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Foundation for the future

The rededication ceremony at the Masonic Hall, Ashington. Picture by Andrew Newson

A ceremony was held at the weekend to rededicate a foundation stone damaged by fire.

The stone was laid at the north-east corner of Ashington Masonic Hall in October, 1928.

But it was badly damaged last summer when nearby wheelie bins were set alight.

The stone has now been replaced and a special ceremony was held on Saturday to mark the occasion.

Northumberland Provincial Grand Master John Craigs rededicated the replacement stone at the ceremony, also attended by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Assistant Grand Masters, the Provincial Chaplain, Provincial Secretary and representatives from each of the Masonic lodges and orders which meet at the hall.

The building, in John Street, is a purpose-built Masonic hall. As well as lodge meetings, it is also used by the community.

Provincial secretary Brian Rudd said: “It was a great day, very well received by everybody. It is sad that we had to do it, under the circumstances, but hopefully the stone will be there for the next hundred years.”

Next year marks the 300th anniversary of Freemasonry in the United Kingdom.

To find out more about Freemasonry in Northumberland you can visit their website at

Their contact details are listed below if you want to contact them directly

Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland
17 Lansdowne Terrace
Newcastle upon Tyne

Telephone: +44 191 213 6990(Provincial Office opening hours Monday to Thursday 10am – 3:30pm) |

If you want to be a Freemason you must be interested in character building and morality

“Better men make a Better world.” Freemasonry stresses honour, personal responsibility and personal integrity

You should be able to commit to Monthly/bi-monthly gatherings at lodges.

Reasons to become a Freemason in Northumberland
You want to make new friendships
You want to develop yourself
You want to make a positive contribution to society
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