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Coquetdale Lodge -

Northumberland Masons On Tour

The first of these visits took place in around 2001 and were arranged as fraternal visits between friends and relatives (in the main) of Risingham Lodge (No.5761) and Lodges in Scotland.

For over 10 years W.Bro John Grey (Heart of Glendale Lodge No.4005) and W.Bro Robert Corbett (Risingham Lodge No.5761), have subsequently organised Masonic weekends to other parts of the country. These trips are in the main for us to visit other Masonic Lodges but also as a thank you to our good Ladies for all their help over the years. Since 2012 our trips have been organised in the main by W.Bro. Ian Clouston (aided by W.Bro. Robert and many others on the sub-committee), and he has continued the excellent traditions that were started all those years ago - fun, friendship and exploring.

The first visit was in 2001 to Aboyne

Below are images from the early years - 2001 & 2003

INDEX to Places Visited

1]. Inverness - 2006 & 2007

2]. Oban - 2008, 2010 & 2015

3]. Fort Willam

4]. Harrogate

5]. Perth

 6]. Rothesay

 7]. Perth - April 2014

 8]. Grange-over-Sands April 2016

 9]. Dundee- April 2017

10]. Harrogate - April 2018 - (actually visited a Lodge in Wetherby)

En-route to Inverness

A rest halt in Calander





Calander is one of our regular rest halts when visiting Lodges on the West Coast of Scotland



We visited Lodges in Inverness on two seperate occasions - firstly in 2006 we visited Drummossie Lodge 1438 and then came back the following year in 2007 and visited Old Inverness Kilwinning St John Lodge No.6.

We had canny weather over both our weekends in Inverness.

These photos are from our trips to Inverness


 The 3-Wise Men on Loch Ness

Back on board


The interior of the Beaufort Hotel, Inverness

Trying to sort the camera !!



No need to say to much here - the scenes speak for themselves !!



A Boat Trip to Mull

Relaxing in Port - we went for a boat trip and again had great weather. All is not as it seems though, we only had the ship to ourselves as we were in port at the half way point and waiting for the passengers to come onboard.



A bustling fishing port



A happy sailor

Leaving Port


The Kelpies


listening intently - the guide was excellent


Inside the structure


Items from the hall and stairway of
Commercial Lodge No.180, Oban

To the left King Solomons Temple and above a festive board at the re-opening of the Lodge in October 1932


This was a presentation to Commercial Lodge No.180


Entrance and stairwell of Commercial Lodge No.180



Above is our group photo taken in the Temple and on the right are the RWM (2nd from right), officers and friends. Below left is the entertainment provide by our hosts and below right is the RW Masters boat (not the naval vessel)

New found friends


The Mull Music Festival was happening on our weekend as well, and was well worth the boat & bus trip

 Hotel entertainment 2015

Fort William

We had another grand time when we visited Fort William Lodge No.43 in 2009.

Fort William - Lodge No.43

Their has been a Lodge in Fort William since 1743, which is where the Lodge takes its number from. The Lodge building you see below is slightly newer in age - it was built in 1903. The shops are integral to the building and I believe the Lodge receives funds from the rental.

Happy friends taking snaps of the excellent entertainment


A view of the festive board with a small presentation given from us to Lodge No.43

On the right - how to keep up anglo scottish relations - in case you are wondering, it was the Scottish gent who's wearing the silly hat.
(but that didn't stop others from wearing it as well)


A few more photos of our journeys home.











There is a short DVD of our trips to Scotland which has been made for personal use.

If anyone wishes to purchase a copy please contact our Lodge.

A suggested donation of £3 per copy is requested and this will be sent to Masonic Charities.

 Harrogate was the final Masonic Weekend organised by W.Bro. John Grey - we had a grand welcome when we visited the Lodge, but I can not remember the number or the name - memory is terrible - I will continue to make enquiries.

The 'Cairn Hotel' - our residence for the weekend 

Masonic Lodge - Harrogate

Group Photo before leaving for home

Presentation to W.Bro. John with thanks from us all

Presentation Gift - hand made bowl

Dancing on our last night


On our visit to Perthshire we visited Kildrummie Lodge No.906 on the outskirts of Perth. The brothers of Kildrummie Lodge were once more very welcoming and we had an excellent evening. On our return journey we visited the Royal Yacht in Edinburgh.

