Where Strangers become Firm Freinds
Welcome to Freemasonry
Kenyon Masonic Lodge is a small part of one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political charitable organisations in the World. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry. Although the origins of Freemasonry date back to medieval stone masons. Its principles of Integrity, Friendship, Honesty, Respect and Care for the less fortunate are as relevant today as they were hundreds of years ago.
Within our site you will find all the information you need to understand what Freemasonry is, what it does, who are Freemasons and how to join us. Below are details of our Lodge, the Kenyon Lodge in particular.
We encourage members from all walks of life and religious backgrounds to join. If you are over 21 and are looking to make new friends, expand you social calendar and make a positive contribution to society then take the first step by contacting us.
The Kenyon Lodge
Our Lodge is relatively small, and is based in the village of Penley, near Wrexham. It operates under the stewardship of the North Wales Province of the United Grand Lodge of England. Although we meet, officially, eight times each year from September through to March, there are many activites and social groups to give you an all year social calendar. Visiting other Lodges is a big part of the masonic experience. The choice is yours.
Our members come from a variety of backgrounds and employment including; farmers , craftsmen, engineers, ex-service and civil servants. They all have a variety of pastimes and hobbies, making for an interesting social mix and varied topics of conversation at dinner, which is currently held in the Hanmer Arms
We are always looking for new members to extend the Masonic brotherhood and introduce you to the enjoyment that can be had from making new friends and joining a vast and varied group who are all dedicated to the tenets of Freemasonry. Although our particular Lodge is in a relatively humble location we are, however, an integral part of the worldwide masonic organisation. Most importantly, regardless of each persons’ station in life, we are all equal in Freemasonry.
How we started
In the immediate post-war period, it was thought by Freemasons living in the Overton area that there were sufficient local members to form their own lodge covering the Maelor district . The majority of the break-away group being members of the Wrexham Lodge, ‘Square and Compass’, approached the committee who accepted the plans and agreed to become the Mother Lodge. Approval was granted by the North Wales Provincial Grand Lodge. The New lodge would be called “Kenyon Lodge No.6210”. using the name and badge derived from the arms of the family of one of the founding brethren, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Kenyon. The Fifth Baron Kenyon of Gredington.
The Lodge received its Warrant from The United Grand Lodge of England on 7th November 1945 and took up residence in the “Masonic Rooms Overton”, which was situated above The Shop in Penyllan Street, once known as The Bowling Green Hotel. The evening meal, or ‘Festive Board’, was enjoyed at the Cocoa Rooms in Overton. The meeting dates (which remain unaltered) are the third Monday, September to April with the Installation of the New Master in March. With the exception of installation meetings, which were held at Overton Village Hall, Lodge meetings continued to be held at the Masonic Rooms until December 1974, when the Lodge moved to a redundant workshop on the estate of Lord Kenyon, in Gredington. This was enthusiastically converted into a Masonic room by the brethren. Meetings continued to be held there until March 1994. Most of the Lodge furniture and fittings were put into store and meetings moved to the Hanmer Arms Hotel, where some minor alterations to a function room made it suitable for the Lodge. In 2003 the Lodge again moved together with its furniture, this time to the Village Hall, Penley, where it currently resides.