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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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Lucies Story

The Hartlepool Masonic Benevolent Association sponsored four pupils from the Dyke House Academy School to participate in the Tall Ships race from Den Helder Holland to Hartlepool, the HMBA followed the exploits of one of the trainees ‘’Lucie Marie Wylie’’ on what has turned out to be a life changing experience.

The trainees had an early morning start to their adventure, they all meet at Hartlepool Railway Station and were transferred by private coaches to Teesside Airport for the short flight to Holland, chaperones from Hartlepool Brough Council accompanied them throughout the journey until they met their shipmates and boarded their respective ships in Den Helder.

Lucie was fortunate to be assigned to the ‘’Class B’’ 24-metre Gaff rigged Pilot cutter the ‘’Jolie Brise’’ which also happens to be the last sailing vessel to carry the Royal Mail under sail, Lucie immediately settled in made herself at home.

Lucie has a very warm and outgoing personality and immediately stuck up a bond with her new ship mates and the crew of the Jolie Brise. The first mate and other crew members said to Sarah (Lucies mam) she was outstanding, even with her sea sickness she kept morale up during the storms and was singing and dancing. She was always happy and helpful, and she took extra shifts.

Sarah; (Lucies mam) added, All good things to hear. She actually wants to look into sailing and get involved, she’s loved it that much.

Evidently the storms were very bad and some of the ships that were due to race had to retire from the race and some never left the port of Den Helder.

Before the event took place Lucie had an interview with BBC television which was aired on Look North and on their return to Hartlepool she had a second interview with the BBC, her personality shining through on both occasions.

A comment from Sarah Wylie: (Lucies mam) Lucie has just got home some I’m sure there will be plenty more news and photos when Lucies washed and slept! She’s had the most amazing time. She battled sea sickness, bad weather and a head injury. But words can’t express how grateful we are to all of you for helping give her this opportunity.

From Lucie To the Freemasons of Hartlepool :-

To start off I just wanted to say a big thank you to all of you for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity. I truly appreciate it.

I got to go on an amazing voyage with the most incredible people and I can say hand on heart it was by far the most magnificent adventure. Yes, it may have started a bit rough but that’s the North Sea for you! It was such a whirlwind of emotions; I may have been scared to start with, but I had an unbelievable time, and I wouldn’t change one single second.

As the days went by it became more and more exciting, and as the sun came out so did our smiles. We laughed, we danced, and we sang to great beats all whilst watching the sun rise and set.

We worked so hard on the days we could, as our ship struggled through the stormy nights. I remember like it was yesterday sitting on the deck watching over the edge as the waves crashed against the ship in total amazement that I was lucky enough to be chosen! Of course, I did also claim the ships title of the Best Chunder 😂.

On the second night there was a major storm. I had stood up from the couch when an 11-metre wave crashed into the side of the ship causing me to get thrown into the oven. Unfortunately, it resulted in a slight head wound. I later found out (after returning home) I actually suffered from a concussion. I’m glad at the time it wasn’t that bad and I was able to carry on, I’m happy I did. I climbed to the top of the mast the next day and feeling that salty wind brush across my face, I felt free, unstoppable, it was such a humbling moment and one I’m sure I will never forget.

The experience has ignited a new spark in me and has enabled me to broaden my horizons. I’m keen to learn more so I have recently joined the sea cadets. My dream was to one day become a surgeon.

However, after my adventure and meeting up with Hartlepool Sea Cadets I soon realised that being a Medical Officer in the Royal Marines was what I truly want to be. It unites all my passions and hopes for myself in the future! This trip taught me a lot more than just how to sail. It’s taught me that I’m brave and that my dreams will come true if I just keep going! It’s like my auntie always says.

“Never Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle”.

This is a quote I carry in my heart and remind myself of always! So again, I would like to express how truly grateful I am for all the support and this beautiful opportunity it truly has meant the absolute world to me! Lucie Marie Wylie Lucies ready to join in with Sea Cadet activities.

