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 an average of 10 Guineas (£10.50) per member 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. There were 28 members at the time and 280 Guineas (£294.00) was the amount needed to achieve Hall Stone Lodge status. At the time that the Grand Master launched his Peace Memorial appeal the Province of East Lancashire was also running an appeal to build a new headquarter building in Manchester. Abbey Lodge members not only subscribed to the Peace Memorial appeal but also the local Provincial appeal.

Abbey Lodge No. 2529 is one of only two East Lancashire Lodges to hold Hall Stone Lodge status. The story behind Abbey becoming a Hall Stone Lodge can be found here.

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.

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.

A list of the 14 Founder Members can be found here and a full list of Past Masters can be found 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.

One date in our diary is the Postlethwaite Dinner held in December each year. You can read more about it here.

Planned social events are listed on our Events Calendar.

Brother Ian J Ferrier, Worshipful Master of Abbey Lodge  for 2019

Thursday, 9th May 2019 saw Brother Ian Joseph Ferrier installed in the Chair of King Solomon in Abbey Lodge according to ancient custom. Over 50 Brethren witnessed the ceremony in a rather full Lodge Room. The Installing Master was Worshipful Brother Raymond Evans. The Address to the Master was given by Worshipful Brother Simon Capstick, to the Wardens by Worshipful Brother Stuart Smith and to the Brethren by Worshipful Brother Eric Bond JP.

The Provincial Grand Master was represented by Worshipful Brother Chris Welton, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Manchester Area.

The Festival of St. John was held at Whalley Golf Club.

Best wishes are extended to the Officers and Brethren of Abbey Lodge No. 2529 (see below) for the forthcoming year.

The Officers and Brethren of Abbey Lodge present at the Installation Meeting 2019

Please Note

Abbey Lodge tyles for ordinary meetings at 7:30 PROMPT.

Please beware that latecomers may not be admitted immediately but at a time convenient to Lodge proceedings.

Pre-Order Drinks

As the Lodge tyles at 7:30 pm members and visitors are strongly encouraged to pre-order dinner drinks at the bar prior to the meeting. Abbey Lodge Stewards will fulfil your order whilst the Lodge Closes thus ensuring the Festive Board starts at a reasonable time.