Essex Freemasons’ public parade to mark 300th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 11:40 26 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:17 26 June 2017

Rodney Bass (second right), Essex Provincial Grandmaster, as Essex Freemasons parade in Chelmsford, the first in ten years, to mark 300 years of modern Freemasonry. Picture: ESSEX FREEMASONS

Rodney Bass (second right), Essex Provincial Grandmaster, as Essex Freemasons parade in Chelmsford, the first in ten years, to mark 300 years of modern Freemasonry. Picture: ESSEX FREEMASONS

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Freemasons in Essex went on parade for the first time in more than a decade to mark the 300th anniversary of modern Freemasonry.

Essex Freemasons parade in Chelmsford, the first in ten years, to mark 300 years of modern Freemasonry. Picture: ESSEX FREEMASONSEssex Freemasons parade in Chelmsford, the first in ten years, to mark 300 years of modern Freemasonry. Picture: ESSEX FREEMASONS

The short procession led the Freemasons to Chelmsford Cathedral yesterday, Sunday, June 25, for a thanksgiving service conducted by the Dean of Chelmsford Cathedral, Very Reverend Nicholas Henshall.

It was also attended by civic dignitaries and Freemasons’ families as well as Sir David Hugh Wootton, Assistant Grand Master for the United Grand Lodge of England.

Essex Provincial Grand Master Rodney Bass said: “The first Grand Lodge opened in London in June 1717 and today we celebrated that occasion with this special service of thanksgiving.

“As well as hundreds of Essex Masons I was delighted to see so many members of the public, dignitaries and charity representatives supporting us as well.

“Essex Freemasons are very much part of the local community and long may that continue and we now look forward to the next 300 years.”

As part of the 300 year celebrations Masonic Centres across Essex will be opening to the public throughout the summer, including an event in Frinton in September.

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