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Poole Freemasons supporting Jimmy's 

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.

They have trained debt advisors and budget coaches to help with money issues and a volunteer from SHELTER to give advice on housing. 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)

London Haven Lodge in 2021 mile relay! 

The Universities Scheme 2021 Challenge is a relay between all United Grand Lodge of England Universities Scheme Lodges covering a distance of 2021 miles in support of the Duke of Edinburgh Memorial Fund.

David Kenneth Williamson was Assistant Grand Master from 2001-14, and was the first President when the Universities Scheme was launched in 2005. In honour of his contribution the DWK Trophy was created which was passed along during the relay! more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Disused Red Telephone Box becomes a lifesaver in Portland! 

A Portland community charity has repurposed their dilapidated village red phone box, providing 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 Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

First business meeting on Monday 14th June 2021 

A small cohort of the Lodge of Benevolence members took the first step in the direction of returning to normality by holding a socially distanced business meeting on Monday 14th June. We now look forward to a full resumption in September.

The pensive look on some of the faces relates to how Nigel, (2nd from left front row) who took the photo, would manage to photoshop himself into it. Answers on how he did it on a postcard to ……… ! more...

(Published by Lodge of Benevolence)

Bro Wayne Ingram made an MBE 

Dorset Freemason and former soldier who helped a boy with a rare facial cleft has been made an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Bro Wayne Ingram from United Service Lodge No.3473 at Portland raised £140,000 for four-year-old Stefan Savic, who he first met on Army patrol in Bosnia in 2003.

Bro Wayne, who went on to become an ambulance paramedic, said he was 'utterly overwhelmed' by the honour. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Dorset Sportsmen's Lodge - they're in a league of their own! 

This week it was back to meetings for the Dorset Sportsmen's Lodge, scoring a winner installing their new skipper Brad Turner being into the chair of King Solomon.

Meeting within the current guidelines, 15 brethren enjoyed a fantastic meeting at Poole Masonic Hall.

As the lodge's new master, Brad addressed the Brethren remarking how tremendous it was to finally be able to meet face to face again and was looking forward to a fantastic return to active freemasonry! more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Zetland Court care home wears denim for dementia 

With nearly one million people estimated to be living with dementia in the UK*and some families struggling to get the care they need, staff at RMBI Care Co. Home Zetland Court, in Westbourne, have pledged to help improve the outcomes for people living with dementia, as well as their loved ones.

Staff members paid £1 each to wear denim in the care home for one day, instead of their usual cotton work clothes, to raise money for Alzheimer's Society. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

Families in India receive emergency food 

Families and children experiencing severe poverty in India during the COVID-19 pandemic will be receiving vital emergency support thanks to a grant of £50,000 from Freemasons to Plan International UK. The £50,000 grant is enough to provide an expected 1,700 emergency food parcels for some of the most vulnerable families whose livelihoods have been affected during the pandemic. more...

(Published by Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset)

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