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South Shields Masonic Hall


facilities at South Shields Masonic Hall


Freemasons Hall, Ingham Street, South Shields, NE33 2DQ.

Hall information

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The Morrisons Car Park is available for free use after 1735 hours.


On foot from Mile End Road or Ocean Road, or via the Morrisons Car Park.


At the north of the building. Double step to door then level. Security doors inside with buzzer to request remote opening. Key Fobs available for members.


The Hall Management Committee maintains all emergency procedures for the Hall.


Two steps into the main entrance then both upper and lower floors are level. There is a lift within the bar area providing access to the facilities upstairs.


To the right of the main entrance and also in the west robing room.


Level floors both downstairs and upstairs. Bar/Dining downstairs, Robing Rooms and Chapter Room upstairs.


There are wide stairs in the main hallway and a lift in the bar.

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Durham Lodge of Installed Masters Centenary | Durham Freemasons

John Paul Thompson, the Provincial Grand Master, led his mini team to the Durham Lodge of Installed Masters 100 th Birthday celebration on Monday 22 nd May 2023. Following the formal salutations, the past Provincial Grand Master, Norman Eric Heaviside gave a presentation on the history of the lodge and took those present back to the beginning of the 20 th Century, more specifically to the Great War of 1914 /1918 with a few anecdotes of one hundred years of the DLIM.

At the end of the Great War soldiers returning home were left searching for the lost comradeship they had developed whilst fighting together. Fortunately, many men found the answer to this loss in freemasonry.

After the war, the demand for membership placed a huge strain on the eighty-eight existing lodges in the province and within the short space of only five years, twenty-three new lodges were consecrated to meet the sudden influx of candidates. During this five-year period, the membership of approximately 9000 at the end of the Great War, increased by 3500, a rise of almost 40%

A group of forward-looking installed masters proposed the forming of a lodge, solely devoted to lectures and improving Masonic knowledge and understanding.

The first Minutes of the DLIM Lodge Committee was dated 9 th December 1920 when fourteen past Masters attended to discuss the formation of this Lodge. There is a Minute Book of every Committee Meeting held from 1920 up until 1988, all handwritten.

With the incredible support from its 95 founder members, the Lodge was consecrated 100 years ago, taking place in Old Elvet.

Other members of the Lodge however, who were appointed Provincial Grand Master’s much later, were Col F Walton, the Rt Hon the Lord Barnard, Dr Alan Martin Davison and Norman Eric Heaviside. Our present Provincial Grand Master, John Paul Thompson, is to be installed as Master of this Lodge next year.

In 1939, the Lodge was suddenly asked to hand their warrant in. Thankfully, it was only to keep it safe during the war, along with all the other Lodge warrants, held in the Strongroom at Provincial Office. The Lodge was given a small, printed copy of the warrant allowing the Lodge to meet in compliance with the Book of Constitutions. It was certainly put to full use, as the Lodge continued to meet quite regularly during the war.

In 1998, the Lodge celebrated its 75 th Anniversary at Hedworth Masonic Hall, South Shields. To mark the anniversary a new Banner, designed and produced by Tom Coulson and Max Gaskin, was paraded around the Lodge Room and Dedicated by the Provincial Grand Chaplain, the Revd Jack Marsden.

The Banner, which is proudly displayed at every Meeting, was provided by the generosity of Charles Marshall and Harold Easton.

In the year 2000, to mark the Millennium, the brethren of Durham Province raised £500,000 to build a masonic hall in a partnership with Beamish Open Museum.

Nowhere, in the British Isles, has a Masonic Hall been seen and visited by over ½ million visitors in the past 17 years.

The Grand Master, the Duke of Kent unlocked the door of the Museum on the opening day, the special key incorporated a Founders jewel from this lodge, now kept on display in our Provincial Museum.

The Centenary Warrant was read out in open lodge by the Provincial Secretary before being formally presented to the Master of the Lodge.

A cheque for £4,441 was presented by the master on behalf of the lodge towards Durham Benevolence before retiring to the festive board where 89 masons continued to enjoy their masonry.

