The 26 September 2019 is 125 years to the day that  Abbey Lodge 2529  was consecrated. The Lodge doesn’t normally meet in the month of September but since the 26th falls on a Thursday (the Lodge’s traditional meeting day) a special ‘125th birthday’ meeting is being held. In 1994 a booklet was prepared bringing the history of the Lodge into one volume. Later this moth the history will be brought up to date with an 25 year appendix. Much has happened in the past quarter century in the wider world as well as within Abbey Lodge.

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.

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Inaugural Cooperman Memorial Shoot Success.

The first-ever Cooperman Memorial Shoot was held on Thursday, 15 August 2019 at the Coniston Hotel & Spa Shooting Ground near Gargrave. The  event was held in memory of John “Cooperman” Cooper, along with his wife Susan, who organised a Lodge shoot on an annual basis until their untimely death on holiday in Eygpt in August 2018.

With suitable instructors on hand some 60 novices and recognised shooters took part in this charity fundraising event. Together with the proceeds of a raffle the day raised well over £3000 with the proceeds going to Masonic and non-Masonic charities. John and Sue supported a number of local, regional and national charities such as Riding for the Disabled, Guide Dogs and RNLI to name but 3.

In their name Abbey Lodge will be donating sums of money to their charities as they did in years past.

Images from the shoot can be seen by clicking here.

The Lancashire Scouting Lodge of Allegiance 6384 Installation

Another first occurred at Whalley when The Lancashire Scouting Lodge of Allegiance held their Installation Meeting on Wednesday 28 August 2019. The Brethren held their Festival of St. John the Evangelist afterwards at Whalley Golf Club.

We wish the new Worshipful Master and the Officers an enjoyable year in office. Images from the Installation can be seen by clicking here.

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