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Its Nearly over 

Info Guys more...

(Published by Northbourne Lodge)

Brothers with sore Arms, Chest, backs and more !  

3000 Push Up challenge in 30 days !

Five Dorset masons and one from Hampshire have decided to undertake a 3000 push challenge this November called The Men of Steel Fundraiser Challenge which was set up in support of Teenage Cancer Charities.

They wanted to do something to help others and get in shape at the same time. 

One of the team, Rob Halthide said, 'Helping others is in our DNA and Covid 19 was not going to get in the way of that'. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Lest we forget 

Ted Bishop with Richard Wood on behalf of all the members of London Haven Lodge laid a wreath to honour all those who fell.

In Flanders Fields - By John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Freemasons' Hall Lit Up For Remembrance Day 2020 In Honour of 3,000 Members Who Died During WW1 

To mark three major anniversaries for Remembrance Day the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has lit up Freemasons' Hall in London with the names of Freemasons who died in WW1 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE and VJ Day, and the Centenary of the unveiling of the Cenotaph, London.

The projection on Freemasons' Hall will be on display until 9pm on the evening of Armistice Day and has already been shared widely on social media. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Worshipful Brother Michael Wilson 

It is with great sadness that we have to report that our Worshipful Master, W Bro Mike Wilson has passed away whilst on a diving holiday in the Orkney Islands.

His infectious enthusiasm and sense of humour was an inspiration to us all. Mike's support for Freemasonry and particularly The Ashley Lodge will be greatly missed.
He was a true friend and a brother to all those he came into contact with.
R.I.P. Mike more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

Local ' Half Term Kids Lunch Club' initiative supported. 

The Kings Court Masonic Charities Association was please to be able to support the local community who set up a group to help give a free lunch over the half term holiday if they needed it.

A donation of £150 in the form of a Waitrose e-gift card was organised as Waitrose in Gillingham are also supporting the scheme.

Well done and good luck to all involved! more...

(Published by King's Court Lodge)

Local Countrymen Club receives a £500 donation. 

The Kings Court Masonic Charities Association was please to make a donation to the local branch of The Countrymen Club which has a centre nr Sherborne.
The Club provides countryside environments help to meet the challenges being faced by men who find themselves isolated because of deteriorating physical or mental health or changing social circumstances. Conditions may include: more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Suspension of Lodge Business for three months 

Following much internal discussion amongst our members our Worshipful Master in line with the wishes of more than two thirds of the Lodge membership has suspended our regular meetings for three months until the end of December 2020. This is in accordance with the directive issued by the MW The Grand Master. Whilst we are not meeting physically the Lodge continues to function at a reduced level over video conferencing and social media. more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

On your Mark..... 

The story starts in 2018 when the Yeovil Freewheelers Emergency Volunteer Service, the oldest operational blood bike group in the country, who were providing a free emergency courier service between hospitals, laboratories and patients across South Somerset and part of Dorset recognised that there was a gap in their coverage of Dorset, and a blood bike operating out of the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester would fill this need. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Dorset Lodges begin to return. 

This week saw the return of three Dorset Lodges to newly Covid secure meeting places with Lewellin meeting this Monday! Dunckerley, Blackmore Vale and Ashley Lodge were first out of the block!

Sportsmens, Brownsea Island, Canford, Honour and Friendship and Northbourne as well as many more making plans to meet in their own buildings or as guests in Poole if their building isn't ready yet!

And we keep on keeping on!! We found this picture particularly striking! more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

New to Bournemouth University or Arts University Bournemouth? 

Are you new to Bournemouth University or Arts University Bournemouth? Though your Freshers Fair isn't happening this month - you can enjoy our virtual Freshers Fair!

Tradition and continuity are two of the values which characterise the relationship between Freemasonry and universities.

