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Hebburn Lodge – Talking Heads


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Hebburn are presently the youngest lodge in the province, having been formed from two previous lodges that also resided in Aln Road, Heabrym and Palmer.  The new lodge is proud of its heritage and history and carries forward the best of the old lodges but with an eye to the future and change where necessary.  Their ethos now is to give it a go, try out new things whilst retaining what is best about masonry and our ritual, ceremonies and routine but recognising that younger masons are the future and their views must be included and acted on.

Acknowledging the heritage of the old lodges is important and this was illustrated with the election of Palmer Past Master Ronnie Stobbart as Master Elect.  Ronnie will take the Chair from the first Master of Hebburn Lodge, Heabrym Past Master Lew Currie, thereby honouring both past lodges without favour.


Continuing that heritage and link with the past, Hebburn Lodge shares the name with Hebburn Chapter of the Royal Arch.  Hebburn Chapter in itself was an amalgamation of other Aln Street Chapters of the past.  The next order of business was for Lew to receive a small team led by the Province of Durham Deputy Grand Superintendent of the Royal Arch, Michael Shaw, who delivered a very interesting and dramatized demonstration to introduce the idea, meaning, and reasoning of the Chapter to a new master mason.  Phil Atkinson, Stuart Macpherson and Octavian Lazin all played their parts in this provincial interpretation of an initiative started by Metropolitan Grand Chapter.

This particular presentation asks and answers questions that will likely be on the minds of those ignorant of the existence, those thinking of joining and those already in who have not fully understood the importance of the part that the Royal Arch has to play in the continuance of a master mason’s development and progression in freemasonry.  The presentation was delivered in an engaging and encouraging manner that retained the interest and attention of those gathered and certainly achieved an advance in the masonic knowledge of all.

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