Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset

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Since 1736, Freemasons have been meeting in Dorset and today our membership of more than 2000 men from all ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds regularly meet in harmony and friendship.

Freemasonry means different things to each individual – making new friends, contributing to society, celebrating a long tradition, experiencing personal growth, taking up a hobby or simply having fun.

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News

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.

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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...

ST ALDHELMS DONATES £9389 TO YOUTH CANCER TRUST 

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...

Dorset Freemason completes the Coast to Coast Rat Race 

Wimborne Freemason Adam Carrier completed the Coast to Coast Rat Race, which is a 105 mile multi discipline event (run/bike/kayak) stretching from Nairn on the East coast of Scotland to the Isle of Glencoe in the West coast of Scotland. In the process Adam raised sponsorship for his Masonic Lodge's chosen local charity, the Isabel Baker Foundation.

The Dorset Provincial Communications Team were able to track and publish Adam's progress throughout the challenge. more...

The oldest social network in the world goes viral. 

With a thriving social media presence of over 100,000 followers across its platforms, the United Grand Lodge of England's (UGLE) headquarters, Freemasons' Hall, aims to be the most photographed venue across Open House London this weekend.

UGLE will be taking part in the world's largest architecture festival Open House London on 21-22 September – offering visitors architectural tours, fun family activities and access to the Museum of Freemasonry. more...

Short Videos on Freemasonry 

We have posted some short videos on Freemasonry, introductions to four aspects of Masonic life. Please copy and paste the links below into your web browser.

Enjoy!

Origins of Freemasonry
https://youtu.be/bOHyZhuCi1s

Symbolism in Freemasonry
https://youtu.be/JUFE-UbLvLM

Life of a Freemason
https://youtu.be/npNa7m5XATI

What Is Freemasonry
https://youtu.be/44FQJG-LOuk more...

Max Events Bournemouth 

On Saturday 31 August the Brethren, family and friends of the Lodge of St Cuthberga enjoyed a fun packed day at Max Events Bournemouth.

The Boss, Bro Phil Coxall, organised an exhilarating programme of activities assisted by Bro Terry Westwell. Four evolutions included, axe and tomahawk throwing, crossbow, rage karts and clay pigeon shooting. The Master, Dan Martin, also managed to 'blow up' a few explosive rigged zombies with an MP5. Does it get any more fun than that! more...

Amphibious Lodge honours Royal Navy VC winner. 

As we come to the end of the Worshipful Masters year in Office we have been busy distributing the proceeds of the Brethren's fundraising efforts to the various good causes he has chosen. more...

Dorset Freemason opens Pawseidon in Poole 

Together with their dogs, Dorset Freemason Scott and his colleague Jimmy sustained life-changing injuries whilst on active service with a specialist unit in the military. Sadly dog Zero was called to the Great Meadow Above after receiving fatal wounds. Dog Max was euthanised having lost his long battle with an injury.

Losing their 'partners' often overshadowed the physical pain Scott and Jimmy learned to cope with on a daily basis. more...

Branksome Joint Lodges Summer Boat Trip 

Some 80 members of the 6 lodges meeting at Branksome and their families once again enjoyed a boat trip around the islands in Poole Harbour and out to Old Harry, picking up fish 'n chips at the Haven before heading back to the Quay for the firework display.
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Lodge of Benevolence supporting SANDS 

Peter Cairns and Worshipful Master Dennis Porter from The Lodge of Benevolence in Sherborne present a cheque for £200 to Leonie Parrott, a member of the Yeovil Snowdrop Group which is affiliated to SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society).

Yeovil SANDS is run by a committee of bereaved parents and midwives to support anyone affected by the loss of a baby. Their support meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month between 7.30pm and 9. more...

Ferndown Lodge supports the Prostate Cancer screening programme 

At Ferndown Lodge Installation meeting on 27th February, the Immediate Past Master of the Lodge Worshipful Brother Alan Connell was delighted to present a cheque for £1000 to Worshipful Brother Alan Higgin towards the Prostate Cancer PSA testing programme which he leads at regular drop in meetings throughout Dorset. These are available to all men over the age of 45 in Dorset. This is proving a very successful campaign which has already saved lives. more...

Wimborne Freemasons Family Garden Party 

The Brethren, family and friends of the Lodge of St Cuthberga enjoyed their annual garden party and hog roast at Keeper's Lodge at Kingston Lacy. The event has been hosted by David and Sally in the beautiful gardens of their exquisite 16th century thatched cottage for over 25 years.