It’s obvious that this young lady has made the most of the opportunity and is credit to her family, Hartlepool and the Freemasons, even when Lucie returned home and attended hospital for her concussion she never complained and fortunately she has fully recovered. The Sea Cadets have also found a worthy member, good luck Lucie in all your endeavour’s.

Final word from Lucies mam Sarah.

😂 I’m extremely proud. She’s done amazing!

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Clarence L2462

Who are we?

Clarence Lodge is steeped in history and celebrated its 125th anniversary in October 2018. It currently has 40 subscribing members who come from all walks of life and live mainly around Hartlepool and Teesside. Ages range from 19 – 80 and many recent members joined as a result of internet enquiries. 

What we do

The Lodge has strong links to the ancient traditions of freemasonry while enjoying a lively social side, which includes wives and partners. 

The Lodge supports all charities and good causes suggested by its membership and their wider families and friends. Most recently, we helped four young people to join as crewmembers of the Tall Ships Race 2023, that would not otherwise have been able to do so.

Why join us?

Every Freemason thinks that their Lodge is the best! It’s not for us to say but Clarence Lodge is well known for being a lively and friendly Lodge, that visitors enjoy coming to. 

When we meet

7:00 PM on the 4th Thursday of each month except July and December.

Fees

Joining fee: £135

Lodge subscriptions: £135

Typical dining fee: £12 – £15

Contact

clarencelodge2462@hotmail.co.uk
facilities at Hartlepool Raby Masonic Hall

Address

Raby Road,  Hartlepool TS24 8AH

Hall information

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Parking: 

A mix of parking is available directly adjacent the building and on-street in near proximity, with permit-only parking spaces free for use after 6pm.

The dedicated parking on tarmac around the building is monitored; members car registration must be logged with the co-ordinator.

Approach: 

Ramp to main entrance which is wide enough for wheel chair access.

Entrance: 

The main entrance has video doorbell entry.

Emergency: 

Emergency exits are sign posted. Defibrolator located outside adjacent the main entrance.

Accessibility:

We welcome everyone and we will always be ready to lend a helping hand when required. Many of our meeting places were built before disabilities were fully considered; and our building has been adapted to help. The brethren will always help each other to participate in enjoying our masonry.

Toilets: 

Male, female, and disabled toilets.

Inside: 

All one level on the ground floor with access to stairs and lift to all floors.

Stairs/Lifts: 

Stair case and Lift to temple and dining room.

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Connaught L2981

Connaught 2981





Who are we?

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Why join us?

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When we meet

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Fees

Joining fee: £

Lodge subscriptions: £

Typical dining fee: £

Contacts & Downloads



connaught2981@gmail.com


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facilities at Hartlepool Raby Masonic Hall

Parking: 

A mix of parking is available directly adjacent the building and on-street in near proximity, with permit-only parking spaces free for use after 6pm.

The dedicated parking on tarmac around the building is monitored; members car registration must be logged with the co-ordinator.

Approach: 

Ramp to main entrance which is wide enough for wheel chair access.

Entrance: 

The main entrance has video doorbell entry.

Emergency: 

Emergency exits are sign posted. Defibrolator located outside adjacent the main entrance.

Accessibility:

We welcome everyone and we will always be ready to lend a helping hand when required. Many of our meeting places were built before disabilities were fully considered; and our building has been adapted to help. The brethren will always help each other to participate in enjoying our masonry.

Toilets: 

Male, female, and disabled toilets.

Inside: 

All one level on the ground floor with access to stairs and lift to all floors.

Stairs/Lifts: 

Stair case and Lift to temple and dining room.


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Hartlepool Masonic Benevolent Association

Since the end of the pandemic, it’s been quite a busy 16 months for the HMBA from February 2022 to May 2023 the HMBA received excluding the Tall Ships appeal 26 applications for support funding.

