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Provincial Buildings Strategy Presentations

We will be hosting two seminars to support our management teams and those who support our buildings.

SATURDAY 3RD FEBRUARY – SHINEY ROW MASONIC HALL  9.30 – 11.30 am

SATURDAY 24TH FEBRUARY – FERRYHILL MASONIC HALL   9.30 – 11.30 am

These presentations will be of interest to Masonic Hall Management Teams, Directors, Trustees and anyone with an interest in the management of buildings.

The focus will be on the legal ownership of masonic halls, maintenance, repair and development opportunities, as well as minimising expenditure particularly utilities and rates.

There will also be an opportunity to engage with the Provincial Asset Management team who are happy to assist and advise where necessary.

To book your place please use the ticket Tailor on the provincial website at the following link , these links will be live from Friday 12th January 2024

https://www.tickettailor.com/events/provincialgrandlodgeofdurham/1117096?

Please note we are hosting RA Reps seminars at the same venue at the same time, please ensure you click on the correct link when sourcing your tickets.

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Hong Kong Tales

On Friday 7th July the Assistant ProvGM W Bro Clinton Leeks entertained 50 Ferryhill Installed Masters at their annual dinner with stories of his experience in Hong Kong and his time working for Christopher Francis Patten, Baron Patten of Barnes, KG, CH, PC is a British politician who was the 28th and last Governor of Hong Kong from 1992 to 1997, and the British Government.

The evening took place to raise funds for local Charities, the chosen charity this year is “Evergreen Primary School” which is a special needs school based in Bishop Auckland, who cater for pupils aged between 2 – 11 yrs. old with severe, profound, moderate, complex learning difficulties and ASC. They are trying to raise funds to redevelop the Soft-play room.

Leanne Daniels teacher at Evergreen Primary School and also works at Ferryhill Masonic Hall assisting the caterer at Lodge nights had asked all the Ferryhill Lodges to support the fundraising and all the Lodges – Craft, Royal Arch & Mark donated between £50 – £100 each, the Ferryhill Installed Masters Dinner also gave £650 with raffles and donations, so a total of £1,050 was given to the school for their appeal.

Representatives of the committee, along with Clinton went along to Evergreen Primary School on Tuesday 11th of July school to formally hand over the donations.

Christopher Francis Patten, Baron Patten of Barnes, KG, CH, PC is a British politician who was the 28th and last Governor of Hong Kong from 1992 to 1997 and Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1990 to 1992. He was made a life peer in 2005 and has been Chancellor of the University of Oxford since 2003.

Durham Freemasons Stronger Together

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Hammurabi L9606

Who are we?

Hammurabi Lodge No9606 was formed in 1996 and was originally situated at Old Elvet,
Durham City, but moved to Ferryhill in February 2018. The lodge is named after King
Hammurabi who ruled the Babylonian Empire from 1792 – 1750 BCE. One reason that
Hammurabi created his code of laws was because he was concerned with keeping order in his
kingdom. The word Memores Majorum loosely means “time honoured principals”. The
members of the lodge are predominately retired police officers so the lodge is aptly named.

                               

What we do

Hammurabi Lodge is a group of Masons who like to meet with like-minded people and enjoy
other’s company. We are conscious of the local community and endeavour to support local
worthy causes when we can.

Why join us?

Originally membership was taken from police officers who were members of The
Northumbria, Durham and Teesside Constabulary’s. Over the years this has been relaxed and
we now take prospective members from the police and associated services, military, and
those who have been recommended by members.

When we meet

3rd Monday in February, April, August, October and December

Fees

Joining fee: £

Lodge subscriptions: £145.00

Typical dining fee: £13.00

Contact

hammurabilodge@gmail.com Facebook
facilities at Ferryhill Masonic Hall

Address

35 North Street, Ferryhill, Co. Durham, DL17 8HX.

Hall information

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Parking: 

We have a large car park at the rear of the building, with ample parking. 

Approach: 

Long steady ramp to front & rear entrances and level access to ground floor.

Entrance: 

Both front & rear entrances have large doors and easy access for all. 

Emergency: 

Emergency exits from upper floor has steps but ramps and evacuation sheets when building in use.

Accessibility:

Our Hall and Lodge room are future proofed, with a disabled lift installed and wheelchair access in all entrances within the building and disabled facilities.

Toilets: 

Accessible toilet on all floors. 

Inside: 

We have internal ramps for wheelchair access. Rest chair available. Hearing loop in the temple. 

Dining tables are wheelchair accessible.

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is a large lift available to access the upper floor, where the Lodge room is located, and a small stairlift to the lodge room for the final 5 steps. 

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Manor L7908





Who are we?

    

Manor Lodge is a small Craft Lodge based in Ferryhill, Co. Durham. Consecrated in 1963 it is the second oldest lodge meeting in the Ferryhill building. 

Manor Lodge, although only having a small membership (20), prides itself in a friendly atmosphere, exceptional ceremonies performed to the highest of standards and the brethren with a genuine pride in the lodge and hospitality towards visitors.

