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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Monday 29th April 2024: “Understanding Archway” meeting

On Monday 29th April 2024, a meeting expanding on Archway, will be held at 6:30 pm at Rochdale Masonic Hall, 2 Richard St, Rochdale OL11 1DU. This is a very important event for the Province focusing on key strategic issues designed to extend the experience of our Companions and Chapters whilst demonstrating the value of joining the Royal Arch to complete a Master Mason’s entry into the secrets of Antient Freemasonry.

The PGM/MEGS, his Deputies and many of his Assistants and other Principal Officers will be present.

This meeting is especially arranged for Lodge Royal Arch Representatives (LRARs), Royal Arch Area Officers (RAAO’s) and Chapter Mentors and Scribe E’s. It will be an opportunity for Companions to achieve a shared vision on how Lodges and Chapters take forward their individual and collective strategies, in promoting the Royal Arch and supporting their Companions and Chapters. 

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


Its a Knockout!!

Step right up to the most exhilarating event of the year: It’s a Knockout Extravaganza! To help raise funds for the ELMC Festival 2026.
Get ready to laugh, cheer, and make a difference at our thrilling It’s a Knockout event, where the whole community comes together for a day of outrageous challenges and heartwarming camaraderie—all in support of a great cause.
But Hurry the deadline to get your team in is of 30th April See you there!!!

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Gloves of Compassion – A Fight For The Festival 2026

In a heart-warming display of solidarity and goodwill, two Manchester Masons Thomas Daniel & Elliot Jervis put their friendship aside, laced up the leather and entered the squared circle in one...

Man behind the apron: Ed Beaman, the man, the Mason, the husband

The man behind the apron is someone we barely see when we think or talk about Freemasons. It is something far deeper than just wearing regalia. Every Freemason has a story to tell and now that...

28th March 2024 -Palatine Chapter No 2447: A Beacon of Unity and Progress in Royal Arch Masonry

On Thursday 28th March 2024, in the illustrious setting of Warrington Masonic Hall, a momentous occasion unfolded at the regular convocation of Palatine Chapter No 2447. Five Master Masons from...

Manchester Level Club: Presents the new team

The Brethren of the Manchester Level Club (MLC) with a mutual passion for the Craft, met last Friday 22nd of March at Manchester Hall to elect the new team of officers for the year. This MLC aims to...
Certificate of 50 years in Freemasonry being presented

WBro Norman T Jackson’s 50th anniversary in Freemasonry

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the Southern Area, WBro The Reverend Canon Richard Hawkins PSGD, accompanied by an Area Delegation, was received into Reddish Lodge No. 3615 to celebrate...

Masonic Charitable Foundation Grant Benefits Blackburn & Darwen Youth Zone

  On the 13th of February, the RW Provincial Grand Master, Robert Frankl, visited the Blackburn & Darwen Youth Zone in Blackburn, Lancashire, to gain an in-depth understanding of how the...

Provincial Arcade Night 2024 – A Gaming Sucess

Once upon a vibrant evening in Bury, the Arcade Club was excited as it opened its doors to host a special charity arcade night. This unique event drew the attention of Masons from all corners of...

50 Year Celebration – WBro Geoffrey Howorth PProvSGW

11th January 2024 saw over 50 brethren met at Todmorden Masonic Hall to celebrate and acknowledge WBro Geoffry Howorth PProvSGW 50 years in freemasonry. The representative of the Rt. Worshipful...

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