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The Provincial Grand Chapter of Durham Royal Arch Festival Month

The Provincial Grand Chapter of Durham is holding a Royal Arch Festival month from mid-March until mid-April 2024.

A fantastic number of events are being held across the Province, with a view to promoting the Royal Arch and its direct link to Craft Masonry.

These events include:

The Keystone Connection

The Grand Superintendent of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Durham and the Provincial Grand Master of the Mark talk about the Royal Arch and the Mark Degree.

The Ceremony of the Veils

A Presentation to be given by The Provincial Grand Chapter of Durham and the Companions of Tees Chapter No. 509. This ancient ceremony is seldom seen in English Chapters, and it is a year since it was last presented in Durham.  ‘The Ceremony of Passing the Veils’ was an integral part of the Royal Arch ceremony and was practised as a preliminary to the Exaltation ceremony. In 1834 the basis of the current ceremonies was established and agreed by Supreme Grand Chapter and the ‘Ceremony of the Veils’ stopped being practised thereafter. The ceremony can be demonstrated once annually by a Province, so this is a rare opportunity to witness something that at one time was an integral part of our Masonic Heritage.

Talking Heads

A couplet play between a new Master Mason and a Royal Arch Companion explaining the Royal Arch in the ante room whilst getting ready for their Lodge meeting.

Royal Arch Roadshows

A presentation by the Provincial team about the origins of the Royal Arch and the splendour of its ceremonies.

Adding More Theatre to the Principal Sojourner’s Story

The Provincial team act out in more detail the Principal Sojourner’s journey in the Royal Arch ceremony.

Discover More

An event for prospective members interested in joining the Royal Arch.

Please check the events page for further details and how to book your place.

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Castle Eden Lodge of Installed Masters L9666

Who are we?

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What we do

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Why join us?

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When we meet

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Fees

Joining fee: £

Lodge subscriptions: £

Typical dining fee: £

Contact

castle9666@gmail.com
facilities at Castle Eden Masonic Hall

Address

Stockton Road, Castle Eden, Co. Durham, TS27 4SD

Hall information

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Parking: 

The Masonic Hall benefits from its own ample on-site private parking which is covered by CCTV. This is gravel based carpark catering for up to 30 vehicles. Accessible parking spaces are located approximately 15m from the Hall entrance.

Approach: 

A straight and level access from the carpark to the front entrance. The path is level concrete with hand rails along its length;

Entrance: 

Wide double doors and a level entrance.

Emergency: 

Emergency exits on the Ground floor lead directly to the car parking area, and the emergency exit from first floor has steps to ground level. A defibrillator is located in the ground floor foyer.

Accessibility:

Castle Eden Masonic Hall was built in 1924, a time before disabilities were fully considered in building design. That being said, the unique design of the building, access to it, and the adaptions made, facilitate accessibility. 

Toilets: 

Male and disabled accessible toilets are located on the ground floor. Female and disabled accessible toilet toilets are located on the first floor, adjacent to the dining area.

Inside: 

The ground floor is all on one level with no steps or ramps. From the main reception foyer, there is direct level access to the large changing room, toilets and the Temple. There is a hearing loop in the temple for those that require it. On the first floor there is the kitchen, bar and dining room; all on one level. The dining area has adequate seating for around 90 persons depending on the table arrangement. Dining tables are wheelchair accessible.

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is a Stair lift to the first floor dining room.  Stairs have handrail on one side.

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Rowland Burdon L3960

Rowland Burdon 3960





Who are we?

Rowland Burdon No 3960 (Consecrated in 1924) has a vibrant group of members who believe in Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. 

As Freemasons, we meet on the level. It’s the character of the member that is important and not their social status, age, ability or disability. We are inclusive and welcome everyone. Freemasons will always adapt and assist members and visitors to fully participate in, and enjoy, our facilities.

Historically the Lodge drew membership from the local mining community, however in more modern times we have had a substantial number of military veterans and motorcyclists from the Widows Sons group join the Lodge.

We incorporate modern everyday requirements to enhance the quality of membership and foster a feeling of belonging whilst upholding the traditions of the Lodge. 

What we do

Rowland Burdon Lodge prides itself on being a group of forward-thinking Freemasons with a common goal: to meet with like-minded people and to enjoy each other’s company in a supportive, respectful, and non-judgemental environment. We try to make a difference, to make each other better human beings and in turn, make our communities better by our example. 

Why join us?

Rowland Burdon Lodge is the founding Lodge at Castle Eden, and we have a wide cross section of members of all ages and from all walks of life who believe in having fun, being proactive, living life to the full, and working hard.  Above all, we believe in helping others and always have charity in mind.



