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Hearl Honoured for His Work in Education

Hearl Lenton was awarded the MBE for his services to education in the King’s First Birthday Honours List. Hearl retired as Chairman of the Wellspring Academy Trust last year having been a Director and Trustee since 2014. During his time as Chair, the Trust grew from 2 to 29 mixed community mainstream schools across Yorkshire, Humberside, and Lincolnshire.

 In 2021 the achievements of the Trust were recognised when it was named Multi Academy Trust of the Year at the National Schools Awards.

On receiving news of the award, he said

“I am delighted to receive this honour which I believe recognises the impact Wellspring Academy has made in education in the region and those people in the Trust who work tirelessly every day to ensure the education of our children is delivered in a progressive and pragmatic way”.

Hearl is continuing his involvement in education and is now Chair of the Exceed Academies Trust based in Bradford.

Hearl is an Officer of Grand Lodge and a member of several Lodges in Yorkshire, and a member of Lambton Lodge in Durham.

On Friday 30th June Lambton Lodge held an emergency meeting to pass two Entered Apprentices, and as it was the first occasion they had met since Hearl had received his MBE, they took the opportunity to mark the occasion by embellishing their already sumptuous festive board with a cake.

Stronger Together

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Durham Provincial Grand Stewards L9833

Who are we?

The Durham Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge was consecrated in 2007, and is considered a Lodge of privilege as members are selected by the Provincial Grand Master from those Past Masters who have been granted advancement to the rank of Past Provincial Grand Steward. As a member of the Lodge, members will usually retain membership for 6 years and work closely with the Provincial Executive to deliver initiatives across the Province. This is a working Lodge and as such, does not confer any degrees however our meetings are held with the same decorum as all other Craft Lodges. Our meetings work as any other Craft Lodge but are centred around progress reports and updates relating to those Provincial initiatives as well as any other fulfilling work delivered by the Stewards on behalf of the Province.

What do we do

As outlined above, we work closely with the Provincial Executive to support the Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham and assist in delivering their initiatives. We are at the heart of the Province and our duties are vast and very rewarding. We have 3 teams within the Lodge:

Director of Ceremonies Team – This team works with the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies and accompany the representatives of the Provincial Grand Master on their official visits to Installation meetings throughout the whole Province. Team members are divided into four geographical regions of the Province with responsibility for Lodge Installations within each of those regions.

Learning and Development Team – This team work closely with the Provincial Learning and Development Officer to deliver Learning and Development initiatives across the Province and aims to educate, instruct, and assist all lodges to increase their Masonic knowledge. They are on hand to enrich Lodge meetings and ultimately to support Lodges in delivering their own Learning and Development needs.

Operations Team – This is the generalist team who lead on delivering the many and varied tasks required by Province. This team supports the Director of Ceremonies Team and the Learning and Development Teams enabling them to fulfil their roles but take primacy when assisting the Provincial Grand Secretary and the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies to plan, co-ordinate and deliver the Provincial Annual General Meetings for both Craft and Chapter. During these meetings, you will see members from across the Lodge undertaking a wide range of duties from the collection of Lodge Furniture, setting up, meeting and greeting, car park management, registration, merchandising and close down. A vital role is to oversee the welfare of all those in attendance, providing care, support and attention should the need arise. Other roles within this team include communications, and equipment management, transport, and table planning.

Why join us?

As a member of a Lodge, each year members are selected to join the Provincial Stewards Lodge.

When we meet

The Lodge meets at Durham Masonic Hall, 36 Old Elvet, Durham. DH1 3HN and hold regular meetings on the Fourth Wednesday in April, First Thursday in July, and Fourth Tuesday in October.

Fees

Joining fee: £

Lodge subscriptions: £

Typical dining fee: £

Contact

johnc187@yahoo.co.uk
facilities at Durham Masonic Hall

Address

36 Old Elvet, Durham, Co. Durham, DH1 3HN

Hall information

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Parking: 

Parking is on the street outside the building, and it can on occasions be busy but it is free and generally available.

Approach: 

The approach is level off the pavement.

Entrance: 

Wide wheelchair accessible doors.

Emergency: 

The Hall is also equipped with a defibrillator and has Emergency exits across all floors of the building.

Accessibility:

The hall is accessible for those with limited mobility with a combination of lift and stair lifts.

