Sunday 26th August – Widows Sons Tour Wreath Laying Ceremony, Hamilton Cenotaph
As many on you will be a aware a wreath laying ceremony will take place at 1pm at the Hamilton Cenotaph to commemorate the fallen of the World War. Some details on the dress code below
Regalia is NOT to be worn to this event other than the attending Right Worshipful Masters who are requested to wear their CHAIN OF OFFICE only.
Saturday 4th August 2018 – Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire Dinner for Immediate Past Provincial Grand Master Bro. Robert Little
On Saturday 4th August, the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire held a dinner in the Kilmarnock Masonic Social Club to thank IPPGM Bro. Robert Little for his leadership and example set during his five year Commission as PGM.
Bro. William Steel PGM acted as chairman and had invited Bro. Jim Forrest, the PGM of Dunbartonshire to give a short talk on his experiences in the Craft and to propose a toast on behalf of Bro. Little.
Our Province was well represented and the Brethren enjoyed a fine meal and entertainment provided by the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra.
Bro Tom McCrome was Installed into the chair of Lodge Randolph No. 1434 at the very capable hands of Installing Masters, Bro. William Gauld PM and Bro. David Reid PM.
A number of Brethren from the Province were present and we wish RWM Bro. Tom McCrone and his adopted Lodge great success during the next twelve months.
Following the close of the Meeting, the Brethren retired and enjoyed an excellent meal and speeches.
Saturday 7th July 2018 – PGL of Dumfriesshire – Sanquhar
Bro. Tom Davidson IPPGM represented the province at the summer communication of PGL of Dumfriesshire in Sanquhar. The meeting was held in the premises of Lodge Sanquhar Kilwinning No.194. Bro. Davidson joined the other visitors from PGL of Kilwinning in forming a deputation.
This meeting of the province traditionally is followed by a lunch before the brethren take part in either a bowls or golf competition. All competitors enjoyed the first class weather and scenery as well as the fellowship of the competitions.
All met back at the temple for the presentation of prizes and further food and refreshment. Thanks go to brethren of PGL of Dumfriesshire for their fellowship and Lodge Sanquhar Kilwinning No.194 for their excellent hospitality. Well done to all involved.
Photo – Bros. Tom Davidson IPPGM, Robert Hughes RWPGM Dumfriesshire and Tom Wood RWPGM of Kilwinning
Saturday 30th June 2018 – Twinning of The Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward and The District Grand Lodge of Central South Africa
It’s official the Province has successfully twinned with the District Grand Lodge of Central South Africa.
At the regular communication of the District Grand Lodge of Central South Africa in Gemiston, Johannesburg, in a historical twinning and first for Scottish Freemasonry, PGM Bro. Bill Perry and DGM Bro. Jim Kerr signed a document following a short twinning ceremony by PPGM Bro. George Kelly, this commits the Brethren both sides of the equator to further develop and learn from their unique relationship.
Seven Proxy Masters from the Middle Ward who represent the South African Lodges at Grand Lodge accompanied PGM Bro. Perry and Proxy District Grand Master Bro. James L Jack. The deputation was further enhanced with the PGM of Stirlingshire, Bro. Alistair Marshall.
More details of this historic trip will follow.
Saturday 30th June 2018 – PGL of Kilwinning Installation of PGM Bro. Tom Wood
Bros. Norman M Carnegy and Alex R Kelly, SPGMs represented the province at the installation of Bro. Tom Wood, RWPGM of PGL Kilwinning and his commissioned office bearers. Also present from the province in the Grand Lodge deputation were Bros. Tom Davidson and Tom McCrone.
The installation took place before a full house of brethren in The Mother Lodge in Kilwinning. The excellent ceremonial was conducted by the MWGMM, Bro. Charles Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esselmont.
Following the conclusion of the ceremonial the brethren retired to dinner where over 110 brethren sat down to an first class meal, good company and excellent speeches.
Friday 22nd June 2018 – Lodge Coltswood Glenboig No. 1067 – Visit by Lodge Ausone No 1389, PGL of Guyenne Gascogne, Grand Lodge National of France.
PGM Bill Perry accompanied by PG Sect. Willie Craig and PPG Chaplain attended a visit by a new French Lodge, continuing the relations with French Brethren by Lodge Coltswood. In a busy evening, over 90 Brethren signed the attendance book.
The evening was enhanced with Lodge New Monkland Montrose No. 88 attending and delivering a immaculate rendition of the Entered Apprentice Degree.
Following the meeting PGL joined the French, Coltswood and visiting Brethren in some fantastic Lodge hospitality and harmony.
