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Happy 98th Birthday Bro Henry Tibbles PM

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Recently a few of our Brethren went down to visit Bro Henry Tibbles PM on the occassion of his 98th birthday. Bro Henry was delighted to see the Brethren and wished everyone at the lodge good wishes.

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290th Annual Installation

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Tuesday 21st November 2017coa5 blue Bro Allan Thomas Glen was reinstalled into the Chair as Right Worshipful Master in front of a large number of brethren from within and outwith the province of Renfrewshire West in a busy Town Hall Saloon. 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 Alexander Bloomfield Wilson RWM.

D71 3269A 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.

At the Harmony in the main Town Hall, our top table guests were piped in by our newly installed Lodge Piper Bro Andrew Muir, thereafter a large number of brethren enjoyed a delicious supper, expertly prepared and served by our President of Stewards Bro Tony Buckley and his staff from ICE Scotland.




The usual Loyal and Masonic Toasts were observed. Bro Allan T. Glen RWM toasted Her Majesty the Queen. His Toasts to The Grand Lodge of Scotland and The Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West were D71 3318replied to by Bro Robin McIntyre Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Elect.

Past Master Bro Robert J. Bain, himself a former regular soldier, delivered a heartfelt toast to Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

As is the custom in No XII, Inverclyde Council was represented at the Installation Dinner and Harmony. On this occasion, Provost Martin Brennan 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 D71 3329Saloon of the Town Hall. This 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.

Provost Brennan concluded as he extended his good wishes to the new RWM and Lodge for the forthcoming session.



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The Right Worshipful Master, Bro Glen toasted the Installing Masters and the reply given Principal Installing Master Bro. Iain White PM.

Bro J. Robert Crossan 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 Brian McFadyen WJW.

Musical contributions from Cheryl Forbes and her accompanist husband Gordon Cree were very much enjoyed by the company.

The extremely happy evening finished with the singing of Auld Lang Syne and three hearty cheers!





Office Bearers 2017 - 2018 List

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scroll down for photograph of office bearers installed on the night

Office   Office Bearer  
       
Right Worshipful Master   Bro. Allan T Glen
 
Immediate Past Master   Bro. Allan I MacFeate PM
 
Depute Master   Bro. James P Livingstone
 
Substitute Master   Bro. Iain White PM
 
Worshipful Senior Warden   Bro. J Robert Crossan
 
Worshipful Junior Warden   Bro. Brian McFadyen
 
Secretary    Bro. Kenneth C MacDougall PM  
Treasurer   Bro. David D Stevenson  
Almoner   Bro. Alistair Glenny PM
 
Chaplain   Bro. Allan I Jess
 
Senior Deacon   Bro. David G Martin
 
Junior Deacon   Bro. A Campbell Snoddy
 
Director of Ceremonies   Bro. Kenneth K Morrison PM
 
Architect   Bro. James McGregor Snr.
 
Jeweller   Bro. John W Dyer
 
Bible Bearer   Bro. Alex R Johnston
 
Sword Bearer   Bro. James McGregor Jnr.  
Director of Music   Bro. Paul Stevenson
 
Piper   Bro. Andrew Muir
 
Marshal   Bro. Hector Macphail PM  
Inner Guard   Bro. Robert Marshall
 
President of Stewards   Bro. Anthony Buckley
 
1st Assistant Steward   Bro. Fraser N Cameron
 
2nd Assistant Steward   Bro. Mark I Robertson
 
3rd Assistant Steward   Bro. M Barry Banks  
Tyler   Bro. Ewen MacLean  


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Back row: Dir of Music Bro Paul Stevenson, Sword Bearer Bro James McGregor Jnr, Architect Bro James McGregor, Pres of Stewards Bro Tony Buckley, Piper Bro Andrew Muir, Junior Deacon Bro Campbell Snoddy, 1st Assistant Steward Bro Fraser N Cameron, Senior Deacon Bro David Martin, 2nd Assistant Steward Bro Mark I Robertson, Inner Guard Bro Robert Marshall, Treasurer Bro David Stevenson, Chaplain Bro Allan I Jess, Bible Bearer Bro Alexander R Johnson

