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.

News

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...

92 Year Old takes the Chair at St Mark!! 

Monday 14 May proved to be a very memorable day for the members of The Lodge of St Mark as they created their own piece of history with a 92 year old, World War II veteran being installed as their Worshipful Master.

Ray joined the Royal Navy as a 17 year old in 1943 and served on HMS Illustrious. The carrier's aircraft attacked targets in Japanese-occupied Dutch East Indies and took part in the Battle of Okinawa. more...

Dorset Freemasons remember the fallen at the Menin Gate. 

Paul Baggett, the Immediate Past Master of Dunckerley Lodge in Poole, with fellow Mason Phil Conway travelled to the Menin Gate and laid a wreath there on behalf of Dorset Freemasonry.

Paul was then greatly honoured by being asked to take an active part in the ceremony that was to follow. Paul was invited to read the Exhortation and help continue this most important tradition. more...

Double Celebration at Dorset Stewards Lodge 

The April meeting of the Kenneth Cross Lodge of Dorset Provincial Grand Stewards No. 9508 saw a double celebration. The Lodge marked the 90th Birthday of one their Founders and the 25th Anniversary of the Lodge, consecrated on 3 April 1993.

On 3 May, Brian Knight, Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master and highly respected doyen of Dorset will be celebrating his 90th birthday. To his surprise, the Brethren rose and sang a rousing 'Happy Birthday to him. more...

Lodge of Amity get painting! 

Freemasons from the Lodge of Amity in Poole recently gave up their Saturday to redecorate a local charity's building.

Members of the Lodge assembled at 9 am at Barnabas House, a facility of the Diverse Abilities charity in Poole. Armed with paint brushes, rollers and gallons of white paint they set about transforming the appearance of the building. more...

Dorset Freemasons Support Children's Eye Cancer Charity with £1785 donation. 

Members of Wimborne's Lodge of St. Cuthberga travelled to Freemasons Hall in London to present a cheque for £1785 to Diana Emery the Fundraising Manager and Patrick Tonks the CEO of Childhood Eye Cancer Trust  (CHECT). 

CHECT supports children with Retinoblastoma which is a fast-growing eye cancer found in some babies and children under the age of six years. CHECT helps guide families through the shock, stress and practical challenges after diagnosis. more...

Ashley Lodge donate to Children's Ward 

Supporting local causes through charitable giving is a key principle at the heart of every Masonic Lodge. The Ashley Lodge in Poole is no exception with ongoing support for these causes through donations from its members at each of its meetings and social events throughout the year.

Last year the Master of Ashley Lodge, David Sanford, selected The Piam Brown Children's Oncology and Haematology ward in Southampton General Hospital. The Piam Brown ward caters for children from: more...

Five generations is it a record ? 

Mr Geoffrey James Blake became the fifth generation of his family to become a member of Portland Lodge . His heritage stretches back to 1908. His family have been members of the Lodge unbroken since 1908 and have supported the lodge for a total of 152 years, with more to come.

Geoffrey's Great- Great Grandfather Joseph Stone; was initiated into Portland Lodge in 1908 serving the Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1919 and died a member in 1954. more...

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