#oneorganisation  #durhamfreemasons  #strongertogether

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Clinton Keeps a Promise To Caer Urfa Lodge | Durham Freemasons

Caer Urfa Lodge in South Shields could not celebrate its centenary in 2021 because of the Covid 19 Pandemic.

The Provincial Grand Master and the Acting Officers of the year joined Worshipful Master Phillip Richardson and the lodge to celebrate it on 13 July 2022. However, as a result of a backlog of warrants from London the final centenary warrant was not presented on that occasion.

Asst Provincial Grand Master Clinton Leeks fulfilled a Provincial promise to return and present the final warrant on 8 February, and was delighted that the visit coincided with two members Bro Jamie Cullen and Bro Kaelen Robinson being passed to the 2nd degree.


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Durham Freemasons Benevolence Chairman ends the year at a party. | Durham Freemasons

South Shields based children’s charity The Kayaks has received grants and support from both local and national Freemasons charity over several years.

In September 2022 when short notice availability at a Masonic Fishing Charity day became available The Kayaks activity coordinator Malcolm Osborne quickly assembled a group of kids from Kayaks who experienced a day coarse fishing near Durham City.

On 23rd December John Watts attended the Kayaks Christmas party in South Shields bearing a gift of £1,000 from the Durham Freemasons Charity and was immediately surrounded on the dance floor by those who had enjoyed the fishing day all wanting to tell him how many fish then caught, and how much fun they’d had.

Kayaks have decided the grant from Durham Benevolence will be used to start up their own fishing section due to the success of the day in September.

A very happy Christmas indeed.

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Provincial AGM 2022 | Durham Freemasons

Saturday 3rd September 2022 saw the Annual Meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham return to the Rainton Arena in Houghton-le-Spring.

The Provincial Grand Stewards were on hand as usual with smiling faces to greet everyone on their arrival.

As the final rehearsals and preparations were taking place many of the early arrivals took the opportunity to chat and renew friendships in the robing and changing rooms, before taking their seats in the main meeting area.

The Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, Andrew Dixon, then called the brethren to order to receive the various processions of Distinguished Guests, Past Rulers and Heads of Orders into the meeting, the final procession being the Officers of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham with the Provincial Grand Master, John Thompson last through the doors, apart from his Standard Bearers.

Provincial Grand Lodge was then opened in due form, and after confirmation of the minutes of the last meeting it was that sad time to stand to order and remember those brethren who had passed to the Grand Lodge above since the last meeting which was done in silence and respect.

Before proceeding to work through the agenda John individually welcomed all of his invited guests from various Provinces including Past Rulers of the Craft and Chapter, his own Senior Officers and Heads of other Orders. Patents of appointments were read out and presented to Michael Graham, Deputy PGM, John Watts, Assistant PGM and Andrew Foster, Assistant PGM.

Prior to Appointing and Investing the Provincial Officers for the new Masonic year, John made special mention of Stephen Walker and Gordon Brewis who had stood down in June as Deputy and Assistant Provincial Grand Master respectively, thanking them for their hard work and commitment during their terms in office.

A Provincial Appointment is given in recognition of a Brother’s dedication and commitment over a sustained number of years, during which time he has shown the prerequisite attributes to be considered for a Provincial first appointment. The Honour rewards him not only for his service to Freemasonry to date, but in an expectation of continued support to the wider Province in future.

After the Principal Officers had been re-appointed and this year’s Provincial Grand Wardens

( meet the Wardens here )

had been individually Appointed, Invested, and placed in the West and South respectively , the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies called upon the Provincial Deputy Director of Ceremonies, assisted by the Provincial Stewards to take post.

The Stewards then expertly collected each recipient, escorting them before the PGM to be Invested, receiving their certificate of appointment from the Deputy PGM, and finally taken to their seat and acknowledged with the customary court bow, bursting with pride.

John then “called off” the Lodge in order to receive our guest speaker Brigadier Paul Baker OBE. Chief Executive Reserve Forces and Cadets Association North East England, who took his seat on the dais.

