Friday 27th April 2018 – Lodge Robert King Stewart No. 919 – Reigning Masters Degree in aid of the PGL Caravan Fund – 7pm Start
A special meeting is to be held with the funds riased to assist in the fundraising for the PGL caravan fund. RWM Phil Biggerstaff and the Lodge will have a full team of Reigning Master’s from inside and outside the Province of Lanarkshire Middle Ward in attendance to confer the EA degree on a live candidate. The PGL caravan is a fantastic resource for our province and many brethren and their wives, partners and families have benefited from it. All are welcome to come along and enjoy a special night in the Robert King Stewart calendar.
9th June 2018 – Marcus Humphrey House Garden Fete
Once again and after the very successful inaugural launch last year, The Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward will be participating in the Garden Fete in aid of funds for Marcus Humphrey House,
Our representatives Bro. Bobby Ferguson and Bro. Tom Reid are planning to run the highly successful wine cork stall again this year and would like to appeal to the daughter Lodges to make any donation of wine that they can, both were indebted to support of all the lodges and friends who contributed last year, this event is scheduled between 2-4pm and open to all Brethern, friends & families, please come along and support this great cause.
The address is – Marcus Humphrey House, Quarriers Village, Bridge Of Weir, Renfrewshire, PA11 3SX
Sunday 15th April 2018 – Annual Divine Service Lodge Hamilton No. 233 and Lodge Hamilton Kilwinning No. 7
On Sunday 15th April, the joint Annual Divine Service of Lodge Hamilton No. 233 and Lodge Hamilton Kilwinning No. 7 was held at Hamilton Old Parish Church.
The service was conducted by Rev. Ross Blackman, the Minister of the Church. Bro. Alex Watson IPM and Bro. Hugh Syme RWM read the Lessons.
A large Deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge were in attendance.
Thursday 12th April 2018 – Lodge Blantyre Kilwinning No. 557 Distinguished Membership Awards
On Thursday 12th April, a large Deputation from PGL headed by Bro. Bill Perry PGM attended Lodge Blantyre Kilwinning No. 557.
Also in attendance was a Deputation from Lodge St. Clement Riccarton (Kilwinning) Kilmarnock No. 202.RWM Bro. William Downie gave a warm welcome to the Deputations.
The Gavel being handed over, the PGM had the great pleasure of presenting two worthy Brethren with Distinguished Service Diplomas, Bro. Tom Downie and Bro. Robert Lees.
The PGM gave the assembled Brethren a brief history of the Masonic careers of both Brethren and together with the RWM Bro. William Downie and Bro. Jim Lees PM Sec, presented the Diplomas. Both Brethren suitably replied. The RWM of Lodge 202, Bro. David Lloyd and his Office Bearers then conferred an excellent FC Degree.
At the close of the Meeting, the Brethren enjoyed some 557 hospitality.
Friday 6th April 2018 – Rescheduled Installation of PGL Office Bearers, Cambuslang
On Friday 6th April, the Installation of the PGL Office Bearers was held at Tabernacle Lane, Cambuslang.
A large Deputation from our Sister Provinces, headed by RWPGM Bro. Russell Logan of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Perthshire East were in attendance together with great support from our own Lodges.
The Ceremony was conducted to the highest of standards by SPGM Bro. Norman Carnegy, SPGM Bro. Alex Kelly and PPGSW Bro. Alex Hamilton.
On the completion of the installation, Bro. John Cranston Brown, Iain, who has completed 21 years in PGL, was presented with his PPGSW Jewel, Regalia and Certificate as a mark of respect and thanks for his service to PGL.
Following the close of the Meeting, the Brethren enjoyed a fine meal and PGL hospitality.
The RWM and Brethren of Cambuslang Royal Arch Lodge No. 114 were thanked for the use of their Temple and the Members all three Cambuslang Lodges were thanked for acting as Stewards on the night.