Thursday 21st June 2018 – The PGL Family Charity Bike Ride
On a warm Summer night, the course was set for 3 laps around Strathclyde Park and some of the Province’s finest accompanied by Family and Friends assembled for the off.
The weather was sunny but with a stiff westerly breeze. Sounds like a Bob Hope film!!
Twenty Brethren and family members participated in a fun night to raise funds for the PGL Holiday Accommodation Fund.
A big thank you to Bobby Ferguson, David Paterson and Willie Craig for the supply of water and chocolate goodies for the riders.
The Brethren taking part showed various degrees of skill and fitness, with some on completion of the course cycling home to East Kilbride and Airdrie, while some had to be helped to their cars!!
A great night for a great cause, with final monies raised to be advised later. The evening was marred by a potentially serious incident where Flash Gordon and Spiderman were deemed to have used their superpowers to gain a unfair advantage, we will leave you with the photographic evidence to make up your own decision 😂
On behalf of PGL, PGM Bill Perry thanks everyone who took part.
Wednesday 20th June 2018 – Lodge Airdrie St. John No. 166 Visit by Lodge Robert Burns No. 440
On Wednesday 20th June, RWM Bro. Craig Gibson of Lodge Airdrie St. John No. 166, welcomed RWM Bro. Walter Houston and the Brethren of Lodge Robert Burns No. 440.
The Brethren of 440 conferred an excellent FC Degree on Bro. James Sneddon.
RWM Bro. Craig Gibson then presented the PGM with a cheque for the Holiday Accommodation Fund, which was gratefully received.
The Brethren then retired and enjoyed the usual excellent fare provided by the Lodge.
Photo – Ralph Shaw RWM 48, Kenny Mason RWM 88, Walter Houston RWM 440, Craig Gibson RWM 166, Bill Perry PGM, Archie Sands RWM 31, David Yule RWM 305
9th June 2018 – Marcus Humphrey House Garden Fete 2018
The annual Garden Fete at the Marcus Humphrey Masonic Home took place and was very well attended by a large number of Brethren from Lanarkshire Middle Ward, the day raised just over £6000, of which over £2440 contributed by the Middle Ward Brethren.
On the day there were a number of stalls and entertainment but more so a Wine stall, Baked Potato stand and Golf target area all arranged and managed by the Brethren from our Province, we are truly grateful for the services of Brothers Bobby Ferguson and Tom Reid for all their very hard work, time and enthusiasm they give supporting the Masonic Home.
The Fete was opened in traditional style with Bro. Marcus Humprey MW Past Grand Master giving some very kind sentiments expressing how grateful he and Grand Lodge are for the support from all of the Brethren. The Widows Sons once again prepared, cooked and served the burgers and hot dogs at the BBQ.
Bro Tom Reid and his wife Margaret worked tirelessly at the wine stall along with Brothers Robert Mudie and Alex Maitland and as well as managing the wine stall, a football card with a Gallon bottle of whisky as the prize was sold and the winning team was Derby and the winner was Bro, Andy McCulloch Lodge New Monklands No 88. The Potato stand was arranged by Bro Colin Campbell PM Coltswood Glenboig No 1067 and was manned on the day by David Kyle and Bro. Gordon McLeod RWM Lodge Coltswood Glenboig No 1067. The new Golf target game introduced by Bro. Bobby Ferguson was a good new addition to the Fete and objective was to score the most points with 6 balls in a zoned area, the winning prize was a 4 ball at The Carrick Golf Course near Loch Lomond. This was a close competition by a number of participants, but the worthy winner was none other than our own Provincial Grand Master Bro Bill Perry PGM of Lanarkshire Middle ward (honestly no skulduggery went on).
Other stalls manned by other Provinces included a soft drinks stall, tombola stall, bedding plant stall and a small tea room. An accordionist and highland dancers entertained the residents, our members and their friends and families. The winner of the lucky Programme draw was a member from Mother Kilwinning No 0 the programme number was 45, Bro David Bloomfield PPGM collected this on the brothers behalf.
A special thank you is sincerely expressed from the Province to Bobby Ferguson, Tom Reid, Margaret Reid (Tom’s wife), Alex Maitland, Robert Mudie, Gordon McLeod & David Kyle fro their hard work not just on the day but also in the preparation.
Brothers Bobby and Tom would also like to thank everyone for their wine donations and taking the time to attend and support the Masonic home and with all your support the Masonic Home fund is now £6,000 better off.
Saturday 9th June 2018 – Holiday Accommodation Update
A big thank you to RWM Bro. Phil Biggerstaff and the Brethren of Lodge Robert King Stewart No. 919 for the generous donation to the Holiday Accommodation Fund.
