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.

10th

Sep 2016

Open Day at Wareham 

The Lodges of St Martin and Unity are holding an Open Day at the Wareham Masonic Hall starting at 10 am. more...

9th

Jul 2016

Amphibious at Jigsaw 

The Charity Steward of Amphibious Lodge 9050, Sharky Ward, was invited to attend the official opening of the new Jigsaw unit at Bournemouth Hospital by the Princess Royal on the 21st March this year. more...

24th

Jun 2016

Lifelites brings laughter and smiles to children at Dorset children's hospice 

National Freemasons' children's charity provides magical technology for children at Julia's House. more...

14th

Jun 2016

Blackmore Vale Lodge Donate to Sturminster Newton Amateur Boxing Club 

Seconds out. more...

11th

Jun 2016

Dorset Lodge joins the UGLE Universities Scheme 

The Province of Dorset are delighted to announce that the Assistant Grand Master, RWBro Sir David Wootton, President of the Universities Scheme, has approved the application from London Haven Lodge No. more...

1st

Jun 2016

Masonic Defibrillator in Action in Swanage 

The public access defibrillator attached to the exterior of the Masonic Hall at Marshall Row, Swanage was called into action this morning (Tuesday 31 May 2016). more...

23rd

May 2016

Charity Fishing Event in Dorset 

The Dorset branch of the Masonic Trout and Salmon Fishing Charity (MTSFC) once again had the pleasure of hosting 6 Special Needs children from Mountjoy School in Beaminster and 6 from Beaucroft School in Wimborne to a morning's coarse fishing at Higher Kingcombe Lakes at Toller Percorum near Dorchester. more...

15th

Apr 2016

Dorset Masonic Provincial Golf Day 

Friday 15 April 2016
Yeovil Golf Club

The first of the two annual golf days organised by Dorset Fairway Lodge No 9546 on behalf of Province for 2016. more...

13th

Apr 2016

Lodge of Meridian donate to the Youth Cancer Trust! 

Rodney Hayes, on behalf of the Lodge of Meridian, was recently delighted to present a cheque for £500, raised at the Lodge Ladies Night, to Brenda Clark, founder of Youth Cancer Trust. more...

13th

Apr 2016

Dorset Freemasons visit to Lewis-Manning Hospice 

As a result of recent grants from The Freemasons' Grand Charity and other donations from individual Dorset Lodges. more...

24th

Mar 2016

Welcome to New Members 

Every year in Dorset we hold two events where our newest members and their partners can come along to meet the Provincial Executive. more...

21st

Mar 2016

Charity presentation 

The Worshipful Master of the Lodge of Meridian no 6582 WBro Rodney Hayes presented a cheque for £250. more...

10th

Mar 2016

Donation hits 'the Mark' for MTSFC 

At the March Quarterly Communications meeting at Grand Lodge, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VWBro Nigel Leonard, was delighted to receive a cheque for £600 from the Provincial Grand Mark Master, RWBro Michael Whelan, as a very welcome donation towards the running of the two Masonic Trout and Salmon Fishing Charity (MTSFC) events held in Dorset each year. more...

8th

Mar 2016

Dorset Masons delight schoolboy Elijah with a gift bike 

A local Masonic lodge has helped put a smile on the face of Dorset schoolboy, Elijah Sappleton by donating funds to buy him a brand new mountain bike. more...

5th

Mar 2016

Presentation of £500 to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. 

A presentation of £500 was made to the above by our last years WM, John Porter, to their representative Mr Ron Bishop on behalf of the Lodge of Faith and Unanimity No. more...

5th

Mar 2016

Weymouth Drama Club, Curtain Raisers. 

Members of Faith and Unanimity Masonic Lodge Number 417 of Dorchester, attended a recent production of, 'It Snows', by the youth players of the group 'Curtain Raisers'. more...

2nd

Mar 2016

Lodge of Meridian support The Pilgrim Bandits 

A great example of Dorset Freemasons supporting the wider community! more...

30th

Jan 2016

Prostate Free PSA Testing Day Amity Masonic Hall Poole 

A Prostate PSA Testing day has been organised for Saturday 30th January 2016 commencing at 09. more...

14th

Jan 2016

Lodge of Hospitality and Concord support The Dolphin Trust 

It is said that Dolphins have been seen, very frequently, within the confines of Poole Harbour and even as far up the river Frome as Wareham Quay. more...

31st

Dec 2015

PGMDF answers an appeal from Julia's House 

Our Provincial Grand Charity Steward received an appeal from Julia's House early last week for assistance in providing some essential items to enrich the time spent at the Hospice by the children of different ages. more...

30th

Dec 2015

A very happy 100th Birthday party at Zetland Court. 

The Dorset Freemasonry family encompasses all ages; from our newest Entered Apprentice, through our most experienced Past Master to the beloved Widows our sadly departed members leave behind. more...

11th

Dec 2015

Freemasons donate £30,000 to support communities affected by Cumbria floods 

The Freemasons' Grand Charity has donated £25,000 to The Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund 2015. more...

4th

Dec 2015

CLIC Sargent say thanks you to Sturminster Freemasons 

After a successful fundraising event and donation by the Blackmore Vale Lodge to CLIC Sargent (Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood), Joy Morley the Fundraising Manager for CLIC Sargent wrote to both the Blackmore Vale Magazine and Dorset Echo to express her gratitude. more...

26th

Nov 2015

Food Bank Donation by Dorset Stewards Lodge! 

At a recent Sunday luncheon at the Mayfair Hotel in Bournemouth, the Worshipful Master of the Kenneth Cross Lodge of Dorset Provincial Grand Stewards, Rob Smith, stated that he wanted the proceeds of the raffle to go to the Weymouth Food Bank at the Baptist Church in Weymouth. more...

21st

Nov 2015

Presentation of a sailing boat to Lyme Regis Sailing Club 

Montagu Lodge No: more...

13th

Nov 2015

Sturminster United FC thanks local Freemasons 

In April this year, vandals destroyed the mini soccer goals at the local football club used by hundreds of children in and around Sturminster Newton leaving the club
facing a cost of around £1,000 to replace them. more...

12th

Nov 2015

Freemasons supports the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance 

During 2014 and 2015 the Brethren of Blackmore Vale Lodge No. more...

9th

Nov 2015

A Brief History of Thomas Dunckerley 

The inaugural Provincial Grand Lodge for Dorset was 'held under the Banner of the Lodge of Amity' on the 24th June 1780 at Poole. more...

7th

Nov 2015

Zetland Residents are flying high! 

Zetland Court in Westbourne is run and staffed by the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. more...

5th

Nov 2015

Childhood Eye Cancer Trust supported by Wimborne Masons 

Paris Williamson and her father Jason receive, on behalf of the Charity, a cheque for £1000 from Geoff Knights of The Lodge of St Cuthberga No. more...

5th

Nov 2015

The Freemasons' Grand Charity donates £600,000 to hospices 

The Freemasons' Grand Charity continues to support hospices with a total donation of £600,000 in 2015. more...