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Lambton Lodge Celebrates 200th Anniversary

Lambton Lodge celebrated its 200th Anniversary on Friday 26th April, at Durham Masonic Hall.

The Lodge was constituted on the 20th April 1824 as a Private Lodge for John George Lambton and his close friends – the Grand Master, HRH Duke of Sussex being its first member. Following HRH first official visit to the Province and the decision to form Lambton Lodge, the Grand Master gave his approval and permission to wear a special medal of distinction to mark the occasion.

The ProvGM, John Paul Thompson and a delegation of 15 provincial officers were among the 92 Brethren who met to celebrate the 200th Anniversary.  On this special occasion the ProvGM wore the magnificent gold and diamond ProvGM jewel presented in 1834, to John George Lambton by eight Durham Lodges, including Lambton Lodge.

The first Minutes of the lodge were read by the Secretary, WBro Stan Fitches.

During the meeting a cheque for £2,000.00 was presented to the ProvGM to be donated to the 2032 Festival. 

E Comp Adam Lamb on behalf of the Companions of Lambton Royal Arch Chapter, presented two magnificent Wardens Columns to mark the 200th anniversary  and  WBro Leonard Barrett presented a new Minute book to mark his 70th anniversary as a Freemason.

Bro James Beedle presented a cheque for £379.00 to be given to The Durham Freemasons Charity being the amount donated at his grandfather’s funeral.

The meeting was concluded by WBro Tom Coulson who gave a very interesting and informative address  entitled “Lambton”.

Every member in attendance was presented with a book entitled The History of Lambton Lodge, written  by WBro Tom Coulson in three parts, John George Lambton – the Man:  The story of Lambton Lodge: and the reason why members wear the Royal Sussex Medal.   

Later at the Festive Board a six course meal was served, including Tripe, based on the  Lodge’s 150 anniversary  menu in 1974.

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150 years @ Fraternity

On the 26th of October the Provincial Grand Master, John Thompson, had the pleasure of leading his team of Provincial officers to the Lodge of Fraternity.  Both members and visitors had gathered to celebrate a very special milestone in the history of the lodge; Lodge of Fraternity was consecrated one-hundred and fifty years ago in 1873.

All of the visitors were warmly welcomed into the lodge by its members and were then treated to a presentation led off by the Worshipful Master, Richard Barlow, and supported by his team of lodge officers.  The presentation gave snippets of the lodge history through the years touching on founder members, membership during war time, some callouts to individual lodge members on various topics as well as peaks and troughs in membership over the time. 

As part of the history it was highlighted that back in 2007 the lodge applied for membership of a new initiative from the United Grand Lodge of England. The initiative being the Universities Scheme, as a means of introducing Freemasonry to younger members.  The lodge has a wide demographic ranging from 20 to 85 years of age.  All of the brethren showed their appreciation of the presentation, and the hard work that has gone into it, in a manner usual among masons. 

During the second rising Richard had the pleasure of presenting a cheque to John for masonic charitable purposes to the value of £1,418; which is the number of the lodge as a mark of the occasion.  John was also able to surprise Richard by presenting him with a signed and framed certificate from The Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham for the lodge commemorating their 150 year achievement.

Downstairs at the festive board everyone in attendance was gifted a 2024 pocket calendar, a pen and also a booklet to commemorate the 150 years of the Lodge of Fraternity.  John responded to his toast and thanked the lodge for their 150 years of service in the Province of Durham. John also highlighted what a proud achievement it is and how appreciative he was able to be there celebrating with the lodge members and visitors.

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