At a specially written Evensong service held at Coventry Cathedral, well over 100 Freemasons with their wives, partners & friends were present, together with members of the general public. The service commenced with a welcome from the Dean of Coventry Cathedral, Very Reverend John Witcombe, and the Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro David Macey. In a very generous address to the congregation by the Dean, he praised the work and support given by the Masonic fraternity, and thanked all present for their attendance in such large numbers. The Provincial Grand Master, thanked the Dean for the service and welcome, and at the conclusion of the service, presented a cheque for £5,000 from the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association, together with a certificate confirming a further donation of £5,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Dean acknowledged the donations, and invited all present to return at any time.
A previous article here explains the need for support for the Cathedral, following a visit to Lambeth Palace in the summer.
The images above are panels from one of the Nave windows, the cost of which was met by Warwickshire Freemasons in 1962. The cost then was £3,700, which is the equivalent of around £55,000 in today’s values. Below is pictured the magnificent interior of the Cathedral, where the service was held.
Thanks are due to VW Bro Victor Keene, who together with the Provincial Grand Master, has gone to tremendous efforts to forge the association and relationship which Coventry Cathedral and the Province now enjoy.
More information on Coventry Cathedral
More information on the Masonic Charitable Foundation