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Raising Funds for Festival 25 

Although the 2025 Festival doesn't officially launch until October some events have already taken place raising money for Festival 25 alongside local charities with further events in the coming months. more...

(Published by Festival 25)

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.
 more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Aug 2019 Lodge of Benevolence 

Another good show supporting a local charity.

W Bro Peter Cairns and our Worshipful Master W Bro Dennis Porter 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). more...

(Published by Lodge of Benevolence)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Activities Day: Saturday, 31st August 2019 The Lodge of St Cuthberga 

Activities Day: Saturday, 31st August 2019 - The Lodge of St Cuthberga TextDetails of an activities day which the Lodge has organised to take place at the Max Events Activity Centre near Bere Regis on Saturday, the 31st August 2019. The activities are crossbow shooting, axe throwing, clay shooting and a quad-bike safari and all members of your Lodges and their families are invited tojoin the members of the Lodge of St. Cuthberga with a picnic for a fun day out. more...

(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

Peter Lowndes Open Challenge Cup 14/05/2020 

Dear Sir and Brother

The District Grand Lodge of Cyprus has the pleasure of inviting golfers to Cyprus to play in the annual Peter Lowndes Open Challenge Cup, tobe held on the 14th May 2020 at the Aphrodite Hills Golf Club. Practice rounds (optional) at discounted rates, have been arranged via the District for the 13TH. May 2020.

The event Poster and Participation Form are attached. Please note that the deadline for the participation forms is 31 March 2020. more...

(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

Provincial Appointments & Promotions 2019 

Please see list of Provincial appointments below, congratulations go to WBro Bob Parkes.

Appointments to Active Office - 2019

Provincial Senior Grand Warden WBro R.E. Francis 6525
Provincial Junior Grand Deacon WBro J.E.A. Plowman 7860
Provincial Junior Grand Warden WBro E.W.J. Aston 1266
Provincial Assistant Grand Secretary WBro C. Blows 472
Provincial Grand Chaplain WBro The Rev A.F. Pearce 9649
Provincial Asst Grand Director of Ceremonies WBro R. more...

(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

Bro Glen Short 

Brethren

It is my sad duty to have to inform you that I have received a communication, that Bro Glen Short has been called to the Grand Lodge Above, after a short period of illness, on Monday 29 July 2019.

Details of Funeral Arrangements are below:.

Service at United Church South Street Dorchester at 1200 followed by Cremation at Weymouth 1300, Friday 20th August. more...

(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Portland Lodges Support Local Sea Cadets 

The evening was an overwhelming success with over 115 persons present to witness the presentation of 20 cheques from various Lodges, Orders and personal donations giving a grand total of £5,705.00
A really great response and a lot of hard work by WBro Vic Pomeroy in getting the money in. 80 people from the Sea Cadets were present and the families of the Cadets were then taken to see the Lodge Temple. more...

(Published by Portland Lodge)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Dorset Fairway Lodge Ladies Dinner Night - 30th September 

Date: 30th November 2019

Location: The Royal Dorset Yatch Club, Weymouth, DT4 8BG

Timings: 7pm for 7.30pm

Dress Code: Formal Black Tie

Dinning: A full Menu is shown Below

Payment & Costs: £40 pp payable to A. Anderson by 30th September 2019.

Time Lines: Lodge Members Confirmation by 30th September 2019. Thereafter Open to other lodges.

The cost of the evening includes a four course meal, toasts & entertainment. more...

(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

DMSA Summer Golf - Charity 

Forwarded from John Simmonds, one of our members, here is a short message from John explaining what it's all about.

Firstly ,I have arranged for a Charity Bowmaker on Friday 30 August primarily to raise funds for my boss's grandson who, shortly after birth, was diagnosed with a condition called SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy). more...

(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

W Bro Don Thomson 

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing to Grand Lodge Above of W Bro Don Thomson PPrGSuptWks.

