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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?
The Celebration Cathedral Service in Canterbury on 18th February 2017
Book now for the Annual Sports Association Dinner which will be held at Canterbury Cricket Club on Friday 24th March 2017.
Please support this fun-filled event on 10th June to help provide teddy bears for children in distress.
Press Information from East Kent Freemasons
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Canterbury welcomed a very unusual member of the congregation on Saturday to a special Thanksgiving Service held at the Cathedral.
Freemasons from Sittingbourne entertain their local senior citizens to a Valentines Day lunch party
A well-known local Freemason is presented with a fifty-year long service certificate.
A re-enactment of a typical eighteenth century lodge meeting, held at All Saints Lodge No 5383 in Gillingham, was very well received by everyone present.
A Freemason from Gravesend is presented with a sixty-year long service certificate.