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The oldest and most historic Lodge meeting in Wearside Masonic Temple, we were consecrated on the 14th January 1757.
We are proud Sunderland Freemasons, having always met in the city. Firstly, in some of the many taverns within the old town, then in Park Terrace from 1870 (the Temple that now resides at Beamish), transferring to our current home in 1933, when Wearside Masonic Temple was opened.
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A bunch of us feature in a new video produced by Durham Freemasons, including yours truly. I wasn't planning on being in the video, so if I look a little disheveled, it's because I was totally unprepared to be on camera that day - just filled in for a no-show! If it sparks an interest, please feel free to get in touch. We'll be happy to chat.
Well, after a run of seven straight initiations we simply had to start working through our backlog of ceremonies, especially as some of our newer members will be stepping on to the ladder in December.
Our nine Entered Apprentices have just been reduced to seven; we did a double second degree ceremony this month. The first in a very long time - we've not had one since I've been a member, and I've been in almost 10 years!
We're back from recess and straight back to business. Another initiation: A Magnificent Seven. Every one of our meetings this year has been to introduce a new candidate to Freemasonry, and what a great bunch of guys they are, even if we do say so ourselves.
Anthony has been waiting in the wings for a little while, having first contacted us in October of last year. As they say, patience is a virtue, both for him and for us, and we were very glad to finally be able to count him as a brother.
Hit for six! We have now completed the first half of the year, and have been very fortunate in being able to initiate a new candidate at every one of our meetings.
Another candidate from our website, this one approaching us having had a conversation with a family member who is a Freemason down in Brighton. Suffice it to say, he came well recommended when due enquiries were made, and we were most pleased to welcome him to the Craft.
We are rather fortunate that we have had our fifth Initiate in as many months, but it does mean that I'm running out of things to say!
Another month, another meeting, another Initiation; four in a row!
This time around, the candidate was the father of one of our other recent initiates (October of last year). To my recollection, it is the first time the proposer has himself still been an Entered Apprentice, and one of those rare occasions whereby a son introduces the father, rather than the other way around. A number of changes to the Officers this month due to holidays and work commitments, including a stand-in Worshipful Master, but, I'm pleased to report we were still able to deliver a first-class ceremony.
Our latest regular meeting was held on 14th March. The ceremony was another initiation; three in a row.
On this occasion, the candidate was a relative of the Worshipful Master, so, as well as being the candidate's Father's cousin, he's also now his Brother! The candidate's actual brother, a member of a different lodge, was also in attendance to see him initiated. Once more, a great performance from all of the officers involved, with the candidate, again, conducted himself very well, too. Another great addition to the lodge, I'm sure.
On the evening of the 14th February, some of you may have been celebrating Valentine's Day. We were celebrating Palatine's Day!
The ceremony was another initiation. The third new recruit from our website, and, we hope, another worthy addition to Freemasonry in general, and Palatine in particular. A flawless performance from all of the officers involved, which drew well deserved praise from all of those in attendance to witness it. The candidate conducted himself very well, too, and had a really good night.
Once again, January bring us a fresh new year and the first meeting with our newly installed officers, and also once again, we started the year with an initiation. There's nothing like putting them immediately to the test!
Due to work, we had a stand-in Junior Deacon, but, thankfully, it was an old-hand that put in a fine performance, depite being one of our regular visitors rather than one of our own - his ritual is different! Our candidate also put in a very good show with an air of confidence about his responses. It certainly bodes well for his future journey with us.
Our annual meeting was held on Thursday 13th December, 2018, this being the installation of WBro Martin Pigford.
The representative on the evening was WBro John Johnston Stevenson, ably assisted by WBro Richard Davison, who was his Director of Ceremonies for the night. It was the second succesive year Richard has performed this role at Palatine. He is a true friend of the lodge! They both received a very warm welcome from the brethren.