Abbey Lodge – Freemasonry in Chertsey, Surrey.
Abbey Lodge No: 2120 – A Freemasons Lodge in the heart of the community in Chertsey.
Abbey Lodge was founded in 1886. It is one of the oldest lodges in Surrey and the Masonic Hall in Chertsey is the oldest dedicated Masonic centre in Surrey.
Sign of the Times
The late nineteenth century was a time of considerable class and social distinction. It was also a period of change, of new ideas and of new technology and advancements in many areas.
At the same time, contrasting these societal changes, it was clear that many traditional lodges had perhaps become set in their ways and parochial in their membership.
If Freemasonry was about anything, it was revolutionary in the sense of a brotherhood based on meritocracy – the “…gold inside the man, not the gold he wears”.
Equality and Inclusiveness
It is clear that one of the primary aims of Abbey Lodge was to reflect the changes within society and create more inclusive lodges, thereby upholding and adhering to true Masonic principles: people united by virtue, values and common beliefs, whatever their race, religion or background.
The inception of Abbey Lodge came about when several members of St George’s Lodge (the oldest lodge in Surrey), decided that such changes needed to be reflected in a local lodge.
From the outset, Abbey Lodge set out to encourage membership drawn from across the spectrum: titled people, professionals and tradespeople. This is reflected in its initial membership, drawn from knights of the realm, to clergy, to professionals to tradespeople – a compelling cross-section of society.
For over a hundred years, Abbey Masonic Lodge developed a reputation for a good standard of ritual. We continue to be inclusive in our approach because this supports open-minded learning.
We help members to learn and to understand why ritual is important; we invite challenge and we encourage members to learn from doing. We do not simply mandate ritual for the sake of ritual.