News 2020

17th December 2020 – Thank You from the McCrone Family
Brethern, yesterday saw Bro. Tom McCrone PGL Director of Ceremonies laid to rest after his short illness.
Bro.Billy Spencer has been asked by his wife and family to pass on sincere thanks to all the Brethern and friends who attended and also the formation of the Guard of Honour, the number in attendance from all across the country were a testament to the respect for this fine gentleman and Brother.
16th December 2020 – Mental Health Awareness
Following an approach from some Brethren Bro. Bill Perry PGM has asked Bro. Jack Alexander to put together a small group of Brethren who have agreed to get involved with any of our Brethren who are concerned about isolation or issues surrounding mental health during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Below is a communication which has been prepared by Bro. Alexander and communicated to Lodge Secretaries for forwarding to the Lodge Almoner or any other Brother in the Lodge who has a particularly interest in this area, or may be more able to deal with these matters with a Brother who they would have contact with in this position.
This group had the full backing of PGM Bill Perry to provide support and help to any of the Brethern who are finding situations difficult during this terrible pandemic
Communication from Brother Jack Alexander
Dear Sir & Brother Almoner,
I hope this email finds you and your family safe and well.
Brethren due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, we are all very much aware of the serious affects on our Physical Health/Wellbeing this has a direct result of contacting the COVID 19 virus.
You may also be aware that due to the resulting major changes to our lifestyles, and for us as Freemasons, not being able to attend our Lodge Meetings is most certainly one of these changes, and this Brethren can have a detrimental and lasting effect on our Mental Health.
Our PGM Brother Bill Perry asked me to form a small group to explore ways that we as a Province can help to lessen the chances of Brethren suffering a deterioration in their Mental Health.
Particularly vulnerable are Brethren who, for whatever reason live on their own, and bearing in mind some of these Brethren were out most nights of the week in the company of other Brethren attending meetings and generally socialising with others.
The reason I have been asked to carry out this task is that I worked for 12 years with Lanarkshire Association for Mental Health (LAMH) and on retiring became a Director with the organisation and still work with them on a voluntary basis. Also on the group are Brother Iain Reid PM of Lodge Coltswood No 1067 and Sam Howie PM of Lodge Dura No 1513.
From the outset Brethren I would like to inform you that this group is not being formed to carry out the work of, or to replace Lodge Almoners, but rather as being a source of support for Lodge Almoners with a view to Mental Health. Brother Ian McGowan our PGL Almoner is also aware of and being kept up to date with the groups.
I would like to inform you that the group has only had one Zoom meeting, and whilst we are at the early stages of planning the support we aim to provide; it is hoped that we will be able to provide some level of support in the next week or two, which will obviously depend on the current level of restrictions in force at the time.
Below is a list of what type of support we are thinking about providing:
• Presentations on Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Awareness to Lodge Almoners/Masters
• Source of up-to-date information – including increased use of Social media
• Coffee Chat Shops
• Walking groups – fresh air and a blether
• Or simply someone to have a blether with
Also from the outset it must be stressed that no clinical support will be provided as we are neither Clinicians nor Counsellors, however sources of information will include contact information of organisations/statutory services where people can seek professional help if required.
Finally, Brethren it is intended that the group will have a name although we are still working on that.
However can I leave you with a couple of thoughts:
• Remember Busby from the British Telecom adverts – “its good to talk”
• Remember the old proverb – a problem shared is a problem halved.
I will update you on the progress of the group and certainly when support is available.
Stay Safe Brethren
Bro. Jack Alexander
15th December 2020 – Lodge St. Thomas No. 306 Larkhall Food Bank Donation
Bro. Mark Scotty Scott, Marshall, Bro. Jim Frew, Junior Deacon and Bro Allan McPhail, Almoner SM delivered donations of groceries from the members of Lodge to the local foodbank.
This is the second year that Bro’s Scott and Frew have organised this on behalf of the lodge.
Well done form all the Lodge in particular Bro’s Scott & Frew for their sterling work 😇🌈🎅👏💥👌⭐️
(Bro Scott missing from pic as hes taking it and a wee bit camera shy)
10th December 2020 – Grand Almoner Communication 2020
This would usually be read in full at Annual Installations, a first address as Grand Almoner by Bro. Tom Davidson
Last November, when I was installed as Grand Almoner, little did I suspect the immensely challenging and worrying times that lay ahead for us all. I hope you and your families have remained safe and well during the Pandemic.
Looking back to last year, when we were able to attend meetings and to deal with our Masonic business in the traditional way, I don’t think that any of us could have predicted the COVID-19 Pandemic, and certainly not the impact which it has had on all our lives and on the Craft.
Whilst we await approval to resume our meetings, and, of course, this letter will therefore not be able to be read in open Lodge in the usual way, I wanted to communicate with you to keep in touch.
