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Marcus Humphrey Home

To complete a weekend of celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Marcus Humphrey Home, the annual BBQ was held on Sunday 12th June. Two cheques were presented on behalf of the Province, firstly a cheque for £1,000 being the proceeds of the annual Homes Degree and which was presented by RWM Brother Paul Docherty of Lodge Sir Michael No. 989 and RWM Brother Nicky Stetz of Lodge Firth of Clyde, Gourock No. 626 on behalf of all the Lodges in the Province and secondly a cheque for £1000 was presented on behalf of Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No. XII from the
proceeds of their annual charity Burns Supper.



Sad News


Sad News....

Brother Bob Bain PM has advised me that Brother Hugh Paton passed to the Grand Lodge Above last night at 22.30

Please note that Bro Hugh Paton's funeral will be held at the Greenock Crematorium on Monday 9th of May at 1pm.

It would be nice to see as many No XII brethren and any other brethren from sister lodges to come along.



Twelve Talk Special Edition No 13 - Burns Supper 2016

Our recent Burns Supper report is no available for your perusal.. Enjoy...
BS 2016

Lodge Eaglesham No 1265 Burns Supper


I had the pleasure of proposing the Toast to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns at the 94th Annual Burns Supper of Lodge Eaglesham No 1265.  I was invited to join some well-known brethren in No XII and we are pictured above.  Bro Bobby Shaw (PM of the Bridgeton and Glasgow Shamrock and Thistle Lodge No 275 and also of Lodge The Prince’s No 607) Toasted the Lassies, Bro Iain Gordon (Junior Deacon of the Bridgeton and Glasgow Shamrock and Thistle Lodge No 275) replied and Bro John Hutcheson (Senior Deacon of the Bridgeton and Glasgow Shamrock and Thistle Lodge No 275) sang and delivered the readings.  We had a most enjoyable evening in very comfortable Lodge premises in the village just outside Glasgow

Bro Iain White PM

No XII Charity Burns Supper 2016


The 6th No XII Burns Supper was the biggest yet!  Just over 170 sat down in the Greenock Town Hall on Saturday 27th February to a sumptuous meal prepared and served by our President of Stewards, Tony Buckley’s staff from I.C.E Catering. Having demanded admission, the Haggis was piped in by Lodge Piper Bro Alasdair Beaton PM and addressed in lusty fashion by Bro Alan D Beck IPM.  In charge of proceedings from the Chair was Bro Ian M Ross PM and he kept things moving along in his usual efficient and good humoured way.  Bro James P Livingstone RWPGM said Grace and Tam O’ Shanter was given a lively run out by Bro Sandy Reddy.  Main speaker Alasdair Hendry, local solicitor and member of Lodge Cumberland Kilwinning No 217, gave us a thought provoking Immortal Memory where he highlighted the universal appeal of Robert Burns, contrasting occasions when he has spoken in very different places, to very different audiences and yet found that the material was equally well received, thanks to the wide appeal of the Bard.  The Lassies were toasted in amusing fashion by Bro Duncan McFadyen (PM of The Glasgow Kilwinning No 4) and Andy Goram replied.  It was good to hear Deputy Provost Bro David Wilson in fine form and offering words of reassurance to the brethren of 217 regarding the repair of their temple.  Bro Ken MacDougall PM gave a hearty Vote of Thanks and this was followed by everyone joining enthusiastically in The Star o’ Rabbie Burns and Auld Lang Syne.  IPM Bro Alan D Beck’s singing was of the highest professional quality as were his accompanists, Jamie Stables on trumpet and Craig Dunsmore on keyboards.

We were grateful to professional auctioneer Brian Clements who stepped in from the body of the haul to conduct our charity auction.  This and the raffles so effectively conducted by the Bros McGregor brought an eventual profit from the evening to go to our charities of around £5,300.  The major beneficiaries will be the Erskine Home for veterans, Children in Poverty Inverclyde and REACH for Autism Inverclyde.

The 2017 Burns Supper will be on Saturday 25th February!

2016 Charity Burns Supper Photos

To see some of the photographs taken at 2016 Charity Burns Supper just follow this link

Thanks to Bro Paul Stevenson for being the 'official photographer' on the night.

More information to follow later............... watch this space.

