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
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
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.
Joining fee: £73.50
Lodge subscriptions: £138.00
Typical dining fee: £10.00
Parking is on the street outside the building, and it can on occasions be busy but it is free and generally available.
The approach is level off the pavement.
Wide wheelchair accessible doors.
The Hall is also equipped with a defibrillator and has Emergency exits across all floors of the building.
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.
The Hall is equipped with Male/female and disabled toilet facilities.
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.
There is lift and stair lifts in the building.