The history of Ecclesholme

On Wednesday 24th November, 1977 “Ecclesholme” Masonic Residential Home was officially opened by the Duke of Kent. The Home was owned by a Masonic Trust which is now run successfully by the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. It is one of seventeen Masonic homes throughout England and Wales.

There are 50 rooms at the home all with en-suited facilities, all fully re furbished during the last five years at a cost in excess of 1.7 million pounds. There are five lounges and a large reception area within entrance hall.  One spacious dining room looking out onto two lawns and gardens, where

a number of barbecues take place during the summer months. The other dining rooms are situated on the first floor and second floors

The Home was officially re opened by the Chief Executive of R.M.B.I. and he was ably assisted by the Provincial Grand Masters of both West and East Lancashire Provinces who unveiled a plaque in the reception area at the Home to commemorate the opening.

Ecclesholme is now a residential dementia care home, with additional provisions for some residents with mentally frailty. The Home has many facilities to make life more comfortable:

Help is always on hand

Help is always on hand

a new, wheelchair-accessible entrance, two lifts with seating, with fully assisted baths and toilets provide extra reassurance for the physically frail. A 24-hour call system in each resident’s room and in the communal areas ensures that help is always at hand.

Many people choose to move to a care home in their later years, whether it is from their own homes or from sheltered housing, allowing them to continue to lead an active life, enjoying the benefits of companionship and security with the hotel style environment. Some, finding it increasingly difficult to cope in their own homes, owing to failing health or a need for help with day to day activities, discovering that a care home can provide the perfect combination of independence and support.

The Home provides exclusive care for older Freemasons and their dependents, brethren, wives, widows and other female dependents who meet eligibility criteria can apply. The organisation offers many degrees of care, support and assistance appropriate to the individuals needs, catering and ensuring that the individual’s right to dignity, respect choice and control is maintained.

There are two forms of residential accommodation, the permanent and temporary stay. Either type requires contact with the Home Manager, Bev Niland. She is contactable at the Home in Vicars Street, Eccles, Manchester, M30 0DG E-mail b.niland@rmbi.org  she will explain in detail the two types of accommodation and if rooms are available.

The Association of Friends of Ecclesholme Benevolent Fund, a registered Charity is made up of subscribing Lodges & Chapters from surrounding areas, both from the East Lancashire Province and West Lancashire. It is hoped that many Lodges / Chapters who have yet to subscribe will consider donating monies towards the running of the Resident’s Amenity Fund”. Whatever you chose to donate will be thankfully received and faithfully applied. The Association of Friends raise funds for resident’s entertainment, also by holding an annual Summer and a Christmas Fair both of which are held at Eccles Masonic Hall, Half Edge Lane, Eccles.  All proceeds go to the “Resident’s Amenity Fund”.

Dates of these events are available from association committee members:

See your own Group / area websites.

They will furnish you with more information. Perhaps you would like to become a Diamond Life Patron at a cost of just £500.00 or an Association Annual  Supporter subscribing just £5.00  per month to the Fund.

Secretary: Peter Hegarty :peter@hegartys.net .

Treasurer: Jonathan Heaton: jmh@keycomputers.co.uk