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Silver Jubilee Celebration At Castle Eden

On the evening of Thursday 29th June 2023, the brethren of Castle Eden Lodge of Installed Masters (9666) met at the Masonic Hall in Castle Eden. This was a special meeting to celebrate the lodge’s 25th Anniversary (Silver Jubilee) Meeting with 70+ brethren in attendance including John Thompson – Provincial Grand Master accompanied by a Deputation of Provincial officers

Once the lodge was opened and the deputation was welcomed into the room, Eric Smith stood and talked on the first 25 years of the Castle Eden Lodge of Installed Masters. Eric started saying that the lodge was consecrated on 23rd May 1998 at Gateshead, but the formation of the lodge started much earlier. The first meeting of interest in creating this lodge started back in October 1996 when the lodge name was agreed upon and where the lodge was to be located after being agreed upon by the Castle Eden Hall management.

A 2nd meeting took place in December 1996 where everyone agreed to Hall rent, Annual subscriptions and how many meeting to hold each year (4 meetings were agreed upon – 1 for wives and partners, 1 on a Saturday, 1 to have an outside speaker and lodge installation)

Many more meetings took place and one with Derek Richmond and Alan Hall in attendance to help answer questions. Other meetings included the agreeing of Lodge byelaws and who would be the lodge’s first master. A petition was completed and sent to London in 1997

On 23rd May 1998, a meeting was held at Gateshead, as it was believed that Gateshead was a bigger venue to hold for the number of attendees of this first meeting of the Castle Eden Lodge on Installed Masters. Also, the meal that day is the same meal that will be had tonight.

Eric then talked about the significant event that had happened since the congregation till today. Once Eric had finished his talk, Graham Boddy thanked Eric for all his hard work in producing this talk and the work he had done for the lodge.

Eric Heaviside stood and said he remembered being at Gateshead for the Initial meeting in 1998.

Graham then presented John with a cheque from the lodge.

Michael Davis then read out the Charter in recognition of holding regular meetings for 25 years. Then John presented the Charter to Graham Boddy and the lodge.

The evening was finished off at the festive board of Farmhouse Pate, Roast Beef and Seasonal Vegetables and Peach Melba followed by Cheese and Crackers.

John responded to his toast and thanked the lodge for the invite to allow everyone to join in the Silver Jubilee celebrations. He said the lodge had played an important role in Durham being both inward and outward looking. John then spoke about the New Province of Durham Website and asked everyone to use it to attract New members and Promote their own lodges. He then spoke about the wonderful work the TLC teddies have been doing and about a Plague for the TLC teddies is now at North Tees Hospital and so far Durham a given 113,000 teddies and raising £250,000 and how these bears are making a difference when they are given out. Finishing his response, John thanks everyone for their support on this special day and thanked his New team on their first visit.

Graham Boddy stood and said nice it was for the Provincial team to visit tonight (joking calling it a ‘reciprocal visit’ so soon after his visit to the AGM at the weekend’). Graham thanked everyone for all their hard work in setting up tonight and to the Catering staff and the ladies serving the food and including the bar staff.

Charles Marshall then stood and spoke about how the 25 years have ticked over and how he was deeply honoured to be invited tonight and he also remembered being there at Gateshead at the lodge consecration meeting.

Other toasts were given by Wayne Rumley and Richard Davison

John and Graham then stood and presented the lodge founders with a gift from the lodge.

Thank you to everyone involved for this evening at Castle Eden.

Stronger Together

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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

Hall information

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Lodges that meet here

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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Strathmore L6229

Strathmore 6229





Who are we?

Strathmore Lodge provides fellowship, a friendly welcome to visiting Freemasons, a positive environment for its members and support to the local and wider community.

What we do

A friendly Lodge with a good sense of humour with enjoyable evenings followed by a four course meal in the company of friends.

Why join us?

If you live locally and would like to know more about Strathmore Lodge and the membership requirements, once you have learnt a little about Freemasonry and what we do, please contact us by email, giving your full contact details, and we will be pleased to arrange an informal discussion for you with one or more local Freemasons.



When we meet

The Lodge meets on the second Wednesday of each month, with the exception of July and August. Installation in June.

Fees

Joining fee: £30.00

Lodge subscriptions: £130.00

Typical dining fee: £13.00

Contact



andrewmad99@yahoo.com


Website




facilities at Barnard Castle Masonic Hall

Address

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

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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Barnard L1230





Who are we?

Barnard Lodge is the oldest Masonic Lodge in Barnard Castle with its warrant being issued in 1869. We have a long history and we are happy to maintain the traditions of the Lodge which are based on a welcoming and friendly evening with due respect to the proceedings of the night but always delivered with a smile and sense of fun.

What we do

Barnard Lodge provides and friendly and informative lodge nights with a good sense of humour and friendliness being the basis of af an enjoyable evening with good food and good company.

Why join us?

If you are interested in joining our Lodge you will be made very welcome, please contact us on the email address and we will get in touch to arrange to talk.



