Vulcan Lodge was the second Masonic lodge to be formed at Blackhill. It was consecrated on 26th November 1938 and continues, to this day, as a friendly and vibrant lodge.
It bears the name of the Roman God of the furnace, the forge, and metal working, which is depicted on our lodge badge (below) and emphasises the lodge’s roots in the steelmaking and metal working industries for which the whole of the Consett area became justly and proudly famous.
Our founders were, obviously, a tenacious and determined group of men, some of whom had businesses in the town, as the first five years of the lodge’s existence were blighted by the outbreak and trauma of the Second World War. Five of our lodge members saw active war service in which Bro. Ronald Green was unfortunately killed in action and Bro. H. 0. Guest and Bro W. Williamson were reported as ‘missing in action’.
In 1961 our lodge forged links with Vulcan Lodge No 4510 in Middlesbrough and the two lodges have exchanged Fraternal Visits every year for the past 50 years. This eventually led to links being formed, by both lodges, with two other Vulcan Lodges, No 3810 in London, and No 4382 in Derbyshire. The first meeting of all four of these ‘Four Vulcan Lodges’ took place, at Blackhill, on Thursday 18th September l997, and has continued on a four yearly rotational schedule ever since.
Freemasonry engenders a strong sense of fellowship and commitment in its members and Vulcan Lodge is a prime example of this as we have several members who have stayed with us for over 50 years. We have others who maintain their memberships from Denmark, France, New Zealand and several towns throughout the British Isles.
As we approach our 85th anniversary we look forward to a bright and distinguished future.
Should you feel that you would like to learn more about, or to join, Freemasonry in general or the Vulcan Lodge in particular then please direct your interest and enquiries to ANY member of the lodge.