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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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Lodge Meeting 16th March 2020 

We are having a visit from the Widow Sons Masonic Bikers Association on Monday night 'The StoneCutters'. We are looking forward to an incite into their work in Freemasonry.

We will also be honoured with our PGM joining us to present one of our members WBro Peter with his 60 years Service to Freemasonry Certificate. more...

(Published by De Moulham Lodge)

Lodge Meeting 17th February 2020 

Bro Sean has overcome many complications since he took his 1st Degree.
Illness and major surgery etc., but he was able to complete his progress and become a MM.
Bro Sean's 3rd Degree continued in the same vein, it was an extraordinary Ceremony to say the least, one could say unique in our history. Many Brethren participated in many ways and Bro Sean was successfully raised to the Sublime Degree of a MM. more...

(Published by De Moulham Lodge)

Lodge Meeting 20th January 2020 

Another enjoyable meeting and as usual our WM was in fine form..

We had an excellent presentation and film on the work of the 'Pilgrim Bandits' a Charity supporting our injured and mentally ill Armed Services and Blue Light Emergency Services. Pushing them to extremes they didn't think they would ever achieve again. Most interesting work and we were pleased to make a large donation towards it from our Raffle at the Festive Board. more...

(Published by De Moulham Lodge)

Dorset Masonic Care present a £25,000 cheque 

At the annual general meeting on the 7th November held at Blandford Masonic Centre. more...

(Published by Dorset Masonic Care)

Match Funding making a difference of £1500 this week! 

Two Lodges took advantage of Dorset Masonic Cares match funding this week.

Firstly, Northbourne Lodge's donation to Forest Holme was topped by Dorset Masonic Care as part of their Match Funding initiative.

Barrie Hobbs, a Dorset Masonic Care Trustee delivered a cheque for £500 to a representative of Forest Holme to add to the £1000 already presented by Northbourne Lodge earlier this month.

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(Published by Dorset Masonic Care)

Chapter Ensign and Banner lecture 

At the February Convocation held on Tuesday the 3rd at Portland those present witnessed an Ensign and Banner lecture conducted by the MEZ EComp Richard Swan and the Director of Ceremonies EComp John Halford, and supported by EComp Roger Hart (Haggai), EComp Bob Turner (Joshua) and many Companions of the Loyal Manor Chapter. An explanation of each of the four principle Banners was given and then each of the three Ensigns which were ranged under each Banner was also explained in turn. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

January 2020 Regular Meeting 

The end of January and the beginning of February saw two distinct days of contrast for Poole Masonic Hall and the members of The Ashley Lodge.

The new decade for Lodge started off on Friday 31ST with a 3RD degree where James Dunn was made a Master Mason in an excellent ceremony conducted by our W.M. and his team. The ceremony was conducted with all the respect and solemnity fitting this occasion whilst also reflecting the warm friendship of a shared experience
more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

The Lodge of Amity celebrates Burns Night 

On Saturday 25th January 2020 (Burns Night) the Lodge of Amity celebrated Burns Night in true Scottish fashion.

Over 80 Freemasons and their guests sat down in the Lodge Dining Room to an excellent dinner of Cock-a-Leekie Soup; Haggis, Tatties and Neeps (with a 'wee dram' to accompany); Cranachan; cheese & biscuits; and coffee or tea.
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(Published by Lodge of Amity)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Philippe Exalted into St Cuthberga Chapter 

Wimborne Exaltation

On Thursday 16th January 2020. Philippe Bouchex completed his journey in Pure and Ancient Freemasonry by being Exalted into St Cuthberga Chapter No. 622.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by those Companions present.

Accompanied by Officers of the Provincial Grand Chapter, the Provincial Third Grand Principal, Clive Deakin, was also in attendance to witness Comp. Philippe take his Fourth Step. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset)

Amphibious support The Samaritans 

Michael Raine, Treasurer of the Amphibious Lodge, was welcomed into the Royal Arch in the Amphibious Chapter, at their January convocation, during which Michael McHugh, First Principal, conducted an impressive exaltation ceremony with members of the Chapter presenting Lectures in catechism form (questions and answers). more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Dorset Freemasons Support DorSAR 

Dorset Search and Rescue (DorSAR) - www.dorsar.org.uk - 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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

December 2019 Regular Meeting 

Two weeks after our Installation meeting we all met again for our regular Christmas meeting on Friday December 13th. Traditionally in The Ashley Lodge this is our Past Masters evening where Past Masters of the Lodge take over and perform a ceremony. This year they had the honour of performing a 2nd degree ceremony for one of our newest members, Mark (The Grinch) Thompson. more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

Christmas at the oldest Lodge in the Province 

The December meeting of the Lodge of Amity was, as always, their 'business' meeting where the Master for the ensuing year is elected. But with that essential business out of the way, the Festive Board was the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with turkey, wine, Christmas pudding and, of course, carol-singing.

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(Published by Lodge of Amity)

Christmas at The Broadstone Lodge. 

Tuesday evening saw the passing to the second degree of Bro Phil Barlow. Phil was word perfect with his questions and and all the officers performed a great job. Well done everyone.

