Who are we?
Windgate Lodge has a long and proud history, being formed in 1949, but is still a forward looking and happy lodge today.
We meet as a group of like-minded individuals from all walks of life with a common interest in supporting one another and the communities we live in.
Windgate Lodge meets in the Castle Eden Masonic Hall, situated on Stockton Road in the very picturesque village of Castle Eden, and is only 2 minutes off the A19 just South of Peterlee. It is very easy to find, being directly opposite the Castle Eden Inn.
What we do
Windgate Lodge has always had a sound reputation for upholding the traditions of Freemasonry and has built this reputation around the core values of Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity.
We are actively involved in the local communities of our members and support good causes, local, national and international whenever we can.
Why join us?
We are an open minded lodge who embrace change and progress whilst retaining the values that brought the founders of the Lodge together so many years ago.
We value every member and the contribution they can make to our Lodge and Freemasonry in general.
In an age of constant and dramatic change we believe we can be a force for good, for our members and our communities.
The Masonic Hall benefits from its own ample on-site private parking which is covered by CCTV. This is gravel based carpark catering for up to 30 vehicles. Accessible parking spaces are located approximately 15m from the Hall entrance.
A straight and level access from the carpark to the front entrance. The path is level concrete with hand rails along its length;
Wide double doors and a level entrance.
Emergency exits on the Ground floor lead directly to the car parking area, and the emergency exit from first floor has steps to ground level. A defibrillator is located in the ground floor foyer.
Castle Eden Masonic Hall was built in 1924, a time before disabilities were fully considered in building design. That being said, the unique design of the building, access to it, and the adaptions made, facilitate accessibility.
Male and disabled accessible toilets are located on the ground floor. Female and disabled accessible toilet toilets are located on the first floor, adjacent to the dining area.
The ground floor is all on one level with no steps or ramps. From the main reception foyer, there is direct level access to the large changing room, toilets and the Temple. There is a hearing loop in the temple for those that require it. On the first floor there is the kitchen, bar and dining room; all on one level. The dining area has adequate seating for around 90 persons depending on the table arrangement. Dining tables are wheelchair accessible.
There is a Stair lift to the first floor dining room. Stairs have handrail on one side.