The regular meeting of Lodge Thistle Stewarton 127 was held on Tuesday 7th November 2017

In The Masonic Temple, Springwell Place, Stewarton AT 7.30pm prompt.

Tonight’s meeting is the AGM and nomination and election of Office Bearers for 2018

 

The meeting was opened by RWM Ian Broadhurst at 7.30pm prompt.

Ian welcomed all the visitors and invited any reigning masters to assist him in the East.

  

Apologies were received from the following brethren:

Joe Janakowski Snr and Jnr

Gary Dickson

John Anderson PM

Alistair Gillies

Archie Mitchell PM

Ian Cook

Jim Hall

Obituaries:

Sadly we were informed of the passing to Grand Lodge above of Brother Joe Mabon.

RWM Ian said a few words in the memory of Brother Joe.

 Alan Whitehill PM read aloud a brief history of Brother Joes Masonic Career and both Archie Chalmers PM, Elijah Beattie PM,  Jim Blades PM and Ian Hamilton WJW added to the aforementioned sentiments.

1 minutes silence was observed by the assembled brethren in brother Joe’s memory.

 

 

 Alan Whitehill PM (Acting Secretary), read the minutes of the previous regular meeting, which were amended and approved by Jim Thomson SS and Seconded by JB Smith SB.

At the current time the minutes of the recent Committee meeting that was held on Monday 30th October were not available, but a brief overview was discussed by RWM Ian Broadhurst.

There was no further business to be discussed from the Committee minutes.

 

 

 

Correspondence:

PGLS: Notice given on the forthcoming vacancy of Grand Secretary, which would be a salaried position and anyone interested and holding the relevant qualifications could apply.

 

PGLA: sent various notices of Forthcoming Installations which will be pinned to our internal notice board for the brethren’s information, including:

331, 149, 158, 1060, 202 and 135.

 

ALL ABOVE NOTICES WILL BE POSTED ON THE NOTICE BOARD with FULL DETAILS.

 

 

Almoner Report:

Brother Almoner, John Gamble reported on the recent funeral of Brother Joe Mabon which had a good attendance from the brethren of 127 on this very sad occasion. John had called to visit Joe’s wife Hazel who wasn’t at home but will attempt to revisit as soon as possible to pass on the sympathy of the Lodge.

John also visited Brother Jim Hall who was fine and was grateful for John’s time.

John reported on Brother Alistair Gillies, who was in a bit of pain after his recent Chemo and was hoping for some good news at his latest scan on Thursday

 Our thoughts and best wishes were sent to both Brethren for a speedy recovery.

Brother John was thanked by RWM and the brethren for his hard work in carrying out his important duties as Almoner.

 

 

 

Reports:

Jim Thomson S/S reported on visiting the following lodges:

Monday 23rd October                     St John RA 320 Ardrossan             FC degree           PGLA Visit.

Tuesday 24th October                     Mother Kilwinning 0                        FC degree           Bob Maxwell

Tuesday 31st Oct                               1759 Dundonald                               FC degree           Robert Maxwell

Friday 3rd November                      Tarbolton 135                                    MM degree        Alex Robertson

 

0n all the above occasions fraternal greetings were exchanged.

The brethren thanked all members who have been out and about spreading the good name of 127, in the usual fashion.

The WJW Ian Hamilton reminded the brethren about the annual Remembrance parade on Sunday 12th from the old centre in Stewarton at noon, and our attendance was expected around 11.45am.

This evening was the annual AGM and election of office bearers; therefor the lodge was adjourned to allow everyone present to ensure they were clear in the Lodge books and can stand for any available position.

The Lodge was reconvened and Brother Treasurer Alistair Murray presented the balance sheet in open lodge to the assembled brethren:

This was a comprehensive presentation and was adopted by Archie Chalmers PM and seconded by Robert Rosbotham PM.

Alistair was thanked for his hard work over the past year and also for his presentation this evening by RWM Ian Broadhurst.

The Lodge was passed and raised and all offices were declared vacant, and the business of the election of office bearers for the forthcoming year was carried out.