When we meet

3rd Wednesday of the month March till December.
Installation is in October.

Fees

Joining fee: £40

Lodge subscriptions: £225

Typical dining fee: included in the Lodge subscription and Visitors do not pay a dining fee.

Contact



rowlandburdon3960@gmail.com




facilities at Castle Eden Masonic Hall

Parking: 

The Masonic Hall benefits from its own ample on-site private parking which is covered by CCTV. This is gravel based carpark catering for up to 30 vehicles. Accessible parking spaces are located approximately 15m from the Hall entrance.

Approach: 

A straight and level access from the carpark to the front entrance. The path is level concrete with hand rails along its length;

Entrance: 

Wide double doors and a level entrance.

Emergency: 

Emergency exits on the Ground floor lead directly to the car parking area, and the emergency exit from first floor has steps to ground level. A defibrillator is located in the ground floor foyer.

Accessibility:

Castle Eden Masonic Hall was built in 1924, a time before disabilities were fully considered in building design. That being said, the unique design of the building, access to it, and the adaptions made, facilitate accessibility. 

Toilets: 

Male and disabled accessible toilets are located on the ground floor. Female and disabled accessible toilet toilets are located on the first floor, adjacent to the dining area.

Inside: 

The ground floor is all on one level with no steps or ramps. From the main reception foyer, there is direct level access to the large changing room, toilets and the Temple. There is a hearing loop in the temple for those that require it. On the first floor there is the kitchen, bar and dining room; all on one level. The dining area has adequate seating for around 90 persons depending on the table arrangement. Dining tables are wheelchair accessible.

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is a Stair lift to the first floor dining room.  Stairs have handrail on one side.


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Eden L8162

Eden Lodge No8162





Who are we?

We are Eden lodge No8162, consecrated on 29th April 1967, whose members practice the values of Freemasonry that help define our path in life and support the local and wider community, that is, Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. 

The Lodge meets in the Castle Eden Masonic Hall, situated on Stockton in the very picturesque village of Castle Eden, and is only 2 minutes off the A19 just South of Peterlee. It is very easy to find, being directly opposite the Castle Eden Inn.  

What we do

Eden Lodge members are like minded Freemasons who meet in friendship, enjoy each other’s company and, through Freemasonry, make good men better and support the local and wider community. 

Why join us?

Eden Lodge has members from all ages and backgrounds, and pride ourselves in being inclusive, supportive and welcoming to all. We work hard at following the aims and traditions of Freemasonry, and we take our socialising just as seriously.



When we meet

Last Monday of the month February till November 
Installation is April.

Fees

Joining fee: £25

Lodge subscriptions: £200

Typical dining fee: included in the Lodge subscription and Visitors do not pay a dining fee.

Contact




facilities at Castle Eden Masonic Hall

Parking: 

The Masonic Hall benefits from its own ample on-site private parking which is covered by CCTV. This is gravel based carpark catering for up to 30 vehicles. Accessible parking spaces are located approximately 15m from the Hall entrance.

Approach: 

A straight and level access from the carpark to the front entrance. The path is level concrete with hand rails along its length;

Entrance: 

Wide double doors and a level entrance.

Emergency: 

Emergency exits on the Ground floor lead directly to the car parking area, and the emergency exit from first floor has steps to ground level. A defibrillator is located in the ground floor foyer.

Accessibility:

Castle Eden Masonic Hall was built in 1924, a time before disabilities were fully considered in building design. That being said, the unique design of the building, access to it, and the adaptions made, facilitate accessibility. 

Toilets: 

Male and disabled accessible toilets are located on the ground floor. Female and disabled accessible toilet toilets are located on the first floor, adjacent to the dining area.

Inside: 

The ground floor is all on one level with no steps or ramps. From the main reception foyer, there is direct level access to the large changing room, toilets and the Temple. There is a hearing loop in the temple for those that require it. On the first floor there is the kitchen, bar and dining room; all on one level. The dining area has adequate seating for around 90 persons depending on the table arrangement. Dining tables are wheelchair accessible.

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is a Stair lift to the first floor dining room.  Stairs have handrail on one side.


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Windgate L6767

Windgate 6767





Who are we?

Windgate Lodge has a long and proud history, being formed in 1949,   but is still a forward looking and happy lodge today.

We meet as a group of like-minded individuals from all walks of life with a common interest in supporting one another and the communities we live in.

Windgate Lodge meets in the Castle Eden Masonic Hall, situated on Stockton Road in the very picturesque village of Castle Eden, and is only 2 minutes off the A19 just South of Peterlee. It is very easy to find, being directly opposite the Castle Eden Inn.  

