Lodge Murdostoun Castle No.1096

Charter granted 2nd November 1911

REGULAR MEETINGS - 2nd & 4th Tuesday from September to April, Except December 2nd Tues only

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Although Covid-19 is still a major threat to everyone, there IS light at the end of the tunnel!

The Lodge will resume on Tuesday 14th September 2021 at the usual hour of 7:30pm. This will be a business meeting to deal with all that has happened since March 2020.

The entire building has been deep cleaned and sanitised in preparation. Hand sanitising and face masks are still required as per the Scottish Government guidelines.

Welcome

Ceud Mille Failte . . . Welcome . . . Bienvenue . . . Willkommen . . . Bienvenido . . . Witamy . . . Welkom . . . Velkommen . . . Benvenuto . . .

RWM Bro William Napier passed to the Grand Lodge on High on Sunday 22nd December 2019. He was our Master for a mere 15 days until a simple, domestic accident deprived us all of his happy smile.

As a mark of respect for his memory, his photo will remain on this page until this vile pandemic is over, some form of normality returns and we elect a replacement Master.

RWM William Napier

On behalf of every Brother of Lodge Murdostoun Castle, I welcome everyone to our website.
I am honoured to have been chosen by the Lodge, for the second time in my life, to serve as Master and I hope that your visit will be both interesting and informative.

If you have visited us before, then welcome back. If this is your first visit, and if you are interested in Freemasonry, you are doubly welcome.
Browse around our site and see what is happening today in our Lodge. If you want to search further, follow the links in our "Related Links" section. Enjoy your visit.

RWM Bro William Napier

Our Mission

The mission of Lodge No 1096 and its members is to help good men become better men, thereby enabling them to better serve their God, their country, their community, their neighbour and themselves.

We hope that you will find the information that you seek in these pages. If you do not, and you have any questions, please e-mail them to the address at the foot of this page.  Enjoy your visit. If you wish to explore further, then please follow the related links to other Lodge sites. From any page, just click on the Lodge Crest and you will be returned to this Home page

Latest News

August 2021

After several meetings of the Heads of all Scottish Masonic Orders, clearance has been given to plan & prepare for Lodges to resume working.

Watch this space for a September announcement!

April 2021

Friday 23rd: this evening four of our young Masons were delighted to present a Lodge cheque for £5,000 to the McKenna family to help in their efforts to have their home adapted for their eldest son Jack.

These are the players of the evening :- Jack, his dad Ross, and (l-r) Kenny, Derek, Mark and Ryan.

And we could not have a photo without wee brother Harry.

Jack was born 7 weeks premature almost 5 years ago. He suffered a brain bleed, had fluid in his brain leaving him with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. He has already undergone two brain surgeries, takes daily medication, is fed through a tube and lives in a wheelchair.

He is also the happiest, smiling little boy that you could imagine. And he loves a cuddle.

 

The family has a fundraiser running at https://www.treeofhope.org.uk/jack-mckenna

Donations will be thankfully received and faithfully applied! Remember the North East corner.

Please go and visit the fundraiser page. On that page Jacks dad explains all about Jacks condition and what is needed to provide lifetime support for Jack. Hopefully we have helped a little.

If anyone can help with a bit of fundraising there's some info below as well as the above link to Jack's main page. Could be a sponsored walk, personal challenge, step target per day....anything at all with your own page.

One of the many handy features that is offered on the Tree of Hope page is the ‘fundraise for this child’ option on the left-hand side of the fundraising page, which allows supporters to set up their own fundraiser for Jack. By clicking on this button, it will take you to Just Giving to create your own page, which will automatically connect to Jacks campaign fund, and the amount raised will automatically be included in the ‘Total raised so far’ figure.

Supporters who use this feature also benefit from the opportunity to claim gift aid - an additional 25% on donations made by UK tax-payers, which is something they would be unable to do, if the fundraiser was created directly through usual crowdfunding on Just Giving."

A week ago I threw down a gauntlet and challenged our younger members to do something. The photos show you the result.

Now it is your turn.

I have thrown the gauntlet down. Who will pick it up?

A wee smile from Jack to cheer you on your way to wherever your destiny takes you.

 

 

June 2020

Monday 1st: It is with deep sadness that the Lodge intimates the passing to the Grand Lodge on High of Bro John Strachan PM. A much loved and respected Brother. His passing leaves his wife Emma and his family bereft of a good and honest man. After a long illness which deprived him of the pleasure he always took in attending meetings and visitations, on Tuesday 26th May 2020 Bro John finally laid aside his working tools and went home to Glory. His funeral was today at Cambusnethan Cemetery. Despite the strictures of Lockdown, a large number of family, friends and Lodge members gathered to bid farewell. Although it was a warm sunny day, the chill of being reminded of our own mortality touched all who were there.

March 2020

Monday 16th: Following guidance from Grand Lodge and HM Government, with immediate effect all Lodge meetings and visitations are cancelled until further notice.

Tuesday 10th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed all to the first meeting of March. After the usual business, RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed a distinguished deputation from The Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire (Middle Ward) headed by Substitute Provincial Grand Master Bro Stephen Campbell. The business of the deputation, being the Annual Report, was conducted in short order by SPGM Bro Stephen Campbell, who then spoke movingly about the loss of our RWM Bro William Napier. The Lodge was reduced to the EA degree and DoC Bro Jim Cathcart formally presented Bro Bert Alcorn PM to RWM Bro Ian Thompson who, in his unique style, related to the assembled brethren some of the details of Bro Alcorns masonic career. Accompanied by SPGM Bro Stephen Campbell and PGM Bro Bill Perry he presented Bro Alcorn with his diploma of Distinguished Service Membership. Bro Alcorn replied in a most amusing fashion and thanked the brethren of the lodge for the honour conferred.

The Office bearers of the Lodge then initiated Mr Kenneth James Thompson into Freemasonry in an exemplary fashion. Particular praise was lavished on both Bro Ryan Douglas and Bro Mark Logan as the youngest of the lecturers. As the meeting closed, all then retired to harmony to talk over the events of the evening and enjoy each others company once again.

Saturday 7th: Once again, like so many recent Burns Supper evenings, cauld Winter was howling, o'er moor and o'er mountain, And wild was the surge on the dark rolling sea.... But that didna mak ony difference as a grand gathering of oor ain folks began to arrive for the Lodge Burns Supper.

As Chairman for the evening, RWM Bro Ian Thompson warmly welcomed everyone and hoped they would all enjoy the dinner and entertainment of the evening.

The Haggis was piped in by Ryan Douglas (oor bonny wee piper!) and addressed and toasted by Archie Hall. Ian Thompson gave the Selkirk grace and all sat down to the dinner provided by United Services.

After dinner and the Loyal Toast, the Immortal Memory was proposed by Ryan Douglas and Andy Quinn toasted "The Lassies". As oor twa guid readers, both Archie Hall and Andy Quinn entertained us with more of Rabbies poems. And interwoven through it all was the delightful voice of oor Bonnie Lassie Singer Janet Anderson wha gave us "My love is like a red, red rose", "Coming through the rye" and "Ye banks and braes" each one a favourite of so many folks present.

The formal part of the evening passed all too quickly and drew to a close with the entire company singing The Star O' Rabbie Burns. Afterwards, much relaxed blethering and consumption of our national drink (Irn Bru!) ensued and all retired homeward, weel fed, weel watered and weel entertained. A great night and already looking forward to Burns Night 2021.

February 2020

Friday 28th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson headed a deputation to Lodge St John No.471 accompanied by 11 other Brethren and was warmly welcomed by RWM Bro Jack Alexander and the assembled Brethren. RWM Bro Jack Alexander assisted by his Chaplain and Junior Warden held a memorial service for IPM Bro Robert Whitefield and whilst doing so in a most excellent manner also mentioned the loss of our own RWM Bro Willie Napier. Such were the warm and heartfelt tributes paid by each speaker that more than one of the assembled brethren felt quite emotional. Thereafter RWM Bro Ian Thompson assisted by his degree team of Bro Ryan Douglas, Bro Mark Logan, Bro Ian Douglas PM and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a full Entered Apprentice degree to volunteer candidate Bro Tom Forsyth At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Ian Thompson congratulated Bro Forsyth thanked him for volunteering and introduced him to his own RWM Bro Jack Alexander who likewise thanked him on behalf of the lodge and presented him to the assembled Brethren. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Jack Alexander congratulated RWM Bro Ian Thompson and called the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro Jack Alexander invited all to harmony, and the warmth of the pies matched the warmth of our welcome into 471. A grand evening was had by all present.

Tuesday 25th: Acting RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed all to the second regular meeting of February. After the usual business, RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed a distinguished deputation from Lodge Motherwell Caledonian No.1228 headed by Acting RWM Bro Iain Anderson. RWM Bro Iain Anderson assisted by his excellent degree team, proceeded to deliver a most enjoyable exemplification of the FC degree on volunteer candidate Bro Billy Noble. RWM Bro Ian Thompson, on resuming control of the Lodge, congratulated RWM Bro Iain Anderson, thanked Bro Noble for volunteering, and called on the assembled brethren to congratulate RWM Bro iain Anderson and his excellent degree team for a good job well done. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony for a blether and a wee refreshment.