Freemasonry in Banff, Alberta or What you find on a Skiing Holiday

In January, wee Susie White was left at home with Gran and Granda and the rest of the family – Iain, Gail, Cameron and Kirsty – travelled to the Canadian Rockies to ski at Banff Alberta.  It was a Iainski01wonderful experience, skiing in perfect conditions and on blemish free powdery snow over 7,000 feet above sea level.   Banff, now with a population of over 8,000, was first settled in the 1880s, after the transcontinental railway was built through the Bow Valley. In 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway workers stumbled upon a series of natural hot springs on the side of Sulphur Mountain. In 1885, Canada began promoting the area as an international resort and spa as a way to support the new railway. The area was named Banff in 1884 by George Stephen, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, recalling his birthplace in Banff, Scotland. The Canadian Pacific built a series of grand hotels along the railway line and advertised the  as an international tourist resort.

In between taking chairlifts up the mountains and then whizzing down beautifully groomed ski trails between huge pine, fir and spruce trees we did find a little bit of time to explore in town of Banff. I looked across the road on Caribou Street and saw a largeIainski02 square and compasses sitting in a snowy garden.  It was the temple of the Cascade Lodge No 5, named after the great mountain that towers over the main street in the town and dominates the skyline of the surrounding area.

The Lodge was instituted in 1888, and has been meeting since then.  Originally located in Anthracite (a small mining town between Banff and Canmore) the Lodge was known as Cascade Lodge No 42 of the Grand Registry of Manitoba (Alberta not yet a province).  The Lodge moved to Banff from 1892 until 1897 when it returned to Anthracite.  In the early days of the Lodge, meetings were often held in different locations amongst the surrounding mountains.  One such meeting was held in 1901 at Tunnel Mountain.

Iainski03From 1901 to 1905, the population of Anthracite all but disappeared and in 1905 the Lodge relocated to Banff.  On October 12, 1905, the last meeting of Cascade Lodge No 42 was held and on November 23, 1905, the first meeting of Cascade Lodge No 5 of the Grand Lodge of Alberta was held. 

The present Lodge was constructed in 1924 and was first used in February 1925.  It was designed by architect James A. MacDonald of Calgary and built by Arthur Unwin of Banff.  It has been in use as a Masonic Lodge for over 90 years.

Many of Banff's most notable citizens have served as the Worshipful Master of the Lodge since it was chartered in 1888 (Grand Lodge of Manitoba 1888 - 1905; Grand Lodge of Alberta 1905 – present). Affiliated organizations associated with the Lodge have been the Order of the Eastern Star, Royal Arch Masons and the Banff Shrine Club.  The Lodge was the center of social activity in the town for many years being that most of the hotels would close for the winter season and it was one of the largest buildings in town.

The Lodge meets on the second Thursday of each month, except July and August.


I was very unlucky because the Lodge meeting was the evening when we flew into Calgary and the Annual Installation was 2 days after we left for home.  However, I was able to go into the Lodge because it operates as a Museum and the following are views of the upper room, looking East and below looking West.



In conversation with the volunteer Curator, a retired electrical engineer, I learned that the Lodge had donated the building to another local charitable organisation.  I discovered the following, 0n-line when I did a wee bit of research.

Cascade Lodge No. 5, known locally as the Masonic Hall, is one of Banff’s many heritage resources and come April 1 it will be under new ownership.

Banff Masons are donating the lodge and the lease for the triangular piece of property it sits on bounded by Lynx, Bear and Caribou Streets, to the Peter and Catharine Whyte Foundation, effective Tuesday (April 1).

Brett Oland, the foundation’s executive director, said adding the lodge to its inventory of heritage properties will free the Banff Masons to focus on what they do best, which is community support, and at the same time it provides the foundation with a hall that has strong historical value that can be used for the foundation’s growing event-based business.

Along with taking ownership of the Masonic Hall, the Peter and Catharine Whyte Foundation is also planning to sell one of its heritage residential properties, Mary Schäffer’s home, Tarry-A-While.

The donation of the lodge and the sale of Tarry-A-While will allow the foundation to better meet its core mandate, which is operating the Whyte Museum, Oland said in a recent interview with the Outlook.

“With the recent acquisition of the culturally significant Cascade Lodge No. 5, the Whyte Museum continues its stewardship of the historical fabric of the Bow Valley. Not only will the Lodge now have a secure and enduring future, it will also give the Whyte a dedicated space in which to conduct expanded programs, meetings and special events to showcase its impressive collection of artifacts and fine art,” Oland wrote in a follow-up email.


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