Approximately 120 adults attended, many from other lodges and all supporting the Master's charity for his year in office, 'The Isabel Baker Foundation'. more...

Freemasons support the local community. 

The WM of Amphibious Lodge WBro George Forster and Lodge Charity Steward, Bro Stewart McKell paid a short visit to Greenwood Club. They met with 'Jill' and her small team in the woods at Wareham. The reason they made this visit was to present a cheque for £2000 to this very worthy local charity. The money was raised by the members of Amphibious Lodge and other local Masons. The Charity was just one local group chosen by the Lodge for their support this year. more...

Dorset Masonic Fishing Champions 

Masons from Broadstone Lodge 8641 supported the Dorset Province branch of the National Masonic Fishing Charity took 11 special needs students fishing for the day on Friday 12th July.
Paul Ilott, Karen Ilott, Charles Dean and Andy Davies were at Moor Farm fishing lakes near Weymouth along with other anglers and helpers from across the Province to give the students a great taste of fishing, often for the first time, and a super big BBQ afterwards. more...

Happy Birthday Glenys 

On Sunday 21st of July 2019 Purbeck Lodge Members decorated the Masonic Hall at Branksome with flowers,bunting, pot plants,balloons,making sandwiches,cakes,quiches and scones, to celebrate the 100th birthday of Glenys Constandinos a widow of Purbeck Lodge for 48 years !

Glenys was accompanied by eight other Purbeck Lodge widows,and in addition also attending was her 'baby' brother Alby [95 years old]!!
All enjoyed live entertainment, cream teas, cakes and champagne. more...

6 Intrepid Dorset Freemasons aiming high !!! 

Over the weekend of September 28/29/30 6 intrepid Dorset Masons will undertake the National 3 Peaks Challenge, climbing Ben Nevis, Scafel Pike and Snowdon raising money for the MCF, Julia's House Hospice and Forest Holme Hospice.

All 3 charities make a huge difference to so many peoples lives offering them help and support when most needed. more...

Coast to Coast 

Brethren,

My name is Bro Adam Carrier. Although I am a very new member of the brotherhood I thought I would start my journey as I mean to go on.

I have always personally enjoyed extreme physical and mental challenges, particularly in support of worthy charitable causes. more...

Ferndown Lodge donates £800 to AboutFace head and neck cancer support 

At Ferndown Lodge Installation meeting on 27th February, the Immediate Past Master of the Lodge Worshipful Brother Alan Connell was delighted to present a cheque for £800 to Worshipful Brother Paul Collins for the wonderful help given by the Dorset based charity AboutFace. This charity has provided support for almost 20 years to patients who have been diagnosed, or are living with, head and neck cancer. Unlike most cancers which are hidden, these tutors are usually visible for all to see. more...

Lodge of Benevolence is Proud to announce the 2019 Donations to Local Charities 

WBro Glen Graham delivered two cheques totalling £1053 to the St Margaret's Hospice and a further cheque for £200 to the Weldmar Hospicecare.

WBro Peter Cairns gave £400 to St Johns' Alms House and £200 to Friends of the Yeatman. Another £200 was also donated to the Sands Charity.

Thanks to all our members for their generosity and support.
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Poole Harbour Cruise 

The Lodge of St Cuthberga enjoyed a peaceful summer's cruise around Poole Harbour. The good ship 'Purbeck Gem', set sail from Poole Quay on Sunday afternoon with over 70 souls on board, which included many family and friends from other Dorset Lodges. We were additionally pleased to welcome and introduce three potential candidates to the Lodge. more...

£12,000 Grant to Dorset Youth Association 

Children and vulnerable families in Dorset will benefit from the continuation of Dorset Youth Association's services thanks to a £12,000 grant from Dorset Freemasons.

The charity, which aims to improve the quality of life for children, young people and families, offers support to a network of 69 youth clubs and vital services for 300 families in their homes and communities. more...

Fishin' in the Rain! 

On a very soggy June morning, the Dorset branch of the MTSFC held its first fishing event of the year courtesy once again of Andrea and Paul Crocker at Higher Kingcombe Farm and Lakes at Toller Porcorum near Dorchester. Special Needs children from Linwood School in Bournemouth and Mountjoy School in Beaminster were chaperoned on a one to one basis by our rather wet bunch of anglers who seemed more concerned by the weather than our eager students were! more...

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