In April, the Lodge held a Reigning Masters Degree which raised £550. The Lodge then donated a further £450 and on Wednesday 6th June, presented a cheque for £1000 to the PGM for the Fund.
We are well on our way to reaching the £10k target for the Fund and with the Family Cycle Ride taking place on the 21st June we are hopeful that the target will be achieved and possibly surpassed, thanks to everyone who has played their part
Friday 8th June 2018 – Lodge Livingstone Stonefield No. 599 Dedication of New Lodge Carpet
On Friday 7th June, Bro. Bill Perry PGM and a large Deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge attended Lodge Livingstone Stonefield No. 599.
RWM, Bro. Malcolm McCormack extended a warm welcome to all. PGL had been invited by the Brethren of the Lodge to Dedicate the new Lodge Carpet.
The Ceremony of Dedication was carried out in an expert manner by Bro. Jim Ferguson, Senior PG Chaplain.
The Lodge was then closed and Bro. Jim Vasey, Junior PG Chaplain delivered an excellent lecture on the “Temple” which was well received by the Brethren.
£400 was raised on the evening for the Masters Charity, Erskine Hospital.
6th June 2018 – Lodge Robert King Stewart No. 919 50yr Diploma Presentation
On Wednesday 6th June, PGM Bro. Bill Perry and a fine Deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge attended the Meeting of Lodge Robert King Stewart No. 919.
RWM Bro. Phil Biggerstaff gave a warm welcome to all.
An excellent MM Degree was conferred on Bro. Stephen Speirs by the Wardens of the Lodge.
The evening was then enhanced when Bro. Eric Brown received his 50 year Diploma from Bro. Alex Watson, the IPM of his Mother Lodge, Lodge Hamilton No. 233.
Bro. Brown thanked both Lodges for their support and friendship over the years.
Friday 1st June 2018 – PGL Regular Communication, Cambusnethan
On Friday 1st June, Provincial Grand Lodge held their Communication at Lodge St. Clair No. 427 and the PGM gave a warm welcome to a packed Lodge room.
A Memoriam Service was held to celebrate the life of the Past SPGM Bro. David Lindsay, a PM of Lodge Motherwell Caledonian No. 1228, who had died in April. A fitting tribute was given by the PGM and the Brethren of the Province stood in silence as a mark of respect for our departed Brother.
The PGM then bestowed Honorary Provincial Grand Rank on two well deserving Brethren,
Bro. Kenny Bogle PM of Lodge Livingstone St. Andrew No. 573 and Bro. Bill Jackson PM of Lodge Livingstone Stonefield No. 599, each received the rank of Honorary Provincial Grand Junior Deacon.
The Meeting was closed with thanks to the RWM and Brethren of Lodge St. Clair No.427 for the use of the Temple and for the excellent buffet and refreshments provided.
Saturday 26th May 2018 Nassau, Bahamas – District Grand Lodge of the Bahamas
Bro. Tom Davidson IPPGM attended the communication of the District Grand Lodge of the Bahamas on Saturday and was given a warm reception by Bro Joe Curry RWDGM and the brethren of the district. During the meeting the new DDGM and a DG Chaplain were installed along with a number of officebearers. The new DGL standard was unveiled and dedicated.
Following the conclusion of district business, Bro. Tom Davidson was invited to address DGL on the subject of the Proxy system and the close relationship between the DGL and the PGL of Lanarkshire Middle Ward.
At the end of the meeting Bro. Tom Davidson had honour conferred on him of being made Honorary District Grand Senior Warden. The brethren retired to harmony, a harmony which was extended by a tropical downpour.
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 – District Grand Lodge of the Bahamas
Lodge Claudius R Walker No 1808 Nassau, Bahamas
Bro. Tom Davidson, IPPGM joined a deputation headed by Bro. Joseph R Curry, RWDGM of the Bahamas. The deputation included a number of PDGMs and commissioned officebearers.
The RWM of Lodge Claudius R Walker No 1808 have a talk on The Essense of Amity from which a lively discussion arose.
After the meeting the brethren retired to harmony. The IPPGM gave fraternal greetings on behalf of the RWPGM and brethren of Lanarkshire Middle Ward, these wishes were reciprocated. In the attached photo the IPPGM is flanked by the RWDGM and the RWM of Lodge St.Anne’s with two on his lodge brethren.
Monday 21st May 2018 – Lodge Meridian No. 1779 Charity Cheque Presentation
RWM Brother Bill Lang had the pleasure of presenting a cheque for £300 to the Averon Centre in Hamilton, the Lodge has supported this well deserved charity for several years.
