PGL Annual Golf Competition – Sunday 29th August 2020
Brethren, we have been accepted by Drumpellier Golf Club to have our annual golf competition on Sunday 29th August 2021.
Due to the current situation of lodges being closed at present I am not writing to the individual lodges as normal, therefore I would appreciate if you would apply directly to myself for admission to participate in this competition which consists of three classes and also a three man team, lodges can enter as many three man teams they wish, I would ask if one person from each lodge could gather the names if possible and submit them before Sunday 20th June
Entry is £35.00 per person and all cheques should be sent to myself at the address below and should be made out to PGL GOLF SECTION.
I look forward to the usual response to this competition and look forward to resuming this great competition. d
Bro . John Gardner
Provincial Grand Lodge Golf Rep
38 Target Road
Email – email@example.com
21st March 2021 – Charity Giving to Erskine by Bro. Alec Maitland
Bro. Alex continued his fantastic work on behalf of Erskine with a further cheque for £1350. It was made up by money raised last year of £900 from various lodges and events, £200 from Brother Alex and a further £250 recently gifted by Lodge New Monkland Montrose No. 88.
A cheque was sent recorded delivery to Colin McPhail & Jim Watret fundraisers for Erskine, both of whom are in the Craft.
Although the lockdown is effecting us all, this is some fantastic help for those who need it most and will be well received
18th March 2021 – Its Good to Talk
Good afternoon Brethren,
Once again on behalf of the MHA Group I trust both yourselves and your families are continuing to be safe and well.
This update is written with a feeling of increasing optimism and hope, that the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ we talked about in last week’s update is gradually getting nearer and it won’t be too much longer till we return to some semblance of normality.
We have been looking at the latest government update this week and based on this, we very much hope the walk/talk groups will start week commencing 26th April. Whilst full details will be available shortly, we would like to say at this early time that these walks will be for all Brethren and not just for the physically fit. The pace/ length of the walks will be to suit the Brethren in attendance, and in all proposed locations the are plenty of park benches for those in need of a wee rest.
I was out walking with the dog this morning, it was beautiful and I came back refreshed and feeling really good. I have attached a couple of pictures from this morning and from previous walks, from some of the locations we will be using, which I hope will give us all something to look forward to. In some of the pictures even Ralph (the dog) is smiling .
If you wish please forward me any pictures you may have from walks you have been on.
Once again please feel free to contact me if you want any intimation
“Its good to talk”
Jack Alexander PGC
10th March 2021 – Update from the Mental Health Awareness Group
Good evening Brethren on behalf of the MHA group I trust you are safe and well.
Now that the vaccination programme is rolling out and some of the restrictions are being eased ,albeit ever so slightly, I know it gives me hope and I pray it does the same for you ‘ that there is a light at the end of the tunnel ‘ and we can all get back some sort of normality fairly soon.
I am hopeful that in the next week or two we will be able to start the talk/walk groups, get out in the fresh air and enjoy a blether with each other. The groups will start as soon as restrictions allow so please watch this space. I have included a few quotes this week which I hope you find inspirational.
Once again please feel free to contact me if you want any further information
“Its good to talk”
Jack Alexander PGC
Telephone – 07840050616
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
10th March 2020 – Jubilee Diploma Presentation to Bro. Robert Nisbet
Saturday 20th March 2021 – Young Masons Forum Zoom Call
Please find attached communication from Grand Lodge for any Young Masons under 40 to Join the Zoom call, application forms from Lodge.
Dear Sir and Brother
Younger Masons – Under 40’s Online Seminar on Saturday 20 March 2021
I refer to the above subject and report on an outcome from the recent Members’ Survey which identified the importance of the views of younger Brethren to the Scottish Constitution.
To this end the Grand Master Mason will host an online seminar on Zoom exclusively for members aged under the age of 40 years to attend.
The Zoom seminar will take place at 11am on Saturday 20 March 2021. The format will take the form of open discussion along with more focussed dialogue in breakout rooms facilitated by the leads currently examining the five key themes to emerge from the survey, namely:
1) How to address our aging membership and attract and retain new members
2) How to support Lodges that are struggling
3) How to modernise our Organisation while preserving our traditions
4) How to be more transparent and improve our public image
5) How to place a greater emphasis on external charitable giving
Please circulate this open invitation to members of your Lodge aged under 40 and request that they complete and return the attached form to Sue Williams, PA to Grand Secretary, email email@example.com no later than Wednesday 17 March 2021. Zoom link details and joining instructions will be circulated prior to the seminar.
