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Join Freemasonry in Bury

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 Bury

Bury Lodge of Relief 42

Meets the 3rd Wednesday of the following months
JAN Feb Mar Apr Sep Oct Nov Dec


Cromwell with Papyrean 5771

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


Earl of Lathom 2560

Usually meets the 1st Wednesday of the following months, the exception being the 2nd Wednesday in January
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Sep Oct NOV Dec


Egerton 1392

Meets the 4th Thursday of the following months
Jan Feb Mar Apr Sep Oct NOV Dec


Knowsley 4661

Meets the 4th Wednesday of the following months
Jan Feb Mar Apr Sep OCT Nov Dec


Prince of Wales 1012

Meets the 1st Thursday of the following months
FEB Mar Apr Oct Nov Dec


Pythagoras Lodge of Installed Masters 9248

Meets the 4th Friday of the following months
Mar OCT


St John 191

Meets the 2nd Thursday of the following months
JAN Feb Mar Apr Sep Oct Nov Dec


The Lodge Of Merit 934

Usually meets the 2nd Monday of the following months, the exception being the 2nd Saturday in March
Jan Feb MAR Apr Oct Nov Dec


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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 2273369452652016141_6060338373 Dear Brethren and Companions,I simply wanted to send my good wishes and heartfelt concern to you all during this very difficult period.None of us should underestimate the challenge we all face with the continuing spread of the Coronavirus.I do appreciate that the vast majority of our Brethren in this Province are doing all that they can to protect themselves, their families, their friends and their neighbours.As you are all aware, the decision by the Most Worshipful Grand Master, HRH the Duke of Kent to suspend all meetings of Lodges and Chapters for the time being is a sensible one, to ensure we do all we can to arrest the spread of the virus. Nonetheless, I do understand how difficult this must be for you all.For all of us this terrible crisis is a unique experience which we have never encountered in our lives before.Please be assured that, just as the United Grand Lodge of England and Supreme Grand Chapter are keeping us informed as to the steps required for us to behave responsibly, so we, in this Province, are anxious to do all we can to ensure that our concern and support for you in the Craft and Royal Arch is paramount.I am aware of strategies that are being adopted in different Districts to keep in touch with Brethren and to ensure their wellbeing, especially those that might be vulnerable during this period. Such proactivity is reassuring and I am grateful to each and every one of you for the work that you are doing and for going the extra mile.I simply ask you to be patient at this time; in the certain knowledge that when this tragedy is over, we will emerge ready for the new challenges which will certainly arise from this turbulent period in our existence.Clearly, the messages we have already circulated to Secretaries and Scribes E which you have been copied in on recently, have been concerning administration. But we now need to hear from you and to share your news.Use the #TogetherEastLancs to share what you're doing with us.Please stay safe!
Sir David Tripper
Provincial Grand Master
Instagram post 2248647840192520406_6060338373 Photo from Old Mancunians' with Mount Sinai 3140 on Thursday evening. The PGM attended to see a double initiation. The lodge had visitors from as far flung as Amsterdam 🇳🇱 The lodge is part of the universities scheme and has a young, distinctive and vibrant feel to it!
Instagram post 2240145774264430685_6060338373 A recent photo taken at Rochdale Masonic Hall in East Lancashire. Can you name the orders? c/o @horton.reece
Instagram post 2236291952471396583_6060338373 Burnley and Pendle district 1759 demonstration team reenact a 1st degree ceremony as it was back then. Amazing night!
Instagram post 2227606081144445752_6060338373 The pride when being toasted as Worshipful Master for the first time as a young man. Join something huge and become part of something special!
Instagram post 2224241695789080451_6060338373 Brethren from overseas to support the new Worshipful Master of Boltonian 3716

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 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

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

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 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

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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