When we meet

The First Friday every month at 6:45 pm except July and August.  Installation meeting February 5:30 pm start

Fees

Joining fee: £

Lodge subscriptions: £140

Typical dining fee: £13 for four course meal

Contact



brianstace@googlemail.com




facilities at Barnard Castle Masonic Hall

Address

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

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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Barnard Castle Masonic Hall



The Masonic Hall at Barnard Castle in County Durham, England. The hall dates to 1877 and bears two of the symbols of Freemasonry, the Star of David and Square and Compasses.


facilities at Barnard Castle Masonic Hall

Address

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

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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Nice One Cyril | Durham Freemasons

On Wednesday 22nd March the Provincial Grand Master, John Thompson, accompanied by his Director of Ceremonies Martin Rankin attended Surtees Lodge in Shildon to acknowledge Cyril Kell who at 92 years young celebrated 65 years continuous membership in the craft. John was welcomed into the lodge by the Master, Robert Taylor Watson.

John then addressed the lodge and gave an insight into the life of Cyril:-

Cyril was born in Eldon Lane; his father and grandfather were both prominent freemasons in Shildon and founder members of Byerley Lodge.  It transpired that Cyril at one point in his life lived in the Masonic Hall in Middleton Road as his mother and father occupied part of the building as the lodge caterer and caretaker, respectively.  It necessarily followed that Cyril would join the craft and he was proposed into Surtees Lodge in 1958 by his father.

Cyril began his working life at 14 years old and started his apprenticeship in the Blacksmith’s and Joiner’s shop before commencing his lifelong career as a Teacher of Mathematics and Engineering in Toft Hill, Witton Park and Barnard Castle.   Cyril served his country as part of his National Service in 1952/53 in Korea and Egypt, seeking active duty in both conflict zones.

Cyril found it difficult to attend his lodge regularly due to the selfless care he devoted to his late wife and daughter.  John reminded the brethren that by Cyril’s example we should always be mindful that “family comes first”.

The Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies then read the citation on the certificate, and this was then presented to Cyril to the delight of himself and the brethren assembled.

At the festive board Cyril responded to his toast by thanking the brethren for a wonderful night and finished by saying that he has always been proud to be a Freemason and he told John that he would save a space on his wall for a further certificate in five years’ time.

To add further to the night’s festivities in the lodge room, the lodge Senior Warden James Fredrick Forster rose to his feet to announce to the lodge that a Charity Event that had been supported by Surtees Lodge had come to a successful conclusion.  This was the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, where Jim’s grandson Olly Collins along with 3 of his friends had rowed across the Atlantic Ocean from La Gomera in Tenerife to Antigua.    Jim gave a wonderful presentation to the brethren regarding the challenge and read a diary entry which explained the monumental moment “the lads” completed their row into Antigua harbour.     The Provincial Grand Master along with Dennis Robinson presented a cheque to Jim for £2000 from Durham Benevolence. Jim had raised £1,000 from Surtees Lodge which had been match funded by Durham Benevolence to support the Atlantic Endeavour team take part in their epic crossing. In doing so they raised tens of thousands of pounds in memory of their friend Oli Hilsdon.  Oli was a friend to all of the team and a dearly loved member of the community they grew up in. He lost his fight to Glioblastoma Multiforme, an aggressive type of brain tumour, just days before his 27th birthday. Oli cared deeply for others, was wickedly funny and was brilliantly smart – he was an inspiration to all who knew him and set a true example of how to live life fully.

A rightly proud grandfather Jim, then thanked the brethren for their fundraising efforts and the Provincial Grand Master and Dennis for the cheque.  He has promised that his Grandson would be coming to the lodge at a future meeting to give a more detailed account of his voyage.   The “lads” set away on their “crazy idea” to row the Atlantic in 40 days…. they exceeded their own expectations and finished alongside professional teams IN 33 DAYS 23 HOURS AND 24 MINUTES.  What an amazing achievement.

To find out more about the challenge and their charitable exploits please visit the website below

Click Here for more information

All in all, a fabulous night at Surtees Lodge.

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John Bowes | Durham Freemasons

On Monday 27 th February Alan Farrar, as Chairman and on the instruction of the Premises Committee of Barnard Castle Masonic Hall, presented to Dr Jane Whittaker, Collections Manager at the Bowes Museum, a framed copy of a lithograph print of John Bowes, the Museum’s founder.

Produced by local photographer David Williams from the print displayed in Barnard Castle’s Masonic Hall in Newgate and which had been ‘borrowed’ by the Museum for a recent display at Glamis Castle; it represents Bowes in later life. Amongst his many other titles, John Bowes had been Durham’s “Provincial Grand Master who never was,” having been appointed in 1845 but never invested! He was also a founder member of the Barnard Lodge of Freemasons in 1868 and made a very generous donation of £100 towards the total cost of £720 for building the Masonic Hall. The builder of both the Museum and the Masonic Hall was Joseph Kyle, whose name is commemorated by “Kyle’s Yard,” a housing development in the town.

