An excellent service at Ripon Cathedral featuring the laying of a foundation stone ceremony, and an extremely bright future for Freemasonry!
Keep celebrating Tercentenary and Bicentenary style… we don’t need an excuse to enjoy ourselves!
Read our PGM’s September message at the link below:
What is the laying of a foundation stone? What is Freemasonry about? Our PGM shares his view on camera:
[Published by the Harrogate Informer]
An historic Masonic ceremony last performed in the “West Riding” more than a century ago was revived this Sunday (September 24) in one of Yorkshire’s oldest churches.
The laying of a commemorative flagstone within Ripon Cathedral – to mark the Tercentenary of the first United Grand Lodge of England and financial support given by Freemasons towards the building’s ongoing restoration work – formed an integral part of the annual Service of Thanksgiving, and is excellently covered by the Harrogate Informer at the link below.
Featuring live video interviews of Revd Canon Paul Greenwell and our Provincial Grand Master, both discussing Freemasonry and the event, this article speaks more of our continued openness in society and our increased willingness to engage with our local communities.
An historic Masonic ceremony last performed in the “West Riding” more than a century ago will be revived this Sunday (September 24) in one of Yorkshire’s oldest churches.
The laying of a commemorative flagstone within Ripon Cathedral – to mark the Tercentenary of the first United Grand Lodge of England and financial support given by Freemasons towards the building’s ongoing restoration work – will form an integral part of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s annual Service of Thanksgiving.
More than 500 Freemasons and their partners will be joined on the day by the Assistant Grand Master, Sir David Wootton, the Lord Lieutenants of North, South and West Yorkshire, together with Civic Dignitaries from throughout the Province.
The flagstone – which will be laid in the North Transept by the Provincial Grand Master, assisted by his Deputy and the Provincial Wardens, in accordance with ancient Masonic ceremony – has been engraved with the legend “The Province of Yorkshire West Riding and the Masonic Charitable Foundation supported restoration work in the Cathedral to mark 300 years of Freemasonry 1717-2017”.
The carving and engraving has been carried out by Colin Rickard and Wayne Denny, in the stonemasons’ yard adjacent to the cathedral.
The pair have spent the last year repairing and replacing worn out and damaged flagstones within the cathedral paid for by two grants totalling £12,500 – £7,500 from West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd, and a second, of £5,000, from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
“On that occasion, the Provincial Grand Master laid the foundation stone of the North Aisle of Mexborough Church on 24 July 1890.
“What was once a common practice during the construction of many buildings is now rarely performed. It is wonderful that Ripon Cathedral is affording us the honour of conducting what will be a once-in-a-life-time ceremony.”
“We are also delighted that Sir David Wootton and dignitaries from across our Province will be joining us on the day for this multi-faith service.”
Provincial Tercentenary Curry Supper, Saturday 25th November, 2017 at the Aagrah Midpoint Suite, Thornbury, Bradford, meeting at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Bidding farewell to a remarkable Tercentenary Year.
It will be held in a casual and friendly “Goose & Gridiron” format, so relax and enjoy yourselves!
Could this be the last such event in 2017? who yet knows, but dare you take the risk of missing it, NO, well book now to avoid disappointment.
Please download the “Flyer” and “Booking Form” below to make sure you do not miss it.
Your invitation to shoot with the Deputy Grand Master, the RWBro Jonathan Spence, to celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry!
The event will be held on Saturday 16 September at Eriswell, near Brandon in Suffolk
Places are limited and this is the last chance to apply, so book soon!
Download the flyer for the booking form and more information:
Tercentenary Events confirmed list has been updated, and there are plenty of activities to get involved with, and enjoy, in August and September. Come rain or sunshine, inside or outdoors, there plenty of things for you to do.
Your support to all these events is very important
To Celebrate the Tercentenary & Bicentenary, Old Giggleswickian Lodge No.8263 will be hosting a “Lunchtime Organ Recital” at 12 Noon on Saturday 28th October 2017.
By kind permission of the Headmaster, Mr Mark Turnbull, MA, the event will be held in the magnificent Giggleswick School Chapel, Nr Settle, BD24 0DE on a fully restored original ‘Father Willis’ organ.
Three very talented and accomplished Masonic Organists:
– W.Bro. Paul Bowen, PGOrg
– W.Bro. Dr. Simon Lindley, PGOrg
– Bro. Jason Lowe
Will play a varied 90 minute programme of music with something for everyone by:
Bach, Bairstow, Costa, Jackson, Malcolm, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Mozart, Rawsthorne, Sullivan, Wesley & Widor.
Admission is Free! See the flyer and booking form for details.
The Prestonian Lecture is the only lecture given under the authority of the United Grand Lodge of England. William Preston (1742-1818), the foremost Masonic educator of his time, left a legacy to provide for an Annual Lectureship.
The Prestonian Lecture for 2017 is a particularly important lecture in the Tercentenary Year to be delivered by a Past Grand Secretary and his topic, The Grand Design, will be of value and interest to all Masons.
Please see the flyer below for more details:
The Dean of Ripon the Very Reverend John Dobson, who will preach the Sermon, will lead the Service, being held on Sunday 24 September at 3.30 pm. The Cathedral Choir will contribute to the service and sing Sir Hubert Parry’s great Coronation anthem ‘I was Glad’, also a setting of the Te Deum by Ronald Perrin a former Organist and Master of Choristers at the Cathedral.
We are pleased to announce that the service will include the laying of a commemorative flagstone in the North Transept of the Cathedral with Masonic ceremony. The flagstone is engraved to mark the Tercentenary and the support given by the Province and the Masonic Charitable Foundation in the restoration work of the Cathedral. This will be a significant event in the history of the Province as it is the first time in 127 years that such a ceremony has taken place. On that occasion, the Provincial Grand Master laid the foundation stone of the North Aisle of Mexborough Church on 24 July 1890.
There will be congregational participation in the singing of a number of hymns, and the service will also include prayers lead by Brethren representing the various Faiths reflected within the membership of the Province.
We are delighted that the Assistant Grand Master, Sir David Wootton will be attending together with the Lord Lieutenants of North, South and West Yorkshire and Civic Dignitaries from throughout the Province.
Admission is by ticket, for which there is no charge, and can be obtained by application to the Provincial Office. Brethren are encouraged to bring their families to this important event in the history of the Province.
‘THE WEST RIDING’ Private Fish & Chips & Real Ale Steam Train Charter
Saturday 29th July 2017
Only £20 per person including Supper
The railway have fitted some extra tables in the seating bays on one of the coaches, increasing dining availability from 152 to 164 places. Therefore the following places have now become available:
1 x Single Seat in Coach A
1 x Single Seat in Coach B
1 x 2 Seat Group in Coach C
1 x 3 Seat Group in Coach C
1 x 4 seat Group in Coach C
First come, first served!
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