Many of our meeting places were built before disabilities were fully considered; many have protected status making major adaptations difficult. But Freemasons in themselves will adapt and assist Brethren, and visitors, to fully participate and enjoy the facilities.

Toilets: 

The Hall is equipped with Male/female and disabled toilet facilities.

Inside: 

A grand entrance leads into a hallway which runs through the heart of the building past the grand staircase to the great hall. The Hall itself has a modern bar, fully functioning commercial Kitchen, a three-tier garden ideal for summer socials and functions as well as a first-floor committee room and Temple room to seat 100. 

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is lift and stair lifts in the building.

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Sanctuary L8613

Sanctuary Lodge L8613





Who are we?

Sanctuary Lodge was consecrated on 26th April 1975 and is based in the superb
Durham Masonic Hall at Old Elvet in Durham.
Our lodge is made up of our valued members, of which there are more than 40 of us,
and growing! Ranging from 31 years through to 86 years with varying levels of
masonic experience.
Lodge members have diverse backgrounds spanning multiple professions including
Information Technology, Law Enforcement, Passenger Transport, Education,
Finance, Retail, Musicians and Armed Forces. We all share a common goal of
Friendship, Respect & Charity in a welcoming, easy-going atmosphere.

What do we do

Alongside our masonic commitments, we’re a very sociable lodge, noted
throughout the Province for proactive visiting, taking part in and promoting a wide
range of activities both in and out of the lodge.
Our Sanctuary Lodge diners club, our events, social evenings, and get-togethers are
very popular among our members, visitors and those interested in joining
freemasonry.
We take pride in our masonry and encourage every Brother to take part in our lodge
work should they wish to do so and assist with our charitable endeavours.
Brotherly Love – Relief – Truth

Why join us?



When we meet

We meet seven times a year on the second
Monday in February, March, April, May,
September, October & November.
The start time for the evening is usually 6.45pm
except for our February Installation meeting
which is usually starts at 5.30pm.

Fees

Joining fee: £73.50

Lodge subscriptions: £138.00

Typical dining fee: £10.00

Contact



secretary@sanctuary8613.co.uk




facilities at Durham Masonic Hall

Parking: 

Parking is on the street outside the building, and it can on occasions be busy but it is free and generally available.

Approach: 

The approach is level off the pavement.

Entrance: 

Wide wheelchair accessible doors.

Emergency: 

The Hall is also equipped with a defibrillator and has Emergency exits across all floors of the building.

Accessibility:

The hall is accessible for those with limited mobility with a combination of lift and stair lifts.

Many of our meeting places were built before disabilities were fully considered; many have protected status making major adaptations difficult. But Freemasons in themselves will adapt and assist Brethren, and visitors, to fully participate and enjoy the facilities.

Toilets: 

The Hall is equipped with Male/female and disabled toilet facilities.

Inside: 

A grand entrance leads into a hallway which runs through the heart of the building past the grand staircase to the great hall. The Hall itself has a modern bar, fully functioning commercial Kitchen, a three-tier garden ideal for summer socials and functions as well as a first-floor committee room and Temple room to seat 100. 

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is lift and stair lifts in the building.


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Bede College L4840

Bede College L4840





Who are we?

The prime mover in the foundation of Bede College Lodge was the Principal of Bede College along with several others including the Bishop of Durham, the Director of Education, the Registrar and several Headmasters, all with strong connections to Bede College.

The Lodge was consecrated on the 16th October 1926 by the Provincial Grand Master, Lord Ravensworth. Originally founded for those people who were or had been connected with Bede College, the Lodge has grown into a Lodge which today comprises of members from all walks of life.

What do we do

When we meet, we celebrate being Freemason in our ritual in the Lodge, then afterwards we gather and  socialise over a hearty meal. Along with expanding our knowledge by listening to short lectures we also contribute a lot to Charity both from our collections and raffles as well as taking part in sponsored events. We have social events such as barbecues and evening dining in which we invite our wives, family, and friends along.

Why join us?

As with many Lodges we have members from all walks of life who enjoy each other’s company and friendship. We try to look after our older members to make sure they are not forgotten in modern day life as well as catering for the younger generation.



When we meet

The fourth Friday of the month in January, March, May, June, September, October, November.

Fees

Joining fee: £110.00 + £35.00 Initiation Fee

Lodge subscriptions: £240.00

Typical dining fee: £0.00 Included with Lodge Subscription fees.

