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Fenwick L1389

Fenwick 1389

Who are we?

The Lodge has been warranted since 14th February 1872, founded by members of St. John’s Lodge No.80 and the now-defunct Williamson Lodge No.949. The name of the Lodge was taken from W Bro Henry Fenwick, who was Deputy Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Durham between 1850 and 1867. He was also Member of Parliament for Sunderland, and the emblem of the Lodge is based upon his coat of arms. W Bro Fenwick owned land around Crowtree Road and there was for some time a Fenwick Street running through this area.

What we do

Fenwick Lodge No.1389 is a Lodge of Freemasons meeting at Wearside Masonic Temple. The Lodge meets on the third Friday of the month between October and May. Meetings commence at 6:45pm followed by the festive board in which we socialise and dine. The Installation meeting is in November.

Why join us?

The Lodge has always had a diverse membership – not unusual in a busy port town. Indeed, one of the founders, a Bro P Hvistendahl, was from Sweden. Local MPs Samuel Storey and Sir Edward Temperley Gourley, who were also founders of the Sunderland Echo, were members of the Lodge, as was Summers Hunter CBE, managing director of the North East Maritime Engineering Company, who was responsible for many innovations in naval engineering. Fenwick Lodge brethren celebrated its 150 years anniversary in 2022, with a special meeting held at the Masonic Temple at Beamish Museum on Friday 22nd September, a first of its kind to be held at this location. Regular Fenwick meetings are followed by the festive board, in which brethren dine and are often entertained by vocalists, one of the few lodges in the Provence who have maintained this tradition.

When we meet

3rd Friday of the month starting at 6:45pm prompt, between October to May.

Fees

Joining fee: £90

Lodge subscriptions: £180  (£160 for brethren living over 50 miles away).

Typical dining fee: £15 (four course meal).

Contact

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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Civic L5841

civic lodge





Who are we?

The Lodge has been warranted since 3rd September 1941. The name Civic Lodge takes its rise as the Lodge was initially consecrated for members of Sunderland Borough Council and all other men associated with the civic life of the then-town, now-city of Sunderland. This distinction has long since disappeared and Civic Lodge now has a membership from a wide variety of backgrounds.​

Civic Lodge is famous throughout the Province and beyond for its annual St George’s Night celebrations, held on the evening of their April meeting, where guests are treated to a festive board of proud singing of English anthems and a visit from a well-known patriotic figure such as King Henry V or even Britannia herself.​

Visiting brethren will be made most welcome and are advised to contact the Lodge Secretary with regards to dining.

What we do

Civic Lodge prides itself on being a group of forward-thinking Masons with a common goal, to meet with like-minded people and enjoy each other’s company, whilst trying to make a difference, both in each other’s lives and in our local community

Why join us?

We have a wide cross section of members who believe in living life to the full working hard but above all helping others whilst trying to have fun in the process. Our aim is always with charity in mind.



When we meet

The Lodge meets on the second Friday of the month, October to May. The Installation meeting is in October.

Fees

Joining fee: £77

Lodge subscriptions: £185

Typical dining fee: £14

Contact



pscivic5841@gmail.com


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facilities at Wearside Masonic Temple

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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Ernest Dixon L7856





Who are we?

Comparatively, Ernest Dixon Lodge No.7856 is one of the younger Lodges in Wearside Masonic Temple, being consecrated in December 1962. The Lodge is named after Robert Wilkin Ernest Dixon, a prominent Sunderland Freemason who served as Provincial Grand Master of Durham from 1937 to 1959. When the Lodge was formed as a daughter of Thornhill Lodge No.3216, the founding members considered many names including Duke of Edinburgh Lodge, King George Lodge and Walton Lodge, but eventually settled upon Ernest Dixon Lodge; proudly dedicating the Lodge to the memory of such a distinguished Freemason.

The principal philosophy of the Lodge is one of enjoyment; members are encouraged to take their Masonic duties seriously and couple this with enjoyable festive boards and social activities.

The members of Ernest Dixon Lodge are from a variety of backgrounds, including teachers, tradesmen, businessmen, publicans, engineers, civil servants and even an international DJ. The youngest member of the Lodge is in his early-twenties and the oldest member is in his eighties. Despite the variety in vocation and age, the members form a tight-knit group with strong bonds of fraternity.

