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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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Chapter Delight

On Wednesday 8th November the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent John Thompson, accompanied by a host of Durham Royal Arch Companions, made their way to Great Queen Street for the regular convocation of Supreme Grand Chapter.

The Companions entered the Grand Temple, many of whom were on their first visit to Supreme Grand Chapter, to witness the convocation, which was presided over by the Second Grand Principal Most Excellent Companion Russell John Race.

Afterwards the Companions retired to the Hercules Towers pub for the festive board.

They were joined by companions from the Northumberland province.

A fabulous day was had by all.

More pics here

Stronger Together

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Queen Street Masonic Hall – Heritage Open Day

Saturday 9th September 2023 saw another fantastic event as Queen Street Masonic Hall once again opened its doors to the general public as part of the Tyne and Wear Heritage Week arranged by Historic England.

The day saw guests from across the northeast visit the hall to be enlightened on the intriguing history of the building and its hidden features. Some discussion around the resident spirits said to be found in the building (not behind the bar), tours behind the scenes, and an insight into Freemasonry in general with colourful regalia from all forms of degrees and orders on display to stimulate interaction.

Detailed information was on display and available to take away on Freemasonry in the Community, the Durham Benevolence Charity, and the great work of the TLC. Great conversations were held and new friendships formed over a relaxed cup of coffee and a tour of the building. Plans are already taking shape for the next event.

Stronger Together

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Lodge of Loyalty L8635

Lodge of Loyalty L8635

Who are we?

Consecrated in 1975 the Lodge of Loyalty 8635 is a relatively new lodge, with a forward-thinking approach coupled with a respectful attitude to tradition and history.

We are proud to call Phoenix Hall, Queen Street our home. Purpose built in 1785 and still in constant today.

                                

What we do

As freemasons we raise charitable funds supporting a wide variety of charities covering a broad spectrum both within the local community and nationally.

Within the Lodge we strive to perfect our traditional rituals of Freemasonry. With our main aim to have fun and support one another whilst pursuing our charitable goals.

We dine after every meeting in a relaxed, welcoming and friendly environment.

Why join us?

Above all we enjoy our freemasonry, a supportive lodge with a welcoming hand to those new and old to freemasonry.

When we meet

We meet on the second Tuesday in the month except for July and August which is our summer recess.

Fees

Joining fee: £82.80

Lodge subscriptions: £160.00

Typical dining fee: £10.00

Contact

barryhuggins6@gmail.com Facebook
facilities at Queen Street Masonic Hall

Address

Queen Street East, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR1 2HT.

Hall information

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Parking: 

60 marked car parking bays are available onsite in a secure area from 5.00pm till 8.30am weekdays and 24hrs at weekends.  The car park is tarmacked with clearly marked bays, flood-lighting, CCTV and automatic gated entry/exit.

Approach: 

The building is located in a housing estate with street lighting to all sides.  The access to the building is via the newly completed secure parking area and auto-gates.  Gates are operated on a fob system for members and a call system for visitors (with remote operation of the gate from within the building).  The approach is over newly laid tarmac and restored cobbled street finishes, the area is floodlit on all sides.

Entrance: 

The entrance is in the corner of the building, overseen by CCTV and via. 4 steps up to the main double door.  These are lit by the flood lighting and has emergency battery backup lighting provision in case of mains power failure.

Emergency: 

Emergency exits are available from both the lower ground floor and the ground floor areas.  The emergency exit doors are available for use by all users at all times when the building is in occupation.

Accessibility:

Meeting in a Grade I listed building, built before disabilities were fully considered, makes it challenging to meet current DDA requirements.  The building has steps to the front, but a demountable ramp is available upon prior request to enable wheelchair access.  Handrails are provide at all changes in level to enable ambient-disabled members to safely access and move around the building.  The building is operated for masonic purposes on one level, with access to all lodge rooms, facilities and dining spaces (including bar).  There is no vertical passenger lift or stair chair lift installed at this site should access to the first floor be desirous. 

Toilets: 

The ground floor has separate male and female provisions and an accessible WC facility for disabled/wheelchair users.  There are changing and male toilet facilities also available to the first floor.

Inside: 

No internal ramps but the ground floor is all on one level. Hearing loop in the Temple, dining tables are wheelchair accessible as is the bar area.

Stairs/Lifts: 

The temple itself is on the ground floor so no lifts necessary. The stairs to the first floor facilities have a handrail to one side.

