UPDATE FEBRUARY 2017
The first recorded Freemasonry under the United Grand Lodge of England was the formation of four Lodges within one square mile within the City of London on 24th June 1717. We therefore celebrate the Tercentenary i.e. 300 years of Masonry in England in 2017.
The Provincial Grand Master RWBro. Ian Kingsbury has given all Freemasons in the Province of Devonshire three campaign aims for 2017: - 1. To ensure we all have an opportunity to Celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry. 2. To Promote Freemasonry in the Community. 3. To enhance the number of Freemasons in Devon to include New Masons and Joining and Rejoining Members.
So he put a Team together consisting of myself, WBro. Dr Adrian Rogers, WBro. Phil Ratcliff and WBro. Bob Woods and called us “TEAM 300”.
We have recruited specialist help such as: - WBro. Colin Gale’s Membership Team focusing on Masonic Promotion and Promoting Lodge Open Days. WBro. Brian Adams, WBro. Barry Page and WBro. Clive Eden, WBro. Vaughan Harris, WBro. Sean Crannis, WBro. Nick Lewis and WBro. Martin Elliott to help organise events.
There is no doubt that we will be asking for much more help as time goes by.
In preparation for 2017 we have the following projects: -
The Tercentenary Banner
The Province of Devonshire has manufactured a Banner that will be dedicated by the Provincial Grand Chaplain at the PGL meeting on Monday 10th April 2017. It will complete a journey through the 8 Provinces that form the South West Region. Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney, Hampshire and the IofW, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. The cost of the Banner in excess of £3000 was incurred by Lopes Lodge in memory of WBro. John Watts. The Banner Polls and carrying case have been manufactured by WBro. Alex Moody and a Banner carrying case by WBro. Rem Lockton.
Intended Charitable Giving
The returns from the Provincial Grand Secretary’s letter to all Lodge Secretaries asking for voluntary charity return of non-Masonic giving by individual Lodges have been collated by WBro. Barry Page. At the press launch at PGL on 10th April 2017 the PGM will inform the press not only what money Devonshire donates to support the New Masonic Charitable Foundation and the donations to our own Provincial Benevolent Fund, but also the additional amount individual Lodges in Devonshire give to local needs in our community.
The average giving per Lodge is in excess of £1,750 pa. Enabling the PGM to announce that each year Lodges in Devonshire give over a quarter of a million pounds to worthy causes.
Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) Community Awards 2017
To help Celebrate the Tercentenary in Devonshire the PGM wrote to all Lodges informing them that the MCF intend to award grants totalling £79,000 to 8 Locally Operating Registered Charities nominated by the Brethren of Devonshire.
The PGM asked that all Brethren be consulted, he has collated the returns and the list in priority order is currently being evaluated by UGLE.
Masonic First Aid Initiative
The Tercentenary was not intended as a fund raising opportunity, but for this initiative we needed to raise £12,000 so that Devonshire Masons could provide a First Aid Kit free of charge to at least 300 village and community halls and 200 to other worthy causes in Devon nominated by Freemasons. So the PGM agreed for us to ask Lodges for a one-off contribution to support the Masonic First Aid Initiative.
Freemasons donated a total of £7,100 to this worthy initiative and we thank the PGM for topping us up. The UGLE Tercentenary Planning Committee (TPC) have recognised how worthwhile this initiative is and have contributed 50% of the cost.
This initiative will leave a visible and lasting legacy of Masonic Care within our Province.
New Provincial Tie
The PGM agreed the design of the new Provincial Tie. It combines the existing Province of Devonshire emblem in the form of a shield, with diagonal chains symbolising unity and strength. There has been a massive uptake for the new Provincial Tie, supplies of which are available from the Provincial Office.
Increase Masonic Membership
The PGM is extremely keen that Lodges hold their own open days and other events that Lodges or groups of Lodges may hold to celebrate the Tercentenary and to promote Freemasonry during 2017 for which assistance is available from WBro Colin Gale’s Provincial Membership Team if required.
Tercentenary Lapel Pins
Will be on sale at this year’s PGL at £1 each.
United Grand Lodge of England The UGLE have distributed Tercentenary Car Stickers and advertised the Tercentenary Perpetual Jewel and the new Grand Lodge Tie both of which can be ordered from Toye Kenning and Spencer. The new Jewel can be worn by Master Masons from 24th June 2016. They should be worn on the left breast, to the left of the Royal Arch Jewel.