The 'Salutation Hotel' - our residence in Perth

Festive Board - Piper entertains

Scenes in Perth

River Tay and Bridge


Our Return Journey

Visit to Royal Yacht

 Rothesay - Isle of Bute

This was once again a grand fraternal visit - and the Lodge itself has many interesting historical hand painted murals. If you are ever in Rothesay it is well worth a visit to Rothesay St John Lodge No.292, you are sure of a great welcome.

The 'Glenburn Hotel' - our residence in Rothesay


Brothers en-route to the Lodge and the entrance to Lodge 292

Lodge 292 Interior

All murals and paintings are hand painted by local artist


Scenic views en-route via Ferry and in Rothesay

Victorian Gents toilets in Rothesay and our stop-over at the Falkirk Wheel on our way home

Perth - April 2014

This was a return visit to Perth, though this time we visited Scoon & Perth Lodge No.3.

click HERE for Lodge Scoon & Perth No.3 web site

Above is the current temple

on the left

WM of Scoon & Perth No. 3 circa 1621

and on the right

Temple circa 1933

Places we visited

Blair Castle

Rosslyn Chapel

Grange-over-Sands - April 2016

Our visit to Arthur John Brogden No.1715 in Grange-over-Sands, was the reason behind our Annual Northumbria Masons Tour for 2016. They held a 'live' first degree on their regular meeting night, which is a Friday, which of course had quite a few variations to the ritual that we use in Coquetdale Lodge. The whole evening was extremely well planned and everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable evening, both in the Lodge and at the festive board.

On the Saturday, after a fabulous day of various destinations, we had drinks before a Gala evening meal, at which 38 members from Arthur John Brogden Lodge and their partners joined us, including the new initiate from the previous evening.

Cumbria Grand Hotel

Scenes above showing us entering the Arthur John Brogden Lodge on the Friday, and our Cocktails on the Saturday.

Below are various scenes from our visits to Haverthwaite Railway, Cruise on Lake Windermere, Holker Hall on the Saturday, and the Lakeland Motor Museum on the Sunday, before our return journey via Kendal.

Dundee - April 2017

This year, our Annual Masonic weekend took us to Dundee in Bonnie Scotland. We had a brilliant night at Lodge Ancient No.49 on the Friday, where a truly magnificent working of a 3rd degree was undertaken. We were thoroughly looked after and spoilt for choice of food at the festive board.
Our visit on the Saturday took us to Glamis Castle (pronounced Glams Castle), home of the late Queen Mother. We had an excellent tour and had the added bonus of seeing a stage of the 'Flying Scotsman' vintage reliability trial - Britains Premier Vintage Rally. On our return trip to Dundee we called in to Glamis village and visited Glamis Lodge No.99 where the Duke of York was Installed into Scottish Craft Masonry.
On our return south, we called into the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh and the Glasshouses were especially interesting with a large variety of plants and flowers.
During our stay we enjoyed a truly Scottish welcome at our Hotel, which was also a favourite of Winston Churchill back in the day. The Queens Hotel used to make it's own Whisky and one of the last bottles produced is still kept in a safe place in the hotel - but unfortunately is not for sale.

Images from our day out at Glamis Castle

A few images from our journey and our Hotel - Queens Head

The Queens Head was a favourite of Sir Winston Churchill and there is a plaque to commemorate his stay. The Queens Head also used to make their own whisky and we were shown one of the last bottles produced there.

Lodge Ancient No.49

Our visit to Lodge Ancient No.49 was on the Friday night where we witnessed and outstanding Scottish Constitution third degree ritual performed by the Past Masters of the Lodge, followed by a very hospitable festive board and smashing new friends made.

Harrogate - April 2018

In 2018, our Annual Masonic weekend took us to Harrogate once more, but the Lodge we visited was at Wetherby. We had a brilliant night at Lodge Calcaria (which means Tadcaster in Roman) on the Friday, where a truly magnificent working of a 2nd degree was undertaken. We were thoroughly looked after and spoilt once again for choice of food at the festive board. On our way home on the Sunday, we called into Eden Camp which proved very popular with everyone. One of the interesting items from their summons was that they already showed an asterik beside Chapter members and also a chapter representative - oh and some past Masters from Northumberland....

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