Thursday 21st June 2018 – PGL Annual Fun Bike Ride – Strathclyde Park
Its the the long awaited return of the sporting occasion in the Province where middle age Brethern from the Province can slip into their Lycra once again, the fun cycle around Starthclyde Park. This years event will follow a similar format to the very succesful previoius year and is open to Bretherm friends and families. The official start will be from Golf Driving Range at Strathclyde Park at 7pm, the course will consist of 3 times round the park, 11 miles for the athletes or any other distance that the competitors can complete, as its the taking part that counts.
Here’s to another great evening of family participation. As with other years, any sponsorship monies will be gratefully received.
Some pictures from last years event
Wednesday 28th March 2018 – Annual PGL Visitation to The Operative Lodge of Airdrie No. 203
Bro. Andy Millar DPGM headed a large deputation of 12 Brethern to The Operative Lodge of Airdrie No. 203 for the annual visitation to report on the workings of the Lodge. They were welcomed into the temple by Bro. Jim Paisley RWM where they witnessed a very fine First Degree and enjoyed a most hospitable evening with the Brethren of The Operative Lodge of Airdrie No. 203
Saturday 24th March 2018 – Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire Installation of New Provincial Grand Master Bro. Billy Steel
On Saturday 24th March, at the Walker Hall, Troon, Bro. William Caven Steel (Billy) was Installed as the RWPGM of Ayrshire by the MWGMM and the Office Bearers of Grand Lodge.
The Brethren of Ayrshire and the visiting Provinces attended in large numbers to support Bro. Steel and his Commissioned Office Bearers.
Following the close of the Meeting, the Brethren enjoyed and excellent meal, hospitality, speeches and entertainment.
Wednesday 21st March 2018 – Annual PGL Visitation to Lodge Airdrie St. John No. 166
Bro. Andy Millar DPGM headed a large deputation of 14 Brethern to Lodge Airdriie St. John No. 166 for the annual visitation to report on the workings of the Lodge. They were welcomed into the temple by Bro. Craig Gibson RWM where they witnessed a very fine First Degree and enjoyed a most hospitable evening with the Brethren of Lodge Airdrie St. John No. 166.
Bro. Craig Gibosn RWM & Bro. Andy Millar DPGM
Sunday 18th March 2018 – Joint Annual Divine Service of Cambuslang Royal Arch Lodge No. 114 and Lodge Kirkhill No. 1230
On Sunday evening, 18th March, the joint Annual Divine Service of Cambuslang Royal Arch Lodge No. 114 and Lodge Kirkhill No. 1230 was held in Tabernacle Lane, Cambuslang.
The Service was once again conducted by Rev. Andrew Thomson who gave a warm welcome to everyone present.
Bro. William Anderson RWM of 114 and Bro. Gordon Cassels RWM of 1230 also gave thanks to those in attendance and for the support of both Lodges.
A large number of Brethren from PGL were present.
Saturday 17th March 2018 – Installation of the RWPGM and the Commissioned Office Bearers of the PGL of Renfrewshire West
On Saturday 17th March, seven Brethren from the Province attended the Installation of the RWPGM and the Commissioned Office Bearers of the PGL of Renfrewshire West, held in Greenock Town Hall.
Bro. Robert McIntyre was Installed in fine fashion by IPDGM, Bro. W. Ramsay McGhee, assisted by Bro. Alexander Galbraith, PSGM and other Grand Lodge Office Bearers.
The Ceremony of Installation being completed, the assembled Brethren enjoyed the dinner, hospitality and speeches.
Friday 16th March 2018 – Bro. James Jack Past Provincial Grand Master – Presented with the Grand Masters Award in Kansas, USA
On a recent trip to Kansas, USA Bro. James Jack was presented with the Grand Masters Award by MW Grand Master, B. Cole Presley at the Grand Lodge of Kansas Installation, this was one of only two awarded.