Contact



bedecollegelodge4840@gmail.com




facilities at Durham Masonic Hall

Parking: 

Parking is on the street outside the building, and it can on occasions be busy but it is free and generally available.

Approach: 

The approach is level off the pavement.

Entrance: 

Wide wheelchair accessible doors.

Emergency: 

The Hall is also equipped with a defibrillator and has Emergency exits across all floors of the building.

Accessibility:

The hall is accessible for those with limited mobility with a combination of lift and stair lifts.

Many of our meeting places were built before disabilities were fully considered; many have protected status making major adaptations difficult. But Freemasons in themselves will adapt and assist Brethren, and visitors, to fully participate and enjoy the facilities.

Toilets: 

The Hall is equipped with Male/female and disabled toilet facilities.

Inside: 

A grand entrance leads into a hallway which runs through the heart of the building past the grand staircase to the great hall. The Hall itself has a modern bar, fully functioning commercial Kitchen, a three-tier garden ideal for summer socials and functions as well as a first-floor committee room and Temple room to seat 100. 

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is lift and stair lifts in the building.


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Durham Lodge of Installed Masters L4441





Who are we?

The Lodge was formed in 1923 by a group of forward looking Installed Master’s who realised that, due to the influx of new members, there was little lodge time available for instruction and advancement in Masonic knowledge. The purpose of the lodge is to improve Masonic Knowledge and understanding by providing lectures on a vast range of Masonic subjects whilst maintaining the core values of Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity.

What do we do

We have a membership of over 80 Installed Masters and we welcome new members to join us who have passed through the chair of their Lodge. We provide an opportunity for Masons from around the Province to meet new friends, to develop their Masonic knowledge by providing lectures on a variety of subjects and to enjoy each other’s company.

Why join us?

We have a cross section of members from Lodges around the Province who can each share their Masonic experiences and enlighten those who are seeking to develop their own Masonic knowledge and understanding of our fraternity. We encourage new Masters to join our Lodge but there is no pressure to take an office unless you are invited to do so. Charitable giving is always at the forefront of our minds, and we support many Masonic and Non-Masonic causes.



When we meet

4th Wednesday in February and October and the 1st Wednesday in May and July

Fees

Joining fee: £1.00

Lodge subscriptions: £50.00

Typical dining fee: £10.00 – £15.00

Contact



07801104400


normanalderson@sky.com




facilities at Durham Masonic Hall

Parking: 

Parking is on the street outside the building, and it can on occasions be busy but it is free and generally available.

Approach: 

The approach is level off the pavement.

Entrance: 

Wide wheelchair accessible doors.

Emergency: 

The Hall is also equipped with a defibrillator and has Emergency exits across all floors of the building.

Accessibility:

The hall is accessible for those with limited mobility with a combination of lift and stair lifts.

Many of our meeting places were built before disabilities were fully considered; many have protected status making major adaptations difficult. But Freemasons in themselves will adapt and assist Brethren, and visitors, to fully participate and enjoy the facilities.

Toilets: 

The Hall is equipped with Male/female and disabled toilet facilities.

Inside: 

A grand entrance leads into a hallway which runs through the heart of the building past the grand staircase to the great hall. The Hall itself has a modern bar, fully functioning commercial Kitchen, a three-tier garden ideal for summer socials and functions as well as a first-floor committee room and Temple room to seat 100. 

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is lift and stair lifts in the building.


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Elvet L5631





Who are we?

Elvet Lodge 5631, the lodge was consecrated on the 20th of October 1936 by Brethren who lived and worked within the surrounds of the City of Durham. Our membership has always been diverse and inclusive and represents trades and professionals from all levels of society. We are a friendly, harmonious group, who enjoy the company of likeminded individuals. Our goals are simple we enjoy our freemasonry, enjoy socialising, have a keen interest in charitable giving and supporting the local community. 

What do we do

Elvet Lodge is small lodge with a big presence. Our charitable giving and fundraising were recognised at the last Masonic festival with a Platinum award for raising approximately £40,000 over 5 years. In raising these funds, we had members involved in many activities across the province including a Coast-to-Coast bike ride, the Great North Run, three peaks challenge, sponsored walks and even tackled a very muddy assault course. So, if you like a challenge and want to meet new friends along the way. We could be the lodge for you. 

Why join us?

With fantastic social opportunities, charitable giving and friendship at the heart of what we do it might be quicker to list the reasons not to join us. 



