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Membership Team Event

Our Provincial Membership Team have completed their latest 2 information events for potential candidates. The open events took place at Darlington on 12th January and at Chester le Street on the 27th and were hosted by the 2 “Andrews”, Messrs Moule & Foster.

In total, 17 prospective Members were in attendance at the 2 events and they were treated to a wonderful insight into Freemasonry in general and on joining a Lodge in the Province of Durham in particular.

Many of those in attendance had approached the Membership Team during the recent local digital marketing campaign and were delighted to be able to find out more about our wonderful fraternity.

Feedback received following both sessions was excellent, with many already progressing their applications to join Lodges in the Province.

A further digital marketing campaign will kick off soon. Look out for updates on similar events that are being planned now.

Stronger Together

(Photographs are from the event in Chester Le Street where the team were joined by some of our Parkrun Group “fresh” from their latest outing)

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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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CLS Masonic Beer and Cider Festival

The Annual Chester-le-Street Masonic Centre Beer and Cider Festival took place over the weekend of the 6th to the 9th of July 2023.

Chester-Le-Street Masonic Centre is the 2023 Durham CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) Club of the Year, an honour they have held since 2020 and the Annual Beer and Cider Festival continues to grow from strength to strength.

This year the Festival featured 16 Beers and 6 Ciders, all supplied by local breweries. The Thistly Cross Whisky Cask Cider, a 6.7% ABV cider, brewed in single malt whisky casks and the Nowt Daft Hazy 4.2% ABV pale ale, brewed by Tyne Bank Brewery, proved the most popular this year, with each selling out well before the finish.

Over the course of the 4 days, the Centre received a record number of visitors from within our Province, from neighbouring Provinces and from the wider community in general. The bar was manned by willing volunteers from the local lodges, supported by members of the Provincial Exec. There was even a sighting of the PGM sweeping the floor as his Deputy mopped alongside him.

Craig Pattison on behalf of the organising team said: “A huge thank you goes out to all of the Organisers, the Volunteers, the Sponsors, the Caterers and the Staff who helped to make this another fabulous event. Role on 2024 where we hope to see you all again.”

All funds raised will go to Masonic and Non-Masonic Local Charities.

Stronger Together

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Ravensworth Golf Trophy

For 102 years the golfers of the Province have met to compete for the Ravensworth Golf Trophy – a fine silver trophy presented in 1921, by the Provincial Grand Master at the time,  Lord Ravensworth.

This year, on Thursday, July 6th, 63 golfers met at Roseberry Grange Community Golf Club to compete again for the trophy and were blessed with good weather, a course in excellent condition, good food, good company – and even some good golf (for some!).

The competition was once again held to raise funds for the Provincial TLC scheme and Big Ted was on hand to have his photograph taken with each foursome on the first tee, assisted by our Provincial Grand Master,  RWBro John Paul Thompson.

The winners this year were Andrew Forster and his partner Malcolm Dunstone – both from St Cuthberts Lodge No 3417, who repeated their success of 2021, with a winning score of 47. In addition to getting their names engraved on the trophy, the pair will hold a magnificent crystal trophy for a year with engraved whisky glasses and golfing equipment.

In their foursome that morning was John Illingworth of Trinity Lodge No 4751, who won the “nearest the pin” competition on the 18th hole with a shot within 5ft 5 inches of the hole, winning himself the prize of £100. 

Second and third were 2 visiting pairs, Ian McArthur & Fran Carrigan (score of 44) and John Davison & Peter Walker (score of 43 and ahead on count back), who also won golfing equipment, whilst in 4th place were John Webster and his playing partner Mike Saint of Old Dunelmian Lodge No 8100, who also came in with a score of 43.

On hand to present the prizes at the end of the day, in his own inimitable way, was Kenneth Howe, who confirmed that not only had it been a great day for the golfers, the event had raised the magnificent sum of £1500 for Big Ted and the TLC scheme.

Well done to the organisers, golfers and Big Ted. Here’s looking forward to the 2024 Ravensworth Trophy.

Stronger Together

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Lumley L5807

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

lumleylodge5807@gmail.com
facilities at Chester-Le-Street Masonic Hall

Address

Station Road, Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham, DH3 3DU

Hall information

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Parking: 

There is a small car park situated at the rear of the Masonic Hall building for use by members and visitors. There is also a public car park situated nearby at Osborne Road, next to Osborne Workingmen’s Club. Osborne Road car park has two electric vehicle charging points.

