Lodge Whifflet St. John 963

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Regular Meeting

Ceremony of Installation

Saturday 16 Dec 2017


The Ceremony of Installation of the RWM Elect Bro. James Durning and his Office Bearers took place in the Masonic Temple, Wood Street, Coatbridge.


The Installation Ceremonial was ably conducted by Bro. John Clydesdale and Bro. Gordon Johnstone, with Bro. George McPheat installing the Office Bearers, as usual the ceremonial was conducted in the most eloquent and exceptional fashion. The newly installed RWM Bro. James Durning would wish to convey his sincere thanks to his installing masters for such a memorable ceremony.


The day’s events were witnessed by The Right Worshipful Substitute Provincial Grand Master Bro. Norman Carnegy, along with a fine and distinguished Deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward.


Bro. Norman conveyed his best wishes along with those of the Provincial Grand Master to all at Whifflet St John and commended them on a rewarding past 12 months. Best wishes were passed to the newly installed RWM and Office bearers and we hope the next 12 months proves to be as fruitful.


Following the ceremonial we were treated to an excellent meal and refreshments and a thoroughly enjoyable harmony, after the formal toasts we were entertained by various artistes who again added a bit of flavour to the occasion.


The Lodge would wish to convey the best wishes of the Past Masters, Officers and Brethren to our new RWM Bro James and wish him every success for the coming year.


Below is the RWM James Durning with his Installing Masters Bro. George McPheat, Bro. John Clydesdale, Bro. Gordon Johnstone and the Substitute Provincial Grand Master Bro. Norman Carnegy.



12 Sep 2017

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. Bill McGillvray who welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple.


A fine deputation from our sister Lodge, New Monkland Montrose 88 was presented to RWM Bro. Bill McGillvray who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge, the deputation was headed by RWM Bro. Iain Keltie and along with his office bearers had been invited to confer the MMM degree on Brother John Hunter. The assembled Brethren thereafter welcomed the deputation with a hearty 963 welcome.


An excellent MMM degree was conferred by Bro David Morrison PM and his degree team and was thoroughly enjoyed by the assembled Brethren. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by RWM 1413 and a suitable reply was received from Bro. David Morrison PM 88.


The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.




10 Jan 2017


The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. Bill McGillvray who welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple.


A deputation from our sister Lodge, St Andrew 544 Coatbridge was presented to RWM Bro. Bill McGillvray who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge, the deputation was headed by RWM Bro. Sandy Lenaghan and along with his office bearers had been invited to confer the EA degree and on this occasion were 963 official first footers. The assembled Brethren thereafter welcomed the deputation with a hearty 963 welcome.


An excellent EA degree was conferred by the degree team and was thoroughly enjoyed by the assembled Brethren. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by Bro. Donnie MacLeod 1067 and a suitable reply was received from Bro. Wullie McGuire PM 544.


The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.


09 Feb 2016

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. Gordon Johnstone who welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple. The RWM thanked 963 members for their continued support and to our visitors for taking time to come along on such a wet night. 

 

A deputation from our sister Lodge, Robert Burns 440 was presented to RWM Bro. Gordon Johnstone who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge, the deputation was headed by RWM Bro. David Aitchison and along with his office bearers had been invited to confer the MMM degree. The assembled Brethren thereafter welcomed the deputation with a hearty 963 welcome.

 

An excellent EA degree was conferred by the degree team and was thoroughly enjoyed by the assembled Brethren, with the Mark degree always being a bit special, I am sure the candidates also enjoyed the experience. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by Bro. Pringle Johnstone PM and to which a suitable reply was received.

  

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.

26 Jan 2016


The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. Gordon Johnstone who welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple. The RWM thanked 963 members for their continued support and to our visitors for taking time to come along on such a wet night. 


A deputation from our sister Lodge, Old Monkland St James 177 was presented to RWM Bro. Gordon Johnstone who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge, the deputation was headed by RWM Bro. Charles Clarke and along with his office bearers had been invited to confer the EA degree. The assembled Brethren thereafter welcomed the deputation with a hearty 963 welcome.


An excellent EA degree was conferred by the degree team and was thoroughly enjoyed by the assembled Brethren, we also had two visiting new EA from lodges 1314 and 599 who I trust truly enjoyed the proceedings. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by Bro. Billy McPheat 963 and a suitable reply was received from WJW 177 Bro. Graham Morrison.


The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.


12 Jan 2016


The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. Gordon Johnstone who welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple and wished them all the very best for the New Year.


A deputation from our sister Lodge St Andrew 544 was presented to RWM Bro. Gordon Johnstone who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge, the deputation was headed by RWM Bro. David McKee and along with his office bearers had been invited to confer the FC degree. The assembled Brethren thereafter welcomed the deputation with a hearty 963 welcome.


An excellent FC degree was conferred by the degree team and was thoroughly enjoyed by the assembled Brethren. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by Bro. Chic Clarke RWM 177 and a suitable reply was received from Bro. John Hulme PM 544. This being the first meeting since the installation, the RWM would wish to thank and congratulate those taking up their respective office and to wish our new office bearers every success and fulfilment in the future.


The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.


10 March 2015


The RWM Bro. Brian Martin took great pleasure in welcoming a deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward into the lodge room this evening, the deputation was headed by RWDPGM Bro. Bill Perry along with 6 members of PGL. The Provincial deputation and assembled brethren thereafter witnessed a truly excellent rendition of the EA degree conferred by the lodge office bearers, which included a couple of last minute stand ins.


The highlight of the evening was a surprise presentation of a 50 year service certificate to Past Master Bro. Bill MacFadyen, a truly amazing feat indeed. The RWDPGM Bro Bill Perry paid tribute to the unstinting service that PM Bill MacFadyen has given to both the craft in general and to Lodge 963 in particular. This is another great achievement which bodes well for both Bro. Bill & the Lodge and will be added to the history of this fine old Lodge.


The RWM and the assembled Brethren here this evening wish to extend their congratulations to Bro MacFadyen and thank him for his continued support to the Lodge over the years.


The photograph below shows a delighted Bro Bill MacFadyen receiving his 50 year certificate from RWM Bro. Brian Martin under the watchful eye of the RWDPGM Bro. Bill Perry.


Tuesday 13 Jan 2015

 

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. Brian Martin who welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple.

 

A deputation from our sister lodge St Andrew 544 headed by their RWM was presented to RWM Bro Brian Martin who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the lodge. The assembled Brethren thereafter afforded our visitors a hearty 963 welcome.

 

An excellent rendition of the FC degree was conferred by the degree team of Lodge 544 and was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed on behalf of the degree team to which a suitable reply was received from RWM 963.


The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.

Tuesday 23 Sep 2014

 

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. Brian Martin who welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple.

 

A deputation from our sister lodge Springburn 1198 headed by their RWM was presented to RWM Bro Brian Martin who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the lodge. The assembled Brethren thereafter afforded our visitors a hearty 963 welcome.

 

An excellent rendition of the FC degree was conferred by the degree team of Lodge 1198 and was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed on behalf of the degree team to which a suitable reply was received from RWM 963.

 

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 09 Sep 2014


The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. Brian Martin who welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple.

 

A deputation from our sister lodge Garrowhill 1413 headed by their RWM was presented to RWM Bro Brian Martin who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the lodge. The assembled Brethren thereafter afforded our visitors a hearty 963 welcome.

 

An excellent rendition of the EA degree was conferred by the degree team of Lodge 1413 and was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed on behalf of the degree team to which a suitable reply was received from RWM 963.

 

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 13 May 2014

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. Brian Martin who welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple.

The official deputation for this evening was from our great friends of Lodge Airdrie St John 166, who were headed on this occasion by their own RWM Bro. John Lang, the deputation was presented to RWM Bro. Brian Martin who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge. The RWM and Office bearers of 166 had been invited by the RWM 963 to confer the MM degree on two of our Fellow Crafts; the assembled Brethren thereafter welcomed the deputation with a hearty 963 welcome.

A further two unofficial deputations were thereafter presented to our RWM, one from Lodge Coltswood Glenboig 1067 who were welcomed by the RWM with a total of 21 members and secondly from Lodge Old Monkland St James with a total of 25 members both deputations were afforded a hearty 963 welcome by the assembled Brn. Bro. Brian Martin RWM 963 took great pleasure in presenting the travelling Gavel to Lodge Old Monkland St James 177 and was assured it would remain in good hands throughout the recess. The travelling Gavel was formed by Lodge New Monkland Montrose 88 and has proved to such a big hit throughout the Monklands area, as witnessed this evening with a total of 116 Brethren from 12 different lodges signing the visitors? book.

We were then treated to an exceptional rendition of the MM degree which was conferred by the degree team of 166 and was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. Two old hands from 166 providing us with excellent ritual and floor work and it would be remiss of me not to give a special mention to PM Jim Ferguson and Bro Bobby Mair for their excellent contribution this evening. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by RWM Bro. Kenneth Downie L. Ellengowan 716 Milngavie and a suitable reply was received from PM Bro. Jim Ferguson 166. A further vote of thanks was conveyed on behalf of the members of St Andrew 544 and in particular Bro?s Craig McKee and David McKee for their unstinting assistance this evening.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the main hall for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all. A toast to our visitors was graciously conveyed by Bro. Bill Cullen PM 963 to which a fitting and favourable reply was received from Bro. John Lang RWM 166, a truly memorable evening was witnessed by all in attendance.

The RWM Bro. Brian Martin, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to congratulate Bro. David McClure and Craig McGibbon on taking their third regular step in Freemasonry and wish them all the best for many years to come.

The RWM Bro. Brian Martin would wish to thank all Brethren for their continued support and to our visitors for taking time to visit us again, this evening has shown that Freemasonry is still strong throughout the Monklands area and long may it continue.

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 22 April 2014

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. Brian Martin who welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple.

A deputation from our great friends from Lodge Woodhall St John 305 headed by RWM Bro. Colin Gowrie was presented to RWM Bro. Brian Martin who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge. The deputation was accompanied by Reigning Master from Lodge No 1067, along with Brn from various Lodges. The assembled Brethren thereafter welcomed the deputation with a hearty 963 welcome.