I also wanted to highlight the excellent work which is being undertaken throughout the Scottish Constitution to provide direct support and in terms of working with other local community organisations which are helping vulnerable and needy people to cope during the unprecedented circumstances resulting from the Pandemic.
I had the privilege of reviewing the applications for almost one hundred projects worldwide to access funding from the COVID-19 Challenge Appeal and of learning about the diverse and meaningful projects being organised by Brethren, some projects literally providing a lifeline in local communities.
I was also pleased to note the information on projects being shared on the “Scottish Constitution Freemasonry Supports” Facebook page. It is often difficult to find positives at times of adversity but there is no doubt that the generosity, both financially and by deed, of Scottish Freemasons worldwide is something of which to be proud – when the Pandemic comes to an end I feel sure that we will have strengthened our links within our communities as a result of our actions.
I know that in some regions of the world Brethren are also having to deal with very difficult circumstances as well as with the Pandemic and Grand Lodge will try to provide whatever assistance is possible to those affected.
Many of you will, I am sure, be aware of the extremely challenging circumstances which COVID-19 has presented in Care Homes, where the age and health of the Residents mean that they are particularly vulnerable to the effects of the virus. I am pleased and relieved to advise that the Masonic Homes have remained free of the virus and I commend our Staff for their dedication and care.
Whilst we are all living through testing times, the benevolence and charity work of Grand Lodge continues to support Brethren in need and respond to emergencies.
I thank you most sincerely for your ongoing support – the charitable work of our Craft would quite simply not be possible without such support”.
Thomas Davidson,
Grand Almoner.
12th December 2020 – Update on recent post regarding the Glenfiddich Whisky Draw ❤️
List of Prize Winners
2nd – Bro. Willie Murray PM 440
3rd – Bro. Adam Wallace 440
4th – Martin c/o Alasdair MacGregor PM
5th. – Bro. Gordon Wotherspoon WJW 177
6th – Lodge Coltswood Glenboig 1067
7th. – Bro. John Nesbitt PM 440
8th. – Bro. Bill Holmes 440
9th. – Bro. Bobby McCormick RWM 166
10th – Bro. David Crichton 440
Well done to the prize winners.
Since our previous post a further £200 donation has been received from a Brother of 440, taking the grand total raised to £8,000
Bro. Bill Perry PGM
Saturday 12th December 2020 – PGM Nominated Charity Draw on behalf of Beatson Cancer Care, the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Renal Unit and Cruse Bereavement.
On Saturday 12th December in the premises of Lodge Robert Burns No. 440, PGM Bro. Bill Perry had the great privilege of drawing the winning tickets for the Glenfiddich Whisky Hamper and other associated prizes 🥃
Bro. Walter Houston PM of Lodge Robert Burns No. 440 has, over a number of months, during this terrible pandemic, cajoled and encouraged Brethren and members of the public, to buy tickets to raise money for the PGM’s nominated Charities.🌈⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌈
Walter and his wife Eleanor have worked tirelessly on this endeavour and our grateful thanks go to both for this fantastic effort. 🤶
In attendance at the draw was a special guest, Mr. Stephen Lynch, a Director from Bro. Walter Houston’s employer, William Grant and Sons who contributed handsomely to all three Charities via their Matched Giving Scheme 👏👏👏
Their donations have gone direct to the Charities and we thank them most sincerely for the support not only to our Charities but to the many others who benefit from their Charitable Donations.
The amount raised from the draw was an unbelievable £5,700, plus the William Grant and Sons donation of £2,100, giving a grand total of £7,800 💰 raised for the three nominated Charities.
The lucky winner of this tremendous prize was Scott Forrest, the ticket being sold by Alasdair MacGregor PM 🎅
A full list of winners will be posted later.
O
nce again my sincere thanks to Walter, everyone who assisted him, everyone who purchased tickets and to William Grant and Sons.🎄❤️🌲
Bro. Bill Perry PGM
Main Picture – Mr. Stephen Lynch, Norman Carnegy SPGM, Walter Houston PM, John McKinnon RWM, Bill Perry PGM.
8th December 2020 – Passing of Brother Tom McCrone PM
Following the Passing of our dearly beloved Brother, Tom McCrone PM, we have been advised of the following arrangements for his funeral.
On Thursday 17th December, there will be a private service at MacGregors Family Funeral Parlour, Coatbridge, commencing at 12.30pm and thereafter to Daldowie Crematorium at 1.45pm for the Committal.
Due to the present Covid19 restrictions, only 20 Mourners will be allowed into the Chapel for the Service.
The RWM, Bro. Ronald MacDonald of Lodge Griffin Gartcosh No. 1254 respectfully requests that Lodge Members and visiting Brethren form a guard of honour at the Crematorium as a mark of respect to our departed Brother.
No Regalia to be worn.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Sandra and the family at this most difficult of times.
Bro. Bill Perry
Provincial Grand Master
Tuesday 5th January 2021 – Finance & General Commitee Meetings
Brethern, there will be 2 up and coming Commitee meetings rescheduled to the New a year.
These meetings will be held online by Zoom, all associated paperwork and reports will be send in advance by PG Sect William Craig.
Tuesday 5th January 2021
18:45 to 1930 – Finance Commitee
19:30 to 20:30 – General Commitee
All electronic invites with Login links, Meeting ID & Passcodes have been sent to all attendees earlier this morning.
Stay Safe Brethern
7th December 2020 – Bro Archibald Macfarlane Baillie RWM of Lodge Avon Glassford No. 1231 60 years service to Feemasonry
