Byker Masonic Hall
Byker Masonic HallMonday, January 25th, 2021 at 4:17pm
Vaccination message from UGLE
C/o the United Grand Lodge of England

The CEO and Grand Secretary Dr David Staples has said of members volunteering to help vaccinate the nation:

""Now that we have the vaccine, it is crucial that we help in every way we can to protect the population. If the NHS need people, then we are happy to encourage and emphasise the importance of this to our members."

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Byker Masonic HallMonday, January 25th, 2021 at 10:23am
Happy Burns Day, 25th January 2021
C/o the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland

Today is a very special day in Scotland as they are celebrating the life of the very famous and talented Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Born on this day in 1759 in Ayr, Scotland, Burns became famous for writing poetry in the Scots language. Today in Scotland and many other countries they are celebrating his life and work with a special evening.

Who was Robert Burns?

Robert Burns was a poet and lyricist and was regarded as the national poet of Scotland. His poem “Auld Lang Syne” later became a very popular traditional folk song sung at Hogmanay in Scotland and New Year’s Eve in English-speaking countries around the world.

How this Night is Celebrated?

Burns Night, also known as Burns Supper, happens annually on the 25th of January, the birthday of Robert Burns. On this night, informal and formal dinner parties are held and guests enjoy a meal consisting of haggis, potatoes (tatties) and mashed swede (neeps). After this, they drink Scotch whiskey and recite some of Burns’ great poems. The night then ends by singing Auld Lang Syne.
Byker Masonic Hall
Byker Masonic HallSunday, January 24th, 2021 at 2:48pm
Northumberland National Parks Mountain Rescue Team
C/o Tom Stewart, Northumbria Widows Sons & PGLN

Interested in becoming a member of Northumberland National Parks Mountain Rescue Team? #nnpmrt A great opportunity to support your community and help save lives.

Northumberland Freemasons supported NNPMRT in 2020, when they supplied the team with PPE and waterproof jackets. We are pleased to continue our support with the following message from NNPMRT

Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team is at Cheviot Hills.


We had hoped to recruit new members last year, but the pandemic stopped us doing that. We’re now in a position where we can do this safely and we do need new members to join our highly professional team.

Joining the team requires a high degree of commitment and outdoor experience with all new recruits going through a comprehensive training package.

The team is particularly looking for volunteers who have hill walking experience, both in summer and winter conditions, and live or work in the Tyne Valley, Morpeth and north of Morpeth up towards Wooler. Individuals who live within 5 or 10 minutes drive of Pegswood Fire Station and Rothbury Ambulance Station (two of the team’s bases) would be especially welcomed.

Whilst all our operational members operate on the hill, we do have the opportunity for individuals to specialise in a number of areas including technical rescue, flood and swift water rescue, off-road driving, search dog handlers and drone pilots.
If anyone is interested, they should email for an application pack to

The closing date is 14th February 💗


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Byker Masonic HallThursday, January 21st, 2021 at 11:59pm
Supporting our Musical Masonic Maestros

Within the Craft and in particular our local Provinces, we are blessed with many extremely talented Brethren who have given their time and talents up time and again for numerous charities, Lodges and many a festive board.

Some entertain as aside to their full time employment or a bit of fun after retirement. However for others this is their full time job and in these unprecedented and difficult of times, please give a thought for those within our ranks who may well be struggling. In line with our previous posts about keeping in touch with one another, we would likewise encourage all brethren to support all within our ranks, where they can.

We would also highlights some of the excellent Live stream performances some of our Brethren are offering.

Check out on Facebook and YouTube :

Jamie Bell, Michael Newman, Paul Cowan and the fantastic Rock n rollers "The Baldy Holly Band"
Paul Mcquire, John Hopkinson and the brilliant "MoonBeats"
The highly talented Junior Turner too name but a few.

Also keep watching out for more news on forthcoming events.
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Byker Masonic HallThursday, January 21st, 2021 at 7:12pm
Great local Masonic support for hospice.
C/o the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland

Hexham hospice given grant to continue services for young people.
Northumberland Freemasons have donated a huge £10,000 to assist a Hexham charity with their vital work in connection with their Family Support Services.

Tynedale Hospice at Home is an independent charity which provides end of life nursing care, a hospital transport service and pre- and post-bereavement support to children, adults, and families.

The grant will assist the charity to continue to provide an open access service for children and teenagers who have been bereaved or are dealing with a terminal illness in their family. The service helps them to provide a safe space to talk and let out their emotions all backed up by one-to-one support to help them understand and manage their feelings.

“We are absolutely delighted with the grant from Northumberland Freemasons to support our pre-and post-bereavement service for children and young people. The coronavirus has exacerbated all the triggers for children and young people to develop complicated grief and this grant ensures we can continue supporting families in the toughest of times.” said Mike Thornicroft, CEO of Tynedale Hospice at Home.

The £10,000 grant forms part of the latest donations provided by Northumberland Freemasons through the Richard Henry Holmes Benevolent Fund which has given more than £160,000 in 2020 and was fund matched by the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons from across England and Wales.
Stuart Cairns, the Provincial Grand Secretary for Northumberland Freemasons said: “We are all experiencing a number of challenges right now but it will be particularly difficult and stressful for those facing a family bereavement or life-threatening situation. Support and care are always needed on these occasions but possibly even more so in these current circumstances.

“Tynedale Hospice at Home provides a very valuable structure of care and support within our local community and we were delighted to have the opportunity to give our own help to the Hospice in support of the services that it provides.”

Tynedale Hospice at Home

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