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Doric L5455

Doric Lodge 5455

Who are we?

Doric Lodge was consecrated in 1934.  We have a diverse and varied cross-section of members from all walks of life, occupations and professions.  Most of our members live locally but we have some who travel from across the country to join our meetings.

What we do

Although we are proud of our rich history, we are a forward-looking lodge, keen to promote the traditions and values of Freemasonry into the 21st century.  We are proud of the standard of our Masonic ritual (Emulation).

We meet once a month to promote friendship, respect and charity, regularly welcoming visitors from other lodges, far and wide.

We enjoy our Freemasonry in all its aspects and have a common goal to meet like-minded people and enjoy each-others company. We strive to improve our lives and assist in local and national charities.

We also provide moral support and comfort to our members and their families in times of ill health or enforced absence, trying to ensure no one is forgotten about.  

To find out more about Freemasonry in general you can visit the website of the United Grand Lodge of England at  https://ugle.org.uk 

Why join us?

We are a forward-looking lodge which fully respects the history and traditions of Freemasonry while looking forward and embracing ideas which will take us into the future and improve the masonic experience for everyone.  Friendship, respect and warmth are at the heart of our Lodge.  Join us to enjoy a warm welcome, good company and a great night!

When we meet

On the third Wednesday of each month in September, October, November, December, February, April and May.

Fees

Joining fee: £90.00

Lodge subscriptions: £165.00

Typical dining fee: £10.00 for Visitors (Members are included within Subscription Fees)

Contact

facilities at Spennymoor Masonic Hall

Address

Dundas Street, Spennymoor, Co. Durham, DL16 6AS

Hall information

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Parking: 

There is ample FREE parking available outside and behind the Masonic Hall, as well as in the nearby Town Hall parking area. 

Approach: 

Spennymoor Masonic Hall is on Dundas Street, the entrance to which is directly opposite the Town Hall main entrance.

Entrance: 

Double doors

Emergency: 

There are emergency exits from all ground floor rooms evacuating to level ground outside the building.

Accessibility:

There is a stair lift for access to the Lodge room on the first floor.

Toilets: 

There are gents, ladies and disabled toilets on the ground floor and a ladies’ toilet on the first floor.

Inside: 

The entrance is into a hallway which leads to dining room and lounge/bar area on the ground floor and stairs (and stair lift) to the Lodge room on the first floor. 

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is a stair lift for access to the Lodge room on the first floor.

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Whitworth L1932





Who are we?

In 1881, there were some 25 masons resident in the Spennymoor area. For some reason or other only 7 of these 25 took on themselves the proposition of forming the first Lodge in Spennymoor known as the “Whitworth Lodge”.

Most of the masons resident in Spennymoor joined the Lodge early as forming masons, including Robert Duncombe SHAFTO 

There is no date on the Petition which was recommended by the Norman Lodge 1334. Seven signatories signed the petition namely:

Charles Edmund Barnes, SOLICITOR, Norman 1334 I.P.M.

Robert Duncombe SHAFTO, GENTLEMAN, Marquis of Granby 124 M.M

William Henry Turner, DRAPER, Marquis of Granby 124 M.M

James Turner, CLERK, Marquis of Granby 124 M.M

Rev. John Gaskell, CLERK IN HOLY ORDERS, Lion 312 M.M.

JOHN HESLOP, TAILOR, Wear Valley 1121 M.M.

William B. Bolland, BANK MANAGER, Industry 48 M.M.

of whom (1, 3, 6) ultimately occupied the chair of Worshipful Master.

The Warrant granted was dated 8th of August 1881 naming Charles Edmund Barnes as Worshipful Master Robert Duncombe SHAFTO as Senior Warden and William Henry Turner as Junior Warden, and empowering them to meet on the 2nd Wednesday, of each month in the NORTH EASTERN HOTEL Spennymoor. 

The Lodge was consecrated in the hotel on Thursday 29th September 1881, by the Rt Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Charles J. T. Fawcett. 

We currently have 21 subscribing members from different professional backgrounds, and we would like to meet prospective candidates who, are eager individuals, who wish to learn more about freemasonry, improve their knowledge and fulfil their potential.