Well done from all at Provincial Grand Lodge.
Sunday 20th May 2018 – Lodge St. Thomas No. 306 Annual Divine Service
Lodge St. Thomas No. 306 held their Annual Divine Service on Sunday 20th May. RWM Bro. Eric McPhee gave a warm welcome to the Brethren of 306 and to the visitors who were present, including seven members of Provincial Grand Lodge.
Bro. Robert H Allan PM of Lodge 236 again conducted the service and the Lodge thank him for once again performing these duties.
Wednesday 16 May 2018 – Lodge Hamilton No.233 Distinguihed Membership Presentations
Bro. Tom Davidson IPPGM headed a large deputation from PGL Lanarkshire Middle Ward into Lodge Hamilton No.233 where they were warmly welcomed by Bro. Alex Watson PM the acting RWM.
Whilst there they witnessed a fine MMM degree by the lodge officebearers on two candidates.
Following the degree, three Distinguished Service Membership certificates were presented to Bros. Jim Dorricott , Scott Campbell PM and Bobby Jenkins.
Following the meeting the brethren retired to harmony
Thursday 21st June 2018 – PGL Annual Fun Bike Ride – Strathclyde Park
PLEASE RESPOND TO PG SECRETARY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, NAMES ARE REQUIRED TO MAKE FINAL ARRANGEMENTS
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.
Here’s to another great evening of family participation. As with other years, any sponsorship monies will be gratefully received.
Sunday 13th May 2018 – Joint Annual Divine Service of Lodge Blantyre Kilwinning No. 557 and Lodge Livingstone Stonefield No. 599
The joint Annual Divine Service of Lodge Blantyre Kilwinning No. 557 and Lodge Livingstone Stonefield No. 599 was held on Sunday the 13th May at Blantyre Old Parish Church.
The Rev Sarah Ross gave the Brethren and the visitors a warm welcome to the Church and delivered a very interesting Sermon.
Both RWM’s, Bro. William Downie of 557 and Bro. Malcolm McCormack thanked the Minister and all who had attended for an excellent evening of fellowship.
Sunday 6th May 2018 – Annual Divince Service of The District Grand Priory of Strathclyde
The Annual Divine Service of the “The District Grand Priory of Strathclyde” of the “Order of the Temple” was held at Glasgow Cathedral on 6th May.
The “Right Eminent District Grand Prior” , Robert S M Stewart led a large Deputation of his Members and visitors to the Cathedral.
Bro. Bill Perry PGM and Bro. Norman Carnegy SPGM and other representatives were warmly welcomed by Robert and his Officers
Prostate Scotland Update – A Province Perspective
How common is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer can affect 1 in 10 men in Scotland and is the most common cancer amongst men in Scotland. Whilst the number of people diagnosed with prostate cancer in Scotland is increasing, so have survival rates, especially when symptoms have been recognised, an early diagnosis made and treatment started. Worryingly though, not all men will have any symptoms in the early stages. Some men may have this condition in later years without it leading to any problems.
Most of of you will not be aware but Past Master Kenny Murray of Lodge Coltswood has been going though treatment for Prostate Cancer, unfortunately he was also accompanied on his journey by various other Brethern from our Provice. During his treatment he was asked if he would like to participate in a documentary of 4 patients receiving the different types of treatment available for Prostate disease.
As we are all aware, with the focus and awareness campaigns on the disease by Prostate Scotland and the charity work by our Province and Freemasnory in Scotland, awareness and having the confidence to make the approach to your doctor is critical.The episode was part 2 of a 3 part series on different types of cancer and was aired last Monday evening on BBC.
For those who havent seen it, the link below will take you to Cancer Hospital series 2 on the BBC iPlayer. The episode features Bro. Kenny and his wife Pat on their journey, detailing the treatment stages. For those of you know Kenny, he came across as the legend that we have all grown to respect and are proud to call our Brother and friend, well done from all in Lanarkshire Freemasonry on your positive approach and perspective and we hope your recovery continues.
Kenny has openly admitted that if his TV stardom help others awareness of this disease then he will have succeeded in his aim.
Well done also to Pat, his wife for her very difficult interview of her little boys illness, you did us all proud as always.
Saturday 5th May 2018 – Lodge St. Bryde No. No. 579 Open Day
Congratulations to RWM Bro. Duncan Mulholland and the Brethren of Lodge St. Bryde No. 579 who held an Open Day on Saturday 5th May.
A great deal of planning and effort is needed to make a success of any event and it was very evident that the Brethren of the Lodge had gone the extra mile to ensure that all aspects of our Craft were on view to those who attended, members and public alike.