The Grand Master Mason looks forward to greeting our younger members and emphasises they have a voice which will be listened to as we all take Scottish Freemasonry forward. This initial seminar will develop into a permanent Younger Masons Focus Group comprising members under the age of 40.
Yours Sincerely and Fraternally
William M S Semple
2nd March 2021 – Communication from the PGL Mental Health Awareness Group to Lodge Almoners or Others who need support to help others
Dear Brother Almoner/Secretary,
On behalf of the PGL MHA group I trust both yourselves and your families are safe and well.
Albeit this communication is addressed to Almoners/Secretaries it equally applies to any interested Brethren.
The reason for writing to you is to clarify what the purpose of the group is and what we are looking to achieve. The theme of the group is “it’s good to talk “and our purpose to try and improve/maintain the mental health of our fellow Brethren during this exceedingly difficult period.
How can we do this?
We will all be aware of Brethren who, for example, live on their own, and possibly have not been out much during the last year, and are feeling lonely or even forgotten. I am sure we can all identify those Brethren within our respective Lodges who fall into this category. A worrying result of this exclusion may well be that even when the virus is under control and the restrictions are lifted some Brethren may well be very wary of going out again. It is also a known fact that due to extended exclusion people may also lose their self-confidence and the skill of conversation.
It is amazing the difference we can make, just by reaching out to them and quite to, quite simply, have a blether with them This can be done either by phone, email or when restrictions allow, face to face.
Whilst we are looking to improve/maintain the mental well-being of Brethren, we are not medical professionals, and as such we are not asking you to contact Brethren to ask them about their mental health but rather just having a chat with them about — anything.
However, if a Brother identifies as requiring professional help/support it is important we can point them in the right direction to obtain that help.
To this end you will be receiving a support pack containing contact numbers and other useful information relating good mental well-being.
Apologies if you have already seen some of this information of Facebook but we are trying to ensure we get to as many Brethren as possible.
Please feel free to contact me if you require any additional information.
Jack Alexander PGC
Tel Contact – 07840050616
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
28th February 2021 – Bro. Andrew Marsden, The Operative Lodge of Airdrie Beard Shave for St. Andrews Hospice
Brethern, just a quick note to let you know that Brother Andy Marsden has completed his Beard Shave in aid of St. Andrew’s Hospice Airdrie.
The current JustGiving page setup by Andy is sitting a a massive £3240, a fantastic effort.
Well done to Andy for his great Charity work for a very worthy cause from all the The Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward
26th February 2021 – Centenary Birthday of Bro. Bill Pollock
Brother Bill Pollock of Lodge St. Thomas 306 celebrates his 100th birthday today.
We wish Brother Bill a very happy birthday and when the pandemic settles Members of the Lodge plan to pay him a visit and congratulate him with the right hand of friendship.
Congratulations Bro. Bill ok this Milestone birthday
23rd February 2021 – Update for the Mental Health Awareness Group
Good afternoon Brethren,
On behalf of the Mental Health Awareness Group I pray you are all continuing to keep safe and well, and hopefully this week sees us a step nearer to the time when we will be able to meet up again.
I apologise for the length of this weeks update, however this information is taken from the NHS website and I felt it was important to post this in its entirety as it contains useful and practical information.
Please feel free to contact me if you require any further information on this or any of the other updates we have published. My contact details are below.
Jack Alexander PGC
07840050616 / email@example.com
NHS – 5 steps to mental wellbeing
Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.
