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Join Freemasonry in Salford

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 Salford

Acorn and Rose 5677

Meets the 2nd Friday of the following months
Feb MAR Apr Oct Nov


Arcturus 7252

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


Doric 3622

Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the following months
Jan FEB Mar Apr May Sep Oct Nov


Dormer St Margarets 5588

Meets the 3rd Friday of the following months
JAN Feb Mar Apr May Sep Oct Nov


Elizabethan 7286

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


Excelsior 4641

Meets the 4th Friday of the following months
Jan Feb Mar Sep OCT Nov


Irwell Valley 9604

Meets the 1st Monday  of the following months
APR Jun Sep Nov


Kinship 6667

Meets the 3rd Monday of the following months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May OCT Nov


Maritime 3025

Meets the 2nd Thursday of the following months
Jan Feb Mar Sep OCT Nov


Monarch 3381

Meets the 1st Monday of the following months
Feb Mar Apr May OCT Nov Dec


Old Salfordians' 7968

Meets the 1st Thursday of the following months
Feb Mar Apr OCT Nov Dec


Robert Burns 999

Usually meets the 4th Monday of the following months, the exception being the 4th Saturday in April, the exception being the 3rd Monday in December
Jan Feb APR Oct Dec


Salford Ionic 3248

Usual meeting date: variable. See alamanc., the exception being the 3rd Tuesday in May, the exception being the 3rd Monday in September
May SEP


St John's 325

Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the following months
Jan Feb Mar Apr SEP Oct Nov


University of Manchester 5683

Meets the 4th Tuesday of the following months
Feb Mar May Oct NOV


Zetland 852

Meets the 3rd Wednesday of the following months
JAN Feb Mar Apr May Oct 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 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
Instagram post 17911122952973425 Looking forward to having you join us Adam! #TogetherAgainEastLancs
Instagram post 18187826827141003 Yes Graham. We're looking forward to your joining however we can neither confirm or deny said goat.😀 #TogetherAgainEastLancs
Instagram post 18245620321050840 It looks like Lodges have been looking after their candidates who were caught up with Covid-19. Can't wait to see you James! #TogetherAgainEastLancs
Instagram post 17949008851477112 Today we meet Stephen. Sounds like he's very much looking forward to joining us! Are you looking forward to getting back to Freemasonry? #TogetherAgainEastLancs

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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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