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Freemasons celebrate 300 years

By Beth Perry 22nd March 2017

Freemasons celebrate 300 years
High level Freemasons at the celebration at the Hotel Bristol.

FREEMASONS, dignitaries and guests of honour from across Cornwall were invited to Newquay last weekend to celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry.

A total of 180 people attended the Provincial Tercentenary Celebration Lunch at the Hotel Bristol on Sunday afternoon which featured a ‘delicious’ three-course meal, a raffle and a charity auction.

Those who attended included Freemasons from lodges across Cornwall, the Mayor and Mayoress of Newquay, the Mayor and Mayoress of St Columb Major and representatives from some of the charities which the Freemasons support.

Phillip Lakin, Provincial Communication Officer for the Province of Cornwall, and organiser of the lunch, said: “A big thank you to all the Freemasons of Cornwall, their family and friends for coming and celebrating the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of  England, formed in 1717.

“Without their support the event simply would not have been the success it was. We enjoyed the company of several distinguished guests, such as the Mayors of Newquay and St Columb Major, so we send them a huge thank you for taking time out of their busy schedule to attend.”

As well as celebrating the anniversary, the afternoon helped to raise more than £1,700 for charity with the ticket cost, raffle and auction. The tercentenary lunch also enabled the
non-Freemasons attending to learn more about Freemasonry.

Mayor of Newquay, Carl Leadbetter, said: “It was a very pleasant lunch. I didn’t know much about Freemasonry and so it was a very interesting afternoon where The Provincial Grand Master for Cornwall, Stephen Pearn made us feel very welcome.

“It was a privilege to be asked to celebrate such a landmark anniversary and I congratulate the
Freemasons on reaching 300 years and on holding such a memorable celebration.”

The Provincial Grand Master for Cornwall, Stephen Pearn added: “I am delighted with the
tremendous support from the members of the 80 Freemasons Lodges in
Cornwall, their families and friends and several  leaders of the local community, at the first major event in Cornwall to celebrate 300 years of the United Grand Lodge of England.

“It also gave us an ideal opportunity to do what Freemasons do best, that is to raise a substantial amount of money for local non-masonic charities,” he added.

By Beth Perry 22nd March 2017

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