Friday 1st November 2019 – PGL Annual Inter-Lodge Quiz – Alasdair Dunlop Memorial Trophy
Applications now being accepted for the PGL Annual Inter-Lodge Quiz – Alasdair Dunlop Memorial Trophy
This years event will be held on 1st November 2019, at the premises of Lodge St. Andrews Coatbridge No. 544, Wood Street, Coatbridge
Please confirm teams and entry fee to PGL Sect ASAP
Thursday 12th September 2019 – Visit by Bro. Paul Sweeney PM of Lodge Ophirton No. 886, District of Central South Africa to Lodge Blantyre Kilwinning No. 557
Bro. Gordon Mather PM, Proxy Master of Lodge Ophirton No. 886 of the District of Central South Africa welcomed Bro. Paul Stanley PM to the Lodge to the Regular Meeting on this evening, the visiting Brethren were made most welcome and the Lodge were honoured that they had made the trip form South Africa
Wednesday 11th September 2019 – Visit to Lodge St. Bryde No. 579 by RWM Bro. Ed King of Lodge Kempton No. 1482, District of Central South Africa
On this evening at the regular meeting of the Lodge Bro. Stuart Jack, Proxy Master Lodge Kempton No. 1482 welcomed Bro. Ed King, RWM of Lodge Kempton No. 1482, District of Central South Africa .He was accompanied by Bro. Paul Stanley PM of Lodge Ophirton No. 886 also.
Nine Proxy Masters of The Central South African Lodges attended accompanied by the Proxy District Master Bro. James L. Jack where they welcomed the important visitors to Lodge St. Bryde and the The Twinned Province
Tuesday 10th September – Lodge Major Ness No. 948 – Distinguished Service Awards and visit by The Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason
Bro. William Perry PGM headed a large deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge into the Lodge this evening to assist in the presentation of Distinguished Service on two very well known and respected Brethern of the Province, Brothers Alex Kelly PM and David Stark BEM.
The evening was further enhanced and will be recorded in the history books of Lodge Major Ness as the the evening The Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason, William Ramsay McGhee was also in attendance with a fine deputation to witness these very deserving awards being bestowed.
The Lodge was opened in the First Degree, and after the business, Director of Ceremonies Bro. Jim Main PM introduced a deputation from The Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward headed By The Provincial Grand Master Bro. Bill Perry.
Following PGL being received, a deputation from The Grand Lodge of Scotland was admitted, headed by The Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason William Ramsay McGhee.
When settled, Director of Ceremonies Bro. Jim Main presented Brothers Stuart and Graeme Dunsmore where they were issued with their Master Mason Diplomas by RWM Bro. Billy Gillan, Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason Ramsay McGhee, and PGM Bro. Bill Perry
The Gavel was then presented to PGM Bro. Bill Perry to conduct the presentation of Distinguished Service Diplomas.
Director of Ceremonies Bro. Jim Main presented Bro. David Stark PM, BEM, PG Piper and Bro. Alex Kelly PM and SPGM to receive Distinguished Service if the Lodge, this being awarded to both for their dedication and commitment to Freemasonry over many, many years.
The Lodge collection was uplifted, with the second collection being passed by the Brethern to be donated to the Bahamas Disaster Fund, along with a donation of £100 from Lodge Major Ness raised a fantastic £240 which was presented to Provincial Grand Lodge for forwarding to Grand Lodge.
The Lodge was then closed when all Guests were invited to stay for a spot of Lodge Hospitality.
Tuesday 10th September 2019 – Installation Ceremony of Lodge Meridian No. 1779
In a memorable occasion on the 30th Anniversary year of Lodge Meridian, DPGM Bro. Andrew Millar headed a fine deputation, accompanied the PGM Bro. Bill Perry to the Installation ceremony of RWM Bro. Jim Vasey, the day was further enhanced by a large deputation from Grand Lodge of Scotland headed by The Most Worshipful Grand Master Brother William Ramsay McGhee.
Depute Provincial Grand Master Andy and his deputation were piped in by Brother David Stark BEM MM Lodge Major Ness No. 948, with the Grand Lodge of Scotland being piped in by Brother Johnny Gauld PM Lodge Union and Crown No. 307 & Lodge Dunlop Caledonia No. 1408.
They all enjoyed an excellent Installation ceremony by Brothers George R. Kelly and Alex R. Kelly, followed by a fine dinner and speeches.
Tuesday 3rd September 2019 – Lodge Old Monkland St. James No. 177
The Regular Meeting of Lodge Old Monkland St. James No. 177 was held on Tuesday 3rd September. RWM Bro. Ian Grant welcomed all present which include PGM Bro. Bill Perry and PG Sec Bro. Willie Craig.
Bro. Perry on receiving the Mallet, thanked the Lodge and the Secretary for their participation in the Funeral of Bro. Adam Perry, a member of 177, who had been repatriated from Australia and buried in Old Monkland graveyard in June.
He also officially congratulated Bro. Graham Reid PM on being awarded the BEM, also in June.
Following the Business,an excellent EA Degree was conferred by the Brethren of the Lodge on one Candidate, Ian Ballantine, who is the son in law of Bro. Mitchell Paterson PM Sec and brother in law of Bro. David Paterson.
A most enjoyable evening with the Brethren of 177 and their visitors.
Monday 2nd September 2019 – Lodge St. Andrew No. 215 New Temple
On Monday 2nd September, Lodge St. Andrew No. 215 held their first Meeting at their new home in the refurbished Town Mill, Strathaven.
The RWM, Bro. Nicky Harding extended a warm welcome to all.
