Donation of £2000 to Martyn’s Monday Club, in Oban, from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Argyll and The Isles and the Grand Lodge of Scotland. Pictured are Bro., Robert A. Cruickshanks, PG Chaplain of Argyll and The Isles and receiving the cheque, Bro., Diarmid MacMillan, co-founder of the organisation, a suicide prevention and mental health support charity for men and women, based in Oban. Diarmid expressed the gratitude of everyone involved with MMC, for the kind donation, which will go toward adding to the 200 plus people they have already trained and also, employing 2 co-ordinator’s to develop appropriate activities and support in the community, as demand has only increased during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Current Master of the Lodge, Donald Crawford, said it has been a privilege to try to help during this crisis, for example we gave £150 to Midton Acrylics, to make safety visors for NHS staff in Argyll and the same to volunteers making “scrubs,” uniforms for nurses. We have also, donated a couple of large screen ”Tablets” to Ardfenaig Care Home and a consignment of soft drinks to hospital staff, to show our appreciation for these dedicated, hard working staff.
On behalf of residents, manager of Ardfenaig, Nan Anderson said, “our whole team are doing a fantastic job of looking after our residents and each other during this very difficult time. This kind donation is very welcome. We will use them to reach out to families and people in the community, reminisce, play games, catch up with news, learn new skills and have consultations with professionals. The possibilities are endless. We thank all of you very much for thinking of us and for your support.”
Pictured are Angela Tustin, of Ardfenaig, receiving the ”Tablets” from Donald Crawford, of Lodge Loch Fyne, No.754 and also, local mental health staff, with their supply of soft drinks.
Hopefully you are aware of the Grand Lodge Covid-19 Challenge Appeal, launched on 19 of May, which offers support of up to £2000 for any one cause and I would encourage all lodges to make use of it to benefit their local community.
The Provincial Grand Lodge also intends to give this consideration and would welcome any suggestions that PGL itself might support.
Also, you will be aware of the PGL “Passport Scheme” to recognise the achievements of brethren who visit all the lodges in the Province, by the award of a special lapel pin. Clearly we have no idea when meetings will resume and thus enable visits to all lodges to be completed.
Meantime, we invite lodges to nominate one deserving member that they know to have visited all 18 lodges in the Province to be awarded an “Honorary” passport lapel pin in recognition of their endeavours. The Lodge can then arrange for its presentation (social distancing compliant), hopefully make it a special moment and also be of interest to other members, etc.
As always, stay safe brethren.
Further to the points contained in Memo 4 from the GMM, re Coronavirus and other relevant issues, I have to advise the PGM, after much deliberation and consultation with Commissioned Office-bearers, has taken the difficult decision to formally suspend all masonic activity within the Province as of Monday 16 March, 2020. This is primarily to help protect the health of members and lessen the potential spread of Coronavirus in our communities. This decision will be reviewed in the first week of August, 2020.
The PGM hopes brethren will understand the reasoning behind this decision and prays we can all resume our masonry in happy, healthy state before too long.
Although our meetings may be stopped it is our hope and intention to ensure as much masonic fun and business can be carried out online, so get your thinking caps on. More to follow!
Please notify any brethren you think may not be online!
Yours faithfully and fraternally,
Please note, the special meeting of Lodge Dunoon Argyll, No.335 on Saturday,14th March 2020, at 2.30pm, to host a visitation by Lodge Union and Crown, No.307 has now been cancelled due to concerns re the spread of coronavirus. Sincere apologies from the RWM and brethren of 335, who hope you appreciate the reasoning behind this difficult decision.
In this regard, please be assured the PGM and myself are in regular and frequent contact about this issue. On the basis there are no known cases in NHS Highland, we have decided to leave guidance as at present and will review again on Monday (or, possibly Tuesday?) by which time we "hope" Grand Lodge will have an updated position on this.
At the PGL Communication in Inveraray, it was announced the PGL Visitation to Lodge Tobermory St Mary’s No 1310 on Friday 13th March has been cancelled and will now take place on Friday 17th of April, 2020! We hope to have confirmation of their programme of meetings for March and April just shortly.
Brethren, RWM of Lodge Earraghaidheal, No.1822, Br., Murray Hunter, is delighted to announce the regular meeting of Lodge Earraghaidheal, No.1822 on Tuesday 4th of February, has been relocated to the Masonic Hall, Main St., Taynuilt, meeting place of Lodge St. Modan, No.985, at 7.30pm.
Lodge St Modan, No.985 got 2020 off to a fantastic start with a huge attendance from within and outwith the province, to witness the Installation of Master Elect, Bro., Alan Bruce MacLeod and office-bearers. Depute Provincial Grand Master, Bro., Kenneth Harvey was on hand to offer the congratulations and best wishes of PGL, to the new RWM. The DPGM paid tribute to the great ceremony performed within the confines of a crowded Lodge, by Installing Masters, Bro's Robert Cruickshanks, Iain Alexander, Hamish Emslie and also warmly welcomed all visitors to the province, thanking the PGM, Douglas Philand for the privilege of leading the deputation.
Bro James McCallum, PG Secretary
A very nice installation in our "other" Province, recently, at Lodge Glencoe, No.884, where Master Elect John Docherty was installed for his second year in office by PM John Kennedy of Lodge Lochiel No.1200. There was a very good turnout from within and without the province to see proceedings, with an Installing Board of 24 reigning or PMs!
Provincial Grand Lodge was represented by Depute PGM Bro. Kenneth Harvey, who made special comment of the dedicated efforts of various brethren to keep the Lodge going despite difficult times, and wished newly installed Master and office-bearers all the best for the coming year.
John was delighted to be supported by two of his brethren, who travelled from Lodge Carron No.139 to be there and joined the excellent harmony which followed. Thank you 884 for the very enjoyable meeting and hospitality.
Lodge Dunoon Argyll No.335 recently raised the grand sum of £312 to donate to Prostate Scotland. Tuesday 26 Nov 2019 saw the PGL visitation, and what a splendid night it was. A tremendous degree, followed by a delightful and inspirational talk on some aspects of freemasonry by Br. Moises Gomez from the Grand Lodge of New Jersey, who is visiting the country fundraising for Prostate Scotland. He has been engaged on a series of talks relating to his experience as a first responder to the attacks on the Twin Towers, addressing full audiences at Grand Lodge and Glasgow City Halls, as well as visiting Argyll and Ayrshire.
The PGM enjoyed several days showing off some of the sights of mid Argyll to Br. Gomez and his wife, such as Kilmartin church, Dunadd, Inveraray Castle and Crinan. He expressed sincere thanks to Master of the Lodge, Glenn Christie for the donation of 312 and to Br. Gomez for his uplifting presentation and honouring our Province by his visit. Sincere gratitude also to all who attended and made PGL and Br. Gomez so welcome. This donation will be added to the fantastic sum of £550 000 already raised by Scottish freemasons on behalf of Prostate Scotland.
Some photos of the Master and members of Lodge Dunoon Argyll No.335, PGM and Br. Gomez and members of PGL following the visitation.