Armed Forces Covenant

Signing the Armed Forces Covenant

In October 2021 The Masonic Province of Durham along with the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) signed the Armed Forces Covenant. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.  The covenant is a national responsibility involving government, businesses, local authorities, charities and the public.

The UGLE signing of the partnership took place during a ceremony at Freemasons’ Hall led by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent at Freemasons Hall.

Since signing the Armed Forces Covenant, UGLE has demonstrated its support to members through education, family wellbeing, finding a home, starting a new career, access to healthcare, financial assistance and discounted services.

“It is my great pleasure to sign the Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of the United Grand Lodge of England. We are proud of our long-standing relationship with the Armed Forces and we will continue to promote their welfare, support, and respect amongst all our members.”

The Duke of Kent

UGLE has a strong Armed Forces background through its military Lodges and the partnership represents an important step in further supporting both active and retired military personnel.

The UK government’s Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) recognises UGLE as delivering tangible support for the Armed Forces community since signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

Here in the Province of Durham we are proud to work alongside our Armed Forces and Veterans and look forward to supporting them in the future.

For more information on our activities or to enquire about signing the Covenant please contact our Armed Forces Committee by emailing

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