Bro. Jack had a long relationship with the Brethern in Kansas and this award was in recognition of this work developing the relationship, a great honour for Bro. Jack and Scottish Freemasonry, well done from all at Provincial Grand Lodge forwarding the name of the Province in the US.
Friday 16th March 2018 – Lodge Dura No. 1513 – 50yr Presentation
On Friday 16th March Bro. Alan Graham RWM of Lodge Dura No. 1513 welcomed a Deputation from PGL to their special meeting to celebrate Bro. Jimmy Galloway’s 50 years in Freemasonry.
The night was made more special when Jimmy acted as the Candidate and his Mother Lodge, Mauldslie Castle No. 1630 took part in the exemplification of the EA Degree.
The Brethren of both Lodges did Bro. Galloway proud.
Among the many visitors present was the RWM of Lodge Drummossie No. 1438, Bro. Archie MacLellan.
The meeting closed and the Brethren enjoyed a fantastic buffet and hospitality.
Thursday 24th May 2018 – Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire East Education Dinner
Communication from Provincial Grand Master of Renfrewshire East Brother Neil Fraser
Dear Sir and Brother Secretary, On behalf of Brother Neil Fraser, Provincial Grand Master and the Office Bearers of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire East, I extend fraternal greetings to your Provincial Grand Master and Brethren. An invitation is extended to your Provincial Grand Master and Brethren to attend the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire East Education Dinner. The details are attatched on the flyer below, its sure to be a great evening of education and entertainment.
Friday 9th March 2018 – Lodge New Monkland Montrose No. 88 – A very special night
On Friday 9th March, the RWM of Lodge New Monkland Montrose No. 88, Bro. Kenny Mason welcomed a large Deputation from PGL to their special meeting. The Deputation included Bros. Bill Perry PGM, Stephen Campbell SPGM, Norman Carnegy SPGM, Willie Craig PG Sec, Jim Ferguson Senior PG Chaplain, Jim Vasey Junior PG Chaplain and Bobby McCormack.
The reason for the visit was two fold, an EA Degree was being conferred by the PM’s of the Lodge and the Candidate was the RWM’s son, Martin Mason. The Degree Team being led by Bro. Ian McIndoe PM.
Also, Bro. Tom Reid PM was awarded Distinguished Service Membership of the Lodge in recognition of the outstanding service to Lodge 88 for almost 45 years.
A great night was had by the large number of Brethren who were in attendance and at the close of the Meeting, the Brethren enjoyed a fantastic buffet provide by Tom’s wife Margaret.
Wednesday 7th March 2018 – Lodge Airdrie St. John No. 166 – Presentation of Charity Cheques
Provincial Grand Lodge would like to applaud the fundraining efforts of Lodge Airdrie St. John No. 166, on Wednesday 7th March they invited local charities to the Lodge to distribute monies raised throughout the year, presentations were made to the following deserving charites, Guide Dogs Scotland, St Andrew’s Hospice, Lanarkshire Cancer Care, Glasgow Children’s Charity, MND Scotland, Macmillan Cancer Support, Parkinson’s self Help Group, Meningitis Research foundation Scotland & Maggie’s Centre.
A fantastic grand sum of £2,700 was distributed to these local charites
Bro Craig Gibson RWM accompanied by Bro. James Shanks PPDGM and Kelly Ann who worked tirelessly behind the scenes arranging the charity day, which helped to contribute to the monies for the charities. They are pictured below handing over the cheque. Phenonenal work Brethern, congratulations from the whole of the Province on your efforts
Wednesday 7th March 2018 – Lodge Hamilton No. 233 Annual Visit and Diploma Presentations
At the Regular Meeting of Lodge Hamilton No. 233, IPM Bro. Alex Watson welcomed the Deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge on their Annual Visit.
The large Deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge was headed by Bro. Alex Kelly SPGM.
Following the PGL business and an excellent FC Degree by the Lodge Office Bearers, two Brethren were presented with Jubilee Certificates, to mark 50 years service to the Lodge and the Craft, Bro. Tom Gilmour PM and Bro. Ronnie Frew.
