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Vale of Dorset Preceptory and Priory No. 595

Warrant dated 13th December 1994. Meeting at Kinson Masonic Hall, Ferncoft Road, Kinson, Dorset BH10 6BY on the second Tuesday in March, May and December (Installation). Malta date variable

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Consecrated at Kinson by the Provincial Prior, Maurice Percival Palfrey on 13th December 1994.

After an interval of 127 years between Templar consecrations in the County of Dorset, the Vale of Dorset Preceptory was founded as a Daylight Preceptory, originally meeting four times each year.

An assiduous search of the map will not find a 'Vale of Dorset' and the name could refer to the valley of the River Stour, which rises in South Wiltshire and meanders through Dorset, finally reaching the sea at Christchurch. This explanation geographically covers the whole Province and also refers to the location of the mother Preceptory of most of the founders.

Of the eighteen Founders ten, including the Founding Preceptor, were members of Sepulchre Preceptory and Sandeman Priory No. 27 meeting at Christchurch in Hampshire, three were from Hyde and two from All Souls'.