Honorary Assistant Grand Secretary and Past Master of Lodge Avon Glassford No. 1231 Bro. Archibald Baillie PM today celebrates 60 years in Freemasonary of which 48 of those were in Office, a tremendous dedication to the Craft.
Well done for this great achievement from PGM Bill Perry and all at the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward 👌
Saturday 5th December 2020 – Robert King Stewart No. 919 Donations to Marcus Humphrey House
Bro. Bobby Ferguson Marcus Humphrey House representative was delighted to receive a cheque for £200 for the Marcus Humphrey House tfrom Lodge Robert King Stewart No 919.
Due to Bro. Bob Matthew PM RWM struggling with illness, Brothers Bill Paton and Charlie Burns made the presentation.
Great work by the Lodge and well done from all at Provincial Grand Lodge and Marcus Humphrey House for this fantastic donation 👏🌲
Friday 4th December 2020 – Passing of Bro. Graeme Murray Lodge Robert Burns No. 440
Sad news Brethren, Bro. Graeme Murray of Lodge Robert Burns No. 440 passed away today in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, following a short illness.
Bro. Murray was the skip of the Lodge Robert Burns 440 team who won the Robert King Stewart Bowling Tournament last time it was played in 2019 with the 2020 competition cancelled due to the COVID Pandemic.
Graeme will be missed by the Brethren of Lodge Robert Burns, the Bowling Fraternity and by many others who new and respected him.
Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time
Bro. Bill Perry PGM
2nd December 2020 – Thank You from Bro. Jim Lees PPGSW
Brethern, I have been asked by Bro. Jim Lees and his family to pass on heartfelt thanks to all the Brethern from Provincial Grand Lodge, the Daughter Lodges and the Brethern from outwith the Province for their attendance at his fathers funeral.
Bro. Jim and the family were comforted by the large number who attended both the ceremony at the Crematorium and by the Graveside at Blantyre, it really meant a lot to them to give Bro. Robert such a fine send off.
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Saturday 28 November 2020 – Bro. Bill Perry RWPGM Honoured by the DGL of The Bahamas
On Saturday 28 November 2020, Bro. Bro. Joseph Ricardo Curry, RWDGM of the District Grand Lodge of The Bahamas with which PGL Lanarkshire Middle Ward are twinned gave his final address as RWDGM to the Brethren at the Festival of St. Andrew online by Zoom.
Bro. Joe, RWDGM, who is approaching the end of his five year commission thanked all the Brethren of the district for their support during his term of office while announcing Honorary District Grand Rank to Brethren who had given exceptional service to the District Grand Lodge.
He further wished to honour a number of Brethren from out with the district in recognition of the outstanding support they had given to the RWDGM and the DGL of the Bahamas.
Among these brethren was Bro. Bill Perry, RWPGM, who was appointed to the Honorary District Grand Rank of Senior Warden in the DGL of The Bahamas.
Congratulations are extended to Bro. Bill Perry, our Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master on receiving this well deserved honour.
25th November 2020. – Brother Robert John Milligan Lees SM of Lodge Blantyre Kilwinning No 557 – Funeral Arrangements and Online Webcast Details
We have been asked by Bro.Jim Lees PPGSW to pass on the details the funeral service and webcast, these are detailed below.
Funeral Date: Wednesday 25th November 2020, 12.00pm at Daldowie Crematorium Broomhouse Glasgow G71 7RU (Service Only, Including Masonic Tribute.}.
Bro. Robert’s remains will then leave the Crematorium and be taken to Priestfield Cemetery 3 Prospect Court Blantyre G72 OJA for burial arriving at approximately 1.15pm
Dispensation has been granted to wear Masonic Regalia.
It would be appreciated for those Brethren from his Mother Lodge attending to wear Lodge Ties. Unfortunately do to COVID-19 Restrictions are 20 people to attend inside Crematorium.
For those Brethren, who wish to pay their respects, they can do any of 3 things,
1) Take Part in Guard of Honor at Crematorium
2) Take Part in Guard of Honor at Cemetery
3) Is so desired can attend both.
Safe onward journey Bro. Robert.
Online Webcast
Service Date – 25-Nov-20 at 12:00
Service Chapel East – Daldowie
Username – Hete4257
Password – 203959
You can login to our website at any time to view a test connection (and we strongly recommend you do this) but you’ll only be able to view the Live Webcast approx. 5 mins before the service start time.
Please be aware this is a public building and the timing of the Live webcast is semi-automated to allow for services running early or late – please use your discretion if you can see activities not applicable to the service you are here to watch.
Tuesday 24th November 2020 – Honorary Grand Rank 2020
It gives me great pleasure to announce that the following three Worthy Brethren have been awarded Grand Honorary Rank by the Grand Master Mason, Bro. William Ramsay McGhee.
Bro. Ian McGown
Honorary Grand Almoner
Lodge Woodhall St. John’s No. 305
Bro. Thomas Orrick Reid
Honorary Grand Jeweller
Lodge New Monkland Montrose No. 88
Bro. George Laird Randall
Honorary Assistant Grand Treasurer
Lodge Caldercruix St. John No. 1314
Congratulations to all three Brethren on this fantastic achievement.
Bro. William Perry PGM
Wednesday 11th November – Remembrance Day 2020
Brethren,
As you maybe aware, the Remembrance Day Parade on the 8th November was cancelled, due to the present restrictions.
However today, the 11th November, the PGM, Bro. Bill Perry, on behalf of the Brethren of The Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward, laid a wreath at the Hamilton Cenotaph to Commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Bro. David Stark BEM was present with his pipes and paid a fitting musical tribute to the Fallen, also in attendance was Bro. William Craig PG Sect.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.

