Freemasons (or Masons)
The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body for Freemasonry in England, Wales, and some other jurisdictions. Freemasonry is a fraternal organization with a rich history, and its members are often called Freemasons or Masons.
UGLE is one of the oldest Grand Lodges in the world, dating back to 1717. It provides a central authority for individual Masonic lodges and ensures that they adhere to common principles and practices. Freemasonry is known for its symbolism, rituals, and moral teachings, and it often emphasises personal development, charity, and community service.
UGLE is not the only Grand Lodge globally, as there are many independent Grand Lodges around the world. Each Grand Lodge operates independently and may have slight variations in rituals and practices.
At its core, Freemasonry promotes values such as brotherhood, integrity, and charity.
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We are West Lancashire Freemasons.
Freemasonry is one of the oldest social and charitable organisations in the world. Its roots lie in the traditions of the medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles.
We know that Freemasons have been operating in West Lancashire since as long ago as the 1640’s when the earliest account of admittance into Freemasonry recorded an initiation into a lodge in Warrington. It is an intriguing thought that whilst Roundheads and Cavaliers were engaged in the bitter English Civil War, Freemasons were meeting in peace and harmony in this very Province.
West Lancashire now has around 8,000 members and its lodges serve an area from Liverpool and the Manchester suburbs in the south to Barrow and the Lake District in the north. There are over 300 active lodges that meet at 50 locations, predominantly Freemasons’ halls, but including hotels, pubs, schools, golf and private clubs, a village hall and a synagogue.
Our members come from all walks of life and enjoy the company of like-minded individuals, enjoying meetings and social activities, being active in our local communities, practising concern for people, care for the less fortunate, and helping those in need.
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