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 list below and the Provincial Diary contain details of all events, including those arranged by lodges and centres. Please contact W.Bro. Richard Ellis elliswraxall@me.com 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 skemlo@blueyonder.co.uk
Link to Tercentenary Appeal page

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

Dorset to Somerset

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

Somerset to Devon

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

United Grand Lodge of England - 2017 Celebrations

PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE OF SOMERSET - TERCENTENARY EVENTS 2017

JULY

Sunday, 2 July 2017
Masonic Classic Vehicle Club Car Rally
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 jcole1701@btinternet.com

SMFA (NW) Lunch & GWAA – Commodore Hotel. Kewstoke.

Saturday, 8 July 2017
Midsomer Norton Masonic Centre - Town Community Fair

Sunday, 9 July 2017
Bath Masonic Centre – Victoria Park Event

Saturday, 15 July 2017
Frome Masonic Centre - Tercentenary Summer Fete
Venue: From Community College BA11 2HQ
Details: See Lodge Events on Website
Contact: W Bro. Richard Dredge rjdsingers@aol.com

Yeovil Masonic Centre - Open Day

Thursday & Friday, 20 & 21 July 2017
PGL Essex John O’Groats to Lands End bike ride – Portbury to Taunton leg.

Friday to Sunday, 28 to 30 July 2017
Watchet Masonic Centre – Watchet Carnival

AUGUST

Saturday, 8 August 2017
Clevedon Masonic Centre - Teddy Bear Picnic at Gigglez Fun House

Wednesday, 9 August 2017
Provincial Grand Lodge 2017 Banner Event – Dorset to Somerset, Henstridge

Friday, 18 August 2017
Minehead Masonic Centre – Dunster Show

Saturday 19th August 2017
Yeovil Masonic Centre – Teddy Bear Picnic

Sunday, 20 August 2017
Provincial Grand Lodge 2017 Banner Event – Somerset to Devon, Exeter

Lodge of Love & Honour No 285 – Mid Somerset Show

Monday, 21 August 2017 to Friday, 25 August 2017
Jurassic Coast Youth Adventure‚Äč
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 sgibbons@adanac.biz

SEPTEMBER

Friday, I September 2017
Yatton Masonic Centre - Beer, Cider & Wine Festival.

Saturday, 2 September 2012
Yatton Masonic Centre – Medieval Night.

Sunday, 3 September 2017
Yatton Masonic Centre – Jazz Night.

Saturday, 9 September 2017
Frome Masonic Centre – Frome Cheese Show

Saturday, 16 September 2017
Clevedon Masonic Centre - Clevedon Tides Festival & Open day.
Nailsea Masonic Centre - Tercentenary Dinner
Chard Guildhall – Community Open Day

Sunday, 17 September 2017
Clevedon Masonic Centre - Clevedon Tides Festival & Open day.

Saturday, 23 September 2017
Weston Super Mare Masonic Centre – Charity Fair

Saturday, 30 September 2017
Keynsham Masonic Centre - Tercentenary Dinner

UGLE Grand Tercentenary Ball - NOW SOLD OUT

OCTOBER

Sunday, 1 October 2017
Somerset Masonic Friendship Association Lunch - Taunton

Monday, 2 October 2017 to Thursday, 5 October 2017
Benevolent Lodge No 446 - Masonic Exhibition, Wells Museum

Saturday, 7 October 2017
Taunton Masonic Centre - Omega & Alpha Concert

Tuesday, 31 October 2017
UGLE Tercentenary Event – Royal Albert Hall
UGLE Tercentenary Dinner – Evolution Center Battersea

NOVEMBER

Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Provincial Grand Lodge Team Visit – Lodge of Agriculture No 1199

Tuesday, 7 November 2017
Somerset Masters Lodge No 3746 Meeting

Thursday, 16 November 2017
PGL Charity Event – Nailsea Masonic Centre

Dates to be confirmed:

Glastonbury Masonic Centre - Brass Band Concert
Keynsham Masonic Centre - Teddy Bear Picnic