RWPGM William A. Perry

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4th November 2020  – A very prestigious award to the Grand Master Mason, well done from all at PGL of Lanarkshire Middle award 🥇

Each year Poppyscotland President Sir Alistair Irwin recognises the contribution of our most dedicated volunteers through our President’s Awards. All of our volunteers are amazing, but only a select few receive our highest honour.

Tonight, we’re delighted to announce our first recipient of 2020 is Ramsay McGhee. Ramsay has been our Area Organiser in Fortrose for the past 14 years, where he’s increased Poppy Appeal income every year totalling more than £60,000. He is also a very active member of Black Isle branch of

Legion Scotland.
With the thanks of everyone at Poppyscotland and the men and women of the Armed Forces community that he has helped throughout the years we are proud to award Ramsay McGhee Poppyscotland’s highest volunteer accolade, the President’s Award.

A link to the  Poppy Scotland video  is attached – https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3365696213478806

28th October 2020 – Wreath laying by The Grand Master Mason on behalf of Scottish Freemasonry

Due to the impact of the Covid19 pandemic, there was no official ceremony in Edinburgh this year.  However, our Grand Master Mason, W Ramsay McGhee, was able to represent Grand Lodge at a socially distanced event in Princes Street Gardens on Monday, 26th October – to commemorate and honour so many brothers who lost their lives in service.

Saturday 24th October 2020 – Lodge Coltswood Glenboig No. 1067 Charity Giving

A cheque was handed over by RWM Joe Spiers and PM Gordon Rowe for £300 earlier in the week to Hope for Autism, Airdrie
This fundraising was generated from the recent matched COVID funding Initative by The Grand Lodge of Scotland and The Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward that committed to match any charitable giving to a local cause to allow further funds to be made available to like minded local organisations.

Well done to the Lodge for picking such a well deserving local charity 👏👏

5th October 2020 – Thank You from Bro. Gordon McCaffer PG Treasurer
Provincial Treasurer Bro. Gordon McCaffer not having a Facebook account, ha asked us to pass this on, he would like to thank everyone for the kind Birthday Wishes on his recent 60th birthday 👏👏

3rd October 2020 – Donations to Marcus Humphrey House

Bro. Bobby Ferguson met up with Bro Bill Perry WPGM and Bro David Ross PM Lodge Robert Burns No 440 at Marcus Humphrey House where Bro David Ross PM presented the home with a new chair, an easy walker and an easy access bed support to the home.
While there they presented 2 x hanging baskets that were gifted to the home by Bro. Hayden K McFadden PM Lodge St Thomas 306 to Bro Andrew Freeman Care worker at the home.

Bro Andrew Freeman thanked Bro Ross for his generous gifts and asked that I pass on my thanks to Bro McFadden for the hanging baskets, he also said to convey thanks to all the brethern in Lanarkshire Middle Ward for the continual support they give to the Home.

 

28th September 2020 – TOP PRIZE – Glenfiddich Whisky Hamper Raffle in aid of Provincial Grand Masters Charity Appeal

Bro. Walter Houston is running a raffle in aid of Provincial Grand Master Bro. Bill Perry’s nominated charities for the year which are Beatson Cancer Care, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Renal Unit and Cruise Bereavement, Hamilton.
The prize is a hamper of speciality Glenfiddich whisky’s for the connoisseurs of the Province and out with, a prized money can’t buy 🥃
The tickets are £2 each or 3 for £5 and you can reserved/purchase tickets by contacting Bro. Walter Houston on Facebook Messenger or replying to this post where Walter can pick it up, you can also email Walter on walterhouston985@btinternet.com.
Please feel free to pass this on or share to anyone who may want to win this fantastic prize and help these three very deserving charities.
Earlier today the pot was in excess of £700, the draw will be made on on the 8th October, hopefully we can do this online with the Provincial Grand Master

Thank you Brethren

27th September 2020 – Lodge Avon Glassford No. 1231 Donation to Marcus Humphrey House

Bro. Tom Reid visited Bro. Billy Gibson of the Lodge and was delighted to receive a cheque for £100 for Marcus Humphrey House, a fantastic gesture by the Lodge, well done Brethern 👏❤️👍

 

22nd September 2020  – Thank you from RWPGM

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Bill Perry, on behalf of all at PGL extends our grateful thanks to Bro. Colin Campbell who has arranged, administered and made possible the zoom meetings to allow the Committees and the General Committee to meet and discuss the business of the Provincial Grand Lodge during the current pandemic. Your assistance has been a great help and is very much appreciated.

