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Becoming a Freemason is like going on a journey: from joining as an Entered Apprentice, it typically takes one or two years to become a Master Mason, with each of the three stages marked by a special ceremony.

Why join?

It is a chance to become part of something bigger, and to make a difference. To join a large community of like minded people who aim to improve themselves morally,  and take pleasure in making the world a better place.

Freemasonry itself is all about symbolism whilst gaining further knowledge about yourself through fun and exciting ceremonies highlighting specific points in your life.

Can I join?

Any man over the age of 21 may join regardless of ethnic group, political views, economic standing or religion although he is expected to have a “belief in a supreme being”.

Students over 18 can join one of the Province’s University Scheme Lodges.

Women who are interested in becoming a Freemason can use the following links HFAF or OWF.

Friendship, Integrity, Charity, Respect are four words which neatly sum up our approach to daily living. Socially, we learn to be sympathetic towards others and focus on benevolence and charity, the finding-out and relief of misfortune.

What is a Lodge?

A lodge is a collection of such men from all walks of life and age groups usually consisting of anywhere between 15 and 50 individuals. Every lodge has its own unique personality, history and way of going about its Freemasonry. There are over 175 lodges in the Province of East Lancashire spread over 11 districts and totals approximately 4000 members. It would be safe to say, there is a lodge to suit everyone.

Lodges meet regularly on a specific day of the week, once a month, a certain number of times a year, in a particular Masonic Hall. For example, you may hear of a lodge meeting on the 3rd Thursday of a month, September through to April (8 meetings a year).

Lodges in Bolton

Anchor & Hope 37

Usually meets the 1st Monday of the following months, the exception being the 2nd Monday in January
JAN Feb Mar Apr May Oct Nov Dec


Antiquity 146

Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the following months
JAN Feb Mar May Oct Nov


Boltonian 3716

Meets the 4th Monday of the following months
JAN Feb Mar Apr May Sep Oct Nov


Euclid Lodge of Installed Masters 9468

Meets the Last Friday of the following months
Apr NOV


Goulburn Menturia 3478 (University Scheme)

Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the following months
Jan Feb Mar APR May Sep Oct Nov Dec


Kitchener 3788

Usually meets the 2nd Monday of the following months, the exception being the 3rd Monday in January
Jan Feb Mar Apr Sep OCT Nov Dec


New Trinity 4595

Meets the 2nd Friday of the following months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May OCT Nov Dec


St John's 348

Usually meets the 4th Thursday of the following months, the exception being the 3rd Thursday in December
Jan FEB Mar Apr Sep Oct Nov Dec


St Peter's Deane 6521

Meets the 4th Monday of the following months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Sep OCT Nov


Supera Moras 3326 (Daytime)

Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the following months
Feb Apr Sep NOV


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What do you actually do inside a Lodge?

Lodge work inside a lodge room is based on historical and allegorical ceremonies or plays, where the members of a lodge play specific roles. It is fun, and structured in such a way as not be burdensome. It is unique within society today.

What do you do outside a Lodge room?

Wherever possible Masons will try to involve their partners, families, friends and children.
 
Outside a lodge, we enjoy ourselves. Have a look at our news pages for many examples of our work.
 

 

Instagram post 17895601969965494 It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 
On behalf of all the Brethren & Companions of the Province of East Lancashire we extend our deepest sympathy and condolences
Instagram post 17890370689952463 East Lancashire Masonic Fishing Charity Event

Following on from the success of our fundraising events of the last two years, the East Lancashire Masonic Fishing Charity will be hosting a fishing event specifically for ex-servicemen to help with their well-being. This annual event provides an enjoyable and relaxing day out for all.  No prior fishing experience is required and all equipment will be provided on the day.  A free buffet will be provided for all who attend. We are limited to a group of 10 on the day and places will be awarded on a first come basis. 

This year we will be holding the event on Saturday 17th July 2021 at Fir Tree Fisheries near Wigan. If you are interested in joining us, would like to donate, have some raffle (alcohol please!) prizes for the fundraising events or would like to help on the day please contact WBro Ian Walvin on: 07966 903662.

*The event will only go ahead if permitted under the COVID guidelines at the time of the event*
Instagram post 17907963673692810 Today marks the second annual meeting we have missed. Nonetheless, we can still celebrate the reappointments, appointments and promotions of our Companions. Right now, the Province is setting plans in place to assist you in preparing to meet again. Exciting times ahead
Instagram post 18098892007239653 To coincide with the scheduled date for Provincial Grand Chapter tomorrow (18th March) please find linked the East Lancashire Spring 2021 Royal Arch Newsletter ➡️ http://ow.ly/3ckS50E14uG 👀 ⬅️
Instagram post 17924778844505118 Many happy returns to EComp Harvey Basger PAGSoj, the Second Provincial Grand Principal. 70 years old today. Have a great day and many thanks for all that you do for our Province. A great friend and servant of Royal Arch Freemasonry
Instagram post 18117470476146908 East Lancs' John Acaster Memorial Paper Competition - the winner of our "Papers" competition is Bro Bill Lister 👏👏 with, "Cyrus" and can be read in full at https://www.pglel.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Thus-Saith-Cyrus-King-of-Persia-.pdf
Instagram post 17865317735064743 East Lancs' John Acaster Memorial Paper Competition - Results are in! The winner of our "Nuggets" competition is Bro Robert Anthony Graham 👏👏 with, “In the body of a lodge, just, perfect and regular” Read - https://www.pglel.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/In-the-body-of-a-lodge.pdf
Instagram post 17856718952175070 We couldn't let the moment pass without celebrating the fact that our office manager, Susan O'Neill, has now worked for our Province for 40 years. Thank you Susan for all that you do, the service you have given and your commitment to East Lancashire and Freemasonry #proudofyou

How much does it cost?

A lodge has a subscription cost. There’s no getting around it. Rest assured that the fees are wholly contributing to Freemasonry whether it be to the upkeep of the masonic hall where the lodge meets, the administrative costs of running the province, and charitable endeavours made by our national charity the MCF.
 

A very rough estimate would be in the order of £175 – £270 a year for a lodge subscription.

Beyond this (gasp! yes more) there are calls upon your charity for more local endeavours. This could be from personal support to our own East Lancashire Masonic Charity (ELMC), to Lodge specific charities that may be close to the members’ hearts, usually via raffles and collections in a masonic lodge meeting. There is no quantifiable amount that is expected in any way whatsoever. Nobody is counting and nothing is ‘expected’. 

 

East Lancashire Freemasonry

What Our Members Say

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

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

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

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

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 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

Ritual? Ceremonies?

For those who really enjoy and ‘get into’ their Freemasonry it can be quite challenging. Sometimes we have to work by learning ritual (like lines in a play) and assist with successful ceremonies and social occasions. Whatever the challenges may be most Freemasons will say they have ‘grown’ from the experience. Many members say they have improved in public speaking where once they wouldn’t dream of standing up in front of people.

Masonic meetings can be very special and often produce a lift or a ‘high’ So much so that we look forward to our next meeting together. There is a lot of pleasure to be gained in the course of the Freemasonry experience. 

We are proud of it and say so.

 

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