News 2024

Thursday 18th April 2024 – Donation of Easter Eggs

Following on from the Easter Egg hunt PM Kenny Wilson had the delight in donating some excess stock of eggs and chocolate to Glencryan school in Cumbernauld. Glencryan is an assisted learning school with kids from all over Lanarkshire.

The Head Teacher Mrs Rowe was blown away by our generosity and thanked everyone very much on thinking of them and the kids

PGL Easter Egg Hunt 2024

Another fantastic day of fun and games at the 2nd PGL Easter Egg Hunt.

Held at the Oliver family farm once again the weather held off and the kids and big kids had a ball, this year the event seemed to increase in numbers, probably due to the popularity of last years event.

The stars of the show this year were the addition of 2 small lambs that the kids got the opportunity to feed and walk.

The usual games and kids participation ensued with the magicians, face painting, egg painting, tattoos, egg hunts and mini Olympics on the hill, egg rolling etc.

Our thanks go out to all the organising team headed by SPGM Laird McDonald, the face painters, the egg painters, the magicians, the beat the goalie team, the local farmer who supplied the lambs, Capocci Man ice cream, car park Stewards, Dougie the DJ and most of all Jonathan, Dawn, Aaron & Jack Oliver for allowing us to us family farm for another fantastic event.

Thanks to everyone who turned up and made the day so special.

Also a special mention to the recovery team who helped our Royal Arch Companion out to the field, there’s always one 😳🤦‍♂️🤪❤️

1st November 2024 – PGL Annual Quiz

The Annual Quiz which is being held this year in Lodge Monkland St. James- Nº 177, Coltswood Rd, Coatbridge, ML5 2AB on Friday 1st November 2024 @ 19:30.

Furthermore, in the spirit of continuing relationships, we have once again invited a team from the Provincial Royal Arch Chapter of Lanarkshire MW to participate.

Entry forms should be returned by Friday 11th October 2024 with a cheque for £10.00 for each team

15th June 2024 – PGL Robert King Stewart Bowling Competition

Please find attached application form for this years Robert King Stewart Bowling Competition to be held at Victoria Bowling Club on Sunday 15yh Kine 2024

Please support Bro. Andrew of this very successful sporting event for the Province.

Come on and have a go and take the trophy for Lodge Coltswood Glenboig No. 1067, last years winners🏆

Tuesday 19th March – Lodge Old Monkland St. James No. 177 Gifts ro Glasgow Sixk Kids Hospital

At the regular meeting RMM Gordon Currie and the Brethern of the Lodge and their family and friends gifted Easter eggs, kids toys, crayons and colouring books to there chosen charity Glasgow Sick Kids Yorkhill Hospital..

Super effort Brethern 👏😇👏

PGL Golf Day – Sunday 25th August 2024 – Airdrie Golf Club

This year’s Provincial Grand Lodge golf event will be held at Airdrie Golf Club on Sunday 25th August. The tee has been reserved from 11.30am. Over the last few years numbers have dropped and we have moved to Airdrie Golf Club to allow us all to tee off as a group and all be back into the clubhouse together and bring the social element back to our day.

Number have been restricted to 40 golfers but with early registrations this number could be increased. Registration will be from 10:00, with tea/coffee and breakfast rolls from10:30. Following your round a two-course meal will be provided as part of the admission fee. Vouchers will be issued at registration for breakfast and lunch along with pre-orders for lunch.

This year we are looking to simplify the competition and will have the following prizes –

Champion Scratch Golfer – Amicoil Cup
Handicap Winner – James L. Jack Trophy (can’t be champion golfer)
Team Winners – Masters Trophy – Runners-Up – Tunnock Trophy (3 man team from same Lodge)
Seniors (over 55’s) – Tunnock Cup – Runner-Up – Challenge Cup

On the course we will have nearest the pin at the 4th hole, for handicaps of 16 and above. Nearest the pin on the 8th hole, for up to 15 handicap. The longest drive for 16 and above will be at the 15th hole and handicaps up to 15 will have the longest drive at the 13th hole. To keep the cost down and hopefully increase participation we don’t intend to provide any monetary prizes.

It is anticipated that the presentation of the trophies will take place in the clubhouse after the dinner, around 17:30/18:00 and it is hoped as many brethren stay as possible.

