Lodge Georgetown No.1170 Celebrates Centenary

The Brethren of Lodge Georgetown No.1170 began celebrating their Lodge’s 100th birthday with a Regalia Rededication carried out by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire East on Wednesday, 2nd May.

The ceremony – marking 100 years to the day from the granting of the Lodge Charter on 2nd May 1918 – took place in their premises in Penilee Road, Ralston.

Following the opening of the Lodge, RWM Bro. Hamilton McEwan welcomed a large Deputation from PGLRE headed by RWDPGM, Bro. Robert M. McPhee.

The rededication of the new regalia having been carried out by PGL Chaplain, Rev Bro. Iain Ramsden, the RWM and his Office Bearers were then invested with the new regalia by DPGM Bro. Robert McPhee assisted by SPGMs Bro. Gavin Burt and Bro. Chris Kerr.

The Lodge Standard was then presented to the PGL Chaplain who explained its significance to the assembled Brethren.

In his closing remarks, DPGM Bro. Robert M McPhee said it was a real honour to have the opportunity to carry out this ceremony of rededication and congratulated the Brethren of the lodge – past and present – who had contributed to its success.

Before the meeting closed, Bro. James Holmes Dickie PM gave a fascinating talk on the history of the lodge named after the Welsh politician Lloyd George who had set up a munitions factory during the First World War adjacent to the Glasgow to Gourock railway at Houston Station.

The factory and accommodation camp was known as Georgetown and became home to up to 12,000 workers.  Brethren among them came up with the idea of forming their own Lodge and this became a reality in 1918.

However, the end of the war meant the closure of the munitions factory and as Brethren left the area in search of other work it brought uncertainty to the fledgling Lodge Georgetown.

After a nomadic existence for many years when it moved premises to various locations in Glasgow and Paisley, the Lodge eventually settled in its present purpose-build home in Ralston.

The meeting concluded with the presentation of a special Centenary Maul handed to RWM Bro. Hamilton McEwan by WSW Bro. James Kavanagh.

Brethren were then invited to enjoy an excellent Harmony including a hot buffet.

The centenary celebrations continue with a further Rededication ceremony to be carried of by Grand Lodge on Saturday, 19th May followed by a dinner.