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Armed Forces Covenant

HRH The Duke of Kent and Major General Simon Graham signing the Armed Forces Covenant

The United Grand Lodge of England increased support of UK military members through signing the Armed Forces Covenant to aid with education, housing, welfare and more.

In November 2020 the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) signed the Armed Forces Covenant to support members of the Armed Forces to ensure they have the same access to the government like other citizens in the UK.

The signing of the partnership took place during a ceremony at Freemasons’ Hall led by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent at Freemasons Hall.

Since signing the Armed Forces Covenant, UGLE has demonstrated its support to members through education, family wellbeing, getting a home, starting a new career, access to healthcare, financial assistance and discounted services.

During the ceremony, The Duke of Kent said: “It is my great pleasure to sign the Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of the United Grand Lodge of England. We are proud of our long-standing relationship with the Armed Forces and we will continue to promote their welfare, support, and respect amongst all our members.”

UGLE has a strong Armed Forces background through its military Lodge, the partnership represents an important step in further supporting both active and retired military personnel.

The UK government’s Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) recognises UGLE as delivering tangible support for the Armed Forces community since signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

Army Reserves director Major General Simon Graham signed the pact on behalf of the Ministry of Defence. He said: “For centuries the United Grand Lodge of England has had a solid connection to the Armed Forces, and it makes perfect sense for us to have the Freemasons signing up to Armed Forces Covenant this year. I'd like to thank the United Grand Lodge of England for supporting the Armed Forces community.”

Did you know?

The military career of His Royal Highness

His Royal Highness has a military career spanning more than 20 years. In 1955, The Duke of Kent graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as a Second Lieutenant, later being promoted to Captain in 1961, Major in 1967 and then Lieutenant Colonel in 1973.

The Covenant

 

 

Armed Forces Covenant

 

 

 

Armed Forces Covenant

 

United Grand Lodge of England logo
 Armed Forces Covenant logo
Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award Certificate for the Armed Forces Covenant
HRH The Duke of Kent and Major General Simon Graham signing the Armed Forces Covenant
HRH The Duke of Kent and Major General Simon Graham at the the Armed Forces Covenant

List of Provinces who signed the Covenant

  • Bedfordshire
  • Berkshire
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Cheshire
  • Cumberland and Westmorland
  • Devonshire
  • Dorset
  • Durham
  • East Lancashire
  • Essex
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Leicestershire and Rutland
  • Lincolnshire
  • Metropolitan Grand Lodge
  • Middlesex
  • Monmouthshire
  • Norfolk
  • North Wales
  • Northamptonshire &...Read more

List of Provinces who signed the Covenant

  • Bedfordshire
  • Berkshire
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Cheshire
  • Cumberland and Westmorland
  • Devonshire
  • Dorset
  • Durham
  • East Lancashire
  • Essex
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Leicestershire and Rutland
  • Lincolnshire
  • Metropolitan Grand Lodge
  • Middlesex
  • Monmouthshire
  • Norfolk
  • North Wales
  • Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire
  • Shropshire
  • Staffordshire
  • Surrey
  • Sussex
  • Warwickshire
  • West Kent
  • West Lancashire
  • Worcestershire
  • Yorkshire, North and East Ridings

 

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HRH Duke of Kent and Johnson Beharry VC

The Speeches

Address by The Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent at the UGLE Armed Forces Covenant Signing

The speech of his Royal Highness The Duke of Kent at the Armed Forces Covenant signing

 

Address by the Grand Secretary at the UGLE Armed Forces Covenant Signing

The speech of Dr. David Staples FRCP Grand Secretary at the Armed Forces Covenant signing

 

Poppies installation at Freemasons' Hall in London

11 November & 14 November 2021 Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday

To mark this November’s Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) projected a series of images and poetry onto the side of Freemasons’ Hall.