It was nearly 200 years ago that the first university Lodge, Apollo University Lodge, was founded at Oxford, with Isaac Newton University Lodge following soon afterwards at Cambridge. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Helping the NHS in Dorset 

As part of the support given to local charities and causes by Dorset Freemasonry, working in partnership with the Masonic Charitable Foundation, Brother Rick Clarkson, an active member of the Dorset Masonic COVID committee, presented St Mary's Maternity Hospital in Poole with three pairs of 'Zaky Hug' positioning aids. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Face-masks for Festival '25 

Masonic Face Mask and shopping Trolly Token in aid of Festival 25,

Bridport based Freemason, Duncan McGhee has started fundraising for The Province of Dorset's Festival 25 appeal in support of the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

Duncan, a joining member at St. Mary's Lodge No 707, has designed square and compass face masks that craft members may purchase, ideal for the return to Masonic meetings or even a visit to the shops! more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Masonic Face mask and Shopping trolley token in aid of Festival 25 

Bridport based freemason, W. Bro. Duncan McGhee has started fundraising for Festival 25

Duncan, a joining member at St. Mary's Lodge 707, has designed square and compass face-masks that craft members may purchase, ideal for the return to masonic meetings or even a visit to the shops.

Priced at just £10.00 for the face mask and trolley token including post and packing.

To order your face mask and trolley token please e-mail Duncan at: more...

(Published by Festival 25)

Children with complex disabilities will have holidays with their families thanks to a £60,000 grant 

Hundreds of children and young people with complex physical and learning disabilities will be able to take a break during the school holidays, thanks to a grant from Dorset Freemasons to the Diverse Abilities charity's Coping with CHAOS programme. Children with complex disabilities tend to be excluded from other holiday activities due to unwelcoming attitudes, parents' fear of being judged and clubs not being able to cater to the children's needs. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Summer Walk 

A break in the wet weather on Sunday 26th July saw a small group of Lodge members accompanied by their wives and partners unite for a socially distanced five mile walk from Broadstone to the Fox and Hounds at Canford Bottom. The walk took the group along the route of the old railway, alongside and across the river Stour at Canford School, the former home of Lady Wimborne a keen supporter of Poole Freemasonry in the early 1900s. more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

13th July 2020 -One Hundred years old today! 

on the 13th of July Roy Ricketts celebrates his 100th Birthday with his family. Borne on July 13th 1920, in Poole, Roy joined the Ashley Lodge and Freemasonry on Jan 29th 1954 and has been an active member ever since, regularly attending meetings right up to the current Lockdown. A fit and popular member of the Lodge Roy was Master from 1962-1963 and has held active Provincial office in Dorset on more than one occasion. more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

February Regular Meeting - Two down, two to go 

On Friday 28th February Bro Gez Edwards took his next step and in an excellent ceremony became a Master Mason himself. The ceremony was conducted with great feeling and skill by our Worshipful Master and his team and in doing so, and by passing on the useful lessons that ceremony contains, they also took a step themselves. A real sense of friendship and teamwork prevailed though out the evening culminating in a very cheerful meal in each other's company. more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

Happy Birthday! Roy Ricketts - 100 today! 

Today Roy Ricketts celebrates his 100th Birthday with his family.

Born on July 13th 1920, in Poole, Roy joined the Ashley Lodge and Freemasonry on Jan 29th 1954 and has been an active member ever since, regularly attending meetings right up to the current Lockdown. A fit and popular member of the Lodge Roy was Master from 1962-1963 and has held active Provincial office in Dorset on more than one occasion. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Ladies Festival 2021 

Brethren all, there is an important announcement in the 'Our Social Events' page about the scheduled Ladies Festival, particularly concerning those who have already booked places and accommodation. more...

(Published by Amphibious Lodge)

Dorset Freemason in artistic response to Covid19 

Wareham Mason, Malcolm Lewis has come up with a novel way to raise awareness of, and raise funds for the Dorset Community Coronavirus Appeal. Malcom, knowing quite a few artists in the area, has set up an online auction of pieces by them with 25% of the proceeds going to the appeal.

Malcolm, a member of The Lodge of St. Martin, will be holding the auction on Sunday 14 June from 3.00 pm. There are over 120 lots! more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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