In this period the HMBA have supported these applications with additional funding amounting to £3,060.00 which would have been a lot more had the funds been available. The Tall Ships appeal to send four pupils on the race from Holland to Hartlepool was very well supported with every Lodge in Hartlepool contributing plus a very large donation from Durham Benevolent Ltd. 

There were two lots of applications from Stranton Lodge for four food banks based in Hartlepool, in total, they received £1,400.00, (£350.00 each). There was also a separate application from Heugh Lodge for Hartlepool Food Network which received a further £375.00. These food banks do a sterling job and support a lot of families in Hartlepool who are struggling due to the current economic climate, well done to Poolie Time Bank, Hartlepool Baby Bank, Holy, Trinity Church and Hartlepool Food Network, keep up the good work.

Following a very successful Race night to which the families and friends of the Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group were invited, the Haven of Rest Lodge was able to donate £1,000.00 to the group and requested support from the HMBA to assist with the general day-to-day running costs. the HMBA supported this worthy cause with a donation of £500.00, a total amount of giving £1,500.00.

Heugh Lodge and Heortnesse Lodge both requested support for Catcote Parents and Friends to assist with arranging residential visits, events and equipment that School funds cannot provide. In total, they received £500.00.

The younger generation did not miss out on five applications from St Helens Lodge requesting support for some very worthy causes.

  • 1st Hartlepool Boys Brigade to cover day-to-day running costs and equipment. The total amount of giving was £320.00.
  • Headland Boxing Club to assist with purchasing of new training equipment, and their continued ability to provide training and support for Hartlepool youth. The total amount of giving was £600.00.
  • Seaton Cricket Club U17 Football to assist with day-to-day running costs and equipment. The total amount of giving £600.00,
  • Lab Gym to assist with their Christmas Toy appeal and support for Alice House Hospice. The total amount of giving was £200.00.
  • Hartlepool Headland ABC to provide training facilities and support for Hartlepool youth. The total amount of giving was £200.00.

The bulk of the other donations went to various necessary services that we all, unfortunately, may need at some time, where would we be without them.

  • . Support for the Appy Aven CIC Community Projects, a group aimed at providing multicultural community support and activities. The total amount of giving was £225.00
  • Harbour of Refuge Lodge. Support for the running costs of the Hartlepool citizen advice centre in line with their letter, a Total amount of giving £300.00.
  • Harbour of Refuge Lodge. Support for the running costs of the Hartlepool Town Pastors (Street Angels). The total amount of giving was £300.00.
  • Heugh Lodge. Request support towards the general running costs of the RNLI Hartlepool station, a Total amount of giving £150.00.
  • Heugh Lodge. Request support towards the general running costs of the Alice House Hospice. The total amount of giving £150.00.
  • Clarence Lodge. Request support towards the general running costs of the ‘’Stray Aid’, a group aimed at saving the lives of stray animals. The total amount of giving £150.00.
  • St Helens Lodge. Request support for the Hartlepool MS group to assist with running costs.

The total amount of giving was £200.00.

  • Request support for Lily Annes Cafe for their continued supply of ‘food and requisites’ to the needy of Hartlepool. The total amount of giving £200.00.

The HMBA is run by representatives from each Hartlepool-based Lodge, with 100% of all monies received being distributed to charities or worthy causes in Hartlepool. If you want to make a donation or have any spare cash that the HMBA can use please contact your HMBA representative as listed below.

Clarence Lodge No2462.                                                    Bill Florentine. Secretary.

Connaught Lodge No 2961.                                                Lewis Ayers. Treasurer.

Harte Lodge No 4217.                                                        Duncan Maw. Chairman.

Haven of Rest Lodge No 4350.                                          Brian Footitt.

Heortnesse Lodge No 4639.                                              Kevin Godfrey.

Heugh Lodge No 7773.                                                      Paul Fryer.

Stranton Lodge No 1862.                                                   Ian Hewetson.

