Sep 3 2017
The Province’s Thursday Club held its latest meeting in the premises of Lodge Craigends No 1042 on 31st August.
The Thursday Club is currently composed of five lodges within the Province – Lodge Sir George Cathcart No.617, Lodge Craigends No.1042, Lodge Paisley St James No.1116, Lodge Thistle & Crown No.1167 and Lodge Newton Mearns No.1706 – who all meet on Thursdays.
Several years ago it was decided that whenever there was a fifth Thursday in any month and none of these lodges had meetings of their own that a special meeting of all of them would be convened.
The scheme involves one lodge hosting the meeting, another conferring a degree and the others being present as witness lodges. It operates on a rotating basis.
The idea was an immediate success and has continued to go from strength to strength with members of the Thursday lodges being regularly joined by visiting Brethren from within the Province and beyond.
The latest meeting was no exception with the Linwood premises well-filled with 79 Brethren including a Deputation from the PGLRE headed by RWPGM, Bro. Neil Fraser who was welcomed by RWM of Lodge Craigends, Bro. Robert Boyd.
The RWM then welcomed a Deputation from Lodge Newton Mearns headed by their RWM, Bro Raj Sattar who had been invited to confer an exemplary FC Degree. The RWMs of the other three Thursday Club lodges – RWM Bro. Robert McCulloch of Lodge Thistle & Crown, RWM Bro. Alex McAleer of Lodge Sir George Cathcart and RWM Bro. James Thomson of Lodge Paisley St. James, were also present.
Among the guests were RWM Bro. Thomas Reeves of Lodge Clydesdale No. 556, RWM Bro. Sam McIntyre of Lodge Prince of Wales No. 426, RWM Bro. Douglas Sneddon of Lodge Edinburgh Defensive Band No. 151 and RWM Bro. Tom Stott of Lodge Water of Leith No. 1267.
The evening started with a surprise for PGM Bro. Neil Fraser when he was made an Honorary Member of Lodge Craigends the obligation being given by Bro. Willie Fleming, PSPGM and PM of Lodge Craigends, and concluded with an excellent meal and harmony.
PGM Bro Neil Fraser commented later on the continued success of the Thursday Club format that not only attracted such a good turn-out of Brethren from the lodges involved but also brought in a large number of visitors.