13th September 2020 – Finance & General Committee Meetings – Online by Zoom

Brethren, just in case we have missed anyone but the Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday 15th September and the General Committee meeting on Tuesday 22nd September will be held online by Zoom, both will start at 7:30pm prompt.

If on either of these Committees you should have already received the meeting details including the Zoom Meeting ID and password, if not can you contact PG Secretary at william.craig.uddingston@blueyonder.co.uk to receive the invite.

11th September 2020 – Latest Update From The Grand Master Mason

Brethren,
Further to my Update this morning, the following general advice has now been released from the Government which answers the question about allowing non-Masonic bodies to use Lodge premises. As can be seen below, this cannot now happen given the 6-person limit that becomes law from Monday. There is no likelihood of that being lifted soon albeit it will be reviewed on 5th October. The reference to public spaces would include Lodge premises where non-Masonic groups meet.
The following excerpt from the Government release states –
This deteriorating situation at home and abroad means that we have to take a very cautious approach to the further easing of restrictions. As set out below, we now need to delay further changes until it is safe to make them. We also need to make some changes that will reduce opportunities for the virus to spread. We have already put a range of extra measures in place to help keep the virus suppressed, our Test & Protect system and outbreak management approach have worked well, and we are today introducing our proximity app, Protect Scotland, which will support our Test and Protect system, but more measures are now required.
At this review point we will take the following steps to further reduce transmission of the virus: The limit on the number of people who can meet socially indoors or outdoors will be reduced to a maximum of six people, and they should come from no more than two households. This applies in people’s homes and gardens as well as in hospitality and public spaces such as parks. It is not required to count children under 12, from within the two households, within the 6-person limit. The regulations and guidance will be updated to reflect these changes.
• Face coverings will be mandated for customers and staff in indoor hospitality. There will be an exemption for when customers are eating and drinking. Staff in non-public facing roles, such as kitchen staff, will also be exempt where face coverings may present health and safety issues due to the nature of roles. Exemptions for vulnerable groups/individuals will also apply to hospitality settings. Regulations will the take effect on Monday 14 September.
Given the developing status of the epidemic – both in Scotland and internationally – we will also continue to take a cautious approach to any further opening up of economic or social activity.
As was noted at the 20th August review when setting the 14th September indicative date. It must be stressed that this indicative date is conditional on continued progress in suppressing the virus.
If the epidemic in Scotland deteriorates before this date, then the expectation must be that the date will be delayed.
Consistent with this, given the deterioration in the status of the epidemic over the past three weeks, those changes that were previously given an indicative date of 14 September will now be assigned a new indicative date of 5 October.
Could I also suggest that you give some consideration to using the new proximity app on your phones – it is easy to download by going into the App Store on your phone and searching for – Protect Scotland – thereafter follow the instructions.
Many thanks.
Ramsay McGhee
Grand Master Mason

2nd September 2020 – Vandals Target Marcus Humphrey House

See update for the GMM Ramsay McGhee, please help if you can Brethren

Brethren
It is with sadness that I have to report that vandals broke into the grounds of Marcus Humphrey House last night and wreaked havoc smashing garden furniture and ornaments all of which give the residents much pleasure.
The report I have received from the Home would indicate that all the decorative pots (10) have been smashed and there were lots of stone and ceramic ornaments of woodland animals, toadstools, birds etc. (some of which were gifted) which the Residents liked to look at which have all been damaged.
Could I appeal to any of the Lodges that if you have or have access to such pots and ornaments and they are surplus to requirements, that you could maybe arrange to have them dropped off at the Home.
Many thanks
Ramsay McGhee

2nd September 2020 – Lodge Dura Allanton No. 1513 – Charitable Giving

 

Right Worshipful Master Alan among with Worshipful Senior Warden Drew and Brother Almoner Jim visited Brother John Tweedlie of Marcus Humphrey House, Bridge of Weir to present him with a cheque for £225 on behalf of Lodge Dura members.
Great effort Brethren well done for all at Provincial Grand Lodge 👏

17th August 2020 – The Operative Lodge of Airdrie No. 203 Charity Giving

 

RWM Scott Walker, PM Sect. Iain McComb and Bro. Sean Campbell, who has recently battled through Coronavirus presented cheques to University Hospital Monklands and Airdrie Food Bank amounting to the amazing sum of £1,700.
The Lodge would like to thank everyone who participated in the fundraising and to the Campbell family for their generous contribution to their raffle.
Well done to the Lodge for this fantastic and very generous fundraising effort 👏👏 🌈 🌈👏👏
11th August 2020 – Communication from Grand Lodge on COVID-19 – Reopening of Lodges
Brethren,
The attached official communication from Grand Lodge confirms the status on the reopening of Lodges. All Craft masonic meetings and indeed all other masonic orders will continue with the suspension of meetings till the end of 2020, a review will take place in early January 2021.
We will update you on any changes and further direction as soon as any becomes available.
Provincial Grand Master Bill Perry has asked for this to be communicated to Lodge Secretaries and that we all stay safe Brethren.

