WELCOME TO UGLE's 2017 CELEBRATIONS!
In 2017, Masons across England and Wales are celebrating 300 years of organised Freemasonry.
The order was already in existence (the consensus amongst scholars being that it descends from the organisation of the stone-masons who built the great cathedrals and castles of the middle ages) but it was on 24th June 1717 that four Masonic Lodges got together and formed the world’s first Grand Lodge. They met at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern in St Paul’s Churchyard and elected Anthony Sayer as their Grand Master.
This was followed by the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 1725, the Grand Lodge of Scotland in 1736 and then further afield so that, today, there are around 200 Grand Lodges spread across the world.
Our celebrations will culminate in a meeting at Royal Albert Hall on 31st October 2017 but there are many other events taking place, from Open Days at local Masonic Centres to large scale Fun Days, such as at Weston Park on 24th-25th June and the Classic 300 Car Rally which launches on 21st May at Windsor Great Park.
Check out the featured and upcoming events in these pages for more information then come along and help celebrate 300 years of fun, friendship and making a difference.