The positions are as follows:

OFFICE

RECOMMENDATION

 

Right Worshipful Master

 

Roderick McLean P.M.

 

Immediate Past Master

 

Ian Broadhurst

 

Depute Master

 

James Shields P.M.

 

Substitute Master

 

Robert Maxwell

 

Secretary

 

Alan Whitehill P.M.

 

Treasurer

 

Alastair Murray

 

Worshipful Senior Warden

 

Ian Hamilton

 

Worshipful Junior Warden

 

Rod Murray P.M.

 

Senior Deacon

 

Angus MacDonald

 

Junior Deacon

 

Scott Cooley

 

Inner Guard

 

William Logan

 

Chaplain

Elijah Beattie P.M.

 

OFFICE

RECOMMENDATION

Bible Bearer

 

Ian Smith

Sword Bearer

 

James B. Smith

Organist

 

Thomas Sloan P.M.

Marshall

 

John Anderson P.M.

Architect

 

Archie Chalmers P.M.

Jeweller

 

Alastair MacMillan

Piper

 

Robert Rosbotham P.M.

Senior Steward

 

James Thomson

Junior Steward

 

Alex Robertson

Junior Steward

James Bryce

Director of Ceremonies

 

James Blades P.M.

Almoner

 

John Gambol

Tyler

 

 

Bard

 

Maxwell Galt

All positions were filled apart from Tyler which still remains vacant

The honorarium for RWM, Treasurer and Secretary were voted on by the assembled brethren and was proposed by JB Smith SB and seconded by Roddy McLean PM. The Status Quo was decided, this information was passed to the brethren concerned.

Donations were discussed and read aloud to the assembled brethren and a Status Quo was proposed by Elijah Beattie PM and seconded by Archie Chalmers PM.

The Committees were read aloud and confirmed in open lodge by RWM Ian Broadhurst.

This concluded the business for this evening and the lodge was reduced.

Intimations:

The Future of the Children’s Christmas Party was discussed briefly by PM Alan Whitehill and was decided that a short committee meeting be held on Monday 13th at 7pm for further dialogue.

Next Meeting will be on the 21st November and the new Master Elect Roddy McLean decided that it should be an exemplification of the First Degree by 127.

PM Stewart Aitken St Thomas 201 replied for the visitors and shared a few good memories of departed brother Billy Rafferty.

The collections were £74.50 and £31.30 respectfully.

The Lodge was then closed for the sharing of some Harmony.

 

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The regular meeting of Lodge Thistle Stewarton 127 was held on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 

In The Masonic Temple, Springwell Place, Stewarton AT 7.30pm prompt. 

Tonight’s meeting was an exemplification of an E/A Degree by the brethren of 127 

 

The meeting was opened by RWM Ian Broadhurst at 7.30pm prompt. 

Ian welcomed all the visitors and invited any reigning masters to assist him in the East. 

We were honoured by the attendance of PGLA Reigning Grand Master, Robert Little accompanied by his colleague and a ‘weel kent  face in 127, Murray Hunter also from PGLA. 

RWM Ian Broadhurst offered up the mallet to PGLA, which was returned as tonight’s visit was one of a social nature. 

 

 

Apologies were received from the following brethren: 

Joe Janakowski Snr and Jnr 

Peter Dick 

Gary Dickson 

Jim Shields PM 

Ian Smith 

John Anderson PM 

Alistair Gillies 

Robert Rosbotham PM 

 

Obituaries: 

Gladly there were no known Obituaries. 

 

 

 Alan Whitehill PM (Acting Secretary), read the minutes of the previous regular meeting, which were approved by Ian Hamilton WJW, and seconded by WSW Roddy McLean. 

At this time PM Alan also read the minutes of the Committee meeting that was held on Tuesday 26th September. 

There was no further business to be discussed from the Committee minutes.  

 

 

Correspondence: 

PGLA: sent various notices of Forthcoming Installations which will be pinned to our internal notice board for the brethren’s information, including: 

133 Lodge St David Tarbolton, Mauchline are holding their Installation on Saturday 4th November at 4pm. 

Sunday 8th October is the annual Clay Pigeon Shoot on behalf of the PGLA. 

