News 2020

31st March 2020 – Update By PGL Almoner Bro. Ian McGown

No photo description available.Brethren.

I hope you and your families are well and that you are managing to get through the difficult times we find ourselves in.

Along with the PGM and Provincial Secretary , I have been in contact with a number of Brethren throughout the Province and to date, there appears to be no adverse reports from the Lodges as to the health and well being of brethren or their loved ones.

I am aware of the tremendous job that the Lodge Secretaries and Almoners are doing to keep in touch with members of their respective Lodges and my thanks goes to them for their support.

Wherever possible I would ask all brethren to keep in contact with other brethren, particularly those who live on their own or do not keep the best of health.

It’s amazing what a wee phone call or text can do for people at this time.

Thank you again and please stay safe.

Yours faithfully and fraternally

Ian McGown
PGL Almoner

27th March 2020 – Grand Lodge Survey Appeal from Bro. James L. Jack – Chairman of The Grand Lodge of Scotland Overseas and External Affairs Committee.

Brethren, As you are probably aware the Grand Lodge of Scotland are carrying out a Survey of Scottish Freemasonry. A questionnaire has been compiled and Members of Lodges are invited to complete the online Form. The G.M.M. reports that a very good return has been made and the results have been very encouraging.

If you have not already done so, I would encourage Members of Lodges in our Province to take a few moments to complete the Form.

I have attached the link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/scottishmasonicsurvey2020

Scottish Freemasonry Survey 2020

Regards and Keep Safe,

James L. Jack
Chairman of The Grand Lodge of Scotland Overseas and External Affairs Committee.

 

26th March 2020 – Information on setting up Virtual Meetings on the Internet to Keep Brethren in Contact During the Virus Lockdown
Brethren, a lot of Lodges are trialling keeping in touch via video conferencing during these difficult times, some of the options are listed below, just click the link, feedback is that they are working well and allowing everyone to check in and keep the spirits up, we have listed some links to allow you to investigate if they can be utilised by your Brethern-

 

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17th March 2020 – Important Information on the Suspension of ALL Masonic Activities by The Grand Lodge of Scotland

Following the latest directive from Grand Lodge, which is attached,  it is with regret that I have cancelled the Annual Divine Service of Provincial Grand Lodge which was to be held on the 26th April.

Unfortunately, I also have to announce that for obvious reasons, our Caravan at Monkton will remain closed until further notice. Those Brethren who have already booked a holiday at the Caravan will be advised separately via their Lodge Secretaries.

It is also important that if you fall ill over the coming days or weeks that you contact you Lodge Almoner or PGL Almoner in order that we can ensure that you are being looked after or require any support.

Stay safe Brethren, look out for others, take care and heed all advice.

Bro. William Perry
Provincial Grand Master

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15th March 20202 – Official Update from PGL of Lanarkshire Middle Ward on Lodge Cancellations due to the COVID-19 Threat

Updated 08:30 16-03-2020 (changes in Bold)

Lodges Cancelling Meetings & Visitations Until Further Notice

New Monkland Montrose No. 88
Cambuslang Royal Arch No. 114
Airdrie St. John No. 166
St. Andrew No. 215
Hamilton No. 233
Woodhall St. John No. 305
St. Thomas Larkhall No. 306
Robert Burns No. 440
Clydesdale No. 551
Livingston Stonefield No. 599
St. Andrews Military No. 668
Major Ness No. 948
Coltswood Glenboig No. 1067
Bothwell Brig No. 1229
Kirkhill No. 1230
Avon Glassford No. 1231
Caldercruix St. John No. 1314
Buchanan No. 1499
Dura Allaton No. 1513

Cancellation of next meeting only –
Garrowhill No. 1413 – Monday 16th March
Griffin Gartcoch No. 1254 – Tuesday 17th March
St. Clair No. 427 – Wednesday 25th March

14th March 2020 – Update from PGL of Lanarkshire Middle Ward on Communications on Coronavirus

Dear Brother Secretary, both P.G.M. Bro. Perry and myself have been receiving requests from members seeking guidance on whether or not to cancel Lodge meetings. We have been hoping that some further guidance would come from Grand Lodge and cannot instruct Lodges what to do until GL do so.

However in the meantime the position is that a number of Lodges have already intimated that they have cancelled all meetings for next few months. In some cases this includes P.G.L. official visitations which have not yet taken place and which we can deal with at a later time if required. It is now a matter for each Lodge to take a decision on what to do.

If your Lodge decides to cancel any meeting/s please advise me as well as posting on Social media etc.

If your Lodge is one which has still to have the Official Visit from P.G.L. and decide to cancel the meeting please advise both the Office Bearer heading the visit and myself.

Yours F. and F.

