Welcome to the Lodge of Free Burgesses, 4504.

Freemasonry is the UK's largest secular, fraternal and charitable organisation. It has flourished for more than three hundred years and brings together men of goodwill and integrity, tolerant to beliefs of others, charitable in disposition, all striving to achieve high moral standards in every aspect of their lives.

Next Meeting : 12th January 2022

The next meeting of the Lodge of Free Burgesses 4504 will take place on Wednesday 12th January 2022 at Fern Avenue Masonic Centre, starting at 7 pm precisely.


  • To read and confirm the minutes of the 674th Regular Meeting held on Wednesday, 8th December 2021
  • To read the attendance of Officers 2020 / 2021
  • To Elect the WM
  • To Elect an Audit Committee
  • To Elect A Tyler for the ensuing year
  • To Elect A Treasurer for the ensuing year
  • W. Bro. David Hughes will deliver a talk entitled:

Josephine Baker : Freedom Fighter and Freemason

A coaching session will be held on Sunday 9th January 2022 at Fern Avenue Masonic Centre at 11 am. All officers are requested to attend.

About Freemasonry

Freemasonry is the UK's largest secular, fraternal and charitable organisation. It has flourished for more than three hundred years and brings together men of goodwill and integrity, tolerant to beliefs of others, charitable in disposition, all striving to achieve high moral standards in every aspect of their lives.

Freemasonry has been involved in charitable activities from its very early beginnings, but not just for the benefit of its own members. Yes, it does provide support for Freemasons, their widows and children in need; but it also provides support for all kinds of good causes in the wider community.

All such charitable money is raised within Freemasonry and not from the general public.

In the last five years alone, Freemasons (under the United Grand Lodge of England) have raised more than £75 million for a vast range of projects in the wider community. These include medical research, disaster relief, respite and community care, work and education with young people etc.

You can find full details on our local and national web sites.

The Masonic Samaritan Fund provides grants to fund private medical treament covering a wide variety of needs. This support is available to Freemasons, their wives, partners, widows and dependants. In a recent Financial Year, £2.9m was allocated in support of 457 applicants. This equates to £8000 allocated for each and every day of the year.

Why Freemasonry?

What's it all about? What do I get out of it?

The Family Man

Being a Freemason makes you feel that you are doing something positive for other people. Many Freemasons are married men with daily work and family committments. Whilst a mason has an obligation to attend his Lodge meetings, he is always expected and encouraged to put his family and work before Freemasonry.

Do partners become involved?

Yes, if they wish to. We take care to ensure that our partners understand the meaning of what we do. In fact, they can attend many social functions and even some meetings. Most Lodges hold dinners, dances and less formal events. Some even have trips abroad.


Masonic Charities give assistance to families with child education, university fees, caring for the elderly at home or in a nursing home, and with medical care and financial aid for those in genuine need.

Visiting other Lodges

There are over 160 Masonic Lodges spread all over Northumberland. Of these Lodges, 14 meet at the Fern Avenue Masonic Centre between seven and ten times a year on various specific evenings of the month. There are however many more Lodges you can visit in the other areas through Great Britain and indeed the rest of the world. One aspect of being a Freemason is the pleasure of visiting other Lodges; meeting other masons and making new friends, regardless of their race, colour, religion or political beliefs.

As a visitor, you are always made welcome.

Why is Freemasonry so special to a Mason?

Ask any member. Enjoyment is the cornerstone. There is no substitute for the experience of a masonic ceremony and its rewards of self-development and improvement by moving through the Lodge system and delivering ritual. That, and the charitable work, helping all kinds of people, make it special. Freemasonry is fun. Not a riot but highly enjoyable.

What does a Freemason's meeting entail?

The Lodge of Free Burgesses meets in the Fern Avenue Masonic Centre, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne on the second Wednesday of seven months of the year. Like most Masonic Lodges, the starting time is 7 pm. Formal business is conducted first, following by a meal with a few short speeches. The meeting normally ends at around 10:30 pm.

What kind of person can become a Freemason?

The principle qualification are that he is usually 21 years or older, of good character and believes in a Supreme being - his God. He is expected to have good morals, compassion and a kind and charitable disposition.

What will be expected of me?

Members do as much as they wish. The administration, ceremonial, accounting, fund raising and general running of the Lodge is carried out voluntarily by its own members.

The Lodge of Free Burgesses, 4504

Officers of the Lodge 2020 - 2021
  • W. Bro H. David Wilson Master
  • W. Bro Lawrence Turnbull PProvJGD
  • Bro Paul A. Rea SW
  • W. Bro Alan Robson PProvGSuptWks Chaplain
  • W. Bro Michael Burrows Treasurer
  • W. Bro David J. Hughes Secretary
  • W. Bro Christopher G. Atkinson PProvJGW DC
  • W. Bro George E. Ions PProvJGW Almoner
  • W. Bro Alan Robson PProvGSuptWks Mentor
  • W. Bro Richard Philips PProvJGD SD
  • Bro Sean Renwick SD
  • Bro David D. M. Rogers IG
  • Bro A. Ian McPherson Steward
  • Bro Mark Wiper Steward
  • W. Bro David McPherson Tyler
  • W.Bro Malcolm Byrne PAGDC Reporting Grand Officer
  • W. Bro William G. Frizzle PProvJGW
  • W. Bro P. Anderson PProvGReg
  • W. Bro Alan Robson PProvGSuptWks
Charities Representative
  • W. Bro Michael Burrows

Joining a Lodge...

Becoming a Freemason

Can I become a Freemason?

Freemasonry is open to men of all faiths who acknowledge belief in their God.

If you know someone who is a member of the Lodge of Free Burgesses then he can put your name forward.

Alternatively, you can write directly to the Secretary of The Lodge of Free Burgesses, expressing your interest in becoming a Freemason and joining this unique Lodge.

Contact the Secretary:

You can contact the Secretary at this address:

  • Mr David Hughes
  • 3, Dunholm Close
  • Houghton-le-Spring
  • Sunderland
  • DH5 8NX

Let the Lodge Secretary have your full name, address and a contact telephone number.

Freemen of Newcastle

If you are a Freemen of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, please give the name of your Incorporated Company and the date you were sworn-in as a Freemen.

The Lodge Secretary will supply you with additional information regarding fees etc. and arrange an informal interview for you with senior Lodge Officers.