All this for only £40

Registration forms will be available from Lodge Secretaries along with payment details, we would appreciate early replies and payment to finalise numbers with Airdrie Golf Club. Can you have these completed, returned with payments no later than the 23rd June, as most lodges will be in recess after this date.

I have agreed to take over the Golf Convenor role from Brother Charles Clarke and would like the support from the Brethren to get the numbers back to where they were in the past, focussing on the social side of our day as well as enjoying our golf. I would also welcome any feedback and support on the day to drive the event forward.


Kenny Dalzell – PGL Steward
Golf Convenor
Mobile: 07762725006
Email: [email protected]

A raffle will be taking place, all donations and your support would be greatly appreciated.

Monday 11th March 2024 – Lodge New Monkland Montrose No. 88 Distinguished Service Award

RWM Ian Mcindoe welcomed a large deputation from the PGL of Lanarkshire Middle Ward headed by SPGM Bro Gordon Mather for the Annual Provisional visitation, the deputation was further enhanced with the attendance of RWPGM Andrew D. Miller

On the request of RWM Ian Mcindoe acting DIrector of Cerimonies presented Brother Robert E Gaines PM where he was presented with Distinguished Service for his work for the Lodge over many years with the diploma and Jewel being presented by RWM Ian McIndoe.

A fine reward for a deserving Brother.

Tuesday 5th March 2024 – Annual Installation of Lodge Griffin Gartcosh 1254

Bro. Norman Carnegy DPGM accompanied by Bro. Andrew D. Millar PGM and a large deputation attended the Annual Installation of the RWM and Office Bearers of the Lodge in the Gartcosh Community Hall.

Bro. John Bingham was being reinstalled as the RWM, his installation and that of his office bearers was undertaken by RWIM’s Jack Brown and James Lees (both PM’s 557). The Ceremony was carried out in fine form.

The deputation then joined the Brethren of the Lodge in harmony and were treated to a very enjoyable evening of hospitality and fellowship.

Saturday 8th June 2024 – PGL Annual Barbeque

Please find attached information and an advertisement for the forthcoming PGL Barbeque, once again kindly hosted by Lodge St. Thomas № 306 (Sat 8th June 2024).

It would assist if Secretaries through their PGL reps could give an indication nearer the time of Brethren and children intending to attend, ensuring we accommodate all on the day.

As previously, the event is free to all Brethren and their respective families.

The previous Barbeque was a great success, thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended Kids and adults alike – we hope this event will achieve the same outcome.

As ever the support of the Lodges and Brethren and families are very much appreciated. Thanks in anticipation.

