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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Tie & Tinsel Dinner 2023

Scouts on expedition of a lifetime thanks to ELMC

12 members of 8th/26th Todmorden Scout Group and Calder Valley Explorer Scout Unit are on an expedition of a lifetime thanks to a generous grant of nearly £3000 made by the ELMC. The group, aged...

Volunteering at Springhill Hospice, Rochdale.

A massive thank you to freemasons from the Eastern Area for supporting Springhill Hospice with their Summer Garden Celebration. Volunteering is an excellent way to help support our charities and...

Holcombe Hikers Support the East Lancs Masonic Charities Festival 2026

Holcombe Hikers Brave The Weather to Raise Over £5,000 Saturday the 22nd July saw Masons, their families and friends gathered at Hewlett Court, ready to take on The Holcombe Hike - ELMC’s 13 mile...

East Lancashire Masonic Golf Society

Derby Cup 2023 Held at Bramall Park Golf Club – Stockport on 12th July 2023 It was a fine day for golf when our annual event took place this year at Bramall Park Golf Club. With an attendance of...

2026 Festival – Sponsored Walk

On Saturday 22 July, a sponsored walk was held in aid of the Provincial 2026 Festival.   As you can see from the photos, it was a very wet weekend. Brethren from the Eastern Area joined other East...

Do you want to know a secret?

On Thursday, 6th July, WBro Doug Smith & WBro Russell Perks attended St Paul`s Church Hall in Norden, Rochdale, to present a presentation about Freemasonry (Do you want to know a secret) to...

Three River charity walk: Maccabee establish a connection with Tolkien novels

Maccabee Lodge 8947 held its annual charity walk, a tradition started twenty-nine years ago, a way to raise money for the Lodge charity account and help establish a more intimate relationship...

East Lancashire Masons attend Tottington’s Big Day Out

Sunday the 2nd July 2023 saw brethren from the province take the trailer for a Big Day Out. Tottington's Big Day Out is an annual community event held at St Johns Cricket Ground, Crompton Meadows,...

Inter-Halls Bowls Competition

Today at Coalshaw Green Park the annual Oldham District Inter-Hall Bowls Competition was held. Given the recent weather we was blessed with dry and warm conditions for the majority of the event. A...

Thank you to the ELMC

A thank you letter from The Christie Charity for the ELMC donation of £1,200.

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 friends 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