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Welcome to the Lodge of Amity

Our registered number, 137, is very special to the members of the Lodge of Amity. Such a low number indicates that we are a very old Lodge, in fact the oldest in Dorset. We are very proud of our history and our traditions, feeling very privileged to be able to continue these into the modern era. We were formed in 1765, before the USA! We have complete records of all our activities since then, together with some unique items of furniture and fittings that are actively involved in our meetings. Our Lodge history includes some unusual and surprising anecdotes; from tales of seafaring members captured and released during the Napoleonic Wars to members' involvement in the formation of Lodges in Canada: all part of the rich background of the Lodge of Amity.

This does not mean we are behind the times. We may meet in a Listed building, but we have the latest facilities, including wi-fi, and have undergone a major modernisation programme in 2018. Our caterers are generally thought to be among the best . . .and our four course meals are excellent value!

Our members are of various ages, drawn from all walks of life and a wide range of occupations. Where else would you meet such a diverse range of people meeting happily to share friendship, camaraderie and each other's experiences?

Our aim is to enjoy good company, raise some money for charity in the process and physically help good causes in our area. We meet once a month, on the third Wednesday, at 18:15 in the Poole Masonic Hall. This is situated in the heart of old Poole, close to the Dear Hay Lane car park.

Amity means 'friendship'. We firmly believe that we live up to our name and would always welcome new members and visiting Masons who can join us and judge for themselves !

Poole Masonic Hall
4 Market Close
BH15 1NQ

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Lodge of Amity donates £2,000 to the Diverse Abilities Charity 

WBro Martin Barker presented a cheque for £2,000 to the charity Diverse Abilities on 12th January. The sum was raised by members at social events during his year as Master of the Lodge in 2017, when Diverse Abilities was his chosen Charity for the year. He is now the Charity Steward of the Lodge.

The photograph shows WBro Barker (left) presenting the cheque to the Chief Executive of Diverse Abilities, Mark Powell (right) with two of the charity's staff. more...

Kilts were aplenty on Amity's fundraising evening! 

The Amity Burns Night on the 3rd February was attend by 80 people made up of Brethren and their guests. They enjoyed a Traditional Burns Celebration complete with piper when with grateful thanks to their generosity £650 was raised in aid of the Lewis Manning Hospice. more...


Freemasons from the Lodge of Amity in Poole recently gave up their Saturday to redecorate a local charity's building.

Members of the Lodge assembled at 9 am at Barnabas House, a facility of the Diverse Abilities charity in Poole. Armed with paint brushes, rollers and gallons of white paint they set about transforming the appearance of the building. more...

Amity members all adrift (for charity!) 

Congratulations to the team from the Lodge of Amity who took part in the Dorset Masonic Raft Race in Poole Park on Sunday 1st July.

In what can only be assumed to be a tribute to the great Poole pirate Harry Paye, they proudly flew the skull and crossbones on their craft which, unlike some, survived the rigours of being rowed (twice) across the lake in Poole Park. more...

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...

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.

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.


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.

Lodge of Amity MOSAIC donation 

The Lodge of Amity raised a generous donation for the charity MOSAIC over the last year and, although a formal presentation was not possible in the present circumstances, a cheque was recently sent to the charity. Their response was as follows: more...


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