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For Province P0060 - Province of Dorset.


Oct. 2017

Beaminster Freemasons at the Heart of the Local Community

A collaboration between Freemasons in Beaminster and the local museum has resulted in a unique public display of Freemasonry in the Community. As part of this The Beaminster Museum is hosting an exhibition called '300 years of Freemasonry' which commemorates the formation of the first Grand Lodge. The exhibition highlights some of the characters, skills and activities of Beaminster Masons over the years.

To celebrate the exhibition, civic dignitaries including Robin Cheesman the Vice Chair of Beaminster Town Council joined Beaminster Manor Lodge at their meeting this week and visited the Museum with their Masonic hosts. The exhibition, entitled '300 Years of Freemasonry' covers many aspects of Freemasonry with the display including how the Lodge has influenced life in the local area, artefacts and activities of the Lodge and feature articles on some prominent local Freemasons.

In Beaminster, Freemasonry has been a part of the community for at least 145 years with the foundation of the local lodge being the brainchild of Joseph Gundry, whose Rope and Net manufacturing business was established in this part of Dorset in 1665

Richard Merritt, Provincial Grand Master of Dorset Freemasons said 'We pride ourselves on openness, about what being a Freemason means for us. We are very grateful to Beaminster Museum and their curator Brian Earl for the opportunity to help with this exhibition'

You can find out more about the exhibition from the Beaminster Museum website

The picture shows (Left to right) Douglas Beazer of Beaminster Manor Lodge, Richard Merritt, the Provincial Grand Master of Dorset Freemasons and Brian Earl, Curator of Beaminster Museum.


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