The traveling Gavel was presented to the Lodge by our RWM who thanked all Brn who accompanied him to New Monkland Montrose 88 where the Gavel was captured. An exemplification of the EA degree was conferred by the degree team and was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by RWM 1067 Bro. John Mack and a suitable reply was received from RWM 305 Bro. Colin Gowrie.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.

The RWM Bro. Brian Martin, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to thank all visitors for taking time to visit us this evening.

 

 

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 25th Mar 2014

 

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. Brian Martin who welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple.

 

A deputation from our sister Lodge Newlands, Coalburn 949 headed by RWM Bro. Crawford Cornack was presented to RWM Bro. Brian Martin who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge, the deputation was accompanied by two Reigning Masters from Lodges 88 and 166. The assembled Brethren thereafter welcomed the deputation with a hearty 963 welcome.

 

An excellent rendition of the EA degree was conferred by the degree team of 949 on candidate David McClure and was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by RWM Bro. Bob Mudie 88 and a suitable reply was received from RWM Crawford Cornack.

 

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all. A toast to the visitors was conveyed by the RWM to which Bro. Jim Coltart 949 suitably replied.

 

The RWM Bro. Brian Martin, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to congratulate Bro. David McClure on taking his first regular step in Freemasonry and wish him all the best for many years to come.

 

Regular Meeting -PGL Visit

Tuesday 11 March 2014

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. Brian Martin who welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple this evening. The primary purpose of this evenings meeting was the annual visitation of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward and thereafter to conduct an exemplification of the FC degree.

 

A deputation from The Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward was presented to RWM Bro. Brian Martin, who warmly welcomed the RWDPGM Bro. Bill Perry along with his fellow Provincial Grand Lodge colleagues. On receiving the RWDPGM in the East Bro. Brian Martin RWM graciously handed over the mall to allow the official business to be conducted. After the official formalities were concluded the assembled Brethren witnessed an excellent rendition of the FC degree on Bro Andy Clelland. A hearty vote of thanks from Worthy Bro. Laird McDonald was warmly received by the assembled Brethren with a cordial reply from RWM Bro Brian Martin.

 

Bro. Bill Perry, Right Worshipful Depute Provincial Grand Master thanked the Lodge and Brethren for their continued commitment to Provincial Grand Lodge over the preceding year. He also took this opportunity to convey his sincere thanks on behalf the PGM to the Immediate Past Master, Worthy Secretary and Worthy Treasurer for their continued hard work over the past year in office. The RWDPGM concluded with forthcoming PGL intimations with the upcoming PGL Annual Divine Service and a cruise don the watter on the Waverley in the summer.

 

The RWM accompanied by the RWDPGM, Distinguished Provincial guests, Brethren and visitors thereafter retired to the lounge for refreshments and lodge hospitality, a truly excellent evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance.

 

The RWM took time to thank Bro Andy for standing in as candidate this evening and also paid tribute to his degree team for an excellent effort all round, some of whom are all relatively new into the lodge and their respective offices.

 

 The RWM hosts the Depute PG Master at the top table

 

A special note of thanks was also conveyed by the RWM to the ladies who assisted with an excellent meal and purvey, it was truly outstanding and again we thank Ann the girls for their unstinting efforts.

 

                                               Ann and the ladies 

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 25 Feb 2014

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. Brian Martin who thereafter welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple this evening.

A deputation from our sister Lodge Caldercruix 1314 was presented to the RWM who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge and invited the RWM Bro. John Russell along with visiting Reigning Masters and PM to accompany him in the East.  The deputation was thereafter warmly received by the assembled Brethren. An excellent EA degree was conferred by the degree team and I am sure the assembled thoroughly enjoyed the degree and floor work. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by the Bro. Stephen Campbell RWM 1288 and a suitable reply was received from Bro. John Russell RWM 1314.

 

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all. A toast to the visitors was conveyed by Bro. Billy McPheat 963 to which Bro. John Russell RWM 1314 suitably replied.

The RWM Bro. Brian Martin would wish to thank all the visitors for their attendance and along with the Brethren of 963 for making the evening a great success.

The RWM Bro Brian Martin welcomes the reigning masters into the temple this evening

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 11 Feb 2014

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. Brian Martin who welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple this evening.

 

A deputation from our sister Lodge Old Monkland St James 177 was presented to the RWM who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge and invited the RWM Bro. Colin Skinner to accompany him in the East; the deputation was thereafter warmly received by the assembled Brethren.

 

An excellent rendition of the FC degree was conferred on Bro. Alan Wilson and I am sure the assembled Brethren thoroughly enjoyed the labours of the officers of 177. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by Bro. Jim Blair PM and a suitable reply was received from the WSW Bro. Allan "Bertie" Logan PM.

 

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. The RWM led the toasts and again thanked everyone for attending.

 

RWM Bro Brian with two visiting Reigning Masters

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 28 Jan 2014

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. Brian Martin who welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple.

A deputation from our sister Lodge Heatheryknowe 1461 headed by RWM Bro. Kenny Fowly was presented to RWM Bro. Brian Martin who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge, the deputation was accompanied by two Reigning Masters from Lodges 199 and 1067, along with Brn from various Lodges. The assembled Brethren thereafter welcomed the deputation with a hearty 963 welcome.

An excellent exemplification of the EA degree was conferred by the degree team and was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by RWM Bro. John Mack 1067 and a suitable reply was received from Bro. Chris Dalgliesh WJW 1461. The RWM would like to thank Bro Ally Wilkie for standing in as candidate this evening.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.

The RWM Bro. Brian Martin, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to thank the visitors for taking time to come along and visit us this evening.

 The RWM Bro. Brian Martin with the visiting Masters

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 14 Jan 2014

 

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. Brian Martin who welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple and wished them all the very best for the New Year. A minutes silence was held in honour of Bro. Jim Gillespie and Bro. Walter Miller who sadly passed away over recent weeks. On a brighter note the RWM welcomed Sam Henry back to lodge after his recent illness and wishes him well for the future.

 

A deputation from our sister Lodge St Andrew 544 was presented to RWM Bro. Brian Martin who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge, the deputation was headed by RWM Bro. Duncan Osborne and along with his office bearers had been invited to confer the FC degree on Bro Craig McGibbon. The assembled Brethren thereafter welcomed the deputation with a hearty 963 welcome.

 

An excellent FC degree was conferred by the degree team and along with the assembled Brethren, I am sure Bro. McGibbon thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by Bro. Bill Cullen PM and a suitable reply was received from Bro. William Carson IPM 544. This being the first meeting since the installation, the RWM would wish to thank and congratulate those taking up their respective office and to wish our new office bearers every success and fulfillment in the future.

 

Bro. Jim McLatchie was recently admitted to hospital and subsequently released from the Monklands; again the RWM and Brethren wish Jimmy a speedy recovery and hope he is up and about soon.

 

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.

 

The RWM Bro. Brian Martin, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to congratulate Bro. Craig McGibbon on taking his second regular step in Freemasonry and wish him all the best for many years to come.

 

The RWM congratulates Bro. Craig on being passed to the FC

 

Ceremony of Installation

Saturday  21 Dec 2013

The Ceremony of Installation of the RWM elect Bro. Brian T Martin and his Office Bearers took place in the Masonic Temple, Wood Street, Coatbridge.

The Installation Ceremonial was ably conducted by two of the Lodges very own stalwarts in that of Bro. Bill Cullen and Bro. George McPheat, who carried out the ceremonial in the most eloquent and exceptional fashion. The newly installed RWM Bro. Brian Martin would wish to convey on his sincere thanks to his installing masters for such a memorable ceremony.

The day’s events were witnessed by The Right Worshipful Substitute Provincial Grand Master Bro. Andy Miller, along with a fine and distinguished Deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward.

Bro. Andy conveyed his best wishes along with those of the PGM to all at Whifflet St John and commended them on a rewarding past 12 months. Best wishes were passed to the newly installed RWM and Office bearers and we hope the next 12 months proves to be as fruitful.

Following the ceremonial we were treated to an excellent meal and refreshments at a thoroughly enjoyable harmony, after the formal toasts we were entertained by various artistes who again added a bit of flavour to the occasion.

The Lodge Webmaster would wish to convey the best wishes of the Lodge Past Masters, Officers and Brethren to our RWM Bro Brian and wish him every success for the coming year.

RWM Brian Martin and his Installing Masters

 

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 12 Nov 2013

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the acting RWM Bro. Brian Martin PM in the absence of both the RWM and IPM, PM Martin thereafter welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple this evening. The RWM Bro. Hugh Glen is currently in hospital for tests and we wish him well and hope to have him back very soon.

 

An excellent rendition of the EA degree was conferred by the 963 degree team on our new candidate Bro. Craig McGibbon for which we sincerely thank those involved. At the conclusion of the degree work the RWM called upon Bro Ian McGibbon, Bro Craig’s father, to officially welcome his son as member of the lodge, a very touching end to the proceedings.

 

The acting RWM also took the opportunity in welcoming back Bro. Jim Mclatchie after a long illness and wished him well for the future, PM Bill Cullen informed the lodge that PM Andy Chalmers is still recovering in hospital from a long illness and we wish PM Andy a speedy recovery. A warm vote of thanks to the degree team was conveyed by the Bro. Scott Munro RWM 177 and a suitable reply was received from PM Bro. Bill Cullen.

 

The RWM Bro. Brian Martin, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to congratulate Bro. Craig McGibbon on taking his first regular step in Freemasonry and wish him all the very best for many years to come.

 

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.  

Bro. Ian welcomes his son Bro. Craig into the Lodge

 

Regular Meeting -PGL Visit

Tuesday 12 Mar 2013

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. Hugh Glen who thereafter welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple this evening. The primary purpose of this evenings meeting was the annual visitation of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward and thereafter to initiate a new member to the EA degree.

