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Previous Meeting 1st November 2016

Passing by Glasgow Kilwinning Lodge No 4

The Lodge was busy with 27 members of No XII in attendance and 13 apologies submitted on behalf of absent Brethren.  The No XII members were joined by three Deputations in turn: a deputation of 20 Visiting Brethren from within and outwith the Province, headed by Bro William Lawson, RWM of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68, who was invited to the East. RWM Bro Allan MacFeate then invited all reigning Masters and Past Masters to the East. Bro Gordon Leitch, RWM of Lodge Cumberland Kilwinning No 217 and Bro Nicholas Stetz, RWM of Lodge Firth of Clyde Gourock No 626 accepted the invitation. In addition, Bro Malcolm Sinclair, the RWM Elect of Lodge Crawfurdsburn Greenock No 1121 was also invited to the East along with our own Honorary member, Bro Tony Stewart, RWM-elect of Lodge The Prince’s No 607; a fine deputation of 9 Brethren from Glasgow Kilwinning Lodge No 4, headed by their RWM Bro David Vennard, who was invited to the East along with the Past Masters of No 4; a deputation of 5 Brethren from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West, headed by the Provincial Grand Master Bro James P. Livingstone, who was invited to the East.

This was a momentous evening because, as far as we are aware, it was the first time that Glasgow Kilwinning Lodge No 4 had come to No XII to work a degree. The James S Adams Memorial Gavel was passed to No XII’s good friend RWM Bro David Vennard and he and his office Bearers assumed control of the Lodge and conferred an excellent Passing Ceremony.  The ritual work was not, in fact, too dissimilar to that of No XII.  On a personal note, I spoke to Bro Jon McGregor to congratulate him on his contribution as Conferring Master.  It was awe- inspiring! Our Candidate, Bro Andrew Muir, was privileged to receive his Second Degree from such expert craftsmen.

It is to be hoped that this memorable evening further cements the developing links between the two Lodges.


A New RWM for No XII - Nov 2016

TT90-004On Tuesday November 15th, Freemasons from within and outwith the Province of Renfrewshire West will gather in Greenock Town Hall to attend the 289th Annual Installation of Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No XII. They will witness the installation of Bro Allan T Glen as Right Worshipful Master of the Lodge. Bro Glen succeeds Bro Allan I MacFeate who has held the post of RWM for the last two years.

This very prestigious lodge, which boasts peers and knights of the realm amongst its past senior office bearers, is the oldest in the province and one of the oldest in the world. Instituted in 1728, the lodge was represented at Mary’s Chapel, Edinburgh at the institution of The Grand Lodge of Scotland on November 30th 1736.  It is, in fact, the oldest organisation in Inverclyde.

In being elected Right Worshipful Master, Bro Glen will follow in a long line of distinguished citizens who have previously held this office and he is very much looking forward to the challenge it represents. During his term of office Bro Glen aims to continue the growth of the Lodge, further enhance its involvement in the community, continue its significant charitable work and support sister lodges in Scotland and beyond.

He and his officer bearers will be installed by Bros. Iain White, Alan D Beck and Kenneth C McDougall, all Past Masters of No XII.

A native of Lanarkshire, Bro Glen moved to Boston to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music after graduating from the University of Strathclyde. An accomplished and highly sought after saxophonist, Bro Glen has toured extensively in Europe and America working with many different ensembles and artists.

Bro Glen is currently a member of the music faculty at Edinburgh College, teaching composition, orchestration and film scoring. He is also the Musical Director of the Edinburgh College Big Band. He also teaches saxophone at Newcastle University and previously taught at the University of Strathclyde.

A keen golfer, Bro Glen is a member of East Kilbride Golf Club and hopes to one day get his handicap down to scratch.

Lest We Forget - Remembrance Service at the Well Park, Greenock

TT90-001RWM Bro Allan I MacFeate laid a wreath at the Remembrance Service in the Well Park on behalf of Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No XII. He was supported at the ceremony by Bros Iain White PM, Allan D Beck PM, David Stevenson, Alex Gray and Allan Jess. Bro Malcolm Sinclair of Lodge Crawfursdburn Greenock No 1121 also laid a wreath.

Despite the dreich, damp Scottish weather, there was a very large turn out of people from local organisations and members of the general public there to pay their repects to thoses who have served and citizens who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Of course, No XII lost 10 brethren in the Great War – Bros. George W Campbell, James Hannah, Henry Hay, Arthur Johnstone, Duncan MacFarlane, David RF Mackail, Alexander N Russell, Joshua H Sanders, James Ritchie Smith and Archibald L Barr - and their names are engraved on the Lodge Memorial Altar.



