Freemasons open doors to public with event at Rochdale Masonic Hall

Date published: 20 June 2024

The 'Eastern Area Team' hosted an engaging open evening at the Rochdale Masonic Hall, inviting guests to delve into the world of Freemasonry.

The event featured an informative presentation, a guided tour of the historic building, and a Q&A session to shed light on the traditions and activities of Freemasons. Attendees also had the opportunity to learn about the three local charities supported by the organisation – Springhill Hospice, Jolly Josh, and Rochdale Children’s Moorland Home.

The event at Rochdale Masonic Hall opened with assistant provincial grand master John Curry explaining the fundamentals of Freemasonry, its rich history, organisational structure, and charitable endeavours. A segment on ladies’ Masonry followed, highlighting their similar traditions and ceremonies.

Representatives from three local charities also took to the stage. Springhill Hospice described their care for patients with life-limiting illnesses. Jolly Josh detailed their nurturing environment for children and families, offering play, social, and hydrotherapy sessions.

Rochdale Children’s Moorland Home spoke about providing much-needed holidays for deserving local children. Each charity relies on fundraising and has benefited from Freemason support. More information on these charities can be found on their respective websites.

Visitors were then given a tour of the museum, changing area, Royal Arch room, and the impressive lodge room.


The event at Rochdale Masonic Hall


Richard Sykes, Eastern Area Assistant Membership Officer, provided an overview of Masonic meetings, explaining the roles of officers and the ceremonies involved in a member's journey to becoming a Master Mason.

The evening concluded with refreshments and a Q&A session, where attendees could ask questions, dispel myths, and discuss the unique traditions of Freemasonry.

The Eastern Area Team extends thanks to all who attended, hoping the presentation offered insight into the Freemasons' work.

Future events at Masonic halls in Bacup, Oldham, Middleton, Rochdale, Shaw, and Todmorden are being considered for those who missed this one.

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