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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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Quest L7102

Quest L7102

Who are we?

Quest Lodge No7102 was consecrated in 1952 as a special interest lodge for the scouting fraternity and is based on both Masonic and scouting principles. 

All of our founders were active scout leaders. The Lodge was named after the Quest Rover Crew which existed in Sunderland at that time.  Quest Lodge Is a founding lodge of the Kindred Lodge Association (an association of 37 scouting, Boys Brigade and other youth affiliated lodges).

We are a friendly and enthusiastic lodge who still follow the principles of our founders by maintaining standards in our ceremonies, whilst enjoying the dining room experience through friendship and harmony at every meeting.

We have fraternal visits to other lodges within the area most months, where we are made very welcome. We also have a close relationship and enjoy reciprocal visits with Fawcett Lodge and Lodge Stewart who also hold their meetings at Seaham Masonic Hall.

At our September meeting we invite our own and visiting brethren, who are entitled, to wear their scout uniform. It is during this meeting when we celebrate our connection with the Scout Movement. We pride ourselves on the strong origins of scouting in this area.  A little know fact is that the first official troop as pointed out in the Imperial and therefore the Sunderland records show Vaux Own as the first scout troop formed from the ‘Grindon Camp’. This initial experimental camp was in effect the birthplace of the whole scout movement, a fact that many Wearsiders may not appreciate.

What we do

Our members have always been extremely active within the community in general but more particularly in youth work much of which is done voluntarily. Our members are active in; professional bodies and learned societies, local community, charities and places of worship and of course the Scout Movement as warranted leaders or support workers. Quest Lodge prides itself on being a friendly happy lodge and we care greatly for the welfare of our Brethren and their families. Members proudly support both masonic and non masonic charities by employing the skills and resources at their disposal.

Quest Lodge is held on the 1st Tuesday of the month. We follow ‘emulation’ working in our ceremonies and take pride in achieving a high standard of masonic ritual within a supportive environment. We hold a practise lodge on the Monday following our meeting where members can learn and practice their ritual in a relaxed and less formal situation. Our Lodge Mentor and other experienced members are always available to give advice and guidance if required. Although our freemasonry is important, ensuring balance is essential and commitments of family and work will understandably take precedence over masonic duty.

We have a history of supporting our members and their families through the most challenging of times. Our Lodge Almoner looks out for Freemasons who have fallen ill and to act as a source of support and contact for widows of deceased members over the festive season.

Why join us?

We are a friendly, enthusiastic and inclusive Lodge and welcome men from all walks of life who follow the principles of our founders through maintaining standards in ceremonies whilst enjoying the dining room experience through friendship, brotherhood and harmony at every meeting.

Our members share many common interests including youth organisations as well as supporting many charitable causes. Members families and friends attend social evenings and Christmas celebrations.  Our Annual Ladies Night is held at The Ramside Hotel, in Durham. This night is to celebrate our Masonic year, where over 130 guests attend, from Masonic Lodges throughout the country, donning their finest ball gowns and tuxedos.   

Although Quest Lodge 7102 was originally founded as a Scout Lodge its has evolved over the years. Our membership now covers a range of men with many different backgrounds and occupations. With an age range of 36 years to 91 years, many of our current members have no connection with the scouting movement. 

When we meet

1st Tuesday of the Month, February to June and September to December. Our Installation is in February.

Our Scout Uniform meeting is in September.

Our Ladies Night is held in January.

Fees

Joining fee: £76.80

Lodge subscriptions: Members £220.00 per annum, Country Members £100.00 per annum.

Typical dining fee: £12.00 (Three course meal).

Contact

questlodge7102sec@gmail.com
facilities at Seaham Masonic Temple

Address

North Road, Seaham, Co. Durham, SR7 7AA

Hall information

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Lodges that meet here

Parking: 

Small onsite car park for 6 cars, designated for disabled, immediately in front of temple. Ample car parking along seafront.