William M. Craig
Provincial Grand Secretary
Lanarkshire Middle Ward

 

6th March 2020 – Some guidance from Grand Lodge on Coronovirus good practice

Wednesday 11th March 2020 – Lodge St. Bryde No. 579  Honorary Grand Rank Holders

At the regular meeting of the Lodge this evening five members of Honorary Grand Rank sat for the first time together in Lodge St. Bryde No. 579,  their Mother Lodge.

These proud members are –
Front, J. L. Jack (Hon. Grand Senior Deacon), A. McAlpine (Hon. Grand Assistant Grand Secretary), R. McCarney (Hon. Grand Tyler), Rear, D. Macintosh (Hon. Grand Senior Deacon), A.L. Hamilton (Hon.Grand Jeweller).

Well done Brethren, one for the history books

 

Wednesday 11th March 2020 – Lodge St. Clair No. 427 Jubilee Certificate Presentations

The Lodge held their Regular Meeting, which was the Annual Visit of Provincial Grand Lodge.

RWM Bro. Stuart Maxwell gave a warm welcome to the Deputation which was headed by Bro. Stephen Campbell SPGM. Bro. Bill Perry PGM accompanied the Deputation.

Prior to the Degree, Bro. Sam Haycock PM and Bro. Bob Burgess were presented with Jubilee Certificates, to mark their 50 year Membership of Lodge St. Clair.

Both Brethren thanked the RWM for their Diplomas and also thanked the Brethren of the Lodge for their kind wishes.

An excellent FC Degree was then conferred by the RWM and Office Bearers of the Lodge.

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Tuesday 10th March 2020 – Lodge Murdoston Castle No. 1096 – Presentation of Distinguished Service Diploma

Bro. Ian Thompson, the IPM of Lodge Murdostoun Castle No. 1096, welcomed a Deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge headed by Bro. Stephen Campbell SPGM, who were at 1096 for the Annual Visit.

Also in the Deputation was Bro. Bill Perry PGM, Bro. Willie Craig PG Secretary and Bro. Derek Douglas WSPGW and PM of 1096.

After the Official Business was complete, Bro. Bert Alcorn PM was presented with a Distinguished Service Diploma to mark his service to the Lodge over many years.

Bro. Alcorn thanked the Brethren of Lodge Murdostoun Castle for this honour and pledged his ongoing support for the Lodge. The presentation being completed, Kenneth Thompson was Initiated into the Craft by the Office Bearers of the Lodge.

The usual 1096 hospitality was received at the close of the Meeting.

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Monday 9th March 2020 – Lodge Heatheryknowe No. 1461 Annual Visit and Presentation of 50 year Diploma

Andrew D. Millar DPGM headed a large Deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge to Lodge Heathyknowe No. 1461 for the Annual Visit.

RWM Bro. Alex Millar gave a warm welcome to everyone in the Deputation, which included Bro. Bill Perry PGM, Stephen Campbell SPGM and Norman Carnegy SPGM.

A fine EA Degree was then conferred by the Office Bearers of the Lodge.

Following the Ceremonial, the RWM and PGM presented Bro. Andrew Strain PM with a Jubilee Certificate and Pin to mark his 50 year Membership of the Lodge.

The Brethren then retired and enjoyed the usual Heatheryknowe hospitality

Monday 9th March – Charity Cheque Presentation to Kilbryde Hospice

Bro. Bill Perry PGM together with Rev. Sarah Ross from Blantyre Old Parish Church and Bro. Willie Craig PG Sect. , presented Kilbyde Hospice with a cheque for £750.

This sum together with a similar amount which will be presented to St. Andrews Hospice next week is the amount gathered by Lanarkshire Freemasons following a very successful Xmas Carol Service held in the Church.

Following the presentation, Leslie from the Hospice gave a guided tour of the fantastic facility.

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Friday 6th March 2020 – PGL of Lanarkshire Middle Ward Annual Installation of Office Bearers

Bro. Bill Perry PGM presided over the Annual Installation of Office Bearers for 2020-21 at Tabernacle Lane, Cambuslang on this evening.

A large deputation was received, eventually, from our Sister Provinces headed by the PGM of the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lothian, Bro. Douglas Fergie.

Bro. Angus Ross SPGM then installed the Office Bearers of the Province assisted by Bro. Willie Craig PG Sect. and Bro. Bill Lang PPGSW, the ceremony was conducted in very fine form, in their own unique style.

Following the Installation ceremony PGM gave a resume of Bro. Allan Jamieson’s Masonic career that had led to him attaining the highest honour in PGL of Past Provincial Grand Senior Ward, he then presented Bro. Allan with his PPGSW Jewel and regalia. Bro. Allan suitably replied thanking all for the honour bestowed upon him.

Following the close of the meeting all joined the Sister Provinces and Ethernet for a meal and hospitality laid on by the Brethren of the Cambuslang Lodges.

PGM Bill Perry would like to thank the RWM and Brethren of Cambuslang Royal Arch for use of their temple and hospitality.

