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Diamond Celebration at Trinity

The year started out with celebration for the members of Trinity Lodge, who meet at the masonic hall at Archer Street in Darlington.  Clarence Stoddart (Clarry) was celebrating 60 years of continuous membership of Freemasonry in general and Trinity lodge in particular, having been initiated 30/12/1963.  Clarry, who now lives in Cheshire, had made special effort to travel over to attend Trinity lodge for the regular January meeting and to share this special occasion with the rest of the members.  The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Andrew Foster, was in attendance and was formerly and warmly welcomed into the lodge by members and visitors, in manner usual among masons.  Andrew was delighted to have the opportunity to attend and present Clarry with a 60 year certificate to mark his service to Freemasonry within Durham Province, advising that usually this privilege (awards 60 years and above) falls to the Deputy Provincial Grand Master.  Andrew was honoured and delighted to be offered the opportunity to attend the celebration and present the certificate as on this occasion the Deputy Provincial Grand Master was unable to attend. 

Andrew sat at the front of the lodge with Clarry and discussed Clarry’s membership of 60 years, initially highlighting that his 50 year certificate was presented by John Webster, Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master.  Clarry informed the brethren that he was proposed into Freemasonry by his father in-law, John Firby, who was a member and past master (1963) of Trinity Lodge.  Clarry recalled John telling him that if he proposed his membership that the ask was for him to attend as often as he could and progress through the offices to become a Worshipful Master when that opportunity arose.  Work commitments meant that Clarry had to move to the North West around the time that he was Junior Warden of Trinity Lodge.  Clarry never faltered in his promise to John, despite moving away he used to book time off from work on Wednesday afternoons in order to attend Trinity Lodge meetings and give his absolute best for each of the offices he held including when he attained the chair of Kind Solomon; 27/12/1976.  Clarry also proposed his brother, Harold, into Trinity Lodge who became master in 1989.

Clarry also shared other memories with the brethren including a time years gone by where he recalled things were certainly more formal within Freemasonry.  Clarry had been told by the lodge Director of Ceremonies (DC) that he was the DC for their ladies night.  Ladies nights back then saw the ladies in their fancy dresses wearing long sleeve gloves as part of their ensemble.  The role of ladies night DC came with numerous duties and planning to ensure the evening ran smoothly including liaising with the band master and attendees, filling out the dance cards with requests.  On this particular occasion Clarry had been asked if the band could play The Twist, to which he thought would be acceptable.  The band played The Twist and it appeared to go down well.  Shortly after this dance Clarry was pulled aside and quietly informed “we do not have dances like that at this lodge”.

There was another celebration that shared the evening when Derek Wilde was initiated into Trinity Lodge.  Clarry welcomed Derek to Trinity and told him that he had joined a very good lodge.  Clarry also presented Andrew with a personal cheque towards Durham Benevolence for £500 to which Andrew thanked Clarry for and reassured it was gratefully received and will be faithfully applied.  Celebrations continued downstairs at the festive board before the night concluded.

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Remembrance Sunday 12th November in 2023

Remembrance Sunday is our opportunity to remember the fallen, the injured and our serving personnel.

Many organisations and individual across our Province will be hosting services to commemorate the day, and I encourage you to liaise with your Lodge / Hall and support the remembrance services and walk proudly in parades wearing on this occasion your Craft collar, appropriate Military medals and Poppy. Please note that Masonic jewels should not be worn.

This year the Province of Durham will be laying 20 wreaths at various locations on your behalf along with many personal tributes from individuals and from Lodges and Chapters.  

Be part of something special, and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, so we could enjoy our tomorrows.

RWBro John Paul Thompson.

Provincial Grand Master.

 LocationProvincial Representative
1BillinghamWBro David Hay
2Chester Le StreetWBro Michael Jacques
3DarlingtonWBro Andrew Foster
4DurhamVWBro Michael Graham
5Hartlepool Raby RoadRWBro John Thompson
6JarrowWBro Paul O’Doherty
7SeahamWBro Andrew Moule
8MurtonArmed Forces Committee
9ShildonWBro Jamie Rielly
10South ShieldsWBro Clinton Leeks
11SpennymoorWBro David Hanson
12Stockton on TeesWBro Tom Gittins
13SunderlandWBro Rak Bhalla
14Darlington CockertonWBro Richard Tucker
15Darlington Yarm RoadWBro Mark Aram
16Barnard CastleWBro Frank White
17Hartlepool HeadlandWBro Paul Fryer
18Menin GateWBro Stuart Major
19BirtleyWBro Gordon Brewis
20ConsettWBro John D Watts
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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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Athelstan Sign Armed Forces Covenant.