26th July 2020 – The Flash Daily Workouts
Brethren, throughout the lockdown period our spirits were uplifted and fitness kept in check by The Flash, his identity remains in strict secrecy but I’m sure the Brethren of the Province looked forward to his daily sessions, all his videos and sessions are available for repeat on our PGL Facebook page, Well Done who ever you are for  keeping us all healthy and giving us  a wee laugh and cheering us all up during the lockdown
Sunday 19th July – Marcus Humphrey House Charity Giving
Bro Bill Perry RWPGM & Bro Willie Craig PGSEC accompanied Bro Bobby Ferguson PM & Bro Tom Reid PM at The Marcus Humprey House Masonic Home and carried out a presentation of gifts and a cheque from members of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middleward to the residents of MHH.
Bro Bobby Ferguson PM and Bro Tom Reid PM both members of the MHH Friends Group had raised over £900 by selling a football card and selling wine they had collected for the Garden Fete which had been cancelled due to Covid19.
Bro Bobby had contacted the Masonic Home and asked if there as anything that the home needed and he was informed either a small Karaoke machine or some games to keep the resident entertained during this Covid 19 Period and they could also be great for future use. Bro Bobby carried out some research and internet surfing and obtained a wee bit more than had been requested by the Masonic Home.
Gifts included, Karaoke Machine, Extra microphone, disposable microphone coverings (hygiene and contamination prevention), addition CDs/DVDs with over 500 songs suitable for the residents. Games include – Quoits, Skittles, Croquet, French Bowles and Hit the Can which all can be used inside and outside.
A cheque for £610 was also presented to Bro Stephen McConnachie SPGM of Ayrshire and Chairman of the MHH Friends Group which will go towards the Grand Lodge Masonic Homes fund.
Both Bro Bobby and Bro Tom are very grateful for the continual support from lodges and some personal donations from a number of brethren.

 

17th July 2020 – Lodge Dura No.1513 Charity
The Lodge made a presentation of £110 to Allanton Parish Church.
This was to help Rev. Iain Murdoch who through the church were delivering food parcels to Elderly, Disabled and local families who were in need of assistance during Lockdown.
The goods and foodstuffs were donated by members who ransacked their cupboards to help make up food parcels.
Well done all at Lodge Dura 👏👏👏🌈👏👏👏

Monday 29th June 2020 – Lodge New Monkland Montrose No. 88 – Further Charitable Giving

Following on from the donations of Facebook tablets to St. Andrews Hospice, RWM

John Gray assisted by WJW Adrian Hannah donated a cheque for £1000 pounds to Mavisbank School, they were welcomed and shown round the school by Eileen McDonnell.
On a roll they also donated two 32inch televisions to Wester Moffat Hospital on behalf of the Lodge and Brethren. Fiona Gilmour was delighted to receive TV’s for use in their wards and patients.
This is some fantastic charitable work and the Brethren of the Lodge and they should be commended on their work.
Well done from all at Provincial Grand Lodge 😀😀

 

PGL 2020 Robert King Stewart Bowling Competition

 

Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 situation Bowls Convener Bro. Andrew Crichton, in discussions with PGM Bill Perry have decided that this years competition should be cancelled.
This is unfortunate as this was to be the 100 year anniversary of the competition and a great deal of planning was going on behind the scenes for a special event at Victoria Bowling Club.
I’m sure again under the circumstances everyone will understand that this sporting event would have proved difficult under the circumstances.
Bro. Andrew will be in touch with any further updates.
Stay Safe Brethren.

 

PGL 2020 Golf Competition
Unfortunately due to restricted availability caused by the COVID-19 situation, Golf Convenor Bro. John Gardiner in discussions with PGM Bill Perry have indicated that this years competition will be cancelled. I’m sure under the circumstances everyone will understand. Bro. John has some donations already from the Lodges and will return these unless instructed otherwise by these Lodges

 

23rd June 2020 – Lodge New Monkland Montrose No. 88 Charity Giving to St. Andrews Hospice, Airdrie

 

RWM John Gray accompanied by RWPGM Bill Perry and PM John Fraser attended St Andrews Hospice to donate 10 Facebook portals for the resident to keep in touch with their families.
The Lodge were met and thanked by Louise Odonnell of the Hospice for theirsupport and donation, they would also like to thank Wendy Brannon for taking the photos.
Fantastic effort by the Lodge, well done from all at PGL Middle Ward 👏🌈👏🥰👏

 

15th May 2020 – Lodge Clydesdale No. 551 Charity Donation
The Lodge made a very worthy and well received donation to the Larkhall COVID-19 Rainbows
Well Done form all at Provincial Grand Lodge, Super Effort 👏👏👏🌈👏👏👏

 

 