A deputation from The Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward was presented to RWM Bro. Hugh Glen, who warmly welcomed the RWSPGM Bro. Andrew Millar along with his fellow Provincial Grand Lodge colleagues. On receiving the RWSPGM in the East Bro. Hugh Glen RWM graciously handed over the mall to allow the official business to be conducted. After the official formalities were concluded the assembled Brethren witnessed an excellent rendition of the EA degree on Mr. Callum Morrow. A hearty vote of thanks from PPGSW Worthy Bro. Robert Stanfield was warmly received by the assembled Brethren with a cordial reply from RWM Bro Hugh Glen.

Bro. Andrew Millar, Right Worshipful Substitute Provincial Grand Master thanked the Lodge and Brethren for their continued commitment to Provincial Grand Lodge over the preceding year. He also took this opportunity to convey his sincere thanks on behalf the PGM to the Immediate Past Master, Worthy Secretary and Worthy Treasurer for their continued hard work over the past year in office. The RWSPGM concluded with forthcoming PGL intimations with the PGL Annual Divine Service on 28th April at Uddingston Old Parish Church.

The RWM accompanied by the RWSPGM, Distinguished Provincial guests, Brethren and visitors thereafter retired to the lounge for refreshments and lodge hospitality, a truly excellent evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance.

The RWM and RWSPGM and Brethren would also wish to congratulate Bro. Callum Morrow on taking his first regular step in Freemasonry here this evening and wish him well in these early days of his Masonic career.

 

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 26 Feb 2013

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. Hugh Glen who thereafter welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple this evening.

A deputation from our sister Lodge, The Operative Lodge of Airdrie 203 was presented to the RWM Bro. Hugh Glen who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge and invited the RWM Bro. Colin Lees to accompany him in the East; the deputation was thereafter warmly received by the assembled Brethren.

RWMM Bro. Iain McComb along with his degree team conferred a truly excellent rendition of the Mark degree on three Whifflet St John 963 Brethren and along with the assembled Brethren, I am sure the three Brethren thoroughly enjoyed the degree. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by Bro. George McPheat IPM and a suitable reply was received from the RWMM Bro. Iain McComb.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. The RWM led the toasts and again thanked everyone for attending.

The RWM Bro. Hugh Glen, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to congratulate Bro. Alan Wilson, Bro. Campbell McFarlane and Bro. John Wood on being advanced to the Mark and wish them all the best for many years to come. 

 

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 22 Jan 2013

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. Hugh Glen who thereafter welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple this evening.

A deputation from our sister Lodge Caldercruix 1314 was presented to RWM Bro. Hugh Glen who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge and invited the RWM to accompany him in the East; the deputation was thereafter warmly received by the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed by the RWM Bro. Charlie Ringrose and along with his office bearers had been invited to confer the MM degree on Bro. Alan Wilson.

An excellent MM degree was conferred by the degree team and along with the assembled Brethren, I am sure Br. Wilson thoroughly enjoyed the degree. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by Bro. David Yule PM 305 and a suitable reply was received from the RWM Bro. Charlie Ringrose.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.

The RWM Bro. Hugh Glen, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to congratulate Bro. Alan Wilson on his third regular step  in Freemasonry and wish him all the best for many to come.
 
 
 

 RWM Bro. Hugh Glen welcomes RWM Bro. Charlie Ringrose into the Lodge

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 08 Jan 2013

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. Hugh Glen who thereafter welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple this evening.

A deputation from our sister Lodge St Andrew Coatbridge 544 was presented to RWM Bro. Hugh Glen who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge and invited the RWM to accompany him in the East; the deputation was thereafter warmly received by the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed by RWM Bro. Billy Carson and along with his office bearers had been invited to confer the FC degree on Bro Alan Wilson.

An excellent FC degree was conferred by the degree team and along with the assembled Brethren, I am sure Bro. Wilson thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by Bro. Charles Ringrose RWM 1314 and a suitable reply was received from Bro. George Boagg.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.

The RWM Bro. Hugh Glen, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to congratulate Bro. Alan Wilson on taking his second regular step in Freemasonry and wish him all the best for many years to come.

Ceremony of Installation

15 Dec 2012

The Ceremony of Installation of the RWM elect Bro. Hugh Glen and his Office Bearers took place in the Masonic Temple, Wood Street, Coatbridge.

The Installation Ceremony was conducted in a most eloquent and impressive manner by Worthy Installing Masters Bro. Bill Cullen and Bro. Brian Martin. It was with great delight to receive the SPGM Bro. Norman Carnegie who headed a Deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward. Bro. Norman conveyed his best wishes along with those of the PGM to all at Lodge Whifflet St John and commended them on a rewarding past 12 months. Best wishes were passed to the new RWM and Office bearers and we hope the next 12 months proves to be as successful.

The Right Worshipful Master Bro. Hugh Glen would wish to take this opportunity to thank his Installing Masters for an excellent ceremony. The RWM would also wish to thank the Brethren of Whifflet St John 963 for affording him this honour for a second term in office, he hopes that those Brethren present enjoyed the occasion as much as he did. He would also wish hank all the visitors who took time away form their families to be present this afternoon. 

Following the Installation Ceremony the RWM, Installing Masters along with Provincial Deputation joined the Brethren for the Installation Dinner and harmony.

The RWM accompanied by his Installing Masters

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 11 Dec 2012

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. George McPheat who thereafter welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple this evening. This evening was the RWM last meeting prior to handing over the reins of the Lodge to the Master elect Bro. Hugh Glen on Saturday.

 

A deputation from our sister Lodge Airdrie St John 166 was presented to the RWM Bro. George McPheat who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge and invited the RWM Bro. Gerry O’Hara to accompany him in the east; the deputation was thereafter warmly received by the assembled Brethren. A small deputation from Edinburgh Services was also in attendance and was led by their own RWM Bro. Arthur Williamson. All in all 50 Brethren signed the attendance book this evening, a remarkable turn out at this time of year to which Bro. George McPheat sincerely thanked everyone for their presence.

 

The RWM and Brethren of 166 had been invited to confer the EA degree on Bro. Alan Wilson, a truly excellent rendition of the EA degree was conferred by the degree team and along with the assembled Brethren, I am sure Bro. Wilson thoroughly enjoyed the degree. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by Bro. Bill Cullen PM and a suitable reply was received from the Bro. Keith Mitchell PM.

 

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. The RWM led the toasts and again thanked everyone for attending. A toast to the visitors was conveyed by our IPM Bro. Brian Martin to which a suitable reply was received from Bro. Joe Speirs RWM 1067. An excellent harmony followed with the usual performers doing their stint in song and dance, with a rousing finale with The Star “O” Rabbie Burns ringing round the lounge.

 

The RWM Bro. George McPheat, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to congratulate Bro. Alan Wilson on taking his first regular step in Freemasonry and wish him all the best for many years to come. 

We look forward to The Ceremony of Installation on Saturday 15 Dec at 5pm. 

The RWM 963 welcomes the visiting Masters

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 13 Nov 2012

 

It was with great pleasure that the RWM Bro. George McPheat welcomed a deputation from Lodge Woodhall St John 305 into the Temple this evening to confer the MM Degree; the Deputation was headed by RWM Bro. Allan Jamieson. The RWM invited Bro. Alan to accompany him in the east and called on the Brethren to afford our visitors a hearty 963 welcome.

 

A truly excellent rendition of the MM degree was witnessed by the assembled Brethren who were indeed treated to some fine floor work from the Office Bearers of 305 and I am sure Bro. McFadyen will remember this for many years to come. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by the Bro. Gordon Johnstone and a suitable reply was received from the Bro. Stan Robinson PM Worthy Secretary.

 

The IPM took great pleasure in conferring honorary membership on the RWM of 305 Bro. Allan Robinson, to which Bro. Allan conveyed his sincere thanks to the RWM, PM's and Lodge members for affording him such honour.

 

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and Lodge hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.

 

The RWM Bro. George McPheat, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to congratulate Bro. Alan McFadyen becoming a Master Mason and wish him all the best for the future. 

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 09 Oct 201

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by The IPM Bro. Brian Martin who thereafter welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple this evening.

A deputation from our sister Lodge Springburn 1198 was presented to IPM Bro. Brian Martin who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge and invited the RWM to accompany him in the east; the deputation was thereafter warmly received by the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed by the RWM Bro. Thomas Morrow and along with his office bearers had been invited to confer the FC degree on Bro. Alan McFadyen.

 

An excellent FC degree was conferred by the degree team and along with the assembled Brethren, I am sure Br. McFadyen thoroughly enjoyed the degree. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by WSW Pringle Johnstone PM and a suitable reply was received from the RWM Bro. Thomas Morrow.

 

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the IPM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.

 

The IPM Bro. Brian Martin, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to congratulate Bro. Alan McFadyen on taking his second regular step in Freemasonry and wish him all the best for many years to come. 

 

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 25 Sept 2012

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by The RWM Bro. George McPheat who welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple this evening.

An update was given by PM Tom Connor on Bro. Andy Chalmers PM health after he was taken back into hospital; we convey our best wishes to Bro. Andy and again hope his health and well being improves over the coming weeks.

A deputation from our sister Lodge Garrowhill 1413 was presented to RWM Bro. George McPheat who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge this evening, the deputation was headed by the RWM Bro. Grahame Gourlay who was thereafter warmly received by the assembled Brethren.

Thereafter followed an excellent rendition of the EA degree conferred by the lodge office bearers and along with the assembled Brethren I am sure the candidate now Bro. Allan McFadyen thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A humorous vote of thanks was conveyed by the IPM Bro. Brian Martin and a suitable reply was received from the WSW Bro. Gerry Rankin who thanked Bro Brian for his kind words and touch of humour.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and a truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.

The RWM Bro. George McPheat, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to congratulate Bro. Allan McFadyen on taking his first regular step in Freemasonry and wish him all the very best for many years to come.

    RWM Bro. George welcomes RWM Bro. Grahame into the Lodge room

 

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 11 Sept 2012

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by The RWM Bro. George McPheat who welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple this evening.

A deputation from our sister Lodge Newlands 949 was presented to RWM Bro. George McPheat who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge this evening, the deputation was headed by the RWM Bro. Andrew Suckle was thereafter warmly received by the assembled Brethren.