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Saturday 7th March 2020 – Second Public Defibrillator Installed by Lodge St. Thomas No. 306

The Lodge completed the second installation of their public available defibrillators for the local community, these were purchased by the Lodge to give back the community these potentially life saving appliances.

Well done to all at the Lodge from Provincial Grand Lodge for these very generous life saving devices, who we hope never to be needed but if that are that have the potential to save lives in villages that are a distance from major hospitals, great work 👏👏👏👏

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Thursday 5th March 2020 – 50yr Diploma Presentation to Bro. James Strickland PM

A deputation from PGL headed by PGM Bro. Bill Perry accompanied by DPGM Andrew Millar, SPGM Angus Ross, PGL Treas. Gordon McCaffer and PGL Director of Music Bro. Gordon Rowe.

On a very important evening for the Lodge PM Jimmy Strickland was presented with his 50 year Diploma by his good friend PM Tom Carmichael.

Due to a family matter IPM Iain Reid chaired the lodge for RWM Joe Spiers, IPM welcomed a fine deputation from Lodge Robert Burns No. 440 followed by a deputation from PGL.

Bro. Tom Carmichael proceeded to carry out a small ritual ceremony on the presentation and recap of Bro. Strickland’s Masonic career with a lamb skin apron being presented by his son Colin Strickland to hopefully adorn his Grand Children in the future.

Bro. Iain Reid along with PGM Bill Perry congratulated Bro. Strickland PM to which he suitably replied.

During PGM Bill Perry’s speech he also thanked Bro. Jimmy for his work and labours over the years in supplying PPGSW Jewels to Provincial Grand Lodge, this he has done for over 40 years and during the terms of over 8 Provincial Grand Masters.

A degree team for Lodge Roberts Burns No. 440 then carried out a very fine Fellow Craft Degree on Bro. William McPheat who stood in as candidate.

Following the official meeting the Brethern retired for some Lodge Harmony and were joined by Bro. Strickland’s wife Betty, daughter and grandson for some hospitality and Lodge harmony.

Bro. Strickland’s Grandson entertained the Brethern with his excellent drumming skills accompanied by our Piper Bro. Peter Ligget.

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Thursday 5th Marsh 2020 – Installation of Lodge Griffin Gartcosh  No.1254

Bro. Andrew Millar DPGM headed a deputation to the Installation Ceremony of Bro. Ronald McDonald RWM.

He was installed in fine from by  Installing Masters Bro. Kenny Wilson and Bro. Alistair Dobins both Past Masters of Lodge Kirkhill No. 1230 ,

Following the ceremony the Brethren joined for the official speeches and harmony.

4th March 2020 – Lodge Airdrie St. John No. 166 Charity Cheque Presentations

Lodge Airdrie St. John No. 166 presented a number of Charity organisations with Cheques at their Annual Charity presentation evening.

The recipients were Lanarkshire Cancer Care, MacMillan Cancer Support, St. Andrews Hospice, Guide Dogs Scotland, Meningitis Research Foundation, MND Scotland, Glasgow Children’s Charity, Parkinson’s Self Help Group for North Lanarkshire, Maggies Centre, The Moira Anderson Foundation and Erskine.

Each of the Charities received a cheque for £300 on the evening from the RWM Bro. Robert McCue and the RWPGM Bro. William Perry, an Honorary Member of the Lodge, after which the recipients took the time to make a short presentation about their respective fund raising and charity activities. These were very well received by those attending.

Well done Brethern, Super effort 👍👏👌🥳Image may contain: 12 people, dog and outdoor

Thursday 5th March 2020 – PGM William Perry Receives Honorary Membership of Lodge Coltswood Glenboig No. 1067

PGM Bill Perry headed a deputation to Lodge Coltswood Glenboig No. 1067 to witness the ceremony of presentation of a Jubilee certificate to PM James Strickland, much to his surprise Bro. Joe Spiers and the Brethern of the Lodge offered PGM Honorary Membership of the Lodge, to which he gladly accepted, the Honorary Members certificate was presented by IPM Bro Iain Reid due to RWM Joe Spiers having to attend to a family matter.

PGM then replied with a thank you speech to the RWM, in his absence, Office Bearers and Brethern of the Lodge for this high honour.

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5th March 2020 – Grand Master Mason to District of Central South Africa

MW W. Ramsay McGhee Grand Master Mason has been visiting our Twinned Province of Central South Africa, some fantastic photographs and a report from one of the visits by Bro. Blair Newman SPGM, fantastic occasion for DGM Jim Kerr and his Brethern

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Tuesday 3rd March 2020 – Lodge Old Monkland St James No. 177 Annual Visitation

Bro. Alex Kelly SPGM headed a fine deputation to the Lodge for their annual visit and book inspections, Bro. Ian Grant RWM welcomed the Brethern and all was found to be in order with a fine Fellow Craft degree carried out by Bro. Harry Morgan WSW PM and Office Bearers, following the ceremony the Brethern joined together for some Lodge hospitality.

