Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset

The official website of Dorset Freemasonry

Welcome to Freemasonry in Dorset.

What is Freemasonry?

WHAT WE ARE (Purpose)
We are a unique members' organisation which has thrived for over 300 years. Having no political or religious affiliations, we comprise members of all ages, races, religions, cultures and backgrounds. We meet in our individual Lodges throughout the country where we have ceremonial traditions which encourage us both to be more tolerant and respectful and actively to fulfil our civic and charitable responsibilities; we also make time to eat, drink and meet together, and form lifelong friendships.

WHAT WE AIM FOR (Vision)
To attract those from all backgrounds and walks of life, enabling them to develop into more thoughtful and confident people. To inspire and challenge them to practise the core values we celebrate – Integrity, Friendship, Respect, Charity – in their private and public lives. To cement our reputation as a force for good in our communities and society at large and as a thriving organisation that people aspire to join.

OUR VALUES

INTEGRITY: Rather than working on buildings like the masons of old, today's Freemasons focus on building themselves as people of integrity, and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal.

FRIENDSHIP: One of the oldest social organisations in the world, Freemasonry is not defined by an ideology. It is open to people from all religions and political persuasions, and provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life.

RESPECT: With a membership of more than 200,000 people drawn from communities across the UK, Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion or any other perceived differences that can divide us as a society.

CHARITY: Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry. The organisation provides a support structure that helps members make positive contributions to communities and worthwhile causes through fundraising events or volunteer work.

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News

Reminiscing at Zetland Court 

Sue Wiffen, Deputy Home Manager at Zetland Court, recently contacted the Dorset Freemasonry Comms Team.

Sue works in the 'Red Admiral View' Dementia Unit and would often show the residents posts from the Dorset Freemasonry Facebook page. Sue could tell that the residents found the images pleasing as they recognised the regalia, brethren and crests etc.

As a result of Sue contacting Dorset Freemasonry we have begun to share photographs from our archives. more...

Dorset Freemasons' Museum 

Free fully guided tour of our Masonic Museum by George Forster. FREE tea and coffee and free lunch. Maximum of 15 people. First come first served.

Branksome Dorset Provincial Masonic Museum Ashley Rd, Poole more...

Dorset Freemasons ride to the rescue of children with mental health issues 

More than 560 children and adults experiencing mental health issues will be supported with specially designed equine-assisted programmes thanks to a grant of £15,000 from Dorset Freemasons to TheHorseCourse charity.

The charity aims to help mainly children from as young as eight who can be referred to the service by NHS mental health, social services and schools when other methods of therapy like counselling and social work have failed. more...

Philippines typhoon victims to receive essential supplies thanks Dorset Freemasons 

Hundreds of families across the Philippines in desperate need of help in the aftermath of Typhoon Rai will be receiving essential supplies thanks to a grant of £25,000 to Plan International from Dorset Freemasons and other Provinces.

Freemasonry, through the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) and Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), is responding with Plan International to support affected communities at this critical time. more...

Sesquicentennial Meeting 

It was a busy night at Beaminster Manor Lodge 1367 Sesquicentennial meeting with both the Provincial Grand Master, Grand Officers and Provincial Grand Lodge Officers attending the special occasion.

At the Lodge's consecration in 1872 at the White Hart hotel, forty three Brethren were present. The White Hart was situated on White Hart Street. Sadly this grade-II listed pub closed in 1999. more...

Thunder in the Hills 

Dorset Freemason Graham Bunter, of King's Court Lodge 2689 Gillingham, appeared on the BBC 'Antiques Road Trip' last night.

Celebrity antiques presenter James Braxton visited Graham, owner of Mendips Raceway, which is situated above Cheddar on the Mendip Hills and home to some of the most exciting stock car, banger and caravan racing in the UK!

Mendips Raceway opened in 1969 and is in its fiftieth season of racing. more...

