Masonic Centres are key to the future of the Craft. A well run centre will be inviting, and brethren will be pleased to take their friends and family to the building on social or other occasions
The Brethren at Dukinfield are very fond of their hall, and consider it well run, but it would be difficult to describe the lodge room and ante-rooms as inviting. The lodge room is gloomy, with the walls having been flushed over with faced dark faced plywood, and the Victorian ceiling has seen better days.
Having put the Hall on a sound financial footing, the brethren have turned their attention to making the lodge room inviting, and following the meeting of Bredbury Lodge No 6497 on Wednesday 25th April, the Main Lodge room has closed for refurbishment, with work commencing on Friday 27th April to clear the room and strip out the cladding.
There are few who can remember before the cladding was erected, and the day brought surprises as a plethora of original Victorian features were discovered, including the upper floor windows that have long since been bricked up externally, covered by original shutter boards.
The leaded lights from the old windows have been salvaged, and it is planned to make them a feature of the new lodge room, which will retain the original features that have been exposed in a light and airy room.
Following the work by the brethren to clear the room, it will be handed over to a contractor in mid-May to allow the ceil
ing to be replaced, and the defects on the walls to be made good, after which the brethren will return to redecorate the room in good time for a the room to be formally re-opened at a meeting of Lodge of Unanimity No 89 in October.
Alongside the lodge room refurbishments, the ante-rooms are being refreshed, with new windows, and heating, and works to open out the Victorian staircase, revealing beautiful architectural features hidden nearly 50 years ago.