Canterbury Cathedral Service a celebration of 300 years

It was a delight to join with so many of our Surrey Brethren attending today’s service in Canterbury Cathedral marking three hundred years since the founding of the first ever Grand Lodge.

cathedral servicesSurrey Masons raised over £50,000, together with similar donations from East and West Kent and Sussex Masonic Provinces, to help finance the restoration of the North-West transept, which was a magnificent effort.

My sincere thanks to all those Brethren who raised funds and contributed – over and above our other charity work which continues at full steam.

The service made me proud not only of our Province but of what Freemasonry itself has become since those four lodges met at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern and elected Anthony Sayer as the first ever Grand Master in June 1717.

From those relatively humble beginnings, what became the United Grand Lodge of England now has over 200,000 members from all walks of life, all parts of the globe and a wide variety of backgrounds.

  • Our connection with the Cathedral- sponsorship of a stone mason through Grand Lodge and our support for the restoration work.  The masonic windows – ref Canterbury MASONIC MUSEUM
  • Just one example of how Freemasonry supports local communities – charitable donations to worthy causes, funding a two year post for a Children and young person support worker at Clic Sargent.  In total Surrey Freemasons have given over half a million pounds to great causes.
  • What we stand for – We continue to enjoy our Freemasonry, working to be acknowledged within our community as a force for good, attracting new members with high standards to join our social and charitable activities, always remembering our core values of integrity, kindness, honesty, tolerance and fairness.
  • This year the Province of Surrey celebrates 180 years since it was formed.

Sitting with so many colleagues and friends in Canterbury Cathedral, looking back at how we’ve grown and the incredible things we’ve achieved together made me very proud.

It’s important to celebrate our heritage, and of course we’re doing this by running numerous celebratory events during 2017, all of which can be found on our Provincial website.

Ian Chandler
Provincial Grand Master of Surrey

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