Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset

The official website of Dorset Freemasonry

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

Dunckerley Lodge in £5000 donation to Dorset Rape Crisis Centre 

After a very successful year as Master of Dunckerley Lodge in Poole, Paul Baggett was able to present a cheque for £5000 to a Poole based charity, run for men, women and young people over 16 who have been raped or sexually abused.

Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre is a pan Dorset charity based in Poole with a vision to eventually develop hubs throughout the county. more...

Shaftesbury Masonic Lodge - Helping Local Youngsters 

The members of The Lodge of Friendship and Sincerity have been supporting Hipp!!Bones, a specialist youth club for youngsters with special educational needs and disabilities in Dorset and neighbouring counties.

The club encourages young people to explore new activities and gain life skills, through a variety of arts & crafts, cookery, and sporting pursuits. Air hockey, pool, the Nintendo Wii and Xbox, are also available in the Coffee Bar. more...

All Souls Lodge Opportunities R Unlimited!! 

When the All Souls Lodge approached Opportunities R Un Limited to ask if they needed support, they were delighted! What the group really needed was a second picnic table to accommodate growing numbers.

The table is a wood-styled recycled material picnic table that offers a low maintenance, weather resistant seating solution and is ideal for outdoor recreational or leisure environments.

For some time now, getting everybody to sit together had become tricky. more...

MCF Tercentenary Community Awards 

Three months ago saw the public launch of the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) Tercentenary Community Awards. The project has seen 300 charities sharing a total of £3 million. In Dorset we nominated four charities which in total would share £50,000. Each Charity submitted an application and a public online vote has determined the award to each. more...

APGM attends 'Thank You' party at Merley House 

I was pleased to be able to accept Maggie Harris's invitation to Merley House for a 'Thank You' party for Dorset Freemasonry and other organisations that have helped young people in Poole during the year. Those present included 'Lush Cosmetics' and 'MyTime', a charity providing respite for young carers at a facility near Worth Matravers. more...

Tercentenary Adventure Holiday 

Our Tercentenary Adventure Holiday has commenced with 209 children from locations within Dorset and around the country arriving in Weymouth.

The Province of Dorset together with many other Provinces, supported by the United Grand Lodge of England, has raised more than £109,000 ensuring these children can enjoy this experience of a lifetime. more...

Dorset Masonic Bikers help raise funds for Lifelites 

In true Masonic manner, members of Dorset Masonic Bikers joined motorcyclists and car enthusiasts from Lodges in Hampshire on a summer Rally to help raise funds in aid of Lifelites.

Lifelites provides specialist entertainment, educational and assistive technology packages to over 10,000 children and young people with life-limiting, life-threatening and disabling conditions in children's hospices. See www.lifelites.org for details of the charity and the good work they do. more...

Air Ambulance Donation £15,000 9th August 

Celebrating 300 years of Freemasonry, the Province of Dorset has been raising funds for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.

Through the generous support of our Dorset & Related Lodges, Dorset Provincial Chapter, other Dorset Orders, and fund raising events a total of £39,000 has already been raised. more...

Dorset Bikers Banner Tour – the final frontier! 

Bright sunshine marked the start of the fourth and final stage of the Tour yesterday. Fifteen members of the Dorset Masonic Bikers group accompanied the Banner to the last five venues thereby completing the challenge of escorting it to every Masonic building in the Province of Dorset, a magnificent achievement befitting this Tercentenary celebration year. more...

Around £3000 for Dorset Charities from Masonic Bowls Competition! 

On a sunny August morning at Dorchester Bowling Club, the Dorset Masonic Sports Association was both privileged and honoured to have been selected to host the inter Provincial MACE (Masonic Annual Charity Event) Bowls Competition as part of our Tercentenary celebrations.

The event nominated three charities to support namely, Julia's House, the Victoria School for Disabled Children and the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. more...

Dorset Bikers Banner Tour - Stage Three 

Undeterred by some very wet weather, the Dorset Masonic Bikers continued their trip round Dorset on Saturday visiting each of our Masonic Halls with the Tercentenary Banner. Before lunch, the banner and bikers visited Sturminster Newton and Dorchester Masonic Halls.

In the afternoon, Blandford and Wimborne hosted the group. They were made very welcome by the Worshipful Masters and members of the lodges and enjoyed looking at these lovely buildings. more...

Inter-Province Banner - second leg completed 

Last weekend our intrepid group of Bikers carried the Inter-Province Banner to five more Masonic buildings. The event took place on Sunday, a day later than originally scheduled due to inclement weather.