Strathearn Lodge No 4965.                                                Kris Middleton.

St Helens Lodge No 531.                                                   Peter Richardson / Paul Manley.   

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A Sign of the Times to Come | Durham Freemasons

When the TLC Teddies were relaunched throughout the Province five years ago a core part of our strategy was to build a close relationship with the many Hospitals that received them and their teams working in the Children’s Accident and Emergency.

It was hoped that over the years the hospital teams would recognise the support given by Durham Freemasons by the provision of Teddies to calm children in distress. We have so far provided over 113,000 of those little bears throughout the Province of Durham.

University Hospital of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust have received over 13,000 distraction Teddies. They have become a core part of the Children’s Accident and Emergency Teams procedure for dealing with children in distress.

The Hospital were wishing to show their appreciation for the generosity of local Freemasons and invited The Provincial Grand Master John Paul Thompson, TLC Coordinator Duncan Maw and local Ambassador Mark Davies to attend the installation of the first plaque in the Province acknowledging our support.  It is now prominently displayed at the A & E Reception desk as can be seen in the photographs.

After the plaque was put in place, Nicola Jones, one of the units Paediatric HCA’s, also went onto the hospitals social media feed to highlight the plaque and to acknowledge the support given by local freemasons.

As John Thompson stated, the provision of the teddies and our close working relationship with local hospitals is a shining example of how local Freemasons can provide support and be recognised as a force for good in our local communities. I hope that we will see more plaques displayed in our local hospitals acknowledging our involvement.

Local TLC Ambassador Mark Davies remarked anyone who has had a young family member receive one of these little bears at a time of distress will instantly recognise how valuable they are and how well thought of by the recipients. The time given by the team at UHNTAND today clearly shows how valued the Teddies are.

TLC Coordinator Duncan Maw stated it costs approximately £15,000 per year to supply Teddies throughout the Province and we would like to thank all the Brethren for their ongoing generosity. He also expressed his gratitude to the TLC team for their continued hard work in ensuring the A&E’s throughout the Province are well stocked with supplies of the TLC Teddies.

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Strathearn L4965

Who are we?

Strathearn Lodge was founded in 1927 by brethren form Connaguht Lodge also in Hartlepool. We are a forward-looking lodge who believe in Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. Whilst keeping the age-old traditions of the Lodge we hope incorporate enhance membership with friendship a feeling of belonging.

What we do

Strathearn Lodge is a forward_ thinking group of Masons with a common goal, to meet with like-minded people and enjoy each other’s company, with charity in mind.

Why join us?

We have a wide cross section of members from different back grounds and a broad age spectrum who believe in working hard and helping others whilst trying to have fun in the process. Our aim is always with charity in mind and each other in mind.

When we meet

Second Wednesday of the month September to July.

Fees

Joining fee: Subject to change annually.

Lodge subscriptions: £125

Typical dining fee: £13.00 minimum

Contact

WBro Steven Pounder, Secretary.

strathearn4965@gmail.com
facilities at Hartlepool Raby Masonic Hall

Parking: 

A mix of parking is available directly adjacent the building and on-street in near proximity, with permit-only parking spaces free for use after 6pm.

The dedicated parking on tarmac around the building is monitored; members car registration must be logged with the co-ordinator.

Approach: 

Ramp to main entrance which is wide enough for wheel chair access.

Entrance: 

The main entrance has video doorbell entry.

Emergency: 

Emergency exits are sign posted. Defibrolator located outside adjacent the main entrance.

Accessibility:

We welcome everyone and we will always be ready to lend a helping hand when required. Many of our meeting places were built before disabilities were fully considered; and our building has been adapted to help. The brethren will always help each other to participate in enjoying our masonry.

Toilets: 

Male, female, and disabled toilets.

Inside: 

All one level on the ground floor with access to stairs and lift to all floors.

Stairs/Lifts: 

Stair case and Lift to temple and dining room.

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Stranton L1862

Stranton L1862





Who are we?