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A Wonderful Evening Spent Celebrating Denny’s 50 years | Durham Freemasons

The Provincial Grand Master, John Paul Thompson along with the Deputy Provincial Master, Michael Graham, two Assistant Provincial Grand Masters, Andrew Moule and John Watts, along with a Provincial Deputation attended Palatine Lodge at Wearside Masonic Hall in Sunderland.

The reason for this visit was to ‘Mark’ a very special occasion for 50 years of Freemasonry for Denovan “Denny” Keith Wilson.

To help celebrate his achievement, many distinguished brethren, heads of Orders, friends and in addition for the Mark, the Deputy Grand Master, Francis Spencer attented. With 130 in the Lodge room, additional seats were required to accommodate the huge numbers for the evening.

After the Lodge being opened, Denny gave an illustrated talk on Palatines’ Lodge Warrant, which is the first ever issued by Premier Grand Lodge, and by extension the United Grand Lodge of England, being dated 14th January 1757.

It was then the turn for the most important part of the evening, two chairs were sited just in front of the pedestal in a ‘Parkinson’ style layout. John Thompson then discussed Denny’s 50 years of membership with him, after which the Deputy Provincial Secretary, Mike Davies was then called to read out the long service award.

After the Lodge was closed and the Deputation had paraded out, over 100 brethren then retired for to dine. They were greeted by a string quartet playing throughout, an excellent five course meal and a huge raffle to benefit the charity of Denny Wilson’s choice. This was certainly going to be a night to remember.

John Thompson responded to his toast, again by thanking Denny for his 50 years service to this Province and highlighting the importance of the connection between Craft and Mark freemasonry.

A thoughtful and insightful response from Denny in his reply to his toast so typical of him, given in a most eloquent way. ‘’Thank you to all at Palatine Lodge and Province for making the arrangements for what turned out to be a great night for all and one that will linger in our memories’’.

In addition to a unique presentation of the Lodge number in pounds for Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham charity. The Chairman of Durham Benevolence and Durham 2029 MBF Festival, John Watts, was very grateful when each benefited 50% of the over £500 raised by the raffle that evening.

Such a wonderful occasion to celebrate 50 years of service to Craft Freemasonry, for a true and respected gentleman that is “Denny” Keith Wilson.

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Nautilus L4259

Nautilus L4259

Who are we?

The Lodge was formed in 1921 by members of Phoenix Lodge and meet on the 3rd Friday of the month at the Grade 1 listed Freemasons Hall (also known as Phoenix Hall) in the East End of Sunderland. The Hall was constructed in 1785 and is thought to be the oldest purpose-built masonic building still in continuous use. 

We enjoy a wide membership demographic, with members aged from their early 20s to their early 90s. Whilst we benefit from having brethren from numerous different industries, we continue to attract a significant number of members with engineering backgrounds. This reflects the traditional skills of the geographical area in which we are located. 

We have seen a large increase in membership over recent years and continue to receive contact every month from people enquiring about joining us. We believe this is due to our desire to enjoy the traditions and history of the Lodge and of the Craft, whilst at the same time encouraging all members and visitors to fully enjoy the camaraderie of our meetings. We are proud of our ability to support both local and national charities, several of which have received donations from the Lodge in recent years.

What we do

Nautilus Lodge is a modern, vibrant and lively Lodge whose members come from all walks of life and has an age range from early 20s to early 90s. We pride ourselves on our charitable giving and on ensuring the atmosphere of our meetings are such that everyone who attends has an enjoyable evening and wishes to return again.

We supplement the official meetings of the Lodge with social events and informal gatherings. These evenings help to further cement relationships between the members and are a very important aspect of how we operate as a Lodge. We are known to be a Lodge that regularly donates significant funds to various charitable organisations; be that directly as a Lodge or by sponsorship of our members’ individual fundraising efforts.

Why join us?

Nautilus Lodge is renowned as being one of the most successful, innovative and forward-looking Lodges in the area. We have a reputation for providing new members with a great sense of friendship and belonging. Alongside this we are also known to maintain and respect the history and traditions of Freemasonry. 

We benefit from holding our meetings in one of the oldest purpose-built Masonic Halls in the world. We believe the location of our meetings together with our commitment to making Freemasonry both enjoyable and instructive, ensures a unique experience for new members.

When we meet

3rd Friday of the month from September until June (except October which is the 3rd Saturday).

Start time – 7pm (except October, which starts at 5:30pm).

Fees

Joining fee: £100

Lodge subscriptions: £156

Typical dining fee: £12

Contact

secretary4259@gmail.com Website Facebook
facilities at Queen Street Masonic Hall

Address

Queen Street East, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR1 2HT.