What we do

Ernest Dixon Lodge uses an adapted form of the West End ritual and we pride ourselves on the quality of our ceremonial work. Learning is a focus of our Lodge of Instruction, and ceremonial direction is done in a very supportive and educational manner. It is our aim to transform all our members into Freemasons who understand the ritual, not simply perform it well. 

Music is also an important part of our meetings, both in Lodge and at the Festive Board. We are quite possibly the only Lodge in the Province who uses

two organs to play the accompanying music during the ceremonies, with some interesting choices in the tunes played. 

The Festive Board is typical of most Masonic post-meeting dinners, but toasts are generally kept to a minimum and it is conducted in a fairly relaxed manner. The formal proceedings of the evening are usually completed by 10:30pm, when many of the members retire to the lounge for a sociable drink.

Our members are active in the community and are significant contributors to Masonic life in Sunderland and further afield. We also enjoy our social events; the Lodge has a very successful Ladies’ Night, which is held every November at Wearside Masonic Temple and which always sells out. 

We have a good relationship with a number of other Lodges, and often work together on projects and support each other through visiting. 

Charity is at the heart of much of what we do, and our Lodge and its members have made significant contributions to charitable giving.

Why join us?

At one time our Lodge was struggling until our membership decided to work together to turn it around. Now, Ernest Dixon Lodge is thriving once more and is now one of the more active Lodges in Sunderland. Although the Lodge is just over 60 years old, we are keen that members, both old and new, continue to write its history by making their mark in Freemasonry. 

With a growing younger membership, we are keen that men in their twenties and thirties who have an interest in Freemasonry consider Ernest Dixon Lodge as a place to start their Masonic journey. Our Lodge’s philosophy of enjoyment coupled with our supportive and friendly nature will help them to understand Freemasonry, developing and growing along the way. We want members who can contribute in whatever way they can. 

Our Lodge is there for its members and, rightly so, we want to be the best Lodge we can be and embody the principal tenets of Freemasonry.



When we meet

The Lodge meets nine times a year; on the 4th Monday of the Months of January to May, and September to November, and on the 2nd Monday in December.

Lodge proceedings normally start at 7:00pm.

The Installation of a new Master and his officers takes place at the January
meeting.

Fees

Joining fee: £100

Lodge subscriptions: £175

Typical dining fee: £10

Contact



ernestdixonlodge@gmail.com


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Website




facilities at Wearside Masonic Temple

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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Durham Chapter Convocation 2023 | Durham Freemasons

Saturday 20th May 2023 saw The Annual Convocation of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Durham, with the Fed in Dunston being the venue. The various car parks quickly filled as the Stewards displayed their usual immaculate organising skills to make sure all went with precision so that the Companions could enter the venue and robe in the crimson, purple and blue of the Royal Arch.

This is the premier event in the Royal Arch Masonic calendar, and it provides an opportunity for companions from Masonic Halls throughout the province, along with distinguished guests to renew old friendships, meet future friends and of course, support the many Companions being either appointed or Promoted in Provincial Grand Chapter.

The Chapter room looked magnificent, and many thanks go to all those responsible for the setting up which had been ongoing from Friday evening. The sound of the Provincial Grand Organ so eloquently played by Richard Scothan, as the Companions stood to order to receive the Grand Superintendent and his Co-Principals added to the occasion.

With Provincial Grand Chapter opened in due form, apologies and minutes of the previous Convocation confirmed it was time for all present to remember the 41 companions we lost since our last meeting in July 2022.

After the Roll Call of Acting Provincial Grand Chapter Officers and Chapters, the Grand Superintendent welcomed the Companions, his Distinguished Guests, and Heads of Other Orders.

With the Provincial Grand Treasurer’s Statement of Accounts considered and accepted by the Companions present and the Treasurer re-elected for another 12 months along with the official Auditors, it was time to perform the most important and pleasurable part of the day, to appoint, invest and promote those companions’ receiving honours.

To see the full list of Appointments and Promotions Click Here.

With the Companions newly invested, safely back in their seats and the escorting carrousel of Director of Ceremonies retired back to their positions within Provincial Grand Chapter the Grand Superintendent, John Paul Thompson addressed Provincial Grand Chapter.

