News 2020

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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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.

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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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