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ROYAL ARCH FESTIVAL MONTH FINALE

The Royal Arch Festival month came to an end on Thursday 18th April at Shildon Masonic Hall.

Babington Boulton Chapter No. 1121 played host to the final event ‘Adding More Theatre to the Principal Sojourners Story”.

In attendance was the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, together with a full deputation of acting Provincial Offices on this their last visit of this masonic year.

The Chapter was opened by the three principals and after the minutes were confirmed, the Provincial Director of Ceremonies was announced at the door.

The Provincial officers processed into the Chapter, followed by the Grand Superintendent who was then introduced to the three principals.

The next business of the evening was to exalt Brother John Abraham of Tristram Lodge No. 2415, and during the ceremony the Provincial team presented “Adding More Theatre to the Principal Sojourners Story”.

After the ceremony everyone retired to the festive board.

In response to his toast the Grand Superintendent thanked the acting Provincial officers for all their support over the past year and wished them well for the future.

He continued that in total there had been 10 events held over the Royal Arch Festival Month, starting back in March with the Keystone Connection, followed by the Ceremony of the Veils, Talking Heads, Royal Arch Roadshows and Adding More Theatre. He hoped that all of these events had helped to prove to brethren that the Royal Arch is a wonderful order to be a part of.

The Grand Superintendent then presented the newest exaltee Companion John with the Provincial mentoring card for the Royal Arch, advising him to scan the QR code to find out more about the Royal Arch.

He then concluded by hoping that everyone that could make it would attend the Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter on Saturday 18th May at the Fed, Dunston. If you wish to dine tickets are available on ticket tailor through the following link. https://www.tickettailor.com/events/provincialgrandlodgeofdurham

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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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Hackworth ParkRun Takeover

On Saturday, Freemasons and their families from the Province of Durham took over the volunteer positions at Shildon’s Hackworth ParkRun allowing the regular volunteers to have a well earned day off. 

The Run Director, Marshals, TimeKeepers and Barcode Scanning roles were all taken on by the Freemasons ParkRun team which has been “up and running” for around 12 months. 

The head of Durham Freemasons, the Provincial Grand Master John Thompson and his wife Andrea filled the tailwalking roles with John completing his 50th ParkRun.  He even got to wear a foxes tail to mark the occasion!!  

The venture is believed to be the first time local Freemasons have successfully taken all of the volunteer positions at a ParkRun, something that the Durham ParkRun team are hoping to replicate at other locations across the North East.  Sixty Nine people took part in the 439th running of the Shildon event in Hackworth Park, a great day was had by all, which concluded with the traditional Coffee and copious amounts of cake in the Hub in the Park. 

Stronger Together

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Tristram L2415

Tristram L2415

Who are we?

Tristram Lodge No 2415 (consecrated 1891) We are group of freemasons who
offer a welcoming atmosphere, believe in friendliness, respect to all and charity
to local and global needs. We uphold the 132 years of the age-old tradiEons of
the Lodge and incorporate modern everyday requirements to enhance
membership quality and a feeling of belonging.

What we do

Tristram Lodge believes that as a group of friendly freemasons we meet
regularly and enjoy each others company. We believe that all masons current
and past must have their needs considered and aWempt to fulfil this goal as a
group of like minded people. We aWempt to look aZer the wives, partners and
widows in the Lodge and are involved with the yearly gatherings with them.

Why join us?

The oldest original Lodge in Shildon we have a wide cross section of members
who believe in living life to the full, working hard but above all helping others
whilst trying to have fun in the process. Our aim is always with charity in mind.

When we meet

Second Tuesday in the month except in February and September. Installation in
November.

Fees

Joining fee: £80.00 + Initiation Fee £160.00

Lodge subscriptions: £120.00

Typical dining fee: £10.00

Contact

a.fletcher323@btinternet.com Facebook
facilities at Shildon Masonic Hall

Address

Middleton Road, Shildon, Co. Durham, DL4 1NN.

Hall information

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Lodges that meet here

Parking: 

There is ample room for parking in the Masonic Hall car park. 

Approach: 

Long steady ramp to side entrance from the car park to level access to ground floor. 

Entrance: 

There is a newly created ramp into the building, which is a disabled access with widened doors and ground floor facilities.

Emergency: 

There are a number of exits should any emergency arise. The Hall also has a defibrillator should that be required.

