News 2021

3rd September 2021 – Honorary Provincial Grand Rank

For the past two years, due to the Covid Pandemic when all Meetings were cancelled, it was not possible to award Honorary Provincial Grand Rank.

However we are now in a position to announce that the following Brethren are the latest recipients of this award, as a recognition of the service given to their Lodges and our Craft over many years

We offer our congratulations to all six Brethren and look forward to the presentation of Jewels and Certificates in the near future

Bro. Bill Perry IPPGM

Saturday 21st August 2021 – 100th Robert King Stewart Bowling Winners

 

Report from PGL Bowls Convenor Bro. Andrew Crichton

Overall the tournament was fairly well supported. From the minute we arrived at Victoria Bowling club, we were met at the gate from President Steve, Steve was the 1st of many helpers on the day, he started by helping from the minute go, carrying in equipment etc, then kept the brethren hydrated at the bar.

The brethren started to arrive and were welcome to the club with a hot roll and a tea/coffee. This being prepared by David Crichton, with the help from other brethren to serve the food. The club was officially handed over to SPGM Bro. Gordon Mather, from president Steve. SPGM Bro. Gordon then handed the green over to me to allow the game to commence.

After establishing which lodges turned up, and the ones that never, the draw was then altered again at the last minute, allowing the round robin to go ahead. Brother Ian Wilson from Lodge 1067, arranged lunches for everyone, taking orders for a supper of there choice. As I had prepared many different scenarios for the game, in case of lodges failing to turn up, I managed to get the game underway a quick draw/last minute revamp.

The 1st two sections promptly started allowing me to arrange the rest of the tournament. While sections A and B were playing, I could organise sections C and D, this carried on until 2pm, then I managed to relax, knowing all games were organised, to allow different rinks for each game, making it a fair competition. During the day Club President Steve and Club Secretary Bro. Ian Wilson invited the PGL representatives into there Blue room for some hospitality, this was a kind gesture.

I can report the standard of bowls was at a competitive level, although supposed to friendly, it was deadly serious on the green. Games were that tight within 2 of the sections, it came down to a shots count, then went to shots for and against. The standard of bowling was at a high standard as usual.

Each section was won by:

A lodge 440A
B Lodge 919
C Lodge 203 C
D Lodge 215

Before the Final was drawn, we drew the raffle. Many great prize handed in on the day, to which I thank everyone. A £100 Slaters Menswear voucher donated from Slaters Menswear, and a Greengage prohawk bowls trolley/flight case donated from Henselite bowls were amongst the prizes. Bother Hugh McAlpine, offered to sell the Raffle tickets to take pressure off myself, I was very thankful, this took some pressure off me, whilst I revamped the tournament. Hugh McAlpine made sure nobody was left without raffles. The weather still being damp but nothing serious, allowed the semi-final commence.

The semi-final was played section A was drawn against Section B. Lodge 440A and Lodge 919. This resulted in a Lodge 400A win. The 2nd semi-final was played section C was drawn against Section D. Lodge 203C and Lodge 215. This resulted in a Lodge 203C win

Finalists

Lodge Robert Burns No. 440
Skip Bro. Kenny Campbell
2nd Bro. John Poole
Lead Bro. Ian Taylor

The Operative Lodge of Airdrie No.203
Skip Bro. Ross Goldie
2nd  Bro. Keith Gardner
Lead Bro. John Gardner

As the day had been a long one, the final was played immediately after the semi-final. The final was spectacular. 5 ends played, the end result being 3-2, it was that close a game, the score being 2-2 at the going into the last end.

Congratulations to Lodge Robert Burns 440, retaining the cup. With operative Lodge of Airdrie 203 being very close runners up.

SPGM Bro. Gordon Mather thanked everyone for attending, helping and making the day run smoothly. I thanked the brethren for attending and congratulated Lodge Robert Burns 440 on retaining the Cup. The trophy was presented to winning skip from Lodge Robert Burns 440 Kenny Campbell, he was further joined by his 2nd John Poole and lead Iain Taylor. President Steve accepted a donation for £50 towards his Coatbridge Victoria’s Bowling clubs funds, from the PGL Bowling section. SPGM Gordon Mather handed the green back to president Steve. President Steve said he was happy to have, provided the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire, with the use of Coatbridge Victoria’s Bowling Club, to host our annual event for the 2nd year, and welcomed us to use it in the future.