Kind Regards

Bill Paton – PG Sec

Friday 1st March 2024 – Annual Installation of Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward
RWPGM Andrew D. Millar precited over the Annual Installation ceremony of Provincial Grand Lodge at Tabernacle Lane, Cambuslang.
Following receiving the Deputation of Sister Provinces headed by the RWPGM of the PGL of The Scottish Borders Bro. Andrew E. Forsyth PGM Andrew handed Installation ceremony over to SPGM Colin Campbell, PG Junior Chaplin Alexander Hamilton and PG Director of Ceremonies James Lees who Installed the Office Bearers of Provincial Grand Lodge in a fine manner.
RWPGM asked for Passed Provincial Grand Senior Warden Stuart McNiven to be presented to the West where the RWPGM gave a very moving resume of Brother Stuart’s Masonic and Provincial Grand Lodge career then presented him with his PPGSW Regalia and Jewel before an emotional reply by PPGSW Stuart before joining RWPGM in the East.
Following this part of the evening PG DoC Jim Lees presented Bro. Colin T. Campbell SPGM and Past Master of Lodge Coltswood Glenboig No. 1067, Bro. Stanley Robinson Past Master of Woodhall St. John No. 305 and Bro. William Paton PG Secretary and Past Master of Robert King Stewart No. 919 where the RWPGM gave a resume of all three well deserving Brethren of being awarded Honorary Grand Rank of the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
All three were presented with their diplomas and Honorary Grand Rank Jewels by their respective Right Worshipful Masters. Following the presentations all three gave suitable replies before joining RWPGM Andrew Millar in the East.
A fine evening of ritual and rewarding Past Provincial Grand Senior Warden Stuart McNiven and the Brethren of the Province on receiving their Honorary Grand Ranks.
Sunday 25th February 2024 – Rev Robbie Hamilton Fundraiser for Beatson Cancer Charity
The Rev. Robbie Hamilton of New Wellwynd Church brought the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and choir to the church on Sunday 25th February on behalf of the Beatson Cancer Charity to fundraise for the support given to him and his family during his recent cancer treatment.
The estimated cost to host the event was around £2,300, PGM Bro. Andrew D. Millar had already agreed, that subject to approval, Provincial Grand Lodge would kickstart the fund with the local Lodges to consider supporting the event.
Responding to the call the local lodges contributed over 50% of fund a massive £1250 to the cause, a fantastic effort 🤝
Rev. Robbie has been a great supporter of our organisation over many years with the provision of the Church and his time for Annual Divine services, community and family support etc. He has also been very active in the local community and schools over many years including the annual visits with school children to the World War I battlefields.
Robbie since his illness and full recovery has taken a retirement option from his day to day Ministerial role and accepted a new role within the Church of Scotland. I think he would like to do this fundraiser as a one-off event to repay the Beatson team for looking after him and his family during this difficult time.
Thanks to the support of the following –
Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward.
Lodge New Monkland Montrose No. 88.
Lodge Airdrie St. John No. 166.
Lodge sold Monkland St. James No. 177
The Operative Lodge of Airdrie No. 203
Lodge St. Andrews Coatbridge No. 544.
Lodge Whifflet St. John No. 963.
Lodge Coltswood Glenboig No. 1067
Lodge Caldercruix St. John No. 1314.
We will keep you updated on the total fundraising effort by Robbie when it becomes available.
Well done all the Lodges & PGL for supporting this great event, well attended and a fine evening of entertainment by the RSNO and their choir.
Friday 23rd February 2024 – PGL Burns Supper
It’s been a few years since our last Burns Supper but the return was with a bang 💥
Over 120 gathered to be entertained by a team of Burns enthusiasts pulled together by SPGM Gordon Mather that were at the very top of their game with CV’s that included past Presidents of the World Burns Federation and another who has sang for Her Majesty the Queen.
The evening was expertly chaired by SPGM Gordon Mather who introduced the nights entertainment –
The Haggis – Bro. David Irving
The Immortall Memory – Bro. John Wallace
Lament – Bro. David Stark PG Piper
Recitals – Bro.. Angus Middleton
Toast to the Lassies – Bro.. Alan Beck
Songs – Bro. Hugh Lee
The evening was round off by the raffle, rousing rendition of The Star O’ Rabbie Burns, Auld Lang Syne and The King.
A fine evening celebrating our National Bard.
Thanks once again to the Brethern of Cambuslang Royal Arch No. 114 for their support and use of the premises and PM Charlie McVicar for the photographic duties .A fine evening with some top drawer entertainment.
Tuesday 13th February – Lodge Caldercruix St. John No. 1314 Cheque Presentaion to Hope for Autism
Bro K Robertson PM attended the offices of #HopeForAutism @ Airdrie Business Centre where he delivered a cheque on behalf of Lodge Caldercruix St. John No. 1314 for the value of £250 to this worthy charity.
Fantastic work by the Brethren of the Lodge 👏👏👏👏


