Who are we?
Sunderland Lodge was consecrated in 1920 and although we are a long-standing Masonic lodge, we have a modern approach to Freemasonry.
Our badge features the coat of arms of the 1920 town of Sunderland.
We were the first lodge in the Province of Durham to have a website (1997) and it has brought many new members over the years.
We believe in being a part of the community with integrity, friendship, respect and charity. Religion and politics are NEVER discussed at our meetings so therefore we welcome men of all faiths.
Our regular visitors from other lodges receive an incredibly special welcome. This has allowed us to build relationships with lodges in other Provinces as well as in the Province of Durham.
We have a Lodge Mentor whose experience in Freemasonry benefits our newer members, but realistically we are all lodge mentors.
We offer a unique experience to all new members and have an eclectic membership.
Few members regret joining our lodge, the only regret, many say, is that they did not join earlier. To sum up we are said to be an organisation of friends some of whom we have not yet met.
What we do
During our lodge meeting we perform rituals which are traditional, enjoyable and enlightening. Our ceremonies are designed to make good men better.
On other occasions we have interesting talks about the history of Freemasonry and other subjects.
This is followed by a dinner called “The Festive Board” where the atmosphere is formal, humorous and memorable.
Why join us?
We are a forward looking and very welcoming lodge with members who are a mixture of ages and careers as well as early retired, but active members. We welcome gentlemen of all ages, careers and faiths. Our aim is to make our meetings thoughtful and enjoyable. We also have social occasions when wives, girlfriends and partners are invited.
There is ample parking within a short walk from the Temple.
Wearside Masonic Temple is easy to access from the city centre and all major roads leading into it.
Wide doors, a level entrance once beyond the entrance stairway, and easy access to the lift to all floors.
Emergency exits from the upper floors have steps.
The Wearside Masonic Temple was constructed in 1932 and not ideally suited to those with mobility issues. That said, once the small stairway at the entrance is overcome, with the assistance of our brethren, the building has a lift to all floors and internal doorways will accommodate wheelchair access to the overwhelming majority of areas.
No internal ramps, wide doorways, rest chairs, a hearing loop is available and all dining tables are wheelchair accessible.
A small number of stairs with handrails to the entrance leading to a lift to all floors.