THE LODGE STRUCTURE
THE LODGE STRUCTURE
Within the international world of Freemasonry, the most important entity to you will be your Lodge. Worldwide there are Grand Lodges that govern specific geographical territories and each individual Lodge relies on its own Grand Lodge for the setting of standards and for recognition with other Grand Lodges. In our Lodges the controlling body is the United Grand Lodge of England with over 300,000 members working in nearly 8,000 Lodges in England and Wales.
Every single Lodge in the country also comes under the jurisdiction of a Provincial Grand Lodge, in our case, the Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham.
Every Lodge is presided over by a Master, who normally holds office for a year, who will be pleased to meet and receive you at your first Lodge meeting.
We are obliged by Grand Lodge rules, to ensure that all Candidates for joining Freemasonry are elected by ballot of the Lodge members.
Other decisions concerning financial and administrative affairs are democratically made in open Lodge by all the Lodge members present. Voting is usually by show of hands, but if the Master deems it necessary, decisions may be made by ballot, ensuring that at all times the will of the majority prevails. As soon as you join the Lodge you will become eligible to vote on any matters concerning the Lodge.
Your proposer will have explained to you on which night the Lodge meets and in which months of the year. It is expected that you will make every effort to attend the Lodge at each of its meetings, to receive maximum benefit from your membership and to assist those who rely on your attendance.
At your Lodge meetings, usually ceremonies are conducted to bring new members into Freemasonry or to take them to the next step towards becoming a Master Mason. On other occasions there may be a guest speaker giving a talk on a subject of Masonic interest or there may simply be a discussion among the Lodge members.
Following the meetings, the members and their visitors usually gather in the dining room for a meal and to enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed and informal environment.
Visiting other Lodges, either in this Province or for that matter anywhere in the world, is always an enjoyable experience. It will give you the opportunity to increase your circle of Masonic friends, learn how other Lodges conduct ceremonies and generally to enjoy the wider Masonic life that membership brings.
TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”