I can report that between raffles and donations on the day, we raised £485 on the day, and £55 online, for raffle sales. The online donation page will remain open for donations until 05/09/21. The money raised provided hot rolls, tea and coffee. With the extra money raised we will be able to have the cup silver plated, and brought back to it former glory. Brethren I hope I haven’t forgot thank anybody, if I have please don’t take it personally.

To finish off, I thank everyone collectively, as I was unable to single out anyone person, with much help, it made it a successful day to remember.

I was ready to retire this job after 7 years, but after yesterday, I was happy to carry on for another year, this was due to the support given by many.

Thanks Everyone sincerely.

Bro. Andrew Crichton

19th August 2021 – Raffle for the Refurbishment of the Robert King Stewart Bowling Trophy

Brother Andrew Crichton, Bowls Convenor is appealing for donations to be received that will enter you into the prize draw on Saturday 21/08/2021 at 3pm. Tickets are priced at £1 per ticket, you can enter as many times as you like and this is not restricted to Bowlers Prizes include a Pro-hawk bowls trolley/cabin case donated be Henselite Bowls, £100 voucher from Slaters menswear, usual bottles etc….
Any donations received after the prize draw will be greatly received, but won’t be included in the prize draw. Please include your email with your donation to allow you to be identified, should you win a prize. Thanks for the raffle prizes received, and promised so far.
The link below with take you to the donations page
Scottish Constitution Freemasonry Supports Facebook Page – 1 Year On 👏👏👏👏👏

Now that the Scottish Constitution Freemasonry Supports (SCFS) page is one year old, it has recorded in excess of £1.3m of identifiable support, and welcomed its 5,400th member, The SCFS Team is delighted to announce the launch of its public facing Facebook page … “SCFS-Showcase”.

On this page is a selection of posts, which have appeared since the SCFS page was created and will be featured and updated on a regular basis. “SCFS-Showcase” will enable friends and family, along with other members of the public, to view, share and comment on the many examples of charitable support given by Scottish Constitution Freemasons throughout the world. Your assistance in helping to spread the many good news stories to a much wider audience would be greatly appreciated.
Please feel free to share the page, or any of the individual posts with friends, family or anywhere else, to enable all to see the invaluable contributions that are being made on a regular basis … and encourage them to “Like” the page.
The page can be accessed from Facebook by searching for “SCFS-Showcase” or by using the link below.

Sunday 29th August 2021 – PGL Golf Drumpellier Golf Club Tee Times

Please find attached tee times for the PGL Annual Golf Tournament at Drumpellier Golf Club

Please check your times and handicaps, Good luck everyone 👏

11th June 2021 – Appeal for Support on PGL Website & Social Media Platforms

Brethren, at the recent Zoom Committee meeting an appeal for support on the PGL website and Social Media tasks was made.

Bro. Colin Campbell picked up the administration of these platforms during PPGM Tom Davidson’s Commission but now feels it is the right time for someone with a professional approach to drive the website forward and freshen it up.

If any Brother within the Province has the ability or some free time to commit to drive this important communication tool forward it would greatly appreciated.

In the first instance if they contact PG Sect. Bill Paton at Secretary@pgllanarkshire.com, we will discuss and get back to you.

Thank you Brethren.

10th June 2021 – New Commission Take up Their Posts

As most of you are aware Brother Andrew D Millar takes up his post as the 18th Provincial Grand Master of Lanarkshire Middle Ward today.

Due to the ongoing pandemic the date as important as it is, is a little subdued, but hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of the team.
PGM Andrew’s Commission is as below –
Depute Provincial Grand Master
Bro. Norman MacKenzie Carnegy -Lodge St. Mary Coltness No. 31
Substitute Provincial Grand Masters
Bro. Colin T Campbell – Lodge Coltswood Glenboig No. 1067
Bro. Bobby Ferguson – Lodge St. Thomas No. 306
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
Assisted by –

Bro. Gordon McCaffer – Lodge Coltswood Glenboig No. 1067
Almoner
Bro. Ian McGowan – (Bro. Tom Reid – New Monkland Montrose No. 88, picks up this post March 2022)
Director of Ceremonies
Bro. James Lees – Lodge Blantyre Kilwinning No. 579
PGM Andy is arranging his newly Commissioned Office Bearers to get together to plan for the future and lead the Province out of the pandemic.
Usually we would update the PGL website with new photographs and reports on the event, but to the situation we find ourselves in we may be a little delayed, that said behind the scenes everything is still moving forward to celebrate Bro. Andrew’s historic occasion.
In closing we wish PGM Andy and his team a successful and healthy term in office as well as further massive well done to the retiring team headed by IPPGM Bill Perry
Onwards and upwards Brethern

9th June 2021 – Lodge New Monkland Montrose No. 88 – 60 year Certificate Presentation

PGM Bro. Bill Perry accompanied RWM Bro. John Gray and Bro. Tom Reid PM to Falkirk today to present Bro. Laurence Peterson with his 60 year certificate and lapel pin. A retired Captain in the Merchant Navy, Laurence related some of the highlights of a very interesting and enjoyable career. He also paid tribute to Lodge New Monkland Montrose and thanked everyone in the Lodge who had helped in in his Masonic journey.

