The 26 September 2019 was 125 years to the day that  Abbey Lodge 2529  was consecrated. In 1994 a booklet was prepared bringing the history of the Lodge into one volume. Abbey Lodge’s history has been brought up to date with a 25 year appendix. Much has happened in the past quarter century in the wider world as well as within Abbey Lodge.

See what we have been upto in the past decade by visiting our photographic archive which contains over 2000 images of Masonic and non-Masonic events we have put on.

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.

Latest News

Mr Whalley Mason

On Wednesday, 4 March 2020 Alan Dunnicliff was installed as the Worshipful Master of Priory Lodge of Mark Master Masons, 693 which meets at Whalley. Some 40 Brethren attended the ceremony and the after-meeting-meal at the Swan and Royal in Clitheroe. The ceremony went well and the meal (as usual) at the Swan & Royal was to a high standard. Our photograph above shows the brethren of Priory Lodge after the ceremony and to the left, Alan looking relaxed during the meal.

Alan has progressed through all the Offices to reach this pinnacle in Priory Lodge. But what sets Alan aside from most members is he is also a past master of both Abbey Lodge 2529 and Whalley Arches Lodge 7489 along with membership of Abbey Chapter 2529 – all of which meet at Whalley also. Add to this he is Secretary to the Abbey Club Management Committee which manages Whalley Masonic Hall aka Union Club.

Add all this together and the title of Mr Whalley Mason is most fitting for Alan.

We wish the Lodge every success in the forthcoming 12 months under Alan’s leadership.

Whalley Flooding February 2020

We are mindful that at times of crisis tired and needy folk require somewhere to go for a sit down and a warm brew. Every since the Boxing Day Flood of 2015 we’ve had a plan to provide a safe and quiet haven for volunteers and residents affected by flooding in Whalley. So no surprises then that we opened up our doors at 12 Accrington Road over the weekend of 15/16 February 2020 to volunteers and residents as Storm Dennis hit the North West. Having got defences in place everyone was pleased that the amount of rain that fell was insufficient to cause another flooding event. Nonetheless, we are in the process of donating £1000 to the flood relief fund.

We are refining our Emergency Response Plan so that our building becomes a shelter from the storm in time of need. We are part of the community and will always assist where possible.

River Calder Levels & Ribble Valley Weather

Check how high the River Calder is at Whalley Weir or Padiham Town Centre right NOW by clicking the name.

See what the Whalley and Billington Flood Action Group are posting on Facebook by clicking the link.

Ribble Valley Weather Information & Community Assistance Facebook Public Group is a good source of up to date information

Part of Lancashire’s Little Gem of a Lodge Room

Please explore our website. If you would like more information or to arrange a visit to Lancashire’s Little Gem please email info@MasonicHallWhalley.co.uk

Always a friendly welcome at Whalley!

See what we have been up to in the past decade by visiting our photographic archive which contains over 2000 images of Masonic and non-Masonic events we have put on.