15th May 2020 – Scottish Constitution Freemasonry Supports Facebook Page

Brother Douglas Fergie, PGM of East Lothian, continues to keep a record of the posts on the new Scottish Constitution Freemasonry Supports group page.
We have detailed below an update of the activity as of Thursday 14th May
1221 Members in the group.
58 Lodges mentioned in the posts.
25 Provinces/Districts represented
£40,320 of identifiable support.
The direct link is-
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Scottish.Constitution.Freemasonry.Supports/
This is great start to paint a picture of all the good that Scottish Freemasons are doing throughout the world in our Lodges, Districts, Superintendence’s and Provinces.
Can we please encourage all Brethren to register and post their good works on this site and let the internet see the full picture of the great work by Scottish Freemasonry.
Sunday 10th May 2920 – Update for PGL Sect. William Craig
Brethren , I trust that you and yours are all well and staying free from the effects of this terrible virus and that we will soon be able to meet again in the normal manner.
In the meantime I am probably stating the obvious, but have to confirm that the Finance Committee meeting scheduled for this Tuesday (12th May) and the General Committee meeting the following Tuesday (19th May) have both been cancelled.
The Regular Communication due to be held on Friday 5th June is also postponed until the social distancing restrictions are relaxed in which case further advice will be given.
As you may know it is the intention of the GMM Bro. Ramsay McGhee to hold a memorial Service in Grand Lodge at some point in the future and has asked for Lodges to keep details of any Brother who has passed away as a result of the pandemic. Could I ask the Lodge Secretaries to keep the details of these Brethren so that they can be remembered at that time in the minutes of your Lodge and in the meantime send me details of any Brother to enable me to keep a record of all the Brethren in this Province who have died as a result of the virus or where the virus has been shown as contributory factor.
Please keep safe and well .
Regards
Willie
William M. Craig
Sunday 10th May 2020 – Lodge Robert Burns No. 440 Donation to David Cargill Home
A big thank you to Bro. Alasdair MacGregor, PM of Lodge Robert Burns No. 440, who through his employer, William Grant and Sons, delivered 36 litres of hand sanitiser and 30 pair of safety glasses to the David Cargill Home.
The Home is a voluntary non-profit organisation administered by Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association.
The Deputy Manager, Marie Walls has sent her personal thanks for the excellent donation, with special thanks to Bro. MacGregor.
Another fantastic response from the Brethren and Lodges of the Province.

 

Thursday 7th May 2020 – Lodge Livingstone Stonefield No. 599 – Donation of Tablets PC’s to Care Home
The Lodge purchased 2 tablets for residents to keep in touch with their family’s in these strange times, the RWM PM office bearers & members would like thank everyone who donated to this call for charity.
Well done Lodge Livingstone Stonefield from all
at Provincial Grand Lodge 🌈👏🌈

Saturday 9th May 2020 – Marcus Humphrey House Donation

 

PGL organist and PM of Lodge Hamilton No. 7 Bro. Allan Gowan’s delivered a selection of masks and overshoes to the home today from his business Walkers, where he is Operations Director.
The Friends of Marcus Humphrey House and PGL thank Allan and Walkers for this kind gesture. 👏👏
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Thursday 30th April 2020 – Immense Charity Work

 

Not a Freemasonry post but we couldn’t allow this day to pass without a mention on the fantastic charitable fundraising by now Colonel Tom Moore on reaching his Milestone 100th birthday.
A fantastic effort and an makes us all very proud to give his the credit well deserved, over £30 million pounds raised 🤩 💷 🤩
Well done sir and enjoy, your birthday, promotion and all the well wishes and credit due to a fantastic individual.
👏🌈❤️👏

27th April 2020 – Passing of Bro. James Wood Lodge Old Monkland St. James No. 177

 

Brethren, it is our sad duty to inform you of the death of Bro. James Wood, a Past Master of Lodge Old Monkland St. James No. 177 and of Lodge Fleur de Lys. No. 1722, aged 95.

Bro. Jimmy Wood was not only a proud member of Lodge Old Monkland ST. James No. 177, but was very active in many other orders in Freemasonry, including Royal Arch, Royal Order of Scotland and the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.
One of his proudest moments was being Installed as President of The Board of Grand Stewards of The Grand Lodge of Scotland in 2008.
Our condolences are extended to Bro. Stewart Wood and all of the extended family.
28th April 2020
Bro. William Craig, PG Sect. has asked we pass on a massive thank you from from his Wife Margaret to all the Brethren and Friends who have sent good wishes and cards following her recent illness.
Willie has also updated that Margaret is a little tired but recovering well at home. ❤️🌈❤️
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26th April 2020 – Glenboig Community Play Area Tidy Up

 

Past Master Peter Ligget and his team including his sons Bro’s Will & Andrew of Lodge Coltswood Glenboig No. 1067 took time out to spend a day tidying up the local community play park in Glenboig for the kids to use during these difficult times.
This was acknowledged of the Glenboig Friends Facebook page with many thanks coming from the community.
Well Done Brethren from all at Provincial Grand Lodge supporting the Local Community 👏👏🌈🌈🌈👏👏
24th April 2020 – Lodge Bothwell Brig No. 1229 RWM Dez McGowan – Essential PPE Donation to Local Care Home
In act of kindness Bro. Dez McGowan RWM of Lodge Bothwell Brig No. 1229, delivered a large amount of PPE to a local Care Home.
Super work, Well done form all at Provincial Grand Lodge 👏👏👏👏🌈👏👏👏👏

 