A lovely tea was provided by his wife Grace and his daughter Cathrine.

8th June 2021 – Final Zoom Committee meeting by PGM Bill Perry

Last night Provincial Grand Master Bill Perry presided over his last official Meeting of his Commission over a Zoom online call, not the way we all envisaged the sign off, almost 5 years ago.
This meeting was to conclude some essential PGL business and also to thank everyone for their support and dedication over his term in office.
The last 18 months were certainly not the way PGM wanted to conclude his term but even during the pandemic PGL has remained functional and Lodges active, we have even seen the very important Mental Health Awareness Group go from strength to strength under the leadership of Bro. Jack Alexander.
The Heads of all Masonic orders meet later today, where hopefully some decisions can be made on the reintroduction of Lodge meetings and the way forward, we await with apprehension.
PGM Bill concluded the meeting thanking his Commission, Office Bearers, Committee and all Brethren of the Province, in particular Bro. William Craig PG Sect for his efforts, not just in his commission but other PGM’s also, his commitment, service and diligence over many years has been invaluable to Provincial Grand Lodge 👏👏👏
Finally he wished PGM Designate Bro. Andrew Millar and his Commission a successful term in office and all his support when they take up office on Thursday to lead the Province out of this pandemic.
Bro. Andrew reciprocated thanking PGM Bill for his hard work, dedication and commitment during his difficult tenure leading the Province over the last 5 years
In true PGM wit and humour, he signed off with his partner Willie, The Two Ronnies 👓 👓
“And it’s goodnight from me and it’s Goodnight from him”
Very elequently rehearsed, if we may say so 😂A great way to sign off a successful Commision

 Thank you PGM William Adam Perry from all at Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward

6th June 2021 – Mental Health Awareness Group Update

Evening Brethren,
‘It’s Good to Talk’- but it’s also good to listen
Once again on behalf of the Mental Health Awareness Group I hope you are all safe and well.
Walk/Talk Groups
Our talk/walk groups have now been going for a couple of weeks now and all who have come long so far have enjoyed the company and the chat and also had a good laugh, all of which can have a positive affect on our mental health.
We will continue with the evening walks and details of this week’s walk/talks therefore are as follows:
• Tuesday 8th June at 10.30 am at Drumpellier Park Coatbridge. We will meet outside the Park Building at Townhead Rd, Coatbridge ML5 1RX
• Thursday 10th June at 7.00pm at Chatelherault Country Park. We will meet in the car park on the right-hand side – for those Brethren who may not know where this is the post code is ML3 7UE, the entrance to which is on the A72 between Hamilton and Larkhall.
• Friday 11th June at 10.30 am at the Palace Grounds Hamilton. We will meet outside the Homebase Store — Unit 10 Palace Grounds Rd, Hamilton ML3 6AD
If you are a dog owner, please feel free to bring along your dog as long as it is kept under control.
If you are coming along, I look forward seeing you there.
If you are unsure of the meeting point locations or if you wish any other information, please free to contact me.
How can nature benefit my mental health?
Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. For example, doing things like growing food or flowers, exercising outdoors or being around animals can have lots of positive effects. It can:
• improve your mood
• reduce feelings of stress or anger
• help you take time out and feel more relaxed
• improve your physical health
• improve your confidence and self-esteem
• help you be more active
• help you make new connections
• provide peer support.
The above information Brethren is lifted directly from the mind.org.uk website and on there you will find further useful information relating to this or alternatively if you don’t have access to social media please feel free to contact myself.
As restrictions continue to ease Brethren please remain safe and well 🙏
Jack Alexander PGC
07840050616
jack.alexander@btinternet.com

