Somerset Freemasons

Tercentenary News and Events

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On 24 June 1717, four established London Lodges came together at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern in St Paul’s Churchyard, London. Thereupon, our Grand Lodge, the first in the world, was formed with Anthony Sayer as its Grand Master. Thus the United Grand Lodge of England is 300 years old this year!

The Tercentenary provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase what Freemasonry can offer society, celebrate our achievements and dispel some of the lingering myths surrounding the fraternity.

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Somerset, as well as UGLE, is arranging numerous events to mark the Tercentenary and it is hoped that lodges and Masonic Centres in Somerset will take the opportunity to arrange local events for their members and the general public.

The Provincial Diary link contains details of all events, including those arranged by lodges and centres. Please contact W.Bro. Richard Ellis who is leading the Tercentenary Working Group, to add your event to the diary.

Air Ambulance Appeal

Aim: To provide a £30,000 donation split between the two air ambulances covering our area, Great Western and Dorset & Somerset.
Contact: WBro. Sandy Kemlo
Link to Tercentenary Appeal page

Provincial Tercentenary Ball


Date: 13th May 2017
Venue: Webbington Hotel
Details: Black Tie ball with 4 course dinner, Elton John Tribute Cabaret and dancing to “Sunshine Boulevard”. Tickets: £35pp.
Contact: W.Bro. David Flack
Tercentenary Ball page

St Cecilia Lodge Tercentenary Performance

Date: 27th February 2017
Venue: Wedmore Masonic Hall
Contact: Mike Barfoot-Franks
Further details

Classic 300 Masonic Car Club Rally


Date: Sunday 21st May 2017
Details: A series of classic vehicle runs across the country, taking in Wales, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands starting with a large gathering of vehicles at Windsor Castle.
The runs will be open to Masons and those with an interest in Freemasonry, driving cars built before 1st January 1997 or future classics accepted as being of special interest. In some cases motorcycles and commercial vehicles will also be included.
Further information:

Wells Cathedral Service & Parade

Date: 25th June 2017
Details: As part of the Tercentenary celebrations, we will be joining Evensong at 3.00pm on Sunday 25th June 2017 at the Cathedral Church, Wells. The Provincial Grand Master welcomes all Freemasons, their Family and Friends to join him and his wife Sue. Before the service, there will be a public procession, headed by the Provincial Grand Master with the Provincial Team in full regalia. Masters of Lodges will also be invited to take part. Everyone attending the service is invited to wear regalia and asked to be seated by 2.40 pm. There will be a cream tea in the Town Hall afterwards, but due to restricted numbers, will be by ticket only. Details will appear soon.
Contact: W.Bro. Ben White

Interprovincial Banner Transfer

The Provincial Grand Lodge’s in the South West have commissioned a combined banner to help celebrate the Tercentenary. It will be progressed around the Provinces from May until August, starting its journey in Guernsey and finishing in Cornwall, giving an opportunity for events at each point of Transfer between the Provinces. The banner will also make an appearance at April’s Provincial AGM in Somerset.
Contact: W Bro Chris Marchmont

United Grand Lodge of England
2017 Celebrations
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Dorset to Somerset

Date: 9th August 2017
Venue: Henstridge Airfield, Somerset

Somerset to Devon

Date: 20th August 2017
Venue: Cathedral Green, Exeter

Jurassic Coast Youth Adventure

Date: 21st to 25th August 2017
Venue: Parents Get Lost Centre, Osmington, Dorset
PGL Somerset have committed to sponsor 8 young people from our area to take part in this initiative run by PGL Dorset and have asked Somerset Scouts to select participants from their members.
Contact: W.Bro. Scott Gibbons

Masonic Classic Vehicle Club Car Rally

Date: 2nd July 2017
Details: This is a nationwide rally, which comes to our area in July. It starts from Ashton Gate Stadium and progresses via the Old Inn at Hutton and Cheddar Gorge and finished at RNAS Yeovilton.
Contact: W.Bro. John Cole
Link to website when available

Grand Ball in Freemason Hall, London - Now Sold Out!

Date: 30th September 2017
Details: Formal White Tie Ball in FMH with music and dancing. Starts at 8pm and finishes with bacon sandwiches at 3am. Cost £160pp to include all food, drink and entertainment.
A draw

Main Celebration Event at the Royal Albert Hall & Dinner at Evolution, Battersea.

Date: 31st October 2017
Details: Formal Masonic meeting during the afternoon (no charge) with evening dinner (£135pp) to follow. Each province will have limited tickets for these events. Details of how to apply will be circulated in the near future.
Contact: W.Bro. Ted Toon

Event to celebrate our charitable activities

Date: 16th November 2017
Venue: Nailsea Masonic Hall
Details: To be confirmed
Contact: W.Bro. Richard Ellis

Yeovil Lodges Tercentenary Dinner

Date: 1st July 2017
Venue: George Albert Hotel Evershot
Details: See Lodge Events on Website
Contact: W Bro. Mike Waterman

Tercentenary Summer Fete & Classic Car Show

Date: 15th July 2017
Venue: From Community College BA11 2HQ
Details: See Lodge Events on Website
Contact: W Bro. Richard Dredge

Tercentenary Jewel

To mark the Tercentenary of the United Grand Lodge of England, the Grand Master has approved a special jewel, which will be available from the start of the three-hundredth year on 24th June 2016.
The jewel will be a permanent jewel and may therefore be worn by qualified Brethren of the English Constitution for the rest of their lives.
The jewel may be worn only by Master Masons (and above), but any Brother who will at any time between 24th June 2016 and 31st December 2017 have been a member of a Lodge under the United Grand Lodge of England will qualify for it. (Those who are only Entered Apprentices or Fellow Crafts during that period will be entitled to wear the jewel as soon as they have been Raised). The Jewel is available from Toye, Kenning & Spencer, Newton Road, Bedworth CV12 8QR and can be ordered online here.

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