300 Years of Freemasonry

In 2017 Freemasonry celebrated the tercentenary of the first Grand Lodge that was established in London on 24th June 1717.

To mark the tercentenary Freemasonry organised many events both locally and nationally, culminating in a large gathering of Freemasons from all over the world at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 31st October 2017.

In recognition of the occasion, substantial charitable donations were also made both locally and nationally.  The Masonic Charitable Foundation awarded £3 million in grants to 300 local and regional non-Masonic charities, including eight good causes in East Kent which received a total of £79,000.  In addition Freemasons from Kent, Surrey and Sussex raised over £300,000 to help finance the restoration of part of Canterbury Cathedral.

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