Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset

The official website of Dorset Freemasonry

Who's Who in Dorset Freemasonry

The key Provincial Officers in the Masonic Province of Dorset are listed here; to contact the Province, please email

Provincial Grand Master - RWBro Richard Merritt

Richard was installed in 2008, becoming the 16th Provincial Grand Master for the Masonic Province of Dorset since it was established in 1780.

A successful local businessman, Richard became a Freemason in 1983 and served for eight years as our Provincial Charity Steward before being appointed Assistant Provincial Grand Master in 2004 and then Deputy Provincial Grand Master in 2006.

Deputy Provincial Grand Master - VWBro Nigel Leonard

Nigel became a Freemason in 1970, was appointed Assistant Provincial Grand Master in 2010 and promoted to Deputy Provincial Grand Master in 2014.

Apart from spending as much time as possible with his children and grandchildren, his interests include skiing, watching Formula 1 motor racing and rugby as well as keeping fit at the gym. Any remaining spare time is engaged in playing the guitar and blues harmonica, tinkering with cars and sampling good food and wine.

Assistant Provincial Grand Master - WBro Steve James

Steve was born in Blandford and educated in Poole. He graduated from Merrist Wood Agricultural College in Surrey then worked in Saudi Arabia, North Africa, Scandinavia and Western Europe North Africa before starting his own business in Poole in the late 1970's.

Steve became a Mason in the Lodge of Honour and Friendship Lodge No. 1266 in July 1989. He served as Assistant Secretary from 1998 to 2004 when he became Provincial Secretary until appointed as Assistant Provincial Grand Master in 2014.

He and his wife Louise have three children and two grandchildren - so far. He enjoys hill walking, camping, reading and travel.

Provincial Grand Treasurer - WBro Nigel House

Nigel's relationship with Freemasonry began at an early age, as both his grandfather and father were Dorset Masons before him. He was made a Freemason in the Lodge of Friendship and Sincerity No 472 in 1983 by his father who also installed him as Master 14 years later.

Educated at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Nigel obtained a degree in Economics and Accountancy at the University of Hull in 1977 and was admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1980.

Completing the family connection, Nigel joined his grandfather's Lodge – the Lodge of Benevolence No 1168 in 2004. He was appointed Provincial Grand Treasurer in 2015.

He is interested in most sports, but his real passion is cricket, as he was a keen and active local cricketer.

Provincial Grand Secretary - WBro Kim Orton

Kim was born and has spent most of his life in the Bournemouth area. Married to Sue for 30 years, they have two grown up children - a daughter who works for a pharmaceutical company and a son who works as a tree surgeon.

Graduating with a Law degree, he joined a local firm of solicitors where he worked until taking early retirement in 2006. For the last twenty of those years he was a partner in the firm, specialising in property law, wills, probate and personal injury claims.

He was made a Freemason in 1987 in the Lodge of Meridian No 6582, becoming its 50th Master in 1997. He was appointed Provincial Grand Secretary in 2014.

Apart from Masonry, his main hobby is cooking and his only athletic prowess is an occasional jaunt on his bike – if sunny!

Provincial Grand Charity Steward - WBro Matt Devereux

Matt worked in the Financial Services and Energy industries, regularly travelling in the UK and abroad prior to establishing his own Management Consultancy business.

He was made a Freemason in the Ashley Lodge No 6525 in 1995, serving as Charity Steward for five years before being appointed Provincial Charity Steward in 2014.

Matt has been a Trustee of the Dorset based Margaret Green Animal Rescue charity since 2001.

He and his wife Gill enjoy frequent excursions in their motorhome which has been specially converted to accommodate their two dogs.

Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies - WBro Chris Bond

Chris was born and brought up in Bromley, though he considers himself first and foremost a Kentish Man. His father, a Kent Mason died when Chris was nine as a result of which he was educated at the Royal Masonic School for Boys.

Chris joined the Merchant Navy as a Deck Officer Cadet and subsequently the Police Force in 1971, retiring 30 years later holding the rank of Inspector. He was made a Freemason in Kinson Lodge No. 5331 in 1975 and served the Province as both Assistant and Deputy DC before being promoted this year.

Chris has a daughter, son and three grandchildren all of whom live handily within a ten mile radius of his home in Upton. A former hockey player, he has been an umpire since 1983 and is a senior official in the Hampshire Hockey Association.

Provincial Grand Registrar - WBro Alan Muncaster

Alan was born and educated in Portsmouth and worked in Hampshire prior to moving to Dorset in 1983. He worked in Local Government as a Highway Engineer until taking early retirement in 2011.

Alan became a Mason in Trinity Lodge No 8025 in October 2002 and was Master of Amanuensis Lodge No 9163 in 2013. He is currently Almoner in All Souls Lodge No 170. In 2013 Alan took on the role of Provincial Administrator helping the Provincial Grand Registrar manage the administration of the Province.

He and his wife Helen have 4 children between them and one very active grandson. He enjoys caravanning, especially in Europe, working on a local shoot, woodworking and reading.

Provincial Grand Almoner - WBro Chris Munden

Chris was born and brought up in Bridport, apart from his boarding school days, but left to wander the country professionally in 1975. A customs officer for 30 years, he then took early retirement and looking for an easy life went nursing at Broadmoor Hospital for 7 years, and latterly in Bridport at the Hughes Psychiatric Unit. Married to Judith for 24 years, he has two children from a previous marriage, a stepdaughter and 6 grandchildren.

Although the son of a Dorset mason, Chris was initiated into London masonry with Quarries Lodge( the Grand Secretary's Lodge) 5608 in 1995, becoming its Master in 2001, and again in 2012. He has served as it's Treasurer for a total of 11 years, DC for three, and received London Grand Rank in 2008.

On returning to Bridport in 2003, he joined his father's Lodge, St Marys 707 in 2004 becoming its Master in 2006, almoner/IPM and DC and having had 'ask me' tattooed on is forehead, any job needed, and was awarded the rank of PPrGSD in 2013.

His non masonic hobbies include gardening, chutney making, sport (watching only now). He and his wife also run the Bridport Friends of Julia,s House Group.


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