Parking: 

60 marked car parking bays are available onsite in a secure area from 5.00pm till 8.30am weekdays and 24hrs at weekends.  The car park is tarmacked with clearly marked bays, flood-lighting, CCTV and automatic gated entry/exit.

Approach: 

The building is located in a housing estate with street lighting to all sides.  The access to the building is via the newly completed secure parking area and auto-gates.  Gates are operated on a fob system for members and a call system for visitors (with remote operation of the gate from within the building).  The approach is over newly laid tarmac and restored cobbled street finishes, the area is floodlit on all sides.

Entrance: 

The entrance is in the corner of the building, overseen by CCTV and via. 4 steps up to the main double door.  These are lit by the flood lighting and has emergency battery backup lighting provision in case of mains power failure.

Emergency: 

Emergency exits are available from both the lower ground floor and the ground floor areas.  The emergency exit doors are available for use by all users at all times when the building is in occupation.

Accessibility:

Meeting in a Grade I listed building, built before disabilities were fully considered, makes it challenging to meet current DDA requirements.  The building has steps to the front, but a demountable ramp is available upon prior request to enable wheelchair access.  Handrails are provide at all changes in level to enable ambient-disabled members to safely access and move around the building.  The building is operated for masonic purposes on one level, with access to all lodge rooms, facilities and dining spaces (including bar).  There is no vertical passenger lift or stair chair lift installed at this site should access to the first floor be desirous. 

Toilets: 

The ground floor has separate male and female provisions and an accessible WC facility for disabled/wheelchair users.  There are changing and male toilet facilities also available to the first floor.

Inside: 

No internal ramps but the ground floor is all on one level. Hearing loop in the Temple, dining tables are wheelchair accessible as is the bar area.

Stairs/Lifts: 

The temple itself is on the ground floor so no lifts necessary. The stairs to the first floor facilities have a handrail to one side.

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Phoenix L94





Who are we?

Phoenix Lodge No.94 was consecrated in 1755. The oldest Lodge in the City of Sunderland, the brethren of the Lodge built the Phoenix Hall in 1785, which is now the oldest masonic hall in the country where such Freemasons have met continually. 

We boast a diverse cross-section of members from all walks of life, predominantly based locally, but we also have members who regularly travel from other parts of the country to attend our meetings and participate in our ceremonies.

What we do

We’re proud to be a forward-looking Lodge with a rich and long history. Visitors may expect a high standard of ritual delivered in “Old Working” which may be subtly different from what they have witnessed before.

Why join us?

We welcome enquiries about membership from qualified persons.

To qualify, you must:

  • be a man of 18 years or older, and
  • be of good character, and
  • believe in a supreme being, although your particular faith does not matter.

Although belief in a supreme being is required to join, we do not discriminate on the grounds of religion, ethnic group, sexuality, economic or social standing. We are neither political in nature nor religious. To join, new members must swear an oath (on the sacred book of their own faith) to uphold the law of our country, at all times.



When we meet

1st Wednesday each month (except August) – Installation December.

Fees

Joining fee: £10 (UGLE), £15 (non-UGLE), £125 (Initiation)

Lodge subscriptions: Members £170.00 (Country Members £160.00)

Typical dining fee: £12

Contact



secretaryphoenix94@gmail.com


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facilities at Queen Street Masonic Hall

Address

Queen Street East, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR1 2HT.

Parking: 

60 marked car parking bays are available onsite in a secure area from 5.00pm till 8.30am weekdays and 24hrs at weekends.  The car park is tarmacked with clearly marked bays, flood-lighting, CCTV and automatic gated entry/exit.

Approach: 

The building is located in a housing estate with street lighting to all sides.  The access to the building is via the newly completed secure parking area and auto-gates.  Gates are operated on a fob system for members and a call system for visitors (with remote operation of the gate from within the building).  The approach is over newly laid tarmac and restored cobbled street finishes, the area is floodlit on all sides.

Entrance: 

The entrance is in the corner of the building, overseen by CCTV and via. 4 steps up to the main double door.  These are lit by the flood lighting and has emergency battery backup lighting provision in case of mains power failure.

Emergency: 

Emergency exits are available from both the lower ground floor and the ground floor areas.  The emergency exit doors are available for use by all users at all times when the building is in occupation.

Accessibility:

Meeting in a Grade I listed building, built before disabilities were fully considered, makes it challenging to meet current DDA requirements.  The building has steps to the front, but a demountable ramp is available upon prior request to enable wheelchair access.  Handrails are provide at all changes in level to enable ambient-disabled members to safely access and move around the building.  The building is operated for masonic purposes on one level, with access to all lodge rooms, facilities and dining spaces (including bar).  There is no vertical passenger lift or stair chair lift installed at this site should access to the first floor be desirous. 

