Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset

The official website of Dorset Freemasonry

Welcome to Freemasonry in Dorset.

What is Freemasonry?

WHAT WE ARE (Purpose)
We are a unique members' organisation which has thrived for over 300 years. Having no political or religious affiliations, we comprise members of all ages, races, religions, cultures and backgrounds. We meet in our individual Lodges throughout the country where we have ceremonial traditions which encourage us both to be more tolerant and respectful and actively to fulfil our civic and charitable responsibilities; we also make time to eat, drink and meet together, and form lifelong friendships.

To attract those from all backgrounds and walks of life, enabling them to develop into more thoughtful and confident people. To inspire and challenge them to practise the core values we celebrate – Integrity, Friendship, Respect, Charity – in their private and public lives. To cement our reputation as a force for good in our communities and society at large and as a thriving organisation that people aspire to join.


INTEGRITY: Rather than working on buildings like the masons of old, today's Freemasons focus on building themselves as people of integrity, and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal.

FRIENDSHIP: One of the oldest social organisations in the world, Freemasonry is not defined by an ideology. It is open to people from all religions and political persuasions, and provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life.

RESPECT: With a membership of more than 200,000 people drawn from communities across the UK, Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion or any other perceived differences that can divide us as a society.

CHARITY: Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry. The organisation provides a support structure that helps members make positive contributions to communities and worthwhile causes through fundraising events or volunteer work.

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Dorset Freemasons supporting Service Dogs UK 

Service Dogs UK provide Veterans from the Armed Forces and emergency services suffering with PTSD with specially trained assistance dogs at no cost to the Veteran.

Nigel Rousell said 'We are hugely grateful to Dorset Freemasons for the generous donation of £1,000 to our South West Hub. These funds will be ring-fenced for a reward project that we wish to launch'. more...

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...

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...

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...


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