John then gave a short history of Brigadier Paul and then outlined our newly formed Armed Forces Committee, to further our involvement after signing The Armed Forces Covenant, which is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. Paul suitably replied outlining his role in the North East of England, and this will be produced as a seperate item in the near future.  The brethren showed their appreciation.

After Paul had retired from the Lodge the meeting was “called on” again and business resumed.

A collection was then taken in aid of Durham Benevolence where a fabulous amount of £2652.43 was raised in cash with further donations being made by the QR Code and the gift aid to be added to the final total!

Click here to view loads of pic s from today

John then delivered his address:-

Distinguished guests and Brethren all. I thank you for your patience for what has been a busy morning. I welcome you all to our AGM here today at Rainton.

We’ve had a busy 10 weeks since my installation in June, quickly followed by our chapter AGM in July and the celebration event at Ramside culminating in today. With numerous visits and deputations. We have hosted the Pro Grand Master, The Deputy Grand Master, and the Assistant Grand Master. I believe when our distinguished guests returned to London they were impressed with the brethren from Durham and what we had to offer, I know I was.

At this point I would like to congratulate all of those Brethren who I have had the pleasure of appointing today. These honours are not awarded lightly, careful deliberation and time is given to make sure each and every one is thoroughly deserved. I hope you have enjoyed today and will continue to support your Lodges, your Masonic Halls and of course your Province wherever you can and  enjoy the new responsibilities that you are have been afforded.

I would also like to record our thanks to all of those acting officers who have retired from their duties …………….

To read the full address delivered by the PGM,     click here

There being no further business from the Secretary John brought attention to the outstanding service to freemasonry and moreso to the Province of Durham by the retiring Director of Ceremonies Andrew Dixon and thanked him on behalf of everyone present, wishing him well for the future. The newly appointed DC, Martin Rankin was asked to present Andrew to John where he was awarded and presented with the Certificate of Service to Freemasonry.

Provincial Grand Lodge was then closed in due form which was followed by the first 2 versus of the National Anthem, before the processions that had so ceremoniously entered the venue at the start of the meeting, processed out.

A hive of activity soon followed as the Provincial Stewards and the Catering staff went about transforming the venue into a banquet hall for 325 people. The venue looked magnificent and full to capacity for all to enjoy and the meal was duly served by the catering staff to the happy gathering to round off a fabulous day hopefully enjoyed by all.

Well done to everyone who made the day such a success, and congratulations to anyone who received a Provincial Appointment.

Another landmark achieved. Roll on next year.

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Centenary Joy | Durham Freemasons

Wednesday 13th July 2022 saw the eventual celebration of Caer Urfa Lodge’s Centenary, a celebration that had been on hold due to the tail end of the Covid Pandemic and it was well worth the wait!

Our Provincial Grand Master, John Paul Thompson led his first Craft Deputation since his Installation and it was wonderful to witness the pomp and ceremony as a full team of Sword, Standards and plenty of gold braid paraded into the fabulous South Shields Lodge room.

After handing back the chairs to the lodge, the brethren in attendance were treated to a marvellous history of the lodge and some of its former members by Geoff Hadaway who delivered the piece in his normal expert manner.

The Provincial Grand Master then figuratively, due to the world shortage of vellum and calligraphers, presented the Centenary Warrant to the lodge after the Provincial Deputy Grand Secretary had read out the citation contained in it. Every member of the Lodge was then presented with a special Centenary Jewel to mark the outstanding milestone by the Provincial Grand Master before the Lodge was closed in harmony.

Before closing, the lodge had time to spring a surprise on the Provincial Grand Master when they presented him with a cheque of £1921 for Durham Benevolence at the second rising.

The brethren then enjoyed a full-to-capacity festive board where it was clear to see by everyone present that the brethren were clearly enjoying the occasion and proving our new Provincial Grand Master’s theory is indeed correct, we really are stronger together!

Brethren we really are back in business.

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