The Lodge also made a special presentation to Bro. Billy Thomson PM in recognition of the 30 years he served as Lodge Secretary.
At the close of the Meeting, the Brethren retired and enjoyed some 233 hospitality.
Tuesday 6th March 2018 – Old Monkland St. James No. 177 Annual Visit
At the Regular Meeting of Lodge Old Monkkland St James No. 177, RWM Bro. Graham Morrison welcomed the Deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge on their Annual Visit. The large Deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge was headed by Bro. Andy Millar DPGM. Following the PGL business an excellent EA Degree was performed by the Lodge Office Bearers who initiated their newest Entered Apprentice Bro. Mark Hunter in fine form.
The Brethren then retired and enjoyed some 177 hospitality.
Monday 12th February 2018 – Cheque Presentation to the Beatson Hospital by Lodge Griffin Gartcosh No.1254 and PGL of Glasgow
Bro. Peter Murphy PM of Lodge Glasgow Star No. 219 and an Honorary Member of Lodge Griffin Gartcosh No. 1254, raised a fantastic £1100 for the Beatson Hospital, a cheque was presented to the Beatson Hospital by Bro. Peter and others on Monday 12th February. The PGL of Glasgow enhanced the donation by a further £1000 making the total presnted a massive £2100.
Bro. Murphy and Lodge Griffin raised the money by selling raffles on their meeting nights and Peter would like to thank all who gave so generously. This is the second time that Peter has donated to the Beatson, two years ago he gave £1600 to the Hospital.
The PGL of Lanarkshire Middle Ward warmly congratulate Bro. Murphy, Lodge Griffin, the PGM Bro. Jim Peddie and the PGL of Glasgow for their fantastic support of the Beatson Hospital.
Sunday 2nd September 2018 – PGL Golf Day – Drumpellier Golf Club, Coatbridge
PGL Golf Convenor Bro. John Gardiner has asked that this years event be brought to the attention of the Brethern
Once again this year the competition will be held on a single day at Drumpellier Golf Club, Coatbridge, to which we are grateful to the Club and thier Commitee for the use of the course and facilites. The Tee off times will be from 9.30am till 10.30am. 32 players, then 11.30am. and 12.30pm. 32 players. All the competitions are being played over 18 holes, Stableford play (3/4 handicap) with a maximum gross handicap of 24. Meals will be available and arrangements can be made on the day direct with the Club.
As the number of participants is strictly restricted to 64, applications should be made for teams of three players although additional individual applications from the same Lodge will be accepted. If the competition is over subscribed a ballot will take place after which Lodges will be advised of the tee off times of the various members. As the draw will be made when some Lodges are in recess it would be helpful if entrants could nominate a single contact when there is more than one entry.
Closing date for receiving entry fees of £30 per person to be paid by Sunday 26th June. All cheques should be payable to PGL Golf Section and should be sent to John Gardner, 38 Target Road, ML6 9PY, Mob. 07799714503 , E-mail:- firstname.lastname@example.org. A download link to the entry form is avaiable below –
Sunday 11th February 2018 – Marcus Humphrey House Burns Supper
The 2018 Burns Supper was held at the Marcus Humphrey House, Bridge of Weir. This year, the PGL of Lanarkshire Middle Ward were asked to provide the speakers and entertainment. It was planned for Sunday 21st January but due to the snow it was postponed till today.
The team included –
Bobby Ferguson – Chairman
Tommy Reid – Accordion with Scottish melodies.
Iain Reid – Piper
Jim Lees – Address to the Haggis
Gordon Mather – Tribute to Burns
Alex Maitland – Burns songs
They were accompanied by Bro. Bill Perry RWPGM, Willie Craig PGL Sec, Ian McGown PGL Almoner, Bro Eric McPhee RWM of Lodge St. Thomas No. 306, Bro. Allan McPhail Almoner, David Bloomfield (Kilwinning), Charlie Nicholson and Alic Currie (Renfrewshire). As expected, the Burns Supper was a great success, enjoyed by the residents and staff.
