Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset

The official website of Dorset Freemasonry

Welcome to Freemasonry in Dorset.

What is Freemasonry?

WHAT WE ARE (Purpose)
We are a unique members' organisation which has thrived for over 300 years. Having no political or religious affiliations, we comprise members of all ages, races, religions, cultures and backgrounds. We meet in our individual Lodges throughout the country where we have ceremonial traditions which encourage us both to be more tolerant and respectful and actively to fulfil our civic and charitable responsibilities; we also make time to eat, drink and meet together, and form lifelong friendships.

WHAT WE AIM FOR (Vision)
To attract those from all backgrounds and walks of life, enabling them to develop into more thoughtful and confident people. To inspire and challenge them to practise the core values we celebrate – Integrity, Friendship, Respect, Charity – in their private and public lives. To cement our reputation as a force for good in our communities and society at large and as a thriving organisation that people aspire to join.

OUR VALUES

INTEGRITY: Rather than working on buildings like the masons of old, today's Freemasons focus on building themselves as people of integrity, and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal.

FRIENDSHIP: One of the oldest social organisations in the world, Freemasonry is not defined by an ideology. It is open to people from all religions and political persuasions, and provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life.

RESPECT: With a membership of more than 200,000 people drawn from communities across the UK, Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion or any other perceived differences that can divide us as a society.

CHARITY: Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry. The organisation provides a support structure that helps members make positive contributions to communities and worthwhile causes through fundraising events or volunteer work.

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News

Lodge of St. Mark Remembrance Sunday 

David Clark supported the Lodge of St. Mark No.8479 on Remembrance Sunday by laying their wreath at the Bournemouth Cenotaph with the Master from Northbourne Lodge No.6827.

Courtesy of Dave Packer
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Canford Lodge Remembers Our Fallen 

On 11th November Canford Lodge No. 9727 attended the Kinson Remembrance Service at the Kinson Hub.

David Clark represented our Worshipful Master with our newest Entered Apprentice Anthony Hand and myself. David's and my wife also attended.

A very emotional service with representation from various branches of the Armed Forces and choirs from three local schools. The service was very well supported by the local community.

Courtesy of Dave Packer
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A System of Morality' Part II 'Veiled in Allegory' 

The Prestonian Lecture 2021 was hosted in Dorset by Bleckly Clarke Lodge 8290 who held an extraordinary meeting of the Lodge at the Blandford Corn Exchange. more...

RW Bro Kenneth Henry Barnes celebrates 50 years as a Dorset Freemason 

The Deputy Provincial Grand Master attended Vindelis Lodge at Portland for their November meeting.

The Lodge had the pleasure of celebrating RW Bro Kenneth (Harry) Henry Barnes tremendous achievement of 50 years as a Dorset Freemason. The celebration acknowledged his commitment and significant contribution to Freemasonry, particularly in Dorset. more...

National Domestic Abuse Helpline 

Thousands of women will be aided by £200,000 grant from the Freemasons to National Domestic Abuse Helpline.

Thousands of women experiencing domestic abuse will be able to gain help and support from Refuge's 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline, thanks to a major grant from Dorset Freemasons and other Provinces.

The £200,000 grant will support the Helpline, which is at the heart of a strategic, co-ordinated response to domestic abuse. more...

Dorset Freemasons Provincial Carol Service 

Sherborne Abbey Sunday 12th December 2021 - 3pm.

Join us after the service for tea and mince pies at The Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3ND.

Please let us know if you are attending by clicking on the events tab on our Facebook page, link below. more...

Dorset Vs Hampshire & IOW Provincial Christmas Clay Shooting competition. 

Saturday 4th December 2021 at Purbeck Shooting School.

The price is £40.00 each. This includes 50 Clays, 50 Cartridges. Bacon Bap with Tea/Coffee on arrival.

0900hrs Arrival, sign in and breakfast bap with coffee.
1000hrs Start shooting.
1200hrs Turkey and Stuffing bap with drink.
1230hrs Raffle
1300hrs Depart. more...

