Hebburn Lodge – Talking Heads
Hebburn are presently the youngest lodge in the province, having been formed from two previous lodges that also resided in Aln Road, Heabrym and Palmer. The new lodge is proud of its heritage and history and carries forward the best of the old lodges but with an eye to the future and change where necessary. Their ethos now is to give it a go, try out new things whilst retaining what is best about masonry and our ritual, ceremonies and routine but recognising that younger masons are the future and their views must be included and acted on.
Acknowledging the heritage of the old lodges is important and this was illustrated with the election of Palmer Past Master Ronnie Stobbart as Master Elect. Ronnie will take the Chair from the first Master of Hebburn Lodge, Heabrym Past Master Lew Currie, thereby honouring both past lodges without favour.
Continuing that heritage and link with the past, Hebburn Lodge shares the name with Hebburn Chapter of the Royal Arch. Hebburn Chapter in itself was an amalgamation of other Aln Street Chapters of the past. The next order of business was for Lew to receive a small team led by the Province of Durham Deputy Grand Superintendent of the Royal Arch, Michael Shaw, who delivered a very interesting and dramatized demonstration to introduce the idea, meaning, and reasoning of the Chapter to a new master mason. Phil Atkinson, Stuart Macpherson and Octavian Lazin all played their parts in this provincial interpretation of an initiative started by Metropolitan Grand Chapter.
This particular presentation asks and answers questions that will likely be on the minds of those ignorant of the existence, those thinking of joining and those already in who have not fully understood the importance of the part that the Royal Arch has to play in the continuance of a master mason’s development and progression in freemasonry. The presentation was delivered in an engaging and encouraging manner that retained the interest and attention of those gathered and certainly achieved an advance in the masonic knowledge of all.
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”