Darlington Business Club hosted an “Armed Forces Covenant” signing in the Presence of the Vice Lord Lieutenant Michael Poole JP DL.

Paul Johnston attended this meeting and signed the Covenant as Grand Master of the Masonic Order of Athelstan, the first Order to sign after the “Duke of Kent” who of course signed on behalf of UGLE.  Paul was accompanied by the Provincial Grand Master for Northumbria, William Henry Carlyon JP who signed a Provincial Covenant in line with the Craft Provincial Grand Master, John Thompson, who did so earlier this year.

This embodiment of commitment across the masonic orders, for the “Armed Forces” shows and emboldens the phrase “Durham Freemasons Stronger Together”.

Paul Johnston said :- 

Within the ranks of Freemasonry are many serving members and veterans of the Armed Forces; the Masonic Order of Athelstan has recently formed a unit in the north-east specifically to accommodate and celebrate these members of our military.

The Masonic Order of Athelstan is proud to follow the United Grand Lodge of England in signing the Armed Forces Covenant.”

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WBro George Anthony Currie PSGD, PAsstProvGM   1942 – 2023

It is with deepest sympathy, we announce the death of WBro Tony Currie.

Tony passed to the GLA yesterday afternoon after suffering from an age-related illness. He leaves a daughter Samantha (Sam), a son-in-law Peter and a grandson George (named after Tony). Tony’s wife, Jane died on 17th May 2023.

Tony was a Fishmonger in Darlington following in his father’s footsteps before commencing his career in the Funeral industry. He started his own Funeral business before joining Seaton Leng in Darlington where he was a Funeral director for many years.

Tony was initiated, passed and raised in Restoration Lodge No. 111 in Darlington in 1966. He also held memberships in the following lodges: –

Durham Lodge of Installed Master No. 4441

Liberty Lodge No. 9614 – Honorary member

Hammurabi Lodge No. 9606 – Honorary member

Saint Cecilia Lodge No. 9685 – Founder

Castle Eden Lodge of Installed Masters No. 9685

Nevill Lodge of Installed Masters No. 9441

He was appointed Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 1987

Promoted to Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1994 to 1996

The role that many of us will remember most is when Tony was the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies from 1997 to 2004, an office that he held with great distinction.

He was finally promoted to Assistant Provincial Grand Master in 2005.

In Grand Lodge, Tony was JGD in 2005 and promoted to PSGD in 2006.

Tony was Exalted into Chapter of Vigilance No. 111 in 1970 and was a Founder of Indaba Chapter No.9454 in 1998.

He was appointed Provincial Grand Standard Bearer in 1991.

Tony was a respected freemason in our Province and will be missed by everyone who knew him; our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this sad time.

If you wish to send correspondence, please address these to Sam Morrison at 22, Lazenby Grove, Darlington, DL3 9QD.

The funeral of W Bro Currie will be held on Tuesday, 18th July at 2 pm at St Mary’s Church, Cockerton DL3 9EG.

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St Hilda Lodge On Tour

St Hilda No 240 Lodge South Shields. recent visited Rosslyn Chapel on Saturday 10th June 2023, organised by their Master Michael McDowell.

Originally intended for the members of his lodge, Michael expanded the invitation to the wives’ partners and other local lodges and a number from the Province of Northumberland, ensuring a full coach of 48 at departure.

Driver Wilf Crawford of Tyne Lodge Wallsend started to pick up the groups from  Durham from South Shields, Jarrow and Hebburn before crossing the Tyne into the neighbouring Province of Northumberland picking up at Byker, Ponteland and Morpeth. Then headed to Rosslyn Chapel.

During the journey, on a hot and cloudless day, raffles and blind cards were held on board to raise funds for the South Shields Masonic Hall’s Children’s Party. Several prizes had been donated by those in the group. The raffles raised  £153 for which  Michael expressed his delight and for the generosity of the coach party.

