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About Mowbray Lodge

 

We are a diverse Lodge with members from all walks of life and all ages. The breadth of youth, experience and cultures makes for a vibrant, fulfilling, and happy experience. We have a strong core of Senior Past Masters and senior members who proactively support our newer members who are keen to learn. We pride ourselves on our ritual, delivered with skill, to make for an interesting and fulfilling evening.

We have been members of the Universities Scheme since 2008, opening Freemasonry to Sunderland University, and we have had interest from students, staff, and alumni since then. Former students and staff have now become senior members within the Lodge, and we look forward to supporting them and watching them grow. Our membership does not however, only come from the Universities Scheme and we welcome all enquiries.

You will find us committed to ensuring that the membership can develop as Masons, in whatever way they choose, facilitated by strong friendships, pride in our reputation and our commitment to Freemasonry.

 

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Welcome to Mowbray Lodge. We are a diverse Lodge with members from all walks of life and ages. The breadth of youth, experience and cultures makes for a vibrant, fulfilling, and happy experience. If you are interested in joining us we will pleased to hear from you.

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Universites Scheme

 

We have been members of the Universities Scheme since 2008, opening up Freemasonry to Sunderland University, and we have had interest from students, staff and alumni since then. Former students and staff have now become senior members within the Lodge, and we look forward to supporting them and watching them grow. Find out more >>>>>      

 

Royal Arch

    

The Craft gives its members practical rules by which they can live their lives whilst the Royal Arch leads the candidate from the practical to the spiritual hence The Royal Arch is the culmination of "Pure Ancient Masonry". A fascinating journey of self- knowledge and self - discovery beginning with the Entered Apprentice degree and culminating in the First Principal's chair of the Chapter. To find out more about this colourful degree ask your Royal Arch Rep or click here >>>>>

 

50 Years of Membership for our much loved Senior Past Master Alexander Wordingham
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50 Years of Membership for our much loved Senior Past Master Alexander Wordingham

On Wednesday 5th December Mowbray Lodge, and our guests, had the pleasure of celebrating 50 years of membership by  Alex Wordingham. Craig Steele, Assistant Provincial Grand Master presented Alex with his certificate of  service to the craft.

 

Craig informed the lodge that Alex was born 90 years ago and has been a loyal supporter of the Sunderland Football club since he was 11 years old. He was brought up in the North Dock area of Sunderland where swimming in the River Wear was a popular activity in his childhood.

 

At 11 years old Alex achieved a place at the Central School for Boys but his education was unfortunately interrupted at this point, by the outbreak of war. He was evacuated to Wetwang in Yorkshire. At the age of 15 he left school and began his apprenticeship as a plumber, at Laings Shipyard in Deptford. In those days there was no day release and further learning had to be done, after work, at night classes where Alex achieved a First-Class City and Guilds. As the top apprentice plumber in the town that year he even got a mention in the Sunderland Echo.

 

Alex’s other interests included dancing at the Rink in Park Lane where he met the love of his life Mavis. Mavis was a baker in the Dockyard’s canteen – so we can all guess who got all the best meat pies for his lunch! Alex and Mavis married in 1951 and managed to find accommodation in Sunderland after the war years. They eventually settled in Grangetown with their daughter Sandra in 1963. Alex moved jobs and joined the British Oxygen Company where he stayed until he retired as their Senior Maintenance Engineer.

 

When living in Grangetown Alex made friends with his neighbour Frank Ainslie, who proposed Alex into Masonry. This is where his Masonic journey begins. Over the years Alex has taken on most of the jobs in the lodge and became involved in the social and charitable activities of Freemasonry. He has enjoyed and continues to enjoy lifelong friendship and comradeship, often acting as a mentor and a friend to so many.

 

The lodge enjoyed a traditional Christmas meal at the Festive Board where, following harmony, a cheque was presented for the 2021 Festival. Alex was presented with a gift voucher and a bottle of his favourite spirit on behalf of the lodge. Being full of emotion, Alex the lodge Chaplain said ‘God Bless You All’ which brought the very enjoyable evening to a close.

 

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