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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.

Stronger Together

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The Keystone Connection

Sanctuary Craft Lodge hosted a discussion evening called the Keystone Connection highlighting the link between the Mark Degree and the Royal Arch.  This discussion is part of the drive by the Provincial Grand Chapter of Durham to raise awareness of the Royal Arch as well as Companion Orders.

The friendly debate was provided by the Provincial Grand Master for the Craft, John Thompson and the Provincial Grand Master for the Mark, David Hanson.  The aim of the discussion was to provide a light-hearted insight and encourage membership.  The Durham Cornerstone Members or ‘light blues’ were encouraged to attend the meeting along with other interested members.

John and David outlined the history of Freemasonry and how the two Orders emerged to how we know them today.  They explained how they are administered nationally as well as locally and provided an insight about Lodges and Chapters in the Province.

The relevance of the Keystone was explained as it features in both ceremonies, more so in the Mark Degree.  Its status as the head of the arch is pertinent and can symbolise the importance of the member.  The Keystone Connection provides a link between the Craft and both Royal Arch and Mark Degree.

What followed was some friendly rivalry between the two Provincial Grand Masters with some humorous moments as they discussed their relevant sides.  However, at times they seemed to be fighting each other’s corners.

Our formative education in Freemasonry teaches us that the Craft is the foundation of the whole Masonic structure.  All Companion Orders and the Royal Arch fundamentally rely upon the Craft membership.  Both John and David encouraged Craft Members to consider joining the Orders to further their knowledge, probably make new friends and

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This turned out to be an interesting and most enjoyable way to learn more about what is available beyond the Craft.  There truly is a Keystone Connection which all members can be part of and enjoy.

The outcome … Stronger Together  

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