The day commenced with Bro. Boyd Tunnock officially declaring the event open, very fitting for two organisations who have been part of the Uddingston community for such a long period.
Special thanks to Bro. Stuart Jack PM for the excellent talk and presentation of the Brethren of the Lodge who served and did not return from the Great War.
All in all a great advertisement for Lodge St. Bryde and Freemasonry.
Provincial Grand Master
Saturday 5th April 2018 – Marcus Humphrey House Update from Bro. Bobby Ferguson
The new therapeutic bath has been installed and the full bathroom has been refurbished with new wall panels, linoleum, toilet, wash hand basin etc.
The Garden Fete Programmes have been printed and Bro’s Bobby Ferguson and Tommy Reid have 100 of them to sell in our Province, they are individually numbered and when they are sold the name of the person buying one will be added in to a draw for a bottle of whisky worth over £100 which was donated by Bro David Bloomfield PPGM
The Pro-Am /Celebrity golf has been confirmed for the 9th September at Kirkhill Golf Course Cambuslang and a letter from Bro. David Reid will be sent to all the PGL Secretaries to cascade to the daughter lodges.
Bro. Tom Reid and his wife Margaret have donated a Gallon bottle of whisky fora football card at £5 a team, these are going fast contact Bro Tommy or Bobby for details.
Saturday 18th August 2018 – PGL of Perthshire West Golf Tournament – Callender Golf Club
An open invitation has been received for any golfers in the Province to participate in the PGL Perthshire West golf tournamnet being run by Lodge Ben Ledie No. 614
Friday 4th May 2018 -The Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Upper Ward Installation of Office Bearers
The – Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Upper Ward Installation of Office Bearers was held in Carluke on Friday 4th May. RWPGM, Bro. Alex Thomson gave a warm welcome to the Brethren who were in attendance. Bro. Bill Perry PGM had the honour of heading the Deputation of the visiting Sister Provincial Grand Lodges.
Lanarkshire Middle Ward were well represented, with ten members being present.
Following a very successful Installation, the Brethren enjoyed a fine meal and Upper Ward hospitality.
Sunday 29th April 2018 – Annual Divine Service, Uddingston Old Parish Church
The Annual Divine Service of Provincial Grand Lodge was held at Uddingston Old Parish Church on Sunday 29th April. The Rev. Fiona McKibben once again conducting the Service and delivering the Sermon.
Bro. Bill Perry PGM was delighted with the turnout of Brethren from Lanarkshire Middle Ward and from the visiting Provinces.
Our thanks to the Minister, Session and congregation of the Church for allowing us to worship in their beautiful Church, with a special thank you, to Bro. Douglas McBay for playing the organ at the Service.
Friday 27th April 2018 – Lodge Robert King Stewart No. 919 – Reigning Masters Degree
On Friday 27th April, Lodge Robert King Stewart No. 919 held a very special Reigning Masters Degree with 97 Brethren in attendance.
The Reigning Masters Deputation was led by the Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Bill Perry. Also in attendance was a large Deputation from PGL headed by DPGM Bro. Andrew Millar. The Reigning Masters conferred an excellent EA Degree on one Candidate.
The RWM of Lodge Robert King Stewart, Bro. Phil Biggerstaff had arranged this Meeting to raise funds for the PGL Holiday Accommodation Fund and on the night the sum of £550 was collected.
Provincial Grand Lodge would like to congratulate and thank Bro. Biggerstaff and the Brethren of 919 for this initiative and for the monies raised.
Friday 27th April 2018 – PGL Ayrshire Quarterly Communication
Bro. Tom Davidson IPPGM and Bill Craig PG Secretary represented the province at the quarterly communication of PGL Ayrshire in Kilmarnock. There was an excellent attendance of both brethren of the province and deputations from three sister provinces. This was the first PGL communication since the installation of the Bro. William C Steele as RWPGM in March.
The deputation of sister PGLs was headed by Bro. David S Irving DPGM of PGL Dunbartonshire.
Sunday 22nd April 2018 – PGL Ayshire Annual Divine Service, Kilmarnock
Bro. Tom Davidson IPPGM, Norman Carnegy SPGM and Bill Craig PG Secretary represented the province at the Annual Spring Divine Service of PGL Ayrshire in St. Andrew’s and St. Marnock’s Parish Church in Kilmarnock. There was an excellent attendance of both brethren of the province and visitors. The service was taken by the church minister and two of the PG Chaplains. Afterwards the brethren returned to the church halls for a first class spread provided by Lodge St. Marnock.
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:- email@example.com. 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