Tuesday 13th February 2024 – Annual Installation of Lodge Larchgrove 1518
SPGM Laird McDonald headed a deputation to the regular meeting of Lodge Larchgrove 1518 to witness the installation of the Office Bearers by Installing Master Brother Tom Lynch PM Lodge St Bryde 579, who carried out a first class ceremony of Installation.
The deputation then joined the Brethren of the Lodge in harmony and were treated to fantastic hospitality and fellowship, a very enjoyable evening.
8th February 2024 – Presentation of donation to Larkhall (St. Machans) New Parish Church
PGM Bro. Andrew D. Millar along with PG Secretary Bill Paton attended the church to present a cheque for £1,750 from Provincial Grand Lodge and the Masonic Orders in Lanarkshire
Mrs. Linda Turbull, Session Clerk, Larkhall (St. Machans) New Parish Church was delighted to receive this cheque which will be put to good use.
The Church hosted the recent Lanarkshire Freemasons Annual Christmas Carol Sevice which followed by tea and refreshments kindly sponsored and served by the Brethren and Ladies of Lodge St. Thomas – 306
The church will now make use of the donation to support any of their Initatives and charities.
A super evening of fundraising, fellowship and collations of kids toys for Christmas.
Sunday 5th May 2024 – Annual Divine Service
Saturday 14th April 2024 – PGL Easter Egg Hunt
Following on from last years fantastic event, see attached details of this years event.
Saturday 27th January 2024 – Presentation Cheque to West of Scotland Deaf Children’s Society
SPGM Bobby Ferguson had the great honour of presenting a cheque for a massive £1900 to the West of Scotland Deaf Children’s Society, in Bobby’s words they were blown away by the generosity of the donation, Bobby is pictured along with his Grandson Noah.
Both Bobby and Noah wound like to thank everyone who have donated to their fundraising efforts and allow them to make this very proud donation to a very worthy charity.
A really nice letter provided by the Charity that shows the gratitude and shows the difficulty in raising funds and the importance of public donations.
On behalf of everyone at PGL a massive well done to Bobby & Noah for some great charitable work 👏👏👏👏👏
Saturday 26th January 2024 – Burns Immortal No. 1730 Annual Installation
Bro Bobby Ferguson SPGM accompanied by Bro Bill Perry IPPGM and a very large deputation from PGL attended the installation ceremony of Lodge Burns Immortal No 1630 where they witnessed Bro Malcolm McCormick being installed as RWM by Bro Andrew Paterson PM and Bro Jim Lees PM installing the office bearers in an exemplary fashion, both Installing masters were exceptional and their experience shone through the full ceremony.
After the installation ceremony we retired to the festive board for the normal masonic speeches and thereafter we were treated to a very fine Burns Supper which was enjoyed by all present
Saturday 20th January 2024 – Lodge Larchgrove No. 1518 Annual Installation
SPGM Laird McDonald headed a large deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward to the annual installation of Lodge Larchgrove 1518 to witness Brother Alexander Hutchison PM installed for a second year as RWM,
It was an excellent ceremony of installation carried out by Brother David Brockett PM and assisted by Brother James Hutchison PM (Brother of the RWM) a lovely touch.
The installation of the office bearers will take place at their next regular meeting on the 13th February as the Installing Master was unfortunately stranded off shore.
The deputation then joined the Brethren of the Lodge for harmony and were treated to fantastic hospitality, a most enjoyable evening.
Wednesday 17th January 2024 – Lodge Airdrie St. John Installation of Right Worshipful Master
A team from PGL headed by SPGM Gordon Mather headed to the Lodge to witness the installation of RWM Robert Smith, the January meeting of Lodge saw a first for Lodge 166 where the RWM Elect , Bro. Robert Smith PM, was installed having being unable to be placed in Chair of King Solomon in December 2023 due to COVID.
Following the routine business of the Lodge , which included a Memorial Service for those brethren who passed to the Grand Lodge above in 2023. Bro. James Ferguson PM and Bro. Robert McCormick PM carried out their respective duties as Installing Masters – in an impeccable manner and to the satisfaction of those in attendance.
If that wasn’t enough both PM’ s thereafter conferred an excellent and faultless rendering of the FC degree on the Lodge’s newest candidate.
A great evening and delighted for PGL to support the Lodge on this additional business in their busy calendar.
Saturday 13th January 2024 – Bothwell Brig No 1229 Annual Installation.
Substitute Provincial Grand Master Bobby Ferguson headed a fine deputation to the Annual Installation of Bothwell Brig No 1229 to what was a first class installation Ceremony carried out by the three Installing Masters.
Bro John Queen RWM was installed to a “very” high standard in the capable hands of Bro Capt DD Johstone PM, truly first class.
Bro Dez McGowan PM installed the office bearers this was his first time installing which we are sure it wont be his last. Bro John Furlong IPM installed a couple of the office bearers and carried out a charges. It was evident that all three installing masters had put in the hard work and rehearsal as the installation ceremony was flawless.
There were 14 reigning master and there 15 PGL members in the deputation.
This was a very personal day for the RWM as his son Bro Kevin Queen was installed as Worshipful Senior Warden.
After the installation ceremony we retired to the festive/harmony board to first class hospitality and speeches which were short but precise👍
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