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.


MCF Community Awards Nominations & Voting 

This month sees the launch of the 300 charities, £3 million, 300 years event, when everyone will have an opportunity to vote for one of four nominated Charities benefiting Dorset residents. This is an open, public vote via a dedicated link,; other facilities will be made for those without an internet connection.

The ballot opens on the 12th June and runs until the 31st July; you can only vote once and for one nominee. more...

Dorset Masonic Bikers escort Tractor Rally in aid of Cancer Charity 

On Sunday 20th May a convoy of tractors departed from the Coach & Horses Pub in Wimborne led by Terry Fuller, WM of Amphibious Lodge No. 9050 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The tractors completed a route of about 15 miles around the local area and returned to the Pub whereupon a Winners Cup was awarded to the best entrant.

The event was followed by drinks, a hog roast and musical entertainment provided by local bands. more...

The Yeatman Hospital, Sherborne 

Our Worshipful Master Peter Cairns presents a cheque in congunction with Sherborne boys school to the Matron of Yeatman hospital, below is the coverage from the SomersetLive news

'The Friends of The Yeatman Hospital, Sherborne, have been given a welcome financial boost thanks to two community groups in the town.
Students from Sherborne International, which is affiliated to Sherborne School, presented the Friends with a cheque for £347. more...

Freemasonry celebrates 300 years in Dorset (but it's not all secret meetings and funny handshakes) 

It is probably the largest fraternal organisation in the world, with 49 'lodges' in Dorset alone. Yet an air of secrecy still surrounds freemasonry, which is celebrating its 300th year in the county during 2017.

Masons across the county are preparing to take part in numerous high profile fundraising events and parades, in a bid to dispel the myths surrounding the organisation and share its ethos with the community. more...

Palm Sunday Thanksgiving Service - Rose Croix of Dorset 

Following the success of previous years, the Rose Croix for Dorset held a Palm Sunday Service of Thanksgiving at Lady St Mary Church at Wareham on Sunday 9th April 2017. The service, led jointly by Rev'd Paul Thompson and the head of Rose Croix for Dorset Harry Barnes, attracted in excess of 170 attendees, many of whom enjoyed a very generous afternoon tea that followed in the Masonic Hall, Howard's Lane Wareham. more...

Freemasonry opens its doors 

As quite a few will by now have heard, the launch of a series of programmes produced for Sky1 will be broadcast, starting on Easter Monday at 8pm.
There is a series of interviews to promote this fantastic insight into our organisation and here is a link to one that took place on BBC Breakfast a couple of days ago. Thank a look more...

MCF Grant £100,000 to Blind Veterans UK 

Thanks to a grant of £100,000 donated by Freemasons, Blind Veterans UK have turned a disused building in Llandudno into a new Life Skills Centre for young veterans at risk of homelessness.

The Countess of Wessex, a patron of Blind Veterans UK, officially opened the centre which will support veterans by providing them with the tools they need to become emotionally, physically and financially equipped. more...

Ferndown Lodge Charitable Donations 

As part of Ferndown Lodge's donations to celebrate the Tercentenary of Freemasonry, the Lodge has donated:
£1000.00 to the chair of Friends of Wimborne Hospital towards the purchase of a syringe driver
£500.00 to Holtwood Community Farm, a smallholding benefitting young people with learning difficulties mental issues and autism
£500.00 to Dial-a-Ride Wimborne which provides travel assistance for the elderly and disabled
£500. more...

Jurassic Coast Youth Adventure 2017 

To celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry in England, members across the UK have joined with Dorset masons to offer over 200 deserving young people the experience of a lifetime involving sports, adventure, land and water based activities at a professionally run holiday centre.

The scheme uses the outstanding facilities at PGL 'Parents Get Lost' Limited, the largest operator of holiday courses for children in the UK. more...

School Trip of a Lifetime - supported by Blackmore Vale Lodge 

Blackmore Vale Masonic Lodge has supported a local school on a trip of a lifetime to New York.
The lodge donated £500 to Sturminster Newton High School to pay for their airport transfers when their choir and band recently went on tour in The Big Apple.

