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Lodge of Progress L8259

Who are we?

Welcome to the Lodge of Progress 8259, a vibrant and dynamic Freemasons Lodge with a rich history spanning over 50 years. Our lodge prides itself on its broad membership base, encompassing individuals from diverse age groups, ranging from 20 years old to those who have surpassed their 80th year. This unique blend of members brings together a wealth of experience, knowledge, and perspectives, fostering an environment that is progressive and constantly evolving.

At the heart of the Lodge of Progress 8259 is a strong sense of camaraderie and fellowship. We believe that Freemasonry should not only be a serious pursuit of self-improvement but also a source of enjoyment and fulfilment. Consequently, our lodge is characterised by a lively and fun atmosphere, where members forge lasting friendships and share memorable experiences.

What we do

One of our primary focus is charity fundraising, particularly within our local community. We are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of those around us, and our lodge actively engages in various charitable initiatives. Whether it’s organising local events, conducting fundraisers, or volunteering our time, we are dedicated to giving back to our community.

Our commitment to charity is not only rooted in the Masonic principles of benevolence and compassion but also in the collective enthusiasm of our members. The Lodge of Progress 8259 is home to individuals who are eager to make a difference, and their energy and dedication translate into successful and impactful fundraising efforts.

We believe that charity work should be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Therefore, we strive to create an environment where members can express their creativity, explore innovative fundraising ideas, and actively participate in engaging activities. From charity galas and sports events to community outreach programs and local collaborations, our lodge offers a diverse range of opportunities for members to contribute their time, skills, and resources.

Why join us?

Joining the Lodge of Progress 8259 means becoming part of a community that values personal growth, friendship, and making a tangible difference in the world. Regardless of your age or background, our lodge welcomes individuals who share our passion for charity, community service, and the pursuit of knowledge. Together, we embrace the ever-evolving nature of Freemasonry, always striving to progress and adapt to the needs of our members and the world around us.

When we meet

Third Friday of every month with the exception of July and August.


Joining fee: £100

Lodge subscriptions:£185 for over 25yr olds, £135 for under 25’s

Typical dining fee: Included in subscription.


facilities at Chester-Le-Street Masonic Hall


Station Road, Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham, DH3 3DU

Hall information

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There is a small car park situated at the rear of the Masonic Hall building for use by members and visitors. There is also a public car park situated nearby at Osborne Road, next to Osborne Workingmen’s Club. Osborne Road car park has two electric vehicle charging points.


Front door is adjacent to the front road.


There is a double door which has a security fob to gain entrance, or a bell to ring where bar staff can open electrically.


The building is equipped with defibrillators, emergency lighting and escape routes which will be highlighted on the notice boards.


Our membership comprises of all age ranges, with our oldest member being in his 80’s. We accommodate all needs within our Lodge and respectfully assist every member to access our meetings. We offer special dietary requirements at our festive boards and the Masonic Hall building has stair lifts to ensure all members are able to access the temple on the top floor of the building. 


Toilets are situated on every floor of the Masonic Hall building.


We have a fully functioning bar which is open most nights, A chef who can cater for functions, Friday fish and chips and Sunday lunches.


The Masonic Hall building is a three-storey building and has one main staircase fitted with stair lift facilities.

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