Provincial Grand Lodge Sporting Events – Golf & Bowling

Brethern, we have some great sporting events available this year to help lift the doom & gloom of the Pandemic, these are the PGL Golf at Drumpellier Golf Club and the 100th Anniversary Robert King Stewart Bowling at Victoria Bowling Club, both in Coatbridge.
We have been asked by the convenors to reach out to everyone due to the Lodges not being able to meet to prompt everyone to submit their teams, there is a great deal of organising to go on in the background to secure the numbers for tee times, book rinks and catering etc., your prompt replies would be appreciated by sporting convenors Bro. John Gardner & Andrew Crichton
21st August 2021 – Robert King Stewart 100th Anniversary Bowling
Victoria Bowling Club, Coatbridge
09:39 for 10:99
Triples over 13 ends
£10 per team
Email – andrewcrichton@me.com
Tel – 077508026144
Sunday 29th August 2021 – PGL Annual Golf Competition
Drumpellier Golf Club, Coatbridge
Email – John203@yahoo.co.uk
Tel – 07799 714503
Teams of 3 per Lodge & singles tournaments
£35 per entry

Please support these event Brethern, a great opportunity to Meet and greet again after a long period with no Masonic activity

31st May 2021 – Mental Health Awareness Group Update

Good Morning Brethren,
‘It’s Good to Talk’- but it’s also good to listen
Once again on behalf of the Mental Health Awareness Group I hope you are all safe and well.
Walk/Talk Groups
Our talk/walk groups have now been going for a couple of weeks now and all who have come long so far have enjoyed the company and the chat. Due to the success of last week’s evening walk (I have attached a photo from the walk) we will have another this Thursday.
Details of this week’s walk/talks therefore are as follows:
Tuesday 1st June at 10.30 am at Drumpellier Park Coatbridge. We will meet outside the Park Building at Townhead Rd, Coatbridge ML5 1RX
Thursday 3rd June at 7.00pm at Chatelherault Country Park. We will meet in the car park on the right-hand side – for those Brethren who may not know where this is the post code is ML3 7UE, the entrance to which is on the A72 between Hamilton and Larkhall.
Friday 4th June at 10.30 am at the Palace Grounds Hamilton. We will meet outside the Homebase Store — Unit 10 Palace Grounds Rd, Hamilton ML3 6AD
If you are a dog owner, please feel free to bring along your dog as long as it is kept under control. If you are coming along, I look forward seeing you there.
If you are unsure of the meeting point locations or if you wish any other information, please free to contact me.
Coping with anxiety about coming out of lockdown.
Easing of lockdown will allow us to get back to the people and things we love, but it’s OK if you feel worried about going back to something more “normal” as lockdown restrictions loosen.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been hard for us all and we have all experienced the effects differently, including those of us who have been shielding.
Even positive change can lead to anxiety, and it can take time to readjust to things we have not done for a while.
Feelings of post-lockdown anxiety are likely to pass with time as we get used to the “new normal” but it’s important to do what we can to take care of our mental health.
There are lots of things that can help you to manage these feelings and make it easier to adjust.
Here are our top tips for taking care of your mental health as things change.
• Go at your own pace
• Don’t avoid things entirely
• Get your information from right sources
• Discuss any changes with others
• Make time to relax
• Challenge unhelpful thoughts
• Tell someone how you feel
• Plan social occasions
• Find routine when you can
• Write down your thoughts
• Focus on the present
The above information Brethren is lifted directly from the NHS UK website and on there each of the tips can be expanded to give further useful information or alternatively if you don’t have access please feel free to contact myself.
As restrictions continue to ease Brethren please remain safe and well 🙏
Jack Alexander PGC
07840050616

jack.alexander@btinternet.com

23rd May 2021 – Mental Health Awareness Group Update

Good Morning Brethren,
‘It’s Good to Talk’- but it’s also good to listen
Once again on behalf of the Mental Health Awareness Group I hope you are all safe and well.
Walk/Talk Groups
Our talk/walk groups have now been going for a couple of weeks now and all who have come long so far have enjoyed the company and the chat. For those Brethren who work day shift, or for any other reason can’t make the Tuesday and Friday morning walks, we will be having an evening walk this week:
Details of this week’s walk/talks therefore are as follows:
Tuesday 25th May at 10.30 am at Drumpellier Park Coatbridge. We will meet outside the Park Building at Townhead Rd, Coatbridge ML5 1RX
Thursday 27th May at 7.00pm at Chatelherault Country Park. We will meet in the car park on the right-hand side – for those Brethren who may not know where this is the post code is ML3 7UE, the entrance to which is on the A72 between Hamilton and Larkhall.
Friday 28th May at 10.30 am at the Palace Grounds Hamilton. We will meet outside the Homebase Store — Unit 10 Palace Grounds Rd, Hamilton ML3 6AD
If you are a dog owner, please feel free to bring along your dog as long as it is kept under control. If you are coming along, I look forward seeing you there.
If you are unsure of the meeting point locations or if you wish any other information, please free to contact me.
Suicide Prevention Lanarkshire
For those Brethren who are Smartphone or Tablet users, an excellent new app (Suicide Prevention Lanarkshire) has been created by a partnership of both North and South Lanarkshire suicide prevention initiatives and was recently launched with the help of Motherwell FC.
The app is a valuable and very useful resource providing practical information and support. The message they are trying to get across is one we are familiar with and is ‘Let’s talk’, the purpose of which is to encourage people to talk more openly about suicide, so we can all work together to prevent it.
The app is called ‘SP Lanarkshire’ and is available to download from your mobile device app store.
As restrictions continue to ease Brethren please continue to stay safe and well 🙏
Jack Alexander PGC

