Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset

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Welcome to Freemasonry in Dorset.

Since 1736, Freemasons have been meeting in Dorset and today our membership of more than 2000 men from all ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds regularly meet in harmony and friendship.

Freemasonry means different things to each individual – making new friends, contributing to society, celebrating a long tradition, experiencing personal growth, taking up a hobby or simply having fun.

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News

Ferndown Lodge donates £800 to AboutFace head and neck cancer support 

At Ferndown Lodge Installation meeting on 27th February, the Immediate Past Master of the Lodge Worshipful Brother Alan Connell was delighted to present a cheque for £800 to Worshipful Brother Paul Collins for the wonderful help given by the Dorset based charity AboutFace. This charity has provided support for almost 20 years to patients who have been diagnosed, or are living with, head and neck cancer. Unlike most cancers which are hidden, these tutors are usually visible for all to see. more...

Lodge of Benevolence is Proud to announce the 2019 Donations to Local Charities 

WBro Glen Graham delivered two cheques totalling £1053 to the St Margaret's Hospice and a further cheque for £200 to the Weldmar Hospicecare.

WBro Peter Cairns gave £400 to St Johns' Alms House and £200 to Friends of the Yeatman. Another £200 was also donated to the Sands Charity.

Thanks to all our members for their generosity and support.
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Poole Harbour Cruise 

The Lodge of St Cuthberga enjoyed a peaceful summer's cruise around Poole Harbour. The good ship 'Purbeck Gem', set sail from Poole Quay on Sunday afternoon with over 70 souls on board, which included many family and friends from other Dorset Lodges. We were additionally pleased to welcome and introduce three potential candidates to the Lodge. more...

£12,000 Grant to Dorset Youth Association 

Children and vulnerable families in Dorset will benefit from the continuation of Dorset Youth Association's services thanks to a £12,000 grant from Dorset Freemasons.

The charity, which aims to improve the quality of life for children, young people and families, offers support to a network of 69 youth clubs and vital services for 300 families in their homes and communities. more...

Fishin' in the Rain! 

On a very soggy June morning, the Dorset branch of the MTSFC held its first fishing event of the year courtesy once again of Andrea and Paul Crocker at Higher Kingcombe Farm and Lakes at Toller Porcorum near Dorchester. Special Needs children from Linwood School in Bournemouth and Mountjoy School in Beaminster were chaperoned on a one to one basis by our rather wet bunch of anglers who seemed more concerned by the weather than our eager students were! more...

Dorset Lodges supporting Zetland Court Summer Fete 

Once again Dorset Freemasonry gave its full support to the annual Zetland Court Summer Fete.

On Saturday 1 June 2019 Freemasons and their families staffed 21 fun, bric a brac and craft stalls in the beautiful grounds of Zetland Court Masonic Care Home in Bournemouth. A gorgeous sunny day attracted many visitors from the local community and Freemasonry who were able to stroll around the attractive grounds enjoying and experiencing the many activities on show. more...

A Silver Jubilee of Silver Service? 

For the past quarter century, members of London Haven Lodge, together with members of their families, have served Strawberry Afternoon Cream Teas to visitors at the Annual Summer Fete at Zetland Court.

On a delightful sunny day, what can be more civilised than listening to music from the band whilst enjoying newly-baked scones with jam and cream, home-made cakes and strawberries and clotted cream. more...

Fish and Chips supports a very special school! 

Great news from the North of the Province, The Master of Blackmore Vale Lodge, Lawrence Jones with his colleague, Trevor Legg have presented a cheque for £115 to Clive Padgett, Head Teacher of Yewstock School in Sturminster Newton. The money will be used for the students to attend residential trips to Leeson House Field Studies Centre. more...

Freemasons supporting Riding for the Disabled 

The Lodge of Honour and Friendship in Blandford are delighted to support their local Riding for the Disabled Group.

Pictured is Jessica, who's father and grandfather are members of the lodge, handing a cheque for £100 to Stella at Green Cottage Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).

Also pictured is one of their amazing horses Katie, who at 30 years old is due to be retired shortly. more...

Dorset Welcomes Lifelites 

Our Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Chris Lill, was delighted to welcome the team from Lifelites to The Tank Museum at Bovington today as part of their #liftforlifelites campaign, raising awareness of their amazing work! Huge thanks to Jeremy Shaw for bringing along his beautiful classic Bentley Turbo R.
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Canford lodge helps local children! 