Front row: WSW Bro J Robert Crossan, Bro Robert J Bain PM, Director of Ceremonies Bro Kenneth K Morrison PM, RWPGM & Depute Master Bro James P Livingston, Bro Alan D Beck PM, Substitute Master Bro Iain White, RWM Bro Allen T Glen, Secretary Bro Kenneth C MacDougall PM, Almoner Bro Alistair Glenny PM, IPM Bro Allan I MacFeate PM, Marshal Bro Hector Macphail PM, WJW Bro Brian McFadyen










The Way We Were (2) No XII and The Scots Lodge No 2319 (EC)

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The Scots Lodge No 2319 meets in London and there have been links between it and No XII for many years. It all started with Bro Henry Sebbon Tibbles. Born on 4th November 1919 in Minster, by Sheerness (Kent), henry took his first degree in No XII during the Second World War on 10th November 1942. At that time he was in the Royal Navy and stationed locally. He spent all of the war years in the Navy, marrying Gourock girl Muriel along the way. When Henry returned to civvy street, the printing trade beckoned and he rose to the position of Company Director. Unfortunately for No XII, promotion took Henry to London, but XII’s loss was The Scots’ Lodge’s gain and he joined No 2319 (English Constitution) on 24th April 1969. Henry’s enthusiasm 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. These have been further cemented over the years by visitations to Greenock and London by The Scots Lodge and No  XII.

Photographs of some of the Scots’ visits North are featured below. In the first of these we see that very first visitation. From the left are Bros William W Irving PM, Alistair Glenny WJW, Henry S Tibbles WM No 2319 (EC) and Kenneth K Morrison RWM.

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We move then to 1984, when Bro Alistair Glenny was RWM. Again, a deputation came from London and the brethren are in the two photos below. I am grateful to Bro Alistair Glenny PM for the coloured photo and to Bro Peter R Sinclair PM for the monochrome image. Past Worshipful Masters of The Scots’ Lodge, Bros Ian Rainford and Peter Niven were very helpful in assisting the identification of brethren from 2319

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Finally comes the visit of 2012 when Bro Robert J Bain was in the Chair of No XII. The names in this photo were supplied, at the time of the visit by Bro Keith Ferries PM who, sadly, has since to the Grand Lodge Above. On this  occasion, the Brethren of The Scots’ Lodge were busy because the night before they had given an exemplification in Gourock at Lodge Firth of Clyde.


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I am uncertain if more visitations North have taken place. If so, and you have a photo from back then, please either scan it and send it on to me or give me the original and I shall do the scanning. I am keen to document the  relationship between the two Lodges as fully as I can. To that end, in a subsequent issue I shall publish any photos I can gather together of visits by No XII to London. To that end, as above, I should be delighted to see any  photos that you have yourself from visits to the Metropolis.

Bro Iain White PM









The Way We Were

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TT101-004In the last edition of Twelve Talk, mention was made of the inception of what became the annual Bowls Challenge Match between No XII and 1121. It was away back in 1990 that it all started. After a little digging around at  home, I found the press picture and story which marked the launch of the challenge.

Bro John Paton and I were the respective RW Masters at the time and, as you can clearly see, we have not changed a bit in the intervening  27 years. Sadly, Bro Ian Miller, the presenter of the trophy, and Bob Richardson, The Ardgowan Club President have passed to the Grand Lodge Above. The photo was taken in front of the Clubhouse at Ardgowan.

It is worthy  of note that in 3 years’ time we shall have the 30th Anniversary of the Challenge Match. This is no mean feat these days and says a lot for the commitment of the Brethren in both Lodges. We should try to make the match in 2020 a real special occasion.

Bro Iain White PM


























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