07840050616

jack.alexander@btinternet.com

20th May 2021 – Robert King Stewart Bowling 100th Anniversary Competition

I am attaching information from Brother Andrew Crichton about the R.K.S.B.A. competition which will take place on Saturday 21st August at Victoria Bowling Club Coatbridge.
Please pass this information to the Bowlers I you Lodge and encourage them to take part to mark the 100 years of the competition, and hopefully could well be one on the first Masonic events since the easing of restrictions.
Yours Faithfully and Fraternally

William M. Craig
Provincial Grand Secretary
Lanarkshire Middle Ward

15th May 2021 – Presentation of Honorary Grand Ranks & Grand Lodge Appointment

Brethren,

Due to the ongoing Pandemic, resulting in all Masonic Meetings being cancelled, we arranged for some outstanding business to be attended to in my back garden. The presentations of Honorary Grand Rank Certificates and Jewels would, under normal circumstances take place at the Provincial Grand Lodge AGM in January. This obviously didn’t happen, but I was determined to make these presentations before I demit Office.

And on Saturday 15th May we arranged for the recipients and Lodge representatives to be in attendance and for these duties to be carried out in a safe manner.

Bro. George Laird Randall, MM of Lodge Caldercruix St. John No. 1314 received the rank of Honorary Assistant Grand Treasurer, Bro. Ian McGown PM of Lodge Woodhall St. John’s No. 305, Honorary Grand Almoner and Bro. Thomas Orrick Reid, PM of Lodge New Monkland Montrose No. 88, Honorary Grand Jeweller.

Also in attendance was our recently appointed Grand Steward, Bro. Allan McLaren Hutton, PM of Lodge Caldercruix St. John No. 1314, who was presented with his Regalia by Bro. Billy Spencer, also a Grand Steward. This Regalia was worn by our late Brother, Tom McCrone, a great friend of Bro. Spencer.

Then the PGM, Bro. Bill Perry, in one of his final duties, took the opportunity to hand over to the PGM Elect, Bro. Andrew Duncan Millar, the PGM’s chain of Office, the PGM Mallet and the PGM Dinning Jewel, wishing him great success, health and happiness during the next five years.

A few celebratory refreshments were taken by the Brethren before they departed.

Bill Perry

PGM

17th May 2021 – Mental Health Awareness Group Update

Good Morning Brethren,
‘It’s Good to Talk’- but it’s also good to listen
Once again on behalf of the Mental Health Awareness Group I hope you are all safe and well. Now that Mental Health Awareness week which had as its theme ‘Nature ‘ is in the past, it is quite normal for us to forget it, so I have attached a wee reminder of the benefits nature offers for our mental well-being.
I have also attached ‘Five steps to Mental Wellbeing’ which is excellent guidance from the NHS to help improve our Mental Well-being.
You will notice Brethren that I have added a few extra words to our usual theme this week.
Brethren it is equally as important, especially to someone experiencing a mental health crisis, is to have someone who will quite simply ‘lend an ear and listen to them non judgementally
Our talk/walk groups have now been going for a couple of weeks now and all who have come long so far have enjoyed the company and the chat.
Details of this week’s walk/talks are as follows:
Tuesday 18th May at 10.30 am at Drumpellier Park Coatbridge. We will meet outside the Park Building at Townhead Rd, Coatbridge ML5 1RX
​Friday 22nd April at 10.30 am at the Palace Grounds Hamilton. We will meet outside the Homebase Store — Unit 10 Palace Grounds Rd, Hamilton ML3 6AD
If you are a dog owner, please feel free to bring along your dog as long as it is kept under control.
If you are coming along, I look forward seeing you there.
It is our intention to start evening walks soon and it is hoped to be able to announce a start date soon.
If you are unsure of the meeting point locations or if you wish any other information, please free to contact me.
Jack Alexander PGC

