Bro James McCallum, PG Secretary
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.
Lodge Loch Fyne recently made a fine donation of £240 to Martyn’s Monday Club, a charity mainly based in Oban, which provides peer-to-peer support groups, for both men and women over 18, to help them through life when struggling with mental health, feeling down, sad or lonely. They also aim to challenge the stigma of mental health and discrimination in a friendly, safe environment, where like-minded people can mix together, talk about pretty much anything over a wee a cuppa, a biscuit, or, cake, or two.
The sum was raised from a raffle following the recent, successful annual installation ceremony of the Master and Office-bearers of the Lodge. Newly installed Master Donald Crawford made Martyn’s Monday Club his choice of charity, before presenting a cheque to club representative, Robert Cruickshanks, who said he was very humbled by the kind gesture and sure the money will be put to good use. The charity also has a website and calendar for sale, for anyone wishing to know more, or contribute to their good work
Saturday, 23rd, Nov, 2019, saw a huge turnout of brethren from all points of the compass, near and far, at the Oban Commercial Lodge No.180, for the annual installation of new Master, Br., Kenneth Pearson and his office-bearers, as well as the chance to congratulate IPM, Archie MacCulloch on his fine work and leadership of the Lodge over the past two years. In a sometimes emotional ceremony, the RWM, was installed by his father, Bro. Tam Pearson in a most dignified manner, with the occasional moments of light hearted, subtle humour. There were at 16 reigning masters and upwards of 30 PMs in the IB. Bro. Pearson was most ably assisted by PM Sandy MacLeod and Kenneth Stewart, installing the new office-bearers into their respective offices.
The afternoon also saw PM Neil Horne accorded the great honour of being presented with the Honorary PGL rank of Substitute PGM by reigning PGM, Bro. Douglas T. Philand and PGL Rep for the day, SPGM, John Stewart, while Bro. Donald Malloch was presented with a gift in recognition of his sterling service as Substitute Master over the years.
A great festive board then ensued with many fine speeches, toasts, refreshment and music. The new RWM said he was delighted to see several members return to the Lodge for the first time in a while. Likewise, he expressed appreciation to everyone who made the effort to come along. A great day was had by all. Special thanks to the Installing Masters and Archie MacCulloch for organizing everything. Also, thanks to Colin and Scott for the 1st class meal and the stewards who served it and for dealing with the high increase in numbers so well. Thanks also to Br. Grant H. Nicholson, for the photos!
Brethren and visitors greatly enjoyed Lodge Kelburne No. 459's Installation Meeting on Saturday 16th November. Bro. A. Eric Smith was installed for a second term as RWM in an exemplary manner, together with his Office-bearers, by Bro. Stewart M. Aitken, PM, The Glasgow Star Lodge, No. 219, and Bro. John E. Horn, PM, No. 459. Substitute PGM, Br., James S McMillan conveyed thanks and congratulations to the RWM and Office-bearers as well as best wishes for a very happy, productive year ahead. Photo’s courtesy of Br., Andrew Hamilton, Lochindaal, No. 1592.
Lodge Loch Fyne, was recently privileged to receive a visit from four brethren from Lodge Spazio-Tempo, No.11, Bologna, here to attend the annual installation of Master of the Lodge, Donald Crawford and his office-bearers. The two Lodges have had a mutual friendship going back to the first visit to Italy, by Lodge Loch Fyne, on the 15th of March, 2008, with several visits home and abroad since then.
On this occasion we were joined by the Master of Lodge Spazio-Tempo, Andrea, PM Nico, SW, Mario and EA, Mauro. The brethren landed at Edinburgh airport and were soon whisked into town by PMs Andrew Kerr and Jimmy McCallum, chaperons for the day. After some fine food and fluids, we paid a visit to Grand Lodge, where we made a tour of the museum and were privileged enough to literally bump into the GMM and PGMM who warmly welcomed our Italian friends into Grand Lodge.
We had to abandon plans to visit Rosslyn chapel as time was getting on, but also made a stop in at the Kelpies and George Hotel, Inveraray on our way home. Next day, after breakfast, we made for the top of the "Rest and be Thankful," taking in the vista of snow covered mountains and glen below us. Continuing the gastro theme, we next paid a visit to Fyne Ales brewery, enjoying a tour round the premises followed by a tasting session and further sampling of the products available. Then it was onwards to Inveraray for a visit to the castle, before the brethren returned home to a feast of freshly caught lobsters, by Gavin Allan. These boys love their food!
Unfortunately, for them it was soon time to prepare for the installation, which was also a great success. The brethren were most warmly received by one and all, with Br., Andrea joining our RWM for the ceremony and afterwards, making a toast from visiting brethren from out with the country! Sensibly, they did not wait till the end of the excellent harmony, (unlike some), as another day of exploring lay ahead on the Saturday, as 8 members joined them, for an exhilarating boat trip to Jura to visit the distillery and have a meal at the hotel. Notice a theme here?
We were fortunate to have a nice, calm day, which afforded us the privilege of showing off the beautiful scenery and wildlife on our doorstep, spotting dolphins, porpoise and various bird life, as well as the historical sights and mountains of Argyll. The distillery tour went down well, very well and again, more than a few healthy specimens were purchased for sampling at a later stage. After a fine meal in the Jura Hotel, we were soon cruising back to the mainland, paying a quick visit to Eilean Mor, before the final stretch up the fjord-like Loch Sween into Tayvallich, where nothing would do like a wee visit to the Inn to warm up a bit!
Like all good things, this visit must come to an end, so we stopped off at the 754 Social Club, to say our farewells, with pledges made for future visits, so hopefully this friendship will continue for many a year to come.
Thank you Lodge Spazio-Tempo and the brethren who helped make it so enjoyable for them - you know who you are! Here are a few pics from the visit.
Lodge Loch Fyne held the annual installation of office-bearers on Friday, 15th of November, when a large turnout of members and visitors, saw RWM, Donald Crawford, placed into the Chair for his second year in office by IMs, John Stewart, PM of Lodge St John, Inveraray, No.50 and the office-bearers installed by PM, Lachlan Wood, of Lodge Loch Fyne, No.754. The PG Secretary, Jimmy McCallum, was on hand to convey congratulations from PGL and thanked the brethren for some speeches, jokes and braw meal which followed.
On Saturday 9 November 2019, Br. Robert "Rab" Wilson was installed as Master of Lodge St John's, Campbeltown for his second term in office. PGM Douglas Philand was on hand to offer his congratulations on an excellent first year and wish all the office-bearers a happy and successful year to come.
Likewise, he paid tribute to the installing masters, Br. Colin Harvey, PM of Lodge Catrine, No497 in the Province of Ayrshire and PM Bobby Wylie of Lodge St John's No 141 for their work, carried out in dignified and solemn manner. A most enjoyable harmony followed, with some excellent speeches and humorous replies.
Some pictures of recent installation of RWM, Allan MacDonald, Lodge Tarbert, Tarbert Lochfyne, No.1306. The PGM, Douglas Philand, was present to congratulate the RWM and Office-bearers, as well as Installing Masters Charles Nicolson and Matthew MacMillan for a good job, well done and wished the brethren a very happy year to come.