The Masonic Paper Competition 2016/17

The Development and Education Committee, are continuing to set up a central database of papers written by members of our Lodges, and which can be drawn on by all. This will be in addition to continuing to deliver Orations.

The Development and Education Committee is chaired by Assistant Provincial Grand Master Philip Hall, PDepGDC.  We have had some wonderful papers submitted over the last two years and, as a result of having only a few papers up to the end of April this year, we agreed with the PGM to extend the deadline until the end of April 2017.

As I am sure you are aware, there are two silver cups available to the winners, one to keep and the other to return after 1 year. There are two categories also, one for those below the Chair and the other for W. Bros. The committee has decided that new papers be sent to me in the first instance to collate, index and update the database. I would therefore welcome any submissions you may have whether these are old or new.

Papers can easily be sent to W Bro K Marchington at The closing date is 30th April 2017. The winners will be announced at the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting which, this year, will be held at Great Queens Street in London, as part of the tercentenary celebrations. They will also be able to present their papers to an Installed Masters Lodge meeting later in the year. If they prefer I could deliver them on their behalf.


To give you a few ideas, the following may encourage you to put pen to paper! I have selected 10 categories which you may wish to consider as areas of research. The internet is a great source of material. A 20 minute delivery time would be perfection!

  1. 300 Years of English freemasonry.
  2. European influence on our Freemasonry.
  3. The development of today’s lodge room and its furniture.
  4. Masonic etiquette.
  5. The bible and freemasonry.
  6. Famous freemasons over the years.
  7. The Three Grand Masters.
  8. How foreign English Lodges developed, where and why.
  9. 960 BC.
  10. The royal family in freemasonry.

By, W Bro Keith Marchington PAGDC

The closing date is 30th April 2017