An excellent exemplification of the EA degree was conferred by the degree team and along with the assembled Brethren, I am sure the candidate thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by the WSD Bro. Glen PM and a suitable reply was received from the RWM Bro. Andrew Suckle.

The RWM also took the opportunity in welcoming back PM’s Tom Connor and to Andy Chalmers after his recent bouts of illness and hopes his health and well being continues to improve.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 08 May 2012

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by The RWM Bro. George McPheat who thereafter welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple this evening.

A deputation from our sister Lodge St Andrews, Cumbernauld 199 was presented to RWM Bro. George McPheat who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge and invited the RWM to accompany him in the east; the deputation along with a few Brethren from 1067 was thereafter warmly received by the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed by the RWM Bro. Charles Murphy and along with his office bearers had been invited to confer the FC degree on Bro James Weir.

An excellent FC degree was conferred by the degree team and along with the assembled Brethren, I am sure Br. Weir thoroughly enjoyed the degree. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by Worthy Past Master Bill McFadyen and a suitable reply was received from the RWM Bro. Charles Murphy.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.

The RWM Bro. George McPheat, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to congratulate Bro. James Weir on taking his second regular step in Freemasonry and wish him all the best for many years to come. 

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 22 May 2012

It was with great pleasure that the RWM Bro. George McPheat welcomed a deputation from the Operative Lodge of Airdrie 203 into the Temple this evening to confer the MM Degree; the Deputation was headed by RWM Bro. Ronnie McDougall. The RWM invited the Bro. Ronnie to accompany him in the east and called on the Brethren to afford our visitors a hearty 963 welcome.

A truly excellent rendition of the MM degree was witnessed by the assembled Brethren who were indeed treated to some fine floor work from the Office Bearers of 203 and I am sure Bro. Weir will remember this for many years to come. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by the RWM Bro. George McPheat and a suitable reply was received from the WJD Bro. Donald Reaoch.

The RWM Bro. George McPheat took this opportunity to thank the Office Bearers, Worthy Past Masters and Brethren for their continued support throughout the first half of his year in office. WSW Bro. Pringle Johnstone thanked the RWM for his kind sentiments on behalf of the Brethren and also thanked the RWM for his commitment to the Lodge in this his second stint in the chair.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and Lodge hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.

The RWM Bro. George McPheat, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to congratulate Bro. James Weir on becoming a Master Mason and wish him all the best for the future. 

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 24 Apr 2012

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by The RWM Bro. George McPheat who thereafter welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple this evening.

A deputation from our sister Lodge Old Monkland St James 177 was presented to RWM Bro. George McPheat who thanked and cordially welcomed them into the Lodge and invited the RWM to accompany him in the east, the deputation was thereafter warmly received by the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed by the RWM Bro. Allan Logan and along with his office bearers had been invited to confer the EA degree on Bro James Weir.

An excellent EA degree was conferred by the degree team and along with the assembled Brethren, I am sure the candidate thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by the WJW Bro. John Moran and a suitable reply was received from the WSD Bro. Colin Elliot.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all.

The RWM Bro. George McPheat, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to congratulate Bro. James Weir on taking his first regular step in Freemasonry and wish him all the best for many years to come.

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 10 Apr 2012

It was with great delight that the RWM Bro. George McPheat welcomed a deputation from Lodge New Monkland Montrose No. 88, Airdrie into the Temple this evening, headed on this occasion by their own RWM Bro. Robert Gaines.  It was of further delight and pleasure to receive a small deputation from Lodge Ballater 1432 into the Temple, giving a total of 26 visiting Brethren this evening, for which the RWM and Brethren sincerely thank you all.

An excellent rendition of the MM degree was conferred on Bro. Bill McGilvary by the Office bearers of 88, of which I am sure Bro. Bill thoroughly enjoyed. A deserving vote of thanks was conveyed by acting WSW Bro. Hugh Glen PM and a fitting reply was received from RWM 88 Bro. Robert Gaines, to which the assembled Brethren duly responded.

Another superb evening was concluded by the presentation of the 50 year diploma to Bro. Jim Blair PM by RWM Bro. George McPheat. A   fine speech and short résumé on Bro. Jim's Masonic career was conveyed by Bro. Bruce Wilkie PM HGIG, a fitting tribute to a true Brother and Gentleman well done Big Jim.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form after which all Brethren retired for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and an excellent evening was had by all in attendance.

The RWM Bro. George McPheat, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to congratulate Bro. Bill McGilvary on becoming a Master Mason and wish him all the best for years to come.

           Bro. Jim along with the RWM and Bro. Bruce Wilkie PM HGIG

 

              Bro. Jim along with the RWM and Bro. Bill McFadyen PM

Regular Meeting - PGL Visitation

Tuesday 13 Mar 2012

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro. George McPheat who thereafter welcomed all visitors and Brethren into the Temple this evening. The primary purpose of this evenings meeting was the annual visitation of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward and thereafter to pass two members to the FC degree.

A deputation from The Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward was presented to RWM Bro. George McPheat, who warmly welcomed the RWSPGM Bro. Norman Carnegy along with his fellow Provincial Grand Lodge colleagues. On receiving the RWSPGM in the East Bro. George McPheat, RWM graciously handed over the mall to allow the official business to be conducted. After the official formalities were concluded the assembled Brethren witnessed an excellent rendition of the FC degree on two candidates. A hearty vote of thanks from PGL committee member was warmly received by the assembled Brethren with a cordial reply from Bro Brian Martin IPM.

Bro. Norman Carnegy, Right Worshipful Substitute Provincial Grand Master thanked the Lodge and Brethren for their continued commitment to Provincial Grand Lodge over the preceding year. He also took this opportunity to convey his sincere thanks on behalf the PGM to the Immediate Past Master, Worthy Secretary and Worthy Treasurer for their continued hard work over the past year in office. The RWSPGM concluded with forthcoming PGL intimations with the PGL Annual Divine Service on 29th April at Uddingston old parish church. On closing he informed the Brethren of a Grand Lodge of Scotland donation to PGL of over £11,000 which has been distributed to six local Lanarkshire charities to which all donations were graciously received.

The RWM accompanied by the RWSPGM, Distinguished Provincial guests, Brethren and visitors thereafter retired to the lounge for refreshments and lodge hospitality, a truly excellent evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance. The RWM, RWSPGM and Brethren would wish to take this opportunity to thank the ladies for the splendid meal which was laid on for the evening, a very enjoyable occasion all round.

The RWM and RWSPGM and Brethren would also wish to congratulate Bros. Bill McGilvary and John Woods on taking their second regular step in Freemasonry here this evening and wish them well in these early days of their masonic career.

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 28 Feb 2012

The RWM Bro. George McPheat opened the Lodge in due and ancient form this evening and thereafter welcomed the visitors into the Lodge. This evenings work was the EA degree conferred by the Lodge Office bearers on our newest candidate Bill McGilvary. An excellent degree was witnessed by all in attendance to which I am also sure the candidate thoroughly enjoyed. A vote of thanks to the degree team was conveyed by Bro Jeff Spence PM 1314 to which a suitable reply was received from Bro. Pringle Johnstone PM, WSW.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form after which all Brethren retired for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends and an excellent evening was had by all in attendance.

The RWM Bro. George McPheat, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to congratulate Bro. Bill McGilvary on taking his first regular step in Freemasonry and wish him all the best for years to come.

 

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 24 Jan 2012

The RWM Bro. George McPheat was delighted to welcome a large deputation from our good friends from Glenboig 1067 into the Lodge this evening. The deputation was headed by RWM Bro. Ralph Sinclair and along with his office bearers were invited to confer the EA degree on our newest candidate Mr John Wood.

An excellent EA degree was conferred by the degree team and I am sure our candidate thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A warm vote of thanks was conveyed by the SM Bro. Jim McLatchie and a suitable reply was received from Bro. Joe Spears.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form and the RWM invited all to accompany him to the lounge for refreshments and hospitality.

The RWM Bro. George McPheat, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to congratulate Bro. John Wood on taking his first regular step in Freemasonry and wish him all the best for many years to come. 

RWM Bro George McPheat with RWM Bro. Ralph Sinclair. Bro. James Shanks PM and Bro. Jim McLatchie SM

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 10 Jan 2012

The RWM Bro. George McPheat was delighted to open the Lodge on this the first  meeting since the Installation and his second term in the chair of King Solomon. With around 30  or so visitors in the Lodge it was a truly welcoming sight. The vistors came from far and wide representing the English, Ireland and German constitution along with members from Province of Glasgow and Edinburgh. The RWM welcomed everyone into the Lodge and thanked them for taking time to visit and come amongst us.

A Deputation from Lodge St Andrew 544 headed by RWM Bro. Steven Galloway was admitted and presented to the lodge, Bro McPheat welcomed the RWM and Brethren of 544 and thanked them for accepting his invitation to confer the MM degree this evening. A superb rendition of the MM degree on Bro Campbell McFarlane followed by the Office Bearers of 544 and was warmly received by the assembled Brethren. A vote of thanks was conveyed by IPM Bro. Brian Martin who congratulated the deputation in keeping the high and expected standards of 544 well and truly alive, to which a suitable reply was received from Bro Alex Maitland PM.

The Lodge was thereafter closed in due and ancient form after which the RWM invited all in attendance to remain for refreshments and hospitality. Bro. Jim Blair gave a fine toast to our visitors and again thanked them for attending.

The RWM Bro. George McPheat, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to congratulate Bro. Campbell McFarlane on attaining the MM degree, another regular step in Freemasonry and wish him all the best for many years to come.

 

Ceremony of Installation

Saturday 17 Dec 2011

The Ceremony of Installation of the RWM elect Bro. George McPheat and his Office Bearers took place in the Masonic Temple, Wood Street, Coatbridge.

The Installation Ceremony was conducted in a most eloquent and impressive manner by Worthy Installing Masters Bro. Pringle Johnstone and Bro. Brian Martin. It was also with great delight to receive SPGM Bro. Stephen Campbell who headed a Deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge and was accompanied on this occasion by Bro. Tom Davidson RWPGM and Bro. Norman Carnegy SPGM.