Don was a Founder Member of Dorset Fairway Lodge and long time Secretary.

He will be greatly missed.

Donald Thomson
Passed away peacefully on 12th July 2019 aged 86 years.
Loving husband of the late Mandy,
father to Amesha, Aidan, Euan and Calum
and a dear grandfather and great grandfather. more...

(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

DMSA Summer Golf - Came Down - 30th August 2019 

DMSA GOLF SECTION
SUMMER OPEN MEETING
CAME DOWN GC
FRIDAY 30TH AUGUST

Charity confirmed - https://www.gofundme.com/f/eric-fighting-sma-one-movement-at-a-time?

As usual non Masonic golfing colleagues will be welcome provided they are nominated by a known golfing Brother.
The Competition is a Stableford Team Bowmaker , Play in groups of 3 Max. H'cap = 28.

Trophy . more...

(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

Summer Walk to Swanage 

Having finished our Lodge meeting (very) late on Friday night, at 8:30am Saturday morning our Worshipful Master accompanied by some of the fitter members of the Lodge gathered together, at the front door to Poole Masonic hall to start their 14 mile walk to Swanage Masonic Hall in aid of the upcoming Dorset 2025 Festival (Festival 25). more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

June 2019 Regular Meeting 

Friday the 27th was our last meeting before the well-earned summer break. On one of the hottest evenings of the year so far, the Lodge met to help Bro Greg Winter take his next step in Freemasonry and become a Master Mason. The ceremony, presided over by our Worshipful Master and assisted by his team and Senior Past Masters of the Lodge, was conducted with the care and sincerity that this occasion demands. more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

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.
 more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

MEGS Address to Provincial Grand Chapter 2019 

Our Provincial Grand Master, in his role as Grand Superintendent of the Royal Arch in Dorset has just addressed the Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset.

Companions,

This time last year I told you that great changes were afoot as, in my new role as Provincial Grand Master, over the next year possibly two, I would endeavour to bring the Dorset Craft and Royal Arch together as one. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

152nd Lodge Meeting 20th June 2019 

Candidate Bro.Baker was passed to the Degree of a Master Mason last night, splendid work by all of the officers who helped put Bro. Baker at ease.The Exhortation and Prayer was delivered by WBro Schofield, the Charge was then delivered by WBro Sandall. WBro Smallman then explained the Traditional History and Bro Bowring presented the Working Tools. more...

(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

Ernie Dagless Golf Trophy on 21st June (rearranged from 7th June) 

final timings for Friday as below.

14.30 Gormley Hogg Hogben

14.40 Brookes Sandall Schofield

14.50 Winning Parkes Fletcher

15.00 Chick Brewer M Walker J

15.10 Baker Gardner

15.20 Simmonds Morris Bowen Anderson

Times may be put back by 5-10 mins depending on other societies numbers needing extra time before us but it will be no more than that. more...

(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

Installation Meeting Monday 17th June 2019. 

Many Brethren, including 21 Visitors and the PGM and his Provincial Officers witnessed a wonderful Installation Ceremony and enjoyed a superb Festive Board.

It was great to see the Lodge Room and the Dining Room so full, and every one enjoying themselves.

The Raffle raised £255 towards one of the new WM Charities for his year, 'Riding for the Disabled'.

We now have two Johns as WM and IPM, and two Martins as SW and JW, could get confusing. more...

(Published by De Moulham Lodge)

£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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Ernie Dagless Golf Trophy on 21st June (rearranged from 7th June) 

Dear Brethren,
All those who took part in the golf on Friday will know that things came to an abrupt and rather wet end because of a torrential downpour. They will also know that the Club agreed to a re-run on Friday 21st June, at the same times as last Friday. The cost to those who played last Friday will be £20 to cover the cost of the meal, as we did eat as planned. more...

