Welcome to the Home of the 2017 Tercentenary Celebrations in Nottinghamshire
Throughout 2017, Freemasons across the Country will be presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the original Grand Lodge; a wonderful achievement and the first Grand Lodge to reach this milestone.
It was 300 years ago, on the 24th June 1717, four London Lodges which had existed for some time within the one square mile of the City of London, came together at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern in St Paul’s Churchyard and declared themselves a Grand Lodge and elected Anthony Sayer as their Grand Master. This Grand Lodge ultimately became the United Grand Lodge of England in 1813 when it joined together with a rival Grand Lodge which had been set up in 1751.
The Freemasons of Nottinghamshire take pride in their membership and the 2017 Tercentenary Celebration is a great opportunity to show that pride not only to our family and friends but also to the wider non-masonic communities in which we live.
Within the Province
Our main event, in the Old Market Square Nottingham, will take place on Saturday the 17th June 2017 between 10am and 5pm. It will be a 'Community Fun Day' which will be open to all: our members; their families; friends and the general public.
The focus will be 'fun for all ages' with Attractions (including):
- Fairground rides
- Traditional fairground stalls
- Story teller
- Street entertainers
- Morris Men
- Graffiti Artist
- Knights of Nottingham
Food and Drink:
- Beer Tent
- Wine and Cocktails
- Traditional Tea & Cakes
- Strawberries and Cream
- Candyfloss & Popcorn
- Hot Food (Indian, Caribbean, English)
- Barista Coffee
and a main stage featuring:
- and much more
See 'On the Day' for more details.
Sporting personalities from our local football, cricket and ice hockey clubs will also be in attendance.
Our work in the community will be showcased by a 'Charity Village' featuring several local organisations and charities that have benefited from masonic charitable donations. Plus our masonic ‘Big Tent’ will be on show displaying information about freemasonry with members on hand to answer any questions.
Also on the 17th June, our masonic hall in Goldsmith St will be open to all. There will be guided tours of the building and its temples, an exhibition of masonic artefacts as well as the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments and drinks in our bar and restaurant.