Lodge Whifflet St. John 963

"Supporting local charities and good causes within the community"

Lodge Past Events


The RWM and Brethren would wish to thank Bro McGillvray on his outstanding efforts in completing the zipslide and for raising sponsorship for PGL charity Prostate Scotland.

Well done Bill good to see you made it back safely

Burns Supper

12 Feb 2016

The RWM wishes to thank everyone who contributed to an excellent night at our annual Burns supper, from the caterers, the piper, and the members who all chipped in to assist.

It was a very busy night with an excellent top table, although it ran on longer than expected I'm sure you all agree it was well worth it. As always the speakers and guests were tremendous and I thank them for their unstinting efforts. A special thanks to unsung hero George McPheat who organised the night and ensured the evening ran smoothly and also to Calum Morrow, who even managed to get us out the soup a few times last night. On occasions like this with so many guests the RWM Bro. Gordon extends his apologies for not being unable to spend more time or malt with you but as you seen it was a busy night.


A big thanks to the bar staff and 544 for their understanding regards the late finish and a special thank you to all the lassies, the support from the lassies is always fantastic and last night was no exception, and to add to that they all looked lovely.

Finally thank you all for a great evening, we hope to see you back at 963 in the very near future.

Burns Supper

Friday 7 Feb 2014

The Lodge held its annual Burns Supper in the Lodge room this evening and a truly wonderful occasion it turned out to be. Again the speakers were on tremendous form and the Chairman would wish to pass on his thanks for the efforts of all who took part.

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  The Chairman and his top table guests

Burns Supper

Friday 8 Feb 2013

The RWM Bro. Hugh Glen took great pleasure in chairing the annual Lodge Burns Supper held in the Lodge room. The evening’s proceedings commenced with a welcome from the chairman who thanked everyone for their attendance.

The haggis was duly presented by Mr. Lindsey McDade and piped in by Piper Andrew Hendry. Mr. Lindsey McDade gave the address to the haggis and grace was duly rendered by Jim Blair before everyone tucked in to a fine spread. The speakers continued with Immortal Memory from Ted Bolt, Peter Mitchell obliged with Tam O’Shanter and excellent rendition of Holy Willies prayer. It was now the turn for the lassies and Mr. Dennis Roaches gave a superb toast to which Mrs. Margaret Roaches took great pleasure in replying. Music was provided by the evenings Piper Andrew Hendry and accompanied throughout by Jim Webb and Mr. David Waterson with a few songs.

A vote of thanks was conveyed to all by Mr. Hugh Glen who again thanked everyone for making it such a wonderful evening.


Burns Supper

Friday 10-02-12 

The annual Burns Supper was held this evening in the Masonic Hall, Wood St, Coatbridge, where over 50 guests were entertained on an evening celebrating the work of our beloved Bard. The chairman opened the proceedings by thanking everyone for their attendance this evening.

As expected we were treated to excellent renditions of Burns work and the fayre at the table was second to none, the Chairman wishes to thank all those who took part in making it such a memorable and entertaining evening and is in no doubt everyone thoroughly enjoyed their night.

Bro. Jim Blair PM presented the Haggis where Bro. Brian Martin PM gave a resounding address, thereafter followed the Selkirk Grace by Bro Jim Blair PM. This evenings entertainment was started by Mr Tam McLean with a skirl o his pipes, followed by a few songs from Bro Jim Webb PM and Bro Davie Waterson PM. The evening continued with renditions of Immortal Memory from Jim Webb, Tam O Shanter and Lines to a Gentlemen from Bro Davie Yule PM. The toast to the lassies was well versed from Bo. Bill McFadyen PM with an apt reply from Bro. Brian Martin PM, and a vote of thanks from Bro. Bill Cullen PM. The evening finished in traditional form with renditions of The Star O Rabbie Burns, Auld Land Syne and culminating with God Save the Queen.

A Special thank you to Brothers Gordon Johstone, Andy Robertson and John McLachlin who took charge of tickets and raffles for the evening and generally making sure all behind the scenes ran smoothly.