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR 2017
MONDAY 10TH APRIL 2017 - THE LAUNCH AT PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE
A Press Conference will be held at PGL and will include the following: - • The Display of the Banner to be passed through the 8 Provinces of Group 9 Region. Including a photo shoot with the 8 PGM’s in full regalia with the Banner. • A statement of intended Charitable Giving for the year. To include the £79,000 from the MCF to 8 Devonshire Registered Charities. • The announcement of the Tercentennial Celebration First Aid Kits donated to village and community halls in Devon. • The pronouncement of a new Provincial Tie. • The announcement of a Jurassic Coast Youth Adventure Week funding for 16 disadvantaged Devonshire children at a cost of £8000. • Declaration of intention to Increase Masonic Membership during 2017.
SATURDAY 03rd JUNE 2017 6PM - CELEBRATION DINNER HMS DRAKE IN PLYMOUTH
WBro. Phil Ratcliff is working with Vaughan Harris, Sean Crannis, Colin McKenna and Jack Parnell to ensure the success of this very popular event. Tickets are currently available from the Organising Committee.
SATURDAY 24TH JUNE 2017 6 PM - SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING AT EXETER CATHEDRAL
WBro Dr Adrian Rogers has been working hard on this event that will take place on the actual date of the 300 year anniversary. We will take part in a parade in full regalia carrying our Lodge Banners around and into the Cathedral. Then a service of thanksgiving will take place to celebrate this very important time in our history.
SUNDAY 2nd JULY 2017 1:30PM - FAMILY GARDEN PARTY UGBROOKE HOUSE, CHUDLEIGH
WBro Clive Eden is working with Phil Ratcliff, Rem Lockton, Kit LeMarquand, Brian Adams, Keith Meager, Greg Osborne and the Clifford Family and has a great deal of experience organising a fun for all the family Garden Party at Ugbrooke House. The afternoon will include a Teddy Bears Picnic organised by WBro Keith Bower.
SATURDAY 5TH AUGUST 2017 6PM - EVENING AT DINGLES FUNFAIR
Admission to this evening event will be funded by the PGM. It will take place at the Dingles fairground attraction near Lifton Devon and will be a real fun event for all the family from Grandparents to Grandchildren and everyone in between.
SUNDAY 20TH AUGUST 6PM - BANNER PASSING SOMERSET TO DEVON
This is where we receive the Banner from the PGM and Brethren of Somerset on Cathedral Green in Exeter. With the Province of Somerset parading in full regalia from the East via the Southenhay entrance and the Province of Devonshire parading from the West via Old Westgate. To meet and pass the Banner over in front of Exeter Cathedral.
MONDAY 21st TO FRIDAY 25th AUGUST - JURASSIC COAST YOUTH ADVENTURE
The Province of Devonshire will sponsor 16 disadvantaged children accompanied by two adults to an adventure holiday camp in Dorset run by the organisation “Parents Get Lost”. The £4,000 sponsored by our Benevolent Fund has been Match Funded by the UGLE.
FRIDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2017 6PM - CELEBRATION DINNER & ENTERTAINMENT SANDY PARK EXETER
WBro. Bob Woods has booked Sandy Park for this celebration dinner many Lodges have used this unique venue and he and his committee of Adrian Rogers, Nick Lewis, Martin Elliott and Brian Adams are already working hard and booking entertainment to ensure we all have an evening to remember.
SATURDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER 2017 11:30AM - BANNER PASSING DEVON TO CORNWALL
This is where we support our PGM in passing the Banner from Devon to the PGM and Brethren of Cornwall. With both PGM’s and Brethren parading in full regalia on the green underneath on the upstream Cornish side of the Tamar Bridge.
SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2017 8:30PM - UGLE GRAND BALL
To be held at Freemasons Hall in Great Queen Street.
TUESDAY 31ST OCTOBER 2017 GRAND LODGE CELEBRATION ROYAL ALBERT HALL LONDON
The PGM and at least 80 Brethren from Devonshire will be invited to join 4,000 Brethren to attend the Grand Lodge high profile and special celebration event at the Royal Albert Hall.
SUNDAY 17TH DECEMBER 2017 2PM - CAROL SERVICE ST MARYS CHURCH PLYMPTON
The Carol Service at St Marys will bring the celebratory year to a close. It will be conducted by The Bishop of Plymouth and take the form of a traditional Carol Service for all the family.
Communications - Letters, Tercentenary Website and Facebook The Provincial Grand Secretary will keep everyone informed by letter. The Tercentenary Website on the News Page of the Provincial Website and the PGLD and Freemasons Facebook Sites will be used to keep Brethren up to date on events.
Additional Ideas to Celebrate our Tercentenary If you have any other ideas on how to enhance our Tercentenary Celebrations please give me a call.
WBro. Andy Vodden MBE PAGDC Chairman Team 300