The Provincial Grand Lodge is proud of its long and close association with Gloucester Cathedral – having many direct links including Edward Jenner’s memorial statue; the Altar Reredos being provided and donated by the Freemasons of Gloucestershire; parts of the Cloisters being refurbished in memory of Gloucestershire Freemasons who lost their lives on active military service; a recent donation to meet the full cost of replacing one of the canopies on the external South Aisle. Gloucestershire Freemasons also give financial support to the work of the Masons’ Yard at the Cathedral – one of the few remaining Cathedral stonemasons’ yards still providing apprenticeships for stonemasons.
The highlight of the year for the Provincial Grand Lodge officers and Lodge members and their Families throughout Gloucestershire is the Annual Provincial Service held in Gloucester Cathedral in March – which members of the public are welcome to attend – this being the only public procession of Gloucestershire Freemasons in full Masonic dress.
In 2014 the Most Worshipful the Grand Master His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent KG attended the service to celebrate the charitable work of local Freemasons. During the service the Grand Master made a presentation of £20,000.00 to the Cathedral Restoration Fund on behalf of Gloucestershire Freemasons and the Freemasons’ Grand Charity. The presentation was made to the Dean of the Cathedral the Very Reverend Stephen Lake who conducted the service.