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

Dorset Freemasons support local disability charity 

Members of the oldest Masonic Lodge in Dorset have given £2000 to help fund local charity Diverse Abilities. The donation was the result of money raised by members of The Lodge of Amity in Poole at social events during Martin Barker's year as Master of the Lodge in 2017.

Martin was delighted to nominate Diverse Abilities as his chosen Charity for the year. more...

Masonic Charitable Foundation Grant to Julia's House 

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has awarded a grant of £1,812 to Julia's House in recognition of the excellent work being done to support children with life limiting or life effecting conditions.

As part of these services, Youth Clubs are run both within the Hospice and at venues selected by the children. Matt Devereux (Provincial Grand Charity Steward) visited the Hospice to learn more about the Youth Club activities and presented an Award Certificate to the nursing staff. more...

Masons supporting local Primary School in Gillingham 

Kings Court Masonic Charity Association were happy to help when approached by the Brethren of Friendship and Sincerity Lodge to support them with purchase of a new electric piano for Gillingham Primary School by making a donation of £200.

Charity Steward, Roger Knight said ' We hope the new piano gets lots of use and hopefully one day in the future one of the pupils will be proficient enough to come and play for us?' more...

Masonic Charitable Foundation Grant to Lewis Manning Hospice 

In recognition of a grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, Matt Devereux (Provincial Grand Charity Steward) visited Lewis Manning Hospice to present an Award Certificate.

For 25 years, Lewis-Manning Hospice has given local people with life-limiting illnesses the choice to live their lives right up to the last moment. They do this by providing the best possible care in a beautiful setting overlooking Poole Harbour. more...

UGLE Chief Executive on BBC Radio 4 

Further to the recent news coverage, David Staples the Chief Executive Officer of the United Grand Lodge of England has taken the opportunity to appear on the BBC Radio 4 The Today Programme.

You can listen to the broadcast on the following link and will need to register for BBC iPlayer to do so.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09k0nmr#play

The relevant clip is at is 2hours, 46minutes and 21 seconds in. more...

Dorset Freemasons help History Centre save important local photo collection. 

Dorset Freemasons have given over £4300 to save a historic photo collection at the Dorset History Centre. The Dorset Archive Trust have been trying to save the 'Herbert Collection' of images showing 20th Century life in Dorset.

When Richard Merritt, Provincial Grand Master for Dorset, heard about the project to save the pictures, he stepped in to help. 'Vinegar Syndrome', an irreversible breakdown of the acetate, has been destroying the negatives. more...

St Cuthberga in Christmas Charitable Giving 

The Lodge of St Cuthberga support Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF) with a £3400 donation! On Sunday at the Family Christmas Lunch Chris Hawkes presented a cheque for £3432 to the founder of DCCF Leslie May Harrison.

Lesley then joined us for a wonderful Christmas lunch at Wimborne Masonic Hall. Further special guests were eight widows of deceased Lodge Members. They were able to join us in singing carols accompanied by the Wimborne Musical Theatre Society (WMTS). more...

Christmas has officially begun! 

The 22nd Annual Provincial Carol Service took place at Sherborne Abbey on Sunday 10th December and was very well attended despite the inclement weather. Dorset Masons, their families and friends together with VIP guests took part in a traditional Carol service led by the Rector of Sherborne, The Reverend Canon Eric Woods DL. more...

Shaftesbury Lodge raises £600 for Local Girl Guide Project 

Shaftesbury's Lodge of Friendship and Sincerity organised a quiz evening to raise funds for the local Girl Guides. Nearly 100 people had a fun filled evening as their general knowledge was tested.

Together with a donation from the Lodge and a local pub, The Ship Inn, £600 was raised.

The local Guides are attempting to raise £80,000 to enable them to extend their temporary meeting place, Lindlar Hall, and make this hall a permanent home for them. more...

Provincial Grand Master becomes Serving Master of his Lodge! 

What does a Provincial Grand Master do when he isn't being Provincial Grand Master then...? Well, more Freemasonry of course!

Our Provincial Grand Master, Richard Merritt, was today installed as Master of Thomas Dunckerley Lodge in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Hampshire & Isle of Wight by John Harvey a Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master of that Province.

The Lodge is the Provincial Executive Lodge of the Province and Richard became a joining member in 2009. more...

New Master marks the start of the 2017 Poppy Appeal with donation. 

Significant donation by Blackmore Vale Lodge for the Poppy Appeal.

A terrific night was had by all on Friday 27 when Trevor Legg was installed as Master by Mark Harrold, with the Provincial team, led by Deputy Provincial Grand Master Nigel Leonard. more...

Pilot Officer Allan Russell Carrick remembered. 

This weeks Installation meeting at the Lodge of Unity was a very special event. The name of the of the new Carrick Bar was announced, 77 years to the day after we lost the only Mason in 190 years of Wareham Masonry to have made the supreme sacrifice in conflict.

On 27 February 1940 Pilot Sergeant Allan Russell Carrick, aged 21, was Initiated into the Lodge of Unity. more...

Beaminster Freemasons at the Heart of the Local Community 

A collaboration between Freemasons in Beaminster and the local museum has resulted in a unique public display of Freemasonry in the Community. As part of this The Beaminster Museum is hosting an exhibition called '300 years of Freemasonry' which commemorates the formation of the first Grand Lodge. The exhibition highlights some of the characters, skills and activities of Beaminster Masons over the years. more...

Bournemouth University Freshers Fair 

The Worshipful Master of London Haven Lodge, Graham Lomax, led a team to represent Freemasonry at this year's Bournemouth University Freshers Fair, one of the biggest University campus events of the year and voted the UK No.1 University Freshers' Fair in 2016 - https://www.facebook. more...

Past Provincial Grand Chaplain takes on a new role 

Revd Paul Thompson, our much loved and highly respected Past Provincial Grand Chaplain has been appointed as the new Rector of Grouped Parishes of Derryvullen North and Castle Archdale in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

The institution by the Bishop of Clogher, the Right Rev. John McDowell, took place on Friday, 15th September 2017 in Derryvullen North Parish Church, Irvinestown. more...

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...