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.

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.

Read more about Abbey Lodge here.

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.

Read more about Whalley Arches Lodge here.

Mark Benevolent Fund (MBF)

Some years ago we had a clear out of regalia cupboards and found numerous Masonic Jewels. Amongst these jewels were a host of year bars attached to a piece of decaying ribbon. They were mainly for consecutive years in the 1960’s. No one at the time could explain their significance.

Fast forward some years and the Mark Province of East Lancashire is hosting the 153rd Annual MBF Festival the lapel badge for which is shown above. On the form for the purchase of the Festival Badge you could also purchase a Festival Bar. A 2021 Festival Bar can be seen above.

We will do a little more digging and see if we can determine who the 1960’s Festival Bars belonged to. Watch this Space.

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.

Read more about The Lancashire Scouting Lodge of Allegiance here.

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.

Read more about Abbey Chapter here.

Abbey Lodge’s Charitable Giving

During Abbey Lodge’s last financial year some £4885 was donated to Masonic and non-Masonic worthy causes and since ‘charity begins at home‘ one of  the foremost donations was £1035 to the Whalley & Billington Flood Action Group. The Lodge celebrated its 125th birthday in September 2019 and donated £1250 to the East Lancashire Masonic Charity (ELMC) and this was after previously donating £500 to ELMC in the previous May. Other beneficiaries included:-

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.

Read more about Abbey Lodge here.

Lancashire’s Little Gem of a Lodge Room was first used on 13 May 1897. The oak used in the panelling within the Lodge Room can be traced back to the actual Abbey and was carved by a local craftsman. The Lodge Room is petite. We are happy to show members of the public around our building by appointment.

Read more about Lancashire’s Little Gem here.

Freemasonry @ the National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield in Staffordshire is well worth a visit and if you go be prepared to spend quite some time there as there is lots to see and take in.

Not only are all the various sections of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force commemorated with memorials but other civilian services are too. Close by the main building in The Masonic Memorial Garden the entrance to which is shown in our photograph above. As with all the memorials it is a quiet place for contemplation with the words Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth carved into the chequered floor in the centre.

The National Memorial Arboretum is a charity with loads of helpful volunteers to make your visit memorable.

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.