Who are we?
Restoration Lodge No 111 was Consecrated in 1761 has almost 262 years of history and is one of the oldest Lodges in the Province of Durham. Today we are a forward thinking strong lodge with over 40 members, many are ex forces and enjoy both the ritual and social side of Freemasonry.
What we do
Restoration Lodge members pride themselves in being a close knit group of forward thinking Masons with a common goal, to meet with like-minded people who enjoy each other’s company, whilst trying to make a difference to others and the local community.
Why join us?
As the oldest Lodge in Darlington, we are steeped in history, but have a wide cross section of members who believe in living life to the full, working hard but spend time helping others whilst having fun in the process. Our aim is always with charity in mind, always up for the challenge, the bigger the better.
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.