Approach: 

Short, tarmacked surface up to front entrance with step up and access to ground floor.

Entrance: 

Double door porch with step up to ground floor level, doorbell. There is a ramp for wheelchair access from the onsite car park into the ground floor area.

Emergency: 

Emergency exit from ground floor bar area to onsite carpark.

There is no emergency exit from the temple level.

There is an emergency chair for disabled people.

Accessibility:

The age and design of the Masonic Hall does present some accessibility challenges and regrettably it is currently classed as only ‘partly accessible’. There is a slight internal step at the main entrance and the entire ground-floor area (including toilets) is wheelchair accessible.

Toilets: 

Accessible toilets ( ground/Temple level ).

Inside: 

Ground floor level – flat surface throughout. 

Stairs/Lifts: 

First floor – Temple access via stair lift (some steps before and after using the stair lift. Handrail on one side of stairs.

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Lodge Stewart L4261

Lodge Stewart 4261





Who are we?

Lodge Stewart 4261 was consecrated 23rd February 1921. The Lodge name appears to emanate from Henry Stewart 1st Viscount of Seaham, Earl Vane and the 5th Marquess of Londonderry, who was PGM from 1880 until his death in 1884. The 7th Marquess at the time gave permission for the use of the name. He also gave permission for the family coat of arms to be used on the Lodge Summons and PM’s Jewels.  Lord Londonderry also presented the Lodge with the silver chain that is worn on the Worshipful Masters collar to mark the founding of the Lodge. The lodge recently celebrated its centenary in 2022, but due to the pandemic, was delayed. The Lodge has been assisting the communities within the Seaham area for many years, with its charitable activities, whilst providing support to widows of the Lodge. As a Lodge it endeavours to keep pace with today’s ever changing  world and is always keen to adopt new ways of working within the Lodge, whilst maintaining the ancient tradition and philosophy of Freemasonry: building a caring society with integrity, treating others with respect, sharing a common foundation for friendship and making a difference with charity.

What we do

All members of Lodge Stewart are urged to regard the interest of their family as paramount, but importantly Freemasonry teaches and practises concern for people; care for the less fortunate and help for those in need. We also enjoy having fun in the process, by having Socials, Inter Lodge Games nights with other Lodges who share the Temple facilities, which are quite competitive. The Lodge has assisted with the with funding of equipment for Seaham High School. It has worked in partnership with Seaham Town Council by providing funding for floral hanging baskets along seafront to enhance the Towns appearance. We remember those whom have given their lives by joining the Service of Remembrance around the Cenotaph ( The Lodge donated  to the fund to purchase the world famous  “Tommy “which is at the Cenotaph) At Christmas we hold a Masonic Carol Service in St Mary’s, a 12th Century Church near the Temple. There are strong links with the Seaham branch of the u3a which meets in the Temple and of which a Lodge Brother is the Chairman

Why join us?

People become Freemason’s for a variety of reasons, family tradition, introduction by a friend, or out of curiosity. The structure and workings of the Lodge and the ceremonies, which are usually followed by a meal and drink, offer members a framework for companionship, teamwork, character development and enjoyment of a shared experience.



When we meet

3rd Tuesday September – May (Installation November).

Fees

Joining fee: £100

Lodge subscriptions: £220

Typical dining fee: £10 – £12

Contact



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facilities at Seaham Masonic Temple

Address

North Road, Seaham, Co. Durham, SR7 7AA

Parking: 

Small onsite car park for 6 cars, designated for disabled, immediately in front of temple. Ample car parking along seafront.

Approach: 

Short, tarmacked surface up to front entrance with step up and access to ground floor.

Entrance: 

Double door porch with step up to ground floor level, doorbell. There is a ramp for wheelchair access from the onsite car park into the ground floor area.

Emergency: 

Emergency exit from ground floor bar area to onsite carpark.

There is no emergency exit from the temple level.