Wednesday 19th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson headed a deputation to Lodge Robert King Stewart No.919 accompanied by 11 other Brethren. After being welcomed by RWM Bro Robert Mathew and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Ian Thompson assisted by his degree team of Bro Tom Gilfillan PM, Bro Ian Douglas, Bro Willie Jackson PM and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a comprehensive FC degree to volunteer candidate Bro Phil Biggerstaff. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Ian Thompson congratulated Bro Biggerstaff, thanked him for volunteering and introduced him to his own RWM Bro Robert Mathew who likewise thanked him on behalf of the lodge and presented him to the assembled Brethren. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Robert Mathew congratulated RWM Bro Ian Thompson and called the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro Robert Mathew invited all to harmony, and all were well provided for in 919s customary manner.

Tuesday 11th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed all to the first meeting of February and thanked all who attended on a windy and wintry night. Although the storms outside showed no sign of abating, the planned visitation was to be a Mark degree by Lodge Union No.244 from Stonehouse. Alas, there being already one and a half inches of snow lying in Stonehouse and snowing heaving, with discretion being the better part of valour, RWM Bro James Macgregor called off the visitation. Safety of the travelling brethren was the primary concern of all of us. A mutually agreeable date will be found later. With little in the way of other business, and the lodge closed, the brethren present resorted to scoffing considerable quantities of Bro Berts well-renowned soup, before battling their way home.

Thursday 6th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson headed a deputation to Lodge St Mary No.31 accompanied by 11 other Brethren. After being welcomed by RWM Bro Scott Pollock and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Ian Thompson assisted by his degree team of Bro Tom Gilfillan PM, Bro Ryan Douglas, Bro Willie Jackson PM and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a comprehensive FC degree to volunteer candidate Bro Sam Howie. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Ian Thompson congratulated Bro Howie, thanked him for volunteering and introduced him to his own RWM Bro Scott Pollock who likewise congratulated him and presented him to the assembled Brethren. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Scott Pollock congratulated RWM Bro Ian Thompson and called the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro Scott Pollock invited all to harmony, and all were well provided for in 31s customary manner.

Monday 3rd: RWM Bro Ian Thompson headed a deputation to Lodge Mauldslie Castle No.1630 accompanied by 11 other Brethren. After being welcomed by RWM Bro Iain Morrison and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Ian Thompson assisted by his degree team of Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Tom Gilfillan PM, Bro Ryan Douglas, Bro Willie Jackson PM and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a comprehensive FC degree to volunteer candidate Bro Henry Forgie. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Ian Thompson congratulated Bro Forgie, thanked him for volunteering and introduced him to his own RWM Bro Iain Morrison who likewise congratulated him and presented him to the assembled Brethren. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Iain Morrison congratulated RWM Bro Ian Thompson and called the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro Iain Morrison invited all to harmony, and all were well provided for in 1630s customary manner. Much blethering ensued and links between the two Lodges were again strengthened.

January 2020

Tuesday 28th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed all to the second meeting of January, and after the usual business, welcomed a distinguished deputation from Lodge Bishopbriggs No.1259 headed by their RWM Bro Tony Taylor. RWM Bro Tony Taylor assisted by his excellent degree team, proceeded to pass volunteer candidate Bro Derek Davidson to the degree of Fellowcraft in an excellent manner with an exemplary degree. The attentive silence of all of the company assembled to witness the degree, spoke volumes for the quality of each lecturer and the degree as a whole. RWM Bro Ian Thompson, on resuming control of the Lodge, congratulated RWM Bro Tony Taylor and called on the assembled brethren to congratulate RWM Bro Tony Taylor and his excellent degree team for a superb degree. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony and the link between the two lodges grew stronger.

Tuesday 14th: Previous to the Lodge being opened, Bro Secretary advised all present on the protocal following the sad and untimely death of our RWM Bro William Napier, and referred to the relevant Laws. As a formal request from the brethren of the Lodge, he asked Bro Ian Thompson IPM if he would assume the duties of the chair. Bro Ian Thompson IPM agreed and Bro Secretary thanked him of behalf of the Lodge. Bro Ian Thompson will now be referred to as our RWM.

Thereafter, RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed all to the first meeting in January and gave a heartfelt eulogy for RWM Bro William Napier. Bro Robert Napier likewise gave an achingly emotional eulogy for his father.

After the usual business, RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed a large and distinguished deputation from Lodge St Mary No.31 headed by their RWM Bro Scott Pollock who, assisted by his degree team, conferred an excellent exemplification of the EA degree on volunteer candidate Bro Craig Barrie. At the conclusion of the ceremony, RWM Bro Scott Pollock congratulated Bro Barrie, thanked him for volunteering, and presented him to RWM Bro Ian Thompson, who likewise thanked him and presented him to the assembled Brethren. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony and much chat and reminiscing on recent events ensued and the long established links joining the two lodges grew ever stronger.

Saturday 11th: As a celebration of his life, the funeral of RWM Bro William Napier was held at 10:30am in Holytown Crematorium. A very large number of Brethren in regalia attended to form the honour guard which, because of the heavy rain, was formed inside the building. RWM Bro Napier made his last journey home surrounded by the members of his Lodge and so many other lodges. The crematorium was full to overflowing. His eulogy, written by his two sons, was a brief look at the life story of a gentleman and a gentle man, and it brought smiles and even some laughter to the listeners. Our memories of our RWM will be warmly cherished and he has a special place in our hearts.

His family have expressed their deep gratitude to all who attended.

Saturday 4th: The funeral of our RWM Bro William Napier will be held on Saturday 11th January 2020 at 10:30am in Holytown Crematorium. His family have requested a guard of honour to receive the hearse carrying Bro Napier on his final journey home. Dispensation has already been granted by Provincial Grand Lodge for all brethren who wish to do so.

It is a thankfully rare event to have a funeral of a Reigning Master. A good attendance of Brethren in regalia will show the family and the world the respect in which RWM Bro Napier is held.

December

Monday 23rd: With heavy hearts the Brethren of the Lodge intimate the sudden and unexpected passing of our RWM Bro William Napier on Sunday evening 22nd December 2019. A brother so happily looking forward to once again reigning as our RWM. Planning his year, inviting lots of lodges, and attending so many other Lodges just to be a visitor. His courage at taking on this responsibility and his joy at being our RWM was infectious. A much loved and respected Brother gone home to Glory. A domestic accident, so simple and so tragic. His family are bereft of a good and honest man. Our Masonic world is just so much poorer without him. Details of his funeral will be posted here when they are known. The delay is due to the mandatory Post Mortem not being held until Friday 10th January 2020. Only then can his family make the arrangements. 15 days - how short a reign.

Friday 20th: The Annual Christmas Draw took place tonight resulting in 22 happy folks getting a wee surprise before Christmas. Thanks to all who donated the prizes, and to all who sold tickets. Seemed to be a successful venture as Bro Treasurer went home with a big smile on his face despite not winning any prizes himself! A tip for next year - buy your tickets from Scott Murdoch - his players won 6 (yes SIX) prizes.

Tuesday 10th: The last regular meeting of 2019 was reasonably well attended despite being a business only meeting. As Installing Master Bro Jim Finlay installed two of the office bearers who had been unable to attend the Installation. Nothing of importance was raised in any other business apart from enhancing the Installation collection to £300. RWM wished all Brethren a Merry Christmas and gave his best wishes for the coming year.

Saturday 7th: The Annual Installation of our new RWM and Officebearers took place at 5:30pm. RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed the many visitors and thanked them for coming to the Installation. A Distinguished deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire (Middle Ward) headed by Substitute Provincial Grand Master Bro Alexander R Kelly was then received and welcomed, followed by the Installing Masters of the evening Bro Ian Douglas PM and Bro Jim Finlay PM. The Installing Masters delivered an excellent Installation Ceremony which was warmly received by the new (recycled!) RWM Bro William Napier, his Officebearers and all Brethren present.

Afterwards, all retired to an excellent dinner and spent a very pleasant evening listening to some well prepared speeches and having a right good blether with one another. This is the second time Bro William Napier has graced the chair of our Lodge, this time after a gap of some 31 years. His courage knows no bounds! All have pledged to support him and the esteem in which we all hold him is perfectly clear. As our new RWM, Bro Napier hopes that the rest of his year will be as successful as the Installation, and he sends an early Christmas Greeting to all of our readers.

A photo of the Key players of the evening.

Left to right : RWIM Bro Jim Finlay, RWM Bro William Napier, RWIM Bro Ian Douglas, SPGM Bro Alexander R Kelly. Photo courtesy of Bro Jim Finlay PM.

