Palatine Lodge No. 97 was consecrated on the 14th January 1757, making us one of the oldest lodges in existence.

We have always met in Sunderland, and, since it was built in 1933, we have held our meetings at Wearside Masonic Temple, Burdon Road, Sunderland.

We have a long and rich history, and hope to have a long and rich future. Do feel free to browse the About Palatine section for details of our past, or contact us for any other enquiry.


News and Updates

12 Jun 2017

Meeting - June 2017

Submitted by Wayne Rumley

As June is almost always a bit of a quiet one, we decided to have a repeat of last year's curry night. 

We had a very simple evening in the Lodge, literally opening, admitting the visitors, then closing. Cases packed then walking the 50 yards to the local curry house.

We had a good turn-out of visitors and they all told me it made a refreshing change from the usual fayre. Loyal toast, toast to the Grand Master, then a thank-you to the visitors being the only formalities at the festive board, and a very relaxed evening had by all.

16 May 2017

Meeting - May 2017

Submitted by Wayne Rumley

Another quiet one for us this month, with no fewer than six officers of the Lodge absent due to work, holidays, and other commitments.

The business of the evening was an enactment of the First Degree ceremony, and despite only the Worshipful Master and Junior Deacon being in their regular offices, with some juggling, and the assistance of a few recruits from other Lodges, we still managed to pull it off! I must give thanks to W Bro Eddie Forster of Sportmans Lodge No. 9440 (JW) and Bro Ian Wardle of Nautilus Lodge No. 4259 (IG) for filling the gaps we couldn't slot someone in to.

17 Apr 2017

Hello Folks,

If you're reading this then there is a very good chance you have developed an interest, of sorts, in Freemasonry, having heard about, or watched, the Sky1 documentary 'Inside the Freemasons', airing at 8pm on the 17th April.

Palatine Lodge No. 97 is one of the oldest Lodges' in existence, having recently celebrated our 260th anniversary. We have one of the richest histories of any Lodge, anywhere, with a huge amount of records and artefacts to hand. We have an entire safe of minute books and other paraphernalia.

14 Apr 2017

Meeting - April 2017

Submitted by Wayne Rumley

We were always a little uncertain how many would attend our meeting, given it was the Thursday before the long bank holiday weekend, and it proved the case that the numbers were a little all-over. A host of our own brethren were notably absent, but, fortunately, we were well supported by our visitors.

The Lodge having been opened, we welcomed our visitors and then received the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Simon Craig Steele, who was in attendance to present a 50-year certificate to Bro Ron Crossley.

10 Feb 2017

Meeting - February 2017

Submitted by Wayne Rumley

A quiet meeting by our regular standards, with over twenty brethren absent for one reason or another.

We gave a lecture on the evening entitled The Masonic Apron. Palatine Lodge has been fortunate in being able to count many keen historians amongst its members, past and present, and this lecture was written by W Bro EG Watson, author of volume one of our Lodge history, and was compiled into the Palatine Book of Lectures by Bro GE Pearson in 1914.

12 Jan 2017

260th Anniversary - January 2017

Submitted by Wayne Rumley

On the 12th of January 2017 we had the good fortune of being able to celebrate our 260th anniversary, having been consecrated on the 14th January 1757.

The main business of the evening was the initiation of a new brother, a Mr Paul Wallace. Someone that I have known, a rather scary, 29 years and counting! We’re old school pals.

5 Jan 2017

The first outing of 2017 and what an enjoyable night it was.

The business of the evening was the dedication of a new lodge banner. Donated to the lodge by the Rutter family brethren (father and two sons'), The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Simon Craig Steele received the banner for dedication and the Provincial Grand Chaplain, Canon Ron Black gave the dedication prayer, including a brief history of Phoenix Lodge.

10 Dec 2016

Installation - December 2016

Submitted by Wayne Rumley
Russell Wayne Rumley - WM

Another fine evening was spent on Thursday 8th December, 2016.

Having been re-elected Master, in my absence, at our November meeting, I was duly installed into the chair at our December meeting, or rather, proclaimed in the chair. As it is now quite common for Masters' of the lodge to serve a second consecutive term, the province have proposed a new ceremony for this situation, and having adapted it slightly to fit in with Palatine workings, it was performed thus.

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