Graham Raymond Glazier, the Provincial Grand Master for Dorset, signed the Armed Forces Covenant in December 2021. Since that date Dorset Freemasonry is pleased to announce that it has enjoyed a significant increase in serving members of HM Forces attending Lodge meetings as visitors
In particular Brother (Sgt) Robert (Rab) Millar of Lodge Coupar o' Fife No. 19 from The Armour Centre at Bovington Camp who has organised up to 19 different serving military Brethren to attend Dorset Lodges.
At a recent Initiation at the Lodge of Honour and Friendship 1266 the Provincial Grand Master was introduced to three serving soldiers who had attended as guests; Rab accompanied by Nathaniel Kenrick of Thistle and Saltire Lodge No. 1040 and Veiner Gaston of Stiguil Lodge No. 2186.
The Provincial Grand Master welcomed those Brethren and thanked them for their service. He then presented the soldiers with a signed copy of the Dorset Masonic Passport enabling them to record their visits to each Lodge as a reminder of their time in Dorset.
You will note from the photograph the differences in regalia, which always prompts interest.
The Provincial Grand Master, Graham Glazier said, 'The Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset is proud of our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant. We recognise the value serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to our organisation and to our country. We will seek to uphold the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant and we are privileged to have service personnel visiting our Lodges'.
The Armour Centre at Bovington and Lulworth train the British Army's Armoured, tactical communications and reconnaissance soldiers.