Stranton Lodge has been in existence since 1880, and the lodge is formulating fresh and innovative ideas and its outlook to identify and meet the challenge to the lives of both young and mature men these days. 

What we do

We support our local community through projects and donations.

“If any new (or existing ) member with an interest in the genealogy of the lodge, and would like to become involved with this important part of our lodge history then the lodge would be most grateful.” One member has already created his first C.D., raising charitable funds within the lodge. Members also intend to create a number of short lectures on the former lodge members, with any details from their Masonic or of interesting family stories or military careers, etc. 

Members would also like to share their interesting hobbies with any like-minded member especially those with computer skills!

Why join us?

We are friendly open and gregarious lodges of members from ages of twenty -five upwards including a number of ex-forces members who enjoy our camaraderie.



When we meet

The first Wednesday of each month (July & August closed).

Fees

Joining fee: Subject to change annually.

Lodge subscriptions: £145

Typical dining fee: £13.00 minimum

Contact

WBro. Peter Edward Ireland, Secretary.



peter.e.ireland@icloud.com


07887761491


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facilities at Hartlepool Raby Masonic Hall

Parking: 

A mix of parking is available directly adjacent the building and on-street in near proximity, with permit-only parking spaces free for use after 6pm.

The dedicated parking on tarmac around the building is monitored; members car registration must be logged with the co-ordinator.

Approach: 

Ramp to main entrance which is wide enough for wheel chair access.

Entrance: 

The main entrance has video doorbell entry.

Emergency: 

Emergency exits are sign posted. Defibrolator located outside adjacent the main entrance.

Accessibility:

We welcome everyone and we will always be ready to lend a helping hand when required. Many of our meeting places were built before disabilities were fully considered; and our building has been adapted to help. The brethren will always help each other to participate in enjoying our masonry.

Toilets: 

Male, female, and disabled toilets.

Inside: 

All one level on the ground floor with access to stairs and lift to all floors.

Stairs/Lifts: 

Stair case and Lift to temple and dining room.


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The Haven of Rest L4350





Who are we?

Haven of Rest (4350), which has recently celebrated its centenary birthday, is a vibrant and progressive masonic lodge with a young core membership. The progressive lodge officers positions are currently filled with masonically young men with an average age of 43, making it an attractive prospect for young professional men who would prefer a lodge at the end of the working week which also allows for the weekend family time to be uninterrupted. With a good mix of youth and experience Haven of Rest Lodge boasts dedication to the pillars of freemasonry, whilst allowing the social and personal enjoyments of members to work in partnership with their family and social responsibilities. The lodge feels this gives its members a more well rounded appreciation of freemasonry and how it makes better masons and therefore better men. This dynamic of the lodge puts it in quite a unique position for the individuals who wish to join masonry later in life, or perhaps to return to masonry following a break, due to its diverse demographics. 

The lodge has both 100 years of proud tradition and history whilst boasting a membership which is progressive in nature. This can be seen on all sides of the lodge room and helpsfoster a ‘something for everyone’ mantra with a wide range of ideas and opinions on both life and masonic topics.

Why join us?

If you are an unattached mason and have been thinking or re-engaging with the craft, why not come as unattached to some of our lodges and see the above for yourself.If you would like to know more about the lodge or how to join (or re-join), please contact the lodge Membership Officer – W.Bro Matthew Pearce Email  matthewpearce25@gmail.com



When we meet

The first Friday of each month with a summer recess during July and August.

Fees

Joining fee: £82.80, 50% reduction for under 25 year old joining members.

Lodge subscriptions: £140.00 Payable 1st March each year, payable pro rata when you join at any other time of the year.

Typical dining fee: £15

Contact

Dennis Carter, Secretary.



haven.sec.4350@gmail.com




facilities at Hartlepool Raby Masonic Hall

Parking: 

A mix of parking is available directly adjacent the building and on-street in near proximity, with permit-only parking spaces free for use after 6pm.