Sportsman Dinner

Friday 11-11-11

The RWM Bro. Brian Martin welcomed all in attendance at this evenings Sportsman Dinner and what a tremendous evening it turned out to be. After the formalities of the introducing the top table, we were served with an excellent meal and refreshments before taking our pew for the star attractions of the evening.

As today solemnly marks Armistice Day, the RWM read a poem as a remark of respect and called upon all present to stand with him in observing a minutes silence in memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in both World Wars and beyond.

The guest speakers for the evening were Mr Willie Young a well known top football referee whose work was truly excellent and he certainly kept us entertained with his witty comments on football and refereeing. After a short comfort break we headed straight into the second half where our compère introduced to us the delightful Mr John Gahagan, a former Scottish league footballer. John soon had us all in raptures of laughter with his performance and theatrics along the front of the stage, a true pleasure to listen to.

The RWM Brian Martin, threw in some jokes of his own and was well received by the audience between artistes. Overall an excellent night was had by all who took the opportunity to attend and I am sure they will be speaking of these two speakers for weeks to come. The RWM would wish to thank everyone for their attendance and for the manner in which they received the speakers, along with a big thank you to the caterers for an excellent meal.

The RWM would wish to say a special thank you to those who contributed behind the scenes making this such a succesful evening. Furthermore, thanks to all who contributed to the raffle and more especially to the winner of the Airdrie and Albion Rovers football shirt auction, it is very much appreciated.

We look forward to the future where we hope to have further social functions, once again giving us the opportunity of meeting in social harmony and fellowship.

 The RWM Brian Martin centre, with his top table guests from left, Jim Blair, John Gahagan, Wullie Young and Jim McLatchie

Burns Supper

Friday 4 Feb 2011

The RWM Bro. Brian Martin took great pleasure in chairing the annual Lodge Burns Supper in the Lodge room. The evenings proceedings commenced with a welcome from the chairman who thanked everyone for their attendance.

The haggis was duly presented by Mr Jim Blair and piped in by Piper David McLean. Mr Ronnie Wilson gave the address to the haggis and grace was duly rendered by Jim Blair before everyone tucked in to a fine spread. The speakers continued with Immortal Memory again from Ronnie and Dave Gemmel obliged with Tam O Shanter and Holy Wullies prayer. It was now the turn for the lassies and  Mr Ian Wilson gave an superb toast to which Mr Charles Clarke took great pleasure in replying. Music was provided by the evenings Piper Dave McLean and songs from Jim Webb and accompanied throughout by Mr David Waterson.

A vote thanks was conveyed to all by Mr George McPheat who again thanked everyone for making it such a wonderful evening.


Sponsored Walk

Saturday 5 June 2010

The Lodge sponsored walk was completed today up at Callander, after a delay due to traffic chaos the walkers eventually arrived at Strathyre raring to go. The usual suspects took part in what was another enjoyable familly day out although there was a bit of storm with torrential rain everyone kept in good spirits and hopefully a geneous amount wil be raised for the Lodge's chosen charity. Thanks to all who took part and to the organizers for ensuring all ran smoothly.


Inter Lodge Charity Bowling

Sunday 23 May 2010

The Lodge held the annual Inter Lodge bowling competition this afternoon at Victoria Bowling club Coatbridge, where a total of 10 Lodges were represented from within and out with the Province. The day was again a huge success with friends from various Lodges pitting their bowling techniques against each other in the usual sporting manner.

The final of the competition was contested between the Brethren of 963 and 177 and after an exciting climax 177 ran out winners in the end. The day’s event was in aid of the CHAS charity appeal where a total of £250 was raised to assist the organisation in its most valued work. It was unfortunate that we had a few call offs, which would normally have dented the total amount raised, however a most generous donation of £110 was made by Lodge Old Monkland St James which was gratefully accepted on behalf of the charity, thanks to Chic and the members of 177. Overall a most enjoyable day out was had by all in attendance and the Brethren enjoyed an excellent meal and social gathering after the event.

