The prestigious annual Cornwallis Lecture is organised under the auspices of the Kent Masonic Museum & Library Trust to promote Masonic thought, discussion, and understanding.

The inaugural lecture, “Freemasonry Universal”, was written and delivered by the late The Right Honourable The Lord Cornwallis in September 2002. It was delivered at the Winter Gardens, Margate, and was attended by approximately 600 Freemasons and their ladies.

Each year a number of applicants, working under a strict set of rules regarding content, submit a lecture for selection. The final choice from all the applications is made alternately by the Provincial Grand Master of East Kent in one year, and West Kent the next year. Once the lecture is chosen, only six official presentations of it take place during that year, and a calendar and list of venues is published by the Trust.

The 2017-18 Lecture by VW.Bro. Roger Odd PGSwdB PDepProvGM (East Kent) is entitled

‘Cathedrals – Stonemasons – Freemasons: The Link’

and can be seen on the following dates:

15th November 2017 – Malling Abbey Lodge 1063, West Malling.
Secretary: Stephen Saul     01732842759

17th November 2017 – East Kent Masters Lodge 3931, Canterbury.
Secretary: Bob Burns     01622 685871

15th January 2018 – White Ensign Chapter 4180, Gilingham.
Scribe E: Derek Gardner     01634 718229

18th January 2018 – West Kent Masters Lodge 5778, Bromley.
Secretary: David Campbell     01474 708936

15th February 2018 –  Romney Marsh Lodge 4743, Dymchurch.
Secretary: Paul Settle     01233 732348

26th February 2018 – North Kent 1st Principals Chapter 9062, Dartford.
Scribe E: Alan Wondzinski     01322 437764

18th April 2018 – Holmesdale Lodge 874, Tunbridge Wells.
Secretary: Angus Scott     01892 822130

Others wishing to receive the Lecture my contact VW.Bro. Odd but no date will be considered unless it is after 18th April 2018.

Freemasons who would like an opportunity to join the august band of Brothers who have been selected as Cornwallis Lecturers, can download here:-

Completed applications must be submitted to the Cornwallis Lecture Coordinator by 31st January each year.

Click here for a list of previous lecture titles. Full transcripts of all previous Cornwallis Lectures are available to view in our Library.

Lodges in the Provinces of East and West Kent can also apply via the Trust’s Secretary to be considered as a venue for one of the six exclusive presentations of the Cornwallis Lecture’

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