November

Tuesday 26th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed all to his last regular meeting. After the usual business, RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed a large and distinguished deputation from Lodge Mauldslie Castle No.1630 headed by their RWM Bro Iain Morrison who, assisted by his degree team, conferred and excellent exemplification of the FC degree on volunteer candidate Bro Mark Logan. At the conclusion of the ceremony, RWM Bro Iain Morrison congratulated Bro Logan, thanked him for volunteering, and presented him to RWM Bro Ian Thompson, who likewise thanked him and presented him to the assembled Brethren. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony and much chat and reminiscing ensued as the links joining the two lodges grew ever stronger.

Tuesday 12th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed all to the Annual Meeting. The customary business was conducted and following the Report on Lodge Finances by Bro Treasurer, the Statement of Accounts was passed. The election of Office Bearers for the coming twelve months took place happily this year with no vacant offices. At the conclusion of the meeting, RWM congratulated all of the newly elected Office bearers and wished them well in the year ahead. The Office Bearers Elect are:- RWM Bro Willie Napier PM, WSW Bro Willie Jackson PM, WJW Bro Tom Gilfillan PM, Secretary Bro Jim Finlay PM, Treasurer Bro Ian Douglas PM, Almoner Bro David Craig PM, SD Bro Ryan Douglas, JD Bro Scott Murdoch, IG Bro Mark Logan, Chaplain Bro Iain Logan, DoC Bro Jim Cathcart PM, President of Stewards Bro Duncan McBride, Junior Steward Bro Scott Anderson, Bible Bearer Bro Derek Davidson, Organist Bro Frazer Douglas, Tyler Bro Bert Alcorn PM.

Wednesday 6th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson headed a deputation to Lodge Dura No.1513 accompanied by 15 other Brethren. After being welcomed by RWM Bro Alan Graham and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Ian Thompson assisted by his degree team of Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Tom Gilfillan PM, Bro Ryan Douglas and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a full and comprehensive EA degree to candidate James Connelly. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Ian Thompson congratulated Bro Connelly and introduced him to his own RWM Bro Alan Graham who likewise congratulated him and presented him to the assembled Brethren. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Alan Graham congratulated RWM Bro Ian Thompson and called the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro Alan Graham invited all to harmony, and all were well provided for in 1513s customary manner. Much blethering ensued and links between the two Lodges were once again strengthened.

October

Tuesday 22nd: RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed all to the second meeting of October. After the usual business, RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed a large and distinguished deputation from Lodge Bishopbriggs No.1259, headed by RWM Bro Norman MacKinnon who, with the assistance of his Office bearers and Past Masters, delivered an excellent exemplification of the Fellowcraft degree to volunteer candidate Bro Derek Davidson. An excellent degree and very much appreciated by the assembled brethren. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Norman MacKinnon thanked Bro Davidson for volunteering and presented him to RWM Bro Ian Thompson who likewise congratulated him and presented him to the assembled brethren. Resuming control of the Lodge, RWM Bro Ian Thompson congratulated RWM Bro Norman MacKinnon and his degree team on an excellent degree. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony and much chat and reminiscing ensued as the links joining the two lodges grew ever stronger.

Tuesday 15th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson accompanied by 12 other Brethren, headed a deputation into Lodge Clydesdale No.551. After being warmly welcomed by RWM Bro Colin Crookson and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Ian Thompson assisted by his degree team of Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Tom Gilfillan PM, Bro Ryan Douglas and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a fine exemplification of the EA degree on volunteer candidate Bro Danny Farquhar. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Ian Thompson congratulated Bro Farquhar thanked him for volunteering and presented him to RWM Bro Colin Crookston who in turn presented him to the assembled brethren. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Colin Crookston congratulated RWM Bro Ian Thompson and called on the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro Colin Crookston invited all to partake of Lodge Clydesdale harmony, and the pies & bridies disappeared at an amazing rate of knots. Much chat ensued as the long standing friendship between the two Lodges was strengthened.

Wednesday 9th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson accompanied by 10 other Brethren, headed a deputation into The Operative Lodge of Airdrie No.203. After being warmly welcomed by RWM Bro Robert Fraser and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Ian Thompson assisted by his degree team of Bro Willie Jackson PM, Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Willie Napier PM, Bro Tom Gilfillan PM and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a fine exemplification of the FC degree on volunteer candidate Bro Mark McBride. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Ian Thompson congratulated Bro McBride thanked him for volunteering and presented him to RWM Bro Robert Fraser who in turn presented him to the assembled brethren. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Robert Fraser congratulated RWM Bro Ian Thompson and called on the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro Robert Fraser invited all to partake of Lodge 203 harmony, and the Brethren had a fine evening in each others company

Tuesday 8th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed all to the first meeting of October. After the usual business, RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed a large and distinguished deputation from Lodge Woodhall St Johns No.305, headed by RWM Bro Gordon Airns who, with the assistance of his Office bearers and Past Masters, delivered an excellent Master Mason degree to candidate Bro Derek Davidson, a great degree very much appreciated by all present. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Gordon Airns congratulated Bro Davidson and presented him to RWM Bro Ian Thompson who likewise congratulated him and presented him to the assembled brethren. Resuming control of the Lodge, RWM Bro Ian Thompson congratulated RWM Bro Gordon Airns and his degree team on an excellent degree. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony and the soup and pies were consumed in short order as the long standing links between the lodges grew ever stronger.

Friday 4th: At the Provincial Grand Lodge quarterly communication meeting, RWPGM Bro Bill Perry made three weel kent and worthy Brethren into Honorary Provincial Grand Office Bearers. To the delight of the 5 other members of 1096 who were present, one of the recipients was our own RWM Bro Ian Thompson. RWPGM Bro Bill Perry spoke warmly of his appreciation for the efforts of all three brethren in exhibiting the best of Freemasonry to the world at large. All three were suitably surprised by this very personal gift from RWPGM. Despite the visible shock and awe at being so honoured, each did manage to reply (one of whom was previously described as being short and to the point! I leave you to guess which one!). At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony provided by the Brethren of Lodge 440.

A wee photo of RWPGM Bro Bill Perry and three desperate characters!

Honorary rand Rank recipients

Photo courtesy of Bro Jim Finlay PM

September

Tuesday 24th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed all to the second meeting of September. After the usual business, RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed a distinguished deputation from Lodge Clydesdale No.551 headed by RWM Bro Colin Crookston, who, with the assistance of his excellent degree team, conferred an excellent exemplification of the FC degree on volunteer candidate Bro Derek Davidson. The attention paid by all present throughout the degree bore testimony to the high quality of the degree team. RWM Bro Ian Thompson, on resuming control of the Lodge, congratulated Bro Davidson, thanked him for volunteering, and called on the assembled brethren to congratulate RWM Bro Colin Crookston on the standard of the degree. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony for a bite to eat and a blether, and the links between 551 and 1096 were further strengthened, as the brethren enjoyed each others company once again.

Thursday 19th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson accompanied by 10 other Brethren, headed a deputation into Lodge St Thomas No.306. After being warmly welcomed by RWM Bro David Falconer and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Ian Thompson assisted by his degree team of Bro Willie Jackson PM, Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Willie Napier PM, and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a fine FC degree on candidate Connor Sheridan. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Ian Thompson congratulated Bro Sheridan, and presented his to RWM Bro David Falconer who in turn presented him to the assembled brethren. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro David Falconer congratulated RWM Bro Ian Thompson and called on the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro David Falconer invited all to partake of Lodge 306 harmony, and the Brethren had a fine evening in each others company

Tuesday 10th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed all to the first regular meeting of September. After the usual business, RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed a large and distinguished deputation from Lodge St Mary No.31 headed by RWM Bro Jim McKidd who, with the assistance of his Office bearers and Past Masters, delivered an excellent Fellowcraft degree to candidate Bro Derek Davidson, a great degree very much appreciated by all present. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Jim McKidd congratulated Bro Davidson and presented him to RWM Bro Ian Thompson who likewise congratulated him and presented him to the assembled brethren. Resuming control of the Lodge, RWM Bro Ian Thompson congratulated RWM Bro Jim McKidd and his degree team on an excellent degree. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony and the soup and pies were consumed in short order as the long standing links between the lodges grew ever stronger.

June

Monday 24th & Thursday 27th: Secretary Bro Jim Finlay PM had the great pleasure of representing the Lodge at the P7 leaving celebrations at both Primary Schools in our village. This year was the 18th presentation of the Endeavour Trophy which the Lodge sponsors. Bro Finlay (oldie that he is!) remembers well the first time, as he was at both presentations in 2002. Now another year has passed, and we see some more of our children off on their adventure to High School. To each one of them, tomorrows fine citizens as they will be, we send our very best wishes for your future. May you all continue to strive to match the meaning of the Endeavour Trophy and continue to be "the best that I can be". Enjoy the journey to wherever your destiny takes you.

