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

United Service Lodge of Dorset Freemasons support the Veterans' hub! 

The Worshipful Master of Dorset's United Service Lodge, Roger Barnes, handed over a cheque for £305 to the Weymouth and Portland Veterans Hub. This brings the total donated to the Hub by United Service Lodge to just under £1000.

The Veterans Hub was set up to try and make services to former troops more accessible and any profits made from the Cafe at the Hub go towards continuing the hub's work. more...

Dorset Masonic Museum hosts University undergraduates 

The Dorset Masonic Museum continues with its programme offering a guided tour of exhibits to undergraduates. Museum curator, Peter Shenton, is currently planning a series of exhibitions throughout the year for those seeking a wider knowledge of Freemasonry.

Enquiry in the Universities Scheme in Dorset has increased through interest from undergraduates at the Bournemouth University and the Art University Bournemouth as well as from other academic establishments. more...

Red Cross of Constantine and Craft work together to support EDAS. 

Dorset Freemasons joined together in a 'cross order' initiative to donate to a 'recovery cafe' run by the Essential Drugs & Alcohol Service (EDAS) EDAS Better Together in Poole.

The Serenitea EDAS cafe on Ashley Road, Poole provides an alcohol-free social environment for people in recovery, as well as members of the public. Members of Lodges. more...

Youth Clubs helped by donation from Gillingham Freemasons 

Two Youth Clubs serving the North Dorset area desperately needed financial help to finish the installation of their new cooker at their HQ in Gillingham.

Bones Youth Clubs is available to young children in the area and HippBones Youth Club have sessions for children with special needs. more...

Provincial Grand Master announces Royal Arch Appointments 

The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, RWBro Graham Glazier, is pleased to announce that at the Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter to be held at Hamworthy on Saturday 29th June 2019, he intends to re-appoint:-

EComp Michael Worne PGStB as Deputy Grand Superintendent

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Vespasian Lodge supports Gully's Place! 

A Dorset Lodge based in Poole have shown their continued commitment to a Children's palliative care unit by making the latest of five donations to Gully's Place at Poole Hospital

Vespasian Lodge, based at Branksome Masonic Hall in Poole have supported Gully's Place, a purpose-designed space to provide a palliative care area contained within the children's unit of Poole Hospital, since 2015. more...

Dorset Freemasons go green! 

The Amphibious Freemasons Lodge in Wimborne have showed their commitment to the care of the wider community by supporting a local charity, The Greenwood Club with a donation of £510.

The Greenwood Club is part of the Dorset Area for Outstanding Natural Beauty project 'Stepping into Nature'. They aim to provide positive shared experiences and memories for those living with dementia and their amazing carers. more...

Gillingham Freemasons donate £500 to Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre 

Kings Court Masonic Lodge in Gillingham have made a donation of £500 in memory of their late member, Norman Higgins whose Granddaughter is a Trustee of DRCSC.

Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre is an independent, charitable organisation supporting people who have been affected by rape or sexual abuse. their aim is to provide confidential, practical and emotional support to anyone who has suffered sexual violence or rape or is supporting a victim. more...

Shaftesbury Masons supporting the local community! 

The Shaftesbury based Lodge of Friendship and Sincerity in Dorset Freemasonry have been supporting the local Girl Guides with their aim to build a new Guide Hut. A number of the members of the Lodge have connections with the Scouting and Guides movements. It was felt that the Lodge should support local endeavours and there was universal support in lending support to the Guides. more...

Ashley Lodge Spring into the New Year 

On New Year's Eve Peter Boyd, the Immediate Past Master of The Ashley Lodge presented a cheque for £2,950 to Janine Golding of the Poole Hospital based charity Spring, Ashley's nominated charity for Peter's year as Master.

A large proportion of the monies raised were donated under the Gift Aid scheme increasing the the benefit to Spring by more than £500, giving total in excess of £3,450.

Spring is a charity supporting parents and relatives through baby loss. more...

Dorset's Universities Scheme Lodge Celebrate Christmas in style! 

As is customary, wives, partners friends and widows of Brethren were invited to the Christmas Meeting Festive Dinner of the London Haven Lodge, where the traditional highlight of the evening is an annual visit from the Bournemouth Gilbert and Sullivan Operatic Society (GaSP) Carol Singers. more...

Art History in Blandford 

As part of a recent history project where a number of members of Blandford Freemasonry, led by Mark Hinsley researched the history of the lodges in Blandford, some marvellous minute book covers were discovered.

For four years the secretary drew these cover pages for the minute book of the previous year. These beautiful documents, show who the Master was, how many of each type of ceremony was conducted and which members attended and how many times.

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Masonic Charitable Foundation, the Impact of their work! 

