Rather than working on buildings like the masons of old, today’s Freemasons focus on building themselves as people of integrity, and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal.


One of the oldest social organisations in the world, Freemasonry is not defined by an ideology. It is open to people from all religions and political persuasions, and provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life.


With a membership of more than 200,000 people drawn from communities across the UK, Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion or any other perceived differences that can divide us as a society


Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry. The organisation provides a support structure that helps members make positive contributions to communities and worthwhile causes through fundraising events or volunteer work.

Welcome to the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lancashire website.

This site has been designed to provide an insight into Freemasonry and we sincerely hope it will be of high interest to both Freemasons and non-Freemasons alike.

Here you will find information on what it is to be a Freemason, our proud history, how to join, what charitable works we’re involved with and coming social events. For a more complete view of current news and events, plus the views and opinions of our many members, please visit our social media pages.

You’re also welcome to contact us anytime if you have any queries.

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Begin Your Journey

There are probably as many explanations of Freemasonry as there are Freemasons and every member will be able to tell you exactly what Freemasonry means to them.

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We are all well initiated on the importance of Charity, It is now our time to give something back. The Province hopes to have raised £2.4 M by the end of the Appeal and we can only achieve this with your help.

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Burnley & Pendle Freemasons Christmas Donations to local causes

The Burnley and Pendle Charity Stewards, on behalf of their Lodges and Chapters within the District, each year, look to give a charitable donation to worthy local causes, especially at Christmas....

Burnley & Pendle Freemasons support The Tesco in the Community National Foodbank Appeal

In these times of greater hardship for all, Billie, the Tesco Community Champion, asked if the Burnley and Pendle Freemasons could join in to help local families with their Foodbank Appeal. We were...

Epic cycle ride in aid of the 2026 Festival

On Monday, 9th January, at Colne Lodge, 4402. the Burnley and Pendle District Chairman, WBro Bob Allen, presented an East Lancashire 2016 Festival Grand Patrons Medal to Bro Ashley St John-Claire,...

Sensational Sixty

On Wednesday 14th December, Freemasons from across the Province joined Hope Lodge 54 to celebrate 60 years of Freemasonry for WBro Graham Adamson. After the Lodge was opened, VWbro John Farrington...

Summit Summer Stroll

On Saturday 23rd September, Freemasons and thier families from across the Rochdale District joined APGM WBro Peter Rhodes and District Chair W Bro Doug Smith for a relaxing stroll to close off the...

Rochdale foodbank’s grand opening of its new home

On Friday 7th October, a warm invitation was extended to Rochdale District Freemasons with Mayor Ali Ahmed, Consort Sultan Ali, and MP Tony Lloyd, to the opening of Rochdale Foodbank's new home at...

Manchester Mason Celebrates 50 Years! Derek Bryant

On Thursday, 1st December 2022, Albatross Lodge `NO.6164 celebrated 50 years in Freemasonry for WBro. Derek Bryant. The Lodge was opened in due form, and the Worshipful Master, WBro Dudley Bostock...

Salford Chapter Room dedication 12th December 2022

The 12th of December saw a unique event in the Royal Arch Province of East Lancashire. The dedication of the new Chapter room at Salford Masonic Hall was an important moment for City West Royal Arch...

What our Brethren Say

The lessons taught have helped me in my personal life and my lodge brethren continue to amaze me in their dedication to each other and our wider community. I’m proud to be a Freemason and would recommend anybody who is curious to come and enquire.

Gareth Baron

St Martin’s 2320

As a 20-year member I became a Mason because I believed I was joining men who thought in a similar way to myself. Very true to a large extent, what I hadn’t realised was that wherever you go when visiting you are immediately among friends you had yet to meet.


Colin Smith
Grants 8825

Freemasonry is like being part of a fantastic story, you just want to learn more and more. While doing so, you meet new friends, that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Andy Beaumont

Good Report 7370

Freemasonry is great way to make new friends and connect with old ones. It gives you the chance grow as a person and share that knowledge with others. It’s more than a brotherhood; it’s a family.

Andy Robson
Lodge of Union 268

Freemasonry has complimented and helped me to understand my journey in life. I’ve also met new friends who will stay with me for the rest of my journey.

Sonny Welsh
Felicity 4365

But that’s only a very small part of the story. It’s not about why I joined, but more about why I’ve stayed. I’ve stayed because I’ve seen with my eyes, and felt with my heart, the love, care, friendship and support that Masons give each other, not just within the framework of the Lodge Room or meetings, but in the wider world. A better bunch of lads I’ve yet to find..

Roger Bowden
Knowsley 4661

Freemasonary is a guaranteed social life. It’s a great way to make new friend s and stay in touch with old ones. It’s the ability to grow as a person and extend what has been learnt to others seeking similar growth…

Chris Daniels
Iron Road 4964