When we meet

Third Tuesday – October, November, December, January, February, March, April & May. 

Lodge of Instruction: First Thursday – October, November, December, January, February, March & April.

Fees

Joining fee: £80

Lodge subscriptions: £144

Typical dining fee: £12

Contact



elvetlodgesecretary@outlook.com




facilities at Durham Masonic Hall

Parking: 

Parking is on the street outside the building, and it can on occasions be busy but it is free and generally available.

Approach: 

The approach is level off the pavement.

Entrance: 

Wide wheelchair accessible doors.

Emergency: 

The Hall is also equipped with a defibrillator and has Emergency exits across all floors of the building.

Accessibility:

The hall is accessible for those with limited mobility with a combination of lift and stair lifts.

Many of our meeting places were built before disabilities were fully considered; many have protected status making major adaptations difficult. But Freemasons in themselves will adapt and assist Brethren, and visitors, to fully participate and enjoy the facilities.

Toilets: 

The Hall is equipped with Male/female and disabled toilet facilities.

Inside: 

A grand entrance leads into a hallway which runs through the heart of the building past the grand staircase to the great hall. The Hall itself has a modern bar, fully functioning commercial Kitchen, a three-tier garden ideal for summer socials and functions as well as a first-floor committee room and Temple room to seat 100. 

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is lift and stair lifts in the building.


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The 2023 Prestonian lecture | Durham Freemasons

The 2023 Prestonian lecture – 5th July 2023 at Durham Lodge of Installed Masters

We are pleased to announce the 2023 Prestonian Lecturer, Akram Elias the Past Grand Master of Washington D.C. who gave a preview of his forthcoming lecture: The 1723 Constitutions: The Indispensable Trowel: Cementing America’s Foundations at the Especial meeting of UGLE in January. Brother Elias was an excellent and engaging speaker, and the content of his lecture was thought-provoking and encouraged much discussion.

This will be a sell-out – You don’t want to miss this!

#StrongerTogether

#Freemasons

#The1723Constitutions

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Outstanding Voluntary Services to the Community | Durham Freemasons

Michael Graham Donne, a member of Flambard Lodge 6874 and his wife Ruth, have been awarded Durham County Councils’ Chairman’s Medal. This award is the highest civic honour the County Council can bestow and was awarded for, “Outstanding Voluntary Services to the Community”. The presentation took place at County Hall in Durham, by the Chair of Durham County Council, Councillor Joan Nicholson.

Councillor Nicholson’s’ citation read, “We are here today to honour the hard work and devotion of Ruth and Mike. They have both dedicated their lives to supporting the Armed Forces community. Ruth and Mike you have become a vital lifeline of hope and support for so many, especially those going through challenging circumstances. From pandemics and lockdowns to the cost of living crisis, you have offered unwavering support. You ensure that the voices of our most vulnerable are heard and their needs are met. Through your work with SSAFA you have helped countless people get back on their feet and regain their self-esteem. You have created a support network that has been described as lifesaving – especially during lockdown. I was moved to hear how you both, along with other volunteers, made sure that those facing isolation and social exclusion felt seen and supported. Your extraordinary efforts serve as an inspiration to us all…

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Saint Cecilia L9685

Who are we?

We are a Musical Lodge and our membership consists mainly of instrumentalists, singers and music teachers and we need no excuse to include music wherever possible at our meetings. Our ceremonial music is unique to the lodge.

What we do

So what makes our lodge special and how do we assist the community?

Part of our annual subs. goes into a trust fund to support young musicians and they can apply to the lodge for a bursary to help with tuition fees, travel to specialist music colleges, buying an instrument and attending courses. We also have an annual Composing Competition where GCSE and A level pupils from schools in the Province submit their compositions to our judging panel to win cash prizes (£100 and several others) and a trophy for their school. At our September meeting the winning compositions are performed, either live or a recording and the winners bring their parents and music teachers to support them and stay to the Festive Board. We keep track of our previous winners and bursary recipients who often return to perform for us in thanks for our help.

With the exception of our Installation the other meetings usually consist of opening and closing, as we are all Past Masters and then we have a half hour concert given by invited performers. This can be a choir or instrumental group or a soloist and they get a fee for their work. The standard is very high and well worth a visit. In May, the members provide the concert and this is often most interesting! Wives and non- masonic guests always attend the concerts and festive board except at Installations.