Accessibility:

The Masonic Hall is easy to access for able and those who are disabled.

Toilets: 

There are adequate toilet facilities, male and female, including disabled downstairs. There are also toilet facilities upstairs.

Inside: 

No internal ramps. Hearing loop in temple. Dining tables are wheelchair accessible.

Stairs/Lifts: 

Two stair cases available to temple on first floor. The rear stair case has stair lift, and then ramp into temple.

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Aclet L5880





Who are we?

What we do

Why join us?

A vibrant membership, which ranges from very experienced to relatively new.               Everyone plays a part and we enjoy our meetings.



When we meet

2nd Monday January – Installation
March
May
July
September
November

Fees

Joining fee: Under review

Lodge subscriptions: £120

Typical dining fee: £10

Contact



shildon7@sky.com




facilities at Shildon Masonic Hall

Parking: 

There is ample room for parking in the Masonic Hall car park. 

Approach: 

Long steady ramp to side entrance from the car park to level access to ground floor. 

Entrance: 

There is a newly created ramp into the building, which is a disabled access with widened doors and ground floor facilities.

Emergency: 

There are a number of exits should any emergency arise. The Hall also has a defibrillator should that be required.

Accessibility:

The Masonic Hall is easy to access for able and those who are disabled.

Toilets: 

There are adequate toilet facilities, male and female, including disabled downstairs. There are also toilet facilities upstairs.

Inside: 

No internal ramps. Hearing loop in temple. Dining tables are wheelchair accessible.

Stairs/Lifts: 

Two stair cases available to temple on first floor. The rear stair case has stair lift, and then ramp into temple.


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Surtees L4593

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Who are we?

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What we do

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When we meet

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Fees

Joining fee:

Lodge subscriptions:

Typical dining fee: £

Contact



michael.w@learning4ever.co.uk




facilities at Shildon Masonic Hall

Parking: 

There is ample room for parking in the Masonic Hall car park. 

Approach: 

Long steady ramp to side entrance from the car park to level access to ground floor. 

Entrance: 

There is a newly created ramp into the building, which is a disabled access with widened doors and ground floor facilities.

Emergency: 

There are a number of exits should any emergency arise. The Hall also has a defibrillator should that be required.

Accessibility:

The Masonic Hall is easy to access for able and those who are disabled.

Toilets: 

There are adequate toilet facilities, male and female, including disabled downstairs. There are also toilet facilities upstairs.

Inside: 

No internal ramps. Hearing loop in temple. Dining tables are wheelchair accessible.

Stairs/Lifts: 

Two stair cases available to temple on first floor. The rear stair case has stair lift, and then ramp into temple.


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Corinthian L5808

Corinthian 5808





Who are we?

Corinthian Lodge, No. 5808 is a Lodge that has been in existence for 83 years, consecrated in November 1939. We are an average sized Lodge, with 36 members, quality rather than quantity, with an age range from 28 years to 91 years. We are a Lodge that enjoys masonry and always try perform quality ceremonies. We have a regular following of visitors from other local Lodges and our members in turn support those Lodges. 

What we do

We enjoy our Masonry.  Whilst we encourage members to progress through the various Officer posts and take an active part in ceremonies there is absolutely no pressure to do so. If you just want to attend and enjoy the ceremonies and friendship that Masonry provides that is fine. All Lodges have some variations on their ways of doing things and Corinthian Lodge is no different. We always try to maintain the traditions of Masonry but we move with the times to enhance membership quality and try to give everyone feeling of belonging.

Why join us?

Our charitable giving and support for local charities is a paramount part of our Lodge. We look after and support new members so that they feel
‘at home’ with what are new surroundings and new ‘friends’.



When we meet

We meet eight (8) times a year on the fourth Tuesday of January, February, March, April, and May, a summer recess then September, October and November. Our Installation meeting is in January

Fees

Joining fee: £110.40

Lodge subscriptions: £105

Typical dining fee: Using a centralised catering system operated by the Hall Management allows us the keep the typical cost of a meal to £8.

Contact



corinthianlodge5808@gmail.com




facilities at Shildon Masonic Hall

Parking: 

There is ample room for parking in the Masonic Hall car park. 

Approach: 

Long steady ramp to side entrance from the car park to level access to ground floor. 

Entrance: 

There is a newly created ramp into the building, which is a disabled access with widened doors and ground floor facilities.

