Who are we?
North Pennine is a “daylight” lodge set up to provide the opportunity for like minded men to enjoy the camaraderie of, and connection to, the masonic family when unable, for whatever reason, to attend an evening lodge. Current membership consists of retirees from several diverse backgrounds but with a shared experience of Freemasonry. However, we very much welcome approaches for membership by anyone wishing to join masonry for the first time. Past members wishing to re-join a lodge are, of course, equally welcome.
What we do
We provide continuity in the masonic journey in a friendly gathering, meeting in a pleasant rural location. Members enjoy the usual masonic principles, ceremonies, practices and traditions with the opportunity to explore and increase masonic knowledge. As in any lodge the benefits of all the usual masonic support bodies and mechanisms are available to members, if needed. Every meeting is followed by lunch which while relaxed nevertheless observes the expected traditions. One meeting per year is further devoted to entertaining wives, partners, friends and guests.
Why join us?
We cater for anyone interested in Freemasonry unable to attend evening meetings and our subscriptions are very reasonable. Our location in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers the chance to enjoy the journey to and from meetings with time available to further explore Teesdale attractions in the remainder of the day.
Parking for cars is available in the free public car park in the centre of the village, and throughout the village within permitted roadside parking areas. By arrangement parking can be made available for one car to park immediately in front of the building.
Long steady ramp to front entrance and level access to lower floor dining areas and toilets.
Wide door, level entrance.
Ample exit provision on the ground floor, first floor requires descent of stairs although in extreme emergency window exit available to flat roof. Recommended linked smoke alarms fitted throughout.
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.
Situated on the ground floor, separate disabled provision.
The ground floor is basically one level and proven to be wholly wheelchair accessible. The temple is on the first floor.
Stairs lifts are fitted and handrails in place on one side.