Syllabus 2016 - 2017

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Just a short message to let you know that I have now published the syllabus for the rest of this session and it is available on the menu bar of the website or you can click here


The way we were - November 1991

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The photo this time is of RWM Bro Hector Macphail, his Past Masters and Office bearers on the occasion of his Installation in November 1991. See how many faces you recognise and remember before looking at the legend below the photo!

Note also that Bro Hector is sitting on the old Master’s Chair that we lost in a theft from the Town Hall.  It was replaced by the big Ecclesiastical Chair that we now use.


Front from Left: Bros John Adamson PM Murray Thomson JD Ian M Ross WSW Hector Macphail RWM James S Adams WJW Robert J Bain JD RJ Drainer Jnr PM

Middle from Left:  Bros Iain White PM John C Glenny PM H Campbell Barr PM Wilson J McCulloch PM KK Morrison PM Philip Robertson Norman Gray Crawford Kirkpatrick

Rear from Left: Henry S Tibbles PM 2319 (EC) James McGregor Rodney Beal Allan M Goodall Alan Knox David R Miller

Honorary Membership for Neil - 1st November 2016

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Bro Neil McLachlan Johnston, of Lodge Firth of Clyde Gourock No 626, was completely taken aback when he was called to the Centre of the floor and told that he had been proposed for Honorary Membership of No XII in recognition of his extremely regular attendance at our Lodge meetings.  Having overcome his surprise, he took the Obligation he was received enthusiastically and warmly and expressed his thanks to the Brethren. Bro Neil promised to continue to support No XII.  Bro Neil is seen below flanked on his right by RWM Bro Allan I MacFeate and his left by RWPGM Bro James P Livingstone who, of course, is of slightly more than passing acquaintance to him!


Previous Meeting 1st November 2016

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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

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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.


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