News 2021

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.