We would wish to thank the directors of Victoria Bowling club for the use of the green and facilities and compliments to the caterers for an excellent meal. A special thanks to Bro. Jimmy McLatchie for organising and hosting a super contest and to his assistants PM George McPheat and PM Hugh Glenn for their endeavours. Finally a big thank you to the Lodges and the Brethren who took part and made the day what it was, the teams were represented from the following Lodges 88, 166, 177, 203, 544, 963, 1067, 1291, 1314 and 1432 and already we are looking forward to next year.


Burns Supper

Friday 12 Feb 2010

The Lodge held their annual Burns Supper on the above date in the Lodge temple, Wood Street, Coatbridge.  The evenings guest speakers were Mr Tam Patterson, Mr Ted Bolt, Mr Peter Mitchell, Mr Dougie Burk, Mr Danny Nicholson, Mr Jim Webb, Mr Davie Waterson and for the Lassies Mrs Margaret Roaches.

The RWM would wish to thank the guests most sincerely for their endeavours and also the Brethren of the Lodge for their continued support.


Sportsmans Dinner

Friday 06 Nov 2009

The RWM was pleased to present two worthy speakers who truly entertained us with their wit, humour and footballing memoirs. The evening was started with a super meal and refreshments to whet the appetite of the eager audience. This again turned   into  an   excellent evening and was witnessed by an enthusiastic crowd who relished and lapped up the atmosphere  of the occasion. Firstly we had a Dick Campbell a renowned Scottish football manager, who entertained us with his excellent repertoire of footballing stories and humour. We then had Tam "TP" Patterson a good friend and brother from Lodge Alva, TP had the ensembled audience in fits of laughter with his jokes and stories and was a truly exceptional and entertaining character.

The RWM would wish to thank both speakers for entertaining us this evening and to those who attended for their continued support. A special thank you to our MC for the evening Bro. Bill McFadyen, who kept us informed of the evenings proceedings and along with his humour added to the events of the night. 


Saturday 27 June 2009

It was with great pleasure that we had Services Lodge Edinburgh down for the annual inter lodge competition. Another excellent day was had by all who took part and it was good to see the trophy return back to Whifflet. After the formalities of the event we again had good day in fellowship where old friends caught up with a bit of a natter.

The RWM would like to thank all who took part with special thanks to the committe of Victoria bowling club for the use of the green and facilities, along with Bro's Jimmy McLatchie and John Moran for their assistance. We look forward to next year where no doubt Services will endeavour to take revenge. A total of £188 was raised which will be donated to the nominated Lodge charity.  

Sponsored Walk

Strathyre to Callander

Sat 13 Jun 2009

Once again the Lodge trekkers and guests took to the road in aid of a local charity, another great day out was had in the Trossachs where the weather was again great  and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the walk. It was nice to see the ladies  and kids out in force along with a couple of dogs for company.

The RWM would wish to thank everyone who took part in another great day out. Bro Jim McLatchie would also wish to thank Gus Lyndsay and his driver for once again transporting the members and guests to and from Callander. 








Bingo & Cabaret Night

Friday 29 May 2009 

Another excellent evening was had as we took time to relax as the season draws to a close for summer recess. We were again well entertained with music and song from Craig Swan and a few games of bingo kept the evening going. Overall a good night was had by all and we look forward to the summer break.

The RWM would like to thank  all who assisted in making the event such a success especially Jimmy McLatchie for running the raffle and keeping the evening going.



Bingo & Cabaret Night

Friday 27 March 2009 

The Lodge held a bingo and cabaret night in the Masonic Temple, Wood Street, Coatbridge this evening. We were well entertained by Dianne Barry  and overall  the evening went very well. The committee would like to thank all those who attended in support of the Lodge, with special thanks to Jimmy for his efforts in ensuring another great social evening was had by the Whifflet members and their friends.

The RWM would like to thank those ladies who contributed to the buffet for the evening and to John and Robert for running the raffle.

Burns Supper

Friday 06 Feb 2009

The Lodge held their Annual Burns Supper on the above date within the Masonic Temple, Wood Street, Coatbridge. A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all, with this year’s celebration having the added significance of being the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.  

The RWM, Office Bearers and Brethren of the Lodge would like to pass on their heartfelt thanks to all who attended and for making the evening such an enjoyable occasion and enormous success.

