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Freemasons set sail from Bideford to mark 300 years

PUBLISHED: 15:00 16 August 2017

Representatives from each of the Freemason Lodges in North Devon aboard the Oldenburg. Picture: Bob Willingham FRPS

Representatives from each of the Freemason Lodges in North Devon aboard the Oldenburg. Picture: Bob Willingham FRPS

Bob Willingham FRPS

A tercentenary celebration cruise onboard the Oldenburg to mark 300 years of English Freemasonry also raised £1,000 for North Devon Hospice

Freemasons, families and friends from across North Devon gathered in Bideford on Friday for a cruise to mark three centuries of Freemasonry.

The 130-strong group boarded the MS Oldenburg for a river cruise to Appledore, Yelland and back to Bideford.

To mark the tercentenary, representatives from all North Devon Masonic Lodges were present, together with Provincial Grand Master Ian Kingsbury and his wife joining the cruise as guests of honour.

Thanks to the generosity of several sponsors, a raffle was held, and more than £1,000 raised for North Devon Hospice.

A special cake had been made by Lulu Couchman, which displayed the names of all the North Devon Lodges.

The Freemasons would like to thank John Rice, Worshipful Master of the Lodge of Good Intention in Barnstaple for organising the event, and to the Lundy Company, plus sponsors Pannier Pantry Caterers.

*** Loyal Lodge in Barnstaple is holding an open day this Saturday (August 19) with all who are interested welcome

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