Who are we?
Lodge of Jurists No. 8956
Our Lodge was founded in 1980, with the object of furthering the Masonic Association, in the North-East of England, of lawyers and legal executives and any other person associated with the legal profession as the Lodge shall approve. For many of our members we are a “second” lodge and, as we are spread over several different Masonic Provinces, it can make our Ritual ‘interesting’ to say the least!
Our membership now includes others connected with “The Law”. As indicated, our members are scattered all over, from Sheffield in the south to Durham in the north and Cumbria in the west. Our age demographic is also quite wide, and we welcome applications from anyone connected with the Law.
What we do
We are like-minded people who enjoy themselves in each other’s company and that of our visitors and guests, who we are always very happy to see and greet.
As we are a ‘specialist’ lodge, we do not always have candidates to process. In such cases we seek to have alternative interesting and enlightening speakers or exercises to educate and inform.
Why join us?
Why not? Come and join the fun and feel the buzz!
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.