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Centenary Celebrations


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The members of St Aidan Lodge 4080 in Blackhill are determined not to allow the Covid 19 situation prevent them marking their Lodge Centenary on Friday May 8th 2020. After extensive research by Paul Heatherington, the Worshipful Master, a Centenary booklet was issued that included fascinating information regarding the founding of the Lodge, the Provincial visitors who attended in 1920, information regarding the Blackhill area at the time as well as a copy of the original Consecration summons.


St Aidan Lodge 4080 was consecrated at 2.30pm on Saturday May 8th 1920, in St Aidan’s Church Hall in the aftermath of The Great War. St Aidan Lodge would later move across the road to the current Freemasons Hall in Laburnum Avenue after purchasing the building for the princely sum of £875.


The Lodge introduced Freemasonry to Blackhill and to mark the occasion the proceedings were overseen by the Provincial Grand Master, The Rt Hon Lord Ravensworth. The first Master was The Rev’d Canon Jenkins Jones, later Canon of Durham Cathedral, who was the Vicar of St Aidan’s Church in Blackhill. St Aidan (590 AD – 651 AD) was the founder and first Bishop of Lindisfarne and the Lodge is proud to have ‘St Aidan’, as its name.


Two candidates were proposed during the Consecration, Dr Robert McElroy (43) a Medical Practitioner from Blackhill and Mr James Egerton Thorpe (48) a manager at the Consett Steelworks. The original Summons also included train timetables to the long closed Blackhill Railway Station so that visitors could time plan their arrival and departure times!


To further mark the Centenary, Lodge Almoner Eric Heatherington, sent cards and candles to all of the Lodge Widows in order to remind them of the support that they have from Lodge members in these difficult times. In addition, the Lodge Tyler, Tom Jones will mark the Tyler’s Toast from his doorstep and share this via email and social media, as he did for the April meeting, until members and visitors alike are able to return to the St Aidan Lodge 4080 in the future.


Congratulations St Aidan




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