The Brethren of the Lodge, ably lead by Bro. Ian Craig PM Treasurer, have, over the last six months converted an empty shell into a beautiful and unique Temple which will serve the Lodge and the community for many years to come. The Brethren have also built and fitted new toilets, an entrance hallway, a kitchen and storage areas.
Grand Lodge will Consecrate the Temple in January next year.
Bro. Bill Perry PGM together with Bro. Andrew Millar DPGM and Bro. Norman Carnegy SPGM took the opportunity to visit Lodge St. Andrew No. 215 and to witness this historic event.
Lodge Avon No. 1231, who were led by RWM Bro. Charlie Cree conferred an excellent FC Degree.
Bro. Ian Craig PM then presented Bro. Perry with a cheque for £300 which was part of funds raised at the Lodge Golf Outing.
Brethren, I would encourage you all to visit 215 and view this marvellous addition to our Lodges in the Province. You will be made most welcome.
Sunday 29th September – Annual Robert King Stewart Bowling Competition
The Annual Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward, Robert King Stewart Bowling Competition, shall take place on Sunday the 29th September 2019, at 09:30 for 10am at Victoria Bowling Club (23 Weir St, Coatbridge ML5 3EU)
The game shall be a triples, consisting of 13 ends.
The fee of £10 per team, to be sent direct to PGL, (cheques made payable to the PGL) for the attention of William Craig.
Please confirm your attendance to me in person by the 25th September 2018, via Telephone 07508026144 or email at email@example.com
When confirming please give all details as per below.
Any donations will be gratefully received.
Contact Telephone Number:
No of Teams Entered:
Yours faithfully and fraternally,
Sunday 1st September 2019 – Annual PGL Golf Day – Drumpellier Golf Club
In perfect conditions the Province’s best golfers competed for the chance to be crowned as the elite amongst the talented golfers of the Middle Ward of Lanarkshire.
This years competition, in a keenly fought event cumulated with the Champion golfer for 2019 being Bro. Garry Spiers of The Lodge Operative Lodge of Airdrie No. 203 on 34 points, a close second was Bro. Scott Neilson of Lodge Roberts Burns No. 440 on 34 points also, only losing on a count back on the back nine.
The winners of the team event, receiving the Masters Trophy was Lodge Robert Burns No. 440 on 87 pts and runners-up The Operative Lodge of Airdire No. 203 on 85pts.
The Seniors Champion receiving the Tunnock Cup was Bro. Scott Neilson 440 with Bro. Davie Allan, The Operative Lodge of Airdrie No. 203 a close second on 30pts.
The 3 categories were won as follows –
1st Class – James L. Jack Trophy
Winner – Bro. Garry Spiers, The Operative Lodge of Airdie No. 203 – 34pts
Runners-up – Bro. Scott McKittrick Lodge Murdouston Castle No. 1096 – 28pts
2nd Class – Challenge Cup
Winner – Bro. Scott Neilson, Lodge Robert Burns No. 440 – 34pts
Runner-up – Bro. Neil Thomson, Lodge Coltswood Glenboig No. 1067 – 32pts
3rd Class – Inner Guard Shield
Winner – Bro. David Allan, The Operative Lodge of Airdire No. 203 – 30pts
Runner-up – Bro. Bobby McCormick, Lodge Airdrie St. John No. 166 – 29pts
PGM Bro. Bill Perry and Provincial Grand Lodge would like to thank the Captian, Commitee and members of Drumpellier Golf Club for giving up their course and providing exceptional hospitality, as they have done for close on 20yrs.
Bro. John Gardiner, Golf Convenor should be thanked for his tireless work arranging such a successful event, not just this year but over his very successful time as Convenor, driving the competition forward. He has however indicated his wish that this be his last year as PGL Golf Convenor and hopes and wishes we continue our relationship with Drumpellier Golf Club going forward into the future.
Another great days Golfing in the Province 🏌️♂️ ⛳️
Wednesday 28th August 2019 – The Operative Lodge of Airdrie No. 203
On Wednesday 28th August, Bro. Bill Perry PGM and Bro. Willie Craig PG Sec along with RWM Bro. David Stewart of Lodge 668 and RWM Bro. Reg Sutherland of Lodge 1254, joined RWM Bro. Robert McCormack and the Deputation from Lodge Airdrie St. John No. 166 to the Regular Meeting of the Operative Lodge of Airdrie No. 203.
IPM Bro. Ross Goldie welcomed the Deputation and the many visitors who were present.
Lodge Airdrie St. John conferred an excellent FC Degree which was well received by the Brethren.
Tuesday 20th August 2019 – Grand Lodge of Kilwinning Summer Communication
On Tuesday 20th August, the PGL of Kilwinning held their summer Communication. RWPGM Bro. Tom Wood extended a warm welcome to the visiting Sister Provincial Grand Lodges, which were led by RWPGM Bro. Bobby Jess from the PGL of Dumfriesshire.
A excellent lecture on Bro. Robert Burns and Ellisland Farm was delivered by the RWM of Lodge The Kingspark No. 1386.
Bro. Bill Perry PGM, was accompanied by Bros. Tom Davidson IPPGM, George Kelly PPGM, James Jack PPGM, Alex Kelly SPGM, Willie Craig PG Sec and Jim Lees PPGSW.
Friday 7th June 2019 – Final Journey of Brother Adam Perry of Lodge Old Monkland St. James No. 177
On the 7th June 2019 the Funeral Service of Brother Adam Perry, Oldest member of Lodge Old Monkland St. James No. 177 and Great Uncle of the current Provincial Grand Master Bro. William A. Perry was held at McLarens funeral parlour Coatbridge, following this his final committal was held at Old Monkland Cemetery, this was in line with Brother Adam’s final wishes to be returned to his home and laid to rest in his family lair from Australia, where he had spend the later stages of his life.