(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

UPDATE - Ernie Dagless Golf Trophy on 7th June 2019 

A warm and bright sunny day greeted the larger than normal field to East Dorset Golf Club, all eager to fight it out for the Ernie Dagless Golf Trophy. The heavily anticipated Storm Miguel was nowhere to be seen and was thought to have blew over the sacred fairways and greens of Dorset Golf & Country Club.
After filling up on coffee and a bacon roll, a contented field took to the practice green to gain well needed confidence. The first three ball set off at 14: more...

(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

2025 Charity Festival 

Dear All

In October this year the start of the 2025 Charity Festival will begin, Donations in the form of regular payment plans , single payments given through Smooth Giving will go towards that deserving cause ( also our Lucky Ball Draw).

All payments will attract Gift Aid of 25% & will be recorded & go towards both an individual & Lodge Totals.

Thank you Gents for your time & Charity donations.

Brother Ford
Charity Steward more...

(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

Dorset Lodges supporting Zetland Court Summer Fete 

Once again Dorset Freemasonry gave its full support to the annual Zetland Court Summer Fete.

On Saturday 1 June 2019 Freemasons and their families staffed 21 fun, bric a brac and craft stalls in the beautiful grounds of Zetland Court Masonic Care Home in Bournemouth. A gorgeous sunny day attracted many visitors from the local community and Freemasonry who were able to stroll around the attractive grounds enjoying and experiencing the many activities on show. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

W Bro Leon in Cyprus 

Q. What do you do in the evenings if you are a Freemason who has just moved to Cyprus?

A. Visit Lodges!

Leon Matthews a Past Master of Ashley and stalwart of the Province of Dorset moved to Cyprus last year. Keen to continue his Masonic Journey he has been out and about on the island vising Lodges. more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

A Silver Jubilee of Silver Service? 

For the past quarter century, members of London Haven Lodge, together with members of their families, have served Strawberry Afternoon Cream Teas to visitors at the Annual Summer Fete at Zetland Court.

On a delightful sunny day, what can be more civilised than listening to music from the band whilst enjoying newly-baked scones with jam and cream, home-made cakes and strawberries and clotted cream. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Ernie Dagless Golf Trophy on 7th June 2019 

The Ernie Dagless Golf Trophy Meeting is taking place at East Dorset Golf and Country Club on 7th June 2019 and was for Fairway Lodge Members only.
Tee times - 10:30 to 15:30
Bacon roll & coffee on arrival
2 course dinner
18 holes (9 woodland & 9 Lakeside Nines)

Buggies & Electric trollies available to hire
Entry fee £40

****UPDATE****
Here are the final tee times for Friday. Stableford - Full H/C - Yellow tees

14. more...

(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

Masonic Quiz 2019 

After fighting their way through the heats to reach the final of the Dorset Masonic Quiz, hosted by The Ashley Lodge on Friday 31st May, the Vindelis quiz team were thwarted at the final hurdle and finished a very respectable third against stiff competition. The winning team from Dunkerley Lodge showed exceptional knowledge by achieving a score of 23 out of a possible 25 extremely testing questions. more...

(Published by Vindelis Lodge)

Zetland Court Summer Fete 1st June 2019 

Saturday 1st June saw members of the Lodge, their wives , partners and families, setup and run our cake stall at the Zetland Court Summer Fete. A fantastic day in the sun was had by all selling cakes to raise money for the Association of Friends of Zetland Court who help enrich the lives of the residents of the Court. With the stall, the Lodge's contribution to summer the Fete came to over £300. -Well done! more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

May 2019 Regular Meeting 

Extra chairs were needed for 83 members and guests who attended the final of the K. Barnes Dorset Masonic Knowledge Quiz at our May Regular Meeting. The formal part of the evening comprised of two halves, the first being the quiz final and the second a presentation.

