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Our Previous Meeting Tuesday 20th November Annual Installation

Thanks to Bro Iain White PM for the following article taken from Twelve Talk No 116.
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Instituted on 27th December 1728, Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No XII is the oldest and longest surviving organisation in Inverclyde. Recently, No XII held its 291st Installation Ceremony. Bro. Robert (Bob) Crossan was installed into the Chair as Right Worshipful Master in front of a large number of brethren from within and out with the province of Renfrewshire West in a packed Town Hall Saloon. The RWM of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68 led the deputation of visiting brethren, as always. In this case the man at the head was Bro Alexander Bloomfield Wilson. The Installing masters were Bro Iain White PM PPSGW, Bro Kenneth C. MacDougall PM and Bro Alan D. Beck PM PGS, all Past Masters of No XII. Originally from Lanarkshire, Bro Bob studied at Bell College of Technology and Glasgow College of Building and Printing where he qualified as a full Member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (MCIAT). Since retiring from an international firm of architects, where he held the position of IT Systems Manager and Associate Director, he has designed and created the current Lodge website, which he continues to update, along with its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Bro Bob moved to the area after meeting his wife, Fiona, who is a native of Greenock. Together they have a daughter, Joanna, who is currently studying Musical Theatre. At the Harmony in the main Town Hall a large number of brethren enjoyed supper and the usual Loyal and Masonic Toasts were observed. Bro Bob Crossan RWM toasted Her Majesty the Queen. His Toasts to The Grand Lodge of Scotland and The Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West were replied to by Bro Robin McIntyre, Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master. Past Master Bro Captain Allan I. MacFeate, himself a former Master Mariner in the Merchant Navy, delivered a heartfelt toast to Her Majesty’s Forces. The Right Worshipful Master, Bro Crossan toasted the Installing Masters and the Immediate Past Master. The replies to these came from Principal Installing Master Bro. Iain White PM PPSGW and Bro Allan T. Glen IPM, respectively.

Bro Brian McFadyen WSW toasted the Visiting Brethren and, as is traditional in No XII, the reply was given by Bro Alexander Bloomfield Wilson RWM of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68. The artistes were toasted by Bro Robert J Bain PM PG Arch WJW. As is the custom in No XII, Inverclyde Council was represented at the Installation Dinner and Harmony. On this occasion, Depute Provost Bro David Wilson, a member of Lodge Sir Michael 989 and Honorary Member of No XII, represented the Provost. Depute Provost Bro Wilson addressed the assembled brethren and spoke of the long and close connection between No XII and the town of Greenock and the Lodge’s historic right to meet in the Saloon of the Town Hall. He highlighted that this room was specifically created for No XII with its design having a clearly identifiable masonic theme. The association between the town and No XII dates back to April 1765, when an agreement was made with the magistrates and council of the Burgh of Greenock that by contributing financial assistance to the project (equivalent to over £2 million today) the Lodge would hold a share in the property, and would thereafter secure the right in perpetuity to conduct its meetings and business in the new Town House and its replacement, the current Town Hall. The first meeting in the new venue was on 10th September 1766, and but for a short space between 1858 and 1865 while the current Town Hall was being built, all meetings were, and still are, held in the Municipal Buildings. Bro Wilson concluded as he extended his good wishes to the new RWM and Lodge for the forthcoming session and expressed thanks for all its charitable works and support for the community. Bro Bob Crossan RWM spoke of his pleasure at taking the chair and of the plans that he had for the Lodge in the year ahead. A major charity drive is again under way.

Musical contributions from Joanna Crossan and Reuben Beck, accompanied by Polly Beck on piano were much enjoyed by the company and gave a real family feel to the evening, Joanna being the daughter of the new Right Worshipful Master and Reuben and Polly being the son and the wife of Bro Alan D. Beck PM. The extremely happy evening finished with the singing of Auld Lang Syne and three hearty cheers!

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Office Bearers 2018

Back Row: Bros. Paul Stevenson Depute Master James McGregor Jnr. Sword Bearer Alexander Gray Bible
Bearer A. Campbell Snoddy Senior Deacon Allan I. Jess Chaplain KK Morrison PM PGJ Fraser Cameron 1st
Assistant Steward Alexander R. Johnston Inner Guard Edward Molloy 3rd Assistant Steward Allan I. MacFeate
PM Director of Ceremonies David Stevenson Treasurer Anthony Buckley President of Stewards

Front Row: Bros. Robert J. Bain PM PG Arch Worshipful Junior Warden Alistair Glenny PGA Almoner Robin
McIntyre Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Alan D Beck PM PGS Substitute Master Iain White PM
PPSGW Librarian J. Robert Crossan Right Worshipful Master Kenneth C. MacDougall Secretary David Wilson
Depute Provost HM XII Allan T. Glen IPM Brian McFadyen WSW

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Installation 2018 - Photos

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291st Annual Installation

Bob RWMOn Tuesday 20th November 2018, starting at 6:15pm (visitors approx 6:30pm), Freemasons from within and outwith the Province of Renfrewshire West will gather in Greenock Town Hall to attend the 291st Annual Installation of the RWM and office bearers of Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No XII. They will witness the installation of Bro J Robert Crossan (Bob) as Right Worshipful Master of Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No XII. Bro Crossan succeeds Bro Allan T Glen who has held the post of RWM for the last two years.

