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Suspension of Masonic Activities for four Months with effect from 17 March 2020 

All Brethren and Companions of the Masonic Province of Dorset

We have had clear guidance from UGLE yesterday and I want to follow that in spirit as well as in the letter of guidance. The letter from the Grand Master states that the suspension of all our activities is for four months, but, of course, we will all be aware that it may be extended subject to conditions prevailing at the time. more...

Fraternal Lodge of Dorset Installation 

This morning Adrian Pearce confidently installed David Smith into the chair of the Fraternal Lodge of Dorset, meeting at Branksome Masonic Hall.

The Provincial Grand Master for Dorset RWBro Graham Raymond Glazier attended the Installation meeting with a full team from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset.

This is not a new experience for David as he has occupied the Master's chair, in various guises, on eighteen previous occasions. more...

Ferndown Lodge and Dorset Masonic Care in partnership with Air Ambulance donation. 

The Immediate Past Master of Ferndown Lodge was joined by Judy White, wife of the late Roger White at the offices of the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance in Wimborne to present two cheques to the Charity to the total sum of £1500.

This consisted of a combination of donations in memory of Roger and monies raised by the IPM during his year in office. The total sum included a contribution of £500 from the Dorset Masonic Care charity. more...

WM of 622 is made a Lewis 

Dan Martin the WM of the Lodge of St Cuthberga last night initiated his Dad into Freemasonry in the presence of his Grandad.

To add to the special occasion the Provincial Grand Master for Dorset RWBro Graham Raymond Glazier was also present, as was the WM and Officers of Amphibious Lodge on a reciprocal visit. The temple was full to the brim and the festive board vibrant. The ceremony was moving and faultless. more...

Dorset Provincial Grand Stewards 

Three Active Dorset Provincial Grand Stewards are new members of The Kenneth Cross Lodge of Dorset Provincial Grand Stewards No.9508. Other Active Stewards will join the Lodge at the next meeting.

Brethren enjoyed a fascinating presentation from Mike on the topic of 'Jack the Ripper', complete with special effects and spectator interaction. It is hoped that Mike will return to conclude the story covering press coverage as reported in 1888. more...

Dorset's newest Chapter is consecrated! 

Consecration of Dorset Masonic Bikers Chapter No 1367

On Saturday 15th February in over 70 brethren gathered in Portland to witness the consecration of Dorset's newest Holy Royal Arch Chapter by the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Graham Glazier and his team.

The Dorset Masonic Bikers Chapter No 1367 is the first Holy Royal Arch Chapter dedicated to biking enthusiasts within the Province of Dorset. more...

Dorset Freemasons Support Forest Holme Hospice Charity 

Dorset's Northbourne Lodge, in partnership with Dorset Masonic Care, have given £1000 to Forest Holme Hospice Charity to help people in the local community who need palliative end of life care.

Forest Holme Hospice is part of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and offers individually tailored care to meet the physical, psychological and spiritual needs and palliative end of life care to over 1,000 local people each year across Poole, Wimborne and the Purbecks. more...

Annual Quadripartite Convocation - Dorset, Hampshire & Isle of Wight, Somerset And Wiltshire 

The Chapter of St. Martin, played host to this year's Annual Quadripartite Convocation. This annual event takes place across the Royal Arch Provinces of Dorset, Hampshire & Isle of Wight, Somerset and Wiltshire. It was Dorset's turn to host the event, and the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent of Dorset, Graham Glazier, decided on something different to previous Convocations. more...

APGM at the Alamo 

We love this story from our Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Chris Bond.

The masonic plaques are on the end wall of The Long Barrack, 'the oldest building in Texas' (quote from the brochure). The statue is, of course, Bro Davy Crockett!

Freemasons present during different stages of the Battle of the Alamo included James B. Bonham, James Bowie, David Crockett, Almeron Dickinson, and William B. Travis. more...

Uni Initiate Chris' rich Masonic life 

The first student to be Initiated through the Universities Scheme in Dorset has received his Grand Lodge Certificate. Bro Chris Hare, who was Initiated into Freemasonry by the then Provincial Grand Master, RWBro Richard Merritt, has enjoyed an active Masonic journey during his first sixteen months as a member of London Haven Lodge, no.7300. more...

