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Outstanding Voluntary Services to the Community | Durham Freemasons

Michael Graham Donne, a member of Flambard Lodge 6874 and his wife Ruth, have been awarded Durham County Councils’ Chairman’s Medal. This award is the highest civic honour the County Council can bestow and was awarded for, “Outstanding Voluntary Services to the Community”. The presentation took place at County Hall in Durham, by the Chair of Durham County Council, Councillor Joan Nicholson.

Councillor Nicholson’s’ citation read, “We are here today to honour the hard work and devotion of Ruth and Mike. They have both dedicated their lives to supporting the Armed Forces community. Ruth and Mike you have become a vital lifeline of hope and support for so many, especially those going through challenging circumstances. From pandemics and lockdowns to the cost of living crisis, you have offered unwavering support. You ensure that the voices of our most vulnerable are heard and their needs are met. Through your work with SSAFA you have helped countless people get back on their feet and regain their self-esteem. You have created a support network that has been described as lifesaving – especially during lockdown. I was moved to hear how you both, along with other volunteers, made sure that those facing isolation and social exclusion felt seen and supported. Your extraordinary efforts serve as an inspiration to us all…

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Flambard L6874

Flambard 6874

Who are we?

Flambard Lodge (Consecrated 1949) as a daughter Lodge of City Lodge No. 3568. Both Lodges on consecration where domineered by Methodist members and were the two Lodges in the city, which were dry Lodges. Flambard Lodge was brought about as City Lodge had surpassed the 100 members mark and it taking an age for members to progress. As time passed and to modernise Flambard Lodge members voted to overturn the dry Lodge status.

Named after Bishop Ranulf Flambard, Bishop of Durham an influential government minister to William II, born 1060 Normandy France Died 1128 Durham. In 1100 Flambard was the first person to be imprisoned at the Tower of London by Henry I

When we meet

Fourth Monday, January, March, April, June, September, October (Installation), November.


Joining fee: £35 + UGLE Subscription

Lodge subscriptions: £160

Typical dining fee: £12


Secretary WBro Stewart K Bell

facilities at Durham Masonic Hall


36 Old Elvet, Durham, Co. Durham, DH1 3HN

Hall information

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Parking is on the street outside the building, and it can on occasions be busy but it is free and generally available.


The approach is level off the pavement.


Wide wheelchair accessible doors.


The Hall is also equipped with a defibrillator and has Emergency exits across all floors of the building.


The hall is accessible for those with limited mobility with a combination of lift and stair lifts.

Many of our meeting places were built before disabilities were fully considered; many have protected status making major adaptations difficult. But Freemasons in themselves will adapt and assist Brethren, and visitors, to fully participate and enjoy the facilities.


The Hall is equipped with Male/female and disabled toilet facilities.


A grand entrance leads into a hallway which runs through the heart of the building past the grand staircase to the great hall. The Hall itself has a modern bar, fully functioning commercial Kitchen, a three-tier garden ideal for summer socials and functions as well as a first-floor committee room and Temple room to seat 100. 


There is lift and stair lifts in the building.

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