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Burns Night Celebration 28th Jan 2022

Please find below our flyer for the impending Burns Supper.
The Worshipful Master would be delighted to welcome your support for this social event on the 28th January 2022.
Masonic Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL
Please book early to ensure a place via email Pat Green 

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4th October 2021

Provincial Grand Master Installed in the Chair!

RW Bro. Graham Glazier the Provincial Grand Master (PGM) for Dorset was installed as Worshipful Master for the ensuing year. 

Although not unique within UGLE, an active PGM taking the Chair of a Craft Lodge is rare. A number of visitors attended the meeting, representing nearly a dozen different Lodges.Some came from within Dorset, some from neighbouring Provinces, and some from further afield, including Metropolitan Lodges. They were treated to a fine ceremony. 

The PGM is expecting a busy year; the Lodge Secretary announced the propositions of 5 candidates for initiation, so the Lodge is looking in a very healthy state for the future. 

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 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 ……… ! First Meeting after Lockdown 14_07_2021 FINAL.jpg








February 2021

The Brethren of the Lodge of Benevolence are delighted to have helped local causes with the following donations recently.

 £1000 to Sherborne Rendezvous. This money being largely used to buy computer equipment, to will help with their programme of home tuition of their dependents.

 £500 to Sherborne Community Kitchen. Started in response to COVID-19, the charity deliver fresh meals to help vulnerable and shielding individuals each day.

 £100 to Sherborne Town Band. The Band plays a significant role in the life of the community, helping local organisations and charities with fund raising events.


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Bro James Jesty was initiated on the 13th Jan 2020

Attending James’s Initiation were two other Entered Apprentices: a guest of his from Lodge of Faith and Unanimity, No. 417: Bro Lee Moretone – and a visitor from Lodge of Friendship and Sincerity No 472, Bro George White.

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Bro James Jesty was initiated on the 13th Jan 2020 by WBro Alan Wells after approaching the Lodge of Benevolence 1168 via the internet, wishing to follow in his grandfather’s Masonic footsteps. 

Although James understood that his grandfather WBro Fred Jesty was a Mason, he did not know about the further connections. WBro Fred Jesty also had two brothers (Bill and Bob) all three of whom were Initiated on the same night back on 8th January 1951.They had been  proposed by their father WBro Robert William Jesty, who was initiated in 1920 becoming Master of the Lodge in 1935, he also took part in the ceremony back then. A further coincidence was that during James’s Initiation meeting, part of the Ancient Minutes of that night 100 years ago were read out and Robert, James’s great-grandfather was then proposed as a candidate for Initiation.


Remembrance Sunday 2019

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Our current Master WBro Alan Wells lays the Lodge’s remembrance wreath at Sherborne Abbey Memorial Ceremony 10th November 2019.


W Bro Alan Wells - New Master for 2019

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Having previously attained the chair of Senior Warden in the Lodge, but having to stand aside a few years for business reasons, Bro Alan Wells was invited to step back into the chain of succession in the Lodge of Benevolence in Sherborne. He therefore found himself propelled from the appointment of Inner Guard to the chair of Worshipful Master. The Installation took place on Monday 7th October 2019 in Sherborne attended by the DPGM, VWBro Chris Lill and his Provincial team comprising the ProvJGW, ProvAGDC  and ProvGStwd: WBros Alan Curley, John Stevenson and Ken Shaw respectively.  Included in the photograph next to the WM is his proposer into Freemasonry WBro Chris Wright, and propping up the left hand side, WBro John Allan, Secretary.

A Memorable 50 Years Celebrated

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Bro Peter Bunker PPrGStdB

When advised that the PGM was pleased to awardBro Peter J. Bunker, PPrGStdB, with a 50-year Certificate, and Peter being in residential care in Poole, both his Lodges: Benevolence, No. 1168, in Sherborne, and De Moulham, No. 1146, in Swanage, were concerned on how best to organise a presentation.  

With the very helpful assistance of The Laurels & Pines Rest Home management, it was arranged that a private room would be made available for that purpose. 

On the 19th December, the Master of the Lodge of Benevolence, WBro Dennis Porter, accompanied by WBro John Allan, WBro John Price representing De Moulham Lodge, and members of Peter’s family – including daughters Sue and Sandra – gathered in Peter’s rest home and had an informal presentation. Peter, now partially blind, wheelchair-bound and in poor health, was quite touched that such a fuss was being made of him. WBro Allan outlined Peter’s Masonic career from the time, as a local policeman, he joined Benevolence on 11th November 1968 to date and the fact that on being posted to Swanage he joined De Moulham Lodge five years later - and his appointed in due course to PPrGStdB., in 2005 and subsequently being made an Honorary Member of that Lodge in 2011.  He was also a member of the Chapter of Unity in Wareham for 16 years.

Although Peter never progressed to the Chair in either Lodge, he was an active member in Swanage.  He sorted and managing all their archives and artefacts, as well as proving himself to be a first class chorister –  in demand when it came to singing at Ladies Nights. He also never forgot his Mother Lodge – Benevolence – and for many years would make an annual pilgrimage - usually with friends -  to attend its December meeting – singing carols to the accompaniment of the Sherborne Town Band was an attractive bonus.