In his address John paid tribute to the companions he had the privilege to invest as well as to those retiring acting officers for the support they gave to the province and to Michael Shaw the Deputy.

Those who had been appointed to or promoted in Grand Rank at the April meeting of the Supreme Grand Chapter were introduced and applauded with acclamation.

John also thanked the many Companions present for their support in such high numbers, a testament to their commitment to Royal Arch Masonry, the first on a Saturday, as opposed to the usual mid-week meetings of the Chapter.

Moving onto the subject of membership he expounded on the need to make our ceremonies enjoyable and engaging, allowing Companions not only to perform the ritual to a high standard but also to understand their journey.

In his address, John said I hope you have noticed today companions that our Chapter furniture is looking quite pristine today. For many years we have kindly borrowed these items from Castle Eden, Sunderland, and Durham Chapters. Recently Londonderry Chapter of Amity and Rowlands Gill Lodge closed, and have kindly donated various ‘key’ items for our Provincial ceremonials including these magnificent thrones and many other items related to the Chapter.

To read the Grand Superintendent’s Address in Full Click Here.

A collection was then taken in Aid of Durham Benevolence  raising over £2,000.00   and with the companions having the opportunity of donating electronically by scanning a QR code on the back of the order of proceedings all donations made this weekend will be credited to the chapter collection.

Quick link to the donation page here

After the Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra informed the Convocation that there was no other business Provincial Grand Chapter was then closed in due form the Grand Organ along with the Companions raised the roof with two verses of the National Anthem.

Remember companions, we are stronger together.

#Freemasons  #oneorganisation

Gallery of photos in Flickr now by clicking here

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Benevolence at Work | Durham Freemasons

Durham Army Cadet Force has over 700 cadets (aged 12-18) and 200 adults in over 30 locations in every corner of County Durham, Sunderland, South Tyneside and Gateshead.

The ACF is one of the country’s largest voluntary youth organisations. It is also one of the oldest tracing its history back to 1859.

Based at HQ in the Drill Hall Chester-Le-Street, Cadet Administrative Assistant, (CAA)

Captain E Lennon (Ted) applied to Durham Benevolence for a Community Support Grant.

The grant is to be used to help with costs of training programs for young people with life skills. On early Good Friday morning Durham freemason, Lieutenant Colonel John Henry was delighted to turn out in full combat fatigues on a special mission for Durham Benevolence.

Feeling at home amongst the troop of 36 cadets and 4 adults before they departed to Nijmegen in the Netherlands on exercise. Captain Gary Richardson was presented with a certificate from John Henry on behalf of the Durham freemasons to go along with the £1,000 grant already thankfully received. Gary especially mentioned the long-time relationship between the Durham ACF and Durham freemasons where they have sponsored them in the past. John Henry wished them all a safe journey and captivated their attention when informing them that he started his army career in Durham ACF, 39 years ago.

This Community Support Grant is one of many awarded by Durham Benevolence to various organisations throughout the province on a regular basis. The latest batch includes Sunderland Culture (£1000),    Bolton Colts under 7s Football Club(£500),    Hospitality and Hope (£1000),    Humbleton & Plains Farm Youth Football Club (£1000),    ICOS, International Community Organisation of Sunderland (£1000),     Sunderland Womens Centre (£3500)

Durham freemasons proud to help

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Summoned to Provincial Office! | Durham Freemasons

‘The Provincial Grand Master attended the Provincial Office in Sunderland along with the Provincial Secretary to mark the retirement of WBro Frank Pearce from his volunteer post as Provincial Summons Manager. Frank began this important role back in 2008, when he was asked to check, record, file and where necessary follow up the various Summons sent to Province every month by Lodge Secretaries and Chapter Scribes E.

John expressed his great appreciation for the dedicated service Frank had given to a role that most members would be totally unaware of, but one which was necessary, and particularly appreciated by members of the Provincial Executive Teams – present and past. He presented Frank with leaving gifts by way of appreciation and wished him well for the future.

Frank said he had greatly enjoyed his role over the years which had brought him into contact with many members in Lodges and Chapters and well as in Provincial Office.’

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The Importance of Visitors! | Durham Freemasons

February’s meeting of Sunderland Lodge proved the importance of visiting in all our lodges. What started as a normal regular meeting, raising a Fellowcraft, were endanger of being postponed due to some key officers having to put in last minute apologies due to sickness and work commitments.