May

Friday 17th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed everyone to a Special Meeting to showcase a deputation of 12 Reigning and Past masters from both Middle and Upper wards of the Province of Lanarkshire. The deputation was headed by RWM Bro Gordon Airns of Lodge Woodhall St Johns No.305 who introduced each member of the degree team as follows :-

RWM Bro Jim McKidd of Lodge St Mary No.31,
RWM Bro Robert Fraser of the Operative Lodge of Airdrie No.203,
RWM Bro Andy Cheeseman of Lodge Lockhart St John No.248,
RWM Bro David Falconer Of Lodge St Thomas No.306,
RWM Bro Robert Whitefield of Lodge St.John No.471,
RWM Bro Colin Crookston of Lodge Clydesdale No.551,
RWM Bro Ken Bogle of Lodge Livingstone St.Andrew No.573,
RWM Bro Phil Biggerstaff of Lodge Robert King Stewart No.919,
IPM Bro Alan Nightingale of Lodge Motherwell Caledonian No.1228,
RWM Bro Sam Howie of Lodge Dura No.1513,
RWM Bro Iain Morrison of Lodge Mauldslie Castle No 1630,

noted that our own RWM would be taking part, and lastly himself.

There being no business to discuss, control of the Lodge was given to RWM Bro Gordon Airns who, together with the Masters Team, proceeded to deliver a unique EA degree on candidate Derek Davidson. The degree, being a combination of 12 different rituals, was delivered in a smooth and professional manner by an exemplary degree team. The silence from the assembled Brethren during the degree spoke volumes for the quality of each speaker, and for the degree as a whole.

At the completion of the degree, the newly initiated Bro Derek Davidson was presented to RWM Bro Gordon Airns who, along with RWM Bro Ian Thompson, congratulated him on his first step in Freemasonry and called on the assembled company to give him a warm welcome into the Lodge.

RWM Bro Ian Thompson, on resuming control of the Lodge, praised RWM Bro Gordon Airns and the entire Masters degree team for the high standard of their work and called on the assembled Brethren to congratulate them for a good job, well done. RWM Bro Ian Thompson then invited the Masters team and all present to retire to harmony, where much chat ensued accompanied by a drop or two of the water of life! A great evening, a great degree, looking forward to the next one.

A wee photo of the Reigning Masters team 2019

From Left to right:- RWM Alan Whyte 1243, RWM Jim McKidd 31, RWM Robert Whitefield 471, IPM Alan Nightingale 1228, RWM Gordon Airns 305, RWM Phil Biggerstaff 919, RWM Andy Cheeseman 248, Candidate Derek Davidson, RWM Colin Crookston 551, RWM Ian Thompson 1096, RWM Sam Howie 1513, RWM David Falconer 306, RWM Iain Morrison 1630, RWM Ken Bogle 573, RWM Robert Fraser 203.

Photo courtesy of Bro Jim Finlay PM

Thursday 9th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson accompanied by 11 other Brethren, headed a deputation into Lodge Bishopbriggs No.1259. After being warmly welcomed by RWM Bro Norman MacKinnon and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Ian Thompson assisted by his degree team of Bro Willie Jackson PM, Bro Willie Napier PM, Bro Frank McBride and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a fine FC degree on the volunteer candidate. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Ian Thompson thanked the volunteer candidate Bro Arthur Williams for standing in as candidate, congratulated him, and presented him to RWM Bro Norman MacKinnon and the assembled brethren. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Norman MacKinnon congratulated RWM Bro Ian Thompson and asked RWM Bro Peter Fraser of Lodge Commercial No.360 to comment on the degree which he did and was most complimentary. RWM Bro Norman MacKinnon then called on the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro Norman MacKinnon invited all to partake of Lodge 1259 harmony, and the Brethren had a fine evening in each others company.

April

Tuesday 23rd: RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed all to the second regular meeting of April. After the usual business, RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed a fine deputation from The Operative Lodge of Airdrie No.203 headed by RWM Bro Robert Fraser. RWM Bro Ian Thompson then welcomed a distinguished deputation from The Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire (Middle Ward) headed by PGM Bro Bill Perry. Prior to the degree by Lodge 203, PGM Bro Bill Perry accompanied by IPM Bro Derek Douglas presented RWM Bro Ian Thompson with his Jubilee certificate. PGM Bro Bill Perry in his inimical style paid warm tribute to the long and dedicated service given by Bro Thompson over his 50 years of service to our craft. Never being one to be stuck for words, RWM Bro Ian Thompson thanked PGM for the presentation and thanked the members of 1096 for the kind sentiments expressed.

Thereafter, RWM Bro Robert Fraser with the assistance of his Office bearers and Past Masters, delivered a full and comprehensive Mark Master Mason degree to candidate Bro Mark Logan, which was much appreciated by all present. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Robert Fraser congratulated Bro Logan and presented him to RWM Bro Ian Thompson and the assembled brethren. Resuming control of the Lodge, RWM Bro Ian Thompson congratulated RWM Bro Robert Fraser and his degree team on the quality of the degree. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony for bite to eat and many blethers.

From left to right, Bro Derek Douglas IPM & PGJW, Bro Andrew Millar DPGM, Bro Bill Perry PGM, RWM Bro Robert Fraser, RWM Bro Ian Thompson, Bro Tom Davidson IPPGM, Bro Norman Carnegie SPGM, Bro Angus Ross SPGM, Bro William Craig Provincial Grand Secretary.

Photo courtesy of Bro Jim Finlay PM.

Saturday 20th: Today the Lodge welcomed the members of Cleland Community Council who had arranged an Easter Egg hunt for the children of our village. The children were well entertained with the egg hunt, face painting, arts & crafts by making egg baskets, bunny ears and lots of colouring-in. Thanks to Councillor Louise Roarty and the Community council volunteers who have made this such a successful day. Thanks also to Provost Jean Jones for officially starting off the egg hunt. The weather was kind, there were lots of supportive mums and dads, and the kids had a great time. Fingers crossed for the same weather next year. This could easily become an annual event.

Some photos from the day...

Thursday 18th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson accompanied by 11 other Brethren, headed a deputation into Lodge St Mary No.31. After being warmly welcomed by RWM Bro Jim McKidd and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Ian Thompson assisted by his degree team of Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Willie Jackson PM, Bro Willie Napier PM, Bro Frank McBride and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a fine FC degree on the volunteer candidate. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Ian Thompson thanked the volunteer candidate Bro Ian Nelson for standing in as candidate, congratulated him, and presented him to RWM Bro Jim McKidd and the assembled brethren. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Jim McKidd congratulated RWM Bro Ian Thompson and called on the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro Jim McKidd invited all to partake of Lodge 31 harmony, and the Brethren had a fine evening in each others company.

Tuesday 9th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed all to the first regular meeting of April. After the usual business, RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed a large and distinguished deputation from Lodge Robert King Stewart No.919 headed by RWM Bro Phil Biggerstaff who, with the assistance of his Office bearers and Past Masters, delivered an excellent, full and comprehensive Master Mason degree to candidate Bro Mark Logan. The expectations of the assembled brethren on the quality of the degree by 919 were well met. Not a sound other than each lecturers voice could be heard. It was a great degree very much appreciated by all present. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Phil Biggerstaff congratulated Bro Logan and presented him to RWM Bro Ian Thompson who likewise congratulated him and presented him to the assembled brethren. Resuming control of the Lodge, RWM Bro Ian Thompson congratulated RWM Bro Phill Biggerstaff and his degree team on an excellent degree. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony and the soup and pies were consumed in short order as the links between the lodges grew ever stronger.

Monday 1st: RWM Bro Ian Thompson accompanied by 12 other Brethren, headed a deputation into Lodge Motherwell Caledonian No.1228. Despite the cold outside, the welcome was warm, and after being welcomed by RWM Bro John Dunn and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Ian Thompson assisted by his degree team of Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Willie Jackson PM, Bro Tom Gilfillan PM, Bro Frank McBride and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a fine FC degree on the volunteer candidate. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Ian Thompson thanked the volunteer (I forgot his name!) for standing in as candidate, congratulated him, and presented him to RWM Bro John Dunn and the assembled brethren. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro John Dunn congratulated RWM Bro Ian Thompson and called on the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro John Dunn invited all to partake of 1228 harmony, and Brethren had a fine evening in each others company., and much chat ensued as the brethren renewed old friendships and formed new ones.

March

Tuesday 26th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed all to the second regular meeting of March. After the usual business, RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed a large and distinguished deputation from Lodge Dura No 1513 headed by RWM Bro Sam Howie who, with the assistance of his Office bearers, delivered an excellent exemplification of the Fellowcraft degree on volunteer candidate Bro Duncan McBride. If a pin could have been dropped, it would have been the only sound in the Temple other than the lecturer who was speaking. A great degree very much appreciated by all present. RWM Bro Sam Howie thanked Bro McBride and presented him to RWM Bro Ian Thompson. Resuming control of the Lodge, RWM Bro Ian Thompson also thanked Bro McBride and presented him to the assembled brethren. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony and the long standing links between the lodges were strengthened.