Emergency: 

There are a number of exits should any emergency arise. The Hall also has a defibrillator should that be required.

Accessibility:

The Masonic Hall is easy to access for able and those who are disabled.

Toilets: 

There are adequate toilet facilities, male and female, including disabled downstairs. There are also toilet facilities upstairs.

Inside: 

No internal ramps. Hearing loop in temple. Dining tables are wheelchair accessible.

Stairs/Lifts: 

Two stair cases available to temple on first floor. The rear stair case has stair lift, and then ramp into temple.


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Wear Valley L1121

Wear Valley L1121





Who are we?

Wear Valley Lodge, Consecrated in 1866, the 14th oldest Lodge in the Province of Durham. A forward thinking, vibrant Lodge with 50 members, who pride themselves in upholding the traditions of Freemasonry, and enjoying each others company. We are heavily involved in Charity, and particularly helping Local Charities.

What we do

We are a group if like minded people, who pride ourselves as being a “Happy Lodge”. 

Why join us?

A fantastic welcome is always assured, and you will be made a member of the Wear Valley family



When we meet

1st Wednesday, October to July. (Installation January)

Fees

Joining fee: £90

Lodge subscriptions: £110

Typical dining fee: £10

Contact



stuandjan@talktalk.net


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facilities at Shildon Masonic Hall

Parking: 

There is ample room for parking in the Masonic Hall car park. 

Approach: 

Long steady ramp to side entrance from the car park to level access to ground floor. 

Entrance: 

There is a newly created ramp into the building, which is a disabled access with widened doors and ground floor facilities.

Emergency: 

There are a number of exits should any emergency arise. The Hall also has a defibrillator should that be required.

Accessibility:

The Masonic Hall is easy to access for able and those who are disabled.

Toilets: 

There are adequate toilet facilities, male and female, including disabled downstairs. There are also toilet facilities upstairs.

Inside: 

No internal ramps. Hearing loop in temple. Dining tables are wheelchair accessible.

Stairs/Lifts: 

Two stair cases available to temple on first floor. The rear stair case has stair lift, and then ramp into temple.


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Vane L3110





Who are we?

Vane Lodge 3110, has a fantastic history which was Consecrated in 1905, they originally held their regular meetings in Bishop Auckland, before moving to Shildon in 2017. Today Vane Lodge is a friendly, welcoming lodge, being a relatively small Lodge, with members varying in age, and believing in Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity, whilst keeping the traditions of the Lodge.

What we do

Vane Lodge prides itself on being a group of forward-thinking Masons with a common goal, to meet with like-minded people and enjoy each other’s company. 

We hold social events in which our family and friends are invited. At our February meeting we make it a special, successful, and sort after Burns Night in which we open and close the meeting, we have a piper and a Burns Supper, followed by entertainment. This is open to everyone should they wish to come along. 

We raise money and donate to local none masonic charities.

Why join us?

Vane Lodge have a wide cross section of members who believe in living life to the full, working hard but above all, helping others whilst trying to have fun in the process, and encouraging all members to participate in the ceremonies at the regular meetings.

Holding the meetings on a Friday evening at the start of weekend, has proved to be more relaxing than mid-week, and would suite and encourage those who work hard through the week to join Vane Lodge.



When we meet

7 Times a Year: 2nd Friday of February, April, June, September, October, November, and Installation meeting December.

Fees

Joining fee: 125 which covers yearly subscription

Lodge subscriptions: £125

Typical dining fee: £8

Contact



vanelodge3110@aol.com




facilities at Shildon Masonic Hall

Parking: 

There is ample room for parking in the Masonic Hall car park. 

Approach: 

Long steady ramp to side entrance from the car park to level access to ground floor. 

Entrance: 

There is a newly created ramp into the building, which is a disabled access with widened doors and ground floor facilities.

Emergency: 

There are a number of exits should any emergency arise. The Hall also has a defibrillator should that be required.

Accessibility:

The Masonic Hall is easy to access for able and those who are disabled.

Toilets: 

There are adequate toilet facilities, male and female, including disabled downstairs. There are also toilet facilities upstairs.

Inside: 

No internal ramps. Hearing loop in temple. Dining tables are wheelchair accessible.

Stairs/Lifts: 

Two stair cases available to temple on first floor. The rear stair case has stair lift, and then ramp into temple.


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