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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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Wimborne Freemasons' Hall refurbishment 

Members of the Lodge of St Cuthberga have taken the opportunity to assist EDMC with improvements to Wimborne Masonic Hall during the suspension of meetings.

EDMC have upgraded the toilets and replaced lighting in the dining room with our original 1800's glass chandeliers.

The tired woodchip wallpaper has been lovingly removed from the first floor landing and replaced with sumptuous wallpaper.


(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

First business meeting on Monday 14th June 2021 

A small cohort of the Lodge of Benevolence members took the first step in the direction of returning to normality by holding a socially distanced business meeting on Monday 14th June. We now look forward to a full resumption in September.

The pensive look on some of the faces relates to how Nigel, (2nd from left front row) who took the photo, would manage to photoshop himself into it. Answers on how he did it on a postcard to ……… ! more...

(Published by Lodge of Benevolence)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)


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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Regular Meetings for May and June 

Although the country and Freemasonry in general is moving towards a full lifting of COVID-19 restrictions we are still in a period of limited restrictions.

Under these restrictions Poole Masonic Hall can accommodate a maximum of 17. Armed with this information the Lodge general committee met, discussed the situation and recommended that the Lodge should voluntarily suspend its activities for the next three months, covering our May and June regular meeting. more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

#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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

MCF Supports MYTIME Young Carers 

On top of funding allocated for Covid response, Matched and Festival grants the MCF awards funds to Dorset charities directly, responding to their requests for financial support for specific projects that improve the lives of those in their care.

In the summer of 2020, The Masonic Charitable Foundation awarded the Dorset based MYTIME Young Carers charity £13,330 spread over the next three years. more...

(Published by Festival 25)

DMC & MCF donates £2058.00 to the Dorset Somerset Air Ambulance in 2021 

Early in 2021 Dorset Masonic Care started the year with a Donation to the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance of:


This was topped up by the MCF from the remaining 2020 matched funding grant allocated to the Province of Dorset for use before April 2021 with a donation of:


Making a total of £2058.00

Donated to the Air Ambulance by Dorset Masonic Care and the Masonic Charitable Foundation in the first part of 2021. more...

(Published by Festival 25)

DMC & MCF Support Young People of Portland 

The external donations committee of Dorset Masonic Care received a request from the Drop-in Portland, an independent Youth Service supporting the young people of Portland, Situated in the PTC Community Hub. They were in desperate need for funds to help purchase new furniture for the use of the children in the community hub.

DMC donated £750 to this worthy cause.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has matched this with a further £750. more...

(Published by Festival 25)

Matched Funding donations for Winchelsea School 

In 2020 the MCF matched a donation of £1842.00 made by Amphibious Lodge No. 9050 of Wimborne earlier in the year from collections made prior to the start of Festival 25 plus a further £750.00, made by Dorset Masonic Care as part of their Lodge Matched Funding scheme to:

The Friends of Winchelsea School

With an additional grant of :


Making a grand total of:

£5184. more...

(Published by Festival 25)

Matched Funding donations for Sherbourne Food Bank 

During the national lockdown of 2020 £1000.00 was donated by Sherborne Lodge, The Lodge of Benevolence No 1168 to Sherborne Food Bank. This was matched with £750.00 from Dorset Masonic Care as part of their Lodge Matched funding scheme.

These two donations were further matched by the Masonic Charitable Foundation with a Donation of:


Giving a total of £3,500 donated to the Foodbank in 2020 by the Freemasons of Dorset and the Masonic Charitable Foundation. more...

(Published by Festival 25)

The Masonic Charitable Foundation - Supporting Dorset during lockdown through Matched Funding. 

Throughout the national lockdown the Masonic Charitable Foundation has been providing much needed support to charities across the county of Dorset with direct donations and through a number of ongoing the schemes.

One of these schemes is the MCF's matched funding initiative managed by Dorset Freemasonry using funds raised through Festival 25 for the benefit of Dorset charities. more...

(Published by Festival 25)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

March Newsletter 

From The wm more...

(Published by Northbourne Lodge)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)


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