There is an emergency chair for disabled people.

Accessibility:

The age and design of the Masonic Hall does present some accessibility challenges and regrettably it is currently classed as only ‘partly accessible’. There is a slight internal step at the main entrance and the entire ground-floor area (including toilets) is wheelchair accessible.

Toilets: 

Accessible toilets ( ground/Temple level ).

Inside: 

Ground floor level – flat surface throughout. 

Stairs/Lifts: 

First floor – Temple access via stair lift (some steps before and after using the stair lift. Handrail on one side of stairs.


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Fawcett L661





Who are we?

The Fawcett Lodge, Seaham Harbour was consecrated by the then Provincial Grand Master R.W. Bro John Fawcett on Thursday 27th March 1856, making it the oldest masonic lodge in Seaham and one of the oldest masonic lodges within the Province of Durham.

The first Worshipful Master of Fawcett Lodge was W. Bro John Crossby who was also in the office of Provincial Grand Secretary at the time. The original Fawcett Lodge Register Book from 1856 remains within the possession of the Lodge Secretary, with current joining members added to the same register and long history of the Lodge.

Sadly, the original Fawcett Banner, which was presented on 14th September 1859, was lost through circumstances unknown at some point within the first 100 year history of the Lodge. The current Fawcett Banner was first adopted by our predecessors in 1956 to celebrate the Lodge’s centenary. The badge is the Fawcett family Coat of Arms and Mrs Foyle Fawcett gave her gracious permission to for the Lodge to use it as such. Mrs Foyle Fawcett is a direct descendent of R.W. Bro John Fawcett who consecrated the Lodge and whom the Lodge is named after.

21st Century Fawcett Lodge Freemasons are a very diverse group with members ages ranging from those in their early twenties to those in their mid-nineties and experience from a wide variety of professions and other interests. As a Lodge we include all of our members in our ideas to implement changes, whilst respecting our long traditions, in an attempt to keep pace in the modern world. Most notably during the unprecedented suspension of Freemasonry due to the COVID-19 pandemic Fawcett Lodge masons enjoyed monthly on-line video calls and quizzes to maintain the spirit of fraternity that is of paramount importance to the members.

We share the Seaham Masonic Hall with 2 other Lodges (Lodge Stewart and Quest Lodge) and enjoy regular interactions ranging from visiting each other during regular meetings to participating in social functions and fundraising events. Although our members formally join Fawcett Lodge they are soon additionally welcomed by our Brothers from the other Seaham Lodges and larger fraternal bonds are made and maintained.

What we do

Fawcett Lodge Masons pride ourselves on providing a high standard of masonic ritual and provide significant support to any members wishing to advance their masonic knowledge by taking up office within the Lodge. 

We hold an Instruction Lodge on the last Tuesday of every month (except December) where members can enjoy a less-formal occasion to practice their ritual and obtain support and guidance from our Lodge Mentor and other members who pride themselves in being able to develop members with presentation skills and communication skills that can be applied in other aspects of life aside from Freemasonry.

The hard work of our members is often rewarded by the Province of Durham Leadership Team, evidenced by the number of recent promotions to ‘Acting Provincial Rank’ (where members are invited to join the Provincial Team to discharge the duties around the Province of Durham). 

Whilst this is a major part of our ‘Lodge Identity’ it comes with the balance of reassuring our members that the commitments of family and work will often be understandably prioritised over masonic duty. We have a history of supporting our members and their families through the most challenging of times and continue to remember the widows of members who have passed to the Grand Lodge Above each Christmas through the sending of a card and gift. 

Why join us?

Our diverse range of members is evidence that you are likely to be welcomed into Fawcett Lodge with open arms with the joining criteria asked of prospective members being consistent with Freemasonry in general:

  • You are at least 18 years of age.
  • You have free / voluntary desire to become a Freemason.
  • You have a charitable heart.
  • You are of good character (no Court convictions / no findings of dishonest / disgraceful conduct / no disciplinary sanctions through profession or tribunal).

