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Freemasons from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Nottinghamshire have entered into a partnership with the Portland College (a national specialist college) to create and open a Garden of Reflection within the grounds of the College in Mansfield.

Over the last year, Freemason volunteers have been working on developing the piece of land in order to create a peaceful place for Freemason's families, friends, Lodge Members, College students and all families from across Nottinghamshire to come and reflect when someone dear to them has passed away.

The Garden will provide a quiet and peaceful area in the countryside for families and friends to reflect and remember dear departed Brethren. There will be a Wall of Reflection, where a personal 'Remembrance Plaque' can be permanently installed on a wall brick of the family's choice; the Garden of Reflection also has a Masonic Memorial Stone.

A Service of Dedication will be held on Sunday 16th July 2017 followed by a Celebratory Sunday Lunch in the Colleges Banqueting Suite. The Service will also Celebrate the Tercentenary of Grand Lodge and the Garden will be a permanent, tangible reminder, within the Province, of this year's landmark celebrations. Scroll to the bottom of this page to download an application form for the Sunday Lunch.

The Provincial Grand Master for Nottinghamshire, Philip Marshall, says: “The partnership between Nottinghamshire Freemasonry and Portland College supports one of the primary goals of the Province, which is to play an active part in the various and varied communities of our county. Our members are actively involved in supporting groups and individuals who live, work and study in Nottinghamshire. Without question, more can be achieved collectively than in isolation and the relationship with Portland College will make a significant contribution to Freemasonry’s objective of helping those who are disadvantaged. The Garden of Reflection is tangible evidence of partnership in action and will offer a peaceful haven for those who wish to contemplate the life and times of those no longer with us”.

College Principal, Mark Dale, also said: “We are very pleased to enter into an enduring partnership with Nottinghamshire Freemasons who have upgraded and pledged to maintain our lovely Garden of Reflection. Portland College is located in the middle of Nottinghamshire and that seems an appropriate place to come together in fellowship and to welcome all Freemasons and their families and friends. We are very grateful for the charitable work that they undertake on behalf of local disabled people who can benefit from our facilities.”

Throughout 2017, Freemasons across the Country will be celebrating the 300th anniversary of the original Grand Lodge. It was 300 years ago, on the 24th June 1717, that the first Grand Lodge was formed. Throughout this time Freemasonry has been synonymous with Charity work to all. Over the last few years Freemasons have supported Portland by fundraising for various pieces of equipment that have benefitted learners.

W. Brother Graham Wood