Jimmy's Food Bank 

For the second year running Poole Freemasons have collected donations for local food banks. This Christmas five full car loads were donated to Poole Food Bank

The cars were so jam-packed that there was only space left for the driver.

Organiser and Freemason James Whatley, said 'Thank you to all Poole Freemasons who selflessly donated to this campaign. Your generosity will go towards helping so many less fortunate this Christmas'. more...

Nominate 21 Results 

Throughout 2021 Dorset Masons from across the Province have been nominating their favourite local charities. From this list of worthy causes three charities have been drawn, with each charity receiving a grant from the MCF, using some of the funds we have helped raise through Festival 25. The names of the three charities were drawn at the Christmas regular meeting of the Lodge of Benevolence in Sherborne on Monday December 13th 2021.

The 1st drawn charity was: more...

Christmas Clay Shooting Competition 

The Dorset Vs Hampshire and IOW Provincial 'Christmas Clay Shooting', competition took place on Saturday 4th December at Purbeck Shooting School.

After a successful and enjoyable day the Brethren held a raffle which raised £320 for Helping Homeless Veterans-UK. A fantastic charity making positive changes for veterans who have fallen on hard times.

By the way, Dorset won the competition this year!

Photo: David Wood the CEO of Helping Homeless Veterans-UK more...

Christmas message 

Please click on the video link below to watch a special Christmas Message from Graham and Gail Glazier more...

Beaminster Manor 

Brethren enjoyed a brilliant evening at Beaminster Manor Lodge with everyone wearing masks, being social distanced and using the hand sanitizers.

We experienced an exceptional First Degree Ceremony where we Initiated Oliver Hemsley. We also proposed two new joining members, who offer a lot of experience and will benefit the Lodge immensely.

We were most fortunate that the Provincial Grand Master, Graham Glazier attended. more...

To Mother for Christmas 

Officers from the Lodge of St Cuthberga were treated to a reciprocal visit to their Mother Lodge, the Lodge of Amity No.137. Twelve Officers were hosted by their opposite number.

Sadly the candidate for initiation was self-isolating so the ceremony was postponed. However, the Lodge of Amity pulled together a great evening. more...

Charity Donations 

At the last meeting held to celebrate the 100 years since the lodge was founded a new charter was presented in the lodge. It was a special night enjoyed by all, a once in a life time event. At the festive board which followed the lodge was entertained by the Boscombe Salvation Army as per previous years it is a good lead up to Christmas. During the festive board a raffle and other events raised a sum of money which will be distributed as follows, £500.00 to the Salvation Army, £100. more...

Dorset Freemasonry signs the Armed Forces Covenant 

The Provincial Grand Master of Dorset, Graham Glazier and his wife Gail attended the AFV Gunnery School, Lulworth Camp. They were accompanied by Michelle Worvell, Director of Communications and Marketing at United Grand Lodge and Shaun Butler, Communications Manager at United Grand Lodge. more...

Lodge of St. Mark Remembrance Sunday 

David Clark supported the Lodge of St. Mark No.8479 on Remembrance Sunday by laying their wreath at the Bournemouth Cenotaph with the Master from Northbourne Lodge No.6827.

Courtesy of Dave Packer
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Canford Lodge Remembers Our Fallen 

On 11th November Canford Lodge No. 9727 attended the Kinson Remembrance Service at the Kinson Hub.

David Clark represented our Worshipful Master with our newest Entered Apprentice Anthony Hand and myself. David's and my wife also attended.

A very emotional service with representation from various branches of the Armed Forces and choirs from three local schools. The service was very well supported by the local community.

Courtesy of Dave Packer
 more...

A System of Morality' Part II 'Veiled in Allegory' 

The Prestonian Lecture 2021 was hosted in Dorset by Bleckly Clarke Lodge 8290 who held an extraordinary meeting of the Lodge at the Blandford Corn Exchange. more...

RW Bro Kenneth Henry Barnes celebrates 50 years as a Dorset Freemason 

The Deputy Provincial Grand Master attended Vindelis Lodge at Portland for their November meeting.

