Who are we?
Johnstonian Lodge was consecrated in 1989 by a group of enthusiastic current and former teachers at Durham Johnston School. Today we are a mix of former teachers, past pupils and those with a connection to the school or our members, although this is not a requirement for membership and we would welcome all new members. We are an enthusiastic group, dedicated to adhering to the principles of Masonry whilst maintaining friendship and enjoyment for all. We are also members of the Federation of School Lodges.
What we do
Johnstonian Lodge prides itself on tradition, but we are always looking to adapt with the times to ensure we can cater for the modern mason, whilst still maintaining those core values. Whilst we still have links with the school and we have funded student prizes, we are open to all potential candidates who may wish to join our Lodge.
Why join us?
Whilst we are a relatively young lodge, our membership encompasses a wide age range, all of whom are committed to their Freemasonry and the principles of benevolence and charity. Our Lodge only meets four times a year which is not too demanding in this busy world, but we also endeavour to arrange socials and fund raising activities which prove very popular with our members and friends. We are not a large lodge in term of members, but every member gets involved and along with our families, we enjoy our Masonry. Being part of a larger Masonic family with all the other lodges which meet at Durham is also a great attraction.
When we meet
4th Thursday in January, April and June.
Installation on 1st Monday in November
Joining fee: The Initiation fee is £43 and the joining fee £30 plus any fees set by Provincial and Grand lodge.
Lodge subscriptions: £150
Typical dining fee: £10 – £15 depending on the occasion.
Norman Alderson, Secretary
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.