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A Sign of the Times to Come | Durham Freemasons

When the TLC Teddies were relaunched throughout the Province five years ago a core part of our strategy was to build a close relationship with the many Hospitals that received them and their teams working in the Children’s Accident and Emergency.

It was hoped that over the years the hospital teams would recognise the support given by Durham Freemasons by the provision of Teddies to calm children in distress. We have so far provided over 113,000 of those little bears throughout the Province of Durham.

University Hospital of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust have received over 13,000 distraction Teddies. They have become a core part of the Children’s Accident and Emergency Teams procedure for dealing with children in distress.

The Hospital were wishing to show their appreciation for the generosity of local Freemasons and invited The Provincial Grand Master John Paul Thompson, TLC Coordinator Duncan Maw and local Ambassador Mark Davies to attend the installation of the first plaque in the Province acknowledging our support.  It is now prominently displayed at the A & E Reception desk as can be seen in the photographs.

After the plaque was put in place, Nicola Jones, one of the units Paediatric HCA’s, also went onto the hospitals social media feed to highlight the plaque and to acknowledge the support given by local freemasons.

As John Thompson stated, the provision of the teddies and our close working relationship with local hospitals is a shining example of how local Freemasons can provide support and be recognised as a force for good in our local communities. I hope that we will see more plaques displayed in our local hospitals acknowledging our involvement.

Local TLC Ambassador Mark Davies remarked anyone who has had a young family member receive one of these little bears at a time of distress will instantly recognise how valuable they are and how well thought of by the recipients. The time given by the team at UHNTAND today clearly shows how valued the Teddies are.

TLC Coordinator Duncan Maw stated it costs approximately £15,000 per year to supply Teddies throughout the Province and we would like to thank all the Brethren for their ongoing generosity. He also expressed his gratitude to the TLC team for their continued hard work in ensuring the A&E’s throughout the Province are well stocked with supplies of the TLC Teddies.

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Lodge of Fraternity L1418

Lodge of Fraternity L1418

Who are we?

We’re proud to be celebrating our 150th anniversary in 2023, having been consecrated in 1873.

We’re a forward-thinking lodge.  We enjoy maintaining the traditions of our lodge, but we also embrace changes when needed to meet current requirements and add to the enjoyment of our members.  

We’re a diverse lodge in terms of age, profession and background, strongly maintain the principles of Friendship, Respect and Charity.

Since 2008 the lodge has been an active member of the Universities Scheme, meaning that we aim to be particularly attractive to, and welcoming of, university students, and others involved in local universities.

What we do

We aim for a high standard of meetings which all our members can appreciate and enjoy so that we look forward to our meetings.  

We take care to arrange a simple, but well prepared and high-quality meal at our meetings.

We aim to care for our members in times of difficulties.

We look after our members to make sure they have the best possible experience of Freemasonry.

Why join us?

We consider ourselves to be a welcoming and caring lodge which attracts a wide-ranging age group from the youngest of members, who join us as students as we are a Universities Scheme Lodge. To older new members, all of whom bring a rich tapestry of experiences and life skills who naturally flourish in the diversity of our membership.

When we meet

4th Thursday, September to May, normally commencing at 7pm. Installation in April.

Fees

Joining fee: £140

Lodge subscriptions: £160

Typical dining fee: £10 – £12

Contact

secretary@lodgeoffraternity.org.uk Website
facilities at Stockton Masonic Hall

Address

Wellington Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1RD

Hall information

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Parking: 

There is a large car park and on street parking plus use of a school car park adjacent to the building.

Approach: 

From the car park there is a large entrance with a roller shutter door. This doubles as an entrance for people with disabilities. Carry on past this and turn left into Wellington Street, there is a front door with two steps up. A door bell is also placed here with intercom communication.

Entrance: 

Blue Door on Wellington street (keep ringing the buzzer – someone will eventually let you in).

Emergency: 

Emergency exits are well sign posted.

Accessibility:

Only obstacle is 3 small steps into the temple. 

Toilets: 

Just inside the roller shutter entrance is a large reception area. This includes Ladies, Gents and Disabled toilets. There is a further Gent’s toilet just off the main reception area near the staircase and lift.

Inside: 

The temple is large well decorated and has a permanent chequered pavement. Some of the furniture dates back to the eighteenth century.

Recent repairs and improvement to the various roofs have made the building warm and welcoming. There are ladies, gents and disabled toilets in the Wellington Suite and a separate gent’s toilet off the main entrance hall.