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3rd March 2020 – Lodge Whifflet St. John No. 963 Charity Giving
Some fantastic charity fundraising by Lodge Whifflet St. John No. 963on behalf of Mavisbank School, Well done Brethern 👏👍👌

Details on the school below, Mavisbank is a non-denominational , co-educational school which caters for children and young people between the ages of 2 and 18 years of age with complex additional support needs.

https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx…

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2nd March 2020 – Memo from The Grand Master Mason on Corona Virus Good Practice

Brethren,

I have received several queries about cancelling Lodge meetings as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus situation.

At the time of writing, a total of 7,690 people have been tested in the UK, of which 7,675 were confirmed negative and 15 positives. None of those cases have been in Scotland but it is almost inevitable that it will appear in Scotland at some point – the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.

The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data every day at 2pm until further notice so we can keep abreast of developments.  The NHS Inform link also has the latest advice https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19.

In the meantime, I would urge everyone to take the precautionary measures outlined by the Health Boards at all Masonic meetings and whilst on Masonic business

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze –
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately –
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available –
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell –
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

If anyone in any Lodge is diagnosed with the virus, I would advise that the Lodge should immediately cancel all meetings until such time as the local health officials have indicated that it is safe to do so.

Common sense should prevail at all times – take no chances – observe the precautionary measures at all times.

If in any doubt, please contact Grand Lodge for further advice.

W RAMSAY MCGHEE

Sunday 1st March 2020 – PGL of Stirlingshire 275th Anniversary Divine Service

Bro. Norman Carnegy represented the Province at Lodge St. Andrew (Denny & Loanhead) No. 176 for the very important Anniversary Annual Divine Service of the PGL of Stirlingshire.

From the ladies who provided a wonderful array of cakes and sandwiches, the organist Paul McIntyre, soloist Brother Tom Scobbie, Denny Parish Church, piper Brother Kevin Mclean, Provincial Secretary Brother Nicol Scobbie and all those on the programme of service, it was a great event

The service was very well attended with brethren of the Sister Provinces together with the Daughter Lodges.

Brother the Reverend Canon Joseph J. Morrow, Past Provincial Grand Master delivered their service and sermon.

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Saturday 29th February – Installation of Office Bearers of the Province of Stirlingshire

The Installation was held in the premises of Lodge Zetland No. 391 in Grangemouth.

RWPGM Bro. Alistair T Marshall welcomed the visiting Provincial Grand Lodges which were headed by RWPGM Bro. Douglas Fergie of The Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lothian.

The Installation was a great success, with the Ceremony being carried out by Bro. Marshall.
PGM Bro. Bill Perry, Bro. Andrew D Millar DPGM, Bro. Norman Carnegy SPGM, Bro. Willie Craig PG Sec and Bro. Ean Brown PPGSW were in attendance.

Following the close of the Meeting, the Brethren enjoyed a fine meal and Stirlingshire hospitality.

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Friday 28th February 2020 The Provincial Grand Lodge of Dumfrieshire Annual Installation of Office Bearers

RWPGM Bro. Bobby Jess welcomed the visiting Provinces which were headed by Bro. Billy Steel, RWPGM of Ayrshire.

The Installation was carried out in an excellent manner by the DPGM, PG Sec and PDoC.

Bro. Bill Perry PGM, Bro. Norman Carnegy SPGM and Bro. Ean Brown PPGSW were in attendance.

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Thursday 27th February 2020 – Lodge Blantyre Kilwinning No. 557 Regular Meeting

RWM Bro. John Slater welcomed a Deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge who were there on the occasion of the Annual Visit.

The Deputation was headed by Bro. Angus Ross SPGM. Also in the Deputation was PGM Bro. Bill Perry.

Following the official business, Bro. Jim Dorricott PM of No. 233 and No. 7 presented to the Lodge, the PPGM’s Regalia that belonged to his late uncle, Bro. Jack Dorricott, who was Provincial Grand Master 1986-96.

Bro. Jack Dorricott’s wife, Elizabeth wished it to be returned to his Mother Lodge where it will be displayed together with a suitable photograph of Bro. Dorricott.

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Following the presentation, the Lodge Office Bearers and Brethren conferred an excellent FC Degree.

Saturday 15th February 2020 – Lodge Avon Glassford No. 1231 Annual Installation

Bro. Norman Carnegy SPGM headed a deputation to the Re-Installation of Bro. Archie Baillie in this the Lodges’ Centenary Year. The Ceremony was slightly
amended due to Bro. Maxwell Baillie being taken into hospital the nigh before the Installation.

However Bro. Derek Bell RWIM assisted by Bro. Ian McGown PGL Almoner installed the Master and his Office-bearers in Fine Style.

Following the ceremony the Brethren present retired to the Community Hall and enjoyed the Festive Board and an evening of Harmony.

