Introduction to Our Province
The Masonic Province of East Kent has over six thousand members and 249 Lodges and Chapters, 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.
During the Summer of 2018, East Kent Freemasons are looking forward to the investiture of a new Provincial Grand Master to lead them into the foreseeable future. The Immediate Past Provincial Grand Master, Geoffrey Gordon Dearing, was recently promoted to a senior position in the United Grand Lodge of England. His successor, Neil Hamilton Johnstone – currently an Assistant Provincial Grand Master in East Kent – will be invested on the 3rd of October.
In the meantime the Province is led by two Deputies-in-Charge: Peter David Williams, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, overseeing East Kent Lodges, and David Michael Kershaw, Deputy Grand Superintendent, overseeing East Kent Royal Arch Chapters. The Deputies are supported by an executive team with a Provincial Office located at Whitstable (see Contact Us).
The Kent Museum & Library of Freemasonry is located at St. Peter’s Street, Canterbury, and displays a wide range of Masonic memorabilia and exhibits, illustrating the history of Freemasonry in Kent from its beginnings. The Museum is open to the general public.
Freemasonry is an organisation which promotes the highest traditional values in life. It exercises care and concern for its members in particular and mankind in general, practices charity and expects its members to observe the highest standards in their personal, working and public life.
This site will tell you about Freemasonry in East Kent and, by links to other sites, about Freemasonry in general. It is regularly updated.