Accompanying Alan and Jane is Ian Kirkbride, a prominent member of the Strathmore Lodge, who facilitated the arrangements for the presentation of the gift from the Freemasons to the Museum.

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Stronger Communities | Durham Freemasons

Durham Freemason Denis Slater was extremely pleased, not only to be nominated for, but to be presented with a stronger communities award for his contribution to sports 2022.  Denis, formerly of Darlington Lodge and now a member of Strathmore, who meet in Barnard Castle is chief instructor at Kyosho Karate club who train at Hurworth primary school.

The Hurworth Kyosho Karate club was founded in 1982 with Denis being one of the founder members.  The Hurworth club is one of two not-for-profit clubs with the other Kyosho Karate club meeting at Barrow-in-Furness.  Denis is a 4 th Dan black belt in karate and is currently attempting to attain his 5 th Dan with Karate International in Leeds.

Denis could not be more dedicated and has volunteered his evenings twice a week for the past 40 years teaching students from the age of 5 up to adults with specialised classes to suit different ages.  Denis inspires confidence in children with low self-esteem, orchestrates and directs his assistant instructors and brings a fun and safe place for many.  Denis’ dedication does not just sit with the 2 classes per week, Denis can be seen taking time out of his personal life to transport, coach and develop students at competitions around the UK, training a team to win several medals at the European Open in Manchester in 2016.

Denis personifies what it takes to be a local volunteer delivering a local community club to adults and children, providing his students with a positive and safe environment to build lifelong friendships and sense of community spirit with a real sense of family in the club.

Denis was nominated for the award by his son Michael Slater who had the following to say:

“Over 40 years ago my late uncle Stuart walked into my Mam and Dad’s house and said to my Dad, get your shoes on we are going to try karate and off they went. Little did Dad know this would be a journey he would dedicate most of his life to. My Dad, for a long time, has taken time out to teach, train and inspire individuals and deserves some recognition. I’m proud as punch to say that he was nominated for contribution to sport at the Darlington Stronger Communities Awards, and I’m even prouder to say he won.

Congratulations Dad.”

1st photo     Denis presented with award by Barry Thompson on behalf of Darlington FC

2nd photo    Members of the Kyosho karate family.  Left to right: Michael Skingley,  Darren Taylor (a member of County Lodge Darlington and Chief instructor at Barrow Kyosho Karate Club), James Reese, Denis Slater, Michael Slater (Denis’ son who nominated him), George Skingley.  All are instructors at Hurworth Kyosho Karate Club

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Town Crier Ian’s Day In The Sun With Robson | Durham Freemasons

TV star Robson Green was in Barnard Castle on 22 nd June for his latest TV programme to be shown on BBC2 about local market towns, of which Barnard Castle is considered one of the best the Northeast has to offer.

Robson was treated to a guided tour of ‘Barney’ by none other than Town crier and Freemason Ian Kirkbride.

It’s been quite a busy year already for Barnard Castle’s Town Crier, Ian who also happens to be Secretary of the Nevill Lodge of Installed Masters in Darlington.

In this the Queens Jubilee Year his hectic schedule has included “Proclamations, Beacon lighting” duties and accompanying the Town Mayor during the annual “Meet Parade” celebrations’

This celebrity encounter coincided with the hottest day ever recorded in the UK so Ian was, in his words, “pretty warm under that cloak” and grateful that his outfit will be more appropriately suited to the ‘switch-on’ of the Town’s Christmas lights.

Ian Kirkbride a Freemason truly engaging with his community, should any Durham member have a similar story to tell, we would be delighted to hear your story please contact us at:

newsletter@durhamfreemasons.org or news@durhamfreemasons.org

Stronger Together

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Durham TLC in video | Durham Freemasons

Director Andy Kelleher and Videographer Damianio Petrucci of Kartoffel Films based in London arrived at the University Hospital of North Tees to produce a video on behalf of the MCF, showing the wonderful work being done by the TLC throughout Country. There are 48 local ‘Teddies for Loving Care’ (TLC) charities/initiatives across England and Wales that provide small teddies to their local A&E departments. In addition some TLC charities also donate a portion of their funds towards teddies for minor injuries units, children’s wards, hospices and women’s refuge centres. There are even teddies flying on air ambulances.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation ( mcf.org.uk ) are producing on behalf of ‘Teddies for Loving Care’, a short video that celebrates the initiative, the people that run it and the medical professionals that use the bears day-to-day. The TLC video will offer an insight into what the TLC charities do and their impact on their local communities. Durham TLC along with another Province will appear in the production and it will be featured on this site as soon as it is available.

Duncan Maw and Mark Davies were present representing Durham TLC, along with Helen Bainbridge, the Programme and Engagement Manager of the MCF, who briefed the film crew as to the content required. Many thanks to the hospital staff who went out of their way to assist. We all look forward to the finished product.

Together we are making a difference

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