Why join us?

I you have a love of music as well as Freemasonry come and join our happy lodge and be part of a unique masonic experience. We await your response with anticipation.

When we meet

The fourth Wednesday of January, March, May, September and November (Installation)

Fees

Joining fee: £30

Lodge subscriptions: £140

Typical dining fee: £13

Contact

bill@billwatsonband.co.uk
facilities at Durham Masonic Hall

Parking: 

Parking is on the street outside the building, and it can on occasions be busy but it is free and generally available.

Approach: 

The approach is level off the pavement.

Entrance: 

Wide wheelchair accessible doors.

Emergency: 

The Hall is also equipped with a defibrillator and has Emergency exits across all floors of the building.

Accessibility:

The hall is accessible for those with limited mobility with a combination of lift and stair lifts.

Many of our meeting places were built before disabilities were fully considered; many have protected status making major adaptations difficult. But Freemasons in themselves will adapt and assist Brethren, and visitors, to fully participate and enjoy the facilities.

Toilets: 

The Hall is equipped with Male/female and disabled toilet facilities.

Inside: 

A grand entrance leads into a hallway which runs through the heart of the building past the grand staircase to the great hall. The Hall itself has a modern bar, fully functioning commercial Kitchen, a three-tier garden ideal for summer socials and functions as well as a first-floor committee room and Temple room to seat 100. 

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is lift and stair lifts in the building.

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Norman L1334

Norman 1334





Who are we?

Norman Lodge members are very proud of the fact that our Lodge has been in existence for over 152 years, meeting in the same Masonic hall, in Old Elvet, Durham City, Co. Durham, England.

A city which can trace its history back more than a thousand years, to the arrival of a religious community seeking a permanent resting place for the body of St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne.

As a shrine for their saint, they built first a wooden, then a stone church, on top of a rocky hill, protected on three sides by the River Wear.

Following the Norman conquest of 1066, King William also found this site appealing and realised it offered an ideal strategic location from which to rule Northumbria and defend the region against the Scots. The community of Cuthbert gave way to Benedictine Monks and a Bishop appointed by the king. They began the building of the Cathedral, to provide a monumental shrine for St Cuthbert, and the Castle, to act as protection for the Cathedral and to provide a palace for the Bishop.

The result was one of the most impressive construction projects ever undertaken. The panoramic view of the Cathedral and Castle has been described as ‘one of the finest architectural experiences of Europe’ and together they are now designated a World Heritage Site.

Our Lodge meets 10 times a year, on the third Wednesday of the month except for July and August when we take our summer break.

We welcome visitors from Lodges around the world working under constitutions approved by the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE).

What we do

We are an old Masonic Lodge who takes considerable pride in following the traditions and rituals of Freemasonry as well as having a modern outlook to life in general.

One our Masonic beliefs is charity, we try to support local charities when we can as well as giving help to national charities.

Why join us?

We have members from all walks of life who enjoy each other’s company and friendship. We try to look after our older members to make sure they are not forgotten in modern day life as well as catering for the younger generation.



When we meet

The Third Wednesday of September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May & June. 

Fees

Joining fee: £85

Lodge subscriptions: £155

Typical dining fee: A Three Course Meal usually costs £10.00, freshly cooked on the premises in our modern kitchen.

Contact



secretary@normanlodge.org.uk


Website


07581 468 883




facilities at Durham Masonic Hall

Parking: 

Parking is on the street outside the building, and it can on occasions be busy but it is free and generally available.

Approach: 

The approach is level off the pavement.

Entrance: 

Wide wheelchair accessible doors.

Emergency: 

The Hall is also equipped with a defibrillator and has Emergency exits across all floors of the building.

Accessibility:

The hall is accessible for those with limited mobility with a combination of lift and stair lifts.

Many of our meeting places were built before disabilities were fully considered; many have protected status making major adaptations difficult. But Freemasons in themselves will adapt and assist Brethren, and visitors, to fully participate and enjoy the facilities.

Toilets: 

The Hall is equipped with Male/female and disabled toilet facilities.

Inside: 

A grand entrance leads into a hallway which runs through the heart of the building past the grand staircase to the great hall. The Hall itself has a modern bar, fully functioning commercial Kitchen, a three-tier garden ideal for summer socials and functions as well as a first-floor committee room and Temple room to seat 100. 

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is lift and stair lifts in the building.


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