On arrival at Rosslyn St. Clair Lodge Freemason Hall, the party was welcomed by David Kelly who escorted the party into the lodge where a buffet was laid on. David gave a shortened presentation on Rosslyn Chapel and its History.

Rosslyn Chapel is a short walk from the masonic hall. One of the party, 94-year-old Roderick Swalwell, who experiences mobility issues was assisted by a member of Rosslyn St. Clair Lodge, taking him by his car to the chapel where a wheelchair was provided.

The presentation provided by the Chapel’s guide proved to be enlightening and informative.

On the return journey home the coach stopped off at Eyemouth, where the coach party undertook “liquid replenishment” as it had been a hot day and the party needed refreshments “to stop dehydration on health grounds”.

The coach returned home dropping off passengers at their collection points. On arrival back at the South Shields Freemasons Hall, at 9 P.M., where the bar had been specially opened for those who wished to “refresh and replenish fluids”.

Altogether an excellent day. 

Michael said:

“I am extremely delighted that the day went so well and that we were able to share the experience with our fellow Freemasons from  Northumberland”.

With new friendships forged, we truly are 

‘Stronger Together

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St Oswald L4260

St Oswald 4260

Who are we?

We are a group of like minded individuals who meet up once a month to interact for one common objective, friendship, respect, and charity.

We are a small but friendly lodge and are known for making its visitors feel welcome, although not a military lodge a sizeable percentage of it’s members are Ex or serving military so the banter has been know to flow on the odd occasion, we do try hard to
make our meetings enjoyable and a bit of fun and try not to take ourselves too seriously Whilst still maintaining the traditions of the Lodge, we incorporate and appreciate modern everyday requirements to enhance the experience of our
membership and promote a feeling of belonging.

What we do

Meet up once a month on the first Thursday of the month, We have our meeting in the Temple, performing our rituals, then retire to a formal meal, and have drinks and chat with people from very many different backgrounds, but with one common goal, Freemasonry, camaraderie, supporting others and bettering ourselves.

Why join us?

We have an excellent cross section of members dedicated to the principles of Freemasonry with a friendly and supportive approach to our activities and enjoying each other’s company.

When we meet

The first Thursday of the month except for June, July, August and January at 18:45.

Fees

Joining fee: £110

Lodge subscriptions: £145 per year.

Typical dining fee: £15 for a 3 course meal with tea and coffee.

Contact

secstoswald@gmail.com
facilities at Darlington Masonic Hall

Address

Upper Archer St, Darlington DL3 6LS.

Hall information

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Parking: 

Ample car parking in adjacent ‘pay and display’ public facility. Free after 6pm and to ‘blue badge’ holders.

Approach: 

Somewhat unobtrusive ‘slip road’ entry off dual carriageway near town’s “Bondgate” roundabout becoming a one-way system to and from car park.

Entrance: 

Wide door, wheelchair accessible.

Emergency: 

Illuminated emergency exits on all floors. Diagrams of emergency escape routes are posted throughout the building and on the information TV. Smoke detectors are installed at the relevant points throughout the building.

We also have a defibrillator adjacent to the front door which is also accessible to the public.

Accessibility:

Close to Town Centre on its northern side, near commercial buildings and one of the Town’s (long stay) public car parks. Clearly signed as “Freemasons’ Hall” when seen from nearby dual carriageway. Wheelchair access at main entrance and at (rear) ‘service’ entrance by arrangement. Controlled entry via a somewhat unobtrusive ‘plain’ door with handrail and ramp.

Toilets: 

Accessible toilets.

Inside: 

Entrance ’lobby’ with access to ground floor facilities which include smart Lounge/bar, superb large dining room, cloakrooms and toilets (inc disabled). Lodge room seating 90 (approx) upstairs with extra chairs brought in when needed. Small ‘robing room’ for Grand Officers doubles as a local ‘museum.’ Attendance registration table immediately outside Lodge Room entrance.

Stairs/Lifts: 

Stairs with ‘half-landing’ and handrails and/or lift provide access to upper floor.

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The St Cuthbert L3417

St Cuthbert 3417





Who are we?