Toilets: 

The ground floor has separate male and female provisions and an accessible WC facility for disabled/wheelchair users.  There are changing and male toilet facilities also available to the first floor.

Inside: 

No internal ramps but the ground floor is all on one level. Hearing loop in the Temple, dining tables are wheelchair accessible as is the bar area.

Stairs/Lifts: 

The temple itself is on the ground floor so no lifts necessary. The stairs to the first floor facilities have a handrail to one side.


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Lodge of Concord L6859

Concord





Who are we?

Consecrated in 1949, Lodge of Concord No.6859 has a strong membership, from all walks of life. We have a mix of experienced and new members who are keen to keep our Lodge traditions alive, offering a rich sense of belonging to this most enjoyable Fraternity. We meet in a splendid Grade I listed Building which has been the home of Freemasonry in Sunderland since 1785.

What we do

We pride ourselves on supporting a wide range of charitable causes for those less fortunate than ourselves and who are in need and distress. Within our meetings, we capture the true essence of friendship and respect. We enjoy an excellent social network, holding events such a traditional Burns evening and Christmas party, welcoming other masons, partners, family and friends.

Why join us?

We pride ourselves on supporting a wide range of charitable causes for those less fortunate than ourselves and who are in need and distress. Within our meetings, we capture the true essence of friendship and respect. We enjoy an excellent social network, holding events such a traditional Burns evening and Christmas party, welcoming other masons, partners, family and friends.



When we meet

We meet 1st Friday in September to May – Installation October

Fees

Joining fee: £50

Lodge subscriptions: £145

Typical dining fee: £10

Contact



johnc187@yahoo.co.uk


Website




facilities at Queen Street Masonic Hall

Address

Queen Street East, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR1 2HT.

Parking: 

60 marked car parking bays are available onsite in a secure area from 5.00pm till 8.30am weekdays and 24hrs at weekends.  The car park is tarmacked with clearly marked bays, flood-lighting, CCTV and automatic gated entry/exit.

Approach: 

The building is located in a housing estate with street lighting to all sides.  The access to the building is via the newly completed secure parking area and auto-gates.  Gates are operated on a fob system for members and a call system for visitors (with remote operation of the gate from within the building).  The approach is over newly laid tarmac and restored cobbled street finishes, the area is floodlit on all sides.

Entrance: 

The entrance is in the corner of the building, overseen by CCTV and via. 4 steps up to the main double door.  These are lit by the flood lighting and has emergency battery backup lighting provision in case of mains power failure.

Emergency: 

Emergency exits are available from both the lower ground floor and the ground floor areas.  The emergency exit doors are available for use by all users at all times when the building is in occupation.

Accessibility:

Meeting in a Grade I listed building, built before disabilities were fully considered, makes it challenging to meet current DDA requirements.  The building has steps to the front, but a demountable ramp is available upon prior request to enable wheelchair access.  Handrails are provide at all changes in level to enable ambient-disabled members to safely access and move around the building.  The building is operated for masonic purposes on one level, with access to all lodge rooms, facilities and dining spaces (including bar).  There is no vertical passenger lift or stair chair lift installed at this site should access to the first floor be desirous. 

Toilets: 

The ground floor has separate male and female provisions and an accessible WC facility for disabled/wheelchair users.  There are changing and male toilet facilities also available to the first floor.

Inside: 

No internal ramps but the ground floor is all on one level. Hearing loop in the Temple, dining tables are wheelchair accessible as is the bar area.

Stairs/Lifts: 

The temple itself is on the ground floor so no lifts necessary. The stairs to the first floor facilities have a handrail to one side.


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Queen Street Masonic Temple



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facilities at Queen Street Masonic Hall

Address

Queen Street East, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR1 2HT.

Parking: 

60 marked car parking bays are available onsite in a secure area from 5.00pm till 8.30am weekdays and 24hrs at weekends.  The car park is tarmacked with clearly marked bays, flood-lighting, CCTV and automatic gated entry/exit.

Approach: 

The building is located in a housing estate with street lighting to all sides.  The access to the building is via the newly completed secure parking area and auto-gates.  Gates are operated on a fob system for members and a call system for visitors (with remote operation of the gate from within the building).  The approach is over newly laid tarmac and restored cobbled street finishes, the area is floodlit on all sides.

Entrance: 

The entrance is in the corner of the building, overseen by CCTV and via. 4 steps up to the main double door.  These are lit by the flood lighting and has emergency battery backup lighting provision in case of mains power failure.