The 'Stonecutters Widows Sons' supporting the Dorset 'Doc Bikes'. 

Jamie (Ozzy) Osborn presented £500 to Paramedic Rob Walker at the Cashmoor Inn in Blandford. The money was raised by the Stonecutters during the 'Big Ride' charity trip around the United Kingdom which was completed in 4 days, covering over 2000 miles.

The Stonecutters Widows Sons of Wiltshire and Dorset are Freemasons from various Lodges within both Provinces. more...

ZETLAND COURT 

Residents and staff at RMBI Care Co. Home Zetland Court, in Bournemouth, took part in 'Wear it Pink' this week as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Showing their support, they dressed up in pink attire and enjoyed pink cakes for their afternoon tea, raising over £300 for the charity Breast Cancer Now.

To give the Home a fitting look for the occasion, residents and staff decorated Zetland Court in pink flowers, balloons and bunting. more...

Poole Freemasons supporting Jimmy's 

**Updated dates**

Jimmy's (Poole Food Bank) provide emergency food parcels for up to five days for local people in the Poole community who have been referred by over 150 referrers. They have four satellite centres across Poole with their main centre at St. James Church Centre in Church Street. more...

The Freemasons have signed the Armed Forces Covenant 

The Freemasons have signed the Armed Forces Covenant during a ceremony at Freemasons' Hall in Covent Garden on 20 October led by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent.

The partnership aims to support members of the Armed Forces community and ensure they have the same access to government as well as commercial services and products as any other citizen. more...

Armed Forces Covenant 

Today, HRH The Duke of Kent, Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England, will sign the Armed Forces Covenant.

This promise ensures that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. more...

The Boy Down the Lane 

On Monday 18 October WBro Chris Bond, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master (APGM) of Dorset, presented Bro Bert Beavis of the Lodge of St Cuthberga No.622 with his 60 year certificate for exemplary service to Freemasonry.

Bert has had to wait an extra year to be presented with his certificate due to the Covid pandemic.

In the early 1970s the police careers of both Bert and the APGM had overlapped, but they hadn't actually ever worked together. more...

Northbourne 6827 Ladies Night 2021 

Ladies night 2021, what a amazing night!! 108 friends and guests attended raising a staggering £845 for charity. The WM John and his lovely wife Loraine would like to warmly thank everyone and making it a great evening had by all. more...

First meeting back In October and a initiation 

First night back in a long time ... but what a night and brand new shiny candidate. Congratulations Bro Steve amazing first impression! Wm John would like to thank all those that came out and supported such a great night and yet again raising hundreds of pounds for charity. more...

Second meeting back and another new initiate 

Second meeting back, congratulations to our Second new member Bro Jody Scott. Fantastic night had by all and great to see so many visiting from Hampton Lodge.
Dorset Freemasonry the good feeling is coming back as we all move forward. more...

The Red Cross Afghanistan Crisis Appeal 

Wimborne Variety Performance

Thousands of pounds have already been raised through charity concerts written and produced by Warren Brown, Organist at the London Haven Lodge No.7300.

The Red Cross Afghanistan Crisis Appeal will further benefit from Warren's next Variety Performance held on Sunday 24th October, commencing at 7.30pm at the Allendale Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne, BH21 1AS.

Tickets are £5. more...

Ex Wren Nina Ansell 100th birthday 

Nina Ansell, a resident at RMBI Care Co. Home Zetland Court in Bournemouth, has celebrated her 100th birthday. To mark the special milestone, Nina enjoyed a small family gathering and was presented with flowers, a cake and a card from the Queen. The staff at Zetland Court decorated the Home's bar for her, where she enjoyed an afternoon tea with fellow residents.

Nina, who was born on 22 September 1921, turned 18 three weeks after the Second World War was declared. more...

Dorset Freemason Major Stuart Syrad 

Major Stuart Syrad, who has died aged 88, won the MC at Suez, piloted a hovercraft on the Amazon and commanded what is known today as the Special Boat Service.

