Celebrating 300 years

The East Lancashire Masonic Charity (ELMC) has donated £25,000 to the Manchester Cathedral Chapter to assist in the funding of the choristers over the next five years

With support from East Lancashire Freemason, the Rev Richard Hawkins, an application was made which would enable the Chapter to continue contributing to the cost of choristers’ school fees at Chetham’s School of Music and support gifted children of less well off families in paying fees.

The donation will be split between choristers’ parents who are suffering hardship and unable to raise their element of the fees, and the Chapter’s annual contribution towards the fees of a child.

The President of the ELMC, and Provincial Grand Master of East Lancashire, Sir David Trippier was in attendance to speak to some of the choristers.

Provincial Grand Organist Chris Stokes and the Rev Richard Hawkins spoke to Sir David about how the money would be distributed and the effect it would have on supporting the Chapter over the coming years.

More than 500 Freemasons, friends and family members attended a service in September celebrating the Tercentenary of the United Grand Lodge of England at Manchester Cathedral

The old medieval parish church of Manchester was a fitting venue for such a historic event.

The service encompassed everything that Freemasonry is about – openness, multi-faith and multiculturalism – all bound together by a common interest. The congregation received readings in both Hebrew and English, and heartfelt prayers were delivered by brethren of the Province.

During the service, there was a collection for the mission and aims of the cathedral, which was subsequently blessed by a Cathedral Canon.

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