We were also treated to a lovely lunch provided by the staff. Well done to Bobby Ferguson and Tom Reid who organised the event on behalf of the Friends Group.
Bobby has communicated that he would like to thank the artistes for their participation and a special thanks to Wilma and all her staff at the home for help in preparing the food, dressing the tables and serving the meals.
7th February 2018 – St. Andrews Hospice – Cheque Presentation from Lanarkshire Masonic Orders
On Wednesday 7th February Bro. Bill Perry PGM, Bro. Willie Craig PG Secretary, accompanied Rev. Elaine McKinnon, the Minister of Newarthill and Carfin Parish Church to St. Andrew’s Hospice, Airdrie to meet with Louise O’Donnell and to present a cheque for £1200.00.
This cheque represents the donations from the various Masonic Orders of Lanarkshire Freemasons who participated in the Xmas Carol Service which was held in Newarthill and Carfin Church.
Rev. McKinnon and her Church have given generously to the Hospice over a long period and Provincial Grand Lodge were delighted to support her nomination and to donate the sum raised to the Hospice.
Saturday 3rd February 2018 – Lodge St. Kessac No. 269, 200th Anniversary Comrie, Perthshire
Bros. George R Kelly PPGM, Tom Davidson IPPGM and Tom McCrone PG DOC were part of a Grand Lodge deputation that travelled to Comrie for the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of Lodge St. Kessac No.269 in the White Church Community Centre.
There they met a large deputation from Lodge Old Monkland St. James No.177 who were there to support the lodge and join in the celebrations. Support from within PGL Lanarkshire Middle Ward was further enhanced by Bro. Bobby Edwards PM (Lodge Buchanan No.1499) who was the organist for the ceremonial.
Thursday 1st February 2018 – Grand Lodge of Scotland Regular Communication – Appointment of New Grand Secretary
At the regular communication of Grand Lodge on Thursday 1st February, the Grand Master Mason announced that Bro. J. Euan Edment, Past Master of Lodge St. John, Carluke No. 187 would be appointed Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, commencing in June.
Bro. Edment is well known, respected and admired by the Brethren of our Province and we wish him great success and happiness in this most important role in the Scottish Craft.
Saturday 27th January 2018 – PGL of Renfrewshire East Annual Communication and Installation
On Saturday, 27th January 2018, Bro. George R. Kelly PPGM & Bro. Alex Kelly SPGM headed a deputation to the Annual Communication and Installation of Elected Office Bearers of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire East which took place within the Lodge Union & Crown Temple, Cochrane Street, Barrhead.
The Provincial Grand Lodge meeting was closed and all brethren adjourned where an excellent meal was enjoyed by all followed by the relevant toasts and replies.
Saturday 27th January 2018 – PGL of Dunbartonshire Annual Communication and Installation
On Saturday,27th January 2018, Bro. Andrew Millar DPGM & Bro. Norman Carnegy SPGM headed a deputation to the Annual Communication and Installation of Elected Office Bearers of the Provincial Grand L:odge of Dunbartonshire which took place within the Masonic Temple, Church Street, Dumbarton.
The Provincial Grand Master Bro James Forrest upon opening the meeting expressed his delight at the large number of brethren in attendance and thereafter Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies Bro James W Clarkson introduced a large deputation from sister provinces headed by the Provincial Grand Master of Dumfriesshire Bro Robert A.G. Hughes.
Pleasantries having been exchanged and regular business conducted the elected office bearers were then installed into office by Provincial Grand Master Bro Forrest. The next item of business was to present Bro James McColl, Past Master Lodge Leven St John No 170 with a Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden Jewel. Bro McColl was congratulated on his excellent record of service to Provincial Grand Lodge to which he made suitable reply. After Provincial Grand Master Bro Hughes had addressed Provincial Grand Lodge the meeting was closed and all brethren adjourned to the function suite where an excellent meal was enjoyed by all followed by the relevant toasts and replies.