Tuesday 12th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed all to the first regular meeting of March. After the usual business, RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed a distinguished deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire (Middle Ward) headed by SPGM Bro Alexander R Kelly. The business of Provincial Grand Lodge was conducted in their customary manner, and closed by SPGM Bro Alexander R Kelly congratulating IPM Bro Derek Douglas for his fifth term of office, welcoming him as the newly installed Provincial Grand Junior Warden, and thanked him along with Bro Treasurer and Bro Secretary for their management of the lodge in the past year. Thereafter the Lodge office Bearers conferred a grand Fellowcraft degree on Bro Mark Logan, and the attention paid by all present throughout the degree bore testimony to the quality of the degree team. RWM Bro Ian Thompson congratulated Bro Mark Logan, welcomed him as our newest Fellowcraft and presented him to the assembled brethren. Provincial Grand Junior Deacon commented most kindly on the quality of the degree, and likewise congratulated Bro Mark Logan on this next step in his Masonic career. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony for a bite to eat and a blether as the brethren enjoyed each others company once again.

Thursday 7th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson headed a small (but beautifully formed!) deputation into Lodge Livingstone St Andrew No 573. After being welcomed by RWM Bro Ken Bogle and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Ian Thompson assisted by his degree team of Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Willie Jackson PM, Bro Tom Gilfillan PM, Bro Willie Napier PM and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a fine FC degree on the volunteer candidate. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Ian Thompson thanked Bro David for standing in as candidate, congratulated him, and presented him to RWM Bro Ken Bogle and the assembled brethren. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Ken Bogle congratulated RWM Bro Ian Thompson and called on the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro Ken Bogle invited all to harmony, and the link between the two Lodges was strengthened. Harmony was warm, very tasty and consumed in fine fashion by the assembled brethren. Much chat ensued as the brethren renewed old friendships and formed new ones.

February 2019

Tuesday 26th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed all to the second meeting of February. After the usual business, RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed a distinguished deputation from Lodge Livingstone St Andrew No.573 headed by RWM Bro Ken Bogle, who, with the assistance of his excellent degree team, conferred an exemplification of the FC degree on volunteer candidate Bro Iain Logan. The degree was conferred in an excellent manner, and the attention paid by all present throughout the degree bore testimony to the high quality of the degree team. RWM Bro Ian Thompson , on resuming control of the Lodge, thanked Bro Logan for volunteering. RWM Bro Ian Thompson then called on the assembled brethren to congratulate RWM Bro Ken Bogle on the high standard of the degree. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony for a bite to eat and a blether, and the links between 573 and 1096 were further strengthened, as the brethren enjoyed each others company once again.

Friday 22nd: Cauld Winter was howling, o'er moor and o'er mountain, And wild was the surge on the dark rolling sea.... hang on, that's the Road tae Dundee, no tae Cleland! Anyway, the weather wisna too bad as a grand gathering of oor ain folks began to arrive for the Lodge Burns Supper.

As Chairman for the evening, RWM Bro Ian Thompson warmly welcomed everyone and hoped they would all enjoy the dinner and entertainment of the evening.

The Haggis was piped in by Hazel White (a richt bonny wee piper lassie!), carried aloft by Margaret Thompson and addressed and toasted by John Calderwood. Duncan McBride gave the Selkirk grace and all sat down to the dinner once again provided by United Services.

After dinner and the Loyal Toast, the entertainment began with May Torrance (sich a bonny wee singer) "Comin thru the rye" as we settled down to listen to Andy Quinn giving a grand rendering of the Immortal Memory ending with Hazel White playing a lament. May Torrance again had us tapping oor feet, ready to listen to a raucous Toast to the Lassies from David Walker. Where he gets his jokes naebody kens, but whit a repertoire! After a wee break to refill oor glasses, May Torrance "ca'd the yows" followed by Andy Quinn giving us a somewhat different take on Holy Willies prayer, with David Walker giving us several o Burns shorter poems including The Barley Bree. May Torrance rounded off a grand nights entertainment with "Ye Banks and Braes".

Thus the formal part of the evening passed all too quickly and drew to a close with the entire company singing The Star O' Rabbie Burns. Afterwards, much relaxed blethering and consumption of our national drink (Irn Bru!) ensued and all retired homeward, weel fed, weel watered and very weel entertained. A great night and already looking forward to a repeat for oor Burns Night 2020.

From left to right, Andy Quinn, Chairman Ian Thompson, David Walker and May Torrance.

Photo courtesy of Bro Jim Finlay PM.

Wednesday 20th: RWM Bro Ian Thompson headed a deputation into Lodge Robert King Stewart No 919. After being welcomed by IPM Bro Davind MacDonald and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Ian Thompson assisted by his degree team of Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Willie Jackson PM, Bro Tom Gilfillan PM, Bro Willie Napier PM and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered an exemplification FC degree on the lodge volunteer candidate. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Ian Thompson thanked him for volunteering and introduced him to the assembled brethren. Resuming control of the lodge, IPM Bro David MacDonald congratulated RWM Bro Ian Thompson and called on the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, IPM Bro David MacDonald invited all to harmony, and the long standing link between the two Lodges was strengthened. Harmony was provided in 919 inimicable fashion, and as always, much chat ensued as the brethren renewed many old friendships.

Tuesday 12th: The second meeting of February. After the usual business, RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed a distinguished deputation from Lodge Union No 244 Stonehouse headed by their RWM Bro Ross Thomson. RWM Bro Ross Thomson assisted by his excellent degree team, proceeded to initiate candidate Mark Logan into Freemasonry in an excellent manner with an exemplary degree. The attentive silence of all of the large company assembled to witness the degree, spoke volumes for the quality of each lecturer and the degree as a whole. RWM Bro Ian Thompson, on resuming control of the Lodge, congratulated RWM Bro Ross Thomson and called on the assembled brethren to congratulate RWM Bro Ross Thomson and his excellent degree team for a superb degree. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony and the link between the two lodges grew stronger.

Monday 4th: For the second outgoing visitation of his year, RWM Bro Ian Thompson headed a smallish (but once again beautifully formed!) deputation into Lodge Mauldslie Castle No.1630. After being welcomed by RWM Bro Iain Morrison and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Ian Thompson assisted by his degree team of Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Willie Jackson PM, Bro Tom Gilfillan PM, and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered an accomplished FC degree to the volunteer candidate. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Ian Thompson congratulated him and introduced him to RWM Bro Iain Morrison and the assembled brethren. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Iain Morrison congratulated RWM Bro Ian Thompson and called on the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro Iain Morrison invited all to harmony, where much blethering ensued as friendship were renewed and the link between the two Lodges was strengthened.

January 2019

Thursday 24th: For the first outgoing visitation of his year, RWM Bro Ian Thompson headed a small (but beautifully formed!) deputation into Lodge Woodhall St Johns No 305. After being welcomed by RWM Bro Gordon Airns and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Ian Thompson assisted by his degree team of Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Willie Jackson PM, Bro Tom Gilfillan PM, and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a grand MM degree on candidate Bro Mike Lombardi. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Ian Thompson congratulated him, and accompanied by RWM Bro Gordon Airns, introduced him to the assembled brethren. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Gordon Airns congratulated RWM Bro Ian Thompson and called on the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro Gordon Airns invited all to harmony, and the link between the two Lodges was strengthened. Harmony was delightful and consumed in fine fashion by the assembled brethren. Much chat ensued as the brethren renewed old friendships and formed new ones.

Tuesday 22nd: The second meeting of January. After rather a lot of business, RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed a distinguished deputation from Lodge St John No 471 Shotts headed by their RWM Bro Robert Whitefield. RWM Bro Robert Whitefield assisted by his excellent degree team, proceeded to deliver a most enjoyable exemplification of the EA degree on volunteer candidate Bro Duncan McBride. RWM Bro Ian Thompson, on resuming control of the Lodge, congratulated RWM Bro Robert Whitefield, thanked Bro McBride for once again volunteering, and called on the assembled brethren to congratulate RWM Bro Robert Whitefield and his excellent degree team for a superb rendering of the EA degree. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony and the links between the lodges were strengthened.

Tuesday 8th: The first regular meeting of 2019. After the usual business, RWM Bro Ian Thompson welcomed a distinguished deputation from Lodge Motherwell Caledonian No.1228 headed by their RWM Bro John Dunn. RWM Bro John Dunn assisted by his excellent degree team, proceeded to deliver a most enjoyable exemplification of the EA degree on volunteer candidate Bro Duncan McBride. RWM Bro Ian Thompson, on resuming control of the Lodge, congratulated RWM Bro John Dunn, thanked Bro McBride for volunteering, and called on the assembled brethren to congratulate RWM Bro John Dunn and his excellent degree team for a good job well done. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony for a blether and a wee refreshment.