In 1956, 23-year-old Lieutenant Syrad was second-in-command of X troop, 45 Commando, when the Suez Crisis broke out and Britain launched Operation Musketeer, part of the Anglo-French landings to recover the Canal from nationalisation by Egypt. more...

World's Biggest Coffee Morning 

Members of Northbourne Lodge participated in the 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning' event by hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning at Kinson Freemason's Hall.

John Bailey, Master of the Lodge, organised a team of volunteers who baked a range of mouth-watering cakes for Brethren and their ladies to relax and enjoy in the warm morning sunshine. more...

Isabel Baker Foundation 

Dan Martin's 'End of Year Bash' for The Lodge of St Cuthberga was held at The Crown Hotel in Blandford on Saturday night. Brethren throughout the Province supported the event.

Matt Black - Piano Man was outstanding and complimented the occasion. Vicky from the Isabel Baker Foundation was presented with a cheque for £6,484.83, which was raised during the two years that Dan occupied the Chair.

A truly magnificent party. more...

Dorset play major role as comforting teddies for children in hospital reaches three million 

The three millionth teddy to be given to poorly children across England and Wales has been presented, with Dorset Freemasons playing a big part.

The special bear was presented to Jackie James, Play Specialist at Peterborough City Hospital, in the hospital's Amazon Children's Garden, by Dr David Staples a hospital Consultant Physician and CEO of the United Grand Lodge of England, the Freemasons' group behind the Teddies for Loving Care initiative. more...

Freemasons supporting over a million people with mental health issues 

To help more than 1.4 million people experiencing mental health issues, Freemasons in Dorset and across England are donating more than £550,000 to help citizens across the UK.

In Dorset Freemasons are supporting Dorset based MYTIME Young Carers charity with a donation £13,330. This donation will continue to provide long weekend breaks for Young Carers at their rest and rehabilitation retreat located at Worth Matravers. more...

MCF Supports MYTIME Young Carers 

The Masonic Charitable Foundation awarded the Dorset based MYTIME Young Carers charity £13,330 spread over three years.

This donation will be used to continue to provide long weekend breaks for Young Carers at their R&R Retreat situated high on the Dorset coast at Worth Matravers.

Their quirky centre built in WWII as a radar station has changed over the years, with its surrounding buildings gradually removed. more...

Dorset Freemasonry Supporting the NHS Charity 

Do you remember last year when Dorset Freemasonry launched a design a t-shirt competition? It seems like an age ago but you'll be pleased to learn that the £2,292.40 that you helped raise, by purchasing a t-shirt, is being put to good use by University Hospitals Dorset.

The winner of the competition, Bro Tom Bavington of Brownsea Island Lodge No. more...

London Haven Lodge in 2021 mile relay! 

The Universities Scheme 2021 Challenge is a relay between all United Grand Lodge of England Universities Scheme Lodges covering a distance of 2021 miles in support of the Duke of Edinburgh Memorial Fund.

David Kenneth Williamson was Assistant Grand Master from 2001-14, and was the first President when the Universities Scheme was launched in 2005. In honour of his contribution the DWK Trophy was created which was passed along during the relay! more...

Disused Red Telephone Box becomes a lifesaver in Portland! 

A Portland community charity has repurposed their dilapidated village red phone box, providing a lifesaving public defibrillator. The project, led by Southwell Area Living Together (SALT) is an essential resource to the residents of Southwell village and to visiting tourists, meaning the difference between life and death in an emergency. more...

Bro Wayne Ingram made an MBE 

Dorset Freemason and former soldier who helped a boy with a rare facial cleft has been made an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Bro Wayne Ingram from United Service Lodge No.3473 at Portland raised £140,000 for four-year-old Stefan Savic, who he first met on Army patrol in Bosnia in 2003.

Bro Wayne, who went on to become an ambulance paramedic, said he was 'utterly overwhelmed' by the honour. more...

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