The Master, Jim McVay and the Director of Ceremonies, Peter Johnson, both acted quickly on the night by requesting assistance from a strong contingency of fraternal visitors from the Seaham lodges, therefore allowing the ceremony that evening to go ahead as planned.

To cap the night off, Jack Simm, visiting from Nautilus lodge, presented Jim McVay with a Sunderland lodge, Founders’ jewel, which he had bought online whilst looking around for other Masonic memorabilia for his own collection. Jack said ‘’I wanted to see it returned to its rightful home”

#Strongertogether

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Pets Pantry donation of £150.00 from Lodge of Concord | Durham Freemasons

Recently Lodge of Concord made a donation of £150 to Pets Pantry; The current economic situation has seen a rise in the number of food banks, but in the North East there is one with a difference, its clients are mostly four legged.

Pets Pantry is a pet food back based in Sunderland, aiming to help communities to feed their pets through difficult times.  They believe no pet should go hungry. When the Lodge of Concord No 6859 in Sunderland heard of this worthy charity they decided to make a donation to assist with the ongoing financial pressures. The photograph shows Wendy (Pets Pantry), receiving a cheque for £150.00 from Derek Robson, Junior Warden of the Lodge of Concord.  Standing second from the right is Michelle (Pawz for Thought) who was instrumental in arranging this donation.

Pawz for Thought are another Sunderland based animal charity, dealing with animal welfare issues such as re-housing, as well as contributing to Pets Pantry. For more information and details of these organisations, including how to donate and help, please contact:

www.patspantrysunderland.co.uk

Www.Pawzforthought.org

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Completion of Works to New Floor at Queen Street | Durham Freemasons

This month has seen the completion of the programme of restoration works that has been ongoing at Queen Street Masonic Temple, Sunderland.

The works have consisted of a new slate roof to the main lodge room; the installation of sheep’s wool insulation to the roof space; new windows; plastering; external pointing; and stabilisation works to the structure of the buildings floors; which was brought to a close by the installation of a new Lodge Room Floor.

The substantial part of the works was funded by a series of grants from Historic England for this Grade 1 Listed Building with a contribution percentage made by the lodges and side degrees within the building via. Queen Street Masonic Temple Limited.  The new floor is an exact replica of the previous 150 year old installation and it is anticipated this investment will be as successful as its predecessor and perform its duty for the next 150 years of enjoyment of the users of the building.

The programme of works were undertaken by a Historic England approved Principal Contractor local to the area and the floor by an appointed sub-contractor also local to the North East.  The floor was installed by a Master Craftsman who was previously a member of Northumberland Freemasons .

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St John’s Lodge, No.80 Reborn and 217 years ‘Not Out’! | Durham Freemasons

On Monday 30 th January, members of the St. John’s Lodge No. 80, accompanied by Tom Gittins Provincial Secretary travelled to London to attend and take part in the Installation of the new Worshipful Master of St John’s Lodge No. 80 who now meet at Great Queen Street within Metropolitan Grand Lodge, following their move from Sunderland to London.

WBro Ed Chandler installed his successor WBro Ian Balcombe in an excellent manner, the meeting being held in Lodge Room No. 9 – a first Lodge meeting for many in what we like to know as Grand Lodge!

St. John’s Lodge 80 originated in Sunderland until its formal move and takes with it a fine history having being consecrated in 1806. The Lodge had of late experienced difficulties with membership numbers when in Sunderland but after much consideration decided not to give up their warrant but to link with the Association of Atholl Lodges and moving the Lodge to London, thereby preserving both the name and number for many years to come.

Details of the Association can be seen from their website at https://antients.org/

Many of the many joining ‘London’ members and existing Sunderland members of the Lodge are keen followers or players of Cricket, so the Lodge is now also known as the St John’s Lodge No. 80, the ‘London Cricket Lodge’.

As part of the special day, a private tour of Lord’s Cricket Ground was arranged by some members and was greatly enjoyed, the London address of Lord’s being in St John’s Wood thereby seeming most appropriate.

Members from Sunderland are planning to continue to attend the Lodge when they are able and look to extend such an invitation to such visits to other Masons within the Province of Durham thereby maintaining strong connections with the Lodge.

More photos in flickr album  here

Stronger together

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