exeter cathedral moon project 01When R. W. Bro Ian Kingsbury, Provincial Grand Master of the Devonshire freemasons landed under the moon in Exeter Cathedral with a grant of £6000 from the Devonshire Freemasons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) for their “Youth Engagement Project” he was met by the Dean of Exeter Cathedral the V. Rev. Jonathan Greener, when welcoming Ian to the Moon Museum, he explained that it was on display for a month, unlike their Youth Engagement project which he hoped would be ongoing for the foreseeable future. It is a project to encourage the young people of Devon to volunteer for jobs within the cathedral giving them the opportunity to work towards long term employability by giving them the skills required to find and return to work.

There is also a video here - https://youtu.be/fytu1Poe6ZM

Jonathan praised the work of the freemasons and said that the good relations between Freemasonry and the Cathedral will hopefully continue and go from strength to strength as it has done for many years, he thanked Ian and the MCF for the donation of £6,000 saying that it would go a long way to helping the Cathedral team with their endeavours to help young people back into work within the community.

Ian Kingsbury when replying confirmed his wish to be able to continue to help in any way possible, to engage not only with the Cathedral but those in need in Devon and was over the moon to be able to help with the Youth Engagement Project.

The moon has always inspired humanity, acting as a ‘cultural mirror’ to society, reflecting the ideas and beliefs of all people around the world. Over the centuries, the moon has been interpreted as a god and as a planet. It has been used as a timekeeper, calendar and been a source of light to aid night-time navigation. Throughout history the moon has inspired artists, poets, scientists, writers and musicians the world over. The ethereal blue light cast by a full moon, the delicate crescent following the setting sun, or the mysterious dark side of the moon has evoked passion and exploration. Different cultures around the world have their own historical, cultural, scientific and religious relationships to the moon. And yet somehow, despite these differences, the moon connects us all.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the replica of the moon features high resolution NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.