24 Oct Celebrating the formation of the first Grand Lodge
Provincial Grand Lodge of Surrey celebrate the formation of the first Grand Lodge.
The culmination of the United Grand Lodge of England’s Tercentenary will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, on Tuesday 31st October 2017.
Surrey Freemasons are delighted to be attending this historic occasion, where over 3,900 Freemasons from Provinces, Districts and other Grand Lodges from around the world will be present.
It’s been 300 years since four lodges met at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern in St Paul’s Churchyard on St John’s Day, 24th June 1717, to establish the world’s first Grand Lodge.
In 2017, the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is celebrating the Tercentenary of this date.
The Tercentenary celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall will be the high point of a year-long programme of varied events which have taken place throughout the Provinces and Districts.
This important milestone has been embraced with services of thanksgiving at cathedrals, car rallies, family fun days, balls and banquets and music concerts, whilst UGLE gave a film crew unique access to the people and traditions behind Freemasonry to make a five part documentary.
Attendees will include UGLE’s Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent, HRH Prince Michael of Kent, HRM Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and HE John A. Kufuor.
The event at Royal Albert Hall is planned to be an enlightening and uplifting experience, highlighting who Freemasons are and what they have done, including addresses and processions, professional musicians and performers and a lavish theatrical extravaganza.
The event will also be live-streamed to wider audiences at UGLE’s headquarters at Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden, London.
Around 2,000 of those attending the Royal Albert Hall will then proceed to Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park for the Tercentenary Dinner.
Brigadier Willie Shackell, Grand Secretary of the United Grand Lodge of England, said:
“2017 is a year to look forward as well as back.
We are honoured that over 140 Sovereign Grand Masters from overseas will be in attendance at the Royal Albert Hall together with representatives of each Province and District, as we showcase the values, principles and traditions of Freemasonry.
“We want everyone to come away feeling proud to be a Freemason and proud of what Freemasons have achieved in the last 300 years. I feel that our role and relevance in society today could not be stronger and we now look forward to our journey through the next 300 years.”