Oriental Lodge 9371 held their annual Chinese New Year meeting this week with more than 180 brethren from Provinces across the country in attendance.

The Lodge room at Byker Masonic Hall was full to capacity to hear Worshipful Master Calvin Khlass deliver a fascinating lecture on Native American Freemason.

The festive board for the Chinese New Year meeting – held this year at Sky Restaurant - is always a fun and well organised evening which begins with the traditional Lion Dance before brethren tuck in to a delicious Chinese banquet.

Oriental Lodge is a well-visited Lodge and this meeting was no exception.  Brethren from more than 10 Provinces were in attendance including a delegation from Hong Kong Zetland Lodge which meets at Great Queen Street in London.

The Senior Warden of Oriental Lodge, Bro David Stockdale, is organising a two-week Masonic Tour of the US next year with a packed itinerary of Lodge visits, tours and sightseeing (and of course some free time to enjoy the sites).  The tour is split across two legs: New York and Washington DC from 30thto 8th May 2019 then Las Vegas from 8th to 14th May 2019.  The visit is open to all Masons and partners and if you are interested get in touch with David by email dwstockdale@gmail.com and he will send you more information.