Lodge in the Limelight
The Lancashire Scouting Lodge of Allegiance Number 6384
The Scouts and Freemasonry share many features in common, from the same traditional values to similar future challenges. Over the last few years the two organisations have supported each other in a number of ways and at all levels. This resource is designed to assist members of both the Scouts and Freemasonry to engage and support each other locally.
Both the Scouts and Freemasonry share similar values. The principles within the Scout Promise also feature at the heart of Masonic teaching. Both organisations are concerned with helping members to become better people and have remarkably similar moral codes. They are both open to people of all faiths and both encourage good citizenship and self-development. As membership organisations,they also face the same challenges; building better informed public awareness, attracting and retaining new members, focusing resources where they can have the biggest impact and operating in a manner that provides the best support to their membership. As local organisations found in or near to most communities, it makes sense that Scouting and Freemasonry co-operate and support each other where they can.
The Lancashire Scouting Lodge of Allegiance No. 6384 is one of a number of Freemason’s Lodges that has brought the two organisations together. The Lodge has an interesting history as the Lane’s Masonic Records shows. To fill in the gaps – the original Lodge of Allegiance was founded in 1946 just after the Second World War and met at Blackburn Masonic Hall on Richmond Terrace in Blackburn until 1999 when the Lodge moved to Darwen Masonic Hall on Hawkshaw Avenue in Darwen.
When Freemasonry hit something of a recession and numbers in Allegiance Lodge dwindled the idea was born to form a Scouting Lodge. Such Lodges are not uncommon and an association has been formed as long ago as 1953 going under the name of the Kindred Lodge Association or KLA for short. The list of member Lodges is impressive and contains the name of The Lancashire Scouting Lodge of Allegiance No. 6384 the Lodge name being changed in 2004.
The Lancashire Scouting Lodge of Allegiance No. 6384 now meets in Whalley on the 4th Wednesday of January, May, and August with the latter being their Installation Meeting . They also meet on the 4th Wednesday of September at a Masonic Hall in the Province of West Lancashire.
They are in the process of adding meetings on the 4th Wednesday of March and November due to the popularity of Freemasonry in general and Whalley in particular.