Province Of East Lancashire

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Latest East Lancashire Freemason News

Instagram post 18140596789211865 Fabulous evening at the East Lancashire Royal Arch banquet at @manchester_hall super food and super company!
Instagram post 17913526988064925 The RW Provincial Grand Master presenting his good friend Colin with his 50 years in Freemasonry certificate
Instagram post 17932550737685404 Great to be back again with good friends
Instagram post 17865136745549395 Manchester Masons unite the nation with a dive!

It all started as a concept by Manchester Masons members Dean Lynch, an avid skydiver and adrenaline junkie at the best of times, assisted by his trusty sidekick, Darren Fletcher.

They embarked on an arduous journey to get sixty Masonic and Non-Masonic people to raise funds for their selected charities.

Dean put out the call to arms, and it was heard loud and clear. The event has seen both Masons & Non-Masons signed up to the Manchester Masons / Manchester Level Club Skydive and was fully booked within a week!

The actual event was due on 14th August, however much to everyone’s dismay this was postponed due to adverse weather. Luckily it hasn’t dampened anyone’s spirits as there have been quite a few people who have jumped since.

Masons from multiple Provinces spread all over England took part including John Merrett, a 70-year-old member from Bristol who jumped with his regalia under his flight suit and Rob Manchester from Leicestershire, who was raising funds for the Province of Leicestershire’s Festival.

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the Manchester Districts, Mark Davis, in a proper display of leadership also took to the skies. He showed the others how to do it in style and he raised a considerable amount for the upcoming Province of East Lancashire 2026 Festival in support of the MCF.

Over £20,000 has been raised for good causes between all of the jumpers and we haven’t finished yet.

We would be remiss in not mentioning Rachel Cookson and her efforts.  She jumped supporting the East Lancashire Masonic Charity (ELMC) and alone has raised over £2000 from the event. She was skydiving in honour of Charles Ward who sadly passed away earlier this year.
Instagram post 17880607670452342 Great to be back! #togetheragaineastlancs
Instagram post 17912110003969119 Not long now Nathan! Thanks for waiting. It'll be worth it #TogetherAgainEastLancs
Instagram post 17918175922785467 My Dear Brethren and Companions,

Retirement of the RW Provincial Grand Master / ME Grand Superintendent 

When I was appointed as Provincial Grand Master and Most Excellent Grand Superintendent by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Kent in November 2011, it was made clear that every person appointed to those roles would have a maximum period of ten years in the respective offices and the Patent that was issued to me was for that duration.
It naturally follows that I will officially retire from both offices at our Annual Meeting of the Craft, in Blackburn, on the 21st November this year.

I simply wanted to thank each and everyone of you for the support, friendship and kindness which you have shown me and Ruth in the last 10 years.

It has been an immense privilege to serve you during that period and whilst there may have been several challenges, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you and treasure the fact that I have been so lucky to have made many lasting friendships which I will always value.I have no doubt whatsoever that my successor, whoever that may be, will enjoy the same support that I have always appreciated in this great Province of ours.

I should also make clear that it is the usual custom and practice that, on retirement, Provincial Grant Masters / Most Excellent Grand Superintendents are expected to take a “back seat” from all Provincial Engagements for a period of twelve months to allow their successors to “bed themselves in". I will reluctantly adhere to that established protocol!

I repeat my sincere thanks to you for all that you have done for me. We still have much to do between now and the Annual Meeting and I look forward to seeing you in the not too distant future.

Yours sincerely and fraternally,
Sir David Trippier, RD, JP, DLRW 
Provincial Grand Master / ME Grand Superintendent
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East Lancashire Freemasonry

What Our Members 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

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

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

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

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

I joined because my very good friend told me it was a wonderful organisation of men who believed that everyone of us can help everyone else in some small way, not just inside but outside Freemasonry. 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…

Roger Bowden Knowsley 4661