December 2018

Friday 21st: The Annual Christmas Draw took place tonight resulting in 24 happy folks getting a wee surprise before Christmas. Thanks to all who donated the prizes, and to all who sold tickets. Seemed to be a successful venture as Bro Treasurer went home with a big smile on his face (and not just because he won one of the prizes!)

Tuesday 11th: The last regular meeting of 2018, and the first of RWM Bro Ian Thompsons year, was reasonably well attended despite being a business only meeting. The customary business was dealt with and Bro Gary Gilfillan PM of Lodge St Clair No.427 installed two office bearers who had been unable to attend the Installation meeting. He did so in his customary quiet and dignified manner. RWM wished all Brethren a Merry Christmas and gave his best wishes for the coming year. With nothing left to do but blether and enjoy each others company, the visitors present and the brethren of 1096 made short work of the soup and pies. Surprisingly enough!!

Tuesday 4th: It is with deep sadness that the Lodge intimates the passing of Bro John (Ian) McLellan to the Grand Lodge on High. His passing leaves his family bereft of a good and honest man. The world has lost a good man, the lodge has lost a good Brother. As a celebration of his life, his funeral will be on Wednesday 12th December at 9:30am in Cleland Parish Church, thereafter to Cambusnethan cemetery. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Janette and his family.

Saturday 1st: The Annual Installation of our new RWM and Officebearers took place at 5:30pm. RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed the many visitors and thanked them for coming to the Installation. A Distinguished deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire (Middle Ward) headed by Substitute Provincial Grand Master Bro Angus Ross was then received and welcomed, followed by the Installing Masters of the evening Bro Ian Cleland PM 427 and Bro Gary Gilfillan PM 427. The Installing Masters delivered an excellent Installation Ceremony which was warmly received by the new (recycled!) RWM Bro Ian Thompson, his Officebearers and all Brethren present.

Afterwards, all retired to an excellent dinner and spent a very pleasant evening listening to some well prepared speeches and having a right good blether with one another. This being the 6th time Ian has graced the chair of our Lodge, the high esteem in which we all hold him is abundantly clear to everyone. As our new RWM, Bro Ian Thompson hopes that the rest of his year will be as successful as the Installation, and he sends an early Christmas Greeting to all of our readers.

A photo of the Key players of the evening.

Left to right : RWIM Bro Ian Cleland, RWM Bro Ian Thompson, RWIM Bro Gary Gilfillan, SPGM Bro Angus Ross. Photo courtesy of Bro Jim Finlay PM.

Tuesday 27th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed all to his last regular meeting. After the usual business, RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed a distinguished deputation from The Operative Lodge of Airdrie No.203 headed by their RWM Bro James Paisley. RWM Bro James Paisley assisted by an excellent Mark degree team, proceeded to deliver a most enjoyable Mark degree on one of our own candidates Bro Frank McBride, who was joined in the ceremony by two Brethren from Lodge Robert King Stewart No 919, Bro Dale Gordon and Bro Ciaran Caldwell. The degree was conducted by a well rehearsed Mark degree team who were all excellent and impressed the assembled Brethren. RWM Bro Derek Douglas, on resuming control of the Lodge, congratulated RWM Bro James Paisley, and called on the assembled brethren to congratulate RWM Bro James Paisley and his team on the high standard of the degree. The link between the two Lodges grows stronger with each mutual visitation, and will strengthen as years go by. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony for a blether and soft(?) drinks in abundance.

A wee photo of the three musketeers who were advanced at the ceremony.

From left to right, Bro Dale Gordon, Bro Frank McBride and Bro Ciaran Caldwell. Photo courtesy of Bro Jim Finlay PM

Whilst at harmony, the usual routine of selling tickets for the Joker draw took place amidst much jovial banter, including Bro Secretary advising the assembly that, should any visitor actually win the Joker draw, leaving the building in one piece might become problematic!!

Having said all that, the draw produced a very happy winner in Bro James Purdie PM of the Operative Lodge of Airdrie No 203, who felt that his Christmas had certainly come early as he went home with the Lodge cheque for £1000.

The following photo is of Bro Ian Douglas, Treasurer presenting Bro James Purdie with the cheque. If you look closely, you will see the wee tears just forming in Bro Treasurers eyes!!

Bro Ian Douglas PM (Weeping Treasurer on the left) and Bro James Purdie PM (Happy early Christmas present receiver!!) Photo courtesy of Bro Jim Finlay PM

Thursday 15th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas headed the last deputation of his year to Lodge St Thomas, Larkhall No 306 accompanied by 10 other Brethren. After being welcomed by RWM Bro Eric McPhee and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Derek Douglas assisted by his degree team of Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Willie Jackson PM, Bro Ian Thompson PM, Bro Tom Gilfillan PM, Bro Willie Napier PM, and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a grand MM degree on candidate Ryan Orr. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Derek Douglas congratulated him, and accompanied by RWM Bro Eric McPhee, introduced him to the assembled brethren. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Eric McPhee congratulated RWM Bro Derek Douglas and called on the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro Eric McPhee invited all to harmony, and the link between the two Lodges was strengthened. Harmony was delightful and consumed in fine fashion by the assembled brethren. Much chat ensued as the brethren renewed old friendships and formed new ones.

Tuesday 13th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed all to the Annual Meeting. The customary business was conducted and following the Report on Lodge Finances by Bro Treasurer, the Statement of Accounts was passed. The election of Office Bearers for the coming twelve months took place, sadly leaving one office vacant. At the conclusion of the meeting, RWM congratulated all of the newly elected Office bearers and wished them well in the year ahead. The Office Bearers Elect are:- RWM Bro Ian Thompson PM, WSW Bro Willie Jackson PM, WJW Bro Willie Napier PM, Secretary Bro Jim Finlay PM, Treasurer Bro Ian Douglas PM, Almoner Bro David Craig PM, SD Bro Tom Gilfillan PM, JD Bro Scott Murdoch, IG Bro Frank McBride, Chaplain Bro Duncan McBride, DoC Bro Jim Cathcart PM, President of Stewards Bro Ryan Douglas, Junior Steward Bro Scott Anderson, Bible Bearer Bro Frazer Douglas, Tyler Bro Bert Alcorn PM. The post of Organist is currently vacant.

Tuesday 6th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas headed a deputation to Lodge Clydesdale, Larkhall No 551 accompanied by 15 other Brethren. After being welcomed by RWM Bro Colin Dunbar and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Derek Douglas assisted by his degree team of Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Willie Jackson PM, Bro Ian Thompson PM, Bro Tom Gilfillan PM, Bro David Craig PM, and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a fine FC degree on a weel kent volunteer candidate Bro Alex Wilson PM. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Derek Douglas thanked Bro Wilson for volunteering. Bro Wilson in replying, enlightened all brethren to his fondness for 1096 and why he was so keen to be the volunteer on the evening. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Colin Dunbar congratulated RWM Bro Derek Douglas and called on the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro Colin Dunbar invited all to harmony, and the long established link between the two Lodges was further strengthened. Harmony proceeded in 551 customary manner with much chat and reminiscences.

October 2018

Friday 26th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas headed a deputation to The Operative Lodge of Airdrie No 203 accompanied by 14 other Brethren. After being welcomed by RWM Bro Jim Paisley and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Derek Douglas assisted by his degree team of Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Willie Jackson PM, Bro Ian Thompson PM, Bro Tom Gilfillan PM, Bro David Craig PM, and Bro Scott McKittrick PM, delivered a fine FC degree on a very attentive candidate. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Derek Douglas introduced him to his own RWM Bro Jim Paisley who likewise congratulated him and presented him to the assembled Brethren. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Jim Paisley congratulated RWM Bro Derek Douglas and called the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro Jim Paisley invited all to harmony, and the link between the two Lodges was well established. A great visitation and we look forward to welcoming 203 on 27th November to confer the Mark degree.

Tuesday 23rd: RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed all to the second meeting of October. After the customary business, RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed a distinguished deputation from Lodge Motherwell Caledonian No.1228 headed by their acting RWM Bro Alan Nightingale IPM. IPM Bro Alan Nightingale assisted by a superb degree team, proceeded to deliver a most enjoyable FC degree to volunteer candidate Bro Ian Douglas. Although fewer in numbers than usual, each member of the degree team more than made up for the sortfall by conferring excellent lectures. RWM Bro Derek Douglas, on resuming control of the Lodge, congratulated IPM Bro Alan Nightingale and his degree team, and called on the assembled brethren to congratulate them all. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony for a wee bit dinner and a guid blether. The links of friendship between the Lodges were strengthened, and the Brethren of both Lodges look forward to further intervisits in the future.