Bro Crossan is really looking forward to becoming the new Right Worshipful Master of Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No XII and the challenges he will face. In the meantime, he wishes to extend a very warm welcome to Brethren from within and outwith the Province and looks forward to meeting and greeting you there. After the meeting we will be holding a complimentary Installation Dinner in the Town Hall, to which Brethren are cordially invited.

No XII and the Great War - A Very Special Meeting on Tuesday 6th November 2018

A very special meeting.  The AGM will run from 7:00pm to 7:30.  
Visitors will then be admitted.  The theme for the evening is No XII and the Great War which will be an evening of remembrance and commemoration involving songs and stories, poems and the Great Highland Bagpipe.  Of course, it marks the centenary of the end of the Great War.

In lieu of a newsletter, the programme for the evening is show below.  Please come along.

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Visitation to Lodge Renfrew County Kilwinning No 370

On Thursday 13th September our RWM Bro Allan Glen headed a deputation to our good friends at Lodge Renfrew County Kilwinning No 370. The deputation although surprisingly small in number, but some may say were perfectly formed.

We lined up to enter the Lodge at 8:10 ish pm and were warmly welcomed by their IPM Bro Andrew Thomson and the Brethren. Our RWM was invited to the East along with our Past Masters. After everyone had found a seat and the Lodge settled down, IPM Bro Andrew Thomson presented our RWM Bro Allan Glen with the Gavel and the office bearers were swapped in favour of No XII. We then proceeded to carry out an Exemplification of an Entering on Bro John Thomson, who by all accounts is no stranger to being roped in to the role of candidate.

The degree team was :-

Prayer – IPM Bro Allan MacFeate                                                      Senior Deacon – Bro Fraser Cameron
Obligation – RWM Bro Allan Glen                                                      Junior Deacon – Bro Ken MacDougall PM
Secrets – Bro Alan Beck PM                                                                Inner Guard – Bro Robert Marshall IG
Apron – Bro Bob Crossan WSW
NEC – Bro Robert Marshall IG
Tools – IPM Bro Allan MacFeate
Charge – Bro Ken MacDougall PM

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Our small but perfectly formed deputation, left to right

Bro Bob Crossan WSW Bro Fraser Cameron Assistant Steward Bro Allan Jess Chaplain Bro Alan Beck PM, IPM Bro Allan MacFeate RWM Bro Allan Glen, Bro Brian McFadyen WJW Bro Robert Marshall IG and Bro Ken MacDougall PM

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Summer Meeting Tuesday 7th June 2018

1920LOGO-f blue and gold No INST 1728Our next meeting is the Special Summer Meeting and is on Thursday 7th June at 730pm. A Thursday is chosen because our regular Tuesday slot would be difficult for the keen boolers to attend, as Tuesday is the night for the  Greenock and District League matches between the various clubs. The first special meeting was in June 2012 and was called to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. From 2013, the meeting became an Entering,  conferred by the Past Masters and thus it has been since. Each year, the RWM has approached a Past Master to take the Chair and set up the team. The Past Masters in the Chair have been: 2013 Bro Iain White, 2014 Bro KK  Morrison, 2015 Bro Alistair Glenny, 2016 Bro Derek A. Kirkpatrick, 2017 Bro Robert J Bain. This year, the team will be led by Bro Hector Macphail PM and it is WSW Bro KK Morrison WJW Bro Alistair Glenny SD Bro Iain White JD Bro Kenneth C MacDougall IG Bro Robert J Bain.

At this rate the Past Masters’ Entering at the Special Summer meeting will soon be a ‘tradition’ of the Lodge. I can almost hear people saying, “And it’s always been an Entering.’ But we know different, don’t we? But such is the nature of ‘traditions’ in the Craft and how they come to pass!! Also on Thursday, our new Hymn Books will be dedicated to the memory of the late Bro Wilson J McCulloch PM by Bro Jack Glenny PM. Jack knew Wilson very well and  this knowledge combined with Jack being a Church of Scotland reader will make the act of dedication very special.

Further, we have Bro Gordon Michie, Past SPGM of Fife and Kinross and a Past Master of Lodge Earl Haig No 1260, along on behalf of PoppyScotland to receive a cheque for £1918 from the No XII Charity Drive. This is No XII’s contribution to the 1918 Poppy Pledge, commemorating the Centenary of the end of the Great War and, of course, the 10 brethren of No XII who made the supreme sacrifice in that awful conflict who are named on our Memorial Altar.

And finally, watch out for the Special Royal Occasion at this meeting…

Article taken from Twelve Talk No 110, thanks to Bro Iain White PM

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PM John Adamson Memorial Trophy

PM John Adamson Memorial Trophy presented for Young Team of the Year at Greenock Wanderers Family Day 27th May 2018

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