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XII Talk substitute


Having listened to the sales pitch from Bros Allan Glen and Iain Gordon whilst dining at the Princes Lodge, I have switched from PC to MacBook Pro. 
However, I am still getting to grips with the new machine.  As a result this is a wee substitute XII Talk and I shall be back in form in a fortnight.

Tuesday sees our first meeting for 2013-14 at No XII.  It is an entering and we have 3 candidates.  Yes 3!!!!  Hope to see you there.

Also, there is a wee message from RWM Bro Alan Beck below ...

Since our last regular meeting I have made 42 visitations to sister lodges within and without the Province of Renfrewshire West and have exchanged
fraternal greetings on your behalf.  On these visits I have been afforded the company of several members of NoXII and I would like to take this opportunity of thanking each and every one of those members for their support.  These visitations have taken my total number of visitations to 97 and I intend to reach the magic hundred mark when we confer a Passing at Lodge Montgomery Kilwinning Skelmorlie 624 on Wednesday September 11th.  I would be delighted to have as many of you as possible accompany me on that occasion.

It would normally be wrong to single out any visitation in particular but one really sticks out as being most memorable.  On May 9th I was honoured to be invited to reply on behalf of the visitors at the harmony following the 50th Anniversary Rededication meeting of Lodge Shalom.  The evening was memorable for several reasons but two in particular stand out.  Firstly, the impeccable rededication ceremony by the RWPGM Bro Alistair Henderson and his Office Bearers and secondly the heartfelt toast to the visitors by Bro Shabir, PM of Lodge Shalom 1600 who spoke of how, in this turbulent world, Freemasonry was constantly restoring his faith in humanity everytime he, as a practising Muslim, sat in harmony with Jewish Brethren.  I don't mind telling you that a few of us present felt a lump in the throat that night.  Each meeting I have attended has been special for its own particular reasons and it's safe to say I have enjoyed every single one.

NoXII has a very lively syllabus over the next few months with visitations planned from Lodges Greenock St John's 175, Glasgow and Bridgeton Shamrock and Thistle 275, The Gael 609 (to confer Passings) and The Anchor Lodge of Research (Lecture).  Added to this, we will confer Passings at the aforementioned Lodge Montgomery Kilwinning Skelmorlie 624 and Lodge Crawfordsburn Greenock 1121 and we have been honoured by 1121 by being invited to lead the deputation in to their 100th Anniversary Rededication meeting.

All in all it promises to be an exciting few months ahead for NoXII and that's without even mentioning our five new Candidates and two new Affiliates.  Brethren I hope to see you at as many meetings and visitations as you can
manage - your support is most gratefully appreciated.

RWM Bro Alan

PS Test Fees are now due as are Capitation Donations from Life Members

Kind fraternal regards


Govan High School Degree

Hi Brethren


We had a most enjoyable time in a packed temple at Lodge Neptune on Tuesday evening.

At Govan High we have a group of pupils who are working very hard to raise the money so that they may conclude a study programme on The Holocaust by visiting Auschwitz. Thanks to the generosity of the brethren in attendance and of Lodge Neptune itself, £300 was raised to assist them in their quest. To say they were delighted when they heard would be an understatement.

Thanks to all who donated or bought raffle tickets.



The Govan Heidie


James S Adams in his memory

We were all been saddened by the sudden and tragic passing to the Grand Lodge Above of Bro James S Adams, our much loved Past Master, on 26th April 2013 at the age of just 58.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Rona and their children, Jennifer and Craig, at this very sad time and in the weeks, months and years ahead.  Above all else, Jim’s priority was his family and theirs is the greatest loss

‘Big Jim’ was a real stalwart of No XII all through the years since his Initiation on 7th March 1977.  He took the Chair in No XII in November 1995 after serving with distinction in many offices.  His time as Chief Steward will always be remembered and not just for his work in that office.  The truth of the matter is that Jim never stopped being Chief Steward and, at our last regular meeting on 16th April, Jim was (as usual) making the tea and seeing that the visitors and brethren of No XII were well looked after.

