Freemasons to help local charities

Charities are being offered the chance to benefit from the Freemasons.

Thursday, 9th February 2017, 07:15 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th February 2017, 11:31 am
Ian Craigs in the Radio Northumberland studios.

The man in charge of Freemasonry in Northumberland is to feature on Cramlington-based community radio station Radio Northumberland.

To mark the 300th aniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England, Provincial Grand Master of Northumberland Ian Craigs joined presenter Keith Newman in the studio.

The show features Ian’s choice of music as well as discussions about his life, work and Freemasonry.

Mr Craigs said this year the Lodges will give away £300,000 to local charities to boost worthwhile and deserving projects throughout the region.

He said: “We are looking to donate money to charities close to each lodge building so that we can really make a positive impact on local projects and causes near to where Masonry takes place.

“Anyone from a local charity who would like to be considered for a Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland donation, can apply online at

“It’s a simple online form and details will be passed to the local lodge members who will then take the application to the next stage.

“We want to help as many charities across the region as possible and I’d urge them to contact us as soon as possible.”

The station can be heard online at or via the Tune In Radio App.

The programme will be aired at noon on Friday.

For more information on the charity donations contact or call 0191 213 699.

Freemasons buildings can be found in:

Alnwick, Amble, Ashington, Bedlington, Bellingham, Berwick, Blyth, Byker, Cramlington, Haltwhistle, Hexham, Mickley, Morpeth, Newbiggin, Jesmond, Newcastle, North Shields, Ponteland, Seahouses, Seaton Delaval, Shiremoor, Throckley, Wallsend, Whitley Bay and Wylam.

Presenter Keith Newman said: “The visit of Ian Craigs gives our listeners a unique insight into the world of the freemasons from their mysteries right through to the very kind donations they make to charity every year.”