No XII held its 286th Installation Ceremony andBro Alan D Beck 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. It was the biggest Installation attendance for many years. The deputation of visiting brethren was led, as always, by the RWM of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68. In this case the man at the head was Bro Richard Harrison. The Installing Masters were Bros Iain White, Kenneth C MacDougall and Hector Macphail all Past Masters of No XII.
|At the Harmony in the main Town Hall around 80 brethren enjoyed supper and the usual Loyal and Masonic Toasts were observed. Bro Alan D Beck RWM toasted Her Majesty the Queen, after which two verses of the National Anthem were sung lustily and enthusiastically by the assembled brethren.. Bro Alan’s Toast to The Grand Lodge of Scotland and The Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West was replied to by Bro John RS Keith Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Depute. A heartfelt toast to Her Majesty’s Armed Forces was delivered by Immediate Past Master Bro Robert J Bain, himself a former regular soldier. The Right Worshipful Master, Bro Beck, toasted the Installing Masters and Bro. Iain White PM replied. Bro Kenneth C MacDougall PM toasted the Right Worshipful Master. Bro Alistair Glenny toasted the Visiting Brethren and, as is traditional in No XII, the reply was given by Bro Richard Harrison RWM of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68. The artistes and stewards were toasted by Bro Allan T Glen WJW.|
| As is the custom in No XII, Inverclyde Council was represented at the Installation Supper and Harmony by Inverclyde’s First Citizen. Since Provost Robert Moran was unable to attend, Deputy Provost Bro David 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 also expressed his pleasure at being in attendance again at a No XII function, extended his good wishes to the Lodge for the forthcoming session and good luck with their ongoing charitable work. Bro Wilson had attended the Installation ceremony and hosted the RWM and his Installing Masters in the Provost’s Room.
In his reply to the Toast to the RWM, Bro Alan D Beck spoke of his pleasure at taking the chair again and of the plans he has to build on the successes of his first year in the Chair. A major charity drive is under way again. Musical contributions from Polly Beck and Craig Dunsmore were much enjoyed by the company as was the piping of Alasdair Beaton, RWM of Lodge The Gael No 609.
Back: Bro David Stevenson (Treasurer) Bro Gordon Thompson (Inner Guard)
Middle: Bro Ewan McLean (Tyler) Bro Iain Hanlon (Assistant Steward) Bro John Keogh (Junior Deacon) Bro Bob Crossan (Senior Deacon) Bro Allan Glen (Worshipful Junior Warden) Bro Albert MacLean (Bible Bearer) Bro James McGregor Snr (Almoner)
Bro James McGregor Jnr (Sword Bearer) Bro Tony Buckley (President of Stewards)
Front Row: Bro Kenny Morrison PM (Director of Ceremonies) Bro Alex Galbraith PM (Substitute Master) Bro Ken MacDougall PM (Secretary) Bro Iain White PM Bro Alan D Beck RWM Bro Hector Macphail PM (Marshal) Bro Alan Macfeate (Depute Master) Bro Bob Bain IPM Bro Derek Macfeate (Chaplain)