The service was conducted in a dignified manner by the Rev. Peter Price CBE, Past Provincial Grand Lodge Chaplain of PGL of Lanarkshire Middle Ward, assisted by Lodge Old Monkland St James No 177, the funeral was well attend by members of Provincial Grand Lodge and Brethern.
Lodge Old Monkland St. James should be commended on the send off provided for this very worthy Brother.
Prior to the funeral Brother Adam’s son had visited Lodge Old Monkland St. James to return his fathers masonic regalia where he was presented with a Lodge Centenary jewel that he said he would proudly wear this with pleasure.
Thursday 13th June 2019 – Grand Lodge Quarterly Communication
PM Graham Reid of Lodge Old Monkland St. James No. 177 being congratulated by the MW Grand Master Mason Ramsay McGhee at the Grand Lodge Communication on receiving his BEM from Her Majesty the Queen. Huge congratulations from all at Provincial Grand Lodge for your commitment to your career in the public service and also to the charity work in dedication of your son who was taken far too soon.
13th June 2019 – DGM of Central South Africa, Bro. Jim Kerr Visit and Update on the District by James L. Jack Proxy DGM
Brethren, I would like to thank all the Proxy District Grand Masters of our District who attended the Grand Lodge Communication on 13th. June and welcomed our District Grand Master, Bro. Jim Kerr to the meeting.
The District Grand Master was delighted to have met so many of you and this is proof that our system of communications is working.
We have a number of Brethren from Central South Africa visiting Scotland later in the year and arrangements are being made to attend a meeting in Scotland. The District Grand Master and R.W. Bro. Bob Law, Immediate Past District Grand Master will be attending the Grand Lodge Installation in November and we look forward to that visit.
On a sadder note, at the G.L. Communication, Lodge Far East Caledonian No. 1274 was declared dormant. The Lodge met in the town of Springs in the Transvaal and received its Charter on 4th. August 1921.
Please keep me informed of any visits you have planned or any visitors that you know of coming from Central South Africa, make every effort to make them welcome.
PGL Annual Golf Day – Sunday 1st September 2019
Brethern, Just a reminder to book your place for the Annual Golf Competition, we are again delighted to be playing at Drumpellier Golf Club, the completion is open to all golfers in the Province, there are individual, seniors and team competitions in three classes with some fantastic prizes
This used to be a very well attended day and over the last few years numbers have dropped, Bro. John Gardiner is appealing to all Lodges tosupport this very important sporting event in our Province at a fantastic course.
Tee off times will be from 9.30am till 10.30am. 32 players, then 11.30am. and 12.00pm. 20 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.
Closing date for receiving entry fees of £30 per person to be paid by Sunday 30th June. All cheques should be payable to PGL Golf Section and should be sent to myself
You will be matched up with golfers from other Lodges and it is a great Social day, the team format is combined points of 3 team members.
You can contact Bro John, Golf Convenor on 07799 714503 of email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are aware that most Lodges are in recess but please communicate amongst the golfers in your Lodges to support this day.
8th June 2019 – Lanarkshire Middle Ward Queens Honours List Recipients
We have been fortunate enough again to be blessed with two very well deserving Brethren receiving honours in the Queens Birthday Honours list.
The first is Bro. Boyd Tunnock of Lodge St. Bryde No. 579 who received a Knighthood from Her Majesty. Bro. Boyd is the head of the Uddingston-based confectionery firm and is recognised for services to business and to charity.
The second, Bro Graham Reid Past Master of Lodge Old Monkland St. James No. 177 receiving the British Empire Medal, for his services of over 30 Years as a Civil Servant and his ongoing charity Work in memory of his late son David.
We are immensely proud of both of these Brethren in attaining these great honours, well done Brethren.
16th May 2019 – Bro. Alistair Lowe 50th Diploma Presentation
Bro. Alistair Lowe Of Lodge St. Mary Coltness and PM of Lodge Heatheryknowe 1461 was presented with his 50 year diploma for attaining 50 Years membership of the Craft by RWM of St. Mart Coltness No. 31 Bro. James McKidd.
Bro. Alistair during his career in Freemasonry also attained Past Grand Senior Warden of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward
Well done to Bro. Alistair for his loyal service to the Province, and for the Brethern enduring his many years of musical accompaniment 🎼🎹
Photo 1 – Bro. Alistair Lowe with RWM James McKidd
Photo 2 – Bro. Alistair Lowe with members of Lodge Heatheryknowe No. 1461
Thursday 16th May 2019 – Lodge St. Thomas No. 306 – 50yr Diploma Presentations
The following recipients received their 50 year diplomas from Lodge St Thomas 306.
The presentations took place on Thursday 16th May 2019, a fine summary of their Masonic Careers was delivered by Bro. David Falconer RWM of the Lodge.
The worthy recipients were Bro. Danny Mayberry Snr, Bro. Willie Miller PM HGDOC and Bro Jim Boyd PM.
All three thanked the RWM for his very kind words and the Lodge for the honour having served them for this long period
Well done to all for their sterling service over many years from the Province
15-19th May 2019 – 3rd International Scottish Masonic Conference
The Grand Lodge of Scotland’s 3rd International Scottish Masonic Conference (ISMC) was hosted by the District Grand Lodge of the Bahamas on the 15 – 19 of May 2019, in Nassau, at Paradise Island, Atlantis Resort, in the Bahamas.
We were well represented by Past PGM’s Tom Davidson and James L. Jack.
The 3rd ISMC’s theme was “unity from diversity” and included interesting presentation from various speakers. Break out sessions held for small focus groups aimed at covering important topics.