 

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R. Fraser DPGM (Ren East), I. McGown PGL Alm, A. Baillie RWM, D. Bell RWIM (524) and N. Carnegy SPGM

Wednesday 26th February – Lodge St. Bryde No. 579 Jubilee Certificate Presentation

Bro. Bill Perry PGM and Bro. Norman Carnegy SPGM, visited Lodge St. Bryde No. 579 to witness Bro. Bobby Gibb PM being presented with his Jubilee Certificate by RWM Bro. Jim Muircroft.

On receiving his Diploma, Bro. Gibb thanked the RWM and the Brethren of Lodge St. Bryde for their friendship over his many years of Membership.
Following the presentation, the Brethren of Lodge Buchanan No. 1499 then conferred an excellent FC Degree.

The Brethren then retired and enjoyed the usual 579 hospitality.

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Sunday 28th June 2020 – Charity Golf Texas Scramble.

In aid of The Marcus Humphrey House, Kilbirnie Golf Club Ayrshire. Please support Bro. Bobby Ferguson & Bro Tom Reid in their fantastic fundraising for this great facility

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14th February 2020 – Scottish Freemasonry Survey 2020 – Communication from Grand Master Mason
Please assist in the information gathering where you can BrethrenGMM Portrate

 

I am delighted to share details of the first ever membership survey undertaken by the Grand Lodge of Scotland. I have every confidence that your participation in this process and that of the Brethren in your District or Province will help inform our strategic thinking as we shape our organisation for the future. The survey has been designed for ease of access, and should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete.

Please be assured that the survey is entirely anonymous, and I would encourage all respondents to be open and honest with their answers. We are seeking to pool the collective insight and experience of our global membership, and the ultimate value of the survey output will directly correlate to the candour of your responses.

The survey can be accessed using the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/scottishmasonicsurvey2020

The survey is now live and will be open until the end of April. We shall collate the results and produce a report which we plan to share in the autumn. Should you have any questions during the period the survey is live, please email dbmember@grandlodgescotland.org with the word SURVEY in the subject.

Please distribute this link to all Lodge secretaries in your District/Province and encourage all members to actively engage with this project.

Thank you for your participation in this exciting initiative.

Yours sincerely and fraternally

W Ramsay McGhee
Grand Master Mason

Thursday 20th February 2020 – Lodge Dura 50 year Diploma Presentation at Marcus Humphrey House

Bro. Bill Perry PGM and Bro. Tom Davidson IPPGM accompanied the RWM, Bro. Alan Graham and Brethren from Lodge Dura No. 1513 to the Marcus Humphrey House, Bridge of Weir, where the RWM presented a 50 year Diploma to Bro. John Tweedlie, who is a resident in the home.

A great time was spent with Bro. Tweedlie who had joined the Lodge in 1964.

Many happy times were recalled of his early life in Allanton and working as a mechanic in a local garage.

The Brethren were then treated to a lovely lunch by the staff and we thank everyone concerned for helping to make it a very special day.

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Tuesday 18th February 201020 – The PGL of Kilwinning held their Annual Installation of Office Bearers

Bro. Bill Perry PGM headed a deputation to the Annual Installation of Office Bearers of the PGL of Kilwinning, RWPGM Bro. Tom Wood extended a warm welcome to the visiting Provinces which were headed by RWPGM Bro. Andrew Mushet from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow.

Bro. Robert McCrea SPGM Installed the Office Bearers in a most impressive manner.

Bro. Bill Perry PGM, Bro. Andrew D Millar SPGM and Bro. Willie Craig PG Sec represented Lanarkshire Middle Ward.

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10th May 2020 – Prostate Scotland Abseil – JustGiving Pages from Brother Hayden McFadden & Brother Iain Reid
Bro. Iain Reid IPM of Lodge Coltswood Glenboig No. 1067 & Brother Hayden McFadden Past Master of Lodge St. Thomas No. 306 will be the two brethren representing the PGL of Lanarkshire Middle Ward as part of a Scotland wide group of Scottish Freemasons in the fundraiser abseil event at the Forth Rail Bridge on 10 May 2020.

They have set up a Justgiving Pages to gather support and raise funds for Prostate Scotland. The details of their pages and the links are as follows, If you can help Brethren they would be most appreciative.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundrais…/iain-reid-coltswood1067

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/haydenmcfadden306

 

Saturday 15th February 2020 – Provincial Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire who are celebrating their 275th Anniversary

The Grand Lodge of Scotland carried out the Ceremony of Rededication of The Provincial Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire who are celebrating their 275th Anniversary.

RWPGM Bro. Alistair T Marshall welcomed all Brethren present which included representatives from 16 Sister Provincial Grand Lodges. The Provincial Deputation was led by Bro. Bobby Jess, the Provincial Grand Master of Dumfriesshire. The Meeting was held in the premises of Lodge Zetland No. 391 with the dinner in Grangemouth Town Hall.

