The Manchester Masonic centre held its official open evening on Monday 15th January 2018 inside the iconic Grade II listed building, Manchester Hall. Located on Bridge street, select guests and Freemason members were invited to the exclusive event which has played host to the Freemasons regular meetings, events and ceremonies since it was first opened in 1929. After a recent multi million-pound refurbishment by Vision Developments, the majority of the building now hosts spectacular weddings, events and business meetings. However, the Freemasons have retained dedicated accommodation located on the 3rd floor, and are now ready to reveal their stunning renovation.
The grand evening included a drinks reception, tour of the centre, speeches from key personnel and the unveiling of the new Masonic plaque to commemorate the opening evening. A memorial dedicated to the Freemasons that made the supreme sacrifice and lost their lives in WWII has also been re-homed within the centre. The memorial was moved from the ground floor hall of the building and features an eternal light above as a standing tribute and focal area within the establishment. Guests in attendance included Provincial Grand Master for East Lancashire Sir David Trippier accompanied by his wife Lady Ruth and Most Worshipful Brother Peter Geoffrey Lowndes, the Pro Grand Master who officially opened the new Masonic Centre.
The Freemasonry recently completed its 300th anniversary in October 2017 and the opening is a reflection on how the Freemasons have adapted throughout the years, taking on a much more contemporary direction. Those involved in the redevelopment say “We are really proud of the stunning work of the new Manchester Masonic Centre, the space will be a hub for members to socialise and for new members joining Freemasonry to benefit from their new surroundings”.
The Province of East Lancashire describe how Freemasons enjoy the sense of trust and a special network of friends throughout the organisation. Members are able to develop social skills and self-confidence in a group of like-minded individuals which transcends the traditional demarcations of social status and wealth generally found in society. A sense of fun and enjoyment benefits all members of Freemasonry. The following websites contain details of how to become a member: http://www.pglel.co.uk/being-a-member/ www.manchestermasons.com