07840050616

jack.alexander@btinternet.com

10th May 2021 – Mental Health Awareness Group Update

Good Morning Brethren,

‘It’s Good to Talk’
Once again on behalf of the Mental Health Awareness Group I hope you are all safe and well. Our talk/walk groups have now been going for a couple of weeks now and all who have come long so far have enjoyed the company and the chat. I have attached a couple of pictures from last week’s walks. Today sees the start Mental Health Awareness Week with a theme of Nature so why not come along and join us for a blether out in the fresh air.
Details of this week’s walk/talks are as follows:
Tuesday 11th May at 10.30 am at Drumpellier Park Coatbridge. We will meet outside the Park Building at Townhead Rd, Coatbridge ML5 1RX
Friday 15th April at 10.30 am at the Palace Grounds Hamilton. We will meet outside the Homebase Store — Unit 10 Palace Grounds Rd, Hamilton ML3 6AD
If you are a dog owner, please feel free to bring along your dog as long as it is kept under control.
If you are coming along, I look forward seeing you there. If you are unsure of the meeting point locations or if you wish any other information, please free to contact me.
Jack Alexander PGC

07840050616
jack.alexander@btinternet.com

Monday 10th May 2021 – Funeral Service for Bro. Reg Sutherland

Brethren, the funeral for Bro Reg will take place on Monday 10th May at South Lanarkshire Crematorium at 9.00am
Brethren wishing to attend will form a guard of honour but no regalia will be worn
Brethren may view the Service via the Obitus link
Username suji0054
Password 564336
Webcast: Live Webcast &Watch Again

William M Craig

Provincial Grand Secretary

Friday 30th April 2021 – Mental Health Awareness Group Update

Good Evening Brethren,
‘It’s Good to Talk’
Once again on behalf of the Mental Health Awareness Group I hope you are all safe and well.
Our first talk/walk groups took place this week and were enjoyed by all who came along, and whilst there was some walking done, I think it’s fair to say there was also plenty of talking done. It was good to get out in the fresh air, meet up with Brethren we haven’t seen in person over the last year and have a right good blether and catch up. I have attached a couple of pictures from this week’s walks.
Details of next week’s walk/talks are as follows:
Tuesday 4th May at 10.30 am at Drumpellier Park Coatbridge. We will meet outside the Park Building at Townhead Rd, Coatbridge ML5 1RX
Friday 7th April at 10.30 am at the Palace Grounds Hamilton. We will meet outside the Homebase Store — Unit 10 Palace Grounds Rd, Hamilton ML3 6AD
A number of Brethren have approached me asking if we could have a walking group in the evening now that the “light nights” are here. We will look into organising an evening walk in the next week or two and I will publish details when they are finalised. If you are a dog owner, please feel free to bring along your dog as long as it is kept under control. If you are coming along, I look forward seeing you there.
If you are unsure of the meeting point locations or if you wish any other information, please free to contact me.
Jack Alexander . PGC

07840050616

jack.alexander@btinternet.com

21st April 2021 – Mental Health Awareness Group Update

Good Afternoon Brethren,
‘It’s Good to Talk’
Once again on behalf of the Mental Health Awareness Group I hope you are all safe and well. Now that restrictions allow (we will still observe any restrictions e.g. regarding group numbers that may be in place) I am delighted to inform you all that our talk/walk groups will commence week commencing 26th April and the details are as follows:
Tuesday 27th April at 10.30 am at Drumpellier Park Coatbridge. We will meet outside the Park Building at Townhead Rd, Coatbridge ML5 1RX
Friday 30th April at 10.30 am at the Palace Grounds Hamilton. We will meet outside the Homebase Store — Unit 10 Palace Grounds Rd, Hamilton ML3 6AD
Please remember the purpose of the talk/walks is to enable us to be out in the fresh air, meeting other people and having a blether. The distance you walk is entirely up to you – the groups are meant for everyone. There are plenty of park benches at both locations. If you are a dog owner, please feel free to bring along your dog as long as it is kept under control.  If you are coming along, I look forward seeing you there.
If you are unsure of the meeting point locations or if you wish any other information, please free to contact me.
Jack Alexander . PGC

07840050616

Sunday 11th April 2021 – Respect to HRH Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh

Brother James Lees PPGSW paid respects this morning to HRH Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh on behalf of all the Brethren of Scottish Freemasonry, RWPGM Bro William Adam Perry, Office Bearers and Brethren of Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward.