Responding to the presentation of his Certificate and the 50-year lapel badge, he emotionally expressed his sincerely thanks to the three brethren for their kindness in attending. As many names past and present were bantered around in conversation, of those he remembered from both Lodges he asked that he be remembered to all those of his era and to the other brethren.  Thanks too were given to the Rest Home management for the delicious tea and cakes provided in support of what was a truly memorable occasion.



 Sherborne Masons Queen's Jubilee Tree finally gets it Plaque

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Back on the 21st Feb 2013 a 3 year old Prunus 'Tai Haku', or Great White Cherry, was planted in the Pageant Gardens by our Provincial Grand Master and the Mayor of Sherborne - Dominic Elliot, ably assisted by our Worshipful Brother Dennis Bailie. It was planted to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Trees normally would be planted in the winter but the 2012/13 winter weather up until late January being very wet and cold, this was not suitable, hence our Jubilee tree was planted in Feb 13 with the intention of placing a plaque alongside the tree when it had matured sufficiently to be beyond being vandalised, as unfortunately this is what happened to most of the other young Jubilee trees planted by the Town Clerk's Jubilee Committee.

By this year the tree had put on sufficient girth and hence the plaque marking the planting by the Provincial Grand Master of Dorset was installed by WBro Dennis and Dominic, as can be seen by the pictures. 

Hopefully our Great White will continue to put a show on for all Sherborne residents for many years to come.

50 Years a Mason


Our December meeting on December 12th marked a major milestone in the Masonic career of W Bro John Kennett PPrSGW as it was on December 12th 1966

(50 years to the day) that he was initiated into the Lodge of Benevolence No 1168. To mark the occasion he was presented with a celebration 50 year pin and certificate by W Bro John J. B. Allen PAGDC on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master. He was also presented with a framed print of Sherborne Abbey by W Bro Peter Cairns PPrSGD on behalf of the Brethren of the Lodge of Benevolence. As part of the evening John recalled to the Brethren his childhood in and around Yeovil, also telling us of his career in the Police Force and as a Civil Servant 

We congratulate John on reaching this particular milestone and wish him and his wife Ruth every happiness for the future


       Meet the team

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The Lodge Officers – for the 150th Anniversary Year  

As the Lodge enters its 150th year, at the Installation Meeting on the 3rd October 2016,
WBro Peter Cairns was Installed as its 150th Master - his second term, having first served
as WM in 2008.   He is seen here in the company of the Provincial Grand Master and
those Lodge officers present on that occasion:

Front row (L to R) Treasurer: WBro Raymond Wood; PGM: RWBro Richard Merritt;
WM: WBro Peter Cairns; Immediate Past master: WBro Chris Wright; Secretary:
WBro John Storey;  middle and rear (L to R) Junior Deacon: Bro Dennis Porter; Mentor:
WBro Dennis Bailie; Director of Ceremonies: WBro Bryan Wannell; Senior Warden:
Bro Glen Graham; Charity Steward: WBro Colin Vine; Junior Warden: Bro Alan Wells;
Assistant Director of Ceremonies: WBro Chris Terry; Almoner: WBro John Allan;
Junior Deacon: Bro Gary Parker-Smith.




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2015 Installation

At the annual Installation of the Lodge in October 2015, Brother Chris Wright (centre) was Installed as its 149th Worshipful Master and had the pleasure of appointing and investing his two Wardens – Brother Alan Wells (Senior – on the right) and Brother Glen Graham (Junior – on the left) for the twelve month period.  All three seen here looking keen and eager to step up to their roles


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2017 Burns Night

Friday 3rd February saw the latest Lodge of Benevolence Burns' Night Celebration. A memorable evening was had by all attending. On arrival guests were welcomed by entertainment from our guest piper of the evening, Mr Robert A White BA AClfA wearing authentic highland regimental dress. Following the Welcome by our WM W Bro Peter Cairns, the Selkirk Grace was said by W Bro Ian Johnston followed by the piping in of the Haggis and the Address to the Haggis was then delivered by W Bro Dennis Bailie in his own inimitable manner.

A splendid Burns Supper was provided by Kay and her staff and after the Loyal Toast the brethren and their guests were treated to a superb Immortal Memory by W Bro John Allan. The Toast to the Lassies was then given by the WM and responded to by his 'lassie', Muriel. The guests were 'treated' to a version of the Visitors'

Song sung by the Lodge of Benevolence Glee Club before they were lead into a hearty rendition of Flower of Scotland by the attending Scots. The evening was rounded off by the traditional communal singing of 'Auld Lang Syne.

A sum of £187 before tax relief was raised from the Draw which will be donated to the WM's chosen charity of the evening - Forever Butterfly




Donation to Yeovil Snowdrop Group

On Wednesday 14th June our Worshipful Master visited Yeovil Hospital where he met with Leonie Parrott , a member of the Yeovil Snowdrop Group and Linda Hann the Chaplain of Yeovil Hospital. He is seen here presenting a cheque for £289.96 to SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society).

The Snowdrop Group is affiliated to SANDS who 3 core aims which are to;

  • Support anyone affected by the death of a baby
  • To work in partnership with Health Professionals to improve the quality of care and services offered to bereaved families
  • To promote research and changes in practice that could help to reduce the loss of babies’ lives

The Snowdrop Group usually meets in the Fiveways School, Yeovil on the first Wednesday in every month from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.




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