The bar area and Cooper Room are well decorated and comfortable. The Cooper Room is used for smaller Festive Boards, events and meetings. The main dining hall is a grand room capable of seating over one hundred comfortably. Doors lead directly into the well equipped 5 star rated kitchen.

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is a large grand staircase from the main reception area. A lift is situated just off the main reception area.

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Mowbray L5373

Mowbray 5373





Who are we?

Welcome to Mowbray Lodge. We are a diverse Lodge with members from all walks of life and ages. The breadth of youth, experience and cultures makes for a vibrant, fulfilling, and happy experience. If you are interested in joining us, we will pleased to hear from you.We have a strong core of Senior Past Master’s and senior members who proactively support our newer members who are keen to learn. We pride ourselves on our ritual, delivered with skill, to make for an interesting and enjoyable evening.

We have been members of the Universities Scheme since 2008, opening up Freemasonry to Sunderland University, and we have had interest from students, staff, and alumni since then. Former students and staff have now become senior members within the Lodge, and we look forward to supporting them and watching them grow. Our membership does not however, only come from the Universities Scheme and we welcome all enquiries.

You will find us committed to ensuring that the membership can develop as Masons, in whatever way they choose, facilitated by strong friendships, pride in our reputation and our commitment to Freemasonry.



When we meet

18:45, First Wednesday of the month in February, March, April, May, October, November (Installation Meeting) and December.

Fees

Joining fee: £75

Lodge subscriptions: £204

Typical dining fee: £15

Contact

Bob Summerson – Lodge Secretary



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facilities at Wearside Masonic Temple

Address

Burdon Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR2 7DX.

Hall information

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Parking: 

There is ample parking within a short walk from the Temple.

Approach: 

Wearside Masonic Temple is easy to access from the city centre and all major roads leading into it.

Entrance: 

Wide doors, a level entrance once beyond the entrance stairway, and easy access to the lift to all floors.

Emergency: 

Emergency exits from the upper floors have steps.

Accessibility:

The Wearside Masonic Temple was constructed in 1932 and not ideally suited to those with mobility issues. That said, once the small stairway at the entrance is overcome, with the assistance of our brethren, the building has a lift to all floors and internal doorways will accommodate wheelchair access to the overwhelming majority of areas.

Toilets: 

Accessible toilets

Inside: 

No internal ramps, wide doorways, rest chairs, a hearing loop is available and all dining tables are wheelchair accessible.

Stairs/Lifts: 

A small number of stairs with handrails to the entrance leading to a lift to all floors.


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Universities L2352





Who are we?

Founded in 1890 as a lodge for graduates in Durham, we have since 1990 been open to all, though we still have a rather “collegiate” atmosphere with a wide range of ages and professions and a lot of university student members.

What we do

We socialise and enjoy each other’s company, we give frequently to charity (and are a Grand Patron of the Masonic Charitable Foundation), we pride ourselves on our ritual in the Temple and the quality of our festive boards, and we frequently conduct multiple degree ceremonies because of the strong demand to join our lodge. We also have an annual black tie dinner for prospective candidates, a Royal Arch Chapter, our own colourful lodge tie, and a daughter lodge in London, the University of Durham Lodge No 3030.

Why join us?

We are a fun lodge with a great history spanning over 130 years and a very good spread of ages. We especially value our contacts with the University and our ability to offer students and non-students alike a warm welcome in good masonic company for all ages.



When we meet

Third Thursdays in January, March, May, June (guests and ladies night), and October—Installation.

Second Thursday in September.

Fees

Joining fee: £25

Lodge subscriptions: £155 (£115 if aged 25 or under)

Typical dining fee: £15 – £20

Contact



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facilities at Durham Masonic Hall

Address

36 Old Elvet, Durham, Co. Durham, DH1 3HN

Hall information

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Parking: 

Parking is on the street outside the building, and it can on occasions be busy but it is free and generally available.

Approach: 

The approach is level off the pavement.

Entrance: 

Wide wheelchair accessible doors.

Emergency: 

The Hall is also equipped with a defibrillator and has Emergency exits across all floors of the building.

Accessibility:

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.

Toilets: 

The Hall is equipped with Male/female and disabled toilet facilities.

Inside: 

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. 

Stairs/Lifts: 

There is lift and stair lifts in the building.


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Three On The Square At Universities | Durham Freemasons

A special occasion at the Lodge of Fraternity no 1418 at Stockton-on-Tees last night, where under the expert guidance of Worshipful Master Richard Barlow 2 initiates Bro Darren Muldowney and Endurance Osaivbie began their masonic journeys.

