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.

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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All about Royal Arch in a Craft Lodge!

Talking Heads is a presentation of  Royal Arch within a Craft Lodge.

Felicity Lodge 4365, is hosting this major event on 22nd February at Manchester Hall, presented by East Lancashire Royal Arch Presentation team (ELRAPT).

All Brethren are encouraged to attend, but especially to inform, support, or accompany those members who are not yet in the Royal Arch; to avail themselves of this unique opportunity.

The annual meeting of The Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lancashire took place at King Georges Hall, Blackburn on Thursday 16th November 2023. Many Freemasons from across the Province were in attendance, enjoying both the meeting and the festive board which followed. Members can access the Address of the RW Provincial Grand Master and details of provincial appointments

A double initiation at Mossley Lodge No. 6577

The adage "good things come to those who wait" rang particularly true for Mossley Lodge, a bastion of fraternal values and camaraderie within the Masonic community. On a vibrant Tuesday evening, the...

WBro Allen Clarke PProvJGW celebrates 60 years

WBro Allen Clarke PProvJGW celebrated 60 years membership of Naphtali Lodge No.266 on 2nd January 2024, at the age of 95 years and not having the desire to celebrate the occasion formerly at the...

Lodge of Faith 581 hand in their Warrant

Reflections on the Closure of a Storied Lodge: The Assistant Provincial Grand Master’s Perspective The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, The Revd Canon Richard Hawkins, shared his thoughts on the...

From inventing the railway to reaching 150 years in Freemasonry

Ashbury Lodge Number 1459, based in the City East Area, recently celebrated its 150th Anniversary, which is a milestone that only a few lodges have reached; The Lodge was opened in due form by the...

City West Freemasons’ Year-End Charity Endeavours

As the curtain falls on another year, the efforts of City West Area Charity Steward Ian MacNeill and City West Deputy Area Charity Steward Eric Baker come to the forefront. The duo has been busy in...

Eastern Area Burns Night 27th January 2024

Join Hope Lodge and other Eastern Area members in a fine night of Scots revelry and dining. Use  this form when booking Burns Night Booking

Eastern Area Children’s Christmas Party

On Saturday 16th December the Eastern Area Team hosted the annual Children’s Christmas Party at Rochdale Masonic Ballroom.Entertainment was provided by Dazzle the Clown, Twisted Creations, and the...

Widows Christmas Party hosted by Werneth Lodge 6163

On Wednesday Night at Middleton Masonic Hall the members of Werneth Lodge 6163 hosted our Area Widows Christmas Party. Several of the brethren from the lodge were even dressed al elves to act at...

Lodge of Naphtali 266 Closure

Tonight was the final meeting of Lodge of Naphtali 266. Despite the nature of the evening, brethren came together to support and celebrate such a historic lodge and the lodge was given the send off...

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