Nov 16 2018
There were around 95 brethren at the Ian Bell Memorial Degree – hosted this year at Lodge Craigends 1042 on Thursday 15th November.
The brethren were warmly welcomed by Bro. Ian Climson, RWM of Lodge Craigends.
This is the 3rd year that this annual special degree has been performed in the Province of Renfrewshire East.
The Province has 37 lodges spanning a large area and the original idea from the late Bro. Ian Bell PM Sec of Lodge St Andrew No. 524 was to find a way of bringing both sides of the Province together.
Reigning Masters from one side of the Province perform a Reigning Masters’ Degree on the other side of the Province and the idea has proven to be a great success for the third time in a row.
Monies raised at the Ian Bell Memorial Degree are donated to Marcus Humphrey House Masonic Home.
Ian Bell’s son, Derek Bell, PM said: “The degree itself was superb, especially considering the fact it was 12 RWMs working off separate rituals with no rehearsal. The team can certainly be very proud of their performance”.
“Between the collection and raffle £530 was raised on behalf of Marcus Humphrey House, so all in all a successful night. I am sure my Dad would have thoroughly enjoyed it too”.
Derek also said that “on behalf of my family, it’s great that my Dad’s idea is being kept alive and we are proud that the event has been named in his honour”.
DPGM Bro. Robert McPhee said “It was an honour to have led the PGL Deputation and to witness such a fine Reigning Master’s Degree – which was made all the more poignant given that it was the Ian Bell Memorial Degree”.
The DPGM also stated that the new Entered Apprentice, Bro. Connor Adair’s First Degree was unique.
He said: “Not everyone gets their first degree from a team of Reigning Masters. I’m sure Bro. Connor will look back with many fond memories of his Initiation into the Freemasonry and we wish him all the very best with his Masonic journey”.
The following RWM’s who took part in the EA degree were:
Head of deputation and reception – Davie Bell 1667
Obligation – Keith Walton 1361
Signs and secrets – Allan Ramsay MacGregor 1265
Apron – Niven Wilson 347
North East Corner – Ian Gunning 1359
Tools – Robert Sinclair 1453
Mode & Manner – George Kirk 524
Tracing board – John Clark 1557
Charge & WSW – Michael Meldrum 1688
WJW – Stuart Wilson 458
WSD – Drew Calderwood 153
WJD – Pat Kelly 116
Next year’s is in The St. Johns’ Operative No.347 with date to be confirmed.