Welcome from the Chorley Masonic Group Chariman

I extend to you a warm welcome to the website for the Chorley and District Masonic Group. The district covers three main centres, Chorley, Westhoughton and Horwich.

Freemasons have met in Chorley for many years. The town’s first lodge was founded in 1788. Sadly the Atholl Lodge is no longer with us, but Astley and Ellesmere Lodge No 730, which was founded over 150 years ago, is still flourishing.

Today the Group comprises over 600 Freemasons, who meet in 20 lodges, 7 Royal Arch Chapters and various other very interesting masonic orders.

Freemasonry is a wonderful society, and is one of the world’s oldest and largest fraternal and charitable organisations and is non religious and non political. It does not discriminate on grounds of race, colour, religion, political views or social standing.

Therefore, it is open, and available to a wide range of people from all walks of life, and every part of modern society. The three great principles of Freemasonry are Brotherly Love, Relief (Charity) and Truth. Our values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness.

Through ceremonies, which are like small plays, members develop a greater understanding of our shared principles which lead to increased self esteem and confidence, Freemasons are taught the fundamental principles of good citizenship, which is highly relevant and important in today’s society. Members come from all walks of life and meet as equals.  Whilst members take the ceremonial part of freemasonry seriously, they also know how to enjoy themselves. Most meetings end with a meal together as brothers – and Lodges hold a wide variety of social and sporting events which will include their wives/partners, family and friends. One of the most important events held each year is the ‘Ladies’ Evening’. Lodges will often hold ‘themed ‘evenings’, and on occasions there are week-ends away.

The Chorley and District Group arranges a Spring Gala Dinner, a Group Walk, together with tournaments for golf, bowling and clay pigeon shooting. To name but a few events there is an active ‘Fellowship’ for retired Freemasons, their wives/partners, and the widows of former members, all part of our life long support network.

We are always interested in hearing from anyone interested in learning more about Freemasonry in the Chorley Area.

For men who may wish to consider joining us, further information can be obtained from the Group Membership Officer by CLICKING HERE.

I hope you enjoy your visit and exploration of our website.

Peter Lockett

Group Chairman