The MWGMM, Bro. William Ramsay McGee and the Office Bearers of Grand Lodge performed the Ceremony to the highest of standards which was greatly appreciated by everyone present.

The Grand Lodge Deputation included four Past Provincial Grand Masters of our Province, Bro. George Kelly, Bro. Kenneth Kennedy, Bro. Jim Jack and Bro. Tom Davidson. Bro. Tom McCrone and Bro. Billy Spencer were also in attendance in their capacity as Members of the Board of Grand Stewards.

PGM Bro. Bill Perry had the honour of proposing the toast to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire. Besides the PGM, Bro. Andrew D Millar DPGM, Bro. William Craig PG Secretary and Bro. Ean Brown PPGSW represented Lanarkshire Middle Ward. Bro. Desmond McGowan, the RWM of Lodge Bothwell Brig No. 1229 also attended the celebrations.

Wednesday 12th February 2020 – Lodge Hamilton Kilwinning No. 7 – 70 year Diploma Presentation

The Lodge held a very special Meeting on Wednesday 12th February, when the RWM, Bro. Malcolm Richardson assisted by the PGM Bro. Bill Perry presented a 70 year Diploma to Bro. John Cumming, a Master Mason who has served and supported the Lodge throughout his life.
The RWM gave a wonderful account of Bro. Cumming’s commitment to the Lodge, to which Bro. Cumming thank the RWM and the Brethren of Lodge Hamilton Kilwinning for their kind sentiments and for the many friendships he had made with members of the Lodge over the past 70 years.
Following the presentation, the RWM, Bro. Robert Mathew and the Office Bearers of Lodge Robert King Stewart No. 919 conferred an excellent FC Degree on Bro. Grant McKenna.

The Brethren then retired and enjoyed some Lodge Hamilton Kilwinning hospitality.

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Friday 7th February – Renfrewshire West Installation of Elected Office Bearers

RWPGM Bro. Robin McIntyre of Renfrewshire West, welcomed visiting Provincial Grand Lodges into his Province, to witness the Installation of Elected Office Bearers.

Bro. William Steel, the RWPGM of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire headed the Deputation of Provincial Grand Lodges.

Bro. Bill Perry PGM, Bro. Andrew Millar DPGM, Bro. Norman Carnegy SPGM and Bro. Peter Ball PP Junior Chaplain represented Lanarkshire Middle Ward.

An excellent Installation was conferred by SPGM Bro. Paul Docherty and at the conclusion of the Meeting, the Brethren enjoyed the usual Renfrewshire West hospitality.

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10th May 2020 – Prostate Scotland Charity Abseil
Brethren, It is with great delight we inform you that PM Bro. Hayden McFadden of Lodge St. Thomas No. 306 and IPM Bro. Iain Reid of Lodge Coltswood Glenboig No. 1067 will represent the Province in the Prostate Scotland Forth Rail Bridge Abseil on 10th May 2020. Well done Brethren on your brave participation for a great cause.

The Forth Rail Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge across the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland, 9 miles (14 kilometres) west of central Edinburgh. It is considered as a symbol of Scotland (having been voted Scotland’s greatest man-made wonder in 2016), and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was designed by the English engineers Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker.

A great piece of Scottish Engineering, ahead of it time that will be put through it’s paces on the 10th May.

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Saturday 25th January 2020 – The PGL of Dunbartonshire held their Annual Installation of Office Bearers

On Saturday 25th January at the premises of Lodge Dumbarton Kilwinning No. 18.
PGM Bro. James Forrest extended a warm welcome to all.
The Deputations from the visiting PGL’s, was headed by PGM Bro. Robert McIntyre of the PGL of Renfrewshire West.
Bro. Bill Perry PGM, Bro. Andrew Millar SPGM and Bro. Tom McCrone DOC represented Lanarkshire Middle Ward.
An excellent Ceremony of Installation was carried out by Bro. John McQueen SPGM.

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Saturday 25th January 2020 Lodge Burns Immortal 1730 Annual Installation

SPGM Bro. Stephen Campbell, headed the Provincial Deputation to the Installation of Lodge Burns Immortal 1730 on Saturday 25th January.

In an excellent ceremonial the Master Elect, Bro William J. Boyle, was Installed by RWIM Bro Gordon Mather PM and the Office Bearers for the coming year were Installed by RWIM Bro James DH Lees PM.

Following the Ceremonial the Deputation joined the Brethren of the Lodge at the festive board and harmony.

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Saturday 25th January 2020 – Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire East Installation of Office Bearers

Bro. Angus Ross SPGM, accompanied by Bro. Billy Cowan PPGSW and Bro. Peter Ball headed the deputation on behalf of the Province at the Regular Communication and Installation of Office Bearers of the PGL of Renfrewshire East.

The Installation and ceremony delivered to a very high standard.

Following the ceremony Bro. Angus, Cowan & Ball joined the Brethern for some fine hospitality.