The Banner was dedicated by the Provincial Grand Chaplain of Devonshire in April 2017. more...

WM of Broadstone Gary Kingman presents a cheque to Reminiscence Learning 

The WM of the Broadstone Lodge No 8641 Gary Kingman had the pleasure of presenting a cheque for £500 to Reminiscence Learning today.

Reminiscence Learning are an inspirational charity providing dementia awareness training and activities as well a community events .

In return Gary was presented with his very own Archie.

 more...

Inter-Province Banner - first leg completed 

Dorset Masonic Bikers carried the Inter-Province Banner around rural Dorset yesterday to four Masonic buildings. The intrepid group consisted of six Masons, one brave wife riding pillion, a gentleman biker and a support vehicle to carry the Banner.

The gentleman was made an Honorary Member of the group and given a free tie pin on condition he joins a Masonic Lodge within the next twelve months! more...

The Great Dorset Freemasonry Raft Race 

A tremendously successful day in Poole Park; the Dorset Freemasonry Raft Race in support of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Thanks to all the teams and congratulations to The Ashley Lodge 6525 who were the worthy winners! Thanks to all our photographers and videographers who recorded the event.
Dorset Freemasonry out in the local community, showing how much fun we have while doing some good work too! more...

Holidaying in Dorset or just local and missing your Masonry? 

The Lodges shown in the image all have summer meetings (click on the image to see a full version). If you would like to visit you will find contact details under the 'Search' button on the Dorset Provincial Web Site; these are on the public pages and you do not need to be registered on the web site to view them.

Of course all Dorset Lodges would be just as delighted to see you at any other time! more...

Dorset Freemasons celebrate 300 years! 

Last Sunday saw our most spectacular event of 2017, the Province of Dorset held a Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Tercentenary of the first Grand Lodge of England at The Abbey Church of St. Mary the Virgin at Sherborne. more...

MCF Community Awards Nominations & Voting 

This month sees the launch of the 300 charities, £3 million, 300 years event, when everyone will have an opportunity to vote for one of four nominated Charities benefiting Dorset residents. This is an open, public vote via a dedicated link, www.mcf.org.uk/vote; other facilities will be made for those without an internet connection.

The ballot opens on the 12th June and runs until the 31st July; you can only vote once and for one nominee. more...

Dorset Masonic Bikers escort Tractor Rally in aid of Cancer Charity 

On Sunday 20th May a convoy of tractors departed from the Coach & Horses Pub in Wimborne led by Terry Fuller, WM of Amphibious Lodge No. 9050 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The tractors completed a route of about 15 miles around the local area and returned to the Pub whereupon a Winners Cup was awarded to the best entrant.

The event was followed by drinks, a hog roast and musical entertainment provided by local bands. more...

The Yeatman Hospital, Sherborne 

Our Worshipful Master Peter Cairns presents a cheque in conjunction with Sherborne boys school to the Matron of Yeatman hospital, below is the coverage from the SomersetLive news.

'The Friends of The Yeatman Hospital, Sherborne, have been given a welcome financial boost thanks to two community groups in the town.
Students from Sherborne International, which is affiliated to Sherborne School, presented the Friends with a cheque for £347. more...

Freemasonry celebrates 300 years in Dorset (but it's not all secret meetings and funny handshakes) 

It is probably the largest fraternal organisation in the world, with 49 'lodges' in Dorset alone. Yet an air of secrecy still surrounds freemasonry, which is celebrating its 300th year in the county during 2017.

Masons across the county are preparing to take part in numerous high profile fundraising events and parades, in a bid to dispel the myths surrounding the organisation and share its ethos with the community. more...

Palm Sunday Thanksgiving Service - Rose Croix of Dorset 

Following the success of previous years, the Rose Croix for Dorset held a Palm Sunday Service of Thanksgiving at Lady St Mary Church at Wareham on Sunday 9th April 2017. The service, led jointly by Rev'd Paul Thompson and the head of Rose Croix for Dorset Harry Barnes, attracted in excess of 170 attendees, many of whom enjoyed a very generous afternoon tea that followed in the Masonic Hall, Howard's Lane Wareham. more...

Freemasonry opens its doors 

As quite a few will by now have heard, the launch of a series of programmes produced for Sky1 will be broadcast, starting on Easter Monday at 8pm.
There is a series of interviews to promote this fantastic insight into our organisation and here is a link to one that took place on BBC Breakfast a couple of days ago. Thank a look https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmAoWVkb2dY&sns=fb more...