Emergency: 

Emergency exits are available from both the lower ground floor and the ground floor areas.  The emergency exit doors are available for use by all users at all times when the building is in occupation.

Accessibility:

Meeting in a Grade I listed building, built before disabilities were fully considered, makes it challenging to meet current DDA requirements.  The building has steps to the front, but a demountable ramp is available upon prior request to enable wheelchair access.  Handrails are provide at all changes in level to enable ambient-disabled members to safely access and move around the building.  The building is operated for masonic purposes on one level, with access to all lodge rooms, facilities and dining spaces (including bar).  There is no vertical passenger lift or stair chair lift installed at this site should access to the first floor be desirous. 

Toilets: 

The ground floor has separate male and female provisions and an accessible WC facility for disabled/wheelchair users.  There are changing and male toilet facilities also available to the first floor.

Inside: 

No internal ramps but the ground floor is all on one level. Hearing loop in the Temple, dining tables are wheelchair accessible as is the bar area.

Stairs/Lifts: 

The temple itself is on the ground floor so no lifts necessary. The stairs to the first floor facilities have a handrail to one side.


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Durham Chapter Convocation 2023 | Durham Freemasons

Saturday 20th May 2023 saw The Annual Convocation of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Durham, with the Fed in Dunston being the venue. The various car parks quickly filled as the Stewards displayed their usual immaculate organising skills to make sure all went with precision so that the Companions could enter the venue and robe in the crimson, purple and blue of the Royal Arch.

This is the premier event in the Royal Arch Masonic calendar, and it provides an opportunity for companions from Masonic Halls throughout the province, along with distinguished guests to renew old friendships, meet future friends and of course, support the many Companions being either appointed or Promoted in Provincial Grand Chapter.

The Chapter room looked magnificent, and many thanks go to all those responsible for the setting up which had been ongoing from Friday evening. The sound of the Provincial Grand Organ so eloquently played by Richard Scothan, as the Companions stood to order to receive the Grand Superintendent and his Co-Principals added to the occasion.

With Provincial Grand Chapter opened in due form, apologies and minutes of the previous Convocation confirmed it was time for all present to remember the 41 companions we lost since our last meeting in July 2022.

After the Roll Call of Acting Provincial Grand Chapter Officers and Chapters, the Grand Superintendent welcomed the Companions, his Distinguished Guests, and Heads of Other Orders.

With the Provincial Grand Treasurer’s Statement of Accounts considered and accepted by the Companions present and the Treasurer re-elected for another 12 months along with the official Auditors, it was time to perform the most important and pleasurable part of the day, to appoint, invest and promote those companions’ receiving honours.

To see the full list of Appointments and Promotions Click Here.

With the Companions newly invested, safely back in their seats and the escorting carrousel of Director of Ceremonies retired back to their positions within Provincial Grand Chapter the Grand Superintendent, John Paul Thompson addressed Provincial Grand Chapter.

In his address John paid tribute to the companions he had the privilege to invest as well as to those retiring acting officers for the support they gave to the province and to Michael Shaw the Deputy.

Those who had been appointed to or promoted in Grand Rank at the April meeting of the Supreme Grand Chapter were introduced and applauded with acclamation.

John also thanked the many Companions present for their support in such high numbers, a testament to their commitment to Royal Arch Masonry, the first on a Saturday, as opposed to the usual mid-week meetings of the Chapter.

Moving onto the subject of membership he expounded on the need to make our ceremonies enjoyable and engaging, allowing Companions not only to perform the ritual to a high standard but also to understand their journey.

In his address, John said I hope you have noticed today companions that our Chapter furniture is looking quite pristine today. For many years we have kindly borrowed these items from Castle Eden, Sunderland, and Durham Chapters. Recently Londonderry Chapter of Amity and Rowlands Gill Lodge closed, and have kindly donated various ‘key’ items for our Provincial ceremonials including these magnificent thrones and many other items related to the Chapter.

To read the Grand Superintendent’s Address in Full Click Here.

A collection was then taken in Aid of Durham Benevolence  raising over £2,000.00   and with the companions having the opportunity of donating electronically by scanning a QR code on the back of the order of proceedings all donations made this weekend will be credited to the chapter collection.

Quick link to the donation page here

After the Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra informed the Convocation that there was no other business Provincial Grand Chapter was then closed in due form the Grand Organ along with the Companions raised the roof with two verses of the National Anthem.

Remember companions, we are stronger together.

#Freemasons  #oneorganisation

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