Letter of thanks from Royal Hospital for sick Children on our recent donation of £170 

Letter of thanks from Stewarton Community Council for our recent donation. 

Letter of thanks from Poppy Scotland for our recent donation.  

 

 

ALL ABOVE NOTICES WILL BE POSTED ON THE NOTICE BOARD FOR FULL DETAILS. 

 

 

Almoner Report: 

Brother Almoner John Gamble has bumped into many of our older brothers and spouses during his walking tours around the Town and has reported on the following: 

Brother Tom Patrick has recently had what was a suspected Heart Attack or Mini Stroke but was certainly feeling much better and full of life when John recently caught up with him. 

Brother Alistair Gillies was starting his course of Chemotherapy, which will be over a 12 week period and was remaining upbeat and positive. 

Our thoughts and best wishes were sent to both Brethren for a speedy recovery. 

 

 

 

Reports: 

Jim Thomson S/S reported on visiting the following lodges: 

20th September, Erskine 1566with Alex Robertson, John Gamble Stuart Thompson (Dunlop 1408) 

This was a charity night in aid of Erskine Hospital and was in the form of 2 lectures. 

 

26th September, Mother Kilwinning 0MM Degree by Past Masters of No.0 and Jim was accompanied on that occasion by Alex Robertson and Bob Maxwell. 

27th September 1662 Dundonald F/C Degree by 433 and was with Alex R. 

 

Elijah Beattie reported on visiting lodge Prestwick 1266 where he took part in a MMM Degree carried out by 9 Past Masters. 

Also on the 2nd October he attended the installation out with the province at Lodge 1276 in Fife, which was the fastest installation Elijah had ever experienced in his many years in Masonry. 

 

0n all the above occasions fraternal greetings were exchanged. 

The brethren thanked all members who have been out and about spreading the good name of 127, in the usual fashion. 

 

Alan Whitehill PM, reported on the previous meeting, where he created another of his “legendary curries” to be shared after the meeting. 

The collection is being passed to the Royal Children’s Hospital, Unfortunately the meeting fell in the middle of the autumn break and many brethren were away on holiday. 

Despite this setback the collection was increased by PM Alan and will be passed to the Charity in due course. 

 

 

PM Alan reported on the recent Sportsman’s Supper held in the Lodge on 29th September. 

The night was a fantastic success, with around 75 tickets sold and a great night was had by all who attended. 

The upshot of all this effort was a sum of £2060 was raised on behalf of Lodge funds and has already been passed to the Brother Treasurer for safekeeping. 

Alan then thanked everyone who had contributed and helped in making the night a success, especially Ian Hamilton and Roddy Murray and a special thank you to our JD Angus MacDonald for the very hard work and effort he puts into this fundraising event. 

The Brethren in attendance paid wages in the normal fashion to the team who have raised this fantastic sum of money.  

 

 

The Degree this evening is an exemplification of the EA Degree carried out on our substitute candidate Alex Robertson and the degree team were in the form of Ian Broadhurst RWM, Archie Chalmers PM, James Blades PM and Ian Hamilton WJW.  

 

This was an excellent degree and RWM thanked the brethren who “filled in” the positions at the last moment due to absence. 

At the end of the degree the Provincial Grand Master Robert Little replied on behalf of the visitors and congratulated the degree team on their efforts tonight, especially WJW Ian Hamilton on his first ever rendition of the Apron Charge. 

Robert also made a special mention to Jim Thomson and Alex Robertson on the many, many lodge visits they make throughout the year, keeping the good name of 127 to the fore. 

 

AOB 

The Treasurer reminded the Brethren that annual dues are required to be paid prior to the next meeting on the 17th October. 

971 Darvel will be attending 127 to carry out a F/C Degree on the 17th October and a good attendance was requested to welcome our guests on that evening. 

The collections were £74.21 and £25.31 respectfully. 

An hour or so was spent in Harmony after the degree. 