Worshipful Master Steve Groves has presented £1778 to two local charities on behalf of Canford Lodge.

In an unusual move Canford Lodge invited representatives from two local charity's to attend their festive board to receive their cheques. more...

Ferndown Lodge Support the Cleft Palate Charity 

One of the charities chosen this year by Ian Spiers of Ferndown Lodge was the Cleft Lip Palate, based at Salisbury District Hospital Odstock. The Worshipful Master Vic Plowman, accompanied by Tom Courtney, were invited to present a cheque for the total of £500 pounds donated by the Lodge.

They were introduced to the team members, who are tasked with the job of caring for children afflicted with this terrible defect. more...

Universities Scheme growing in Dorset 

London Haven Lodge No.7300, the Universities Scheme Lodge in Dorset, carried out its second double ceremony of University undergraduates when Daniel Berry and Christopher Wilmoth became Freemasons.

Dan is completing his final year of study in fine arts and Chris is carrying out work experience with a leading global and services technical innovator as part of his aero-space studies. more...

From Hill to High Water 

Dorset Freemasons from Wimborne are proud to support Dorset Search and Rescue (DorSAR).

DorSAR is a team of highly trained volunteers who work with the police, coastguard and other emergency services. They assist in the search and recovery of missing persons and items, plus specialist water rescue. more...

All fun and games in Shaftesbury. 

Shaftesbury's Lodge of Friendship and Sincerity was approached by a local care company asking for help to purchase a new piece of technology to help their clients.

An interactive games machine has been designed to help numerous clients, but in particular those with early to mid stage dementia.

The Lodge readily agreed to help and pledged £250. A matching amount from the Provincial Grand Master's discretionary fund was also pledged. more...

We're in the paper!! 

Freemasonry gets a mention in the local paper.

Alex Green, representing Gillingham Freemasons recently presented a donation to the Friends of Gillingham Station to help them in their quest to improve the ambience of the station for rail travellers. more...

Let's brighten up the place' 

Two local community groups recently met at Gillingham station for the benefit of Gillingham rail users. Alex Green presented a cheque for £300 from the Gillingham Freemasons to Belinda Ridout, Chair of the Friends of Gillingham station.
The local Masons had raised the sum from their regular meetings of Kings Court Lodge in Station Road (Lower) and wanted to help the Friends improve the ambiance of the station. more...

Mission Accomplished 

A number of Brethren and family members from the Lodge of St Cuthberga have completed stage two of clearing Dave Sandever's enormous shed.

Dave, who resides in Colehill with his wife Sue, is too unwell to clear the shed and outbuildings himself, so the lodge stepped in to give him a helping hand.

During the first stage in February we filled a 6-yard skip, today we filled an 8-yard skip. more...

Dorset Freemasons in lifesaving gift to Budmouth College 

Lodges and Chapters in Dorset have come together in a Cross Order effort to support a major gift to Budmouth College. Together with the Craft and Royal Arch Provinces of Dorset, Rose Croix, Mark and Royal Ark Mariners, with local lodges and Chapters have donated more than £2000 of defibrillator equipment to a Weymouth school. more...

Gillingham Litter Pickers out in force. 

A group of volunteer litter pickers who were sponsored by Kings Court Lodge No have organised a Council Community pick up Event.

More than fifty people attended in Gillingham and close to a dozen in Milton-on-Stour. The residents who joined were all ages and lots of youngsters and various organisations. It was marvellous to see so many.

The estimate of weight of litter collected was about 280kg in 2 hours! more...

Lodge of Meridian support Homeless Charity 

The Lodge of Meridian held this year's ladies Evening in the Carlton Hotel, East Overcliffe, Bournemouth, on the 2 March 2019 where the Worshipful Master, members and guests, raised £500 for the charity 'Shelter'.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through advice, support and legal services. Shelter, offer a wide range of help and advice online and in office, helping those facing (all) housing and homelessness issues. more...

And the Winners are ... 

Congratulations to the team from Dunckerly Lodge who won a closely fought semi final of the Provincial Quiz hosted by Canford Lodge. In second place came Meridian Lodge. Many thanks to the Provincial Quiz Team led by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Dorset, Christopher Bond.
The picture shows the APGM with the two teams. more...

