
work should they wish to do so and assist with our charitable endeavours.
Brotherly Love – Relief – Truth

Why join us?



When we meet

We meet seven times a year on the second
Monday in February, March, April, May,
September, October & November.
The start time for the evening is usually 6.45pm
except for our February Installation meeting
which is usually starts at 5.30pm.

Fees

Joining fee: £73.50

Lodge subscriptions: £138.00

Typical dining fee: £10.00

Contact



secretary@sanctuary8613.co.uk




facilities at Durham Masonic Hall

Parking: 

Parking is on the street outside the building, and it can on occasions be busy but it is free and generally available.

Approach: 

The approach is level off the pavement.

Entrance: 

Wide wheelchair accessible doors.

Emergency: 

The Hall is also equipped with a defibrillator and has Emergency exits across all floors of the building.

Accessibility:

The hall is accessible for those with limited mobility with a combination of lift and stair lifts.

Many of our meeting places were built before disabilities were fully considered; many have protected status making major adaptations difficult. But Freemasons in themselves will adapt and assist Brethren, and visitors, to fully participate and enjoy the facilities.

Toilets: 

The Hall is equipped with Male/female and disabled toilet facilities.

Inside: 

A grand entrance leads into a hallway which runs through the heart of the building past the grand staircase to the great hall. The Hall itself has a modern bar, fully functioning commercial Kitchen, a three-tier garden ideal for summer socials and functions as well as a first-floor committee room and Temple room to seat 100. 

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is lift and stair lifts in the building.


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