 

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The regular meeting of Lodge Thistle Stewarton 127 was held on Tuesday 5th September 2017

In The Masonic Temple, Springwell Place, Stewarton AT 7.30pm prompt.

This is our first meeting after the Summer recess and co-insides with the PGLA Annual visitation

The meeting was opened by RWM Ian Broadhurst at 7.30pm prompt.

Ian welcomed all the visitors and invited any reigning masters to assist him in the East.

PM Jim Blades retired to take care of his special duties and returned into the Lodge with a very large and distinguished deputation from PGLA, headed on this occasion by the Substitute Provincial Grand Master, Bobby Stewart.

RWM Ian Broadhurst welcomed the deputation and asked them to join him in the East, where the Mallet was offered to SPGM Bobby, who returned it to Ian to carry out the work of the evening.  

Apologies were received from the following brethren:

Joe Janakowski Snr and Jnr

Ross Gollogher

Maxwell Galt

Peter Dick

Gary Dickson

Obituaries:

Although not a member of 127, PM Jim Blades informed the Lodge that he had lost his Bother in Law, Brother James (Birdie) McCluckie only 2 days ago.

A minute’s silence was held in memory of Brother James.

Alan Whitehill PM (Acting Secretary), read the minutes of the previous regular meeting, which was approved by Ian Hamilton WJW, and seconded by WSW Roddy McLean.

At this time, PM Alan also read the minutes of the Committee meetings that were held during the recess, where the purchase of a new Alarm system was discussed and estimated at £350 plus £95 for annual maintenance was considered and approved by the assembled brethren.

Correspondence:

Grand Lodge of Scotland: Supplied 15 books of Charity Draw Tickets…to be drawn on the 14th December 2017……the books are to be sold and the £150 sent back to Grand Lodge asap. (RWM will pass this onto WSW and the forthcoming Committee meeting)

PGLA: sent various notices of Forthcoming Installations which will be pinned to our internal notice board for the brethren’s information.

The “return” of the Office Bearers for PGLA were supplied and requested to be returned asap.

A written request from Thistle Royal Arch for the hire of our hall on 17th March 2018 in Aid of a Fundraiser (Race Night).

A letter from 109 St Marnock informing us of a special meeting being held at London Rd. on the 25th November 2017 at 11.30am to celebrate their 250th Anniversary…..tickets are “25 each.

A letter from 133 St James Tarbolton, Mauchline informing us of a forthcoming meeting of the Area 5, Reigning Masters degree on Wednesday 13th September to include Lodges 1011, 497, 334, 230, 201, and 131 taking part.

1060 Prestwick MMM Degree on the 28th September with our very own Elijah Beattie PM, performing on that occasion. 7.30pm prompt.

Thistle 62 at 2pm on the 16th September at George Street Dumfries on the occasion of their annual installation for a 2pm start.

Poppy Scotland have requested that we offer our support this year as last for any donation we see fit.

ALL ABOVE NOTICES WILL BE POSTED ON THE NOTICE BOARD FOR FULL DETAILS.

Almoner Report:

Brother Almoner John Gamble has bumped into many of our older brothers and spouses during his walking tours around the Town during the recess.

Archie Smith is now staying in Hamilton Gardens and is suffering from the onset of Dementia and although having fairly lucid conversations with John, when they met the following day Archie had to ask John who he was again?

On a more positive note Mrs Anne Baird is now very much “out and about” again and has re-joined her walking and rambling group and John has passed on the Lodges best wishes.