Described as 'the trip of a lifetime' by the school, the school choir and band performed in the Empire State Building, on the deck of an Aircraft Carrier and visited many landmarks in the city. more...

Freemasonry Supports Dorset Hospices 

Matt Devereux, Provincial Grand Charity Steward, has this week visited three Dorset Hospices to present Grant Awards from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

Weldmar Hospicecare Trust is continuing to develop it's extensive range of Hospice and Community based services and the MCF grant will support their vital work. more...


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1266 and friends celebrate 300 years in style 

The lodge of Honour and Friendship lodge, along with our daughter lodge Bleckley Clark, marked the 300 annoversary of freemasonry with a rare march through the streets of Blandford in full regalia. The lodges were joined by guests and friends from accross freemasonry and were honoured to be joined by the Provincial Grand Master and the rest of the provincial team. Over 100 members in total were present! more...

472 and Provincial Grand Master's Discretionary Fund help young girl 

Shaftesbury's Lodge, Lodge of Friendship and Sincerity No. 472, with the assistance of The Provincial Grand Masters Discretionary Fund were able to present a cheque for £1000.00 to the family of Ruby Mae recently.

Ruby Mae McBride is a 6 year old local girl suffering from an extreme form of diabetes. For the last 3 years she has had to have between 7 and 10 injections a day on top of 10 to 15 blood sugar tests a day. more...

How football - and Adam Lallana's father - helped save the Freemasons 

iNews (the online version of the daily paper) carries an excellent article by the author Adam Sherwin explaining why a specialist football lodge is encouraging young men to become Freemasons.

Point your browser at the URL below.


Blackmore Vale Lodge put their 'ducks in a row' with charity donation. 

Blackmore Vale Lodge from Sturminster Newton were recently delighted to donate to the Ducks and Drakes Cancer Trust; a local charity raising funds for specialist equipment and nurse training.

Andrew Drake and his family set up the charity when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Juvenile Polyposis. As this type of cancer is genetic the rest of Andrews' family were checked and his sister and father were found to have the same condition. more...

Doc Martin discovers ancient Masonic burial site - Part Two: The Dorset Connection 

There are strong Dorset links to this story in the background to the Mother Lodge of George Hales, recorded in 'Ancient Freemasonry and Old Dundee Lodge No. 18 1722-1920' by Arthur Heiron written to celebrate 200 years of the Lodge.

In the 18th century Lodges customarily met in taverns and took their name from their home, when they moved they changed their name to the new hostelry. more...

Atlantic Rescue of Dorset Freemason. 

A Dorset Freemason and his family have been saved when their yacht became rudderless in the Atlantic Ocean.

Tony White, Treasurer of the Lodge of St Cuthberga, his step-daughter Fran, her husband James and their children Heath (9) and Isla (7) were rescued from their rudder-less yacht, Dove II, five hundred miles east of Barbados. more...

Doc Martin discovers ancient Masonic burial site - Part One 

Last Tuesday evening Martin Clunes presented the first part of a series of programmes exploring the Islands that surround Australia. One of the Islands he visited was Norfolk Island.

Norfolk Island was originally a penal colony reserved for the worst offenders, being hundreds of miles from any other land in the Pacific Ocean. more...

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'.

The current master of the lodge, Grant Baker presented the youth group with a cheque for £ 2061.30. on behalf of the lodge members. This donation enabled them to purchase a background scenery projector and other props needed for their future productions. more...

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.

We had a great example of this at Zetland Court this week as we celebrated Olive Loake's 100th birthday. Olive was born in Coalville, Leicester. After moving to Dorset she was a manager at the Co-Op in Moordown for many years. Her late husband Joe, was a Past Master of Northbourne Lodge. more...

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. Thomas Dunckerley was the first Provincial Grand Master for Dorset and held the position for 18 years.

The Lodge of Amity purchased a portrait of Thomas Dunckerley in 1783 for 5 guineas, and had it framed for three shillings and sixpence. This portrait hangs in the Lodge of Amity temple over the Secretary's table. more...

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