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Saturday 18th January 2020 – Lodge St. Andrew No. 215 Consecration of New Temple by The Grand Lodge of Scotland

The new home of Lodge St. Andrew No. 215 was Consecrated and Dedicated by the MWGMM Bro. W Ramsay McGhee and the Brethren of Grand Lodge on Saturday 18th January 2020.

RWM Bro. Nicholas Harding gave a warm welcome to all the Brethren present. The Brethren of Lodge St. Andrew have renovated the Granary at the Strathaven Mill in a most impressive manner.
A Deputation from PGL headed by PGM Bro. Bill Perry were in attendance to witness Grand Lodge at work.

The Ceremony of Consecration was conferred to the highest of standards by The MWGMM and Grand Lodge.

The MWGMM had one other duty to perform, when he, on behalf of the Brethren of Lodge St. Andrew, presented Bro. Ian Craig PM with a Distinguished Service Diploma, in recognition of Bro. Craig’s contribution in the construction and decoration of the Temple.

Following the close of the Meeting, the Brethren retired and enjoyed an excellent meal, Lodge hospitality and Masonic Toasts.

Saturday 25th January 2020 – Provincial Grand Lodge of Fife & Kinross Installation of Office Bearers

Bro. Alec Hamilton PPGSW headed the deputation on behalf of the Province at the Regular Communication and Installation of Office Bearers of the PGL of Fife & Kinross.

The Installation was held in Baldridgeburn Community Centre with the ceremony delivered to a very high standard, at the close of the meeting the latest recipients of Honorary Grand Rank were presented also presented with their Jewels and certificates by RWPGM Stewart Quigley.

Following the ceremony Bro. Alec and Bro. Colin Campbell joined the Brethern for some fine hospitality.

Heads of Deputations

Saturday 18th January 2020 – Lodge Larchgrove No. 1518 Annual Installation

Bro. Norman Carnegy SPGM headed a deputation to the Re-Installation of Bro. James Hutchison.

The RWIM’s Bros. D. Brockett, L. McLean and A. Hutchison installed the New Master and his Office-bearers in Fine Style.

Following the ceremony the Brethren all present relaxed and enjoyed the Festive Board and an evening of Harmony.

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Norman Carnegy SPGM, D. Brocket RWIM, J. Hutchison RWM, L.McLean RWIM and A. Hutchison RWIM

17th January 2020 – Lodge Dura No. 1513 Special Meeting to Present 50yr Diplomas

The Lodge held a special meeting on Friday 17th January when four members received their Jubilee Certificates, celebrating their 50 year membership of the Lodge, Bros. Richard Thomson PM, William Pringle PM, Alex Torrance and John Lawrie.

RWM Bro. Alan Graham and PGM Bro. Bill Perry had the pleasant duty of presenting the Brethren with their Diplomas and 50 year lapel badges.
Bro. William Pringle PM who spoke for all four Brethren, thanked everyone present for their good wishes and kindness expressed.

Following the presentations an excellent FC Degree was conferred on Bro. James Connelly by Bro. Richard Thomson and the Office Bearers of the Lodge.

RWM Bro. Scott Walker of The Operative Lodge of Airdrie No. 203 congratulated and thanked the Degree Team for their work and the assembled Brethren suitably responded.

The Brethren then retired and enjoyed the usual 1513 hospitality.

16th January 2010 – Passing of Brother Thomas Gorman of The District of Central South Africa
Brethern, Sad news from the District of Central South Africa, Bro. Tommy Gorman sadly passed away yesterday evening after taking unwell, Brethern who attended the recent trip to South Africa will remember Tommy as the host of Bro. Jim Lees and Colin Campbell, our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Pat and their family and the Brethern of South Africa at the loss of this BIG character in South African Freemasonry, God Bless

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Tuesday 14th January 2020 – Lodge Bothwell Brig No. 1229 Regular Meeting

RWM Bro. Dez McGowan gave a warm welcome to all who were present. He then welcomed into the Lodge a large Deputation from Lodge Hamilton No. 233 which was headed by RWM Bro. Colin Taylor.

Following this a Deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge, led by PGM Bill Perry which included PPGM Bro. George Kelly, SPGM’s Bro. Norman Carnegy and Bro. Alex Kelly entered the Lodge

Bro. Perry accepted the Gavel and proceeded to present a Jubilee Certificate to Bro. John McIndoe PM, he then Presented Bro. Gerry Furlong PM with a Distinguished Service Diploma on behalf of the Brethren of Lodge Bothwell Brig. Both Brethren we’re delighted to receive these awards and gave heartwarming thanks to all concerned.

An excellent FC Degree was then conferred by the Brethren of Lodge Hamilton No. 233. Following the close of the Meeting, the Brethren retired and enjoyed some 1229 hospitality

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RWM Jack Cheape No. 668, PGM Bill Perry, RWM Dez McGowan 1229, Gerry Furlong PM, John McIndoe PM, RWM Colin Taylor No. 233, George Kelly PPGM, RWM Jim Muircroft No. 579.