The Right Worshipful Master Bro. George McPheat would wish to take this opportunity to thank his Installing Masters for an excellent ceremony.  The RWM would also wish to thank the Brethren of Whifflet St John 963 for affording him this honour for the second time; he hopes that those Brethren present enjoyed the occasion as much as he did.

Following the Installation Ceremony the RWM, Installing Masters along with Provincial Deputation joined the Brethren for the Installation Dinner and harmony.

Bro Stephen Campbell SPGM, Installing Master Bro. Pringle Johnstone, Bro. George McPheat RWM, Installing Master  Bro. Brian Martin and Bro. Tom Davidson RWPGM.

Regular Meeting

Tuesday 13 Dec 2011

It was with great delight that the RWM Bro. Brian Martin welcomed a deputation from The Operative Lodge of Airdrie 203 into the Temple this evening, headed on this occasion by their own RWM Bro. James Callender.  It was also with great pleasure that a deputation from Glenboig 1067 were received into the Temple by the RWM.

A deputation from The Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire middle ward was presented to RWM Bro. Brian Martin, who warmly welcomed the RWPGM Bro. Tom Davidson along with his fellow Provincial Grand Lodge colleagues.

The assembled brethren thereafter witnessed an excellent rendition of the Fellow Craft degree by The Operative Lodge of Airdrie 203 on Bro Campbell McFarlane. A vote of thanks was given to the degree team by Bro. John Hulme PM and Treasurer of St Andrew 544.

RWM Bro. Brian Martin thereafter requested that Bro. Jimmy McLatchie be presented at the edge of the carpet for further mark of favour. The RWPGM Bro. Tom Davidson addressed the assembled brethren informing them the unique nature of his visit was to present Bro. Jimmy McLatchie with a Distinguished Service membership diploma to mark his long and unstinting service to this Lodge in particular and the craft as a whole.  Bro. Jimmy who was taken aback by such a kind gesture  sincerely thanked the RWM and brethren along with the RWPGM for such an honour and assured those present it will be dearly treasured.

The RWM accompanied by the RWPGM, Brethren and visitors there after retired to the lounge for refreshments and lodge hospitality, a truly excellent evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance. The RWM and RWPGM would also wish to congratulate Bro. Campbell McFarlane on taking his second regular step this evening and wish him well in these early days of his masonic career.

James Callendar, James L. Jack, James B. McLatchie, Brian T. Martin and Tom Davidson

Regular Meeting

Tues 08 Nov 2011

The RWM Bro. Brian Martin welcomed everyone into the Lodge this evening and extended warm and fraternal greetings to those visiting the Lodge both for the first time and along with our regular visitors. This evenings meeting was made more special in that we had our first candidate this year and we hope that this may be the start of more initiates knocking on the Temple door. The evenings work was conferred by the Lodge Office bearers which made the occasion more fitting with Campbell being admitted by members of his mother Lodge. At the conclusion of this evenings labours, Bro. Walter Houston RWM 440 conveyed a hearty vote of thanks on behalf to the degree team, to which a suitable reply was received from Bro Jim Blair PM 963.

The Lodge was thereafter closed in due and ancient form after which the RWM invited all in attendance to remain for refreshments and hospitality. At the harmony Bro. Dougie Blades raised a glass in toast to our newest Entered Apprentice and wished him well for the future, with an ably reply being received from Bro. Campbell McFarlane. The toast to the visitors was conveyed by Bro. Billy McPheat who thanked the visitors for their continued support to which Bro. Billy Carson PM DM 544 suitably replied. Another excellent evening in the company of friends old and new and we look forward to more of the same.

The RWM Bro. Brian Martin, Worthy Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren of 963 would wish to congratulate Bro. Campbell McFarlane on taking his first regular step in Freemasonry and wish him all the best for years to come.

Regular Meeting

Tues 27 Sep 2011

The RWM Bro. Brian Martin was delighted to welcome a fine deputation from our sister Lodge Airdrie St John 166, headed by their own RWM Bro Jackie Lang.

The RWM and Office Bearers of 166 conferred an excellent rendition of the FC degree ably led by PM Bro. Keith Mitchell as Conferring Master. It was a truly enjoyable evening in the company of our friends from Airdrie made more special this being their 225 anniversary year.

Bro. Billy McPheat conveyed the vote of thanks on behalf of the degree team for an excellent display by the members of 166, to which a suitable reply was received from Bro Keith Mitchell PM. Once again another chain in the friendship is linked between both Lodges.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form after which both Lodges retired for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends from 166 and an excellent evening was had by all in attendance.

 

RWM Bro. Brian Martin welcomes RWM Bro. Jackie Lang into the Lodge

 

Regular Meeting

Tues 26 April 2011

It was with great pleasure that Bro. Brian Martin welcomed a deputation from Lodge St Andrew 199 into the Temple this evening to confer the FC degree, the Deputation was led by Bro. Charlie Murphy RWM 199.

An excellent rendition of the FC degree was witnessed by the assembled Brethren who were indeed treated to some fine floor work from the Office Bearers of 199. It is not the usual custom to single out anyone in particular however I feel that the Worthy Chaplain of 199 should have a special mention for his outstanding work at the youthful age of 95, true devotion to his Lodge and no doubt one they are extremely proud of.

After the labours of the evening were concluded a hearty vote of thanks was conveyed by Bro. Billy McPheat, to which a suitable reply was received from PM John McGreggor. 

Thereafter the Lodge was closed in due and ancient form after which both Lodges retired for refreshments and hospitality. It was good to catch up with some old friends from 199 and an excellent evening was had by all in attendance.

Jubilee Certificate

Tues 12 April 2011

This evening was a momentous occasion for one of the Lodge members, the RWM Bro. Brian Martin called on the Director of Ceremonies to present to him Bro. Robert Blades. The RWM said it was indeed an honour and privilege to present Bro. Robert Blades with his Jubilee Certificate from the Grand Lodge of Scotland for 50 years unstinting service to Freemasonry. The RWM thanked Bro. Robert for his continued service to the craft in general and to 963 in particular and he hopes, health permitting that Bro. Robert continues to come amongst the Brethren when he sees fit. A suitable reply was conveyed by Brother Robert and he wholeheartedly thanked the Grand Lodge of Scotland and the RWM for the presentation of the certificate.

Bro. Brian Martin RWM presents 50th Jubilee Certificate to Bro. Robert Blades.

 

Regular Meeting

Tues 12 April 2011

The RWM Bro. Brian Martin welcomed the Brethren into the Lodge and thereafter opened the Lodge in due and ancient form. After the business was concluded the RWM had the sad duty of informing the Brethren of the passing to the Grand Lodge above of Bro Robert Fingland who sadly passed away on 4th April 2011. The RWM called on Bro. Bill Cullen PM Almoner and close friend to say a few words on Bro. Robert's life within 963, to which Bro Bill paid a fitting tribute to a man loved by all who had the pleasure to meet him. The RWM, Office Bearers and Brethren send deepest condolences to Christine and the family at this sad time.

The RWM had great pleasure in welcoming a large Deputation from Lodge New Monkland Montrose No. 88 into the Temple this evening to confer an exemplification of the EA degree. The deputation was headed by their own RWM Bro. Stuart Cameron along with Office Bearers and friends from Sister Lodges. An excellent rendition of the Entered Apprentice degree was thereafter conferred on Bro. John McLachlan at the conclusion of which, Bro. Bill McFadyen PM DoC, gave a vote of thanks to the degree team to which Bro. Ian Taylor PM 88 suitably replied.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form after which both Lodges retired for refreshments and hospitality, it was good to catch up with some old friends from 88 and an excellent evening was had by all in attendance.

RWM Bro. Brian Martin welcomes RWM's Bro. Stuart Cameron 88 and Bro. Jackie Lang 166

 

Regular Meeting 

Tues 22 Feb 2011

It was with great delight that the RWM Bro. Brian Martin welcomed a large Deputation from Lodge Caldercruix 1314 into the Lodge this evening. The Deputation was headed by Bro. Davie Russell RWM who along with the Office Bearers of 1314 were warmly welcomed by the RWM and assembled Brethren.

The evening was made more special as RWM Bro. Davie is also an Honorary member of Whifflet St John to which he took great delight in recognising once again. The Office Bearers of Caldercruix provided us with a superb rendition of the FC degree on Bro. Tom Nelson PM, who once again had the privellege of standing in as Worthy Candidate.

At the close of the meeting the RWM thanked everyone for their attendance and to PM Bro. Tom Nelson for standing in as candidate once again. The Brethren thereafter retired to the lounge for some refreshments and hospitality, once again an excellent evening was had by all and we look forward to more of the same in the near future.

Regular Meeting 

Tues 8 Feb 2011

The RWM Bro. Brian Martin was delighted to welcome a fine deputation from our sister Lodge Garrowhill 1413, headed by their own RWM Bro Jase Cranston.

The Officer Bearers of 1413 conducted an excellent exemplification of the EA degree on Bro. Tom Nelson, who was only to glad to stand in as candidate. PM Tom from the German Constitution was actually on a visit himself and though it would be a warming experience to renew some of his vows from years gone by.

At the close of the meeting the RWM thanked everyone for their attendance and to PM Tom Nelson for standing in as candidate. The Brethren thereafter retired to the lounge for some refreshments and hospitality, another excellent evening was had by all and we look forward to more of the same in the near future.

 

Regular Meeting 

Tues 25 Jan 2011

The RWM Bro. Brian Martin took great delight in welcoming a large deputation from our Sister Lodge Robert Burns 440 on the occasion of Burns night. A total of 19 Brethren from 440, accompanied by another 7 Brethren from various Lodges entered the Lodge Room led by Bro. Walter Houston RWM of Lodge Robert Burns 440.  

The RWM of 440 thanked Bro. Brian Martin for the warm welcome which they were afforded and that they looked forward to a pleasant evening on this the Birth of the Bard. Bro. Brian Martin RWM invited the RWM 440, four visiting Reigning Masters and Past Masters to accompany him in the East. After the formalities were addressed the RWM and Office Bearers of 440 conferred an exemplification of the FC degree on Bro. Andy Robertson, at the conclusion of which the RWM 440 returned the Mall to Bro. Brian Martin RWM 963. I must add a note at this juncture in that the RWM passes on his congratulations to PM Hugh Glenn on being installed in to the office of Tyler and thanked him for his continued support to the Lodge. 