Freemasons give $150,000 for victims of Australian bush fires 

People who have lost everything in the catastrophic Australian bushfires will be among those to benefit from a grant of AUS$150,000 (£79,000) from Dorset Freemasons to the Disaster Relief Funds set up by Freemasons in Australia.

The grant from the English and Welsh Freemasons' charity will see AUS$50,000 given to the Australian Freemasons' Disaster Relief Funds in each of the three states most affected by the blaze: New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. more...

Dorset Freemasons through the MCF bring Christmas cheer to older people 

Far too many older people spend Christmas entirely on their own, never receiving a single card or present. This past year, however, saw around 2,000 isolated and lonely older people who have contacted The Silver Line Helpline receive a gift and a card, thanks to a grant of £7,500 from Dorset Freemasons through the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), the freemasons charity.

The Silver Line offers emotional support and friendship to vulnerable and isolated older people. more...

Dorset Freemasons Support DorSAR 

Dorset Search and Rescue (DorSAR) - - is a team of highly trained volunteers who work with the Police, Coastguard and other emergency services in search and recovery of missing persons, swift water and flood water rescue, search and recovery of significant objects and support at major incidents. Brethren of London Haven Lodge, no.7300, presented the local charity with a cheque for £1000 during the Christmas meeting. more...

Dorset Sportsmen's Lodge dedicates it's banner! 

It was a bumper attendance at the Province's newest lodge for the dedication of their banner by the Provincial Grand Master.

Following several years of exploring the possibility of a 'themed' lodge to attract fresh membership, Dorset Sportsmen's Lodge was consecrated in April 2017 with the 'Founders' being a mixture of all ages, some of whom are working men and others that have retired. more...

History and symbolism of the apron of the Provincial Grand Master 

The apron worn by the Provincial Grand Master is full of history and symbolism. So announced Harry Barnes, Past PGM for Dorset, during his fascinating talk to Brethren of The Kenneth Cross Lodge of Dorset Provincial Grand Stewards, during their November meeting held at Kinson Masonic Hall. more...

Sherborne Freemasons donate £2400 to the Rendezvous Team & Green Shed Workshop. 

Cheques for £1200 each were presented to the two local charities by Dennis Porter, the outgoing Worshipful Master of the Lodge of Benevolence on the 26th Nov. 2019. All monies for charity come entirely from members contributions, raised at their monthly meetings throughout the year.

Rendezvous Team
The Team have been helping young people (13-25) improve their lives for over 20 years. more...

A 'grand' start to the Lodge of Amity Festival 25 contributions 

The Lodge of Amity, at their first meeting following the official announcement of the Province's Festival 25, kick-started their contributions by presenting a cheque for £1,000 to the Provincial Grand Charity Steward.

The occasion was the Lodge's annual 'Founders Night' meeting, where the founding of the Lodge in 1765 is celebrated in unique style. The meeting this year included a fascinating talk on the Founding of the Lodge given by Martin Adlem. more...

Charity presentation to 'Amelia's Rainbow'. 

W.Bro Bo Rouse, Lodge of Meridian Master 2018 - 2019; presenting a cheque for £1000.00 to Ms Farah batchelor of the charit Amelia's Rainbow. Amelia's Rainbow is a Dorset based charity and it supports childeren suffering from Neuroblastoma, a rare and life-threatening cancer that affects children.
The Worshipful Master, W. more...

Charity presentation to Hengistbury Head National Coastwatch 

Hengistbury Head National Coastwatch were very pleased to welcome W.Bro Peter Meade and Bro Rob Bury to the Lookout on Thursday. Peter and Rob are members of the Lodge of Meridian and and presented a cheque for £250.

HHNCI being one of their 2019 charitable causes. Thank us for our donation, they really appreciate our support.

Photo: more...

Class of '98' 

The four Provincial Grand Stewards of Dorset appointed in 1997 hold an annual reunion each year, and this year it was the turn of All Souls Lodge, no.170, to act as host during their Act of Remembrance meeting.
The 'Class of '98', as they are affectionately known, comprises Kevin Abbiss, All Souls Lodge, no.170, Terry Roddick, De Moulham Lodge, no.1146, Clive Deakin, London Haven Lodge, no.7300 and Chris Hubbard Quintus Lodge, no.8118. more...