1. Connect with other people
Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. They can:
• help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth
• give you an opportunity to share positive experiences
• provide emotional support and allow you to support others
There are lots of things you could try to help build stronger and closer relationships:
• if possible, take time each day to be with your family, for example, try arranging a fixed time to eat dinner together
• arrange a day out with friends you have not seen for a while
• try switching off the TV to talk or play a game with your children, friends or family
• have lunch with a colleague
• visit a friend or family member who needs support or company
• volunteer at a local school, hospital or community group. Find out how to volunteer on the GOV.UK website
• make the most of technology to stay in touch with friends and family. Video-chat apps like Skype and FaceTime are useful, especially if you live far apart
• search and download online community apps on the NHS apps library
• do not rely on technology or social media alone to build relationships. It’s easy to get into the habit of only ever texting, messaging or emailing people
2. Be physically active
Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence also shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing by:
• raising your self-esteem
• helping you to set goals or challenges and achieve them
• causing chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood
• find free activities to help you get fit
• if you have a disability or long-term health condition, find out about getting active with a disability
• start running with our couch to 5k podcasts
• find out how to start swimming, cycling or dancing
• find out about getting started with exercise
• do not feel that you have to spend hours in a gym. It’s best to find activities you enjoy and make them a part of your life
3. Learn new skills
Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by:
• boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem
• helping you to build a sense of purpose
• helping you to connect with others
Even if you feel like you do not have enough time, or you may not need to learn new things, there are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life.
Some of the things you could try include:
• try learning to cook something new. Find out about healthy eating and cooking tips
• try taking on a new responsibility at work, such as mentoring a junior staff member or improving your presentation skills
• work on a DIY project, such as fixing a broken bike, garden gate or something bigger. There are lots of free video tutorials online
• consider signing up for a course at a local college. You could try learning a new language or a practical skill such as plumbing
• try new hobbies that challenge you, such as writing a blog, taking up a new sport or learning to paint
• do not feel you have to learn new qualifications or sit exams if this does not interest you. It’s best to find activities you enjoy and make them a part of your life
4. Give to others
Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by:
• creating positive feelings and a sense of reward
• giving you a feeling of purpose and self-worth
• helping you connect with other people
It could be small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger ones like volunteering in your local community.
Some examples of the things you could try include:
• saying thank you to someone for something they have done for you
• asking friends, family or colleagues how they are and really listening to their answer
• spending time with friends or relatives who need support or company
• offering to help someone you know with DIY or a work project
• volunteering in your community, such as helping at a school, hospital or care home
5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)
Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.
Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
16th February 2021 – Update form the Mental Health Awareness Group
Good Morning Brethren,
I pray you are continuing to stay safe and well . One thing we must all have in life is hope and now that the vaccination programme is rolling out at pace, we can all hope that it won’t be too long before restrictions begin easing and we can start our talk /walk groups.
I have attached a meaningful picture as well as some useful information from Lanarkshire Association for Mental Health (LAMH)
6th February 2021 – Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow – District Grand Masters Congratulations
On the 4th of February at a meeting of Grand Committee, the appointment of the following Brethren was confirmed:
- Brother Peter Taylor Provincial Grand Master of Forfarshire.
- Brother Andrew D. Miller Provincial Grand Master of Lanarkshire Middle Ward.
- Brother Raymond A. MacKeddie Provincial Grand Master of Ross and Cromarty.
- Brother Dougie Fergie (re-elected) Provincial Grand Master of East Lothian.
- Brother Paul D Villalta District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of Gibraltar.
Congratulations from the Provincial Grand Master, Brother Andrew Mushet, Commissioned Office Bearers, Provincial Office Bearers and Board of Stewards to all those beginning their appointments and we wish you every success during your commission.
Thursday 4th February 2021 – Appointment of Provincial Grand Master Designate – Brother Andrew Duncan Millar
Brethren, Provincial Grand Master Brother Bill Perry took part in the Grand Lodge Committee Zoom meeting earlier today and is pleased to announce that Bro. Andrew D. Millar DPGM has been confirmed as the next Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward with effect from 10th June 2021.
I am sure you will all join in extending hearty congratulations to him and wish him every success in the future and in particular the next five years.
Brother Millar hopes to be in a position to intimate his team of Commissioned Office Bearers shortly and this will be advised as soon as it is available.
Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 restrictions it has been necessary to cancel the proposed Provincial Grand Master and Commissioned Office Bearers Installation Meeting on the 19th June, alternative arrangements for the Installation of the PGM and his Commissioned Office Bearers will be announced in due course in conjunction with the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
4th February 2021 – Announcement of Commission of Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward 2021-26
It is with great pleasure we formally announce the Provincial Grand Master Designate Bro. Andy Millar’s team for the upcoming 2021-26 Commission
Provincial Grand Master
Bro. Andrew Duncan Millar
Lodge Kirkhill No. 1230
Depute Provincial Grand Master
Bro. Norman MacKenzie Carnegy
Lodge St. Mary Coltness No. 31
Substitute Provincial Grand Masters
Bro. Colin Campbell – Lodge Coltswood Glenboig No. 1067
Bro. Bobby Ferguson – Lodge St. Thomas No. 305
Bro. Gordon Mather – Lodge Blantyre Kilwinning No. 557
Bro. Laird McDonald – Lodge Cambuslang Royal Arch No. 114
Provincial Grand Secretary
Bro. William Paton
Lodge Robert King Stewart No. 919
Senior Provincial Grand Chaplain
Bro. James Vasey
Lodge St. Bryde No. 579
Junior Provincial Grand Chaplain
Bro. Alexander Lawson Hamilton
Lodge St. Bryde No. 579
The new commission will commence on 10th June 2021. Due to the uncertainty of the ongoing COVID situation, Provincial Grand Lodge are in continued dialogue with The Grand Lodge of Scotland to determine a date for the Installation of the New Provincial Grand Master, his Commission and team. We will keep everyone updated on the progress.
We wish all the above Brethren every success in their new commission to lead the Province forward for the next five years.
Thursday 4th February 2021 – Appointment of Bro. Allan McLaren Hutton to the Board of Grand Stewards
Brother Bill Perry Provincial Grand Master is delighted to confirm that his recommendation of Bro. Allan M. Hutton P.M. Lodge Caldercruix St. John No. 1314 to be appointed as Grand Steward of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, has been approved by Grand Lodge and congratulations are extended to Allan for many happy years in this important post in Grand Lodge.
Brother Bill Perry
Provincial Grand Master
15th January 2021 – Communication from Provincial Grand Lodge – Update and Extension of Lodge Meeting Cancellations to June
Brethren , you will be aware that all Masonic meetings have been suspended until early June when a further review will take place.
I am now confirming that the Lodge Book Inspection night due on Tuesday 8th February will not now take place.
Our PGL Treasurer Bro. Gordon McCaffer will be reviewing the Lodge Balance Sheets and Accounts etc. and if there any questions he will contact the Lodge Secretary or Treasurer. This also means that the Official PGL Visitations will not now take place in February /March/April as usual.
The Annual Divine Service due on 25th April has also been cancelled. The Installation of the new PGM for 19th June is obviously in doubt but a further intimation will be given as soon as discussions with GLoS are finalised
Let us hope that the second half of this year may be easier and that perhaps by the start of the Installation season we might be able to gather once again.
6th January 2021 – General Committee Meeting
Last night we held our second General Committee Meeting by Zoom, chaired by PGM Bill Perry, there were a total of 45 Office Bearers and Committee on the call, a super turnout .
A lot of planning is going on in anticipation of putting COVID behind us, going forward we will update everyone when we have more finite details. In the short return the following dates have been pencilled in subject to change –
5th March 2021 – PGL Annual General Meeting, Cambuslang
25th April 2021 – PGL Annual Divine Service, Uddingston Old Parish Church
19th June 2021 – Installation of New Provincial Grand Master, Hamilton College
15th August 2021 – PGL Golf Day, Drumpellier Golf Club
5th November 2021 – PGL Annual Quiz
Bro. Jack Alexander updated the Brethren on the work surrounding the Mental Health Awareness group, unfortunately the recent lockdown has delayed the “walk and talk” groups but rest assured there has been some great work going on behind the scenes by Bro. Jack and his team, Bro’s Iain Reid & Sam Howie, more details will be sent shortly.
The application forms are also out with the Lodge Secretaries for the PGL Caravan breaks at Monkton, we will proceed as normal in the hope that we can open up for the season, the bookings will be displayed on the PGL Website and adjusted as required by the COVID situation.
Stay safe Brethren and pray for the vaccine to kick in and we can meet again.