Approach: 

Front door is adjacent to the front road.

Entrance: 

There is a double door which has a security fob to gain entrance, or a bell to ring where bar staff can open electrically.

Emergency: 

The building is equipped with defibrillators, emergency lighting and escape routes which will be highlighted on the notice boards.

Accessibility:

Our membership comprises of all age ranges, with our oldest member being in his 80’s. We accommodate all needs within our Lodge and respectfully assist every member to access our meetings. We offer special dietary requirements at our festive boards and the Masonic Hall building has stair lifts to ensure all members are able to access the temple on the top floor of the building. 

Toilets: 

Toilets are situated on every floor of the Masonic Hall building.

Inside: 

We have a fully functioning bar which is open most nights, A chef who can cater for functions, Friday fish and chips and Sunday lunches.

Stairs/Lifts: 

The Masonic Hall building is a three-storey building and has one main staircase fitted with stair lift facilities.

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Eardulph L6645

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Who are we?

Eardulph Lodge no 6645, consecrated in 1948, is a thriving and vibrant lodge in
the heart of Chester-le-Street. We consist of members of all ages,
backgrounds, and interests, but who all strive to make themselves better
people.

What we do

We build friendships and confidence through the traditions of the ancient
workings of Freemasonry, blended with light-hearted and social gatherings,
where charity is never far from our hearts.

Why join us?

We are a friendly lodge, meeting in one of the best, purpose built, multiple
times winner of Local CAMRA Club of the Year, Masonic buildings. The lodge
also organises social events such as the yearly Burn’s night, where everyone is
welcome, including non-members, for a fantastic social evening. Members also
run a whisky club, normally held on the last Friday of the month, and take part
in charitable fishing and golfing tournaments, and organised bike rides.



When we meet

2nd Friday of each month, except July and August. Installation November

Fees

Joining fee: £100.00 + Subscription fee

Lodge subscriptions: £175.00

Typical dining fee: £0.00 Free

Contact



eardulph6645@gmail.com




facilities at Chester-Le-Street Masonic Hall

Parking: 

There is a small car park situated at the rear of the Masonic Hall building for use by members and visitors. There is also a public car park situated nearby at Osborne Road, next to Osborne Workingmen’s Club. Osborne Road car park has two electric vehicle charging points.

Approach: 

Front door is adjacent to the front road.

Entrance: 

There is a double door which has a security fob to gain entrance, or a bell to ring where bar staff can open electrically.

Emergency: 

The building is equipped with defibrillators, emergency lighting and escape routes which will be highlighted on the notice boards.

Accessibility:

Our membership comprises of all age ranges, with our oldest member being in his 80’s. We accommodate all needs within our Lodge and respectfully assist every member to access our meetings. We offer special dietary requirements at our festive boards and the Masonic Hall building has stair lifts to ensure all members are able to access the temple on the top floor of the building. 

Toilets: 

Toilets are situated on every floor of the Masonic Hall building.

Inside: 

We have a fully functioning bar which is open most nights, A chef who can cater for functions, Friday fish and chips and Sunday lunches.

Stairs/Lifts: 

The Masonic Hall building is a three-storey building and has one main staircase fitted with stair lift facilities.


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Finchale Priory L7059





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



finprisec@googlemail.com




facilities at Chester-Le-Street Masonic Hall

Parking: 

There is a small car park situated at the rear of the Masonic Hall building for use by members and visitors. There is also a public car park situated nearby at Osborne Road, next to Osborne Workingmen’s Club. Osborne Road car park has two electric vehicle charging points.

Approach: 

Front door is adjacent to the front road.

Entrance: 

There is a double door which has a security fob to gain entrance, or a bell to ring where bar staff can open electrically.

Emergency: 

The building is equipped with defibrillators, emergency lighting and escape routes which will be highlighted on the notice boards.

Accessibility:

Our membership comprises of all age ranges, with our oldest member being in his 80’s. We accommodate all needs within our Lodge and respectfully assist every member to access our meetings. We offer special dietary requirements at our festive boards and the Masonic Hall building has stair lifts to ensure all members are able to access the temple on the top floor of the building. 

Toilets: 

Toilets are situated on every floor of the Masonic Hall building.

Inside: 

We have a fully functioning bar which is open most nights, A chef who can cater for functions, Friday fish and chips and Sunday lunches.

Stairs/Lifts: 

The Masonic Hall building is a three-storey building and has one main staircase fitted with stair lift facilities.