Reports:

Jim Thomson S/S reported on visiting a total of 41 lodges throughout and within the province during the recess including the following:

19th April              497 Catrine                         MM Degree                                        with Alex Robertson

25th April              133 Mauchline                  MMM Degree by 135                      with Alex and Bob Maxwell

26th April              399 Kilbirnie                       FC Degree by 331                              with Alex Robertson

28th April              126                                        Quarterly Communication            with Alex Robertson

                                                                                                                                                And Archie Chalmers (prov)

2nd May                505                                         MM Degree by 86                            with Alex Robertson

16th May              290                                         EA Degree                                           with Alex Robertson

18th May              149                                         MM Degree                                        with Alex Robertson

19th May              320                                         FC Degree by 173                              with Alex Robertson

22nd May              125                                         MM Degree by 86                            with Alex Robertson

23rd May              No.0                                      EA Degree                                           with Alex and Bob Maxwell

24th May              399                                         FC Degree                                           with Alex Robertson

10th June              774 Arran                            FC Degree by 1759                          

13th June              No.0                                      FC Degree                                           with Alex and Elijah and Bob

26th June              320                                         MM Degree                                        with Alex and

Archie Chalmers (Prov duty)

27th June              No. 0                                      MM Degree                                        Alex, Elijah and Bob M

28TH June             169                                         Quarterly Comm                              Alex and Archie Chalmers

Elijah, Roddy Mclean plus Ian Broadhurst  RWM.

25TH July               No.0                                      FC Degree                                           Alex, Elijah, Bob Maxwell

29th July                971                                         MM Degree by 1200 Fort William

3rd August           442                                         MM Degree                                        Alex and Archie Chalmers

4th August           331                                         FC Degree                                           Alex Robertson

8th August           No.0                                      MM Degree                                        Alex, Elijah and Bob M.

 

This is a fantastic achievement for both Jim and his deputy Alex and is keeping 127 at the forefront of visiting sister Lodges in Ayrshire.

WSW Ian Hamilton reported on visiting lodge 169 to witness a Double EA Degree on 13th June with Jim Shields PM

0n all the above occasions fraternal greetings were exchanged.

The brethren thanked all members who have been out and about spreading the good name of 127, in the usual fashion.The Degree this evening is an exemplification of the FC Degree carried out on our substitute candidate Alex Robertson and the degree team were in the form of Ian Broadhurst RWM, Roddie McLean PM, Jim Shields PM, Elijah Beattie PM and Angus MacDonald JD.

 

This was an excellent rendition of the FC Degree and wages were paid in the normal fashion.

At this time the Provincial team replaced the RWM and his 2 Wardens to carry out their Special duties for the evening.

Substitute PGM Bobby Stewart has examined the books over the past 10days had much pleasure in declaring a clear minute emphasising the excellent way that both the Treasurer and Secretary had presented the books.

Wullie Connell then gave a short lecture on the donations of 127 and was happy to see they were being kept (in the main ) locally, which the PGLA approve of.

Liam Stewart commented on the Degree work of 127 during to-night’s meeting and was extremely complimentary to all of the Degree team, with a special mention to our RWM and PM Elijah.

Their duties being completed for the evening the PGLA retired for refreshments.

Collections were £125.30 and £59.68 respectively

The Raffle raised £73

The next regular meeting will be on the 19th September and will be a lecture and Curry night as a good number of the brethren will be on Autumn breaks.

A reminder that the Sportsmans Supper Tickets are on sale currently for the 29th September and all brethren are to make a special effort to support this very important fund generating annual event.

 

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John Anderson has resigned his post as barman/hall keeper. We have taken on 2 barpersons and a cleaner which will hopefully work in our favour.

His other duties have been divided up between other brethern.

The name tiles for funding the ‘250th celebrations’ have been purchased and everyone will now have to set about selling them.

 

On Saturday 20th May we held a ‘nite at the races’ which was well attended

The buffet was provided by some of the brethren and was well received.

It was an excellent night and raised around £740.

Thanks to all who attended and those who provided sandwiches and raffle prizes

Some prizes are still to be collected;

R Bailley, C Brown, D.Crews, W Robb, E Robertson, C. Parker.

Contact Ian Hamilton to collect 07761402188

Winning horses;

Race 1   no8   EAST TO WEST

Race 2   no2   SEXY

Race 3   no1   RED OR BLUE

Race 4   no2   DANK

Race 5    no5   CLINICAL

Race 6    no1   RIGHT START

Race 7     no4    CHEVIOT

Race 8     no2    PERCUSSION       this was an auction race and was won by

                                                          S. MacDonald who received £82 for winning

 

 

 

 

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