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Philip Heath manages our relationship with Press, TV, and Radio and is always happy to assist with any enquiries.
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This page includes a brief background on East Kent Freemasons and a selection of newsworthy posts and forthcoming events from elsewhere on this website. Please contact Philip if you require further information.
Introduction to the Masonic Province of East Kent
The Masonic Province of East Kent has over six thousand Freemasons and 184 lodges, meeting in thirty-five centres, located in an area bounded by Gravesend in the north of the county, the holiday resort of Dymchurch on the south coast, Margate in the east and the historic hop growing town of Paddock Wood in the west. It falls under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England and is one of 47 administrative regions scattered throughout England and Wales.
The History of Freemasonry in Kent reaches back into the early 18th Century although few of the earliest Lodges have survived. Many had their origins in the military, they travelled with the regiment and ceased to exist when the regiment was disbanded. Freemasonry in Kent was strongest in naval and military towns such as Dover, Sheerness and the Medway towns of Chatham and Gillingham, before expanding into the larger inland towns, such as Canterbury, Maidstone and Ashford. Some of the oldest surviving lodges, the oldest of which is the Royal Kent Lodge of Antiquity, No. 20, meeting in Chatham, moved from London.
The number of lodges in Kent grew to such an extent that, in 1973, a decision was taken to split the Province into two administrative areas: East Kent and West Kent. East Kent Freemasons are headed by their Provincial Grand Master - Geoffrey Dearing - and he has appointed a team of officers to help conduct the business of the province. The Provincial Office is located at Whitstable (see Contact Us).
In 2017, and in common with thousands of other Freemasons in this country and other parts of the world, East Kent Freemasons will be celebrating the 300th anniversary of the founding of the first Grand Lodge in London. To mark the Tercentenary, Freemasons in East Kent, West Kent, Sussex and Surrey have pledged to raise at least £200,000 for Canterbury Cathedral.
In 2017, SKY® TV will be screening a documentary series entitled “Inside the Freemasons”. With unique and unprecedented access to one of the oldest social networking organisations in the world, Inside The Freemasons asks who Freemasons are and what do they do?
Press Information from East Kent Freemasons
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Pilgrims Hospice thanks Thanet Masons for their continuing support.
Freemasons from Gillingham raise funds for two important charities.
Freemasons from the Kingsgate Lodge support some local good causes and charities.
By contributing to the cost of a new Search and Rescue Control Vehicle, the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity helps to safe a life.
Freemasons from Margate help “Oasis” a local domestic abuse charity.