The dedicated parking on tarmac around the building is monitored; members car registration must be logged with the co-ordinator.

Approach: 

Ramp to main entrance which is wide enough for wheel chair access.

Entrance: 

The main entrance has video doorbell entry.

Emergency: 

Emergency exits are sign posted. Defibrolator located outside adjacent the main entrance.

Accessibility:

We welcome everyone and we will always be ready to lend a helping hand when required. Many of our meeting places were built before disabilities were fully considered; and our building has been adapted to help. The brethren will always help each other to participate in enjoying our masonry.

Toilets: 

Male, female, and disabled toilets.

Inside: 

All one level on the ground floor with access to stairs and lift to all floors.

Stairs/Lifts: 

Stair case and Lift to temple and dining room.


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Heugh L7773

Heugh 7773





Who are we?

Heugh Lodge No 7773 (Consecrated 1961) is the youngest Lodge in Hartlepool. We have established a reputation for friendliness and innovation in our meetings, as well as contributing actively to the social life centred on the building.

We have a proud record of supporting both Masonic and local charities and received a Platinum award for our above target contribution to the last 5 year Durham Festival which raised funds for central national Masonic charities.

Our membership covers a wide range of occupations (including some ex-uniformed servicemen) and member’s ages range from 28 to 90.

What we do

As part of our calendar we run 3 themed evenings every year on Lodge nights which are very popular with other Lodges. In December we invite our ladies and
widows to join us for a traditional Christmas dinner with Carol singing afterwards. January sees our traditional Burns Night when we decorate the dining room with
tartan banners and pipe in the haggis before Burns ritual address to it is given. In June we have a nautical theme night when the dining room is again appropriately decorated and we all join in for a session of sea shanties after a nautical themed festive board. Our special raffle on these evenings raises money for the RNLI.

We also produce a popular monthly newsletter reporting on activity in Heugh and the other 8 (10 until recently) Hartlepool Lodges. It is always copiously illustrated with photographs. Back copies in the several volumes of our ‘Bar Browser’ are always available for inspection give a potted history of Hartlepool Masonry since 2006.

Why join us?

We are a traditional Masonic Lodge striving to make good men better. We believe in delivering sincere ritual while at the same time are committed to making
Freemasonry fun and interesting as well as supporting local as well as Masonic charities. Members and visitors are always made welcome. Potential new
members are also always welcome to dine at our themed evenings to have a preview of our festivities before making any commitment. New members will receive support and guidance from our Lodge Mentor; our members regularily visit other Lodges and the new member will be invited to accompany us on these occasions.



When we meet

Monthly, on the third wednesday of each month. We do not meet in July and August.

Start time is 7pm however the bar will be open from about 6:30pm so that members can catch up with the latest news.

Our yearly “ Installation” meeting in September starts a little earlier.

Fees

Joining fee: £100

Lodge subscriptions: £130

Typical dining fee: £13 to £15

Contact



iangraemebell@ntlworld.com


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facilities at Hartlepool Raby Masonic Hall

Parking: 

A mix of parking is available directly adjacent the building and on-street in near proximity, with permit-only parking spaces free for use after 6pm.

The dedicated parking on tarmac around the building is monitored; members car registration must be logged with the co-ordinator.

Approach: 

Ramp to main entrance which is wide enough for wheel chair access.

Entrance: 

The main entrance has video doorbell entry.

Emergency: 

Emergency exits are sign posted. Defibrolator located outside adjacent the main entrance.

Accessibility:

We welcome everyone and we will always be ready to lend a helping hand when required. Many of our meeting places were built before disabilities were fully considered; and our building has been adapted to help. The brethren will always help each other to participate in enjoying our masonry.

Toilets: 

Male, female, and disabled toilets.

Inside: 

All one level on the ground floor with access to stairs and lift to all floors.

Stairs/Lifts: 

Stair case and Lift to temple and dining room.


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