Canterbury Welcomes England’s Freemasons
In February, the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, the Very Revd. Dr. Robert Willis, presided over a special service in the presence of HRH The Duke of Kent: a celebration of 300 years of Freemasonry in England.
Some very great names — Kipling, Conan Doyle, Ernest Shackleton, King George V (and indeed, our present Duke of Kent) — have been associated with this illustrious fraternal order; and over the years many hundreds of thousands of pounds have been raised for good causes — including one million for the Royal College of Surgeons, “for the betterment of mankind.”
Canterbury Cathedral’s Restoration Fund has also received £300,000 from the Freemasons of East and West Kent, Sussex and Surrey, in addition to support for a scheme that trains modern-day apprentice stonemasons. Many other community good causes in the South East have also received the benefit of Masonic involvement.
With music ranging from Parry’s I was Glad, to the singing by the 1,500-strong contingent of Freemasons of All people that on earth do dwell, the special service confirmed the great history of a remarkable organisation.
The congregation gathered at Canterbury Cathedral to celebrate 300 years of the Freemasons.