What we do

We are an old Masonic Lodge who takes considerable pride in following the traditions and rituals of Freemasonry. We believe and practice the principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. We encourage and help our members to get involved in the running of the Lodge, start learning, improve their abilities in performing the work we need to do in our Lodge meetings, and regularly visit our older members. 

Charity is an important part of our activities. We help individuals and groups in financial need or for a special project. We also raise money for national charities. 

Why join us?

If you are an individual who cares for others, are willing to learn new skills in order to improve yourself and gain confidence in life?

If you are willing to give and share your time with others in working for the same goal?  

If you believe in and practice INTEGRITY, FRIENDSHIP, RESPECT and CHARITY?

Then please contact our Secretary on whitworthlodge1932@btinternet.com 

We would like to meet you.



When we meet

Our meetings usually start at 6.45pm and finish around 10.00pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month but June, August and November. 

The Installation ceremony takes place in September.

Fees

Joining fee: £100

Lodge subscriptions: £135

Typical dining fee: £10 – £12

Contact



whitworthlodge1932@hotmail.com







facilities at Spennymoor Masonic Hall

Address

Dundas Street, Spennymoor, Co. Durham, DL16 6AS

Parking: 

There is ample FREE parking available outside and behind the Masonic Hall, as well as in the nearby Town Hall parking area. 

Approach: 

Spennymoor Masonic Hall is on Dundas Street, the entrance to which is directly opposite the Town Hall main entrance.

Entrance: 

Double doors

Emergency: 

There are emergency exits from all ground floor rooms evacuating to level ground outside the building.

Accessibility:

There is a stair lift for access to the Lodge room on the first floor.

Toilets: 

There are gents, ladies and disabled toilets on the ground floor and a ladies’ toilet on the first floor.

Inside: 

The entrance is into a hallway which leads to dining room and lounge/bar area on the ground floor and stairs (and stair lift) to the Lodge room on the first floor. 

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is a stair lift for access to the Lodge room on the first floor.


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Spennymoor Masonic Hall



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facilities at Spennymoor Masonic Hall

Address

Dundas Street, Spennymoor, Co. Durham, DL16 6AS

Parking: 

There is ample FREE parking available outside and behind the Masonic Hall, as well as in the nearby Town Hall parking area. 

Approach: 

Spennymoor Masonic Hall is on Dundas Street, the entrance to which is directly opposite the Town Hall main entrance.

Entrance: 

Double doors

Emergency: 

There are emergency exits from all ground floor rooms evacuating to level ground outside the building.

Accessibility:

There is a stair lift for access to the Lodge room on the first floor.

Toilets: 

There are gents, ladies and disabled toilets on the ground floor and a ladies’ toilet on the first floor.

Inside: 

The entrance is into a hallway which leads to dining room and lounge/bar area on the ground floor and stairs (and stair lift) to the Lodge room on the first floor. 

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is a stair lift for access to the Lodge room on the first floor.


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A Pleasing Duty | Durham Freemasons

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Andrew Foster had the honour and pleasure to visit Doric lodge with his Director of Ceremonies to present a 50th Anniversary Certificate to John Culine MBE. This was a unique experience for Andrew, being the first one he had undertaken on behalf of the province.

They were very warmly welcomed into the lodge where 21 members and 25 visitors had assembled. Andrew sat with John within the lodge room and reminisced about his 50 years in masonry and his life in general, which was both informative and interesting.

John was born in a caravan on Gala Day in Jubilee Park next to the second tree and his Birth certificate showed this information. He was born into a family of showmen with a history dating back some 500 years. He has held various positions including Sgt. at Arms, Chairman of the Northern Section of the Showman’s guild, Secretary, Trustee, Safety Officer, President of the Showmans Guild of Great Britain, Delegate in over 38 years continuous service. He was a councilor for Spennymoor Town Council and Mayor in 2004/05. He has met the past Queen on three occasions and received the MBE from the now King Charles III.

In masonry he has not held any office within the lodge, but Andrew was delighted to hear that the only item on his bucket list not achieved was to be elected as Master of Doric Lodge. John had invited guests from the Showman community to witness the occasion of him receiving his certificate.