11th January 2020 – Lodge Bothwell Brig No. 1229 Annual installation

Bro. Stephen Campbell SPGM, headed the Provincial Deputation to the Installation of Lodge Bothwell Brig 1229 on Saturday 11th January. He was accompanied on this occasion by PGM Bro Bill Perry, PPGM Bro George Kelly and SPGM Bro Norman Carnegy.

In an excellent ceremonial the Master Elect, Bro Desmond McGowan, and the Office Bearers for the coming year were Installed by RWIM’s Bro John Furlong PM, Bro Capt. David Johnston PM and Bro Charles Curle PM.

Following the Ceremonial the Deputation joined the Brethren of the Lodge at the festive board and harmony.

 

Friday 10th January 2020 – Distinguished Membership Bestowed on Bro. Kenneth D. Kennedy PPGM

Provincial Grand Master Bro. Bill Perry had the great honour of presenting Bro. Kenneth D Kennedy PPGM with Distinguished Membership of The Middle Ward of Lanarkshire  in recognition of the many years of faithful service to this Provincial Grand Lodge

A very surprised Bro. Kennedy accepted this award in his usual gracious manner.

Friday 10th January 2020 – Annual General Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge & Recipients of Honorary Grand Rank

At the very busy AGM of Provincial Grand Lodge, held on Friday 10th January 2020 at the premises of Lodge St. Bryde No. 579,  the latest recipients of Honorary Grand Rank were presented with their Certificates and Jewels.

Bro. William Cowan PM No. 427, Bro. Alex Hamilton PM No. 579 and Bro. Ean Brown PM No. 599. are pictured below with PGM Bill Perry.  All three Brethren are also Past Provincial Grand Senior Wardens of the Provincial Grand Lodge.

A proud moment for the Province, the well deserving, dedicated Brethren & their respective Mother Lodges

The PGM then presented Bro. Kenneth D Kennedy PPGM with Distinguished Membership of PGL in recognition of the many years of faithful service to the PGL of Lanarkshire Middle Ward. A very surprised Bro. Kennedy accepted this award in his usual gracious manner.

 

Wednesday 29th January 2020 – 5th Wednesday Club Meeting – Cambuslang Royal Arch No. 114

Notification of next 5th Wednesday Club Meeting

14th January 20202 – Lodge Bothwell Brig No. 1229 regular Meeting – Change of Start Time
Brethren, please note that the Lodge have just requested dispensation to change the starting time of the meeting from 7.30pm to 7pm as there will be a lot of business that evening.

Saturday 11th January 20120 – Funeral Arrangements for Bro. William Napier RWM

Message from Provincial Grand Lodge Secretary, William Craig

Brethren , many of you will already be aware of the sudden passing of Bro. William Napier who was very recently installed as Right Worshipful Master of Lodge Murdostoun Castle No. 1096.

The funeral will be on Saturday 11th January at 10:30am in Holytown Crematorium.

The minister taking the service will be the Reverend Graham Austin of Cleland Parish Church.

For Brethren attending, permission has been given for the wearing of regalia.

Regards

Willie

9th January 2020 – Lodge St. Thomas No. 306 Lecture on North East Corner, the Foundation Stone and Corn, Wine & Oil

Notification of up and coming lecture

Friday 10th January 2020 – Provincial Grand Lodge AGM, Gardenside Street Uddingston (579) 7:30pm prompt

Good Morning Brethren, Provincial Grand Master Bro. Bill Perry invites all to attend the up and coming AGM of Provincial Grand Lodge, attached is the agenda for the evening , the meeting is open to all members in good standing and all are most welcome to attend

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Bookings Now Open for the 2020 Season of Provincial Grand Lodge Caravan – Dutch House Caravan Park, Monkton, Prestwick

Bookings are now being taken for the Provincial Grand Lodge Caravan, if you or any deserving Brother or their families require a complimentary break or some well earned rest-bite, please contact your Lodge Secretary for booking details.

A live booking calendar is available on the front page of the PGL website to reference current availability – www.pgllanarkshire.com

The caravan is ideally situated at Dutch House on the A77 Glasgow/Ayr road. This makes it easily accessible by car, bus, train, Troon ferry port, giving a constant source of pleasure to our visitors both young and old.

The site has modern conveniences including laundry room, gym, children’s playground, events hall, outdoor bowling, T.V. lounges (children must be accompanied by an adult) and a car park. Due to the location of Dutch House Ayrshire and the West of Scotland can be easily visited.

Last year the occupancy rates were almost 100% and a few weeks have already been allocated so be quick so that you wont be disappointed.

Address – Dutch House Caravan Park, Kilmarnock Road, Monkton Prestwick KA9 2RA, Website – http://www.neilshillpark.co.uk/home

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