After the ceremony as is tradition our ladies and partners joined us for a Christmas Festive Board. Afterwards we were entertained by members of the Wimborne Musical Theatre with Christmas songs and Carols. Tremendous atmosphere and very much enjoyed by everyone. more...

(Published by Broadstone Lodge)

St Aldhelms Chapter Centenary Planning Meeting 

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(Published by St Aldhelm's Chapter)

Deja-vu at Vespasian. 

Clive Barnett may be forgiven for experiencing a feeling of deja-vu when he was Installed as First Principal of Vespasian Chapter, for the third time. It was in the millennium year that Clive was first appointed First Principal and again in 2010. With David Armstrong also having been previously Installed as Third Principal, Graham Frampton was the only 'newcomer' Principal when he was Installed into the office of Second Principal. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset)

Cliff welcomed into the Royal Arch! 

Cliff Shute, a member of Brownsea Island Lodge has been welcomed into the Royal Arch during an enjoyable convocation in the Chapter of St. Martin, no.7986.

Bob Pennington, First Principal, conducted a memorable exaltation ceremony, attended by Officers of the Provincial Grand Chapter, before retiring to a happy Festive Board. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset)

Bro Terry Middleton completes 60 years as a Mason 

At the November meeting of the Broadstone Lodge, Bro Terry Middleton was presented with a certificate and lapel pin by our visiting grand officer WBro. Matt Devereaux on behalf of our Provincial Grand Master, in celebration of 60 years in freemasonry.

Terry is a founder of the lodge and great supporter of every aspect freemasonry in general and the smooth operation and running of the lodge in particular. more...

(Published by Broadstone Lodge)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

November 2019 Installation Meeting 

Our November meeting is our Installation meeting where the Master for the ensuing year is installed, he then appoints his officers completing the team that will preside over the Lodge activities for that year.

Continuing for his second year in the chair Michael Wilson oversaw the proceedings ably assisted by the Installing Master Jim Adair. more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

Long and Exemplary Service 

Exalted into Kinson Chapter, in 1969, Tony Hutley has been presented with the Grand Superintendent's 'Certificate of Long and Exemplary Service' for the 'Valuable Services rendered by him to Royal Arch Masonry in the Province of Dorset for Fifty Years'. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Immaculate ceremony at Benevolence! 

During an immaculate ceremony at the Chapter of Benevolence, John Storey impressively installed Les Gould into the First Principal's Chair, whilst John Wood was installed as Second Principal. Just five years after becoming a Freemason and, after joining the Royal Arch the following year, Dennis Porter was Installed into the Third Principal's Chair. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Lodge of Amity)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

The Lodge of Amity Ladies Night 2019 

There is always one night of every Master's year that everyone looks forward to. It is, of course Ladies Night, when the brethren of the Lodge invite their ladies, friends and family to a celebration in honour of the Worshipful Master's Lady.

The Lodge of Amity is no exception, and this year over 80 members, ladies and friends gathered at the Mayfair Hotel in Bournemouth on Saturday 16th November for their Ladies Night. more...

(Published by Lodge of Amity)

The 2019 Dorset Provincial Gala Ball raises over £2,750 for Festival 25 

Just over 200 guests enjoyed a fantastic evening of entertainment at the Queens hotel in Bournemouth on Saturday 16th November raised over £2,750 for the Festival. A very enjoyable event raising money for a very good cause. more...

(Published by Festival 25)

Thank You! - DMC donates £25,000 to Festival 25 

Our very own charity, Dorset Masonic Care has donated the magnificent sum of £25,000 towards Festival 25.
This along with the announcement of a matched funding scheme for Lodges supporting non-Masonic Charities during 2020 is very welcome indeed. Once again showing that Dorset really does care about making a difference.
 more...

(Published by Festival 25)

29 years on for Ron Kiver 

Andy Rogers, Installing Principal, conducted a first-class ceremony when he installed Andy Jennings as First Principal of the St. Aldhelm's Chapter, no.2559. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Dorset Ashlar Housing Trust: Annual Report & Accounts [DAHT] 

I attach a copy of a letter I have received from the Secretary of Dorset Ashlar Housing Trust (DAHT), WBro Matt Devereux, together with the Report and Accounts to which he refers.

DAHT is one of only two Dorset Provincial charities in existence, the other being Dorset Masonic Care (DMC). It owns and lets out to necessitous Dorset Freemasons and their widows ten two bedroom and two one bedroom flats at Kenneth Cross Court, 100 North Road, Parkstone, Poole, BH14 0NA at subsidised rents. more...

(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

Children's Christmas Party - 7 Dec 2019 - Portland Masonic Centre 

Dear Sirs

Please find attached a poster and booking form for the Children's Christmas Party being held at the Portland Masonic Centre on the afternoon of Saturday 7th December. This is open to children of Masonic families. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

I would be most grateful if you could share this with your membership.

Kind regards
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(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

Beyond the Craft': Kinson Masonic Hall on Saturday, 13th June 2020 

I am writing to you to inform you that we are at the planning phase of staging a 'Beyond The Craft' event at the Kinson Masonic Hall.