Four teams competed in a hard-fought contest doing their best to answer the sometimes difficult Masonic flavoured questions. more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

Jeff Morris for the inter County Masonic Golf against Somerset 

Calling Notice from Jeff Morris for the inter County Masonic Golf against Somerset.
The annual match against Somerset is on Thursday June 27th at Taunton and Pickeredge Golf Club, first tee 1100 hrs and the cost will be £40.00 which includes a two course meal.
Any Brethren who would like to play to reply by return to you or me at gingermulligan@btinternet.com or tel. 07885867896. more...

(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

Lodge Installation Meeting June 17th 2019 

Once again we can look forward to a great night, when our WM John M, Installs our ME John C. into the Chair of KS.

We will be honoured with the presence of our PGM and his Provincial Team for this special meeting.

Please make every effort to be there, and try and bring a guest to swell the numbers.

Don't forget the early start 4-45pm, its sure to be a good night. more...

(Published by De Moulham Lodge)

Fish and Chips supports a very special school! 

Great news from the North of the Province, The Master of Blackmore Vale Lodge, Lawrence Jones with his colleague, Trevor Legg have presented a cheque for £115 to Clive Padgett, Head Teacher of Yewstock School in Sturminster Newton. The money will be used for the students to attend residential trips to Leeson House Field Studies Centre. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

151st Charity collection - Blood Bike Charity 

Dorset Fairway Lodge Charity Steward reported that last month's Charity collection raised £180 for the Blood Bike Charity.
 more...

(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

Fairway 9546 WM welcomes the Provincial Stewards 

WM welcomes the Provincial Stewards to the 151st meeting of Dorset Fairway Lodge 9546. more...

(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

Freemasons supporting Riding for the Disabled 

The Lodge of Honour and Friendship in Blandford are delighted to support their local Riding for the Disabled Group.

Pictured is Jessica, who's father and grandfather are members of the lodge, handing a cheque for £100 to Stella at Green Cottage Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).

Also pictured is one of their amazing horses Katie, who at 30 years old is due to be retired shortly. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Dorset Welcomes Lifelites 

Our Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Chris Lill, was delighted to welcome the team from Lifelites to The Tank Museum at Bovington today as part of their #liftforlifelites campaign, raising awareness of their amazing work! Huge thanks to Jeremy Shaw for bringing along his beautiful classic Bentley Turbo R.
 more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Canford lodge helps local children! 

Worshipful Master Steve Groves has presented £1778 to two local charities on behalf of Canford Lodge.

In an unusual move Canford Lodge invited representatives from two local charity's to attend their festive board to receive their cheques. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Ferndown Lodge Support the Cleft Palate Charity 

One of the charities chosen this year by Ian Spiers of Ferndown Lodge was the Cleft Lip Palate, based at Salisbury District Hospital Odstock. The Worshipful Master Vic Plowman, accompanied by Tom Courtney, were invited to present a cheque for the total of £500 pounds donated by the Lodge.

They were introduced to the team members, who are tasked with the job of caring for children afflicted with this terrible defect. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Universities Scheme growing in Dorset 

London Haven Lodge No.7300, the Universities Scheme Lodge in Dorset, carried out its second double ceremony of University undergraduates when Daniel Berry and Christopher Wilmoth became Freemasons.

Dan is completing his final year of study in fine arts and Chris is carrying out work experience with a leading global and services technical innovator as part of his aero-space studies. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Talking Heads at Loyal Manor Lodge 

Brethren of Dorset were entertained to a short playlet that has been performed over 200 times across 40 Provinces. 'Talking Heads' portrays an encounter between two lodge members – one, an experienced Past Master (and a Royal Arch Companion) and the other, a Master Mason curious to know more. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset)

From Hill to High Water 

Dorset Freemasons from Wimborne are proud to support Dorset Search and Rescue (DorSAR).

DorSAR is a team of highly trained volunteers who work with the police, coastguard and other emergency services. They assist in the search and recovery of missing persons and items, plus specialist water rescue. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

All fun and games in Shaftesbury. 

Shaftesbury's Lodge of Friendship and Sincerity was approached by a local care company asking for help to purchase a new piece of technology to help their clients.