The Late Bro James S Adams PM

We have all been saddened by the sudden and tragic passing to the Grand Lodge Above of Bro James S Adams, our much loved Past Master, last Friday.

Big Jim's Funeral will take place in Greenock Crematorium at 1.00pm on Wednesday 8th May.

Although it is not a "Masonic" Funeral, at the suggestion of the RWM and in consultation with Rona; Jim's Wife, short Morning Dress should be worn, with Black Tie.

As Big Jim will be going to his eternal rest dressed in his Morning Suit, it was just thought, it would be a nice touch, if we were dressed the same (although Jim will be wearing his grey Installation Tie as he has nothing to mourn or worry about any more)

For those who do not have Morning suits, normal funeral dress, as always, will be acceptable, the above is purely for those who have Morning Dress.

After Jim's Funeral, Jim's Family will be offering a Finger Buffet and Refreshments in the Saloon of the Town Hall.

Past Master Brother James Stirrat Adams

Tributes have been paid from within and out with the Province to Past Master Brother James Stirrat Adams who died suddenly at home on Friday 26th April, aged 58 years.

Bro. Jim was a Past Master and stalwart of Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No. XII, and had recently been Installed as an Office-Bearer in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West.

Over the years, Jim contributed greatly to the Inverclyde community; not only as a Freemason, but as an elder of The Church of Scotland, officer in The Boy’s Brigade and Junior Football Player.

Jim was a popular member and elder in The Mount Kirk, and was always willing to do his best to assist in any task asked of him.

As well as a keen golfer, in his early days Jim was an officer in the 6th Company of the Boys Brigade, and was a much sought after goalkeeper in many junior football teams in the district including: Greenock Morton Supporter’s, Bellaire and High School F.P.

Jim was also a devoted husband and father and leaves behind his wife Rona, daughter Jennifer and son Craig, along with a great many friends as well as his work colleagues in Ferguson’s Shipyard.

Bro John C Glenny PM - 50 Years and counting

50 years to the day since being initiated into No XII, Past Master Bro John Clark Glenny, or Jack as we all know him, received his Golden Jubilee Diploma from RWM Bro Alan Beck at the meeting on 2nd April.  Bro Jack spoke about his pleasure at being a member of No XII for all these years and of his term as RWM between 1981 and 1983. He also remarked on how delighted he was that the Lodge was doing so well and on the good attendances, the enthusiasm of the members and the extremely high quality of the floor work.  On a more personal level, he indicated that he was very proud to see one of his candidates – Bro Alan Beck – in the Chair and doing such a terrific job.

We were all delighted to see Jack’s brother Alistair, who followed him into the Chair, present.  This was a great surprise to Jack as he didn’t know that he was coming along.  Another couple of No XII stalwarts were along to ‘cheer Jack on’ – former office bearers Jimmy Burns and Robert Paterick.

All in all it was a very happy occasion.  Both Jack and Alistair brought along some archive materials which will be shared with readers of XII Talk in due course.  Some of the photos led us to be asking questions like ‘Are you sure that’s me?’

Jack Glenny Golden Jubilee
Bros Alan Beck RWM  Jack Glenny PM  Alistair Glenny PM

on Jack’s Golden Jubilee evening

Jack Glenny Golden Jubilee

RWM and the Past Masters who were in the Lodge on Jack’s Golden Jubilee evening

Bros Iain White Alan Beck (RWM) Alistair Glenny Jack Glenny Kenny Morrison Ken MacDougall Bob Bain Jim Adams