This will be scheduled for Saturday 13th June 2020 and include all Orders (beyond craft) active at the KMH.

The event will be hosted by the Ferncroft Masonic Club and held downstairs at the KMH in the dining hall where each Order will manage a trestle table displaying their respective banners, regalia and appropriate literature. more...

(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

Dorset Provincial Raft Race: 2020 

WBro Geoff Ruffell, the Secretary of the Lodge of Meridian, has now stepped down as the organiser of the annual Provincial Raft Race, an event which he created and ran so adeptly. His mantle has passed to WBro Mike Parkes, the Secretary of Dorset Sportsmen's Lodge and on his behalf I attach a poster giving details of next year's raft race which is due to take place on Sunday, the 5th July 2020.

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(Published by Dorset Fairway Lodge)

Provincial Team in Hertfordshire 

Having received a warm welcome to the Annual Convocation of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Hertfordshire, Clive Deakin, 3rd Provincial Grand Principal of Dorset, congratulates Robert Asser upon his Installation as the newly appointed 3rd Provincial Grand Principal of Hertfordshire. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

ST ALDHELMS DONATES £2184 TO VICTORIA SCHOOL 

During Steve Dunster's term as WM last year, the lodge raised £2184 which he was delighted to present to Victoria School. The money will go towards new equipment for their play area which is in need of modernisation. The school in Lindsay Road, Branksome, caters for children between the ages of 9 and 14 with disabilities which prevent them from taking part in normal activities. more...

(Published by St Aldhelm's Lodge)

Chapter donates £2000 to Festival 25 

Following our Provincial Grand Master's address at the Sherbone Provincail meeting on October 24th The Deputy Grand Superintendent of Dorset, Mike Worne presented a Cheque for £2,000. This marks the start of support from the Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset for Festival 25 and was received with grateful thanks. more...

(Published by Festival 25)

The MCF donates £4000 to the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. 

As part of his official visit to our Provincial meeting in Sherborne on Thursday 24th October, Paul Crockett the Fundraising Support Officer for the MCF, presented a certificate to Carrie Cardale of the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, marking a donation from the MCF of £4,000 to the charity.

 more...

(Published by Festival 25)

October 2019 Regular Meetng 

What on paper looked to be a relatively quiet October business meeting turned into a great evening with a lot of laughter and arguably the highlight in meal choice for the year- steaming Steak and Kidney Pudding!!

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(Published by Ashley Lodge)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Longest Serving Dorset Companion! 

Some terrific work by our longest serving Companion at the the Installation of the Three Principals at the Chapter of Unity, no.386, on Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Peter O'Neil is the longest serving Companion in Dorset. As Installing 1st Principal, Peter carried out an impressive Installation ceremony at The Chapter of Unity at which the Deputy Grand Superintendent, Mike Worne, and members of Provincial Grand Chapter, were in attendance. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset)

Blackmore Vale donate almost £400 to Festival 25! 

Blackmore Vale Lodge made a great start to the Festival 25 at their Installation with a donation of £394!

Their new Worshipful Master, Roger Jackson is pictured here with members of the Provincial team Very Worshipful Brother Chris Lill, Deputy ProvGM, Ted Aston, Mark Gibson and Adam Perkins, together with Blackmore Vale Senior and Junior Wardens Colin Sandall and Andy Conduit.

They had a very successful evening and a packed festive board at the St. Mary's Church Hall. more...

(Published by Festival 25)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

YOUTH CANCER TRUST DONATION 

Our latest donation to this worthwhile charity. Total now raised is £9389, more...

(Published by St Aldhelm's Lodge)

Bro Gary Britten's 2nd at 1037 

Bro Gary Britten was invited by Portland Lodge 1037 to have his passing to the second degree at their meeting on the 17th October 2019. Answering his questions brilliantly, (doing Vindelis proud). Gary was passed to the 2nd degree in a very professional manner by the officers of 1037. more...

(Published by Vindelis Lodge)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Llewellin Installation 23/09/2019 

The members of Llewellin 79076 were delighted to install W Bro. Phil Purvis in a great evening 23/09/19

left to right W Bro Simon Delahunty Provincial DC, W Bro Colin Wills Provincial Grand Senior Warden, VW Chris Lill, Deputy PGM of Dorset, W Bro Phil Purvis Installed Master Llewellin Lodge No 7907, W Bro Bob Fairlie SW Llewellin Lodge No 7907, and Bro Chris Moorley JW Llewellin Lodge No 7907 more...

(Published by Llewellin Lodge)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Coming Soon 

Available for order in November more...

(Published by Festival 25)

September 2019 Regular Meeting 

Our first meeting after the summer break on Friday 27th September went off with bang. A long evening, starting an hour earlier than normal, with the Provincial Grand Master for Dorset opening a session of Provincial Grand Lodge in order to promote and invest 18 of his Visiting Officers and senior Brethren. Aided by his full team this part of the evening had all the pomp and ceremony associated with a full Provincial meeting. more...

(Published by Ashley Lodge)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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