Masonic Charitable Foundation / Festival 25. The real life impact. 

Please read this guest article by Wayne Ingram on the work of the Masonic Charitable Foundation and the importance of our support for Festival 25.

As a Freemason, I am often approached by the charity steward asking if I would like to give anything to the MCF? This is usually as I am consuming one of several roast potatoes which I have readily placed on my plate during the festive board. more...

Freemasons at Remembrance Parade 

Wimborne Freemasons from the four Lodges who meet at the Wimborne Masonic Hall in the Corn Market gathered to pay their respects at the Royal British Legion Remembrance Parade and Service at the Minster.

The Brethren took their places and marched from the Royal British Legion in the town to the Minster for the Remembrance Service.

On completion wreaths were laid by WBro Dan Martin, Master of the Lodge of St Cuthberga and WBro Terry Fuller, A/DC of Amphibious Lodge. more...

Wimborne Freemasons remember their fallen 

The November meeting of the Lodge of St Cuthberga was well attended. We particularly remembered the fallen Freemasons throughout the Province of Dorset who died on active service during the Great War, in whose memory the United Grand Lodge in Great Queen Street, was subsequently erected and appropriately dedicated.

In the temple the Union Flag adorned four empty chairs in memory of the Brethren, who set off from 622 those many years ago, and laid down their lives for our freedom. more...

Vespasian Lodge passes Universities Scheme candidate. 

Chris Wilmoth, a Universities Scheme candidate and member of London Haven Lodge, was Passed to the Second Degree in an impressive ceremony at the Vespasian Lodge.

Chris, together with members of London Haven, was welcomed to Vespasian Lodge by the Master, Robert Fletcher. The Passing ceremony was ably carried out by Steve Spender, the Immediate Past Master. more...

Beyond The Craft - Knights Templar Provincial Priors Bodyguard in Malta 

A guest article by Les Miskimmin on the Knights Templar, Province of Dorset and Wiltshire, Provincial Priors Bodyguard Visit to Valletta Malta in October 2019.
'Firstly, we are grateful to the Provincial Prior John Cave for giving his approval for his bodyguard members, past and present, to visit the Priory of the Order of Malta and the Knights Templar Preceptory in Valletta, Malta. more...


Over the last four years, successive masters of St Aldhelm's Lodge have nominated the Youth Cancer Trust in Westbourne as their chosen charity for their year. To date, the lodge has already given £4822 towards a new van for transporting the children to various activities and, this week, a further £4567 was presented by Stuart Reeve (on the right) and Dennis Spencer (on the left) totalling a magnificent £9389. more...

Wimborne Freemasons travel to Southgate Masonic Centre 

Brethren from the lodge of St Cuthberga No.622 travelled to Southgate Masonic Centre in London to support WBro Peter Sheehan on his installation into the chair of United Companions Lodge No.7184.

Dan Martin the WM of St Cuthberga arranged for eight members to surprise Peter as he entered the lodge ready for his instalment. Thankfully Peter was pleasantly astonished to see us. We were subsequently treated to an excellent ceremony and hospitable company from the members of the lodge. more...

A Man, a Mason and a Soldier 

Robert G.Cave was born in 1857 and Initiated into the Lodge of St. Cuthberga in 1885 and became Master in 1895. The Provincial Lodge of Dorset honoured him with the Rank of Grand Steward in 1894, Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1896, and Senior Grand Warden in 1901. more...

Freshers Fair - Bournemouth University 

For the third consecutive year, Dorset Freemasons exhibited at the annual Bournemouth University Freshers' Fair

A huge exhibition for 18,000 students, offering displays from businesses, organisations and charities, as well as a range of live entertainment, music and food and drink.

Brethren (mostly students) from London Haven, the Dorset Universities Scheme Lodge, manned a busy stand throughout the event. more...

Field Promotions at Ashley Lodge. 

Almost unprecedentedly for Dorset Freemasonry the Provincial Grand Master opened Provincial Lodge at the regular meeting of a Dorset Lodge and 'field promoted' all his Visiting Officers below that level to 'Past Provincial Warden'.

In a beautiful ceremony the PGM, supported by his team, thanked his VOs for their service to the Province and invested each of them in turn during the meeting of The Ashley Lodge 6525. more...


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