The Lodge had the pleasure of celebrating RW Bro Kenneth (Harry) Henry Barnes tremendous achievement of 50 years as a Dorset Freemason. The celebration acknowledged his commitment and significant contribution to Freemasonry, particularly in Dorset. more...

National Domestic Abuse Helpline 

Thousands of women will be aided by £200,000 grant from the Freemasons to National Domestic Abuse Helpline.

Thousands of women experiencing domestic abuse will be able to gain help and support from Refuge's 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline, thanks to a major grant from Dorset Freemasons and other Provinces.

The £200,000 grant will support the Helpline, which is at the heart of a strategic, co-ordinated response to domestic abuse. more...

Dorset Freemasons Provincial Carol Service 

Sherborne Abbey Sunday 12th December 2021 - 3pm.

Join us after the service for tea and mince pies at The Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3ND.

Please let us know if you are attending by clicking on the events tab on our Facebook page, link below. more...

Dorset Vs Hampshire & IOW Provincial Christmas Clay Shooting competition. 

Saturday 4th December 2021 at Purbeck Shooting School.

The price is £40.00 each. This includes 50 Clays, 50 Cartridges. Bacon Bap with Tea/Coffee on arrival.

0900hrs Arrival, sign in and breakfast bap with coffee.
1000hrs Start shooting.
1200hrs Turkey and Stuffing bap with drink.
1230hrs Raffle
1300hrs Depart. more...

The 'Stonecutters Widows Sons' supporting the Dorset 'Doc Bikes'. 

Jamie (Ozzy) Osborn presented £500 to Paramedic Rob Walker at the Cashmoor Inn in Blandford. The money was raised by the Stonecutters during the 'Big Ride' charity trip around the United Kingdom which was completed in 4 days, covering over 2000 miles.

The Stonecutters Widows Sons of Wiltshire and Dorset are Freemasons from various Lodges within both Provinces. more...

ZETLAND COURT 

Residents and staff at RMBI Care Co. Home Zetland Court, in Bournemouth, took part in 'Wear it Pink' this week as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Showing their support, they dressed up in pink attire and enjoyed pink cakes for their afternoon tea, raising over £300 for the charity Breast Cancer Now.

To give the Home a fitting look for the occasion, residents and staff decorated Zetland Court in pink flowers, balloons and bunting. more...

Poole Freemasons supporting Jimmy's 

**Updated dates**

Jimmy's (Poole Food Bank) provide emergency food parcels for up to five days for local people in the Poole community who have been referred by over 150 referrers. They have four satellite centres across Poole with their main centre at St. James Church Centre in Church Street. more...

The Freemasons have signed the Armed Forces Covenant 

The Freemasons have signed the Armed Forces Covenant during a ceremony at Freemasons' Hall in Covent Garden on 20 October led by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent.

The partnership aims to support members of the Armed Forces community and ensure they have the same access to government as well as commercial services and products as any other citizen. more...

Armed Forces Covenant 

Today, HRH The Duke of Kent, Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England, will sign the Armed Forces Covenant.

This promise ensures that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. more...

The Boy Down the Lane 

On Monday 18 October WBro Chris Bond, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master (APGM) of Dorset, presented Bro Bert Beavis of the Lodge of St Cuthberga No.622 with his 60 year certificate for exemplary service to Freemasonry.

Bert has had to wait an extra year to be presented with his certificate due to the Covid pandemic.

In the early 1970s the police careers of both Bert and the APGM had overlapped, but they hadn't actually ever worked together. more...

Northbourne 6827 Ladies Night 2021 

Ladies night 2021, what a amazing night!! 108 friends and guests attended raising a staggering £845 for charity. The WM John and his lovely wife Loraine would like to warmly thank everyone and making it a great evening had by all. more...