This 3rd ISMC followed the very successful 2nd Scottish Masonic Conference held in Penang, Malaysia in February, 2016, which was organized by the District Grand Lodge of the Middle East.
The Grand Lodge of Scotland’s 27 Districts were invited and numerous Brethren from across the world were in attendance including some Grand Lodges in Amity. Delegates and Deputations from various countries attended with their spouses, and 13 District Grand Masters we’re present as well as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Victoria in Australia as well as many Masonic dignitaries. The conference was concluded after 3 days of Masonic deliberation, enlightenment, and fellowship in the beautiful islands of The Bahamas.
Grand Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, Brother Ramsey William McGhee, thanked members of the District Grand Lodge of the Bahamas and their District Grand Master, Brother Joseph Recardo Curry, for hosting the event. The Grand Master Mason announced, at the closing ceremony of the conference, that the next venue of the 4th International Scottish Masonic Conference at Zambia in 2022.
“We have a had the opportunity to network with our brothers and renew friendships and I thank you all for participating” said the Grand Master Mason, Brother McGhee, as he announced the official closure of the 3rd International Scottish Masonic Conference in the Bahamas.
UPDATE ON THE PGL CARAVAN AVAILABILITY
Following on from the caravan availability post yesterday we would just like to confirm that the caravan is open to Members and Dependants of the PGL of Lanarkshire Middle Ward only, this is to ensure that those in need of the service from the daughter Lodges of the Province who diligently fundraise and donate for upkeep of the caravan get the benefits, thank you and sorry for the confusion.
Morning Brethren, do you know of someone who deserves a wee break for a week in the PGL Caravan at Monkton on the Ayrshire Coast, there are still around 7 weeks available in August/September this year.
The availability calendar is available on the front page of the PGL website and details are available for PG Secretary.
This is a free of charge service to benefit those in need of a wee bit or restbite in a a very well appointed caravan.
Sunday 5th May 2019 – Joint Annual Divine Service of Lodges Livingstone Stonefield No. 599 and Blantyre Kilwinning No. 557
On Sunday 5th May the joint Annual Divine Service of Lodges Livingstone Stonefield No. 599 and Blantyre Kilwinning No. 557 was held at Blantyre Congregational Church.
The Service being conducted by the Rev. Malcolm Anderson.
RWM Bro. Angus Herron of 599 and RWM Bro. Andrew Faichney of 557 read the lessons.
At the close of the service the Brethren joined the congregation for light refreshments and a time of fellowship.
Our thanks to both Lodges and to the Minister, Session and Members of the Church for allowing us to worship with them.
9th May 2019 – Lodge Airdrie St. John No.166 – Visit and Cheque Presentation to Erskine Home
Members of Lodge Airdrie St. John No. 166 visited Erskine Home on Thursday 9th May where they were met by Jim Wartret, Fundraising Manager for Erskine.
The members were given a tour of the excellent facilities at the Home at the conclusion of which the IPM Bro. Craig Gibson presented the Home with a cheque for £300. This donation was a follow up to the previous donation of £1,100 which was presented to the Home last November.
The Lodge have been donating to Erskine since 1916 and are rightly proud of their association with them.
The members are pictured at the memorial within the grounds of the Home.
Well done to all at the Lodge and their supporters for this very deserving charity, from all at Provincial Grand Lodge.
7th May 2019 – Cheque Presentation by Bro. Alec Maitland to Erskine Home
On the same evening as Lodge 166 visited Erskine Bro. Alex Maitland, Provincial Grand Commitee Member and Past Master of Lodge St. Andrew Coatbridge No. 544 presented a personal fundraising cheque, the magnificent sum of £1,850.
Alex is pictured handing over his donation to Erskine Fundraising Manager, Jim Wartret. Bro.
Alex is to be congratulated for his fantastic efforts on behalf of Erskine Home and he would like to thank the many brethren across the whole of Scotland who have rallied to support him in his fundraising ventures.
Well done Bro. Alex for all at Provincial Grand Lodge
Saturday 31st August 2019 – PGL Perthshire West Thomson Golf Tournament Open Invite
Please find attached open invite to the golf tournament held by PGL Perthshire West, the cost is £30 per golfer submission should be made by 16th August, details on the attachment below.
Wednesday 1st May 2019 – Lodge Hamilton No. 233 – Presentation of 60yr Diplomas
Lodge Hamilton 233 had the privilege of welcoming a deputation from PGL headed by SPGM Bro. Alex Kelly and PG Sect Bro. William Craig, they attended to enhance the presentations of 60 year diplomas to Bro’s Scott Campbell & Bert Clarkson.
Distinguished Service diplomas were also presented to Bro’s Ronnie Frew, Alex Watson and Danny Farquahar. These awards brought out the humility in all these brethren who thanked the lodge for everything that the lodge had done for them.
Furthermore the Lodge were delighted to advance Bro. Jim McKechnie and Bro. Jim Dundas and Bro. Sam Rodger to the honourable degree of MMM.
Well done and congratulations.
Sunday 28th April 2019 – Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Mddle Ward Annual Divine Service
On Sunday 28th April, the Annual Devine Service of PGL was held at Uddingston Old Parish Church.
Due to the ill health of the Rev. Fiona McKibben, the Service was conducted by the Session Clerk of the Church, Bro. Jim Vasey, Junior Provincial Grand Chaplain.
The Brethren enjoyed an evening of fellowship and Bro. Jim Vasey is to congratulated on on excellent Sermon.
The congregation then enjoyed the usual fare of tea, coffee and Tunnocks tea cakes.
We in PGL wish the Rev. Fiona McKibben a speedy recovery to full health.