By joining Fawcett Lodge you will immediately benefit from the strong fraternal connections that we share with our Brothers from Lodge Stewart and Quest Lodge with whom with share our Masonic Hall. You will also meet Brothers with whom we have established Fraternal relations with from around the Province of Durham and are Brothers ‘North of the Tyne’ in the Province of Northumberland.



When we meet

2nd Wednesday September – June (Installation March).

Fees

Joining fee: £120

Lodge subscriptions: £234

Typical dining fee: £10 for 2 courses.

Contact



garyroper@hotmail.com


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facilities at Seaham Masonic Temple

Address

North Road, Seaham, Co. Durham, SR7 7AA

Parking: 

Small onsite car park for 6 cars, designated for disabled, immediately in front of temple. Ample car parking along seafront.

Approach: 

Short, tarmacked surface up to front entrance with step up and access to ground floor.

Entrance: 

Double door porch with step up to ground floor level, doorbell. There is a ramp for wheelchair access from the onsite car park into the ground floor area.

Emergency: 

Emergency exit from ground floor bar area to onsite carpark.

There is no emergency exit from the temple level.

There is an emergency chair for disabled people.

Accessibility:

The age and design of the Masonic Hall does present some accessibility challenges and regrettably it is currently classed as only ‘partly accessible’. There is a slight internal step at the main entrance and the entire ground-floor area (including toilets) is wheelchair accessible.

Toilets: 

Accessible toilets ( ground/Temple level ).

Inside: 

Ground floor level – flat surface throughout. 

Stairs/Lifts: 

First floor – Temple access via stair lift (some steps before and after using the stair lift. Handrail on one side of stairs.


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Seaham Masonic Temple



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facilities at Seaham Masonic Temple

Address

North Road, Seaham, Co. Durham, SR7 7AA

Parking: 

Small onsite car park for 6 cars, designated for disabled, immediately in front of temple. Ample car parking along seafront.

Approach: 

Short, tarmacked surface up to front entrance with step up and access to ground floor.

Entrance: 

Double door porch with step up to ground floor level, doorbell. There is a ramp for wheelchair access from the onsite car park into the ground floor area.

Emergency: 

Emergency exit from ground floor bar area to onsite carpark.

There is no emergency exit from the temple level.

There is an emergency chair for disabled people.

Accessibility:

The age and design of the Masonic Hall does present some accessibility challenges and regrettably it is currently classed as only ‘partly accessible’. There is a slight internal step at the main entrance and the entire ground-floor area (including toilets) is wheelchair accessible.

Toilets: 

Accessible toilets ( ground/Temple level ).

Inside: 

Ground floor level – flat surface throughout. 

Stairs/Lifts: 

First floor – Temple access via stair lift (some steps before and after using the stair lift. Handrail on one side of stairs.


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The Importance of Visitors! | Durham Freemasons

February’s meeting of Sunderland Lodge proved the importance of visiting in all our lodges. What started as a normal regular meeting, raising a Fellowcraft, were endanger of being postponed due to some key officers having to put in last minute apologies due to sickness and work commitments.

The Master, Jim McVay and the Director of Ceremonies, Peter Johnson, both acted quickly on the night by requesting assistance from a strong contingency of fraternal visitors from the Seaham lodges, therefore allowing the ceremony that evening to go ahead as planned.

To cap the night off, Jack Simm, visiting from Nautilus lodge, presented Jim McVay with a Sunderland lodge, Founders’ jewel, which he had bought online whilst looking around for other Masonic memorabilia for his own collection. Jack said ‘’I wanted to see it returned to its rightful home”

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Lest we Forget | Durham Freemasons

The Freemasons of Durham turned out in large numbers to pay their respects in the many organized parades and marches throughout the province. Here is a selection of photos from those submitted and many more will be added to the Provincial Flickr page later.

More photos to view here

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