On 24th June 1717 four Freemasons’ lodges in London came together at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern in St Paul’s churchyard declared themselves a Grand Lodge and elected Anthony Sayer as their Grand Master. This was the first Freemasons’ Grand Lodge in the world.
In 2017, three hundred years after the formation of the first Grand Lodge, Freemasons will be celebrating its tercentenary.
As Freemasonry in England and across the world gears up to celebrate the Tercentenary of the Premier Grand Lodge in 2017, Surrey Freemasons will be holding a series of events across the Province
A special exhibition celebrating the History of Freemasonry will be touring the Province over the course of the Tercentenary. The exhibition will focus on the history of Freemasonry in the Province with a unique display at each site dedicated to Freemasonry in the local area.
- Saturday 24th Launch at the Lightbox Museum. Invitation only
- Monday 26th June for 2 weeks at the Lightbox Museum
- Monday 3rd July (2 weeks) Croydon Clocktower
- Monday 3rd July (2 weeks) Haslemere Museum
- Monday 10th July (2 weeks) Egham Library
- Monday 31st July (2 weeks) Spelthorne Museum
- Monday 7th August (2 weeks) Honeywood Museum
- Monday 7th August (2 weeks) Shere Museum
- Monday 14th August (2 weeks) Bourne Hall Museum
- Monday 4th September (2 weeks) Farnham Museum
- Monday 4th September (8 Days) Godalming Museum
- Monday 11th September (2 weeks) Surrey Heath Museum
- Saturday 23rd September (1 Day) Surbiton Masonic Centre
Teddy Bears Picnic and Masonic Parade:
Warlingham Fair Saturday 17th June 2017 (11 am -4 pm).
The fair is now 26 years old and with a footfall of 4,000 people on the day. Freemasons will parade (in full regalia) through the streets of Warlingham behind the Mayor who leads the procession. The Teddy Bears Picnic will occupy a prime place within the fair where we have straw bales for the children to sit on whilst watching the entertainer and enjoying a picnic with their new teddy bears.
Surbiton Widows Association:
Lunch Sunday 25th June
The Surbiton Widows Association will host a “Tea Party” the ladies of the community not necessarily involved in Freemasonry. It is hoped that other Widows Association Groups will follow suit.
Saturday 15th July 2017. A popular music concert at Bromley Masonic Hall by the choirs of West Kent, East Kent and Surrey. Organised by West Kent.
The three choirs will sing a medley of songs some popular and some historic to mark our anniversary.
Farnham Tercentenary Ball:
Scheduled during August
Details to be announced, but another splendid way for this area of the Province to encapsulate all and celebrate 300 years.
Godalming Heritage/Tercentenary weekend:
A weekend to celebrate the occasion. With open tours of the Lodge rooms, various stalls and a teddy bears Picnic all in a “Village Green atmosphere.
Surbiton Parade and Crescent Green:
Saturday, September 30th
A full parade in Dress Regalia, and Banners. The Masonic Centre will also host guided tours throughout the building for the public. Afterwards, on the green outside of Surbiton Masonic Centre, there will be a Teddy Bears Picnic and various other activities likewise emulating a village green atmosphere. There will also be one of the Tercentenary travelling exhibitions on display.
25th December 2017, Christmas Lunch for the lonely:
Croydon and District Masonic Hall & Nutfield Masonic Centre
29th December 2017 Christmas Lunch for the Lonely Surbiton Masonic Centre
All three centres will host Christmas luncheons at no cost for people who perhaps are a little less fortunate than most of us. This is mainly seen as seniors with no family, single parent families and people on their own on Christmas Day. Volunteers are already pledging their time at all venues and the catering suppliers in a gesture of good will and to mark our anniversary will give all the food. This event not only is a first for Surrey but a milestone for Freemasonry in general, showing we care about those less fortunate than us in our community.