Tuesday 9th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed all to the first meeting of October. After the customary business, as the visiting Lodge had had to call off, the Deacons introduced Bro Frank McBride who was raised to the Master Mason degree in fine fashion by our own Brethren as follows:-
Opening Bro Ian Douglas PM, Obligation RWM Bro Derek Douglas, Penalty / Mode of preparation / Lights / Grips Bro Jim Finlay PM, Apron Bro Willie Napier PM, Tools Bro Willie Jackson PM, Retrospect Bro Jim Finlay PM, Tidings Bro Ian Douglas PM & Bro Willie Jackson PM, acting Chaplain Bro Duncan McBride, 5 Points Bro Ian Douglas PM, Emblems Bro Ian Thompson PM, Signs Bro Jim Finlay PM, Charge Bro Tom Gilfillan PM.
At the conclusion of the ceremonial, the newly raised Master Mason was presented to RWM Bro Derek Douglas who congratulated him on his third step in Freemasonry and presented him to the assembled Brethren.
RWM Bro Derek Douglas asked Bro Joe Speirs PM of Lodge Coltswood No 1067 to comment on the degree. Bro Speirs was most complimentary and paid tribute to the high standard of ceremonial work as carried out by the Officebearers. RWM Bro Derek Douglas thanked Bro Speirs and called on all present to congratulate Bro Frank McBride and the degree team. Soup and pies were consumed in short order and the customary blethering ensued.

Thursday 4th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas headed a deputation to Lodge St Mary, Coltness No 31 accompanied by 9 other Brethren. After being welcomed by RWM Bro Archie Sands and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Derek Douglas assisted by his degree team of Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Willie Jackson PM, Bro Ian Thompson PM, Bro Willie Napier PM, Bro Tom Gilfillan PM, Bro David Craig PM, and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a fine FC degree on a very attentive and helpful volunteer candidate. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Derek Douglas introduced him to his own RWM Bro Archie Sands who likewise congratulated him and presented him to the assembled Brethren. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Archie Sands congratulated RWM Bro Derek Douglas and called the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro Archie Sands invited all to harmony, and all were well provided for in 31s customary manner. Much blethering ensued and links between the two Lodges were once again strengthened.

September 2018

Tuesday 25th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed all to the second meeting of September. After the customary business, RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed a distinguished deputation from Lodge St Thomas, Larkhall No.306 headed by their own RWM Bro Eric McPhee. RWM Bro Eric McPhee assisted by a superb degree team, proceeded to deliver a most enjoyable and instructive FC degree to candidate Bro Frank McBride. Each member of the degree team excelled themselves, and the hushed silence of the assembled Brethren spoke volumes for the quality of the degree. RWM Bro Derek Douglas, on resuming control of the Lodge, congratulated RWM Bro McBride on this next step in his Masonic career, and called on the assembled brethren to congratulate RWM Bro Eric McPhee on the high standard of the degree. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony for a wee bit dinner and a guid blether. The links of friendship between the Lodges were strengthened, and the Brethren of both Lodges look forward to further intervisits in the future.

Tuesday 11th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed all to the first meeting after recess. The visiting Lodge having had to call off at short notice, the meeting was business only. Having amassed a great deal of correspondence and items for discussion during recess, Bro Secretary had his work cut out keeping the Brethren awake for the extended duration of the business. Rousing from their slumbers, some were heard to whisper "is he still talking?" However, much work was done, and much accomplished in the meeting. Bro Secretary expresses his gratitude to all who endured, and stuck with him until the business was completed. After the close of the meeting, the soup and pies were consumed in short order by the gathered brethren as a reward for their fortitude.

Wednesday 5th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas headed a deputation to Lodge Dura No.1513 accompanied by 10 other Brethren. After being welcomed by RWM Bro Alan Graham and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Derek Douglas assisted by his degree team of Bro Scott McKittrick PM, Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Willie Jackson PM, Bro Ian Thompson PM, Bro Willie Napier PM, Bro Tom Gilfillan PM, Bro Duncan McBride and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a fine MM degree on candidate Bro Andrew Downs. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Derek Douglas congratulated Bro Andrew and introduced him to his own RWM Bro Alan Graham who likewise congratulated him, explained his new privileges and presented him to the assembled Brethren. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Alan Graham congratulated RWM Bro Derek Douglas and called the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro Alan Graham invited all to harmony, and all were well provided for in 1513s customary manner. Much blethering ensued and links between the two Lodges were once again strengthened.

Saturday 1st: It is with great sadness that the Lodge intimates the sudden and unexpected passing to the Grand Lodge on High of Bro Frankie Hoey PM of Lodge Mauldslie Castle No 1630, an honorary member of 1096, a good friend and a great Mason. His untimely passing leaves his family bereft of a good and honest man. Freemasonry is poorer without him. He will be greatly missed.

June 2018

Wednesday 27th: Bro Willie Jackson PM and Bro Jim Finlay PM had the great pleasure of representing the Lodge at the P7 leaving celebrations at both Primary Schools in our village. Another year passes, and more of our children are going to High School. Where have all the years gone? It's hard to believe that this year was the 17th presentation of the Endeavour Trophy which the Lodge sponsors. Bro Finlay remembers well the first time, as he was at both presentations in 2002. To all of the P7 children, tomorrows fine citizens, we send our very best wishes for your future. May you all continue to strive to match the meaning of the Endeavour Trophy and continue to "be the best that I can be". Enjoy the journey to wherever your destiny takes you.

May 2018

Friday 11th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed everyone to a Special Meeting to showcase a deputation of 12 Reigning and Past masters from both Middle and Upper wards of the Province of Lanarkshire and from the Province of Glasgow. The deputation was headed by RWM Bro David Yule of Lodge Woodhall St Johns No.305 who introduced the degree team as follows :-

RWM Bro James Paisley of the Operative Lodge of Airdrie No.203,
IPM Bro Alex Watson of Lodge Hamilton No.233,
PM Bro Jack Alexander of Lodge St.John No.471,
RWM Bro James R Gardner of Lodge Livingstone St.Andrew No.573,
RWM Bro Phil Biggerstaff of Lodge Robert King Stewart No.919,
RWM Bro John Dunn of Lodge Motherwell Caledonian No.1228,
RWM Bro Malcolm Murray of Lodge Bishopbriggs No.1259
RWM Bro Alan Graham of Lodge Dura No.1513,
RWM Bro Iain Morrison of Lodge Mauldslie Castle No 1630,

noted that our own RWM would be taking part, and lastly himself.

There being no business to discuss, control of the Lodge was given to RWM Bro David Yule who, together with the Masters Team, proceeded to deliver a unique EA degree on candidate Frank McBride. The degree, being a combination of 11 different rituals, was delivered in a smooth and professional manner by an exemplary degree team. The silence from the assembled Brethren during the degree spoke volumes for the quality of each speaker, and for the degree as a whole.

At the completion of the degree, the newly initiated Bro Frank McBride was presented to RWM Bro David Yule who, along with RWM Bro Derek Douglas, congratulated him on his first step in Freemasonry and called on the assembled company to give him a warm welcome into the Lodge.

RWM Bro Derek Douglas, on resuming control of the Lodge, congratulated RWM Bro David Yule and the entire Masters degree team on the high standard of their work and called on the assembled Brethren to congratulate them. RWM Bro Derek Douglas then invited the Masters team and all present to retire to harmony, where much chat ensued accompanied by a drop or two of the water of life! A great evening, a great degree, looking forward to the next one.

A wee photo of the Reigning Masters team 2018

From Left to right:- RWM Phil Biggerstaff, RWM Malcolm Murray, RWM Iain Morrison, RWM James Gardner, RWM Derek Douglas, RWM David Yule, RWM John Dunn, IPM Alex Watson, RWM Alan Graham (hiding at the back), PM Jack Alexander , RWM James Paisley.

Photo courtesy of Bro Jim Finlay PM

April 2018

Tuesday 24th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed all to the second meeting of 2017. After the usual business, RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed a distinguished deputation from Lodge Union, Stonehouse No.244 headed by their own RWM Bro Michael Mathew. RWM Bro Michael Mathew assisted by a superb Mark degree team, proceeded to deliver a most enjoyable and entertaining Mark degree to candidate Bro Scott Anderson. Each member of the degree team excelled themselves, and kept the assembled Brethren enthralled. RWM Bro Derek Douglas, on resuming control of the Lodge, congratulated RWM Bro Scott on this next step in his Masonic career, and called on the assembled brethren to congratulate RWM Bro Michael Mathew on the high standard of the degree. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony for a wee bit dinner and a guid blether. The links of friendship between the Lodges were strengthened, and the Brethren of both Lodges look forward to further intervisits in the future.

Tuesday 10th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed all to the first meeting of April. After the usual business, RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed a distinguished deputation from Lodge Clydesdale No.551 headed by RWM Bro Colin Dunbar, who, with the assistance of his excellent degree team, conferred an excellent exemplification of the FC degree on volunteer candidate Bro Ian Thompson PM. The attention paid by all present throughout the degree bore testimony to the high quality of the degree team. RWM Bro Derek Douglas, on resuming control of the Lodge, congratulated Bro Ian, thanked him for volunteering, and called on the assembled brethren to congratulate RWM Bro Colin Dunbar on the high standard of the degree. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony for a bite to eat and a blether, and the links between 551 and 1096 were further strengthened, as the brethren enjoyed each others company once again.