27th April 2019 – Installation of the RWPGM Bro. John S. Drummond and Commissioned Office Bearers of Lanarkshire Upper Ward
On Saturday 27th April, the Installation of the RWPGM Bro. John S. Drummond and Commissioned Office Bearers of Lanarkshire Upper Ward was held in the St. Bride Centre, Douglas.
The MWGMM Bo. W. Ramsay McGhee and the Members of Grand Lodge conducted the Ceremony to the highest of standards.
A great number of Provincial Grand Lodges were also present and were led by Bro. Bill Perry PGM of Lanarkshire Middle Ward, who also had the honour of proposing the toast to the Upper Ward.
Following the close of the Meeting, the Brethren retired and enjoyed an excellent meal and Upper Ward hospitality.
26th April 2019 – regular Communication of PGL Ayrshire
Bro. Andrew D Millar DPGM and Bro. Norman Carnegy SPGM attended the Communication of the PGL of Ayrshire on Friday 26th April, which was held in Kilmarnock.
RWPGM Bro. William Steele gave a warm welcome to the visiting Brethren who were present.
At the close of a very successful Meeting the Brethren enjoyed some Ayrshire hospitality.
Tuesday 23rd April 2019 – Lodge Murdostoun Castle No. 1096 Jubilee Certificate Presentation
Lodge Murdostoun Castle No. 1096 held their Regular Meeting on Tuesday 23rd April.
The RWM Bro. Ian Thompson gave a warm welcome to the many visitors present.
The Operative Lodge of Airdrie No. 203 headed by RWM Bro. Robert Fraser conferred a MMM Degree on Bro. Mark Logan.
Prior to the Ceremony, PGM Bro. Bill Perry accompanied by IPM Bro. Derek Douglas presented Bro. Ian Thomson RWM, with his Jubilee Certificate. The PGM paid tribute to the long and dedicated service given by Bro. Thompson over his 50 years of membership.
Bro. Thompson thanked the PGM for the presentation and also thanked the members of 1096 for the kind sentiments expressed.
APPEAL – Marcus Humphrey House Garden Fete – WINE DONATIONS
8th June 2019 – Marcus Humphrey House Garden Fete
Once again and after the very successful event last year, The Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward will again 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 1-4pm and open to all Brethren, 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 30th June 2019 – Marcus Humphrey House Friends Group Annual Golf – Kilbirnie Golf Club Ayrshire
The Marcus Humphrey House Friends Group has organised a ‘Texas Scramble’ Charity Golf Competition to be held on Sunday 30th June 2019 at Kilbirnie Golf Club Ayrshire, Largs Road, Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire, KA25 7AT, Telephone 01505 683398, https://www.kilbirnieplacegc.co.uk
Many Lodges may be in recess, however, I would appreciate if you could circulate the attached information within your Province to allow those interested to take part. It will be a ‘Texas Scramble’ and the entry cost is £40 per person (£160 per team of 4). This will include a morning/breakfast roll with tea/coffee and after the game of golf there will be a buffet lunch. Tee off times will be shotgun start at 9am and we are aiming for 25 teams.
Bobby Ferguson from Lanarkshire Middle Ward is co-coordinating this event and his contact details for applications is Bobby.email@example.com Mobile : 07875 879598.
13th April 2019 – Provincial Grand Lodge of Perthshire East Annual Installation of Office Bearers
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Perthshire East held their Installation of Office Bearers on Saturday 13th April in the premises of Lodge Scone and Perth No. 3.
The PGM, Bro. Russel Logan extended a warm welcome to the visiting Provinces who were headed by Bro. Robin McIntyre, the PGM of Renfrewshire West.
Lanarkshire Middle Ward were represented by the PGM Bro. Bill Perry, Bro. Andrew Millar DPGM, Alex Kelly SPGM, Norman Carnegy SPGM and Honorary Member, Bro. Stewart Cruickshank SPGM of Ayrshire.
The Ceremony was conferred by the DPGM and the SPGM of Perthshire East.
Following the close of the Meeting, the Brethren enjoyed an excellent meal and the hospitality of the Province.
12th April 2019 – Lodge Dura No. 1513 Presentation of Jubilee Certificate
On Friday 12th April the RWM Bro. Sam Howie of Lodge Dura No. 1513 welcomed RWM Bro. Stewart Maxwell and the Brethren from Lodge St. Clair No. 427 to the their special meeting.
Also in attendance was the PGM Bro. Bill Perry and a Deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge.
A FC Degree of the highest standard was conferred by the RWM and Brethren of Lodge St. Clair.
Prior to the Degree, Bro. Abraham G. Kerr PM was presented with his Jubilee Certificate and Jewel to recognise the 50 year service to Lodge Dura no. 1513 and to his Mother Lodge, St. Clair No. 427.
All business being completed, the Brethren retired and enjoyed the usual fantastic buffet provided by the Lodge.
Friday 5th April 2019 – Lodge St. Thomas No. 306 Larkhall Master Mason Degree by Reigning Masters of the Upper Ward of Lanarkshire and Visit by The Most Worshipful Grand Master
In a most historic night for Lodge St. Thomas 306, Bro. David Faulkner RWM welcomed Reigning Masters from The Upper Ward of Lanarkshire headed by Bro. RWM Calum Beattie of Lodge St. John No. 236 where they conferred the High and Sublime Degree of a Master Mason Degree on a young Fellow Craft, this was after receiving the Official deputations from the Middle and Upper Ward’s of Lanarkshire headed by Bro. Bill Perry PGM.
The evening was further enhanced with the Most Worshipful Master Bro. Ramsay McGhee heading a fine deputation from The Grand Lodge of Scotland into the Lodge to witness the degree and work of the Reigning Masters.
A proud moment the young candidate will surely remember throughout his career in Freemasonry.
