Oct 29 2017
The award of silverware to the sporting champions of the Province was the highlight of the Tri Annual meeting held in the premises of Lodge St John Busby No.458 on Friday, 27th October.
RWPGM Bro. Neil Fraser welcomed a large number of Brethren from the Province and thanked the RWM and Brethren of 458 for the use of their premises.
After Provincial Grand Lodge had been opened, an obituary was given in respect of Bro. Stuart McGown PM of Lodge Burnside No.1361.
During regular PGL business, the Brethren were told of a generous £500 bequest to PGLRE by the late Bro. Ian B. Munn MM of Lodge Nitshill No.1478.
Referring to the relocation of the PGL Library from Lodge The Royal Stuart No.1414 to the Masonic Temple in Maxwellton Road, Paisley, the PGM thanked the Brethren of all Lodges concerned for their efforts.
The PGM confirmed that an Education Dinner would be held next year with details to be announced later.
Bro. Neil Fraser then installed Bro. Pastor William Shirlaw as Provincial Grand Chaplain now that his health had improved and thanked him for the active part he played in the Province.
IPPGM, Bro. John S. Miller then spoke of the continuing Education Programme and praised PSPGM Bro. Iain McPhee for his work in putting in place the Intender scheme that had created huge interest throughout Scotland and abroad.
The IPPGM also spoke of the success of the Walk Through Degrees that were proving very popular throughout this and other Provinces and told of the growing interest in the recently formed Study Group and the New Masons’ Forum. He then presented Intender Certificates to a number of Brethren.
Later in the meeting he revealed that a film about the Craft in Scotland that had been three years in the making and was aimed at the general public was almost complete and would be released shortly.
PPGM, Bro. David A. Reid said that the annual Marcus Humphrey House BBQ had been affected by rain and wind, but had nevertheless raised more than £4000.
He also revealed that the Masonic motorcyclists the Widows Sons were planning a fundraiser in conjunction with Poppy Scotland that would involve visiting all 32 Provinces in Scotland in the course of nine weekends next autumn.
Bowling and Golf cups and trophies were then presented by PGM Bro. Neil Fraser and PSPGM Bro. William Fleming.
In bowling the Lord Blythswood Trophy was won by Lodge Garthland St Winnoch No. 205, the Craigends Quaich went to Lodge Craigends No.1042 and the Sam Love Pairs was won by Lodge Craigielea No.1218.
Bowling Secretary, Bro. Donnie Connell admitted that an inaugural bowling tournament played against an Ayrshire Provincial team at Prestwick had resulted in defeat, but promised revenge next year!
In golf, the Major Allan Trophy was won by RWM Bro. Alistair Young and Bro. David Park PM of Lodge St Conval No.1359, the Robert McMenemy Trophy went to Bro. Stuart Hamilton and (appropriately!) Golf Secretary, Bro.Scott Bogle PM of Lodge St Barchan No.156 with the Bobby Watt Memorial Trophy going to Bro. Stevie Stewart of Lodge Houston St Johnstone No.242.
Before the meeting ended, PG Assistant DoC, Bro. Michael Meldrum thanked the Brethren for their support in raising £2295 for the British Heart Foundation in the course of his walking 62 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh in 26 hours 15 minutes.