The way we were

The feature in the last Twelve Talk led Past Master Bro Alistair Glenny to send me a couple of photos taken at No XII.  One of these is here and it features.

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Bro Henry S Tibbles joined No XII when based here during the War with the Navy.  After the war, business commitments took him South to live but Henry’s enthusiasm for the Craft led him to be installed as Worshipful Master of The Scots’ Lodge in 1980. At this time, he brought a deputation up to the Town Hall when Bro Kenneth K Morrison was Master of No XII and very strong links between the two Lodges began to develop. The photo was taken on the evening of that deputation’s visit.  Of course, much later Bro Henry became RW Master of No XII after returning to Scotland in his retirement.

50 Years and Counting - Bro Alexander Galbraith PM Lodge Greenock St John’s No 175 Substitute Master Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No XII

On Friday 23rd September Bro Alex Galbraith, affiliate member of No XII and our Substitute Master, received his Golden Jubilee certificate in his Mother Lodge, Lodge Greenock St John’s No 175.  A couple of weeks before his contemporary, Bro Kenny Morrison, Alex was receiving his Diploma also 50 years to the day from when he was Initiated into Lodge Greenock St John’s No 175.  Like Kenny, Bro Alex’s Dad, also Bro Alex Galbraith, was a member of Lodge Crawfurdsburn Greenock No 1121, but Alex was drawn by his knowledge of, and admiration for, 175 Past Masters Bros John Wasson and Tommy Dorrance to West Stewart Street.  Many of us older brethren will remember these esteemed Past Masters and the quality of their work.  I certainly do.

Bro Alex’s honours in Freemasonry are very difficult to compute because they are so numerous.  Aside from being RW Master of his Mother Lodge on 2 occasions, he is a Past Master of The Anchor Lodge of Research No 1814, Past Provincial Grand Master of Renfrewshire West and a Past Substitute Grand Master .

No XII was well represented at the meeting and supper thereafter.  A Deputation from the Grand Lodge of Scotland, headed by Substitute Grand Master RW Bro George R Kelly was also in attendance as was a Deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West.

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Whilst speaking of Bro Alex and his masonic honours, on Friday 7th October 2016 while attending other Masonic business in Bucharest Bro Alex was absolutely astonished when he was presented with  ‘The Order of the Grand Collar in Rank of Grand Officer’ of the National Grand Lodge of Romania. The presentation of the diploma and jewel was made by the Grand Master MW. Bro. Radu Balanescu

50 Years and Counting - Bro Kenneth Kennedy Morrison PM

It was a great pleasure for us all to see ‘KK’ receive his Golden Jubilee Diploma at our last Regular Meeting (4th October 2016), 50 years to the day since he had been initiated in 1966.  Although Bro Kenny’s Dad, the late Bro Duncan Morrison was a member of Lodge Crawfurdsburn Greenock No 1121, as was Kenny’s brother, the late TT 88 003Bro Donald Morrison, Kenny obviously found his way to the Saloon all these years ago much to the ultimate benefit of No XII.  In presenting his diploma, RWM Bro Allan I MacFeate spoke of Kenny’s position as the senior active Past Master in the Lodge and his ongoing service to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West as an Office Bearer.  Over all the years, Kenny has rarely missed a meeting and took the Chair in 1979 serving the usual two-year term with distinction.  He then had the honour of being asked by the Lodge to take the Chair again for the 275th Anniversary Year in 2003 and he did so, again giving great service and commitment to the Lodge.  No mean booler, Kenny joined George Felgate and David Stevenson to win the Orr Masonic Bowling Trophy, competed for by the Lodges in the Province of Renfrewshire West, in 2015 and has managed to led the No XII team to an occasional victory over Lodge Crawfurdsburn in the annual challenge match.  A Past President of Ardgowan Club, Kenny was honoured to be asked to return to the President’s chair to take the helm for the 175th Anniversary celebrations this year.  Of course, the anniversary year has been a great success under Kenny’s leadership.

In responding to the RWM’s presentation remarks, Kenny was his usual modest self, saying that he had found it a great pleasure to serve the Lodge over the years and had found many good friends through No XII and the Craft.

