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I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for the tremendous support that I have received during 2016 and in particular, the warmth of your friendship when visiting you in your Lodges throughout the Province.

I am also grateful for the continued support of The Executive Team and acknowledge their efforts and assistance across a whole range of activities. 

I am very much looking forward to our Tercentenary celebrations in 2017, where it is my hope that both our families and friends together with the non-masonic community can really celebrate and enjoy this once in a lifetime event.

With our 300th Birthday in mind and particularly at this time of year, I would encourage you to seek out those charitable organisations that carry out great work in our communities who may benefit from our Tercentenary Fund. We would love to hear from them!

I wish you and your families a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Ian Craigs


Cheque Presentation to the St. Oswald’s Hospice from the Red Cross of Constantine Masonic Order.

The Grand Sovereigns Care for Children Fund has been able to make another donation to a local charity.  Following on from the £5,000.00 presented to CHUF - the Children's Heart Unit Ward 23 at the Freeman Road Hospital - a further£1000.00 was donated to the St. Oswald's Hospice to purchase a new pulse oximeter for the Children's Hospice service. The equipment allows the nursing team to pick up any deterioration in a child's health and to flag any issues to the medical team.

Michael Daws and Chis Allan had the honour to present the cheque to Nikki Wilkinson from the hospice.





Tercentenary Celebrations

The first recorded meeting under the United Grand Lodge of England was the formation of four Lodges within one square mile within the City of London on 24th June 1717. Throughout 2017 every Province across the country will be staging events to celebrate 300 years of English Freemasonry.

The Provincial Grand Master, RWBro. John James Craigs has formed a Tercentenary Committee led by W Bro. Alan Bell who is tasked with ensuring this momentous occasion is marked with celebrations to be enjoyed by Freemasons and communities they live in.

The celebrations will involve all Freemasons and their families in the Province of Northumberland, United Grand Lodge of England and the general public. 2017 will be a full year of tercentenary celebration across the province of Northumberland, with a number of events to appeal to all.

Remember, 2017 is about celebrating 300 years of Freemasonry and all we have achieved together and not a series of fundraising events. 2017 is for us as masons, our friends, family and the community to come together and celebrate.

We would like to ensure that by 1st January 2017 every Freemason in our Province of Northumberland is aware of the ensuing programme for 2017 and is looking forward to celebrating our 300 year anniversary.   Thank you to everyone who has offered to help and If you have any suggestions on how to enhance our celebratory year, then please forward them to xxxx "Tercentenary Team".

Alan Bell – Chairman, Tercentenary Committee


•    Celebratory Dinner – St. James Park, 8th July 2017
•    Teddy Bears Picnic – Alnwick Gardens, 9th September 2017
•    Thanksgiving Service – Newcastle Civic Centre, 5th October 2017

Tercentenary Lapel Pins are available to purchase at a cost of £2.00 with the proceeds going towards Tercentenary Celebrations.


Please see the website celebrating 300 years of Freemasonry here

A .pdf of the presentation can be downloaded here