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

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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.



Office Bearers 2016 - 2017 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
Depute Master   Bro. James P Livingstone
Substitute Master   Bro. Alexander Galbraith  
Worshipful Senior Warden   Bro. J Robert Crossan
Worshipful Junior Warden   Bro. Brian McFadyen
Secretary    Bro. Kenneth C MacDougall PM  
Treasurer   Bro. David Stevenson  
Almoner   Bro. Alistair Glenny PM
Chaplain   Bro. Robert J Bain PM
Senior Deacon   Bro. Paul Stevenson  
Junior Deacon   Bro. A Campbell Snoddy
Director of Ceremonies   Bro. Iain White PM
Architect   Bro. James McGregor Snr.
Jeweller   Bro. John W Dyer
Bible Bearer   Bro. Kenneth K Morrison PM
Sword Bearer   Bro. James McGregor Jnr.  
Director of Music   Bro. Robert Marshall
Piper   Bro. Alasdair M Beaton PM 609  
Marshal   Bro. Hector Macphail PM  
Inner Guard   Bro. David G Martin
President of Stewards   Bro. Anthony Buckley
1st Assistant Steward   Bro. Iain Hanlon  
2nd Assistant Steward   Bro. Fraser N Cameron  
3rd Assistant Steward   Bro. M Barry Banks  
Tyler   Bro. Ewen MacLean  

office bearers 2016-17xFront Row from left: Worshipful Senior Warden Bro. J Robert Crossan; Bro Alan D Beck PM; Bro David Wilson HM;  Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart 12th Bart; Director of Ceremonies Bro. Iain White PM; Right Worshipful Master  Bro. Allan T Glen; Immediate Past Master Bro. Allan I MacFeate; Secretary Bro. Kenneth C MacDougall PM ; Depute Master Bro James P Livingstone RWPGM;  Substitute Master Bro. Alexander Galbraith PRWPGM;  Worshipful Junior Warden Bro. Brian McFadyen

Back Row from left: Architect  Bro. Bro. James McGregor;  Almoner Bro. Alistair Glenny PM; Senior Deacon Bro. Paul Stevenson; Junior Deacon Bro. A. Campbell Snoddy; Sword Bearer Bro James McGregor Jr; 2nd Assistant Steward Bro. Fraser N. Cameron; Chaplain Bro. Robert J. Bain PM; Bible Bearer Bro. Kenneth K Morrison PM; Treasurer  Bro. David D. Stevenson; President of Stewards Bro. Anthony Buckley; Inner Guard Bro. David G. Martin; Director of Music Bro Robert Marshall

The way we were

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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

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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

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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


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