The hot topic of conversation amongst Nelson Masons must be the recent announcement regarding the closure of the Masonic Hall on Bradshaw Street. The level of comment and discussion at practice and around the bar, as to where we should move to, has been the centre of interest for the past couple of weeks.
Since the 4th March 1947 Nelson Masonic Hall Company have provided the facilities at the Masonic Hall on Bradshaw Street Nelson. The hall witnessed the growth of Freemasonry immediately after the war years and the birth of new lodges within the Nelson area.
The Hall has been the centre of masonry for hundreds of Freemasons for the past 65 years, but times have changed, Freemasonry has changed, and where we hold our lodge meetings must now change.
Unfortunately Nelson Masonic Hall has become untenable due to the rising costs of utilities and repairs, along with the reduction in numbers of members. Accordingly the Hall will shortly be closing its doors to Masonic Lodge meetings.
We now have a great opportunity to decide our own destiny and look to the future. Wherever we go I know the members of Pendle Lodge will embrace the changes and continue to enjoy their Freemasonry, there are facilities at Burnley, Padiham, Colne and even Clayton-le-Moors at a stretch, after all; a lodge is not a building, but a collection of Freemasons gathered to practice their craft, wherever that may be.