March 2018

Tuesday 27th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed all to the second meeting of March. After the usual business, RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed a distinguished deputation from Lodge Bishopbriggs No.1259 headed by RWM Bro Malcolm Murray, who, with the assistance of his excellent degree team, raised our candidate Mr Scott Anderson to the rank of Master Mason. The degree was conferred in an excellent manner, and the attention paid by all present throughout the degree bore testimony to the high quality of the degree team. RWM Bro Derek Douglas, on resuming control of the Lodge, congratulated Bro Scott Anderson and welcomed him as our newest Master Mason and called upon the assembled brethren to congratulate RWM Bro Malcolm Murray on the high standard of the degree. Bro Jack Alexander PM 471 having been asked to comment on the degree, was most effusive in his praise for the degree team. After the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony for a bite to eat and a blether, and the links between 1259 and 1096 were further strengthened, as the brethren enjoyed each others company once again.

Friday 23rd: RWM Bro Derek Douglas headed a small but talented deputation to Lodge St.John, Shotts No.471. After being welcomed by RWM Bro Robert Whitefield and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Derek Douglas assisted by his degree team of Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Willie Jackson PM, Bro Ian Thompson PM, Bro Willie Napier PM and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a fine exemplification of the FC degree on volunteer candidate Bro Tom Forsyth. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Derek Douglas thanked Bro Tom for volunteering and thanked his degree team and all who had accompanied him. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Robert Whitefield congratulated RWM Bro Derek Douglas and called the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro Robert Whitefield invited all to harmony, and as ever in 471, the visitors got to dig in first. Overheard were comments about "if yer no fast, yer last!". Much blethering ensued and links between the two Lodges were once again strengthened.

Monday 19th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas headed a deputation to Lodge Motherwell Caledonian No.1228 accompanied by 9 other Brethren. After being welcomed by RWM Bro John Dunn and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Derek Douglas assisted by his degree team of Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Willie Jackson PM, Bro Ian Thompson PM, Bro Willie Napier PM and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a fine MM degree on candidate Bro Stephen Brown. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Derek Douglas congratulated Bro Stephen and introduced him to his own RWM Bro John Dunn who likewise congratulated him, explained his new privileges and presented him to the assembled Brethren. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro John Dunn congratulated RWM Bro Derek Douglas and called the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. At the close of the meeting, RWM Bro John Dunn invited all to harmony, and all were well provided for in 1228s customary manner. Much blethering ensued and links between the two Lodges were once again strengthened.

Tuesday 14th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed all to the first meeting of March. After the usual business, RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed a distinguished deputation from The Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire (Middle Ward) headed by Substitute Provincial Grand Master Bro Angus Ross. The business of the deputation, being the Annual Report, was conducted in the MM degree and in short order by SPGM Bro Angus Ross. The Lodge was then reduced to the FC degree and Bro Scott Anderson was passed to the degree of Fellowcraft in fine style by RWM Bro Derek Douglas assisted by Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Jim Finlay PM, Bro Ian Thompson PM WJW, Bro Willie Jackson PM WSW, Bro Tom Gilfillan PM SD, Bro Willie Napier PM PoS, and Bro Duncan McBride IG. At the conclusion of the degree, Bro Anderson was formally presented to the Lodge by RWM Bro Derek Douglas accompanied by SPGM Bro Angus Ross. SPGM Bro Angus Ross delegated the reporting on the degree to Bro Allan Jamieson Provincial Senior Deacon who was most gracious and profuse in his praise for the degree team. At the conclusion of the meeting, all retired to harmony to talk over the events of the evening and enjoy each others company once again.

February 2018

Tuesday 27th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed all to the second meeting of February on a bitterly cold and snowy night. After the usual business, RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed a distinguished deputation from Lodge Livingstone St Andrew No.573 headed by RWM Bro James Gardner, who, with the assistance of his excellent degree team, initiated our candidate Mr Scott Anderson. The degree was conferred in an excellent manner, and the attention paid by all present throughout the degree bore testimony to the high quality of the degree team. RWM Bro Derek Douglas, on resuming control of the Lodge, congratulated Bro Scott Anderson and welcomed him as our newest Entered Apprentice. RWM Bro Derek Douglas then called on the assembled brethren to congratulate RWM Bro James Gardner on the high standard of the degree. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony for a bite to eat and a blether, and the links between 573 and 1096 were further strengthened, as the brethren enjoyed each others company once again.

Friday 23rd: 'Twas a repeat o' last years weather for "Cauld winter was howlin', o'er moor and o'er mountain" and the temperature ootside left a lot to be desired as another grand gathering of oor ain folks began to arrive at the Lodge Annual Burns Supper.

As Chairman for the evening, RWM Bro Derek Douglas warmly welcomed everyone and hoped they would all enjoy the dinner and entertainment of the evening.

The Haggis was piped in by Ryan Douglas (oor bonny wee piper!), carried aloft by Ian Douglas and addressed and toasted in fine style by Graham Milton. David Craig gave the Selkirk grace and all sat down to an excellent dinner catered by Motherwell United Services.

After dinner and the Loyal Toast, the entertainment began with May Torrance enchanting the company in song. George Warren gave a well researched and informative Immortal Memory, assisted by oor Ryan who played the lament. Anither sang this time frae Danny Farquhar, led us to Tommy Johnstone and his hilarious Toast to the Lassies. Baith May and Danny each gave us anither song, and David Walker, in his ain style gave us much amusement with excerpts frae Burns poems.

The formal part of the evening passed all too quickly and drew to a close with the entire company singing The Star O' Rabbie Burns. Afterwards, much relaxed blethering and consumption of our national drink (Irn Bru!) ensued and all retired homeward, weel fed, weel watered and weel entertained. A great night and already looking forward to Burns Night 2019.

Wednesday 21st: RWM Bro Derek Douglas RWM headed a deputation to Lodge Robert King Stewart No 919 accompanied by 15 other brethren. After being welcomed by RWM Bro Phil Biggerstaff and the assembled brethren, RWM Bro Derek Douglas assisted by his degree team of Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Ian Thompson PM WJW, Bro Tom Gilfillan PM SD and Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a fine EA degree on candidate Bro Stephen Speirs. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Derek Douglas congratulated Bro Stephen on taking his first step in Freemasonry. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Phil Biggerstaff congratulated RWM Bro Derek Douglas and called on the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. Afterwards, all retired to the lounge to partake of 919 hospitality. And as usual, much blethering ensued, and the long established ties which unite the two lodges were strengthened.

Tuesday 13th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed all to the first meeting of February. After the usual business, RWM Bro Derek Douglas welcomed a distinguished deputation from Lodge Hamilton No.233 headed by IPM Bro Alex Watson who, with the assistance of his excellent degree team, conferred an excellent exemplification of the FC degree on volunteer candidate Bro Ian Douglas PM. The attention paid by all present throughout the degree bore testimony to the high quality of the degree team. RWM Bro Derek Douglas, on resuming control of the Lodge, congratulated Bro Ian, thanked him for volunteering, and called on the assembled brethren to congratulate IPM Bro Alex Watson on the high standard of the degree. At the close of the meeting, all retired to harmony for a bite to eat and a blether, and the links between 233 and 1096 were further strengthened, as the brethren enjoyed each others company.

Thursday 8th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas RWM headed his Second deputation of February to Lodge Woodhall St Johns, Bellshill No.305 accompanied by 15 other Brethren. After being welcomed by RWM Bro David Yule and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Derek Douglas assisted by his degree team of Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Willie Jackson PM WSW, Bro Ian Thompson PM WJW, Bro Tom Gilfillan PM SD and Secretary Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a fine FC degree on volunteer candidate Bro Paul ????? (forgot his surname). At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Derek Douglas congratulated Bro Paul, and thanked him for volunteering. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro David Yule congratulated RWM Bro Derek Douglas and called on the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. Afterwards, all spent some time eating and blethering (as is our wont) and strengthening the ties between the two Lodges.

Monday 5th: RWM Bro Derek Douglas RWM headed his first deputation of February to Lodge Mauldslie Castle No.1630 accompanied by 11 other Brethren. After being welcomed by RWM Bro Frankie Hoey and the assembled Brethren, RWM Bro Derek Douglas assisted by his degree team of Bro Ian Douglas PM, Bro Willie Jackson PM WSW, Bro Ian Thompson PM WJW, and Secretary Bro Jim Finlay PM, delivered a comprehensive FC degree on volunteer candidate Bro Kevin Kerr. At the conclusion of the degree, RWM Bro Derek Douglas congratulated Bro Kevin, and thanked him for volunteering. Resuming control of the lodge, RWM Bro Frankie Hoey congratulated RWM Bro Derek Douglas and called on the assembled brethren to give a warm vote of thanks to the degree team. Afterwards, all retired to a cosy lounge for a blether and a bite to eat provided by the Brethren of 1630. Another great night.

 

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