As Chairman I would personally wish to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who attended this years Supper and I hope that you all had a pleasant evening in the company of our guests and friends,  special thanks to the following people for making the evening such a memorable occasion notably;

Tom Paterson, Dougie Buck, David Mclean, David Yule, Jim Webb, and David Waterson for their efforts in making the evening very successful. Special thanks to Bill Cullen for his diligence and labours in organizing the evening and once again to Pringle Johnstone for his endeavours throughout the evening.

Main Events List

Address to the Haggis: Tom Paterson

Song and accompanist: Jim Webb, Jim Baird & David Watterson

The Immortal Memory: David Yule

Piper: David Mclean

Toast to the Lassies: Tom Paterson

Tam O’Shanter: Tom Paterson

Holy Willie’s prayer: Dougie Buck

Also thanks to John Moran, John McLachlin, Jim McLatchie and Hugh Glenn for their efforts in running the raffle, to David McMeechan for the catering and to the bar staff for their excellent service, once again it is most appreciated.

Finally I would also like to say a few a words of gratitude to the artistes for their entertainment during the harmony, as always it adds to the atmosphere of the evening and they are all to be commended for their outstanding contribution.

  The Artistes in action

Bingo & Cabaret Night

Friday 10 October 2008 

The Lodge held a bingo and cabaret night in the Masonic Temple, Wood Street, Coatbridge on the above date. We were well entertained by female vocalist Janie St John who had the dancers on their feet for a bit of a boogie. The bingo was again another successful event and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Overall the evening went very well and the committee would like to thank all those who turned up on wet and dreary night. Thanks to Jimmy and George for their efforts to ensure another great social evening was had by Whifflet members and their friends.



Services Lodge Edinburgh

26 July 2008 

Members of the Lodge travelled up to the East coast for the annual bowling  tournament with the Services Lodge Edinburgh, a total of 4 rinks from Whifflet took part in this annual challenge. After a well fought game Services came out on top and were presented with the winners shield for another year. A great day was had by all involved and as usual a wee dram and a natter was had after the game with the usual banter and a laugh with our good friends from the east. We will look forward to the return game next year where hopefully revenge will be had. Thanks to all who took part and to Jim McLatchie for his endeavours in organising another successful event.


Sponsored Walk

Strathyre to Callander

Sat 07 June 08

This years annual sponsored walk took the same format as last year with a number of Brethren and a couple of ladies participating on the walk. With the sun shining it was another good day out for those who took part in this great worthwhile cause.

Callander and Strathyre are set in the scenic Trossachs Area forming the most beautiful part of Scotland's first National Park - the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. It is best described as a tapestry of lochs, mountains and tree clad hills together with pleasant towns and villages the largest of which is Callander. This is a  beautiful walk with its excellent scenery alongside Loch Lubnaig and the Falls of Leny from  Strathyre to Callander using part of the National Cycle Network as your walk way. Another excellent effort from the Brethren of the Lodge along with the support from the ladies for which we thank you all.

It has been decided that two local charities will benefit from the proceeds of the walk with donations of £250 each to CHAS and Capability Scotland.

A big thanks to all who gave up their free time especially Ann, Jim and Betty and also to Bro. John Moran for coordinating the event. 



Inter Lodge charity bowling tournament

Sun 25 May 08

This year’s charity bowling tournament was again held at the Victoria bowling club Coatbridge. Once again we had another good turn out for this event where a total 8 rinks played in a round robin tournament, culminating in a superb final between 963 and 1314. With Jim McLatchie as skip for Whifflet St John 963 and Hugh Glenn transferring over his skills to assist Caldercruix 1314, the tie was played with the usual camaraderie and good spirit with 963 taking the tie in an exciting final. A total of £150 was raised which has been donated to the McMillan nurses trust. Pringle, Jimmy & George would like to thank the Vic committee and club members for the use of the club, the bar staff for the refreshments and a big  thanks to Dave and his team for the catering. Over all another excellent day was had and a big thank you to all who took part both for the charity sake and also giving us further opportunity to mix in an informal social gathering which has always proved to be both popular and successful.

The Lodge would like to thank Pringle, Jimmy and George for their endeavours in organising another successful day. 



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