An interactive games machine has been designed to help numerous clients, but in particular those with early to mid stage dementia.

The Lodge readily agreed to help and pledged £250. A matching amount from the Provincial Grand Master's discretionary fund was also pledged. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Dan Martin - St Cuthberga's New WM 

On Tuesday 7 May 2019 Bro Dan Martin was installed into the Chair of King Solomon at the Lodge of St Cuthberga No.622. The Lodge was privileged to receive Right Worshipful Brother Graham Raymond Glazier, Provisional Grand Master for Dorset and his Executive Officers.

The ceremony was conducted beautifully by all those occupying office to the enjoyment of a jam-packed temple of 93 brethren, 60 of whom were visitors. more...

(Published by Lodge of St Cuthberga)

April 2018 Regular Meeting 

Our April regular meeting on Friday 26th was a night of Fellowcrafts. Bro Frankie McCoid took his second step in Freemasonry in a ceremony performed with real passion by our Worshipful Master and his team. Amongst those witnessing the proceedings were six other Fellowcrafts who gathered at the end of the ceremony along with Bro. Frankie to receive, from our Senior Warden, an expertly presented long explanation of one of the pieces of Lodge furniture, a story rich in history and allegory. more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

Grand Rank Promotion 

Congratulations to our Treasurer WBro John Price on receiving his promotion to PJGD at Grand Lodge on Wednesday 24th April 2019.

A well deserved promotion. more...

(Published by De Moulham Lodge)

We're in the paper!! 

Freemasonry gets a mention in the local paper.

Alex Green, representing Gillingham Freemasons recently presented a donation to the Friends of Gillingham Station to help them in their quest to improve the ambience of the station for rail travellers. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Lodge Meeting 15th April 2019 

A very nervous Candidate Bro.Sean was passed to the Degree of a Fellowcraft last night, splendid work by the JD Peter, the SD Martin and the SW John helped put Bro. Sean at ease. Stw'd Trevor gave an excellent presentation of the WTs as did Ch. Stw'd Robert explaining the TB.

An above average number of guests/visitors added to the enjoyment of the evening rounded off with a superb Festive Board, during which the raffle raised an excellent amount for Zetland Court. more...

(Published by De Moulham Lodge)

Let's brighten up the place' 

Two local community groups recently met at Gillingham station for the benefit of Gillingham rail users. Alex Green presented a cheque for £300 from the Gillingham Freemasons to Belinda Ridout, Chair of the Friends of Gillingham station.
The local Masons had raised the sum from their regular meetings of Kings Court Lodge in Station Road (Lower) and wanted to help the Friends improve the ambiance of the station. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Mission Accomplished 

A number of Brethren and family members from the Lodge of St Cuthberga have completed stage two of clearing Dave Sandever's enormous shed.

Dave, who resides in Colehill with his wife Sue, is too unwell to clear the shed and outbuildings himself, so the lodge stepped in to give him a helping hand.

During the first stage in February we filled a 6-yard skip, today we filled an 8-yard skip. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Dorset Freemasons in lifesaving gift to Budmouth College 

Lodges and Chapters in Dorset have come together in a Cross Order effort to support a major gift to Budmouth College. Together with the Craft and Royal Arch Provinces of Dorset, Rose Croix, Mark and Royal Ark Mariners, with local lodges and Chapters have donated more than £2000 of defibrillator equipment to a Weymouth school. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

March 2019 Regular Meeting 

The 700th meeting of the Ashley Lodge took place on Friday the 29th March. At the meeting Forty members and their guests took part and watched as Mr Mark Thompson sook his first step and became a Freemason. During the ceremony Mark was assisted by his Proposer Bro Shaun Fudge who stepped up a place and acted as J.D. whilst the seconder our Worshipful Master oversaw the proceedings. more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

50 years a Mason 

Fifty years ago W Bro Walter 'Wally' Draper a then GPO engineer and ex paratrooper become a Freemason in Surrey, he joined the Ashley Lodge when he retired with his family to Bournemouth.

