Photographs now added, please see the link below.
1,000 Lincolnshire Freemasons, their families and friends have gathered in
Lincoln Cathedral for a unique service.
Masonic regalia and parading in the Cathedral for the first time, they were
marking the 300th anniversary of the formation of the United Grand
Lodge of England at a service conducted by the Dean of Lincoln the
Venerable Christine Wilson and the Provincial Grand Chaplain of Lincolnshire,
the Rev John Spriggs.
Rev Spriggs said: “There
are many theories about the origins of Freemasonry but the truth seems to be is
lost in the mists of time. What we know
is that three hundred years ago, four London Lodges of non-operative or
speculative Masons formed the first Grand Lodge. From that small beginning, Freemasonry has
grown and spread throughout the world.
We have our detractors, of course – what organisation doesn’t – but as
Freemasons we are justly proud of our Craft and all it achieves in the lives of
its members and their families, and in the wider community.”
Freemasonry is one of the world’s largest non-religious, non-political,
fraternal and charitable organisations. It has thousands of members worldwide –
including about 3,000 in Lincolnshire – who give significantly to charity. In
the Tercentenary year alone, £3m, all donated by Freemasons themselves, has
been shared amongst 300 non-masonic charities across the country.
Also attending the service with the Provincial Grand Master Graham Ives
was the Lord Lieutenant Mr Toby Dennis and County Council leader Cllr Martin
Hill with their wives.
To view the address delivered by the Rev John Spriggs, please click here.
Photographs of the event can be viewed on the Tercentenary Cathedral Service Page.