First meeting back In October and a initiation 

First night back in a long time ... but what a night and brand new shiny candidate. Congratulations Bro Steve amazing first impression! Wm John would like to thank all those that came out and supported such a great night and yet again raising hundreds of pounds for charity. more...

Second meeting back and another new initiate 

Second meeting back, congratulations to our Second new member Bro Jody Scott. Fantastic night had by all and great to see so many visiting from Hampton Lodge.
Dorset Freemasonry the good feeling is coming back as we all move forward. more...

The Red Cross Afghanistan Crisis Appeal 

Wimborne Variety Performance

Thousands of pounds have already been raised through charity concerts written and produced by Warren Brown, Organist at the London Haven Lodge No.7300.

The Red Cross Afghanistan Crisis Appeal will further benefit from Warren's next Variety Performance held on Sunday 24th October, commencing at 7.30pm at the Allendale Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne, BH21 1AS.

Tickets are £5. more...

Ex Wren Nina Ansell 100th birthday 

Nina Ansell, a resident at RMBI Care Co. Home Zetland Court in Bournemouth, has celebrated her 100th birthday. To mark the special milestone, Nina enjoyed a small family gathering and was presented with flowers, a cake and a card from the Queen. The staff at Zetland Court decorated the Home's bar for her, where she enjoyed an afternoon tea with fellow residents.

Nina, who was born on 22 September 1921, turned 18 three weeks after the Second World War was declared. more...

Dorset Freemason Major Stuart Syrad 

Major Stuart Syrad, who has died aged 88, won the MC at Suez, piloted a hovercraft on the Amazon and commanded what is known today as the Special Boat Service.

In 1956, 23-year-old Lieutenant Syrad was second-in-command of X troop, 45 Commando, when the Suez Crisis broke out and Britain launched Operation Musketeer, part of the Anglo-French landings to recover the Canal from nationalisation by Egypt. more...

World's Biggest Coffee Morning 

Members of Northbourne Lodge participated in the 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning' event by hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning at Kinson Freemason's Hall.

John Bailey, Master of the Lodge, organised a team of volunteers who baked a range of mouth-watering cakes for Brethren and their ladies to relax and enjoy in the warm morning sunshine. more...

Isabel Baker Foundation 

Dan Martin's 'End of Year Bash' for The Lodge of St Cuthberga was held at The Crown Hotel in Blandford on Saturday night. Brethren throughout the Province supported the event.

Matt Black - Piano Man was outstanding and complimented the occasion. Vicky from the Isabel Baker Foundation was presented with a cheque for £6,484.83, which was raised during the two years that Dan occupied the Chair.

A truly magnificent party. more...

Dorset play major role as comforting teddies for children in hospital reaches three million 

The three millionth teddy to be given to poorly children across England and Wales has been presented, with Dorset Freemasons playing a big part.

The special bear was presented to Jackie James, Play Specialist at Peterborough City Hospital, in the hospital's Amazon Children's Garden, by Dr David Staples a hospital Consultant Physician and CEO of the United Grand Lodge of England, the Freemasons' group behind the Teddies for Loving Care initiative. more...

Freemasons supporting over a million people with mental health issues 

To help more than 1.4 million people experiencing mental health issues, Freemasons in Dorset and across England are donating more than £550,000 to help citizens across the UK.

In Dorset Freemasons are supporting Dorset based MYTIME Young Carers charity with a donation £13,330. This donation will continue to provide long weekend breaks for Young Carers at their rest and rehabilitation retreat located at Worth Matravers. more...

MCF Supports MYTIME Young Carers 

The Masonic Charitable Foundation awarded the Dorset based MYTIME Young Carers charity £13,330 spread over three years.

This donation will be used to continue to provide long weekend breaks for Young Carers at their R&R Retreat situated high on the Dorset coast at Worth Matravers.

Their quirky centre built in WWII as a radar station has changed over the years, with its surrounding buildings gradually removed. more...

Dorset Freemasonry Supporting the NHS Charity 

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...

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