The St Cuthbert Lodge is the 3rd oldest Freemasons Lodge in Darlington. We currently have 46 members, 26 of which are ‘Light Blue’ at the moment. The oldest member of the lodge is aged 93 and the youngest is 30 years of age – a 60+year span. Many of our members are active in the local community either in the service industries or local government, NHS and other professions. There are members who have served in the Armed Forces, the Police and Fire Services, Bakers, Self-employed businessmen, and those that have retired from paid employment. The lodge has a wide-ranging membership drawn from all walks of life in Darlington and the surroundings community, we are very friendly and actively welcome everyone.

What we do

With a steady stream of new members, The St Cuthbert Lodge prides itself on the quality of its ritual, we strive to give everyone the best experience whether they are the candidate, participant delivering it or a visitor to the lodge. We have a good record in giving to Charity, being one of the five Darlington Lodges that gained a Platinum Award for their efforts in the Durham 2021 Festival Appeal and donates to local charities on a regular basis.

Why join us?

We are a friendly lodge that welcomes allcomers and prides itself on being an inclusive lodge. We actively encourage all of our members to integrate, join in all of our activities and to become one among many, as opposed to feeling like an outsider when they come to a meeting. The Lodge is a friendly, fun lodge that tries to ensure its members and visitors have a pleasurable experience whenever they meet. All are encouraged to join in and contribute to the evenings experience.



When we meet

The 1st Tuesday in February (Installation) to June & September to December.

Fees

Joining fee: £82.80

Lodge subscriptions: £150

Typical dining fee: £17  (Normally for a 3 course dinner C/w Cheese & Biscuits, Tea or Coffee)

Contact



sec.3417@gmail.com




facilities at Darlington Masonic Hall

Parking: 

Ample car parking in adjacent ‘pay and display’ public facility. Free after 6pm and to ‘blue badge’ holders.

Approach: 

Somewhat unobtrusive ‘slip road’ entry off dual carriageway near town’s “Bondgate” roundabout becoming a one-way system to and from car park.

Entrance: 

Wide door, wheelchair accessible.

Emergency: 

Illuminated emergency exits on all floors. Diagrams of emergency escape routes are posted throughout the building and on the information TV. Smoke detectors are installed at the relevant points throughout the building.

We also have a defibrillator adjacent to the front door which is also accessible to the public.

Accessibility:

Close to Town Centre on its northern side, near commercial buildings and one of the Town’s (long stay) public car parks. Clearly signed as “Freemasons’ Hall” when seen from nearby dual carriageway. Wheelchair access at main entrance and at (rear) ‘service’ entrance by arrangement. Controlled entry via a somewhat unobtrusive ‘plain’ door with handrail and ramp.

Toilets: 

Accessible toilets.

Inside: 

Entrance ’lobby’ with access to ground floor facilities which include smart Lounge/bar, superb large dining room, cloakrooms and toilets (inc disabled). Lodge room seating 90 (approx) upstairs with extra chairs brought in when needed. Small ‘robing room’ for Grand Officers doubles as a local ‘museum.’ Attendance registration table immediately outside Lodge Room entrance.

Stairs/Lifts: 

Stairs with ‘half-landing’ and handrails and/or lift provide access to upper floor.


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Nevill Lodge of Installed Masters L9441

Nevill LIM 9411





Who are we?

A Lodge of Installed and Past Masters drawn from (mainly) Durham-based Craft Lodges. As the name of the Lodge implies, members MUST either be ‘in the Chair’ of another Craft Lodge or have served as such.  

What we do

Meet 3 times each year to hear talks on Masonic-related topics from a variety of high-profile speakers arranged by a ‘Lecture Master.’ Each year, the newly-installed Worshipful Master is also expected to deliver a Masonic-related talk on a subject of his own choosing, immediately following his Installation and the appointment of his Officers. Following meetings, a traditional Festive Board includes table-planned seating with waiter service and the usual loyal and Masonic toasts. Visitors are usually ‘hosted’ by a member.

Why join us?

Enjoy the otherwise ‘non-challenging’ experience of listening rather than ‘doing’ and always in the company of (mostly) senior and highly-experienced Masons.



When we meet

2nd Fridays in March and June and 2nd Thursday in September (Installation). Meetings usually start at 6.30pm.

