Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset

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Welcome to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset

The existence of Freemasonry in our County is first recorded as far back as 1736 with the creation of the Three Crowns Lodge No 145 at Weymouth. Other Lodges appeared over time and a Masonic Province of Dorset was eventually established in 1780.

Since that era Dorset Freemasonry has flourished continuously throughout the County and now comprises 49 Lodges meeting at 18 centres from Shaftesbury & Sherborne in the north to Swanage & Portland in the south and from Branksome & Kinson in the east to Bridport & Lyme Regis in the west.

Dorset is one of 47 administrative groupings of Lodges established as Provinces throughout the length and breadth of England and Wales under the authority of the United Grand Lodge of England. Our membership of some 3000 men from all ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds, regularly meets in harmony and friendship.

Members share a common bond from the unique experience of being 'made Masons' and a wish to make their lives more fulfilling through their concern for the well-being of others. As Freemasons they are encouraged to observe moral and spiritual guidelines and to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of themselves as upright and respectable citizens.

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A truly international experience! 

Visiting any lodge abroad would always be an amazing experience however the visit by nine Dorset brethren to the Hackney Brook Lodge No 14 in Estonia surpassed all expectations with twelve countries and constitutions being represented at the meeting. more...

Deep Diving Freemasons!! 

On 14th October 2018. Michael Wilson the Senior Warden and Master Elect of The Ashley Lodge held an impromptu meeting with Luke Sibley the Ruling Master of the Arthurian Lodge in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Hampshire & Isle of Wight and John DeLara a Past Master of the Loyal Berkshire Lodge of Hope in the Province of Berkshire. more...

Masonic Cross Border Cooperation :-) 

On Friday 12 October 2018, three Dorset Brethren; Steve James our Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Mark Hinsley, Dorset Membership Officer and Paul Baggett made the journey up to Swindon to attend a special meeting of the Royal Sussex Lodge of Emulation 355. The invitation came from Junior Warden John Wain.

The purpose of the visit was to witness the return of the sections of historic name boards that had once belonged to the lodge. more...

Dorset Freemasons supporting Stur Ladies 

Freemasons from Sturminster Newton are proud to support the Sturminster Newton Ladies' Football Team. Manager Lucy Johnson formed the team in February 2018 and since then the Stur Ladies have gone from strength to strength.

In the UK there are over three million female players actively involved in playing football. In Dorset we currently have 25 teams affiliated, so no matter what your ability or your age pick up a ball and join the many others who enjoy getting active. more...

Dorset Freemasons on the crest of a wave! 

John Lawrence of Kinson Lodge has had great pleasure in presenting a cheque for £500 to Curt Marlow (Dorset Coordinator) of the Wave Project

The Wave Project is the UK's surf therapy charity, helping young people improve confidence through surfing.

Their award-winning surf therapy courses are proven to help clients increase confidence and reduce anxiety. In addition their health courses are planned in advance and tailored to individual clients. more...

Veteran soldiers head across Europe thanks to grant from Dorset Freemasons 

An intrepid group of veteran soldiers, who are suffering the mental and physical effects of their service, are heading across the continent to Greece and back, thanks to a grant from Dorset Freemasons.

The Veterans In Action - VIA charity (VIA) were awarded £25,000 from Dorset Freemasons in October 2017 for the Veterans Expedition Overland project. more...

Suprise gift to Provincial Grand Master 

At their September meeting the brethren of Brownsea Island Lodge were honoured to host the Provincial Grand Master, Richard Merritt as their guest for the evening. more...

Dorset Lodge supports local amateur boxing club!! 

Earlier this year, Blackmore Vale Lodge presented Sturminster Newton Amateur Boxing Club with a cheque for £185. The club has used this to purchase new sparring gloves and headgear.

During the week, members of the Lodge were invited to the club to see the new equipment and are pictured here with some of the youngsters from the club, wearing the new gloves. more...

Wimborne Freemasons remember St Cuthberga 

The Lodge of St Cuthberga celebrated its 165th anniversary with pride that the lodge is named after one of the most important and influential ladies of her time and regard it as an honour and privilege to meet under her name.

Friday 31st August marked the 1300th anniversary of the death of St Cuthberga and the brethren from the Lodge of St Cuthberga marked the occasion by attending the Minster to remember her. more...

Malachi loves his new Swivel Car Seat 

Malachi who lives in Creekmoor, Poole is four and suffers with Mitochondrial DNA Depletion, which has left him using a wheelchair. His genetic condition leaves him without the necessary energy to maintain the health of his heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and brain. This can eventually lead to organ failure.

An appeal for support was received recently by Matt Devereux the Provincial Grand Charity Steward. more...

Scouts mess sorted ready for international experience! 

On hearing about the needs of the 1st Broadmayne Scout Troop, the Lodge of Unity based in Wareham were very keen to jump in and help with their efforts to raise money for a much needed 'mess tent'.

The troop is relatively new and has only be running since September 2014 and in the four years since then has grown to be the largest troop in the area. This success comes from offering local young people the opportunities and challenges that they cannot get elsewhere. more...

Supporting Teenage Cancer Trust 

Wimborne Freemasons present a cheque for £3520 to Charlotte Adams the Regional Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust.

The money will go towards funding a counsellor for young people with cancer in the Poole area.

Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word 'cancer.' Teenage Cancer Trust is the only charity dedicated to making this happen. more...

A Celebration of Service 

We gathered together on Friday 15 June 2018 to thank Richard Merritt for the wonderful leadership he has given us over the past ten years as Provincial Grand Master.

A glittering array of guests, wonderful friendship and an evening of surprises for Richard and his ever supportive wife Vicki. We were particularly delighted to see Michael Wilks, PGM of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Hampshire & Isle of Wight, a close colleague and friend of Richard. more...

Dorset Masonic Bikers invade Normandy! 

Warm sunny weather marked the start of the DMB trip to Normandy to witness the D-Day Celebrations. A calm voyage across the English Channel was followed by a short ride to our Gîtes located 10 miles north of Utah Beach. more...

Blackmore Vale Lodge support 'SturYouth' 

Worshipful Master Trevor Legg handing over a donation of £250 from Blackmore Vale Lodge to Youngsters from the SturYouth Duke of Edinburgh Team.

The Club is raising money for a a Public Access Community Defibrillator. The idea came about after members of SturYouth Club took part in the British Heart Foundation's 'Restart a Heart' day last Autumn. During the evening a total of 36 young people were trained in CPR and how to use a defibrillator. more...

Deputy and Assistant Provincial Grand Master Designate announced 

On behalf of the Provincial Grand Master, Richard Merritt, we give notice that the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Dorset, Nigel Leonard and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Stephen James, will both retire from office at the meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge to be held at Sherborne School on Thursday 25 October 2018. more...

Dorset Masonic Bikers ride again! 

With clear skies and bright sunshine forecast for the day, seventeen bikers met up last Sunday at Bovington Tank Museum. Despite having booked in advance, a tour guide was not awaiting us on arrival so a slight delay occurred before they found one with a sufficiently loud voice! more...

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