Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset

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For Province P0060 - Province of Dorset.


Jun. 2018

A Celebration of Service

We gathered together on Friday 15 June 2018 to thank Richard Merritt for the wonderful leadership he has given us over the past ten years as Provincial Grand Master.

A glittering array of guests, wonderful friendship and an evening of surprises for Richard and his ever supportive wife Vicki. We were particularly delighted to see Michael Wilks, PGM of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Hampshire & Isle of Wight, a close colleague and friend of Richard. The evening included a 'This is your Life' presentation by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Nigel Leonard, compete with the 'Big Red Book' and a recorded message from Andy Peebles who our PGM helped set on his career path over 40 years ago.


The brethren of Dorset contributed to a collection to buy Richard retirement gifts; a very large number of gift vouchers which Richard and Vicky intend to use for the holiday of a lifetime. In addition the brethren bought the Provincial Grand Master a pocket watch from c1780; the Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset was founded in 1780 and Thomas Dunckerley, the first PGM would probably have worn something quite similar - a wonderful link to the past.

Retirement in October

Thank you Sir for all you have done for us, we look forward to your leadership over the next few months until you formally retire in October and look forward to your company at Masonic meetings for many years to come.


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