Mowbray Lodge No.5373

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Congratulations on taking your first step in Freemasonry.... well almost.

Explore, learn and understand. Freemasonry offers a warm and supportive global fraternal network focusing on charity, personal development and fun.
Make friends for a life time by becoming a member of an ancient and honorable organisation with a rich history dating back over 300 years!

University of Sunderland

Guiding principles of Freemasonry

For Freemasons, there are four important values that help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. In today’s world filled with uncertainty, these principles ring as true now as they have at any point in the organisation’s history.


Building good people 

Freemasons are focused on building themselves as people of integrity, and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal. Being a Freemason gives members a sense of purpose, supporting and guiding them on their journey through life. Collectively, members are bonded through an understanding of unity and equitability – principles fundamental to Freemasonry.


Building together

Freemasonry provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life. Being a Freemason means something different to each person who joins, but whether looking to make acquaintances or develop their own potential, all members share a sense of togetherness that strengthens their ability to succeed and grow.


Building unity

Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion, or other perceived differences that can divide us as a society. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to talk openly about what the organisation does and what it means to be part of it.


Building compassion

Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry and the organisation provides the structure for members to make positive contributions to their communities and various causes through fundraising events or volunteer work. Individuals can make an important contribution at local, national and global level by giving both their time and money.

Mowbray Lodge at Sunderland University Freshers Fair
Rak Bhalla
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Mowbray Lodge at Sunderland University Freshers Fair

On Wednesday 26th September 2018 , Octavian, Martin and I had the pleasure of attending the Sunderland University Fresher Fayre on behalf of Mowbray Lodge. The day started at 7am for us as we each prepared for ND played our part in what was to be a long but very enjoyable day. 

We arrived at 8am to set up our stall to showcase what Freemasonry had to offer. With the     support of literature from the Provincial Office and Banners supplied by WBro Michael Wilkinson of Surtees Lodge we were able to engage and talk about our organisation with a wide variety of students and staff members who had attended on the day.

We showcased our new website, the role of Freemasonry in personal development, the long history of Freemasonry (having recently celebrated our tercentenary) and the central role of benevolence in a Freemason’s heart.

We answered some varied and interesting questions ranging from criteria for joining to questions about the role of Freemasonry in local history to which charities are supported by the Freemasons of Durham. 

We were able to inform all the students and staff who expressed an interest in joining or who were more than curious that the Masonic Hall at Burdon Road Sunderland was holding an open day on Saturday 27th October 2018. There there will be an opportunity for them to meet again with Octavian, Martin and I to view the Hall and to ask any further questions they have about Freemasonry in general or Mowbray Lodge in particular. 

The Open Day is scheduled from 10.00 to 15.00. However Octavian, Martin and Rak will be available to meet with University students and staff between 11.00 - 11.30 in the foyer.

We look forward to meeting as many people as are able to attend on the day

WBro Rak Bhalla

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