Who are we?
We were consecrated in May 1920. We have a sound footing often visiting other lodges and regularly making fraternal visits to Lodge Airdrie St John and receiving their members into our lodge and numerous other lodges throughout the North of England too, spreading the word that Dunelm is a great place to be, provides a ready welcome and forms a group that is just a pleasure to be part of.
What we do
Dunelm Lodge is a great place to meet. We are active in charitable works supporting numerous charitable institutions such as the Great North Air Ambulance, Blood Bikes, Teddies for Loving Care, Childrens Heart Unit and others currently dear to our Worshipful Master. What we do best is to look out for each other, support each other through good times and bad and are always there to stand by a fellow brother or those dearest to him.
Why join us?
We have a wide distribution of interests within and outwith the lodge. It can safely be said that the camaraderieamongst our members is exemplary. We have, as one would expect from a membership where brotherly love, truth and charity is of utmost importance, a broad sample of society from those involved in construction, the garage trade to serving and veteran servicemen who despite their disparate background are joined together in producing a “Dunelm Experience” enjoyed by many visitors.
Ample car parking in adjacent ‘pay and display’ public facility. Free after 6pm and to ‘blue badge’ holders.
Somewhat unobtrusive ‘slip road’ entry off dual carriageway near town’s “Bondgate” roundabout becoming a one-way system to and from car park.
Wide door, wheelchair accessible.
Illuminated emergency exits on all floors. Diagrams of emergency escape routes are posted throughout the building and on the information TV. Smoke detectors are installed at the relevant points throughout the building.
We also have a defibrillator adjacent to the front door which is also accessible to the public.
Close to Town Centre on its northern side, near commercial buildings and one of the Town’s (long stay) public car parks. Clearly signed as “Freemasons’ Hall” when seen from nearby dual carriageway. Wheelchair access at main entrance and at (rear) ‘service’ entrance by arrangement. Controlled entry via a somewhat unobtrusive ‘plain’ door with handrail and ramp.
Entrance ’lobby’ with access to ground floor facilities which include smart Lounge/bar, superb large dining room, cloakrooms and toilets (inc disabled). Lodge room seating 90 (approx) upstairs with extra chairs brought in when needed. Small ‘robing room’ for Grand Officers doubles as a local ‘museum.’ Attendance registration table immediately outside Lodge Room entrance.
Stairs with ‘half-landing’ and handrails and/or lift provide access to upper floor.