A vote of thanks was conveyed by Bro. Hugh Glenn PM to the degree team for their excellent rendition of the FC Degree, to which a suitable reply was afforded by Bro. Douglas Welsh PM 440. Bro. Brian Martin RWM invited the RWM 440 and all Brethren to a spot of Lodge Hospitality and Harmony at the conclusion of proceedings. The RWM thereafter closed the Lodge in due and ancient form. 

It was indeed a pleasant surprise to all to find that the RWM 963 had indeed organized what can only be described as a mini Burns Supper as the evenings Hospitality, a total surprise to most. The RWM took the chair and an address to the Haggis was given by Bro. Douglas Welsh PM, thereafter an excellent meal of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties was served to all and sundry. Bro. Arthur Burns continued the theme with his rendition of Immortal Memory a truly excellent piece indeed. It was another good friend of 963, Bro. Davie Yule who entertained us with his resounding version of Tam O Shanter, all of the poems were greeted by a rapturous applause from the assembled Brethren.     

A vote of thanks was conveyed from the chair to the speakers and guests by Bro. Brian Martin RWM to which Bro. Walter Houston RWM 440 took great pleasure in replying; a truly excellent evening was enjoyed by all and as such will be remembered for a long time to come.

On behalf of the Brethren of 963 and our visitors in attendance this evening, Bro. Jim Blair PM would wish to thank Bro. Brian Martin RWM for organizing such an event for this evening’s Refreshments and Harmony, including such a splendid meal which the RWM organised. To those behind the scenes who make things tick a special thanks must go to the barman Bro. Wullie for without his continued help and assistance things would not be as they were this evening, thank you Wullie it is indeed most appreciated.

It goes without saying that such occasions bring the Brethren together and bodes well for the future of the Lodges and the Province.

 

 

 

 

 The RWM Bro. Brian Martin with the visiting Reigning Masters

 

Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,

Great chieftain o' the pudding-race!

Aboon them a' ye tak your place,

Painch, tripe, or thairm :

Weel are ye wordy o'a grace

As lang's my arm

 

Regular Meeting 

Tues 11 Jan 2011

The Lodge resumed after the Christmas festivities with our new RWM Bro. Brian Martin taking to the chair of King Solomon for his second stint as RWM. On a cold winters night he took great delight in welcoming the Brethren back after the break and thanked them for their continued support.

The RWM called the Brethren to order for a minutes silence in memory of Brother Alex Ewart who sadly passed away on the 28th Dec 2010, thereafter a very fitting tribute was paid to Bro. Alex by his very dear friend, Brother Jimmy Cunningham.

The RWM took great pleasure in welcoming a fine deputation from our sister Lodge, St Andrew 544 into the Lodge as our official first Footers, they were headed on this occossion by RWM Bro. Colin Fulton. The RWM passed over the mall to Bro. Colin in order that he could continue with the evenings proceedings, which was an exemplification of the EA degree.

Bro. George McPheat PM conveyed the vote of thanks on behalf of the degree team for an excellent display by the members of 544, to which a suitable reply was received from Bro Bill Laing PM.

At the conclussion of the meeting the Brethren retired to lounge for refreshments and hospitallity.

The RWM and Brethren wish Bro Robert Blades a speedy recovery and hope to see him up and about again in the not to distant future. 

 

Lodge News
 
Installation 2010

18 Dec 2010 

The Installation of Office Bearers was held in the Lodge Temple this evening, with excellent turnout from around the Province in what was another very cold evening indeed.

The ceremony was honoured with the presence of Bro Alex Kelly RWSPGM who witnessed a truly outstanding performance by the two Installing Masters, Bro. Bruce Wilkie PM 963 and Bro. Pringle Johnstone PM 963.  Bro. Alex conveyed his best wishes along with those of the PGM to all at Whifflet St John and commended them on a rewarding past 12 months. Best wishes were passed to the new RWM and Office bearers and we hope the next 12 months proves to be as fruitful.

At the conclussion of the ceremony the RWM, Brethren and guests retired to the lounge for some refreshments before sitting to a hearty meal and some Lodge harmony. Another succesful day in the Lodge callandar as we move forward into 2011.

 

 

Special Announcement

18 Nov 2010

At the regular meeting of Coltswood Glenboig 1067 this evening a fine deputation from 963 led by our RWM Bro. Tom Connor witnessed a very momentous occasion for one of our Brethren.

Bro. Jim Durning, Right Worshipful Master of 1067 took great pleasure in conferring Honorary Membership of 1067 to Bro. Jim McLatchie of Lodge Whifflet St John 963. Bro. McLatchie was notably overwhelmed by this unique honour as there are only 11 honorary members within 1067, an honour which is not taken lightly within the lodge and certainly has to be earned. RWM Jim Durning thanked Bro McLatchie for his commitment over the years to 1067 and hoped it will continue for many years to come.

Bro. Jim thanked the RWM and the Brethren of 1067 for affording him such an honour and assured all present that he will continue to pursue the best interests of 1067 and looks forward to many visits in the future.

Bro. Tom Connor RWM, Past Masters, Worshipful Wardens, Office Bearers and Brethren of Lodge Whifflet St John 963, would wish to congratulate Bro. Jim on such an honour although indeed special to himself it is also one to the Lodge also.

 

RWM Bro Jim Durning congratulates Bro. McLatchie on accepting Honorary Membership

 

Regular Meeting

Tues 9 Nov 2010

The RWM Bro. Tom Connor was delighted to welcome a fine deputation from our sister Lodge Springburn 1198, headed by their own RWM Bro Thomas Provan. The Officer Bearers conducted an excellent exemplification of the EA degree on Bro. Andy Chalmers.

At the close of the meeting the Brethren retired to the lounge for some refreshments.

    

Regular Meeting

Tues 26 Oct 2010

The RWM Bro. Tom Connor had great pleasure in welcoming a fine and distinguished deputation from our sister Lodge Robert Burns 440, who were headed on this occasion by their own RWM Bro. Iain A. Edgar.

After a formal welcome and greetings from the assembled Brethren, the RWM of 963 handed over the mallet to the RWM of 440 to allow him to continue with the evenings proceeding. Bro. Andrew Robertson was thereafter conducted through an exemplification of the EA degree where no doubt his Masonic knowledge has been greatly enhanced again.

An excellent rendition of the ritual was conducted in true 440 style and was this was exemplified by the attention given both by the candidate and assembled Brethren. A deserving vote of thanks was rendered by our Worthy Treasurer Bro. Bruce Wilkie PM, to which a suitable reply was conveyed by the IPM of 440 Bro. Gary C.F. Sweeten.

It was also a great delight for the RWM Tom Connor to welcome RWM Bro. Ian G. O'Connor along with honorary members Bro. Tam Paterson and Bro. Iain O’Connor Senior both PM’s of Lodge St Servanus No 771 Alva.

RWM Bro. Tom Connor welcomes RWM Bro. Iain A. Edgar into the Lodge.

Sponsor Thank You

 

Bro. Billy McPheat 963, wishes to take this opportunity in thanking the Lodge, the Brethren and our visitors for their kind donations to his sponsored run in September. The day was a huge success with over 4000 runners taking part in what was a truly excellent event.

I am sure that my chosen charity, The Mark Wright Project was equally delighted with all donations which at present has reached the magnificent sum of just over £1100 which I am sure will make a difference to those people the charity supports.

Once again very many thanks it is very much appreciated.

Lodge Notices

Deputations & Committee Meeting

Services Edinburgh

The Lodge will visit Services Lodge 1291 Edinburgh on Thursday 7th October to confer the Fellow Craft  Degree. the bus will leave Whifflet car park at 6.30pm for Edinburgh.

Springburn, Glasgow

The Lodge will visit Lodge Springburn 1198 on Thursday 21st October to confer the Mark Degree, transport details to be confirmed. 

Committee Meeting

A general committee meeting will convene at 7pm on Tuesday 12 Oct in the downstairs Lodge room. All committee members are requested to attend and if unable should inform the Lodge Secretary at their earliest convenience.

Regular Meeting

Tues 28 Sep 2010

It was with great pleasure that the RWM Bro. Tom Connor welcomed Lodge New Monkland Montrose 88 into the temple this evening, the Deputation were headed by Bro Albert Dalziel RWM. The deputation conferred an exemplification of the Fellow Craft degree on Bro. Andy Fernon.

Bro George McPheat IPM conveyed a vote of thanks to the Brethren of 88 and congratulated the RWM on an excellent degree, to which Bro Charlie Ringrose suitably replied.

The RWM thereafter closed the Lodge in due and ancient form and the Brethren retired to the lounge for some refreshments.

 

Regular Meeting

Tues 14 Sep 2010

The RWM Bro. Tom Connor was delighted to see everyone back after the summer recess and looks forward to the second half of the year. The RWM also welcomed RWM Bro Keith Riddell and his deptuation from Lodge Newlands 949, Coalburn who had come along this evening to confer an exempification of the FC degree. After an excellent ceremonial the Brethren of 949 were thanked for their labours this evening to which a suitable reply was returned. 

The RWM offered Hon Membership to Bro. Riddell to which he accepted with pleasure and assured the Brethren of 963 that he would further the interests of the Lodge to the best of his ability. The Lodge was thereafter closed in due and ancient form and the Brethren retired to the lounge for some refreshments.

  RWM Bro Tom Connor welcomes RWM Bro. Keith Riddell

PGL Charity Dinner

Fri 11 June 2010

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire middle ward this evening held a charity dinner in aid of the Sunshine Centre Associaton in Johannesburg South Africa. The centre has been visited in the past by our Provincial Grand Master Bro. Jim Jack who has taken a keen interest in the work done by the assocaition and affirmed the support of the Province by holding this sell out charity dinner. The evenings speakers were Bro. Trevor Stewart RWM of Lodge Sir Robert Moray 1641, who gave an interesting lecture on the preservation of Lodge records. 

Bro. Charles Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont, the most Worshipful Grand Master Mason was thereafter introduced to the audience, and gave us an update of the ongoing work at Grand Lodge including charities recently  supported through the Grand Lodge and the Daughter Lodges. A truly enjoyable evening was had by all in attendance which culminated in the remarkable sum of £4000 being raised for the Sunshine Centre in South Africa.