24th April 2020
Brethren, for those who were not aware PG Sect. Willie Craig’s wife Margaret was admitted to hospital yesterday with heart problems following, which turns out to have been a heart attack.
The great news is that she has had a stent fitted and will be back home in the comfort of her own home this evening.
I’m sure we will all join in, in wishing her a safe and restful recovery at home.
Great News and get well soon from all of the Province and their families Margaret 🙏
18th April 2020 – 90th Birthday Wishes for Bro. Peter O. Price
Sorry for the late feedback but all at Provincial Grand Lodge would like to pass our best wishes to Rev. Peter O. Price, Very Worshipful Past Senior Grand Chaplin on reaching this milestone birthday.
We believe the Grand Master Mason has already passed on his best wishes to this very fine Feeemason.
Happy Birthday Peter 🥂🎉🍾❤️🍾🎉🥂

 

22nd April 2020 – Lodge New Monkland Montrose No. 88 Foodbank Donations and Monkland Hospital ICU Department Assiatance
The Brethern of Lodge New Monkland Montrose have been busy doing their bit for society in these difficult times, PM Sect. Andrew McCullouch is pictured delivering food parcels the the local Calderbank Foodbank, this was in the back of fundraising for supplies by the Lodge members and their families which allowed them to purchase and donate essential supplies to Monkland Hospital ICU Department.
Well done to all for Provincial Grand Lodge for this very Masonic giving and thinking of others in these difficult times for everyone 👏👏👏👏🌈👏👏👏👏
The Lodge also invites anyone to join them at the every Saturday at McCartneys Virtual Bar.
This is online by Zoom, the details are below for anyone to join in for some chat and banter –
Topic: McCartney’s Bar
Time: Every Saturday 05:00 PM London
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 842 7555 5064
22nd April 2020 – Essential Donation of Sanitiser to Marcus Humphrey House
If an act of kindness in these difficult times l, Bro. Tom Reid PM of Lodge New Monkland Montrose No. 88 and his wife Margaret delivered 2 x 25l of sanitiser to the Marcus Humphrey House.
A fantastic and very thoughtful Masonic effort from Brother Tom.
Well done from all at Provincial Grand Lodge 👏👏👏👏🌈👏👏👏👏
12th April 2020- Communication from Bro. Andy McCulloch, Secretary of Lodge New Monkland Montrose No. 88
Brethren
In these troubled times many people are struggling with basic needs
As from next wed / thurs I will be collecting
toiletries for Monklands intensive care unit and food etc for Airdrie food bank
If you have anything to give please feel free to give.
If you are able to donate please contact me on the the following 07540 521 508
LEAVE ANYTHING YOU HAVE IN A TIED CARRIER BAG ON YOUR FRONT PATH PLEASE CONTACT ME BEFORE YO PUT ANYTHING OUT
2nd April 2020 – Message from the Grand Chaplain of The Grand Lodge of Scotland
Brethren.
I write to you as we embark on a difficult journey for our nation and the world as we face the coronavirus. This virus is devastating our world and nation and a battle is going on to fight this pandemic. The battle is serious and there is much doom and gloom being reported. It seems almost alien for us to be a parted from those we love, from families and friends, from our brothers whom we love dearly. Shops shelves are empty and social distancing is vital. It all seems very doom and gloom with a dark future ahead.
However, it is important to realise that good things are going on. Communities are helping each other and neighbours show concern for neighbours.
A spirit of encouragement is appearing and a willingness to win the fight against this virus. In the windows of homes there are appearing rainbows and the word “Hope” as a sign of encouragement to others.
I want to ask you to enter into that spirit of hope. The Craft reminds us that our Hope is in the Great Architect of The Universe and the motto of The Grand Lodge of Scotland is “In the Lord is All our Trust”. I urge you to hold on to that motto. In our rituals we learn much of how the prophets and the great King Solomon put their trust in God and they were delivered. I urge you to do the same.
We sing the great hymns “Courage, brother do not stumble…trust in God” and I invite you to reread the words we sing and take them to your heart. This is an opportunity for us to recall the basis of our Craft founded on the principles of brotherly love, benevolence and truth and to recall that as our forefathers of old found hope in God we too should do the same. The symbol we should be putting in our windows is the letter “G” reminding us from whom our help comes.
Our ritual reminds us that we come from darkness to light. These are dark days but as we recall that we desire light more than anything else let us not forget that the blessing of light will come. The darkest night comes before the dawn.
The hymn “Lead, kindly Light” reminds us that when we search for the Light it can be found and we hope and pray that shafts of light may soon penetrate the darkness of these days. It is my hope and prayer that we shall emerge from this darkness stronger.
I urge you to follow our principles, trust in The Most High God, seek good to all men and look after each other. My prayer for you as I hope yours is for me is:
May the Light of God surround you
The Love of God enfold you
The power of God protect you
The presence of God watch over you.
I am,
Yours fraternally
The Revd Dr Angus Kerr, B.D.,Cert.Min.,Th.M.,D.Min
The Grand Chaplain
31st March 2020 – Update By PGL Almoner Bro. Ian McGown

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 Brethren-

 

Zoom Logo

Jitsi

 

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.

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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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