What we do

Windgate Lodge has always had a sound reputation for upholding the traditions of Freemasonry and has built this reputation around the core values of Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity.

We are actively involved in the local communities of our members and support good causes, local, national and international whenever we can.

Why join us?

We are an open minded lodge who embrace change and progress whilst retaining the values that brought the founders of the Lodge together so many years ago.

We value every member and the contribution they can make to our Lodge and Freemasonry in general.

In an age of constant and dramatic change we believe we can be a force for good, for our members and our communities.



When we meet

Fourth Thursday of the month February till November. Installation is March.

Fees

Joining fee: £30

Lodge subscriptions: £200

Typical dining fee: included with subscription.

Contact



msho758573@aol.com







facilities at Castle Eden Masonic Hall

Parking: 

The Masonic Hall benefits from its own ample on-site private parking which is covered by CCTV. This is gravel based carpark catering for up to 30 vehicles. Accessible parking spaces are located approximately 15m from the Hall entrance.

Approach: 

A straight and level access from the carpark to the front entrance. The path is level concrete with hand rails along its length;

Entrance: 

Wide double doors and a level entrance.

Emergency: 

Emergency exits on the Ground floor lead directly to the car parking area, and the emergency exit from first floor has steps to ground level. A defibrillator is located in the ground floor foyer.

Accessibility:

Castle Eden Masonic Hall was built in 1924, a time before disabilities were fully considered in building design. That being said, the unique design of the building, access to it, and the adaptions made, facilitate accessibility. 

Toilets: 

Male and disabled accessible toilets are located on the ground floor. Female and disabled accessible toilet toilets are located on the first floor, adjacent to the dining area.

Inside: 

The ground floor is all on one level with no steps or ramps. From the main reception foyer, there is direct level access to the large changing room, toilets and the Temple. There is a hearing loop in the temple for those that require it. On the first floor there is the kitchen, bar and dining room; all on one level. The dining area has adequate seating for around 90 persons depending on the table arrangement. Dining tables are wheelchair accessible.

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is a Stair lift to the first floor dining room.  Stairs have handrail on one side.


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Caradoc L4749





Who are we?

We are a happy lodge enjoying good ritual
and at the festive board we always have harmony.

We have a good number of light blues and older more wiser dark blues
to keep us on the right path.

What we do

It could be regarded as a series of plays in which candidates take a lead role in a thought provoking role shrouded in symbolism and a we hope a better life going forward.

Why join us?

To increase your family of friends, to have a solid foudation in life and a desire to help your fellow man We are not a religion but we have certain values which we hold dear in our daily life.



When we meet

1st Wednesday except January & February.

Fees

Joining fee: £76.80

Lodge subscriptions: £230

Typical dining fee: included in subscription.

Contact



caradoclodge4749@outlook.com


Website




facilities at Castle Eden Masonic Hall

Parking: 

The Masonic Hall benefits from its own ample on-site private parking which is covered by CCTV. This is gravel based carpark catering for up to 30 vehicles. Accessible parking spaces are located approximately 15m from the Hall entrance.

Approach: 

A straight and level access from the carpark to the front entrance. The path is level concrete with hand rails along its length;

Entrance: 

Wide double doors and a level entrance.

Emergency: 

Emergency exits on the Ground floor lead directly to the car parking area, and the emergency exit from first floor has steps to ground level. A defibrillator is located in the ground floor foyer.

Accessibility:

Castle Eden Masonic Hall was built in 1924, a time before disabilities were fully considered in building design. That being said, the unique design of the building, access to it, and the adaptions made, facilitate accessibility. 

Toilets: 

Male and disabled accessible toilets are located on the ground floor. Female and disabled accessible toilet toilets are located on the first floor, adjacent to the dining area.

Inside: 

The ground floor is all on one level with no steps or ramps. From the main reception foyer, there is direct level access to the large changing room, toilets and the Temple. There is a hearing loop in the temple for those that require it. On the first floor there is the kitchen, bar and dining room; all on one level. The dining area has adequate seating for around 90 persons depending on the table arrangement. Dining tables are wheelchair accessible.

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is a Stair lift to the first floor dining room.  Stairs have handrail on one side.


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Castle Eden Masonic Hall



The Masonic building itself is a unique structure, in that it was purpose built in 1924 by Freemasons, for Freemasons. The building is built around the impressive and atmospheric Temple located on the ground floor. It is unique in that the Temple is on the ground floor and the dining area is on the first floor.


facilities at Castle Eden Masonic Hall

Parking: 

The Masonic Hall benefits from its own ample on-site private parking which is covered by CCTV. This is gravel based carpark catering for up to 30 vehicles. Accessible parking spaces are located approximately 15m from the Hall entrance.