The Masonic Charitable Foundation, is helping more people than ever before.

During 2017/18, they reached more people, improved the way they work and gave more than ever. None of this would have been possible without their supporters, donors, volunteers and dedicated team of staff.

This year, the masonic community gave more than ever to local and national charities, and also helped an increasing number of Freemasons and their families.

#Freemasonry gave £48. more...

Far Fetched Freemasonry? 

The Lodge of Honour and Friendship which meets in Blandford has installed a new Master in the shape of Toby Daniels. This isn't news though we have 49 Installations every year!

However some Brethren made a really big trip to be present at Toby's big night!

Visitors to our lodge meetings are so important to us, and this one was extra special. more...

Provincial Carol Service 2018 

We had a terrific day at the wonderful Sherborne Abbey at our Dorset Freemasonry Carol Service. We enjoyed the company of friends and family from far and wide in a wonderful setting. more...

Kings Court sponsors Gillingham Litter Pickers. 

Kings Court Lodge were happy to help out the amazing group of enthusiastic volunteers who give up their time to go out and about collecting litter of the streets.

15 Hi-Vis vests were designed and acquired in order to keep the volunteers safe and to help promote this excellent initiative.

Spokesman, Roger Knight said that 'this kind of enterprise fitted in perfectly with the intention of Gillingham Freemason to support good local causes whenever we can'. more...

Connecticut to Beaminster - An Artefact Returns 

We often read and hear of instances of internet scams and abuse of social media but overlook many of its enduring benefits. This was brought home in April 2018 when David Wakely, the Secretary of Beaminster Manor Lodge in Dorset received an email from Ben Headley of the Franklin Lodge No 20 in Westerly, Rhode Island, Connecticut. Clearly the benefits of the internet and the Dorset Website was soon appreciated as it was through the Dorset Provincial Masonic portal that David was tracked down. more...

A truly international experience! 

Visiting any lodge abroad would always be an amazing experience however the visit by nine Dorset brethren to the Hackney Brook Lodge No 14 in Estonia surpassed all expectations with twelve countries and constitutions being represented at the meeting. more...

Deep Diving Freemasons!! 

On 14th October 2018. Michael Wilson the Senior Warden and Master Elect of The Ashley Lodge held an impromptu meeting with Luke Sibley the Ruling Master of the Arthurian Lodge in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Hampshire & Isle of Wight and John DeLara a Past Master of the Loyal Berkshire Lodge of Hope in the Province of Berkshire. more...

Masonic Cross Border Cooperation :-) 

On Friday 12 October 2018, three Dorset Brethren; Steve James our Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Mark Hinsley, Dorset Membership Officer and Paul Baggett made the journey up to Swindon to attend a special meeting of the Royal Sussex Lodge of Emulation 355. The invitation came from Junior Warden John Wain.

The purpose of the visit was to witness the return of the sections of historic name boards that had once belonged to the lodge. more...

Dorset Freemasons supporting Stur Ladies 

Freemasons from Sturminster Newton are proud to support the Sturminster Newton Ladies' Football Team. Manager Lucy Johnson formed the team in February 2018 and since then the Stur Ladies have gone from strength to strength.

In the UK there are over three million female players actively involved in playing football. In Dorset we currently have 25 teams affiliated, so no matter what your ability or your age pick up a ball and join the many others who enjoy getting active. more...

Dorset Freemasons on the crest of a wave! 

John Lawrence of Kinson Lodge has had great pleasure in presenting a cheque for £500 to Curt Marlow (Dorset Coordinator) of the Wave Project

The Wave Project is the UK's surf therapy charity, helping young people improve confidence through surfing.

Their award-winning surf therapy courses are proven to help clients increase confidence and reduce anxiety. In addition their health courses are planned in advance and tailored to individual clients. more...

Suprise gift to Provincial Grand Master 

At their September meeting the brethren of Brownsea Island Lodge were honoured to host the Provincial Grand Master, Richard Merritt as their guest for the evening. more...

Veteran soldiers head across Europe thanks to grant from Dorset Freemasons 

An intrepid group of veteran soldiers, who are suffering the mental and physical effects of their service, are heading across the continent to Greece and back, thanks to a grant from Dorset Freemasons.

The Veterans In Action - VIA charity (VIA) were awarded £25,000 from Dorset Freemasons in October 2017 for the Veterans Expedition Overland project. more...

Dorset Lodge supports local amateur boxing club!! 

Earlier this year, Blackmore Vale Lodge presented Sturminster Newton Amateur Boxing Club with a cheque for £185. The club has used this to purchase new sparring gloves and headgear.

During the week, members of the Lodge were invited to the club to see the new equipment and are pictured here with some of the youngsters from the club, wearing the new gloves. more...

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...

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