Ours is a proud history
Gentlemen decide to become Freemasons
Number 12 Accrington Road often referred to as the Union Club was a Gentleman’s Club. The members were well-to-do Whalley men and met to play cards or snooker in the quiet surroundings of the Union Club.
Wanting to take things perhaps to another level someone suggested forming a Freemason’s lodge. But none of the Union Club members were actually ‘in the Craft’. So it was that others known to the members sponsored the formation of Abbey Lodge number 2529 in the Register of the United Grand Lodge of England. A further issue was where to meet. Union Club was the obvious answer but space was at a premium.
So a small Lodge Room was constructed to the rear of the Club. It was slowly and lovingly equipped with the right furnishings. Some of the panelling is reputed to have been salvaged from the local Abbey ruins. The panels had found their way into a local house. The panelling was carved by a local craftsman and is a joy to behold. We have no compunction calling our Lodge Room Lancashire’s Little Gem for these reasons.
Some locally famous men have been members of Abbey Lodge. Visiting Whalley Golf Club many of the long time trophies and competitions are named after several of the founding or early members. One that stands proud is Dr Postlethwaite.
New Look @ No. 12
We are proud to be active in Whalley – so proud we have put the names and numbers of the four Lodges and one Chapter that meet at 12, Accrington Road, Whalley on display in the lower front windows. This website address and our Twitter or Facebook username of @WhalleyMasons have also been included.
Rennie Celebrates 50 Years
On Monday, 9 March 2020 more than 40 masons gathered at Whalley Masonic Hall to pay tribute to Worshipful Brother Rennie Wellock on achieving his Golden Jubilee as a Freemason. He was initiated into Abbey Lodge 2529 in November 1969 and remained a member of that Lodge until 2015 when driving at night became an issue. But not wanting to give up his beloved masonry he joined Whalley Arches Lodge 7489 which meets during the day.
Rennie has given much service to Freemasonry in Whalley, the District and Province and the number of attendees at his celebration bears testament to the respect he has garnered from fellow masons. Congratulations to you, Rennie on this remarkable achievement.
Rennie is seated in the centre of our picture with the Worshipful Master of Whalley Arches Lodge on his right and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master on his left.