Approach: 

A straight and level access from the carpark to the front entrance. The path is level concrete with hand rails along its length;

Entrance: 

Wide double doors and a level entrance.

Emergency: 

Emergency exits on the Ground floor lead directly to the car parking area, and the emergency exit from first floor has steps to ground level. A defibrillator is located in the ground floor foyer.

Accessibility:

Castle Eden Masonic Hall was built in 1924, a time before disabilities were fully considered in building design. That being said, the unique design of the building, access to it, and the adaptions made, facilitate accessibility. 

Toilets: 

Male and disabled accessible toilets are located on the ground floor. Female and disabled accessible toilet toilets are located on the first floor, adjacent to the dining area.

Inside: 

The ground floor is all on one level with no steps or ramps. From the main reception foyer, there is direct level access to the large changing room, toilets and the Temple. There is a hearing loop in the temple for those that require it. On the first floor there is the kitchen, bar and dining room; all on one level. The dining area has adequate seating for around 90 persons depending on the table arrangement. Dining tables are wheelchair accessible.

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is a Stair lift to the first floor dining room.  Stairs have handrail on one side.


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Durham Chapter Convocation 2023 | Durham Freemasons

Saturday 20th May 2023 saw The Annual Convocation of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Durham, with the Fed in Dunston being the venue. The various car parks quickly filled as the Stewards displayed their usual immaculate organising skills to make sure all went with precision so that the Companions could enter the venue and robe in the crimson, purple and blue of the Royal Arch.

This is the premier event in the Royal Arch Masonic calendar, and it provides an opportunity for companions from Masonic Halls throughout the province, along with distinguished guests to renew old friendships, meet future friends and of course, support the many Companions being either appointed or Promoted in Provincial Grand Chapter.

The Chapter room looked magnificent, and many thanks go to all those responsible for the setting up which had been ongoing from Friday evening. The sound of the Provincial Grand Organ so eloquently played by Richard Scothan, as the Companions stood to order to receive the Grand Superintendent and his Co-Principals added to the occasion.

With Provincial Grand Chapter opened in due form, apologies and minutes of the previous Convocation confirmed it was time for all present to remember the 41 companions we lost since our last meeting in July 2022.

After the Roll Call of Acting Provincial Grand Chapter Officers and Chapters, the Grand Superintendent welcomed the Companions, his Distinguished Guests, and Heads of Other Orders.

With the Provincial Grand Treasurer’s Statement of Accounts considered and accepted by the Companions present and the Treasurer re-elected for another 12 months along with the official Auditors, it was time to perform the most important and pleasurable part of the day, to appoint, invest and promote those companions’ receiving honours.

To see the full list of Appointments and Promotions Click Here.

With the Companions newly invested, safely back in their seats and the escorting carrousel of Director of Ceremonies retired back to their positions within Provincial Grand Chapter the Grand Superintendent, John Paul Thompson addressed Provincial Grand Chapter.

In his address John paid tribute to the companions he had the privilege to invest as well as to those retiring acting officers for the support they gave to the province and to Michael Shaw the Deputy.

Those who had been appointed to or promoted in Grand Rank at the April meeting of the Supreme Grand Chapter were introduced and applauded with acclamation.

John also thanked the many Companions present for their support in such high numbers, a testament to their commitment to Royal Arch Masonry, the first on a Saturday, as opposed to the usual mid-week meetings of the Chapter.

Moving onto the subject of membership he expounded on the need to make our ceremonies enjoyable and engaging, allowing Companions not only to perform the ritual to a high standard but also to understand their journey.

In his address, John said I hope you have noticed today companions that our Chapter furniture is looking quite pristine today. For many years we have kindly borrowed these items from Castle Eden, Sunderland, and Durham Chapters. Recently Londonderry Chapter of Amity and Rowlands Gill Lodge closed, and have kindly donated various ‘key’ items for our Provincial ceremonials including these magnificent thrones and many other items related to the Chapter.

To read the Grand Superintendent’s Address in Full Click Here.

A collection was then taken in Aid of Durham Benevolence  raising over £2,000.00   and with the companions having the opportunity of donating electronically by scanning a QR code on the back of the order of proceedings all donations made this weekend will be credited to the chapter collection.

Quick link to the donation page here

After the Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra informed the Convocation that there was no other business Provincial Grand Chapter was then closed in due form the Grand Organ along with the Companions raised the roof with two verses of the National Anthem.

Remember companions, we are stronger together.

#Freemasons  #oneorganisation

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