Also present were the Worshipful Masters of Mowbray Lodge 5373, Gabriel Petre, and Universities Lodge 2352 Amir Atapour. The first time the 3 Masters of the Universities Scheme lodges in the Province of Durham have met on the square since the visit of RtW Assistant Grand Master Sir David Wootton before the pandemic. A splendid University Scheme evening in great company!

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The Universities Scheme

University Scheme

About the Scheme

Tradition and continuity are just two of the values that characterise the relationship between Freemasonry and Universities. It was more than 200 years ago that the first University Lodge, Apollo University Lodge was founded in Oxford in 1818.

Isaac Newton University Lodge soon followed at Cambridge in 1861 and since then many thousands of young men have been introduced to Freemasonry through these two Lodges.

It was these very foundations that led to the United Grand Lodge of England establishing the Universities Scheme in 2005 and introducing Freemasonry’s important values to a new generation.

There are now 87 Lodges and seven Chapters pursuing a similar, yet distinct, course across England and Wales, where towns and cities have Universities. Here in the Province of Durham we have 3 Universities Lodges, Mowbray Lodge in Sunderland, Universities Lodge in Durham City and Lodge of Fraternity in Stockton-on-Tees.

All these Lodges welcome new members and those wishing to become Freemasons, who are undergraduates, postgraduates, senior members of the university and alumni, and any students from Further Education, ranging in age from 18 upwards.

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“We know from these long-established University Lodges that students – whether undergraduates or postgraduates – enjoy Freemasonry to the full. Through the Universities Scheme, we hope that university members from all over the country will be able to gain the same inspiration, fulfilment, and enjoyment.”

Sir David Wootton, Deputy Grand Master, and President of the Universities Scheme

I’m interested in joining The Universities Scheme

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Lodges in The Universities Scheme

Undergraduates, Graduates, Researchers, Academics and Lecturers who are interested in learning more about Freemasonry are all welcome to contact the respective Lodges directly by following the links below.

Billingham Masonic Hall

Lodge of Fraternity L1418
Stockton Masonic Hall

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Mowbray 5373
Billingham Masonic Hall

Universities L2352
Durham Masonic Hall

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University Scheme in Full Swing | Durham Freemasons

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master Clinton Leeks paid a visit to Porta Episcopi Lodge in Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street, London just before Christmas last year to witness an incredibly special event, 3” alumni” of Universities Lodge in the province of Durham were installed/invested as the 3 principal officers of the Lodge.

Louis Richardson who was initiated into Universities Lodge in 2013 was installed as the Master. Louis then invested Andrew Lloyd, initiated in 2014 as his Senior Warden and George Jackson, initiated in 2017 as his Junior Warden. All 3 were former University of Durham students and are a testament to the success of the scheme, set up by the United Grand Lodge of England.

This is a terrific example of how University students who participate in the scheme can continue their masonic journey in the future and at a new location, retaining interest and the connections made during their studies.

The photos show Louis, Andrew, and George in one, and Louis with his grandfather in the other.

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It’s a Small World Out There | Durham Freemasons

Mavin Macauley of Ryton Holy Cross 4231 and up until recently an active member of the Membership Committee for the Durham Province took up an appointment at the University in Auckland, New Zealand.

After a period of settlement, he made a visit to one of the local lodges and found the company welcoming. On further discussions, he was introduced to their Membership Officer of the District Grand Lodge of North Island, New Zealand, John Robinson of Lodge of Harmony 2180

They highlighted the following:

Making freemasonry visible in the community can benefit membership

Considering the modern lifestyle of “young men” is vital to maintaining membership

Encouraging younger brethren to do ritual with excellent mentorship aids retainment. For e.g. Mavin witnessed an excellent presentation of the apron by an E.A.

and of course, communication is essential for progression

The district was very supportive to their brethren during lockdown period of the COVID-19 pandemic. In one instance the district provided accommodation, food, social support for a few brethren who lost their jobs.

During the discussion, “Solomon” was identified as a learning aid for masons. Mavin and John highlighted the importance of digital platforms and social in achieving desirable outcomes of masonic membership. Additionally, they identified that understanding attrition rates and addressing them appropriately was crucial to addressing the issues with masonic membership. Overall, the discussion was positive and the district is on course to achieve their target in the next 5 years.

John Robinson was most appreciative of the work Mavin had done.  Summary comments from this discussion was forwarded to the District Grand Master for the North and South Island District Grand Lodges for consideration. One of these included the development of the role of a lodge mentor in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Forging new friendships is always a good thing!

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