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Spirit of Rugby L9910

Spirit of Rugby L9910





Who are we?

Spirit of Rugby Lodge was consecrated in 2015 to satisfy the demand amongst freemasons in the area who are keen freemasons and keen rugby players and/or supporters. The lodge meetings reflect our enthusiasm for both rugby and freemasonry.  We are currently the newest lodge in Durham and have around 40 members ( 2023).

What we do

We believe in work hard play hard, so we love to get our masonic ritual as correct as we can at our meetings then we try to emulate the rugby club during our festive boards, expect fines , referees whistles and even the court judge making an appearance , all in good humour and with fraternal cheer. At our meetings we wear our distinctive lodge tie and pocket square  ( with permission from the PGM at our consecration).  We have supported numerous charities such as Ny Names Doddie Foundation and Rock to Recovery and produce an annual lodge challenge coin to support the masters charity.

We are part of a growing Rugby Lodge community with friends spread far and wide with rugby lodges in Kent, Wales , Northamptonshire and many more who we communicate with often and meetup with masonically whenever possible.  We are also affiliated with the Durham Masonic RFC and have in the past played a few games verses other provinces and arranged the first England Vs Scotland Rugby Match , which was held in Murrayfield. A Spirit of Rugby brother captained that side to victory, and we proudly display the match ball at our meetings

Why join us?

 We are keen to have anyone with a rugby background Player, coach , administrator or just anyone with a passion for the game join our lodge , and help us grow, and maybe even get a side back out onto the pitch to represent Durham freemasons once again.  We are different from most other lodges in the province and our special interest of Rugby (Union and League) means we all have an extra bond as rugby brothers even before we add to that by becoming masonic brothers.  If you love rugby and are interested in freemasonry ( or even already a member) then we would love to meet you , share a story and maybe a beer, and help you on your masonic rugby journey.



When we meet

Forth Friday in Jan March May and Nov @ 6:45pm and third Friday in August ( Installation) at 6pm.

Fees

Joining fee: £20

Lodge subscriptions: £115

Typical dining fee: £10

Contact



secspiritofrugby@gmail.com




facilities at Chester-Le-Street Masonic Hall

Parking: 

There is a small car park situated at the rear of the Masonic Hall building for use by members and visitors. There is also a public car park situated nearby at Osborne Road, next to Osborne Workingmen’s Club. Osborne Road car park has two electric vehicle charging points.

Approach: 

Front door is adjacent to the front road.

Entrance: 

There is a double door which has a security fob to gain entrance, or a bell to ring where bar staff can open electrically.

Emergency: 

The building is equipped with defibrillators, emergency lighting and escape routes which will be highlighted on the notice boards.

Accessibility:

Our membership comprises of all age ranges, with our oldest member being in his 80’s. We accommodate all needs within our Lodge and respectfully assist every member to access our meetings. We offer special dietary requirements at our festive boards and the Masonic Hall building has stair lifts to ensure all members are able to access the temple on the top floor of the building. 

Toilets: 

Toilets are situated on every floor of the Masonic Hall building.

Inside: 

We have a fully functioning bar which is open most nights, A chef who can cater for functions, Friday fish and chips and Sunday lunches.

Stairs/Lifts: 

The Masonic Hall building is a three-storey building and has one main staircase fitted with stair lift facilities.


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Eardulph 75 Years of Reflections | Durham Freemasons

Eardulph was the last Bishop of Lindisfarne Northumbria, reigning from 796 to 806. For a brief time, he made Chester le Street the centre of Christianity in Northern England, when the body of St Cuthbert resided in the local Church. On Friday 9th June 2023, Eardulph Lodge No. 6645, which took its name from the legendary King, became the centre of Freemasonry in Durham, as the Lodge played host to a full Provincial Team visit to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

In the Lodge room, the members and visitors were treated to a wonderful review of the Lodge’s history, with selected members of the Lodge and visitors recounting their recollections of each decade of the Lodge’s existence.

Kenneth Howe opened the proceedings by reading the words of his great friend, the late Peter Usher, that had been provided for the Lodge’s 50 th Anniversary. Peter recalled how in the 50s & 60s Eardulph was known as the musical lodge. At the festive board, they could call upon a number of pianists, singers and all-around entertainers. He recalled how there was often an early morning retirement from labour, encouraged by exotic festive board menus and some alcoholic consumption. With members including butchers, bakers, hoteliers and gamekeepers – the table was kept well supplied. Discipline was strictly enforced, attendances were high, membership waiting lists were impressive, loyalty was mandatory and morale was unbeatable.