                            

What we do

Manor Lodge not only supports Masonic charities, but local charities and organisations with donations raised from social events and raffles.

Why join us?

As with all lodges, the brethren do not just join the local lodge but a world- wide fraternity. We are part of an organisation that does not discriminate, be you a new member or the longest serving member EVERYONE is equal 

The senior members of the lodge nurture the junior brethren through the various positions within the lodge with encouragement and always remind them that the ritual does not have to be ‘perfect’ and not to be afraid of attempting the longer pieces of the ritual. Some senior brethren have been involved in masonry for in excess of 25 years so have a lot of experience to pass on.



When we meet

2nd Monday every month except July, August & September –  Installation May

Fees

Joining fee: £

Lodge subscriptions: £170.00

Typical dining fee: £10.00

Contact



manorlodge7908@hotmail.co.uk


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facilities at Ferryhill Masonic Hall

Address

35 North Street, Ferryhill, Co. Durham, DL17 8HX.

Parking: 

We have a large car park at the rear of the building, with ample parking. 

Approach: 

Long steady ramp to front & rear entrances and level access to ground floor.

Entrance: 

Both front & rear entrances have large doors and easy access for all. 

Emergency: 

Emergency exits from upper floor has steps but ramps and evacuation sheets when building in use.

Accessibility:

Our Hall and Lodge room are future proofed, with a disabled lift installed and wheelchair access in all entrances within the building and disabled facilities.

Toilets: 

Accessible toilet on all floors. 

Inside: 

We have internal ramps for wheelchair access. Rest chair available. Hearing loop in the temple. 

Dining tables are wheelchair accessible.

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is a large lift available to access the upper floor, where the Lodge room is located, and a small stairlift to the lodge room for the final 5 steps. 


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The Rowlandson L3360





Who are we?

The Rowlandson Lodge is a friendly Lodge, with approx. 40 members of varying ages. We are the oldest Lodge within Ferryhill and have been meeting at RFH since 1909 and have strong links to the local community. Our ceremonies are quite different from most of those within the Province of Durham and we have a different working ritual to most Lodges in the Province, our Installation of the new Master each year is special to all who attend. 

What we do

We are proud of our Lodge and the members of the Lodge are always looking to assist our local community in any way we can, whether it be charitable donations or local volunteering within the community. 

Why join us?

As we have a wide range of ages within the membership and The Rowlandson Lodge is a great place to practice Freemasonry. 



When we meet

The LAST Wednesday of the month August – June x11 meetings.

Fees

Joining fee: £25

Lodge subscriptions: £205

Typical dining fee: £9

Contact



rowlandsonlodge@btinternet.com


07946 419 224


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facilities at Ferryhill Masonic Hall

Address

35 North Street, Ferryhill, Co. Durham, DL17 8HX.

Parking: 

We have a large car park at the rear of the building, with ample parking. 

Approach: 

Long steady ramp to front & rear entrances and level access to ground floor.

Entrance: 

Both front & rear entrances have large doors and easy access for all. 

Emergency: 

Emergency exits from upper floor has steps but ramps and evacuation sheets when building in use.

Accessibility:

Our Hall and Lodge room are future proofed, with a disabled lift installed and wheelchair access in all entrances within the building and disabled facilities.

Toilets: 

Accessible toilet on all floors. 

Inside: 

We have internal ramps for wheelchair access. Rest chair available. Hearing loop in the temple. 

Dining tables are wheelchair accessible.

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is a large lift available to access the upper floor, where the Lodge room is located, and a small stairlift to the lodge room for the final 5 steps. 


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Aycliffe L8800

Aycliffe 8800





Who are we?

Aycliffe Lodge No 8800 is a Traditional Freemasons’ Lodge formed and consecrated in 1978, there were 26 founder members of our Lodge. 

We are a small friendly Lodge that benefits from a very diverse membership. We meet at Ferryhill, Durham, not too far from Newton Aycliffe the Town after which it is named. We currently have 34 members our youngest member just embarking on his Masonic journey is in his twenties, and we have older experienced members representing previous decades, our oldest member is over ninety years old.

What we do

We hold regular formal meetings, 10 per year, and usually have 4 social events per year where we enjoy a social evening and raise funds for charity. Aycliffe Lodge has donated in excess of £25,000 to local charities since its formulation in 1978.

Why join us?

Come and join a friendly group of like minded people who enjoy raising funds for charitable causes, enjoying various hobbies in their spare time.



When we meet

3rd Tuesday of the month, excluding July and August.

Fees

Joining fee: £77.50

Lodge subscriptions: £182

Typical dining fee: £10

Contact



aycliffelodge@btinternet.com




facilities at Ferryhill Masonic Hall

Address

35 North Street, Ferryhill, Co. Durham, DL17 8HX.

Parking: 

We have a large car park at the rear of the building, with ample parking. 

Approach: 

Long steady ramp to front & rear entrances and level access to ground floor.

Entrance: 

Both front & rear entrances have large doors and easy access for all. 

Emergency: 

Emergency exits from upper floor has steps but ramps and evacuation sheets when building in use.