The lodge photo shows Garry Campbell from Leeds lodge, Graham Canfield of King Edward VII lodge, Stewart Newsome of Showmens Lodge, Jimmy Newsome of Tower Lodge and Arthur Newsome of Tower Lodge along with John Hodgson the Master, Jeffrey Rowe the visiting support officer on his first visit, William Swift and Andrew.

At the festive board John was presented with an Anniversary Cake, a bottle of whisky and an engraved decanter by the Master on behalf of the lodge, which he received with delight. In turn John presented Andrew with a signed copy of the book that he had written “From Fanfare to Funfair.

Here’s to many more happy years in freemasonry.

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“Lift” for Trinity | Durham Freemasons

Trinity Methodist Church in Spennymoor Co. Durham serves the local community, not only as a place of worship but as the hub of many local activities. They operate the Trinity Foodbank run in partnership with other local churches, facilitated by Durham Christian Partnership and a number of different agencies, such as Citizens Advice, Children’s Centre’s and Health Visitors.

They also run a small clothing bank so that people in need can obtain suitable clothing, a community outreach program for all ages where they offer help for people to complete job applications, print their CV’s or complete benefit claims etc. A bad debt advice centre and a home group offering support with housing operates within. Space is also allocated to the local Scouts and Brownies.

The church is a typical Victorian chapel, originally dedicated in 1869. It has been extensively renovated (largely by the members) and was rededicated in 1982. They have one part-time Minister and 18 Volunteers who manage the activities. The spiritual part of the church is situated upstairs and has been accessed for many years by a lift, but of late the lift has been condemned thus excluding access for all. The Church members and local community have raised £37,000 towards to cost of having a new lift installed.

The Church Treasurer, Shelly Richardson and her husband John, Church steward and Safeguarding Officer had been advised by Freemasons who attend the Church to apply for a grant to the Durham Freemasons Benevolent Committee.

Freemason Stan Hunter was delighted to attend the Church and present Shelly and John with a certificate to go along with a £2,500 Community Support Grant donated by the Freemasons of Durham. Shelly said the loss of the lift was having a huge effect on the church for those with limited access ability, especially at times of funerals or larger gatherings but they can now look forward to the installation of the new lift. They send a huge thank you from the local church community to the Durham Freemasons for this wonderful donation.

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Chi Spennymoor Taekwondo | Durham Freemasons

Poppy Wickens, is a 12 year old pupil at Whitworth Park Academy Spennymoor. Like most young girls of her age she is looking forward to the school holidays. But there is something special about Poppy because from the age of 4 she began training and fell in love with the sport Taekwondo Olympic Style.

Taekwondo is a Korean form of martial arts characterized by punching and kicking techniques.

Poppy trains three or four times a week with Chi Spennymoor Taekwondo Academy, based at the local leisure centre and was one of the first to join its Peewee scheme for young members. Her brother Dylan is a black belt and both followed their mother Marissa into the sport who was seven-time British champion during the 1990s.

As a medal winner in the recent British Taekwondo Championships Poppy has been invited to join the Cadet Team GB Development Squad for 2022, training in Manchester every 4-6 weeks.

Local Freemason Brian Bulmer was so impressed with Poppy’s achievements and dedication to reach the top in her chosen sport, he approached members of his Lodge, Doric in Spennymoor which resulted in them making a financial donation to support Poppy.

Now that Poppy is striving to a national level with an ambition to represent Team GB in the Olympics the cost of training and attending competitions can soon mount up.  So again the local Freemasons from Doric Lodge came forward and advised Poppy and Coach Taekwondo Master Russell Shaw to apply to Durham Benevolence for a Youth Support Grant.

We are pleased to report that Freemason Christos Katsambis representing Durham Benevolence, accompanied by Doric Lodge brethren, John Hodgson, Peter Bambrough and Brian Bulmer attended the Chi Spennymoor Taekwondo Academy and presented Poppy with a certificate to go with a £1,000 Youth Grant she has been awarded.

Durham Freemasons will be keeping a keen eye on Poppy’s progress wishing here the very best for the future and hoping that one day she may be competing in the Olympics for Team GB..

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