Fees

Joining fee: None.

Lodge subscriptions: £45 * **

Typical dining fee: £15

*Installed Masters Lodges benefit from lower annual subscription rates because members are deemed to have already paid relevant UGLE dues via their main Craft Lodge subscription(s).

**Members who, for any reason, cease to or do not subscribe to any other Craft Lodge, are required to pay an additional annual fee prescribed by UGLE, currently £62.

Contact



Nevill9441@gmail.com




facilities at Darlington Masonic Hall

Parking: 

Ample car parking in adjacent ‘pay and display’ public facility. Free after 6pm and to ‘blue badge’ holders.

Approach: 

Somewhat unobtrusive ‘slip road’ entry off dual carriageway near town’s “Bondgate” roundabout becoming a one-way system to and from car park.

Entrance: 

Wide door, wheelchair accessible.

Emergency: 

Illuminated emergency exits on all floors. Diagrams of emergency escape routes are posted throughout the building and on the information TV. Smoke detectors are installed at the relevant points throughout the building.

We also have a defibrillator adjacent to the front door which is also accessible to the public.

Accessibility:

Close to Town Centre on its northern side, near commercial buildings and one of the Town’s (long stay) public car parks. Clearly signed as “Freemasons’ Hall” when seen from nearby dual carriageway. Wheelchair access at main entrance and at (rear) ‘service’ entrance by arrangement. Controlled entry via a somewhat unobtrusive ‘plain’ door with handrail and ramp.

Toilets: 

Accessible toilets.

Inside: 

Entrance ’lobby’ with access to ground floor facilities which include smart Lounge/bar, superb large dining room, cloakrooms and toilets (inc disabled). Lodge room seating 90 (approx) upstairs with extra chairs brought in when needed. Small ‘robing room’ for Grand Officers doubles as a local ‘museum.’ Attendance registration table immediately outside Lodge Room entrance.

Stairs/Lifts: 

Stairs with ‘half-landing’ and handrails and/or lift provide access to upper floor.


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Marquess of Ripon L1379

Marquess of Ripon 1379





Who are we?

The Lodge was founded in1871. It attracted industrialists engineers and the professions as well as civic leaders over the years. It now has a broad base of members which it seeks to expand.

What we do

We hold ceremonies by which new Brethren are introduced to the Lodge and we enjoy each others’ company at a meal afterwards.

Why join us?

We all like it and are proud to be members and so would you.

Additional reading: Marques of Ripon Lodge History



When we meet

2nd Thursday of each month from October to June

Fees

Joining fee: £50

Lodge subscriptions: £170

Typical dining fee: £15 – £20

Contact



karl.McCoubrey@outlook.com




facilities at Darlington Masonic Hall

Parking: 

Ample car parking in adjacent ‘pay and display’ public facility. Free after 6pm and to ‘blue badge’ holders.

Approach: 

Somewhat unobtrusive ‘slip road’ entry off dual carriageway near town’s “Bondgate” roundabout becoming a one-way system to and from car park.

Entrance: 

Wide door, wheelchair accessible.

Emergency: 

Illuminated emergency exits on all floors. Diagrams of emergency escape routes are posted throughout the building and on the information TV. Smoke detectors are installed at the relevant points throughout the building.

We also have a defibrillator adjacent to the front door which is also accessible to the public.

Accessibility:

Close to Town Centre on its northern side, near commercial buildings and one of the Town’s (long stay) public car parks. Clearly signed as “Freemasons’ Hall” when seen from nearby dual carriageway. Wheelchair access at main entrance and at (rear) ‘service’ entrance by arrangement. Controlled entry via a somewhat unobtrusive ‘plain’ door with handrail and ramp.

Toilets: 

Accessible toilets.

Inside: 

Entrance ’lobby’ with access to ground floor facilities which include smart Lounge/bar, superb large dining room, cloakrooms and toilets (inc disabled). Lodge room seating 90 (approx) upstairs with extra chairs brought in when needed. Small ‘robing room’ for Grand Officers doubles as a local ‘museum.’ Attendance registration table immediately outside Lodge Room entrance.

Stairs/Lifts: 

Stairs with ‘half-landing’ and handrails and/or lift provide access to upper floor.


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