On Sunday 21st March W Bro Ron Kiver, accompanied by our Worshipful Master and the Lodge Secretary, presented Wally with a certificate of service and a 50 year pin at his home. more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

Kinson Chapter support Hope! 

Based in Bournemouth, Hope Housing Training and Support is a charity for single homeless individuals aged between 18 to 65. Last year 150 people were encouraged to move forward into independent living through addressing their needs, which included substance misuse, crime, poverty, mental health and unemployment.

60 vulnerable people are housed by the charity, whilst trained counselling and support workers help to overcome personal issues faced. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset)

Gillingham Litter Pickers out in force. 

A group of volunteer litter pickers who were sponsored by Kings Court Lodge No have organised a Council Community pick up Event.

More than fifty people attended in Gillingham and close to a dozen in Milton-on-Stour. The residents who joined were all ages and lots of youngsters and various organisations. It was marvellous to see so many.

The estimate of weight of litter collected was about 280kg in 2 hours! more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Lodge Meeting 18th March 2019 

Disappointing news on arrival, Bro Sean who was due to be passed to the Degree of a FC could not attend due to family illness. The WM decided to conduct a demonstration 2nd Degree Ceremony and the DC asked for a volunteer Candidate. None was forthcoming, so the DC offered himself as Candidate, this was accepted by the WM. WBro Don did a quick change and donned the EAs apron. Bro Don was passed to a FC in a fun, but very sincere Ceremony. more...

(Published by De Moulham Lodge)

Lodge of Meridian support Homeless Charity 

The Lodge of Meridian held this year's ladies Evening in the Carlton Hotel, East Overcliffe, Bournemouth, on the 2 March 2019 where the Worshipful Master, members and guests, raised £500 for the charity 'Shelter'.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through advice, support and legal services. Shelter, offer a wide range of help and advice online and in office, helping those facing (all) housing and homelessness issues. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Lodge of Meridian - Charity - Cheque presentation 

The Lodge of Meridian #6582, held this year's ladies Evening in the Carlton Hotel, East Over-cliffe, Bournemouth, on the 2nd March; where the Worshipful Master, brethren and guests, raised some £500 for the Worshipful Master's charity 'Shelter'.

The 'Shelter Charity' helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through advice, support and legal services. more...

(Published by Lodge of Meridian)

The Broadstone Lodge No 8641 Ladies Festival 2019 

The Broadstone Lodge held its annual ladies festival on Saturday at The Dudsbury Hotel and Spa.

109 brethren, ladies and guests supported the event and were welcomed by our Worshipful Master and his Lady, Jenny. A magnificent evening, excellent food and great entertainment from 'Haywire'. They really are Dorset's No.1 dance band.

The toast to the ladies was given by W. more...

(Published by Broadstone Lodge)

And the Winners are ... 

Congratulations to the team from Dunckerly Lodge who won a closely fought semi final of the Provincial Quiz hosted by Canford Lodge. In second place came Meridian Lodge. Many thanks to the Provincial Quiz Team led by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Dorset, Christopher Bond.
The picture shows the APGM with the two teams. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Talking Heads - The Next Step: Into the Royal Arch 

If you are a Freemason who is

• not in the Royal Arch yet
• a lapsed Royal Arch member or
• have Masonic friends who aren't in the Royal Arch yet

Then please book in for this event now! To book please contact the Lodge Secretary 6445@dorsetfreemasonry. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Crumbs! That's terrific charitable support by Vespasian Lodge!! 

Vespasian Lodge recently held a 'race night' at Branksome Masonic Hall, attended by a number of members, family and friends and were able to support local, worthy charitable causes, including The Crumbs Project.

The Crumbs Project was founded by the late Anne Gardner, whose daughter Liz at the age of 17 started hearing voices which tormented her for the rest of her adult life. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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