On Wednesday 24 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 17 Masonic homes throughout England and Wales.
There are now 50 rooms at the home all with en-suited facilities, all fully re furbished during the last three years. There are five lounges and a large reception area within entrance hall. One spacious dining room looking out onto the lawns and gardens, where a number of barbeques take place during the summer months. The other dining room is situated on the first floor.
A conservatory was built a few years ago and the soft furnishing were provided by the Association of Friends.
After structural improvements to the Home it was officially re opened by the Chief Executive of RMBI 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.
Projects including the development of two newly appointed gardens were undertaken by the Association with help and funding of both West and East Lancashire Provinces assisted by match funding by the RMBI. The opening ceremony was attended by the West Lancashire Provincial Grand Master and his wife and the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of East Lancashire Province accompanied by his wife. The attendees with other guests enjoyed a wonderful lunch and all travelled to St Marks church to attend a service of thanksgiving for our residents.
Ecclesholme is a residential care home, with additional provisions for some residents with mentally frailty and dimension. The Home has many facilities to make life more comfortable: a new, wheelchair-accessible entrance, two lifts with seating, and fully assisted baths and toilets providing 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. The home was awarded a kite mark for exceptional care for the elderly recently and is the flagship for the particular care given to dementia sufferers and end of life care.
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 a hotel style environment. 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 the 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 on telephone number 0161 788 9517 or fax number 0161 707 8296, E-mail Ecclesholme@rmbi.org.uk 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 and chapters from surrounding areas, both from the West Lancashire Province and East Lancashire. It is hoped that many lodges and chapters who have yet to subscribe will consider donating monies towards the running of the ‘Residents 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 Fair 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 on the Diary dates page or from the Association Secretary: Malcolm Warren, firstname.lastname@example.org He will also be happy to furnish you with more information. Perhaps you would like to become a Life Patron at a cost of just £50 or an Associate Member subscribing £20 a year to the Fund.