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St Mary’s Church provided a wonderful setting for over 400 Freemasons and their Families for the Tercentenary Christmas Carol Service. There was a superb welcome from Reverend Robert Harris and Right Reverend Nick Mckinnel the Bishop of Plymouth.

We were treated to some beautiful choral music from the choir made up of singers from Exeter Cathedral and Buckfast Abbey, we sang traditional carols together and listened to excellent reading by the Executive.

The Tercentenary Banner was displayed under the pulpit where Bishop Nick delivered a Christmas sermon, after which he invited the Children to join him to sing “Away in a Manger” then rewarded them with Smarties provided by the PGM R. W. Bro. Ian Kingsbury.

More photos can be seen here - courtesy of John Smerdon


The proceedings were supported by David Davies the international organist who wrote and played a carol commissioned for us called “The Carol of the Snow” which had its first performance.

After the service ended we all got together at the back of the church and were treated to tea and biscuits. Some of the congregation departed for home, whilst others made their way to a special Carol Service Dinner in Plympton.

A lovely service organised by Dr Adrian Roger and supported by Team 300 members Phil Ratcliff and Bob Woods, a great day and fitting end to our Tercentenary year.

The Tercentenary Christmas Carol Service marks the end of a wonderful year for the world of Freemasonry in general and the Provincial Grand Lodge of Devonshire in Particular.

Andy Vodden MBE PAGDC
Devonshire Coordinator