Lodge in the Limelight

Whalley Arches Lodge Number 7489

Whalley Arches Lodge takes its name from the famous railway structure that passes over the Calder Valley close by the Abbey. It was formed by members of a former Lodge – Temperance Lodge formed in 1956 which met in Darwen, Lancashire. Temperance Lodge was handing in its Charter as active membership was declining to below sustainable levels. The few active members floated the idea of a daytime Lodge meeting in Whalley which attracted other like-minded brethren.

Whalley Arches Lodge meets at 10.30 am on the second Monday of September, November, March and June. The Installation takes place at the September meeting. The Lodge meeting is followed by a Festive Board (lunch) after which the brethren can return home in daylight hours.

Being a daytime lodge Whalley Arches attracts those Freemasons who find winter evening meetings difficult to attend.

Worshipful Brother Rennie Wellock’s Golden Jubilee in Freemasonry was celebrated on Monday, 9 March 2020. Images of this very special occasion can be viewed on our photo archive here.

The Lodge can be contacted by email at WhalleyArches@MasonicHallWhalley.co.uk.

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.

Abbey Lodge in Lockdown

It is now quite commonplace to utilise video conferencing to stay in touch with friends and family. Abbey Lodge have been using Zoom throughout lockdown for informal meetings and even to raise funds for the charity account. But as things progressed to the new Masonic season (for Abbey Lodge that means October!) with no sign of large gatherings of people being allowed they have held their first formal virtual Lodge meeting as our image portrays.

Visitors were encouraged to attend and a formal agenda was adhered to. Other Whalley Lodges are similarly meeting virtually.

This is the new ‘norm’ for the foreseeable future.

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.