Jim can be seen at the gates of Buckingham Palace leaving a floral tribute and kind words. Well done Brother Jim for this very fitting and important tribute to a great man & Freemason You have laid down your working tools of Life.

I think when you look at the Royal family it a easy to think of them as a necessity to public service , the Queen and Prince Philip have spent the last 73 years in Love and had a life of dedication to public service while under very difficult circumstances trying to build a family.

Tonight we mourn the passing of a man who was indeed a very humble gentleman who has tirelessly given his life to public service , let’s us all join together and pray for the passing of a true Husband, Dad, Great Grandfather, Grandfather, Uncle & Gentleman.

God bless Prince Philip from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward

5th April 2021 – St. Thomas No. 306 Charity Work

On Monday 5th April Bro Bobby Ferguson PM RWM presented a cheque of £4,000 to Bro Craig Scott.

Bro Craig Scott’s wife has Motor Neurone Disease and their house is having to be extended and adapted to suit Claire’s needs.

When the lodge members were made aware of this a number of brethren immediately volunteered to help in any way that they could and plans were in place to walk the West Highland Way as a fundraiser, unfortunately due to Covid this had to be cancelled twice.

Bro Mark Scott suggested that he could set up a virtual run fundraiser and that he would Run the equal distance of Lands End to John O’Groats which he did during Feb and March, he set up a fundraising page and our brethren were very generous in donating to help out the family and encourage Bro Mark on his objective, Bro Scott Melvin helped set up the fundraiser and also helped motivate Bro Mark on his journey

Bro Hayden K McFadden PM raffled a bottle of fine whisky through Facebook and the winner asked Bro Hayden to re-raffle or sell the bottle to raise more money, low and behold this was sold to a brother from lodge Union No 244.

From the monies donated and an augmentation from the lodge we only hope this helps in someway to make it a wee bit easier in their home for Claire.

Bro Craig said that he is overwhelmed by the support and that the money will indeed help out with the alterations to their property, he said to thank everyone for their support and deeply indebted to all that were involved.

Photos (L to R)

Pic 1- Bro Mark Scott, Bro Bobby Ferguson PM RWM, Bro Craig Scott, Bro Hayden K McFadden PM Ass Treas, Bro Eric McPhee PM Sec,

Pic 2 same as Pic 1 with Scott Melvin on right hand side

5th April 2021 – Lodge St. Thomas No. 306 Great Gesture

Tonight on behalf of Lodge St. Thomas 306 Brother Bobby Ferguson RWM presented a cheque to Brother Rab Keir’s.
Rab’s 4 year old grandson Robbie was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour in January 2021 and was required travel to Manchester to have a special type radiotherapy. Brother Keirs was delighted and thankful for the donation and asked to pass his gratitude to the members on Lodge St .Thomas No. 306.

Great gesture lads, thoughts and prayers of the Province for young Robbie’s health and recovery 🙏

21st August 2021 – Rearranged Centenary PGL Bowls Competition

It is with delight in this COVID period that we have agreed with The President and Committee of Victoria Bowling club that we will proceed with the 100th Robert King Stewart bowling competition on Saturday 21st August 2021, this is the rearranged competition cancelled last year due to the COVID pandemic.

Provincial Grand Lodge would be delighted if you could communicate this to all of the Boolers in the Province and made this a success, particular as this being the milestone event for the Bowling team.
Further details, format, timings and safety information will be posted shortly by Bro. Andrew Crichton of Lodge Robert Burns No. 440.

Brethren, Please support this long standing event in the Province.

3rd April 2020 – Update from the Mental Health Awareness Group

“Its good to talk”

On behalf of the MHA Group may I take this opportunity of wishing you all a Happy Easter and again I trust both yourselves and your families are continuing to be safe and well.
Easter and Springtime are, I always think of as synonymous terms because when I think of one the other always comes to mind. To me it is also the season of change, when the earth comes to life and transforms the countryside into something beautiful, which we can all enjoy.
I came across this quote (author unknown): – “Spring: a lovely reminder of how truly beautiful change can be”
I have attached a couple of photos from my walk around Low Waters and Strathclyde Parks yesterday Which I feel show this. We are also still optimistic/hopeful that Spring will also be a time of change for us and our walk/talk groups will start week commencing 26th April and details will be available shortly.
When the group starts and you feel you need just a wee bit encouragement how about this quote from the Austrian composer Gustav Mahler :-
“Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply “
Honestly I haven’t swallowed a book of quotes 😀😀. Once again please feel free to contact me if you want any further information.
Jack Alexander PGC
Mobile: 07840050616 / Email: jack.alexander@btinternet.com