 

 Bro Billy McPheat meets the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason

 

 

Regular Meeting

Tues 25 May 2010

With the RWM Bro Tom Connor being on holiday, the IPM Bro. George McPheat took to the chair and was delighted to welcome a large and distinguished deputation from our friends from Lodge Burns Immortal 1730. The deputation was headed by the RWM Bro. Jim Lees who were invited to confer the Mark Degree on two of our Brethren Bro Grant Johnston and Bro. Gordon Johnston. Bro Jim Lees RWM thereafter presented the mallet to the RWMM Bro. David Steel to continue with the evening’s business.

At the conclusion of the formal proceedings and the return of the mallet to Bro. George McPheat, a hearty vote of thanks was conveyed by our Worthy Treasurer, Bro. Bruce Wilkie PM who thanked the degree team for an excellent degree and assured the RWMM that the two candidates will no doubt treasure the memories for a long time to come. The RWMM Bro. Jim Lees along with Bro. John McGhee gave a suitable reply, also congratulating the candidates for their endeavours this evening.

The IPM Bro. George McPheat thanked the Brethren for their continued support and conveyed his best wishes to everyone  for the coming summer recess. The Lodge was thereafter closed in due and ancient form where the Brethren then retired to the lounge for a spot Lodge hospitality and refreshments.  

Regular Meeting

Tues 11 May 2010

RWM Bro Tom Connor welcomed all Brethren into the Lodge this evening and thereafter opened the Lodge in due and ancient form. We had in our company this evening a visiting Brother from outwith our Province although not that far away, in PM Bro. Andy White from Old St John No. 21 Lanark, Upper Ward Province. The Lodge Officers carried out an exemplification of the EA at which  PM Bro. White stood in as candidate.  RWM Bro Tom Connor  thanked the degree team for their endeavours and also thanked Bro. Andy for standing in as candidate.

The WSW Bro. Brian Martin took this opportunity in wishing the RWM and his family all the very best for the summer recess and we look forward to seeing him again in Sept. The RWM Bro. Tom Connor thanked the Lodge Past Masters, The Worshipful Wardens, Office Bearers and Lodge Brethren for their continued support in the first half of the year and looks forward to the second half with renowned enthusiasm.

Fraternal greetings were conveyed to our visitors and The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form

Regular Meeting

Tues 27 April 2010

Bro Tom Connor RWM had great pleasure in welcoming a fine deputation from our friends from Bellshill 305 headed on this occassion by RWM Bro. John Alcorn. The Brethren of 305 conferred the Master Mason degree on Bro. Gordon Johnston, a truly memorable occassion indeed for which I am sure Bro. Gordon will remember for a long time to come. A vote of thanks was conveyed to the degree team by Bro. Brian Martin PM, with suitable reply from PM Bro Ian McGowan.

 

Regular Meeting

Tues 13 April 2010

It was with great pleasure that the RWM welcomed the RWM and Officer Bearers from the Operative Lodge of Airdrie 203 into the Lodge this evening. The Brethren from Airdrie conferred an excellent Master Mason degree on Bro Grant Johnston, who I am sure will remember it for many a year to come. A vote of thanks on behalf of the degree team was conveyed by Past Master George McPheat and Bro John Gardner suitably replied. The Brethren thereafter retired to the lounge for a spot of refreshments and Lodge hospitality. 

Regular Meeting

Tues 23 Mar 2010

The RWM Bro. Tom Connor took great privelage in welcoming a fine and large deputation from our sister lodge Cumbernauld St Andrews 199 this evening. The deputation had come along at the RWM request to confer the FC degree and the brethren in attendance were treated to an excellent degree and thoroughly enjoy the evening, at the conclussion of the proceedings vote of thanks was conveyed by Past Master Bro. Bill McFadyen to which Bro David Kerr PM suitably replied.

Once again a truly wonderful evening was enjoyed by all, however it would be remiss of me not to give one special mention on this evenings work, in that the tools were presented in such an eloquent manner by Past Master Bro. David Walsh at the young age of a mere 95, many thanks David it was indeed our pleasure to witness your work. At the conclussion of the evening the Brethren took the opportunity of some light refresments and harmony in the lounge.

Regular Meeting

Tues 09 Mar 2010

It was with great pleasure that Bro. Tom Connor RWM had the honour of welcoming a Deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward into the Lodge this evening. The Provincial Deputation was headed on this occasion by the Right Worshipful Substitute Provincial Grand Master Bro. Alex Kelly. This being the annual visitation from PGL Bro. Tom Connor RWM passed over the mallet to Bro. Alex Kelly SPGM in order that he could conduct the official business of the evening. After these formalities were concluded an exemplification of the FC degree was conferred on Bro Gordon Johnston by the Lodge Office bearers. At the conclusion of the evening Bro. Gordon Rowe, Provincial Grand Committee gave a heart warming vote of thanks to the degree team for their efforts on the evening, with Bro. Billy McPheat giving a suitable reply. 

Bro. Alex Kelly, Right Worshipful Substitute Provincial Grand Master thanked the Lodge and Brethren for their commitment to Provincial Grand Lodge over the year, especially to the Provincial Caravan fund raiser which had recently closed raising over £36,000 and will officially be opened at an open day on 13 March 2010 at Monkton, where visitors are welcome to attend. Bro. Kelly asked the assembled Brethren to join with him in a vote of thanks to the Immediate Past Master, Worthy Secretary and Worthy Treasurer for their continued hard work over the preceding year in office. Thereafter the Provincial Deputation retired and an enjoyable evening concluded with an excellent meal and refreshments.

The RWM and Brethren would wish to take this opportunity to thank the ladies for their splendid spread which was laid on for the evening, a very enjoyable occasion all round.

Regular Meeting

Tues 26 Jan 2010

The RWM Bro. Tom Connor took great privelage in welcoming a fine and large deputation from our sister lodge Old Monkland St James 177, headed by their own RWM Bro. Graham Reid who had come along to confer the EA degree on our newest member Gordon Johnston.  An excellent evening was had by all and a vote of thanks for the labours of 177 was conveyed By PM Bro. Bill McFadyen and aptly received by Bro Graham Reid RWM 177. After the formallities were concluded the Brethren retired to the lounge for refreshments and a spot of harmony.

 

Ceremony of Installation

Sat 19 Dec 2009

This afternoon we held the annual installation which saw Bro. Tom Connor being installed in to chair of Lodge Whifflet St John 963 for the second time. The Installation Ceremonial was ably conducted by two of the Lodges very own stalwarts in that of Bro. Bill Cullen and Bro. Bruce Wilkie, this was carried out in exceptional fashion and Bro. Tom Connor RWM would wish to pass on his sincere thanks to his installing masters for such a memorable ceremony.

Today we had an unfortunate turn of events in that the weather in Coatbridge brought the whole town to a standstill causing chaos throughout the region. So much so that people abandoned their cars in an around the town centre, deciding to walk. It is with this in mind that our new RWM would again like to thank those who took time to attend in such trecherous conditions and also to those who tried but unfortunately could not make it, very many thanks indeed.

Following the ceremonial we were treated to an excellent meal and refreshments at a thoroughly enjoyable harmony, after the formal toasts we were entertained by various artistes who again added a bit of flavour to the occassion. 

The Lodge Webmaster would like to convey his best wishes to Bro Tom and wishes him every success for the coming year.

 

RWM Bro. Tom Connor with his Installing Masters Bro. Bruce Wilkie and Bro. Bill Cullen

Regular Meeting

Tues 08 Dec 2009

This evening we had our last regular meeting of the year where our new office bearers took up their offices for the first time prior to the installation. The new officers had the privellege of admitting our newest Entered Apprentice into the Lodge in Bro. Grant Alexander Johnston and conducted themselves admirably.

After the formalities of the evening concluded the members retired for a spot of refreshments and harmony. An excellent evening was had by all and the new office bearers are to commended for their efforts.

On his last meeting prior to the installation the RWM Bro. George McPheat would like to personally thank the Past Masters and Lodge Office bearers for their support throughout the year. He would further wish to congratulate the Lodges newest Office Bearers Bro. John McLachlan and Bro. Andrew Robertson on their first step on the ladder and he wishes them well for the future.

Regular Meeting

Tues 08 Sept 2009

It was with great delight that the RWM Bro. George McPheat welcomed a large Deputation from Lodge Newlands 949 Coalburn into the Lodge this evening. The Deputation was headed by Bro. Andrew Succel RWM who along with the Office Bearers of 949 conferred an excellent EA degree on Mr Andrew Fernon. The RWM of both lodges congratulated Bro. Fernon and wished him well for the start of his masonic career and thanked him for the manner in which he conducted himself throughout the proceedings.

The evening continued with Bro. Bill Cullen IPM paying a fitting tribute to two well known Lodge members Bro. Bill Coventry PM and Bro. Arthur Jamieson PM who sadly passed away to the Grand Lodge above during the recess. Once again our condolences and deepest sympathy are conveyed to the families of both Brethren who remain in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

Honorary membership of the Lodge was presented to Bro. Andrew Succel RWM 949 for which he kindly accepted and thereafter thanked the RWM and Brethren of 963 for bestowing him with such an honour. Bro Andy Roberstson was presented with his Master Masons diploma from the RWM.

A thoroughly enjoyable  evening concluded in Lodge harmony ably conducted by Past Masters Pringle Johnstone and Brian Martin to whom the RWM would wish to thank for their endeavours. 

 

Welcome Back

Bro. George McPheat RWM 

08 Sep 2009

I would like to take this opportunity in welcoming all Brethren back for the second half of the year, I trust you all had an enjoyable summer and I look forward to meeting up with Lodge members and visitors alike. To those Brethren who attended meetings during the recess again I thank you for carrying the name of the Lodge forward and hope we will see a full Lodge room over the coming months. To the Lodge Office Bearers again I thank you for your continued support and look forward to further Regular Meetings and Deputations where our labours can once again be shown in full glory.

If any Brother knows of a Lodge member who may be in need or in ill health please make  it known to the Almoner or RWM at the earliest convenience.  

