A huge crowd of over 10,000 for 7 Races, Family Fun and Tony Hadley made up the second day of the Best of British Festival at Windsor Racecourse on Sunday 2nd July sponsored by The Freemasons.
The Freemasons of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire sponsored the Racing and Family Fun Day celebrating 300 years of Freemasonry at Windsor Racecourse. It was a sunny Sunday of racing and the free entertainment provided by the Freemasons including the funfair further enhanced the family atmosphere. This special day ended with a fantastic evening concert by ex-Spandau Ballet member Tony Hadley.
2017 marks the official 300th birthday of Freemasonry, celebrating how three hundred years ago, on 24 June 1717, four London Lodges came together to form the first Grand Lodge. The tercentenary is being commemorated with a calendar of high profile events including the Windsor Race Day on Sunday 2nd July, helping the organisation continue to grow and flourish in its position as one of the oldest and largest fraternal and charitable organisations.
During the course of the day Richard Hone, President of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, presented a grant award to Professor Sonia Blandford of the “Achievement for All” charity of £240,000 to help thousands of under-performing children in their education.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country. Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the Foundation awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people. It also helps fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances.
Martin Peters, Provincial Grand Master of the Berkshire Freemasons said: This was a wonderful and very special celebratory event with over 4,000 Masons and their families and thousands of other racegoers enjoying an incredible occasion. From the many favourable comments I received there can be no doubt that we opened up the public’s perception of Freemasonry in a beneficial way to the thousands and thousands of people who had a fantastic family day out. Myself and Peter Lowndes the Pro Grand Master of The United Grand Lodge of England would like to congratulate everyone who contributed to such a brilliant event to celebrate our Tercentenary, matched only by the glorious weather.