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.


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...

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...

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...

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...

Scouts mess sorted ready for international experience! 

On hearing about the needs of the 1st Broadmayne Scout Troop, the Lodge of Unity based in Wareham were very keen to jump in and help with their efforts to raise money for a much needed 'mess tent'.

The troop is relatively new and has only be running since September 2014 and in the four years since then has grown to be the largest troop in the area. This success comes from offering local young people the opportunities and challenges that they cannot get elsewhere. more...

Supporting Teenage Cancer Trust 

Wimborne Freemasons present a cheque for £3520 to Charlotte Adams the Regional Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust.

The money will go towards funding a counsellor for young people with cancer in the Poole area.

Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word 'cancer.' Teenage Cancer Trust is the only charity dedicated to making this happen. more...


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