Saturday 27th January 2018 – Lodge Burns Immortal No. 1730 Annual Installation
Bro. Douglas Walls RWM was installed on Saturday 26th January at the Masonic Temple, Gardenside Street, Uddingston. The Installing Masters were Bro. Gordon Mather PM & Bro. David McMorris PM, who carried out their duties to the highest of standards. Bro. Angus Ross SPGM led the Deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge accompanied by Bro. Bill Perry PGM.
A fine meal, toasts and harmony followed the close of the Meeting.
25th January 2018 – Scottish Freemsonry Honoured with the Prostate Scotland Chairman’s Award
Recognition that every Freemason in Scotland should be proud off, well done.
On Thursday 25th January 2018, Prestonfield House Hotel welcomed about 350 guests to their annual Prestonfield’s Burns Supper in aid of Prostate Scotland a charity which they have supported for the last ten years.
Robert Wilson, Chairman of Prostate Scotland addressed the guests and thanked them for their attendance at the event and their ongoing support throughout the year. He then announced that the Trustees of Prostate Scotland wished to recognise the contribution supporters have made which has allowed the charity to flourish and reach out to support men with Prostate disease.
This recognition would be in the form of The Prostate Scotland Chairman’s Award and that he was proud to announce that the inaugural award was to Charles Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont, Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason, in recognition of the tremendous support the charity had received from the Freemasons of Scotland who had now raised over £400,000 for the charity since it was nominated by the Grand Master Mason.
The chairman went on to mention the various types of fundraising event that had contributed to this massive amount including cycle rides, walking on hot coals, sponsored walks and in particular the zipslide over the River Clyde in Glasgow organised by the PGLs in the West of Scotland and supported by other PGLs across the country.
The Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason accepted the award on behalf of the freemasons of Scotland and said that the success of the fundraising had been down to a combination of individual brethren and provinces taking ownership of the appeal and working with Prostate Scotland. He congratulated and thanked all the brethren who had participate and committed support for Prostate Scotland until the year 2020.
Everyone enjoyed a great evening’s entertainment which concluded in a charity auction. Between the raffle and the charity auction an amount in excess of £22,000 was raised on the evening.
For more infromation on the work this charity carries out and a wealth of support and infromation on this disease please visit – https://www.prostatescotland.org.uk
Saturday 20th January 2018 – Lodge Larchgrove No. 1518 Annual Installation
Bro. Gordon Love RWM was installed on Saturday 20th January. The Installing Masters for the afternoon ceremony were his proud father Bro. William Love PM of Lodge Larchgrove and Bro. David Welsh PM of Lodge Corkerhill No, 1426, who carried out their duties to the very highest of standards. Bro. Alex Kelly SPGM headed a fine and large Deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge accompanied by PPGSW Bro. Robert Getty
A fine meal, toasts and harmony followed the close of the Meeting.
Saturday 13th January 2018 – Lodge Bothwell Brig No. 1229 Installation
Bro. Robert Johnstone RWM was installed on Saturday 13th January. The Installing Masters were Bro. Donald Mathieson PM, Bro. Gavin Ferguson PM and Bro. Jim Gemmell PM, who carried out their duties to the highest of standards. Bro. Angus Ross SPGM led the Deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge accompanied by Bro. Bill Perry PGM.
A fine meal, toasts and harmony followed the close of the Meeting.
Friday 12th January 2018 – Uddingston – PGL Annual General Meeting
At the Annual General Meeting of PGL Lanarkshire Middle Ward, three brethren were presented with their Honorary Grand Rank diplomas by Bro. Bill Perry, RWPGM who then called upon representatives from each brother’s Mother Lodge to present them with their Honorary Grand Rank jewel.