Danny Pollock took us into the 60s and 70s, recalling how he had joined the Lodge after moving to the town from Glasgow. In those days, each Lodge looked after themselves, running their own bar on meeting nights and each had a spot in the cellar for their own stock which was locked away after each meeting. In those days the Master got a discount on his bar bill to compensate for buying all of the drinks for the visitors and Past Masters. Eardulph was still awash with singers and musicians and it was unusual to get home the same day as the meeting started. The Stewards of the Lodge were very busy at the festive boards and ate their meals afterwards, all together in the room under the stairs. Whilst sounding strange, it helped the newer members bond with the older members and the camaraderie amongst the stewards was tremendous.

Taking us into the 80s and 90s, WBro Ian Heaviside, read the words of Ken Beck who could not attend. Ken is the son of Joe Beck, who had been renowned for his harmony. Ken recalled that in those days, prior to the introduction of the smoking ban, the dining room had a cloud of smoke hanging over it by 10 O’clock and you could see the nicotine running down the walls. The cigarette box would be passed up and down the top table and visitors would grab handfuls to be smoked over the rest of the night. Ken also recalled the wonderful entertainers who provided Harmony at the Festive Board but paid particular tribute to Eddie “Keyboard” Kerr, recalling that when Eddie provided harmony, it didn’t matter what song Eddie sang, his keyboard always seemed to play the same tune! Festive boards were always full with between 115 and 120 in attendance. The atmosphere was great and if the meals ran out, the stewards popped to the local chippy.

The Lodge DC, Rob Thompson joined the Lodge after leaving the Royal Marines. He confirmed that in the 90s the Lodge reminded him of the Mess in his marine years, with a contingent of ex-Durham Light Infantrymen, who became known as the “Dessert” Rats for their love of the sweet treats on offer. Rob became a Steward to best serve the Lodge and held that role for around 10 years. The Stewards dining continued to be under the stairs after the tables had been cleared which meant he missed a lot of the goings-on. It was not until he proposed his first candidate and attended his initiation that he enjoyed attending the festive board so much that he decided it was time to come off the Stewards list. Rob confirmed, in true DC style that with the fellowship and friendship, ritual is a very satisfying part of Freemasonry for him and warned that he is looking out for his successor.

WBro David Battensby recalled the “noughties”. Brought up in a household where freemasonry and Eardulph Lodge were frequently mentioned, he had attended the Hall Christmas parties and only ever associated Freemasonry and Eardulph Lodge with fun and enjoyment. He recalled that the quality of the ritual work was inspiring and there was a particularly active social side, especially with Eardulph being a Friday Lodge. Some partners would wait in the lounge until the meetings were finished and would head off to the local Weatherspoons, Chicago Rock which became known to them as The Lodge of Chicago Rock. Several times we were walking home when the sun was coming up and birds were tweeting!! He confirmed that to him Eardulph is more like a family, a second family, giving support and strong companionship.

Bro Scott Butler took us into the 2010s. He recalled sitting on a table with an ex-royal marine, a 70 years old ex-postmaster/come street magician, a painter and decorator, and an ex-policeman. Whilst from different backgrounds, ages, life experiences etc. it felt so natural and he was made to feel incredibly welcome in such an eclectic mix. He confirmed that since joining he had experienced so much, including Dragon boat racing, manning a beer pump at the local jazz festival and buildings Beer Festivals and Gintasias, carrying the haggis at Eardulph’s Burn’s night, visiting a lodge in Scotland, the Chinese new year at Oriental Lodge in the next province over, being part of the contingent of Freemasons of Chester le street at remembrance Sunday and not forgetting snapping his hamstring whilst trying to play cricket for the Masonic team. In such a small space of time, he has made so many fantastic memories. Whilst Covid lockdowns have featured heavily in his Masonic journey, Scott was grateful for the way in which the lodge managed to stay in touch, via WhatsApp and Skype meetings, providing the opportunity to ‘meet’, albeit virtually, have a laugh, check in on each other, keep up to date with goings on and enjoying the odd quiz.

