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Catch up on all the news from around the Province.

The list is drawn from across the entire site and gives you an easy way to quickly find all the 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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Festival 25)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

December Regular Meeting - Past Masters Night 2021 

Traditionally Ashley's December meeting is Past Masters night. This is where all those who have previously been Master of the Lodge take over the various offices and perform a demonstration ceremony, giving all the newly appointed officers a chance to relax and enjoy the meeting. more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Festival 25)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Christmas message 

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

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Comp David Boylin – 50-years a Holy Royal Arch Companion. 

1971 was a unique year. Decimalisation was introduced in the UK, the voting age was lowered to 18 years, Intel released the world's first computer chip, Starbucks launched in the US and Disney World Resort opened in Florida. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

November 2021 Installation meeting 

On Friday 26th November after a two year wait and forty three years after his Grandfather, John Daley, was installed as Master of The Ashley Lodge, Matthew Paba became our latest Worshipful Master in front of 42 members and their guests. With his father also a past member of the Lodge Matthew is the 3rd generation of his family to join Ashley. Also attending the evening was Mathew's son, Alex, the 4th generation of his family to join the Lodge, making it a truly family affair. more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

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
 more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

October 2021 Regular Meeting 

October 29th was our second meeting back following the protracted COVID shutdown and was our annual business meeting where the Lodge elected a new worshipful Master for the upcoming year, Brother Matthew Paba. In accordance with tradition the Lodge elects a new Master each year and it is his job to lead his team for the next 10 meetings and represent the Lodge throughout that Masonic year. more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Northbourne Lodge)

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...

(Published by Northbourne Lodge)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

September 2021 Regular Meeting 

Friday 24th September 2021 was our first full night back for 18 months. The joy of our return was tinged with a little sadness as we remembered our friends and Brethren who had passed away during the suspension.

All things considered we had a good turnout with 27 attending the meeting and 23 staying to enjoy a meal of Pie, chips and peas followed by fruit salad finished off with the Masonic favourite of cheese and biscuits with coffee. more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

Young families in South East Dorset supported by Freemasonry 

The East Dorset based family charity Home Start received a grant of £14,400 over the next three years from the Masonic Charitable Foundation to help them support young families struggling as a direct result of the Pandemic.

Home Start offer a tailored support service to young families in South East Dorset, covering an area from Christchurch in the east to Wareham and the Purbecks in the west and Cranborne Chase in the North.

Helping young families to: more...

(Published by Festival 25)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Dorset young people's mental health charity helped by Freemasons 

Dorset branch of the mental health charity Mind received a grant of £25,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation for their project concentrating on young people's mental health in our area, directly related to the consequences of the Pandemic called 'Mind your Head' .

A survey conducted by Young Minds across the UK in June 2020 reported the following:

• 80% of under 18's agreed that the coronavirus pandemic had made their mental health worse. more...

(Published by Festival 25)

Bereaved Children in Dorset Supported by Freemasons 

Dorset based bereavement charity Mosaic have received a grant of £13,500 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation over the next three years, helping the charity to focus on children who have lost loved ones.

Their Mission is to create a child centred service which offers a pathway of support for bereaved children, young people and their families, providing support for those young people facing the death of a loved one. more...

(Published by Festival 25)

DMC & MCF donates £2058.00 to the Dorset Somerset Air Ambulance in 2021 

Early in 2021 Dorset Masonic Care started the year with a Donation to the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance of:

£1400.00

This was topped up by the MCF from the remaining 2020 matched funding grant allocated to the Province of Dorset for use before April 2021 with a donation of:

£658.00

Making a total of £2058.00

Donated to the Air Ambulance by Dorset Masonic Care and the Masonic Charitable Foundation in the first part of 2021. more...

(Published by Festival 25)

Freemason's donations turn Disused Red Telephone Box into a lifesaver. 

Donations by Dorset Freemasons to the Masonic Charitable foundation, via Festival 25, and to Dorset Masonic Care have allowed a Portland community charity to repurpose their dilapidated village red phone box and provide a lifesaving public defibrillator. The project, led by Southwell Area Living Together (SALT) is an essential resource to the residents of Southwell village and to visiting tourists, meaning the difference between life and death in an emergency. more...

(Published by Festival 25)

MCF Supports MYTIME Young Carers 

On top of funding allocated for Covid response, Matched and Festival grants the MCF awards funds to Dorset charities directly, responding to their requests for financial support for specific projects that improve the lives of those in their care.

In the summer of 2020, The Masonic Charitable Foundation awarded the Dorset based MYTIME Young Carers charity £13,330 spread over the next three years. more...

(Published by Festival 25)

DMC & MCF Support Young People of Portland 

The external donations committee of Dorset Masonic Care received a request from the Drop-in Portland, an independent Youth Service supporting the young people of Portland, Situated in the PTC Community Hub. They were in desperate need for funds to help purchase new furniture for the use of the children in the community hub.

DMC donated £750 to this worthy cause.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has matched this with a further £750. more...

(Published by Festival 25)

Matched Funding donations for Winchelsea School 

In 2020 the MCF matched a donation of £1842.00 made by Amphibious Lodge No. 9050 of Wimborne earlier in the year from collections made prior to the start of Festival 25 plus a further £750.00, made by Dorset Masonic Care as part of their Lodge Matched Funding scheme to:

The Friends of Winchelsea School

With an additional grant of :

£2,592.00

Making a grand total of:

£5184. more...

(Published by Festival 25)

The Masonic Charitable Foundation - Supporting Dorset during lockdown through Matched Funding. 

Throughout the national lockdown the Masonic Charitable Foundation has been providing much needed support to charities across the county of Dorset with direct donations and through a number of ongoing the schemes.

One of these schemes is the MCF's matched funding initiative managed by Dorset Freemasonry using funds raised through Festival 25 for the benefit of Dorset charities. more...

(Published by Festival 25)

MCF Grant to Diverse Abilities - Coping with Chaos 

In august 2020, thanks to a £60,000 grant over three years by the Masonic Charitable Foundation to the Dorset based Charity, Diverse Abilities, hundreds of children in across the country with complex disabilities can enjoy holidays with their families.
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 Festival 25)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

The Broadstone Lodge 8641 Lodge Outline Document 

Brethren,

As part of the new Membership pathway to be released later this year and in 2022 we have already developed our Lodge Outline document.

For all those interested I have added the new document to the downloads section of our website.

Under Public Information you will find our lodge Outline.

This is a one page document which you can give to anyone who shows an interest in freemasonry and our lodge in particular. more...

(Published by Broadstone Lodge)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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