Accessibility:

Our Hall and Lodge room are future proofed, with a disabled lift installed and wheelchair access in all entrances within the building and disabled facilities.

Toilets: 

Accessible toilet on all floors. 

Inside: 

We have internal ramps for wheelchair access. Rest chair available. Hearing loop in the temple. 

Dining tables are wheelchair accessible.

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is a large lift available to access the upper floor, where the Lodge room is located, and a small stairlift to the lodge room for the final 5 steps. 


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Ferryhill Masonic Hall



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facilities at Ferryhill Masonic Hall

Address

35 North Street, Ferryhill, Co. Durham, DL17 8HX.

Parking: 

We have a large car park at the rear of the building, with ample parking. 

Approach: 

Long steady ramp to front & rear entrances and level access to ground floor.

Entrance: 

Both front & rear entrances have large doors and easy access for all. 

Emergency: 

Emergency exits from upper floor has steps but ramps and evacuation sheets when building in use.

Accessibility:

Our Hall and Lodge room are future proofed, with a disabled lift installed and wheelchair access in all entrances within the building and disabled facilities.

Toilets: 

Accessible toilet on all floors. 

Inside: 

We have internal ramps for wheelchair access. Rest chair available. Hearing loop in the temple. 

Dining tables are wheelchair accessible.

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is a large lift available to access the upper floor, where the Lodge room is located, and a small stairlift to the lodge room for the final 5 steps. 


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Strategy Seminar | Durham Freemasons

The second Grand Officer/Visiting Support Officer Seminar was held at Penshaw Masonic Hall tonight and was well attended as was last night’s Seminar at Ferryhill Masonic Centre.

The main speakers were the Provincial Grand Master, John Thompson, and Rak Bhalla with Tom Gittins filling in and the subject was the 2022 and beyond National Strategy for Craft and Royal Arch with emphasis on its impact in the Durham Province.

A quirky beermat, introduced by Rak, will soon be seen in your masonic halls with the Members Pathway outlined in its artwork.

The evening concluded with a question-and-answer session and a light supper.  The many points outlined and raised in the Seminar will be put forward to all members as the directive for the province, in the near future.

 #Stronger together

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February at Rowlandson Chapter | Durham Freemasons

Team visits are one of the many enjoyable duties that appointed acting officers enjoy within the Province of Durham, taking each of them to different Chapter Convocations that all have their own unique experiences.  On Thursday 9th February the full Provincial Team was led by the Grand Superintendent, John Thompson, who had the pleasure to visit the members of Rowlandson Chapter, who meet at the Masonic Hall in Ferryhill.

The provincial team were welcomed by the members of Rowlandson Chapter who then got on with the business of the evening and performed an exaltation ceremony to the highest standard for their new member Gareth Wilson.  The ceremony was enjoyed by all in attendance and shone a light on the hard work and effort put in by the members of the chapter to make it the perfect experience and welcome for Gareth.

Following the business upstairs everyone enjoyed the festive board and one another’s company over a very delicious meal.

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RFH Installed Masters Dinner | Durham Freemasons

Monday September 5th saw 53 Durham Installed Masters attend the Ferryhill Installed Masters Dinner, where John Dodds handed over a donation of £800 to Janet McDonagh representing ‘Ferryhill Churches Together Food

The Town of Ferryhill has long been Synonymous with Freemasonry since the first Lodge, The Rowlandson Lodge was consecrated in Ferryhill on the 28 th of August 1909 some 113 years ago in the newly built Dean Bank School. This lodge then met for the next 18 years in the Town Hall until the current Masonic Hall was bought and dedicated on the 31 st August 1927.

Various other Craft Lodges were then formed within the building, Rodger de Ferry Lodge in 1943, Manor Lodge in 1963, Aycliffe Lodge in 1978 and Hammurabi Lodge which came to Ferryhill from Durham in 2017, there are also 5 other Side degree Lodges that meet in the Hall the oldest dating back to 19 th June 1929.

Over these many years the members of all these Lodges have always supported and assisted wherever possible many various Charities, most of which have been the more predominantly well know ones. However, many local ones along with various single donations to individual causes have always been given by the Freemasons of Ferryhill as well.

The Hall is also used for various other Charitable functions as well as Weddings, Christenings, Funerals, and many other celebratory occasions, i.e., Anniversaries and Birthdays.

In 2000 it was decided by several members from the various Lodges which meet in the building to organise an Installed Masters Dinner which would be held once a year with a guest speaker in attendance. A donation of the evening’s proceeds would then be made to the speakers nominated charity. This was a successful event for several years the last one being held in the Hall on 1 st September 2013 over these years a total of £3,823.00 has been given to these various charities

After the recent Pandemic we have all experienced in 2020/2021, three of the organisers of the original event, John Dodds, George Bull, and John Nye along with other members from the other Lodges agreed that we should once again hold the Dinner.

The main aim of this evening would be to raise as funds for a nominated Charity in Ferryhill to assist those in the local community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

Together we are Stronger

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