30th March 2021 – Website Updates
Evening Brethren & Friends,

Over the last year during the COVID pandemic some of the Brethren of the Province have had some free time and put this to good use researching the history of our Province, this has resulted in hours and hours of research with some great results.
We are now in a position where this has allowed us to provide some updates to the PGL website with information we hope that you find informative.
To help you find the changes they are listed below –
a) Past Provincial Grand Senior Wardens & Honours pages updated from 1960 to date. It is hoped that we can go back further with further documents found, these pages now also has a search facility to search by name or lodge name
b) New Provincial Grand Masters section with individual portraits and information on their Commission, we hope to update these with feedback from the individual PGM’s and the Province Lodges
c) New online 2020 syllabus – We plan to upload future syllabus editions for online availability, the paper pocket size version will still be available
All of this “work in progress” will continually be revised and updated
Any Brother who has any photographs or information on the history of the Province that they think would help develop the website , we would welcome that they send it to either PG Secretary or Bro. Tom Davidson and we will do our utmost to build into future updates.
We hope you enjoy the update, link below to the website –

29th March 2021 – Lodge Airdrie St. John No. 166 Charity- March 2020 – March 2021

Since Lockdown in March 2020 Lodge Airdrie St. John 166 have continued their fine tradition of continuing to make donations to organisations that they have supported over many years.

The latest donations, last week, saw the Right Worshipful Master, Bro. Bobby Mccue, sanction the release of further Charity Cheques, of £200, to each of the following recipients: Guide Dogs Scotland, St.Andrews Hospice, Lanarkshire Cancer Care, Glasgow Children’s Charity, MND Scotland, MacMillan Cancer Support, Parkinson’s Self Help Group, Meningitis Research Foundation, Maggie’s Centre, Moira Anderson Foundation and Erskine.

This latest gesture means that over the pandemic year, the Lodge, in total, has contributed just over £8,000 to these organisations.

Additionally the Lodge, in the last year, has made further contributions to other organisations and events in excess of £1,500.

The Lodge, once again, can be rightly proud of its’ continued Local and National support for the work of organisations who, in these most difficult of times, continue to work on their behalf

A fantastic well done from all in the Province 👏👏👏👍👍

29th March 2021 – Social Media & Scottish Parliament Elections

Please see attached letter from Grand Lodge on political views on Freemasonry Social Media sites, please refrain from any politically motivated communication of Lodge or Provincial social media sites

25th March 2021 – Foodbank Easter Egg Donation

UPDATE – Just been informed that Bro. Bobby Ferguson is the trim good looking one at the back of the photograph, didn’t notice him as he is the new fitter slimmer version , Bobby messaged me this 🥰
Bro Jim Tallis PM Tresurer, Bro Jim Hamilton WJW & Bro Allan McPhail Almoner of Lodge St. Thomas No. 306 attended the Larkhall foodbank and donated 50 Easter Eggs and a cheque for £150 from the Lodge.
Kitty the foodbank manager was delighted with the donation and asked the Brethern to thank all at the lodge for the continual support.

Well done Brethern 👏🥰🤗👏

23rd March 2021 – Remembering all the Brethren we have lost in the last year, God Bless

#LightForLives

PGL Annual Golf Competition – Sunday 29th August 2020

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

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
Airdrie
ML6 9PY

Email – johng203@yahoo.co.uk

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
07840050616
jack.alexander@btinternet.com

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 – jack.alexander@btinternet.com

10th March 2020 – Jubilee Diploma Presentation to Bro. Robert Nisbet

RWM Bro. John R. McKinnon P.M. had the greatest pleasure visiting Bro. Robert Nesbitt and presenting his 50 Year Diploma. A fantastic achievement from a fantastic man and Mason.
Robert you are a great asset to Lodge Robert Burns 440 and the Provincilal Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle award

Well Done 👏

The Provincial Grand Master, Brother Andrew Mushet, would like to congratulate Brother Ronald Gemmill on being commissioned as Provincial Grand Master of Linlithgowshire from 4th February 2021. Congratulations from everyone at the Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow.

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.

Brother Andrew D. Millar

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.

Regards

Willie

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.