Our final Contributor was Chris Cullen, the latest initiate into Eardulph Lodge, having joined in January 2023. Chris confirmed that he is one of six initiates this year and having asked them all how things are going he confirmed that the feedback is overwhelmingly positive. They are all enjoying making new friends and have been made to feel incredibly welcome. They have already visited other local Lodges and have been out socially with their wives and girlfriends, although never at the same time! The lodge Whatsapp group has helped the “newbies”  keep informed and be a part of the lodge discussions, as well as inflicting various brethren’s attempts at humour. On behalf of all of the Brethren, Chris thanked Eardulph Lodge for the past 75 years and wished it a long and successful future.

At the Festive Board, John was presented with a cheque for £750 to go towards the next Festival in 2032. He paid tribute to the Lodge and thanked all of the contributors for the wonderful recollections they had shared of the history and camaraderie of the Lodge. The packed festive board were then treated to the return of spectacular harmony to Eardulph when they were entertained by Jada, the Granddaughter of Alan Jenkins, who had been supported in with her recent scholarship travels by Durham Benevolence, who treated the Lodge to a wonderful medley of songs as a thank you for the support of Durham Freemasons.

This was a truly memorable evening and one that will live long in the memory of all of those present, even those who ended up leaving the day after the event began!

Stronger Together

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Lodge of Progress L8259

Who are we?

Welcome to the Lodge of Progress 8259, a vibrant and dynamic Freemasons Lodge with a rich history spanning over 50 years. Our lodge prides itself on its broad membership base, encompassing individuals from diverse age groups, ranging from 20 years old to those who have surpassed their 80th year. This unique blend of members brings together a wealth of experience, knowledge, and perspectives, fostering an environment that is progressive and constantly evolving.

At the heart of the Lodge of Progress 8259 is a strong sense of camaraderie and fellowship. We believe that Freemasonry should not only be a serious pursuit of self-improvement but also a source of enjoyment and fulfilment. Consequently, our lodge is characterised by a lively and fun atmosphere, where members forge lasting friendships and share memorable experiences.

What we do

One of our primary focus is charity fundraising, particularly within our local community. We are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of those around us, and our lodge actively engages in various charitable initiatives. Whether it’s organising local events, conducting fundraisers, or volunteering our time, we are dedicated to giving back to our community.

Our commitment to charity is not only rooted in the Masonic principles of benevolence and compassion but also in the collective enthusiasm of our members. The Lodge of Progress 8259 is home to individuals who are eager to make a difference, and their energy and dedication translate into successful and impactful fundraising efforts.

We believe that charity work should be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Therefore, we strive to create an environment where members can express their creativity, explore innovative fundraising ideas, and actively participate in engaging activities. From charity galas and sports events to community outreach programs and local collaborations, our lodge offers a diverse range of opportunities for members to contribute their time, skills, and resources.

Why join us?

Joining the Lodge of Progress 8259 means becoming part of a community that values personal growth, friendship, and making a tangible difference in the world. Regardless of your age or background, our lodge welcomes individuals who share our passion for charity, community service, and the pursuit of knowledge. Together, we embrace the ever-evolving nature of Freemasonry, always striving to progress and adapt to the needs of our members and the world around us.

When we meet

Third Friday of every month with the exception of July and August.

Fees

Joining fee: £100

Lodge subscriptions:£185 for over 25yr olds, £135 for under 25’s

Typical dining fee: Included in subscription.

Contact

progress8259@gmail.com Website Facebook
facilities at Chester-Le-Street Masonic Hall

Parking: 

There is a small car park situated at the rear of the Masonic Hall building for use by members and visitors. There is also a public car park situated nearby at Osborne Road, next to Osborne Workingmen’s Club. Osborne Road car park has two electric vehicle charging points.

Approach: 

Front door is adjacent to the front road.

Entrance: 

There is a double door which has a security fob to gain entrance, or a bell to ring where bar staff can open electrically.

Emergency: 

The building is equipped with defibrillators, emergency lighting and escape routes which will be highlighted on the notice boards.

Accessibility:

Our membership comprises of all age ranges, with our oldest member being in his 80’s. We accommodate all needs within our Lodge and respectfully assist every member to access our meetings. We offer special dietary requirements at our festive boards and the Masonic Hall building has stair lifts to ensure all members are able to access the temple on the top floor of the building. 

Toilets: 

Toilets are situated on every floor of the Masonic Hall building.

Inside: 

We have a fully functioning bar which is open most nights, A chef who can cater for functions, Friday fish and chips and Sunday lunches.

Stairs/Lifts: 

The Masonic Hall building is a three-storey building and has one main staircase fitted with stair lift facilities.

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