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Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest social and charitable organisations in the world. Its roots lie in the traditions of the medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles.

For Freemasons, there are four important values that help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. In today's world filled with uncertainty, these principles ring as true as they have at any point in the organisation's history.

Integrity: Building good people

Freemasons are focused on building themselves as people of integrity and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal.

Friendship: Building together

Freemasonry provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life.

Respect: Building unity

Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion or any other perceived differences that can divide us as a society.

Charity: Building compassion

Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry and the organisation provides the structure for members to make positive contributions to their communities and various causes.

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News

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 FREEMASONRY SUPPORTING THE NHS 

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...

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...

#March2021 a success 

A total of 19 Lodges took part in the virtual walk challenge to United Grand Lodge and back, organised by Bro James Whatley of Llewellin Lodge 7907.

The overall winners of the competition are the Lodge of St Cuthberga 622 completing 1790.01 miles, followed by The Ashley Lodge 6525 with 1489.4 miles and then Dorset Sportsmen's Lodge 9942 with 1385.4 miles.

A grand total of 14,215.8 miles has been walked by Dorset Freemasons, which is longer than the Great Wall of China. more...

First to complete the #MARCH2021 challenge 

The Lodge of St Cuthberga 622 are first to complete the #MARCH2021 216 miles virtual walk to United Grand Lodge and back. Followed closely by Blackmore Vale Lodge No.3625 at 199 miles and The Ashley Lodge No.6525 at 173.1 miles.

Massive congratulations to Team 622 who have managed to complete the virtual challenge walk in just three days! A truly inspirational effort.

Collectively the 17 participating lodges have walked an astounding 1455. more...

A welcome serendipity moment to lighten the dark 

The Lodge of St Cuthberga 622 has recently gained custody of a Distinguished Past Master's (DPM's) Jewel presented to WBro Henry Purchase in 1970.

The jewel was offered to the Lodge by a family member. The jewel has an inscription on its reverse, 'Presented to Henry Vernon Purchase PPGW in appreciation of his outstanding service to the Lodge'.

The Lodge of St Cuthberga now has possession of ten DPM's Jewels. more...

622 Book Launch 

The early history of the Lodge of St Cuthberga from 1853 - 1977.

The updated version of an impressive piece of history. The trials and tribulations of a new lodge 170 years ago. A comprehensive study into the history of the building, its traditions and many of the various and elusive objects and furniture which adorn our building.

Book price £12 P&P UK £3.50. Order details on the attached poster. more...

Appeal for your old IT 

UPDATE 06/02/21 - Brother Wayne Ingram of @United3473 wishes to THANK everyone who donated a laptop, iPad or tablet. You managed to help 29 children who required them.

Freemason Wayne Ingram of United Service Lodge at Portland has worked on the front line as an Offshore Paramedic throughout the pandemic. As a veteran of HM Forces Wayne is also actively involved in supporting the Weymouth and Portland Veterans' Hub. more...

Lodge of Benevolence delighted to have helped local causes 

The Brethren of the Lodge of Benevolence are delighted to have helped local causes with the following donations recently.

£1000 to Sherborne Rendezvous. This money being largely used to buy computer equipment, to will help with their programme of home tuition of their dependents.

£500 to Sherborne Community Kitchen. Started in response to COVID-19, the charity deliver fresh meals to help vulnerable and shielding individuals each day.

£100 to Sherborne Town Band. more...

Masonic Carvings 

The Lodge of St Cuthberga No.622 is the sixth oldest Lodge in the Province of Dorset and its members have been meeting in Wimborne since 1853. Richard Micklefield, one of its Past Masters, has a connection with the Church of Ascension, which is located in the quaint village of Woodlands, near Wimborne. Richard has discovered a masonic treasure that has been long forgotten and we have his permission to share that with you. more...

Nominate 20 Results 

On behalf of all the 50 plus charities nominated by Dorset Freemasons in 2020, the Province of Dorset and the Masonic Charitable Foundation thank all those who took part in Nominate 20 for their support - The three top nominated charities for 2020 are: more...

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