Welcome to Whalley Masonic Hall
Whilst there has been a Masonic Lodge meeting in Whalley for over 125 years it has been hiding in plain site at 12 Accrington Road.
Abbey Lodge 2529 was consecrated in September 1894 being formed of the then members of The Union Club of Whalley (12 Accrington Road) who wished to take their fellowship to a new level. Initially meeting in what is now the Co-op formerly The Whalley Arms the Masonic Rooms were added at the rear of the Union Club. These were opened in 1897. The Lodge Room is small and fitted out with carved oak furniture the work of local craftsman ‘Young’ James Langshaw. The Lodge Room is nicknamed Lancashire’s Little Gem .
Other events that happened in 1894:
- Blackpool Tower opened
- The Manchester Ship Canal was officially opened
- Tower Bridge in London opened for traffic
- Manchester City Football Club was formed
- Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs meet in the first Merseyside derby
During the 20th century other Lodges were formed and meet at Whalley – they are listed below.
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Lodges meeting at Whalley
Abbey Lodge, No. 2529 was founded in 1894 in Whalley meeting at the Whalley Arms public house until 1897 when ‘Masonic Rooms’ were added to the Union Club at 12 Accrington Road. Abbey is a Hall Stone Lodge with a proud history and a strong membership. It meets 8 times a year on the second Thursday of the month, October through to May.
Whalley Arches Lodge, No. 7489 is our daytime Lodge which meets 4 times a year. The meets start at 10:30 am on the first Monday of September, November, March and June. The Installation takes place at the September meeting.
The Lancashire Scouting Lodge of Allegiance No. 6384 now meets in Whalley on the 4th Wednesday of January, May and August 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.
Royal Arch Chapters meeting at Whalley
Abbey Chapter No. 2529 was formed some time after the lodge that bears the same name and number. It meets on the third Thursday of February, April and September and on the first Thursday in November.
The Royal Arch is an integral part of Freemasonry and interwoven with the Craft, it is organised as a separate Order, distinct from the Craft degrees, the teachings of which it completes.
Cathedral Chapter was founded on 30 November 1994 some time after the Craft Lodge that bears the same name and number. Cathedral Chapter meets on the fourth Monday of January, March and October and on the third Monday in May which is their Installation meeting.
Cathedral Chapter became a Patron of the Grand Charity in 2004 and a Patron of the East Lancashire Masonic Charity (ELMC) in 2020.
Mark Master Masons’ meeting at Whalley
Priory Lodge of Mark Master Mason’s No. 693 meets on the first Wednesday of March, October and December plus the third Wednesday in June with their installation meeting taking place in March and celebrated it Centenary in October 2019.
The Mark Degree is a fascinating degree and is rightly known as the Friendly Degree; it was originally worked in Craft Lodges and consisted of two ceremonies.
Whalley Masons’ Latest News
Abbey Lodge No. 2529 on 13 April 2022 will be gathering to celebrate a personal 50 years in freemasonry for one of its members. W. Bro. James Sutcliffe was initiated into the Lodge in 1972 and has a notable masonic career in the intervening years.
The Provincial Grand Master for the Province of East Lancashire will be in attendance accompanied by a Provincial Delegation. A Celebratory meal will be had after the Lodge meeting at Whalley Golf Club.
The Cooperman Memorial Shoot looks like making a return this year. Abbey Lodge’s Mentor, W. Bro Harvey Capstick is at the initial stages of planning the Shoot for mid-summer.
The image above is from the 2016 Abbey Lodge Shoot and has everything in it – a sponsor presenting a prize with the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lancashire’s mobile display behind with John ‘Cooperman’ Cooper photobombing.
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