Following the successful Tercentenary exhibition at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, Norfolk Freemasons have now opened their own museum

With a lot of hard work and help by the curators from the Norwich Museum Services, a brand new museum has been created. Situated in the centre of the city at their headquarters at 47 St Giles Street, Norwich, it’s easily accessible to members and the public alike.

Its highlights include the Provincial Grand Master’s chair and the Provincial sword with a flame shaped blade and a 17th century portrait of a Freemason wearing a long operative apron in lodge. With new cabinets and lighting installed, visitors can learn about jewels, aprons, rare books, regalia, glassware, pottery and other masonic items mostly associated with Norfolk Freemasonry.

There is also a rolling TV screen with pictures showing recent local masonic events and the work of Freemasons in the community.

Provincial Grand Master Stephen Allen said: 'We hold regular open days, 'Introduction to Freemasonry' evenings and our information trailer attends many and varied events, all with the aim of widening the understanding of Freemasonry's role in the community.

'What we now have is a permanent facility allowing us to showcase informative displays on local and national masonic history, presented through a variety of media, artefacts and collections.'

The museum is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am until 2pm.

Members of Norwich-based Naval and Military Lodge No. 3678 have donated £600 to the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

The money was raised through a series of social events throughout the year, including a carol service and race nights.

The unit was chosen for the donation after a number of members of the lodge were treated at the hospital for skin ailments. The money will be used to assist with non-NHS funded patient support and advancing healthcare education.

In presenting the cheque to nurses from the Dermatology Unit, Senior Warden Chris Spinks commented: 'Several members of the Lodge have been treated by the team at this hospital and we wanted to say thank you by raising money for them.

'The nurses are wonderful and the care they give is exceptional.'

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