Demonstration Team

The Team was formed in the late 2007 in order to raise funds for the Province's 2009 Festival for Royal Masonic Trust for Girls & Boys by learning and demonstrating an early nineteenth century Masonic first degree ceremony.

The first performance was given in May 2008. By the closing date for the Festival, the Team had given thirteen performances to Lodges and raised some £2,600.00 for the Festival. After the Festival it was decided to broaden its original charitable intention to include support for non-Masonic charities.

The reputation of performance soon spread well beyond the Team's own Province and visits have been made to Lodges in Scotland, Durham, Yorkshire, Great Queen Street and Belfast. Future invitations have been received to re-visit Great Queen Street, Belfast and also to Wales.

To date some 49 engagements have been fulfilled and well over £9,000.00 was raised. All of which has been distributed for Masonic and other charitable purposes and the Team pays for its own travel and all other expenses.

The Team has now enlarged its repertoire by learning a third degree ceremony of the same era and many enquiries are currently being received to give this demonstration.

The Northumberland Masonic Demonstration Team.

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Raising Funds for Masonic & Non-Masonic Charities

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A LODGE NIGHT OF LONG AGO.
Bringing to life a Lodge Meeting with a Degree Ceremony as performed in 1823 the Northumberland Masonic Demonstration Team invite you to have a peep into the historic past and enjoy a unique Masonic experience.
Performed in the costume and regalia of the period the Team enact either a first degree or third degree ceremony both of which are somewhat different to how we know them today.
It was common practice for Lodges in those far off days to meet in Inns and Taverns with the Festive Boards being thoroughly enjoyed and often in a somewhat rumbustious manner! Never-the-less, there was little doubt that Lodge Meetings, sometimes held twice a month, were enjoyable gatherings and conducted with enthusiasm and great camaraderie. Our Brethren of yesteryear certainly enjoyed themselves … we hope you do too.

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How we started

Team members got together in on Sunday 1st July 2007 in order to raise funds in support of the Province’s 2009 Festival for the RMTGB by learning and demonstrating an early nineteenth century Masonic first degree ceremony.

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Spurred on by success

Having enhanced its repertoire to include a demonstration of a third degree many invitations have been received to return to Lodges who witnessed the first degree enactment. To date over eighty-five engagements have been fulfilled travelling approximately over 6,610 miles to Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Great Queen Street and other provinces outside of Northumberland.
The team have and have held 360 rehearsals in the last eight years and raised £15,000 from donations and raffles all of which has been distributed for Masonic and other charitable purposes as the Team pays for its own travel and all other expenses.

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Non –Masonic Charities that the team have supported are as follows:

  • Sea Scouts
    Nursing
    Hospitals
    Disabled groups
    Children/infants
    Explorer Scouts
    Medical research/support
    Animals (PDSA)
    Ex-Forces Support
    Personal sponsorship

Masonic Charities

  • Provincial Festivals
    TLC Teddy Bears
    Friends of Scarborough court
    Widows sons

 


Engagements for 2016 are as follows:


09/03/16 1st degree, Perseverance Lodge, Hebburn.
31/03/16 1st degree, Hedworth Lodge, South Shields.
10/09/16 3rd degree, Bangor Union Lodge,N/Ireland.
02/11/16 3rd degree, Bective Lodge, Carlisle.
28/11/16 3rd degree, Lodge of Industry, Gateshead.

 

If you would like to discuss a booking please contact W.Bro Paddy Watters on 0191 2502265, 07921729422 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Northumberland Masonic Demonstration team delivered a re-enactment of a third degree ceremony from an 1803 ritual at Northumbrian Masters Lodge No. 3477 on Thursday 31st October 2013. At the festive board a further cheque for £500 towards the 2020 festival was presented by the team leader W.Bro Gordon Scullard PSGD, PAProvGM to W.Bro Brian Rudd, PSGD, PAProvGM, the Provincial Secretary.

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Left to right. Team leader W.Bro Gordon Scullard PSGD, PAProvGM,Bro Ernie Woods, W.Bro Bill Kent, W.Bro Ray Finn, Bro.Jim Grey, W.Bro Brian Denton, W.Bro Ian Potter, W.Bro Jim Denehy, W.Bro John O’Dowd, W.Bro Paddy Watters, W.Bro Gordon McGill, W.Bro Allan Wilson, W.Bro Tom Grey, W.Bro Mathew Stephenson, W.Bro Ken Fullen.