Following the ceremony the Brethern joined the Most Worshipful Grand Master in some fantastic St. Thomas No. 306 hospitality and harmony.
A fantastic evening for Lanarkshire Freemasonry, well done to the Brethern of Lodge St. Thomas No. 306 for their stewardship and arranging such a unique event.
Friday 6th April 2019 – Lodge Airdrie St. No. 166 Lanarkshire Middle Ward Inter Lodge Games Games Night
The annual Provincial Grand Lodge inter-lodge games night was held at Lodge Airdrie St. John No. 166 on Friday 6th April where all the Province finest pool, dart and domino players competed for the right to be called champions, the winning Lodge on the evening on home soil were the hosts Airdrie St John No. 166
Provincial Grand Lodge would like to thank the Brethren of the lodge for a great evening of fellowship and arranging the competition at their premises.
Well done to all who took part.
Monday 18th March 2019 – Annual Visit to Lodge St. Andrew Military No. 668
On their annual visit to Lodge St Andrew (Military) 668 our Provincial Deputation, headed by SPGM Bro Stephen Campbell, were accompanied by representatives of the PGL of Forfarshire headed by PGM Bro Michael E. Mulholland.
The reason for the visit from Forfarshire was to witness Bro Don Keenan, who served with Michael’s son, receive his FC Degree.
RWM David Stewart and his Office Bearers extended a warm welcome to all and, following the meeting, extended the customary 668 hospitality to all – a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Friday 15th March 2019 – Lodge Major Ness No. 948 – Charity Cheque Presentation
RWM Bro. Billy Gillan accompanied by Past Masters and members of Lodge Major Ness No. 948 attended The Haven, Blantyre, attendees included Past Masters Andrew Buchanan, George Kelly & David Stark BEM, Robert McLaughlin and Vic Goldie wherr they were given a guided tour of their premises by Fundraising Manager Lyndsay Fox.
The work The Haven do is invaluable to their many clients who are coming to terms with life limiting conditions such as cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease .
They gladly presented a cheque for £865 on behalf of Lodge, the money was raised at a recent Race Night the Lodge ran in Udston Bowling Club, the total money raised was £1730 which will be equally donated between The Haven and Multiple Sclerosis Scotland.
Great work Brethern and congratulations for all the Provincial Grand Lodge.
Wednesday 13th March 2019 – Lodge St. Clair No. 427 50yr Diploma Presentation
SPGM Bro. Alex Kelly and large deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge attended the Annual Visit to Lodge St. Clair No. 427, following the exemplification of the Fellow Craft degree by the Lodge Office Bearers Bro. William Pattison PM was presented with his 50yr diploma and jewel, Bro. William’s Mother Lodge was Lodge Major Ness and he affiliated to Lodge St. Clair when he moved to the area previously, a large number of Major Ness Brethern were in attendance and pictured with SPGM below, following the meeting they joined in some hospitality.
Sunday 10th March 2019 – Annual Divine Service of Lodge Lodge Kirkhill No. 1230 and Cambuslang Royal Arch Lodge No. 114
The joint Annual Divine Service was held on Sunday 10th March at Cambuslang Parish Church.
The Service once again being conducted by Rev. Leslie Milton.
The RWM’s of 1230 and 114, Bro. Gordon Cassels and Bro. Tom Buchanan, read the lessons with Bro. Jim Ferguson and Bro. Robbie Robertson singing solo’s.
The Brethren enjoyed the Service and Sermon and at the conclusion, retired for some hospitality provided by the Lodges.
This was Rev. Miltons’ final Divine Service before his move to St. Andrews Church in Musselburgh. We wish him well in his new Charge.
Tuesday 6th March 2019 – Lodge Griffin Gartcosh No. 1254 Annual Installation
Bro. Norman Carnegy SPGM accompanied by the PGL Chaplains Bro. James Ferguson and Bro. James Vasey, headed a large deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge to the Installation of Bro. Reg Sutherland. The Installation Ceremonial was carried out in a fine manner, Bro. Ronnie Palmer (PM 571) Installed the Master while the Office Bearers were Installed by Bro. William Gow (PM 219). The evening was very well attended and after the ceremony the Brethren retired to enjoy a hearty Fish Supper followed by the Traditional Toasts.
Wednesday 6th March 2019 – Lodge Airdrie St. John No. 166 – Annual Charity Cheque Presentations
Bro. Bill Perry PGM visited Lodge Airdrie St. John No. 166 and was made most welcome by Bro. Bobby McCormick RWM and the Brethren of the Lodge where an excellent Fellow Craft Degree was conferred by RWM Bro. Ian Grant and the Office Bearers of Lodge Old Monkland St. James No. 177.
Following the close of the Meeting, the Brethren accompanied by Bro. Perry retired to the lounge for some Lodge harmony, the evening was further enhanced where representatives of various charities were presented with cheques for their organisations, these cheques were presented as part of the 2019 Charity Giving of the Lodge, the following were recipients: –
Guide Dogs Scotland
St Andrews Hospice
Lanarkshire Cancer Care
Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charit
Macmillan Cancer Support
Parkinson’s Self-help Group
Meningitis Research Foundation
The Moira Anderson Foundation
All of the well deserving charities received cheques for £300 each (A total of £3,300). Each representative then gave an update on the work of their respective organisations and in turn thanked the Lodge for their generous donations and hospitality.
It was also noted that since the presentation had been introduced in the year 2000 the Lodge had presented in excess of £55,000 in funds to non Masonic Charities. The RWM Bro. Robert McCormick thanked the representatives for their attendance and their ongoing work in their own field. Well done to the Brethren for this fantastic charity work not just now but on all the previous years also.
