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Exeter Cathedral looked magnificent, basking in brilliant sunshine as 800 Devonshire Masons dressed in regalia with their families made their way to the Tercentenary Service of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Service - Exeter Cathedral
Thanksgiving Service - Exeter Cathedral

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The Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire RW.Bro Ian Kingsbury and his Executive were accompanied by the Assistant Grand Master of England Sir David Hugh Wootton and the Grand Chancellor Derek Dinsmore, the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, the Lord Mayor of Exeter and Vice Chairman of the County Council.

Masonic bell ringers led by James Kirkcaldy heralded the service, 32 Lodges displayed and paraded their beautiful banners as the full choir of Exeter Cathedral led by Tim Noon Director of Music, took us through a truly Masonic Service of Thanksgiving. There was music from Mozart and the opening and closing Odes were sung with gusto in spine tingling fashion.

Exeter Cathedral led by Rev Canon Dr Michael D Williams assisted by Bishop Martin Shaw our own Rev Louis Baycock and Rev Andy Atkins also assisted and were fully robed in clerical regalia. There were many highlights including the readings by the PGM and Executive and the Tercentenary Oration given by W.Bro Reuben Ayres which detailed the journey Freemasonry has made in the last 300 years and how it will continue to make good men better over the next 300 years.

Our very professional team of DC’s led by W.Bro Mike Doleman and supported by Howard Pope, Tim Golder, Andy Hall and Keith Williams made the seating arrangements, Parade of Lodge Banners and collection look effortless.

The Tercentenary Service of Thanksgiving was held on the actual anniversary date of the formation of the United Grand Lodge of England on 24th June 1717. The splendour of this unique and glorious service showed that the proud world of Freemasonry is flourishing, caring, relevant to Society today and will continue and grow in the future.

To view all photos taken on the day by W.Bro. John Smerdon PAGDC use this link:

To view a video of the Banner Procession use this link:

Andy Vodden MBE PAGDC
Devonshire Coordinator