2017 is an exciting year for Freemasons as United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) celebrates its Tercentenary and we in The Province of Yorkshire, West Riding celebrate our Bi-centenary.

Recent discussions with Harrogate Borough Council have led to an agreement to have floral display beds in the town and Ripon planted out to mark these landmarks.

In conjunction with Sue Wood, Horticultural Officer, Doug Mills, Area 3 Provincial Charity Assistant, has developed designs for three locations.

A bed on Montpellier Hill will be for UGLE and

one at the entrance of Valley Gardens for the Province.

Also beds in Ripon Spa Gardens adjacent to the bowling green will be planted out representing both.

Sue has put considerable time and her undoubted expertise into choosing appropriate plants and colour combinations. The nursery manager Barrie Stringer has now received a full schedule of requirements and he and his staff have been busily planting out the numerous varieties as can be seen from the photos.

The beds will be planted at the beginning of June and it is hoped will still be in bloom in September when a multi denominational service is to be held at Ripon Cathedral. In- Stainless Engineering Ltd of Harrogate have generously agreed to provide display cases and graphic boards at each location to give a brief history of Freemasonry in England and Yorkshire.

It is hoped that the floral displays will be enjoyed by all visitors to the district and that their expectations of exceedingly high standards the Council have set in previous years are achieved together with a greater understanding of Freemasonry.

Photo shows: L – R Barrie Stringer Nursery Manager, Cllr Richard Cooper Leader HBC, Penny Rowell, Director, In Stainless Engineering Ltd

Paul Clarke, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Doug Mills, Area 3 Provincial Charity Assistant, Andy Ladds Nurseryman, Peter Dodds Treasurer, The Spa Lodge

Adrian Chalmers Nurseryman, Unfortunately Sue Wood Horticultural Officer was camera shy!

Posted in Area 3, Tercentenary on January 23rd, 2017 by Kevin Gould

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