Friday 1st March 2019 – Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward Annual Installation of Office Bearers
The Installation of Office Bearers of the PGL of Lanarkshire Middle Ward was held in the premises of Cambuslang Royal Arch Lodge No. 114, Tabernacle Lane, on Friday 1st March, with 167 Brethren being present.
The large Deputation from our Sister PGL’s was led by Bro. James Forrest, RWPGM of Dunbartonshire.
The Installation was carried out to the highest of standards by Bro. Stephen Campbell SPGM, Bro. Gordon McCaffer PG Treasurer and Bro. Jim Lees PWSPGW.
The PGM Bro. Bill Perry, together with the DPGM Bro. Andrew Millar, then presented Bro. William Lang, the outgoing WSPGW with a set of regalia, jewel and certificate as a mark of esteem, from the Brethren of PGL and to thank him for the 21 years service to the Province.
Bro. Lang suitably replied.
Bro. James Forrest who was called upon to say a few words, congratulated everyone involved in the Ceremony with a special mention to Bro. Lang.
The Brethren then retired and enjoyed a supper and some PGL hospitality
Friday 1st March 2019 – Lodge Woodhall St John’s No 305 – Charitable Giving to Parkinson’s UK Scotland
Thanks to the efforts of Bro David Yule PM of Lodge Woodhall St John’s No 305 and the monies collected in the 305 Charity Bottlle , the sum of £800 will be given to Parkinson’s (UK) Scotland.
David ran a “ guess the date” competition with the prize being a gallon bottle of whisky. The lucky winner, drawn by SPGM Norman Carnegy at the recent PGL visit was Bro Tom McCrone PM of Lodge Griffin Gartcosh No 1254.We have been asked to convey Congratulations to Bro McCrone and a big thank you to all the Brethren, from within and
outwith the Province, for their generous donations.
Well done to Bro David Yule PM for all his efforts in collecting such a fantastic amount of money for a worthy cause.
Well done from all at Provincial Grand Lodge for this great fundraising effort and charitable giving.
Saturday 23rd February 2019 – Provincial Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire Annual Installation of Office Bearers
The Installation of Office Bearers of the PGL of Stirlingshire was held on Saturday 23rd February in Falkirk.
PGM Bro. Alistair Marshall and his Brethren made us most welcome.
The Installation was a great success and we congratulate all on their promotions.
PGL were represented by Bill Perry PGM, Alex Kelly SPGM, Willie Craig PG Sec and Tom McCrone PDoC.
Tuesday 20th February 2019 – Lodge Clydesdale No. 551 Jubilee Presentation
On Tuesday 19th February, the RWM of Lodge Clydesdale No. 551, Bro. Colin Crookston welcomed Lodge Blantyre Kilwinning No. 557 to their Regular Meeting to confer the F.C. Degree.The RWM of 557, Bro. Andrew Faichney and the Office Bearers of the Lodge conferred the Ceremonial in an excellent fashion.Also in attendance was PGM Bro. Bill Perry, SPGM Bro. Angus Ross and Provincial Grand Secretary Bro. Willie Craig.
It was also a special night for for Bro. Bill Bennie PM who received his Jubilee Certificate from the RWM and the PGM. His good friend, Bro. William Whip PM gave the Brethren a comprehensive account of Bro. Bennie’s Service to the Lodge, after which Bro. Bennie suitability replied.
The Brethren then retired and enjoyed excellent 551 hospitality.
Wednesday 13th February 2019 – Lodge St. Clair No. 427 Long Service Presentations
Bro. Alex Kelly SPGM and Bro. WIlliam Craig PG. Sect attended the regular meeting of the Lodge to formally present a 50 & 60 Year Diplomas & Medals to Bro Frank Lewis & Bro James Dyer, congratulations to both Brothers on this long service to the Craft.
Saturday 9th February 2019 – Congratulations to Cambuslang Royal Arch Lodge No. 114
250th Anniversary Celebration (1769 – 2019)
On Saturday 9th February, Provincial Grand Lodge attended the 250th Anniversary Celebrations of Cambuslang Royal Arch Lodge No. 114, held in their Temple, Tabernacle Lane.
RWM Bro. Tom Buchanan extended a very warm welcome to the PGM and the Deputation from PGL.
The Ceremony of Rededication was conducted by the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason, Bro. W. Ramsay McGhee and the Brethren of Grand Lodge in a most impressive manner to a packed Lodge of Brethren who were in attendance.
Following the close of the Meeting, the Brethren then retired to the Cambuslang Institute and enjoyed an excellent meal and 114 hospitality.
Also present at the dinner was the Provost of South Lanarkshire, Ian McAllan.
On the completion of the usual Masonic Toasts, RWM Bro. Tom Buchanan presented handsome cheques to Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge.
The proceedings were then closed with the singing of Auld Lang Syne and the National Anthem.
Tuesday 5th February 2019 – Lodge Griffin Gartcosh No. 1254 50th Year Diploma Presentation to RWM Bro. Ronnie MacDonald
DPGM Bro. Andrew D. Millar attended the regular meeting of Lodge Griffin Gartcosh No. 1254 to make a presentation of a 50yr Service diploma to RWM Bro. Ronnie MacDonald, they are pictured on the attached photographs with Bro. Ronnie MacDonald’s son, Bro. Fraser MacDonald of WJW of Lodge Kirkhill No. 1230.
Following this very unique occasion they joined the Lodge Griffin Brethren in some Lodge hospitality
Tuesday 5th February 2019 – Lodge Old Monkland St. James No. 177 – Talk on Worthy Brother Peter Marshall Chaplain to the US Senate
PGM Bro. Bill Perry attended Lodge Old Monkland St. James No. 177 and was welcomed by Bro. Ian Grant RWM.
