A Hall Stone Lodge
Abbey Lodge meets each month from October through to May inclusive on the second Thursday of each month. The exception to this is our December meeting that at one time fell on the same night as the village Pickwick (Dickensian) Night. To avoid the clash the December Lodge meeting is on the second Tuesday. The Installation Meeting takes place in May.
Abbey is a Hall Stone Lodge and was presented with a Hall Stone Jewel in recognition and appreciation of its efforts in raising 1000 Guineas towards the building costs of Freemason’s Hall in London which stands as a Peace Memorial in remembrance of the Masonic Brethren who gave their lives in sacrifice during the Great War 1914 – 1918. Since there were only around 12 members at the time this was no mean feat. The Hall Stone Jewel is worn by the Master on a collarette whenever on Masonic business. A full explanation about the Peace Memorial and Hall Stone Jewel prepared by the Museum at Freemason’s Hall (the Peace Memorial) can be downloaded here.
As is mentioned elsewhere on this website social events are held throughout the year. Whenever possible the Union Club rooms are utilised to host events but on occasion they do become a little too small for the numbers wanting to attend so we are known to utilise other local and not so local venues.
Abbey Lodge is a place where Freemasons from other less active Lodges join. Recently, our numbers have increased with new members. We’d like to think it is because we so membership numbers are at a satisfactory level. Satisfactory because we can always do with new blood. We are a society with secrets not a secret society. Many of ‘the secrets’ are actually
common knowledge these days. Much of what we do centres around positive personal development and certainly we raise funds to support each other. It is not so widely known that Freemasonry in England is second only to the National Lottery in giving to good causes. And all that money comes from within the fraternity not collected from the general public.
Planned social events are listed on our Events Calendar.
Abbey Lodge have a hard-working Charity Steward who is very successful at raising funds. Over the past year (2016-17) the Lodge has raised over £4000 from its members.
|£1000||East Lancashire Masonic Charity|
|£500||Guide Dogs for the Blind|
|£500||Blind Veteran’s Association|
|£500||British Heart Foundation|
|£250||North West Air Ambulance|
As can be seen from the table only a quarter of what Abbey Lodge raised is going to masonic charity. The rest is going to a variety of very worthy causes indeed.
Want to know more please get in touch. Email us at AbbeyLodge@MasonicHallWhalley.co.uk