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


Whether participating in events, fundraising for a charitable cause or volunteering for public or community organisations, service is at the very heart of Freemasonry. Our members make valuable contributions by donating time, resources and skills.

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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 The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent Address to Provincial Grand Chapter & Provincial Appointments & Promotions March 2024 can be viewed by clicking the button below.


2024 Royal Arch Banquet

It was 7pm on Saturday, 8th June 2024, and 106 ladies and Royal Arch Companions were invited to leave the champagne reception and take their places in the Goulburn Dining Suite at the Manchester...

WBro Brian Wilson The man behind the apron

  WBro Brian Wilson is the Prov Grand Organist, and he also plays the organ for a number of lodges throughout the Area. As with everyone else, Brian has a story and through this interview we...

Provincial Quiz Final 2024

On 22 May 2024 the very best minds in East Lancashire met at Audenshaw Masonic Hall for a battle of the brains in the East Lancashire Provincial Quiz Final. Expertly hosted by WBro Stephen Thomson...

City East Masons Climb Snowdon for the 2026 Festival

On Saturday 18th May 2024.6 City East masons climbed Mount Snowdon to raise money for the 2026 Festival. They began at 5 45 in the morning from the Snowdon Railway centre. They were W. Bro Mark...

A Special Day for the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Robert Frankl.

On Friday the 10th of May, Right Worshipful Brother Robert Frankl was Installed as the Worshipful Master of his own lodge, Lodge of Fortitude no.64, at Manchester Hall. Adding to the grandeur of...

Hemsley House hosted the learning session for young Freemason

MLC in action On Saturday the 11th of May, at Hemsley House, Salford, the Manchester Level Club (MLC), together with the Area Mentor, WBro Titterton, hosted the Learning Session designed to help...

Archway Presentation

On 29 April 2024 at Rochdale Masonic Hall, a meeting expanding on Archway was held. A Provincial team came to Rochdale to present to our Lodge Royal Arch Representatives (LRARs), Royal Arch Area...

Cracking Good Food and Manchester Level Club: The Brotherhood of helping the one in need

Cracking Good Food are a small social enterprise based in Stockport, they work to alleviate hunger and increase food security in Greater Manchester to help many disadvantaged families in the area...

Galvin’s Gallon

Joe Galvin has once again donated a gallon of spirits to be up for grabs! To be in with a chance of winning, from now until the end of the calendar year, whichever area increases their percentage of...

Freemasonry Open Evening at Rochdale Masonic Hall

On 23 March 2024, the Eastern Area Team held an open evening at Rochdale Masonic Hall for invited guests to join us for a presentation, tour of the building and a Q&A session to learn more about...

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