300 Years of Freemasonry
2017 marks the official 300th birthday of Freemasonry, celebrating how three hundred years ago, on 24 June 1717, four London Lodges came together to form a Grand Lodge, the first in the world.
The Grand Lodge of England was founded in London on 24th June 1717, when four existing Lodges gathered at the Goose and Gridiron Ale-house in St. Paul’s Churchyard in London and formed a Grand Lodge; the first in the world. Today, the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has over 200,000 members who meet in 6,800 Lodges across England, Wales and the Channel Islands, and in a number of Districts and Lodges across the world.
The Tercentenary will be commemorated with a calendar of high profile events both nationally and locally. The celebration will highlight Freemasonry’s position as one of the oldest and largest secular, apolitical, fraternal and charitable organisations in the world and help the organisation continue to grow and flourish, as we have over the past 300 years.
2017 marks another landmark in the Province of North Wales, the culmination of our 2017 Festival.
The 2017 Festival was a six year appeal in support of the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys [ R.M.T.G.B. ]. The work of the R.M.T.G.B. is fundamental to the ideals of Freemasonry. Its aims, objects and constitution are to provide the appropriate support and assistance where death, desertion, illness, disability or financial need are affecting families, especially children. In short, its objective is to relieve poverty and advance the education of the child or children of a Masonic family and, when funds permit, support other children in need.
Countdown to The Big Party