Who are we?
The prime mover in the foundation of Bede College Lodge was the Principal of Bede College along with several others including the Bishop of Durham, the Director of Education, the Registrar and several Headmasters, all with strong connections to Bede College.
The Lodge was consecrated on the 16th October 1926 by the Provincial Grand Master, Lord Ravensworth. Originally founded for those people who were or had been connected with Bede College, the Lodge has grown into a Lodge which today comprises of members from all walks of life.
What do we do
When we meet, we celebrate being Freemason in our ritual in the Lodge, then afterwards we gather and socialise over a hearty meal. Along with expanding our knowledge by listening to short lectures we also contribute a lot to Charity both from our collections and raffles as well as taking part in sponsored events. We have social events such as barbecues and evening dining in which we invite our wives, family, and friends along.
Why join us?
As with many Lodges we have members from all walks of life who enjoy each other’s company and friendship. We try to look after our older members to make sure they are not forgotten in modern day life as well as catering for the younger generation.
Parking is on the street outside the building, and it can on occasions be busy but it is free and generally available.
The approach is level off the pavement.
Wide wheelchair accessible doors.
The Hall is also equipped with a defibrillator and has Emergency exits across all floors of the building.
The hall is accessible for those with limited mobility with a combination of lift and stair lifts.
Many of our meeting places were built before disabilities were fully considered; many have protected status making major adaptations difficult. But Freemasons in themselves will adapt and assist Brethren, and visitors, to fully participate and enjoy the facilities.
The Hall is equipped with Male/female and disabled toilet facilities.
A grand entrance leads into a hallway which runs through the heart of the building past the grand staircase to the great hall. The Hall itself has a modern bar, fully functioning commercial Kitchen, a three-tier garden ideal for summer socials and functions as well as a first-floor committee room and Temple room to seat 100.
There is lift and stair lifts in the building.