Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset

The official website of Dorset Freemasonry

Welcome to Freemasonry in Dorset.

What is Freemasonry?

WHAT WE ARE (Purpose)
We are a unique members' organisation which has thrived for over 300 years. Having no political or religious affiliations, we comprise members of all ages, races, religions, cultures and backgrounds. We meet in our individual Lodges throughout the country where we have ceremonial traditions which encourage us both to be more tolerant and respectful and actively to fulfil our civic and charitable responsibilities; we also make time to eat, drink and meet together, and form lifelong friendships.

To attract those from all backgrounds and walks of life, enabling them to develop into more thoughtful and confident people. To inspire and challenge them to practise the core values we celebrate – Integrity, Friendship, Respect, Charity – in their private and public lives. To cement our reputation as a force for good in our communities and society at large and as a thriving organisation that people aspire to join.


INTEGRITY: Rather than working on buildings like the masons of old, today's Freemasons focus on building themselves as people of integrity, and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal.

FRIENDSHIP: One of the oldest social organisations in the world, Freemasonry is not defined by an ideology. It is open to people from all religions and political persuasions, and provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life.

RESPECT: With a membership of more than 200,000 people drawn from communities across the UK, Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion or any other perceived differences that can divide us as a society.

CHARITY: Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry. The organisation provides a support structure that helps members make positive contributions to communities and worthwhile causes through fundraising events or volunteer work.

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Poole Freemasons supporting Jimmy's 

Jimmy's (Poole Food Bank) provide emergency food parcels for up to five days for local people in the Poole community who have been referred by over 150 referrers. They have four satellite centres across Poole with their main centre at St. James Church Centre in Church Street.

They have trained debt advisors and budget coaches to help with money issues and a volunteer from SHELTER to give advice on housing. more...

Ex Wren Nina Ansell 100th birthday 

Nina Ansell, a resident at RMBI Care Co. Home Zetland Court in Bournemouth, has celebrated her 100th birthday. To mark the special milestone, Nina enjoyed a small family gathering and was presented with flowers, a cake and a card from the Queen. The staff at Zetland Court decorated the Home's bar for her, where she enjoyed an afternoon tea with fellow residents.

Nina, who was born on 22 September 1921, turned 18 three weeks after the Second World War was declared. more...

Dorset Freemason Major Stuart Syrad 

Major Stuart Syrad, who has died aged 88, won the MC at Suez, piloted a hovercraft on the Amazon and commanded what is known today as the Special Boat Service.

In 1956, 23-year-old Lieutenant Syrad was second-in-command of X troop, 45 Commando, when the Suez Crisis broke out and Britain launched Operation Musketeer, part of the Anglo-French landings to recover the Canal from nationalisation by Egypt. more...

World's Biggest Coffee Morning 

Members of Northbourne Lodge participated in the 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning' event by hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning at Kinson Freemason's Hall.

John Bailey, Master of the Lodge, organised a team of volunteers who baked a range of mouth-watering cakes for Brethren and their ladies to relax and enjoy in the warm morning sunshine. more...

Isabel Baker Foundation 

Dan Martin's 'End of Year Bash' for The Lodge of St Cuthberga was held at The Crown Hotel in Blandford on Saturday night. Brethren throughout the Province supported the event.

Matt Black - Piano Man was outstanding and complimented the occasion. Vicky from the Isabel Baker Foundation was presented with a cheque for £6,484.83, which was raised during the two years that Dan occupied the Chair.

A truly magnificent party. more...

Dorset play major role as comforting teddies for children in hospital reaches three million 

The three millionth teddy to be given to poorly children across England and Wales has been presented, with Dorset Freemasons playing a big part.

The special bear was presented to Jackie James, Play Specialist at Peterborough City Hospital, in the hospital's Amazon Children's Garden, by Dr David Staples a hospital Consultant Physician and CEO of the United Grand Lodge of England, the Freemasons' group behind the Teddies for Loving Care initiative. more...

Freemasons supporting over a million people with mental health issues 

To help more than 1.4 million people experiencing mental health issues, Freemasons in Dorset and across England are donating more than £550,000 to help citizens across the UK.

In Dorset Freemasons are supporting Dorset based MYTIME Young Carers charity with a donation £13,330. This donation will continue to provide long weekend breaks for Young Carers at their rest and rehabilitation retreat located at Worth Matravers. more...

MCF Supports MYTIME Young Carers 

The Masonic Charitable Foundation awarded the Dorset based MYTIME Young Carers charity £13,330 spread over three years.

This donation will be used to continue to provide long weekend breaks for Young Carers at their R&R Retreat situated high on the Dorset coast at Worth Matravers.

Their quirky centre built in WWII as a radar station has changed over the years, with its surrounding buildings gradually removed. more...

Dorset Freemasonry Supporting the NHS Charity 

Do you remember last year when Dorset Freemasonry launched a design a t-shirt competition? It seems like an age ago but you'll be pleased to learn that the £2,292.40 that you helped raise, by purchasing a t-shirt, is being put to good use by University Hospitals Dorset.

The winner of the competition, Bro Tom Bavington of Brownsea Island Lodge No. more...

London Haven Lodge in 2021 mile relay! 

The Universities Scheme 2021 Challenge is a relay between all United Grand Lodge of England Universities Scheme Lodges covering a distance of 2021 miles in support of the Duke of Edinburgh Memorial Fund.

David Kenneth Williamson was Assistant Grand Master from 2001-14, and was the first President when the Universities Scheme was launched in 2005. In honour of his contribution the DWK Trophy was created which was passed along during the relay! more...

Disused Red Telephone Box becomes a lifesaver in Portland! 

A Portland community charity has repurposed their dilapidated village red phone box, providing a lifesaving public defibrillator. The project, led by Southwell Area Living Together (SALT) is an essential resource to the residents of Southwell village and to visiting tourists, meaning the difference between life and death in an emergency. more...

Bro Wayne Ingram made an MBE 

Dorset Freemason and former soldier who helped a boy with a rare facial cleft has been made an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Bro Wayne Ingram from United Service Lodge No.3473 at Portland raised £140,000 for four-year-old Stefan Savic, who he first met on Army patrol in Bosnia in 2003.

Bro Wayne, who went on to become an ambulance paramedic, said he was 'utterly overwhelmed' by the honour. more...

Dorset Sportsmen's Lodge - they're in a league of their own! 

This week it was back to meetings for the Dorset Sportsmen's Lodge, scoring a winner installing their new skipper Brad Turner being into the chair of King Solomon.

Meeting within the current guidelines, 15 brethren enjoyed a fantastic meeting at Poole Masonic Hall.

As the lodge's new master, Brad addressed the Brethren remarking how tremendous it was to finally be able to meet face to face again and was looking forward to a fantastic return to active freemasonry! more...

Zetland Court care home wears denim for dementia 

With nearly one million people estimated to be living with dementia in the UK*and some families struggling to get the care they need, staff at RMBI Care Co. Home Zetland Court, in Westbourne, have pledged to help improve the outcomes for people living with dementia, as well as their loved ones.

Staff members paid £1 each to wear denim in the care home for one day, instead of their usual cotton work clothes, to raise money for Alzheimer's Society. more...

Families in India receive emergency food 

Families and children experiencing severe poverty in India during the COVID-19 pandemic will be receiving vital emergency support thanks to a grant of £50,000 from Freemasons to Plan International UK. The £50,000 grant is enough to provide an expected 1,700 emergency food parcels for some of the most vulnerable families whose livelihoods have been affected during the pandemic. more...


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