Over the years, Kenny has been an Installing Master in No XII many, many times.  He has also taken this role in Lodge Rothesay St John No 292 and Lodge Inverkip Ardgowan No 1425.  He was made an Honorary Member of 1425 in recognition of this support

Deputation to Lodge Kelburne No 459 Saturday 8th October 2016

Report by Bro Iain White PM

7 brethren from No XII, led by RWM Bro Allan MacFeate, assisted by RWM-elect Bro Allan T Glen, completed the Millport landings on the Isle of Cumbrae on Saturday 8th October to join the Brethren of Lodge Kelburne in celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Lodge.  We were drawn there by our friendship with Bro Stewart Aitken.  While Bro Stewart is a Past Master of The Glasgow Star Lodge, as a Cumbrae resident, he is also prominent in Lodge Kelburne.  After the landings were successfully negotiated we repaired to Fraser’s for refreshment and while away the time before the Ceremony.  A convivial hour or so was spent, with sustenance in the shape of some very fine sandwiches coming from a function taking place in Fraser’s at the time.  We were impressed by the generosity of the islanders!

In good time, and aided by Bro Alan Jess’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the geography of the island, we joined well over 120 brethren at the Rededication ceremony in a hall at the Garrison, conducted by a Deputation from the Grand Lodge of Scotland led by Substitute Grand Master Bro George R Kelly, Grand Junior Warden Bro Rev Andrew E Paterson officiating.  As ever, the work of the Grand Lodge deputation was carried out with quality, dignity and decorum and it befitted the special day that it was for Lodge Kelburne.  The members of the No XII deputation were all presented with very handsome commemorative 150th Anniversary jewels by Bro Stewart Aitken and we may be seen wearing them proudly in the photograph below. Interestingly, the Consecration of Lodge Kelburne in 1866 was carried out by Sir Michael Robert Shaw Stewart 7th Bart of Ardgowan, Provincial Grand Master of Renfrewshire West who was, of course, a member of No XII and later was Grand Master Mason from 1873 to 1882.

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As is ever the case, when Masonic travels are made, we were pleased to meet friends from hither and yon.  In particular, Lodge Rothesay St John No 292 was well represented in the Deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Argyll and the Isles with Past Masters Frank Baxter, James MacMillan and Ellis Rutherford all in attendance.  We spoke of happy days spent at the Installations on Bute.  They had been joined in the Deputation by Bro Bobby Diamond PM of Lodge St Munn Ardnadam No 496 a frequent visitor to No XII in the past and often seen in Lodge Firth of Clyde Gourock No 626.

On a personal level, I was delighted to meet up with Bro Frank Mapes, (see photo below) Past Master of Lodge Kelburne and Past Provincial Grand Master of Argyll and the Isles.  I used to see Bro Frank regularly at the Installations at lodge Rothesay St John in the late 1980s and 1990s when he would be on Provincial business and I was, on several occasions, an Installing Master.  I was Assistant Rector at Rothesay Academy from 1987-1992 and a colleague at that time, Bro Stewart Shaw, is a Past Master of 292.  It was a double pleasure as Bro Frank’s father was actually a member of No XII and, in years gone by, I had managed to find all the relevant information about his Dad from the No XII records.  Many of you will have come across Bro Mapes either directly, or indirectly, in the past.  Prior to his retirement, he owned the cycle hire shop in Millport!  I was further delighted to meet Bro Lindsay Hunter, Past Master of Lodge Innellan and Toward No 1435.  At the time I worked in Rothesay Academy, Lindsay was a Principal Teacher of Guidance in Dunoon Grammar School.  Lindsay may also be seen in the photo below.  As a by the way, the RW Master of Lodge Innellan and Toward, at present, Bro Alasdair Henderson, like me is an honorary member of Lodge The Gael No 609 and he has been in No XII on a few occasions when on duty as one of Lodge the Gael’s pipers.

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When the Ceremonial was over we did not have tickets for the sell out dinner, so we repaired again to Fraser’s and had a handsome lunch and some refreshment.  Strengthened by the steak pie, curry, scampi and fish and chips, and suitably fortified by other refreshments, we boarded WJW Bro Bob Crossan’s big car and headed for the safety and security of the mainland.  

Still in a mood of of conviviality, a pit stop was made at the Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club where we met good friends of No XII – Bros Donnie Cunningham and Eric Dickson of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68 – and the first report on the Millport landings was made. In due course we headed for home, resolving to return to Millport for the 200th Anniversary in 2066.  Well, Bro Alan Jess, at least, has a fighting chance of being there …

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