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

Freemasons supporting Riding for the Disabled 

The Lodge of Honour and Friendship in Blandford are delighted to support their local Riding for the Disabled Group.

Pictured is Jessica, who's father and grandfather are members of the lodge, handing a cheque for £100 to Stella at Green Cottage Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).

Also pictured is one of their amazing horses Katie, who at 30 years old is due to be retired shortly. more...

Dorset Welcomes Lifelites 

Our Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Chris Lill, was delighted to welcome the team from Lifelites to The Tank Museum at Bovington today as part of their #liftforlifelites campaign, raising awareness of their amazing work! Huge thanks to Jeremy Shaw for bringing along his beautiful classic Bentley Turbo R.
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Canford lodge helps local children! 

Worshipful Master Steve Groves has presented £1778 to two local charities on behalf of Canford Lodge.

In an unusual move Canford Lodge invited representatives from two local charity's to attend their festive board to receive their cheques. more...

Ferndown Lodge Support the Cleft Palate Charity 

One of the charities chosen this year by Ian Spiers of Ferndown Lodge was the Cleft Lip Palate, based at Salisbury District Hospital Odstock. The Worshipful Master Vic Plowman, accompanied by Tom Courtney, were invited to present a cheque for the total of £500 pounds donated by the Lodge.

They were introduced to the team members, who are tasked with the job of caring for children afflicted with this terrible defect. more...

Universities Scheme growing in Dorset 

London Haven Lodge No.7300, the Universities Scheme Lodge in Dorset, carried out its second double ceremony of University undergraduates when Daniel Berry and Christopher Wilmoth became Freemasons.

Dan is completing his final year of study in fine arts and Chris is carrying out work experience with a leading global and services technical innovator as part of his aero-space studies. more...

From Hill to High Water 

Dorset Freemasons from Wimborne are proud to support Dorset Search and Rescue (DorSAR).

DorSAR is a team of highly trained volunteers who work with the police, coastguard and other emergency services. They assist in the search and recovery of missing persons and items, plus specialist water rescue. more...

All fun and games in Shaftesbury. 

Shaftesbury's Lodge of Friendship and Sincerity was approached by a local care company asking for help to purchase a new piece of technology to help their clients.

An interactive games machine has been designed to help numerous clients, but in particular those with early to mid stage dementia.

The Lodge readily agreed to help and pledged £250. A matching amount from the Provincial Grand Master's discretionary fund was also pledged. more...

We're in the paper!! 

Freemasonry gets a mention in the local paper.

Alex Green, representing Gillingham Freemasons recently presented a donation to the Friends of Gillingham Station to help them in their quest to improve the ambience of the station for rail travellers. more...

Let's brighten up the place' 

Two local community groups recently met at Gillingham station for the benefit of Gillingham rail users. Alex Green presented a cheque for £300 from the Gillingham Freemasons to Belinda Ridout, Chair of the Friends of Gillingham station.
The local Masons had raised the sum from their regular meetings of Kings Court Lodge in Station Road (Lower) and wanted to help the Friends improve the ambiance of the station. more...

Mission Accomplished 

A number of Brethren and family members from the Lodge of St Cuthberga have completed stage two of clearing Dave Sandever's enormous shed.

Dave, who resides in Colehill with his wife Sue, is too unwell to clear the shed and outbuildings himself, so the lodge stepped in to give him a helping hand.

During the first stage in February we filled a 6-yard skip, today we filled an 8-yard skip. more...

Dorset Freemasons in lifesaving gift to Budmouth College 

Lodges and Chapters in Dorset have come together in a Cross Order effort to support a major gift to Budmouth College. Together with the Craft and Royal Arch Provinces of Dorset, Rose Croix, Mark and Royal Ark Mariners, with local lodges and Chapters have donated more than £2000 of defibrillator equipment to a Weymouth school. more...

Gillingham Litter Pickers out in force. 

A group of volunteer litter pickers who were sponsored by Kings Court Lodge No have organised a Council Community pick up Event.

More than fifty people attended in Gillingham and close to a dozen in Milton-on-Stour. The residents who joined were all ages and lots of youngsters and various organisations. It was marvellous to see so many.

The estimate of weight of litter collected was about 280kg in 2 hours! more...

Lodge of Meridian support Homeless Charity 

The Lodge of Meridian held this year's ladies Evening in the Carlton Hotel, East Overcliffe, Bournemouth, on the 2 March 2019 where the Worshipful Master, members and guests, raised £500 for the charity 'Shelter'.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through advice, support and legal services. Shelter, offer a wide range of help and advice online and in office, helping those facing (all) housing and homelessness issues. more...

And the Winners are ... 

Congratulations to the team from Dunckerly Lodge who won a closely fought semi final of the Provincial Quiz hosted by Canford Lodge. In second place came Meridian Lodge. Many thanks to the Provincial Quiz Team led by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Dorset, Christopher Bond.
The picture shows the APGM with the two teams. more...

Talking Heads - The Next Step: Into the Royal Arch 

If you are a Freemason who is

• not in the Royal Arch yet
• a lapsed Royal Arch member or
• have Masonic friends who aren't in the Royal Arch yet

Then please book in for this event now! To book please contact the Lodge Secretary 6445@dorsetfreemasonry. more...

Crumbs! That's terrific charitable support by Vespasian Lodge!! 

Vespasian Lodge recently held a 'race night' at Branksome Masonic Hall, attended by a number of members, family and friends and were able to support local, worthy charitable causes, including The Crumbs Project.

The Crumbs Project was founded by the late Anne Gardner, whose daughter Liz at the age of 17 started hearing voices which tormented her for the rest of her adult life. more...

Freemasons call house!! 

£280 was raised by Blandford Freemasons who held a charity bingo event held to help raise funds for the Blandford Museum Garden Club which exists for people of all ages to take part in a spot of gardening if they don't have a garden space of their own.
With keen gardeners aged from 4-84 years old the club need as much financial support as they can get and the local Freemasons were only to happy to help as part of their own campaign to assist as many local good causes as they can. more...

Dorset Freemasons supporting Poole Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 

Dorset Freemason John Howland of Northbourne Lodge proudly presented £1000, raised by the members of his Lodge to Poole Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). John appreciates the remarkable work conducted by the NICU and reflected; 'When I became Master of Northbourne Lodge I realised I had an opportunity to repay them in some small measure for not only saving my granddaughter but also my daughter's life'. more...

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...

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