The PGM witnessed a very interesting and informative lecture presented by Bro. Robert McGhee PM, on Bro. Peter Marshall who joined the Lodge in 1926 before emigrating to the USA, where he joined the Ministry and eventually became the Chaplain to the US Senate.
The lecture was warmly received by the Brethren and at its conclusion, Bro. Mitchell Paterson PM gave a vote of thanks for a most enjoyable evening and congratulated Bro. McGhee on his research into the life of a worthy Brother from Coatbridge.
Friday 1st February 2019 – Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West Installation of Elected Office Bearers
On Friday 1st February, PGM Bro. Bill Perry, together with IPPGM Bro. Tom Davidson and PPGM Bro. George Kelly attended the Communication of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West to witness the Installation of the Elected Office Bearers. The PGM of Renfrewshire West, Bro. Robin McIntyre gave a warm welcome to the Provincial visitations which were headed by Bro. Jim Forrest, the PGM of Dunbartonshire.
Following a very successful Installation conferred by Bro. John Black DPGM, the Brethren retired to refreshment and enjoyed a wonderful supper and excellent hospitality.
Saturday 26th January 2018 – Annual Installation of Lodge Burns Immortal No. 1730
A large deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge headed by SPGM Bro. Alex Kelly attendees the Installation of RWM Bro. Jack Brown PM, it was delight to see Brother Jack installed in his affiliate Lodge following his recent illness.
He was installed in fine form in his debut as RWIM Bro. Ian H Duncan, with the office Bearers installed in equally fine form by RWIM David W. McMorris PM.
Following the ceremony the Brethern joined in the meal and toast followed by the customary Burn Supper, where the Brethern were entertained to the highest level.
Monday 21st January 2019 – Junior Provincial Grand Chaplain Completion of Word and Worship Training
Following the successful completion of the Word and Worship training course, I am delighted to inform the Brethren that our Junior Provincial Grand Chaplain, Bro. Jim Vasey is now eligible to conduct Services in Uddingston Old Parish Church.
Congratulations to Jim on this wonderful achievement.
A dedicated worker for his Church and I’m sure that the Minister, Rev. Fiona McKibben will use his many talents in the coming months.
We in PGL are also extremely proud to have Jim as a Chaplain and wish him well in this new chapter in his life.
PGM Bill Perry
Saturday 19th January 2019 – Lodge Larchgrove No. 1518 Annual Installation
SPGM Bro Stephen Campbell headed the Provincial Deputation to the Installation of Lodge Larchgrove 1518 where Bro James Hutchison was Installed as RWM by Bro David Brockett PM and Bro Lindsay McLean PM.
In an excellent Ceremonial the Lodge Office Bearers were Installed by PM Bro Sandy Hutchison.
Following the Installation Ceremony the Deputation joined the Brethren of the Lodge at the festive board and harmony.
Saturday 12th January 2019 – Lodge Bothwell Brig No. 1229 Annual Installation
SPGM Bro Alex Kelly headed a large Provincial Deputation accompanied by PPGM Bro George Kelly, SPGM Stephen Campbell, PPG Chaplain Bro. Peter Ball & Provincial Piper Bro. David Stark to the Installation of Lodge Bothwell Brig No. 1229, held in the Masonic Temple, Gardenside Street, Uddingston .
In an excellent Ceremonial Right Worshipful Master Bro. Gerry Furlong PM was Installed by his son, RWIM Bro. John Furlong with the Officebearers being installed in equally fine form by RWIM Bro. Capt. D.D. Johnston
Following the Installation the Deputation joined the Brethren of the Lodge for a meal, speeches and harmony.
Friday 11th January 2019 – Her Majesty Acknowledges Milestone Birthday of Bro. John Drummond, Airdrie St. John No. 166
Although not Provincial Grand Lodge Business, this certainly merits communication. On Friday 11th January Bro. John Drummond – Master Mason of Lodge Airdrie St. John 166, celebrated his 100th birthday. To mark the occasion he received a telegram from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
Bro. Robert McCormick, RWM of the Lodge, along with Bro. Bob Grant, WSW, and Bro. John Porter delivered birthday congratulations from the members of 166.
Bro. Drummond was delighted with the visit from the Lodge and spoke very fondly of his membership and was still able to give a vivid recount of the many years as a member. At 100 years old, although physically frail, he is very much alert and equally as sharp a wit.
The pictures show his telegram and with The RWM and WSW if the Lodge’.
11th January 2019 – Provincial Grand Lodge Regular Communication
The Regular Communication of Provincial Grand Lodge was held in the Masonic Temple, Gardenside Street Uddingston. Following the business which seen the Office Bearers and Commitee Members approved for 2019 and Bro. George Carnegy confirmed as the newly elected Vice President of the Board of Stewards, three esteemed Brethren from the Province were presented with their Honorary Grand Rank Certificates and Jewels by their respective Right Worshipful Masters, these were recently announced by the Grand Master Mason at his Installation in November 2018.
The Brethern were are follows –
Brother John M. Clydesdale, Past Master of Lodge Whifflet St. John No. 963 – Honorary Assistant Grand Secretary
Brother Steven R. Davis, Past Master of Lodge Livingstone St. Andrew No. 573 – Honorary Assistant Grand Secretary
Brother James MacDonald, Past Master of Lodge Cambuslang Royal Arch No. 114 – Honorary Assistant Grand Treasurer
Well deserved honours after giving many years of service to their Lodges and the Craft.
Following the meeting the New Year draw was made and many Brethern were lucky in the raffle, Provincial Grand Master Bro. Perry and PGL would once a gain like to thank the RWM and Brethern of Lodge St. Bryde No. 579 for the use of their Temple and hospitality