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Durham Provincial Grand Stewards L9833

Who are we?

The Durham Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge was consecrated in 2007, and is considered a Lodge of privilege as members are selected by the Provincial Grand Master from those Past Masters who have been granted advancement to the rank of Past Provincial Grand Steward. As a member of the Lodge, members will usually retain membership for 6 years and work closely with the Provincial Executive to deliver initiatives across the Province. This is a working Lodge and as such, does not confer any degrees however our meetings are held with the same decorum as all other Craft Lodges. Our meetings work as any other Craft Lodge but are centred around progress reports and updates relating to those Provincial initiatives as well as any other fulfilling work delivered by the Stewards on behalf of the Province.

What do we do

As outlined above, we work closely with the Provincial Executive to support the Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham and assist in delivering their initiatives. We are at the heart of the Province and our duties are vast and very rewarding. We have 3 teams within the Lodge:

Director of Ceremonies Team – This team works with the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies and accompany the representatives of the Provincial Grand Master on their official visits to Installation meetings throughout the whole Province. Team members are divided into four geographical regions of the Province with responsibility for Lodge Installations within each of those regions.

Learning and Development Team – This team work closely with the Provincial Learning and Development Officer to deliver Learning and Development initiatives across the Province and aims to educate, instruct, and assist all lodges to increase their Masonic knowledge. They are on hand to enrich Lodge meetings and ultimately to support Lodges in delivering their own Learning and Development needs.

Operations Team – This is the generalist team who lead on delivering the many and varied tasks required by Province. This team supports the Director of Ceremonies Team and the Learning and Development Teams enabling them to fulfil their roles but take primacy when assisting the Provincial Grand Secretary and the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies to plan, co-ordinate and deliver the Provincial Annual General Meetings for both Craft and Chapter. During these meetings, you will see members from across the Lodge undertaking a wide range of duties from the collection of Lodge Furniture, setting up, meeting and greeting, car park management, registration, merchandising and close down. A vital role is to oversee the welfare of all those in attendance, providing care, support and attention should the need arise. Other roles within this team include communications, and equipment management, transport, and table planning.

Why join us?

As a member of a Lodge, each year members are selected to join the Provincial Stewards Lodge.

When we meet

The Lodge meets at Durham Masonic Hall, 36 Old Elvet, Durham. DH1 3HN and hold regular meetings on the Fourth Wednesday in April, First Thursday in July, and Fourth Tuesday in October.


Joining fee: £

Lodge subscriptions: £

Typical dining fee: £


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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New Learning and Development Initiative | Durham Freemasons

The Provincial Grand Master is pleased to announce the launch of a new Learning and Development initiative.

David Hay, the Provincial Learning and Development Officer, together with David Frew, Head of Learning and Development for the Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge, have worked closely to provide a series of masonic “Nuggets”, sometimes known as “Solomon Shorts”. These are short but fascinating pieces of masonic information which can be inserted into a ceremony easily to entertain and inform Brethren, without detriment to the length or quality of ritual.

When delivered properly, they always prove to be a genuine enhancement to a masonic evening. Each “Nugget” is derived from UGLE’s Solomon, can be printed on simple cue-cards, and each takes about a minute to deliver.

For example, have you ever wondered what the four tassels at the corners of a lodge floor or carpet mean? Do you know why a Candidate strikes the shoulder of the Wardens before the Wardens speak during the initiation ceremony?

A team of Provincial Grand Stewards, under the direction of David Frew, has been formed to deliver these “Nuggets” on request by lodges. In due course, it is hoped and intended that new members will wish to deliver them on their own within their own lodges, thereby encouraging their engagement, building their confidence , and enlarging the scope of their masonic knowledge.

If you would like to learn more about this new initiative, or to invite one of the Provincial Stewards to come to your lodge to deliver some “Nuggets”

Please contact: David Frew, Provincial Grand Steward at


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Andrew’s Story | Durham Freemasons

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Andrew Foster had special reason to visit the Great North Air Ambulance Service headquarters at Progress House in Eaglescliffe, Stockton. Andrew along with his wife Angela was accompanied by the Provincial Grand Master John Thompson, and Assistant Provincial Grand Master John Watts, armed with a cheque for £5025.00 as a donation to this brilliant service which is entirely funded by charity.

So why would this visit be special to Andrew Foster you may ask? The answer is in his moving story below, told in his own words: –

“On Thursday the 9th of December 2021, I played golf at Blackwell Grange Golf club with my friends as usual. After a coffee in the Clubhouse, I set off for the short journey home. 

On leaving the carpark I felt unwell, stopped the car, removed my seat belt, and tried to open the door. At this point I lost consciousness and as a consequence I pressed the accelerator which took the car down the drive demolishing a lamp post and then colliding with a tree. I was projected against the steering column and my head went through the windscreen. The first person to the scene was a retired GP from Darlington, Dr. Roger James, who upon assessing the situation and injuries called for the ambulance. Had it not been for his insistence for immediate care I might not have survived. John Zissler, another golfing friend, called my wife to inform her of the accident and advised her not to attend. Angela asked our daughter to attend the scene and she also telephoned our son who travelled up immediately from Bishops Stortford. My daughter arrived just before the Air Ambulance and stopped the Paramedics before they treated me saying that she needed to inform them of a condition. They thought that this was to be some medication information but when she said her dad did not like needles, they took one look at me and said to her that he had better get used to them! 

I can remember gaining consciousness and looking up at a helicopter coming in to land and thought who was this important person coming to play golf in such a method of transport.

The car was embedded into the tree and there was a fear that it was about to set fire and I was trapped. The fire brigade cut the side of the car open while the crew from the GNAAS attended to me. I could not remember too much but can recall feeling totally comforted by the calm and professional manner in which they applied immediate medical care to make me as comfortable as possible.

I was transferred to James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough where I was kept in the critical care unit for 24 hours before undergoing an operation and a week’s treatment. This was during the covid pandemic and patients were unable to receive any visitors, but the hospital allowed our daughter to be with me throughout the initial treatment and this dispensation was transferred to our son when he arrived.

The treatment for a dislocated and broken hip, broken ribs and 58 facial stitches was brilliantly administered, and I am extremely happy to say that after 12 months recuperation i was discharged from all treatment and I have made a full and complete recovery.

To mark the gratitude that I have for the GNAAS I decided with my family and friends to try to raise funds for this amazing service which is provided totally by charitable giving. We held a fund-raising event at Darlington Cricket club and raised an incredible £1,564 and also opened a Just giving page which raised £704. I am also incredibly grateful to the Freemasons of Durham, my other great passion who, through Durham Benevolence agreed to round the total cheque to £5,025.

Through the generosity of all my family and friends I am delighted to be able to present this magnificent amount to the GNAAS and I am sure that they will put it to great use.”

Andrew and the visiting party were given a full tour of the facilities and met some of the brilliant staff who provide such an important service to the Northeast of England and the surrounding areas. An incredibly special moment for Andrew was to personally thank Marcus the paramedic primarily involved in his care and a big hug from him provided an emotional thank you to him and his staff for saving his life.

The large cheque which had been expertly written by Angela was presented to the GNAAS beside the helicopter involved.

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