News in Brief 

Message from the Master

Bro. George McPheat RWM 

30 May 2009

I would wish to thank the Past Masters, Lodge Office Bearers and the Brethren of 963 for their support throughout the first half of the year. It has been a very encouraging start to my tenure in office and I am delighted with the progress we have made in the last year, both in members returning to this their Mother Lodge and to the new members who have joined the Lodge. I am sure the second half of the year will be just as fruitful and hope you will join with us in fellowship and harmony  and enjoy more pleasurable evenings in each others company. I would further wish to offer my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to our visitors who have been attending in abundance over the past few months, it goes without saying that your support has been overwhelming and long may it continue.

Finally may I wish you all a pleasant break throughout the summer and look forward to meeting up again in September refreshed and raring to go.

Best Wishes

George

Regular Meeting

Tues 14 Apr 2009

It was with great delight that we welcomed a large Deputation from Lodge Woodhall St John's 305 from Bellshill into the Lodge this evening. The Deputation was headed by Bro. Gordon Airns RWM who along with the Office Bearers of 305 conferred an excellent FC degree on Bro. Andy Robertson.

The evening was further enhanced by a Deputation of visitors from Lodge Pitgaveny 681,  Lossiemouth and their friends from Glasgow, who were headed by their RWM Bro. Harry Michell. This was also a unique occassion for Bro. Harry as he was also returning to visit his Mother Lodge after many years away, as he told us in his thanks to the degree team, it is on evenings like this where Brethren from many distant parts come together and make an evening so special. Both visiting Masters thanked Bro. George McPheat and the Brethren of Whifflet St John for the warmth and cordiallity of the welcome they received and wished our candidate Bro. Andy Robertson best wishes and congratulations on his progress in the craft.

Bro. George McPheat RWM Lodge Whifflet St John 963, thanked everyone for their attendance here this evening and charged each visitor to take fraternal greetings back with them to their respective Mother Lodges. 

The evening culminated in a short harmony in the lounge which gave everyone the opportunity to catch up on old times and enjoy another great evening in fellowship.

RWM Bro. George McPheat along with the visitors from Lodge Pitgaveny and the Glasgow Brethren.

Regular Meeting - PGL Visitation

Tues 10 Mar 2009

The lodge held it's regular meeting this evening where a large number of Brethren witnessed the Office Bearers conferring the EA degree on Mr Andy Robertson. The RWM Bro. George McPheat also had great pleasure in welcoming a large and distinguished deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward, headed on this occassion by the Substitute Provincial Grand Master Bro. Bill Perry.

It was also a delight for Bro. Andy Robertson to take his first steps in Freemasonry in front of such an audience,  which included members of his family and friends who came along to offer their support, I am sure Bro. Andy will remember the occassion for many years to come. An excellent evening was made more gratifying with the SPGM giving a good report on the Lodge books and thanking the Brethren for their continued hard work and support. A special thankyou must be made in regards to our Worthy Secretary and Worthy Treasurer whose unstinting efforts ensured such a report be possible. 

With the labours ended it was again satisfyng to hear Bro. John McGhie PPGSW convey his thanks on behalf of Provincial Grand Lodge to the degree team for their efforts this evening. Thereafter the Deputation retired to the lounge for further Lodge hospitality and harmony, a memorable evening was had by all.

Once again the Right Worshipful Master would wish to thank the Brethren of 963 for their loyalty to their Mother Lodge and to our visitors once again for their continued support.

Special Thank You

Tues 10 Feb 2009

The Right Worshipful Master, Bro. George McPheat, Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren would wish to take this opportunity in thanking our Worthy Treasurer, Bro. Bruce Wilkie PM for the wonderful gift of the framed certificate of his Honourary Grand Rank.

Bro. Bruce received this unique Honour from Grand Master Mason last year and although this is a personal accolade, Bro. Bruce in a short speech to the RWM and Brethren stated that this should also be in recognition of all hard work from all the Lodge Brethren.

The RWM thanked Bro. Bruce for the gift and his kind sentiments to the Lodge members and assures us it will be proudly displayed within the Lodge. 

The Grand Lodge of Scotland

Regular Communication

Thurs 05 Feb 2009

Bro. George McPheat, Right Worshipful Master, accompanied by Bro. Bill Cullen Immediate Past Master attended this historical Communication of Grand Lodge in Stirling this afternoon.

 

With the Grand Lodge Organ in Freemasons Hall Edinburgh still undergoing extensive renovation, this Regular Communication of The Grand Lodge of Scotland was therefore moved to The Albert Hall in Stirling. It is believed to be only the second time that a Grand Lodge meeting has been held out with Edinburgh, with this being a first visit to Stirling.

 

The Albert Hall, Stirling ready for the Grand Lodge Communication.

Provincial Grand Lodge

Annual General Meeting

Fri 09 Jan 2009

Bro. James L. Jack, Provincial Grand Master presided over a very large attendance (191) at the Annual General Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge which was held in Uddingston last evening.

It was noted by the Provincial Grand Master that the Province of Lanarkshire Middle Ward has donated over £100,000 to Non Masonic charities over the last 2 years, a truly excellent acheivement by all involved. In addition to this the Provincial caravan fund  grows and is near to the £25,000 mark, which again is a super effort and above all expectations.

We have one very notable acheivement from a Lodge perspective in respect of one of our own Brethren which is as follows:

“After serving as the Lodge representative on Provincial Grand Lodge Committee since 2001, we would like to congratulate Bro. Bill Cullen PM on his preferment to the Office of Vice President of Stewards in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward at their AGM on 9th January 2009 and wish him every success for the years ahead”.

If any Brother requires further information in regards to the Provincial Grand Lodge AGM, please speak with Bro. Bill or the Worshipful Wardens.

Ceremony of Installation

Sat 20 Dec 2008

The Ceremony of Installation of the RWM elect Bro. George McPheat and his Office Bearers took place in the Masonic Temple, Wood Street, Coatbridge.

The Installation Ceremony was again conducted in the most eloquent and impressive manner. The day’s events were witnessed by The Right Worshipful Depute Provincial Grand Master Bro James Shanks, accompanied by the Provincial Grand Master Bro. James L. Jack along with a fine and distinguished Deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward.

The Right Worshipful Master Bro. George McPheat would wish to most sincerely thank his Installing Masters for an excellent ceremony along with the Brethren of Whifflet St John 963 for affording him such an honour and he hopes that those Brethren present enjoyed the occasion as much as he did.

Bro. James Shanks, D.P.G.M. and Bro. James L. Jack, P.G.M. congratulate Bro. George McPheat, R.W.M.

 

R.W.M. Bro. George McPheat with his Installing Masters Bro. Pringle Johnstone PM, Bro. Hugh Rankin PM, Bro. Bill Cullen PM and Bro. Tom Connor PM.

Provincial Grand Lodge

Regular Communication

Fri 03 Oct 2008

The Regular Communication of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle ward was held in the Masonic Temple of Lodge Woodhall St John 305, with Bro. James L. Jack, Provincial Grand Master presiding.

 

Tonight was indeed a very special occasion for the Province as we were Honoured by the presence of Bro. Sir Archibald D. Orr Ewing, Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason and Bro. David Begg, Right Worshipful Grand Secretary at the meeting. After the normal formalities were concluded the Grand Master Mason gave a resume on his recent visits abroad and an update on the work of Grand Lodge.

 

Bro. James L. Jack, Provincial Grand Master awarded the Grand Master and Grand Secretary Honorary Membership of Provincial Grand Lodge. In reply the Grand Master said that he was delighted to accept and that this was the first time that he and Grand Secretary had received Honorary Membership of a Provincial Grand Lodge.

 

The Provincial Grand Master then presented two cheques to the Grand Master Mason (£1,000.00 for Grand Lodge Benevolent Fund and £1,000.00 for the Masonic Homes Fund).

Bro. James L. Jack, Provincial Grand Master presents the Grand Master Mason his Honorary Membership certificate along with the Right Worshipful Grand Secretary.

Visit Provincial Grand Master

Tues 14 Oct 2008

It was an honour to have the Provincial Grand Master with us this evening, Bro Jim Jack accompanied by Bro. William Craig, Provincial Grand Secretary attended our regular meeting this evening where Lodge Robert Burns 440 conducted an excellent MMM degree on one of our Brethren. It was with great delight that the Provincial Grand Master accepted Honorary Membership of Lodge Whifflet St John 963.

 

RWM Bro. Bill Cullen accompanied by Bro. Martin Sweeten, RWM 440 and our Provincial Grand Master Bro. Jim Jack. 

Honorary Grand Rank

Honorary Grand Inner Guard

Bro. E. Bruce Wilkie, P.M. Treasurer.

Tues 12 Feb 2008

Bro. James L. Jack, Provincial Grand Master accompanied by Bro. James Shanks, Depute Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Bill Craig Provincial Grand Secretary, Bro. Gordon McCaffer Provincial Grand Treasurer and Bro. Gordon Rowe Provincial Grand Committee attended Lodge Whifflet St. John this evening. The purpose of the visit was the presentation of a Honorary Grand Rank jewel to Bro. E. Bruce Wilkie, P.M. Treasurer. This is the first presentation of its kind for the Lodge and the RWM Bro. Bill Cullen and the Brethren of the Lodge congratulate Bro. Bruce on this wonderful achievement.

 

Bro. Jim Jack, Provincial Grand Master congratulates Bro. Bruce on his award accompanied with our own RWM Bro. Bill Cullen. 

Provincial Grand Lodge - Masonic Seminar

Sat 31 May 2008

The RWM Bro. Bill Cullen, along with Bro's Pringle Johnstone PM, Bruce Wilkie PM, John Clydesdale PM and Bro. John Moran attended the Provincial Grand Lodge seminar held in the Masonic Hall, Baillieston. The speakers for the occasion were Bro. Rev Peter Price, Senior Provincial Grand Chaplain, Professor David Stevenson and Bro. Robert Cooper, Curator of the Museum and Library of The Grand Lodge of Scotland. The days events culminated with the RWM and Brethren of Lodge Mother Kilwinning conducting an excellent rendition of The Auld Degree.

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