Talking Heads - The Next Step: Into the Royal Arch 

If you are a Freemason who is

• not in the Royal Arch yet
• a lapsed Royal Arch member or
• have Masonic friends who aren't in the Royal Arch yet

Then please book in for this event now! To book please contact the Lodge Secretary 6445@dorsetfreemasonry. more...

Crumbs! That's terrific charitable support by Vespasian Lodge!! 

Vespasian Lodge recently held a 'race night' at Branksome Masonic Hall, attended by a number of members, family and friends and were able to support local, worthy charitable causes, including The Crumbs Project.

The Crumbs Project was founded by the late Anne Gardner, whose daughter Liz at the age of 17 started hearing voices which tormented her for the rest of her adult life. more...

Freemasons call house!! 

£280 was raised by Blandford Freemasons who held a charity bingo event held to help raise funds for the Blandford Museum Garden Club which exists for people of all ages to take part in a spot of gardening if they don't have a garden space of their own.
With keen gardeners aged from 4-84 years old the club need as much financial support as they can get and the local Freemasons were only to happy to help as part of their own campaign to assist as many local good causes as they can. more...

Dorset Freemasons supporting Poole Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 

Dorset Freemason John Howland of Northbourne Lodge proudly presented £1000, raised by the members of his Lodge to Poole Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). John appreciates the remarkable work conducted by the NICU and reflected; 'When I became Master of Northbourne Lodge I realised I had an opportunity to repay them in some small measure for not only saving my granddaughter but also my daughter's life'. more...

United Service Lodge of Dorset Freemasons support the Veterans' hub! 

The Worshipful Master of Dorset's United Service Lodge, Roger Barnes, handed over a cheque for £305 to the Weymouth and Portland Veterans Hub. This brings the total donated to the Hub by United Service Lodge to just under £1000.

The Veterans Hub was set up to try and make services to former troops more accessible and any profits made from the Cafe at the Hub go towards continuing the hub's work. more...

Dorset Masonic Museum hosts University undergraduates 

The Dorset Masonic Museum continues with its programme offering a guided tour of exhibits to undergraduates. Museum curator, Peter Shenton, is currently planning a series of exhibitions throughout the year for those seeking a wider knowledge of Freemasonry.

Enquiry in the Universities Scheme in Dorset has increased through interest from undergraduates at the Bournemouth University and the Art University Bournemouth as well as from other academic establishments. more...

Red Cross of Constantine and Craft work together to support EDAS. 

Dorset Freemasons joined together in a 'cross order' initiative to donate to a 'recovery cafe' run by the Essential Drugs & Alcohol Service (EDAS) EDAS Better Together in Poole.

The Serenitea EDAS cafe on Ashley Road, Poole provides an alcohol-free social environment for people in recovery, as well as members of the public. Members of Lodges. more...

Youth Clubs helped by donation from Gillingham Freemasons 

Two Youth Clubs serving the North Dorset area desperately needed financial help to finish the installation of their new cooker at their HQ in Gillingham.

Bones Youth Clubs is available to young children in the area and HippBones Youth Club have sessions for children with special needs. more...

Provincial Grand Master announces Royal Arch Appointments 

The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, RWBro Graham Glazier, is pleased to announce that at the Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter to be held at Hamworthy on Saturday 29th June 2019, he intends to re-appoint:-

EComp Michael Worne PGStB as Deputy Grand Superintendent

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Vespasian Lodge supports Gully's Place! 

A Dorset Lodge based in Poole have shown their continued commitment to a Children's palliative care unit by making the latest of five donations to Gully's Place at Poole Hospital

Vespasian Lodge, based at Branksome Masonic Hall in Poole have supported Gully's Place, a purpose-designed space to provide a palliative care area contained within the children's unit of Poole Hospital, since 2015. more...

Dorset Freemasons go green! 

The Amphibious Freemasons Lodge in Wimborne have showed their commitment to the care of the wider community by supporting a local charity, The Greenwood Club with a donation of £510.

The Greenwood Club is part of the Dorset Area for Outstanding Natural Beauty project 'Stepping into Nature'. They aim to provide positive shared experiences and memories for those living with dementia and their amazing carers. more...

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