Freemasons Plant 300 Oaks On Otley Chevin To Mark Brotherhood’s 300th Anniversary
Otley Freemasons swapped squares and compasses for spades and trowels as they planted 300 oak trees to mark a key milestone in Masonic history.
Members of Chevin Lodge were joined by senior representatives of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding to plant the saplings on Otley Chevin, as part of celebrations to mark the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England.
Additionally, the Province of Yorkshire West Riding – whose area covers West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and parts of North and East Yorkshire – is also celebrating its own bicentenary.
The oak tribute was spearheaded by Steve Hill of Chevin Lodge, and the funds to purchase the saplings were raised by the brethren of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding and beyond.
W Bro Paul Clarke, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master in charge of regional tercentenary celebrations, said: “This is a momentous year for Freemasons both nationally and regionally, and the tree planting is one of a plethora of activities and events being staged throughout the Province over the coming months.
“These 300 trees are a living tribute to our ancient and honourable fraternity, and, over the years, they will become a wonderful addition to the local environment.
“Freemasons are active in the heart of many communities, and charitable giving is at the very heart of freemasonry. To mark our tercentenary and bicentenary, we are increasing the annual amount we give to charities from £200,000 to £300,000.
“We are incredibly proud of the contribution Freemasons have made to society over the last few centuries, and we look forward to the contribution we will continue to make for many years to come.”
Further information about the Province of Yorkshire West Riding is available from its website, http://wrprovince.net/