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For Province P0060 - Province of Dorset.

16th

Jul. 2017

Inter-Province Banner - first leg completed

Dorset Masonic Bikers carried the Inter-Province Banner around rural Dorset yesterday to four Masonic buildings. The intrepid group consisted of six Masons, one brave wife riding pillion, a gentleman biker and a support vehicle to carry the Banner.

The gentleman was made an Honorary Member of the group and given a free tie pin on condition he joins a Masonic Lodge within the next twelve months!

First stop

We convened at Shaftesbury Masonic Hall where the WM and other Lodge members were on hand to greet us. Several of the riders had never been there before and were treated to an explanation of the building's history by one of the Lodge members.

Photographs were taken after which the convoy departed to the next venue.

Second stop

After a short ride the Bikers arrived at Gillingham Masonic Hall where motorcycle parking was unexpectedly found outside a closed shop next door. As the WM was also our support driver a short delay ensued whilst he swapped hats to become our host, assisted by other Lodge members who had opened the building in readiness for our arrival.

Our gentleman biker kindly offered to take photographs as the WM was also our photographer and has not yet mastered the art of being in two places at once!

Lunch break

A longer ride through wonderful Dorset countryside saw us arrive at Sherborne, described last month by our Provincial Grand Master as 'the spiritual home of Dorset Freemasonry'. Lunch was enjoyed at the Half Moon Inn where we were joined by the WM of the local Lodge and his lady.

A minor problem arose when it was realised that bikes had been photographed entering the pay-and-display car park behind the Inn and might suffer a penalty notice. This was soon resolved by a member of staff entering our number plates into her computer.

Third stop

Leaving the bikes safely parked, we walked around the corner to the Sherborne Masonic Hall which many of the group had never seen inside. The Banner having been erected once again, photographs were taken before saying goodbye to the Lodge members and continuing on our way.

Last stop

The longest voyage of the day through Yeovil and Crewkerne terminated at Beaminster Masonic Hall. Having parked the bikes on their forecourt, imagine our surprise when our arrival was announced by the Town Crier in majestic fashion after ringing his bell to attract the local population!

Last stop (continued)

The group paid a short visit to Beaminster Museum located opposite the Masonic Hall where an impressive display on Freemasonry occupied a prominent position for the public to view. The Brethren who constructed it are to be congratulated on a most excellent job.

The Banner having been photographed for the last time, the Bikers bade farewell and departed in various directions for the ride home. The day was a great success, thanks to all those who supported it.