Charity Burns Supper 2013

The 2013 Charity Burns Supper

Over £5000 raised at Gala Occasion

Over 150 guests packed into the Greenock Town Hall for the Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No XII Burns Supper on Saturday 23rd February.  This made it the largest Burns Supper in Inverclyde this year. The evening was greatly enjoyed by those who attended and over £5000 was raised for the 2013 charities, Erskine Home, Youth Theatre at the Beacon and Glenburn School.  The first two charities were nominated by RWM Bro Alan Beck, whilst the third was the choice of Provost Robert Moran.  The Provost was represented at the Burns Supper by Bro Cllr David Wilson, Deputy Provost of Inverclyde

 Back Row: Bros Bob Bain Jim Livingstone Fraser Gray Alasdair Beaton

Front Row: Bros David Wilson Drew McKenzie Alan Beck (RWM) Iain White Ian Macpherson MBE

 It was an evening filled with fun and laughter an there was a great community spirit in the magnificent old hall.  After the haggis had been piped in by Bro Alasdair Beaton, RWM of Lodge The Gael No 609, and addressed by RWM Bro Alan Beck, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of Renfrewshire West,

Bro James P Livingstone, led the brethren in grace.  The Loyal Toast by RWM Bro Alan Beck was followed by two verses of the God Save the Queen heartily sung by those in attendance as Ian McCrorie’s accompaniment on the Town Hall organ resounded through the air.

Three ‘heavies’ at the top table

Bros Drew McKenzie (Immortal Memory) Alan Beck (RWM) Iain White PM (Chair)

Bro Drew McKenzie PM of Lodge Crawfurdsburn Greenock No 1121 delivered an amusing and thought - provoking Immortal Memory and Bro Ian Macpherson MBE, RWM of The Prince’s Lodge No 607 in Glasgow gave a funny and clever Toastto the Lassies.  Holy Willie’s Prayer was recited by Bro Sandy Reddy (HM XII).


The accompanist for the evening was Bro Dr Fraser Gray (Lodge Greenock St John’s No 175) and RWM Bro Alan Beck sang.  A haunting saxophone interlude - My luve’s like a red, red rose – was played by Bro Allan Glen SD of No XII accompanied by Scott Hannah on guitar.  Bro Iain White PM (No XII) was chairman for the night. Bro Bob Bain IPM (No XII) proposed a hearty Vote of Thanks. .

The success of the fund-raising was undoubtedly due to the persuasive powers of No XII’s auctioneer, Bro Paul Galbraith and croupiers Bros James McGregor Sr. and Jr.

Two of Bro Billy Blackett’s (Lodge Cumberland Kilwinning No 217) guests at the Burns Supper were Colin Stein and Willie Johnstone who were members of the Rangers team that won the European Cup Winners Cup in Barcelona in 1972.  Billy donated a replica 1972 shirt.  It was signed by Colin and Willie.  They are pictured with Bro Ross Nugent of Lodge Cumberland Kilwinning No 217 who purchased it at auction

The Lodge was delighted with support given by other local organisations that had numbers of guests present, particularly the Greenock Golf Club, the Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club, the Beacon, the Rotary Club of Gourock, Greenock Wanderers RFC, Lodge Greenock St John’s No 175 and Lodge Firth of Clyde Gourock No 626.  Of course, numerous other Lodges within and outwith the area were represented and many friends of No XII attended

The evening was rounded off by the company singing the Star of Rabbie Burns and Auld Lang Syne.  Inverclyde’s oldest organisation (instituted in 1728) will continue the charity drive with further activities throughout the year.

RWM Bro Alasdair Beaton Lodge The Gael No 609 and

RWM Bro Ian Macpherson MBE the Prince’s Lodge No 607

- both from the Province of Glasgow

Next year’s Burns Supper is already organised for Saturday 1st March 2014 when an even bigger event is planned.  The speakers are already signed up:  Bro Jack Glenny, PM of No XII, will deliver the Immortal Memory and Bro Bobby Shaw RWM of the Bridgeton and Glasgow Shamrock and Thistle Lodge No 275 will Toast the Lassies.  Put it in your diary …

Bro Iain White PM


Some additional images from the very successful evening.


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