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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

This week I am writing to you from a wet and windy St John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador with the promise of hurricanes at the weekend.

Grand Secretary and I arrived here at 01.00 on Thursday morning. We are delighted to be accompanied by Brother Alex Craib, Junior Grand Standard Bearer and Brother Dr Douglas Nicol, PGM of Aberdeenshire East.

Our day started with a visit to Government House where we were given a most interesting tour before meeting with the Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judy May Foote. What a charming lady who was well acquainted with Freemasonry. From there we headed to Lodge Conception No 1679 where we joined the Brethren for lunch. While at lunch, all our phones erupted into life saying that Conception Bay area was going into immediate lockdown due to a gunman on the loose and we were not to leave the building. Lunch was thereafter extended until shortly after 14.30 when the police sent out a message to the effect that a 31-year-old male had been arrested and that the lockdown was over.

Next stop was to visit the District Grand Tyler, Brother Bill Smith, who was in the process of moving into his new home in the Masonic Park site. The homes have two bedrooms, an open plan living room / kitchen area and a large storage space that incorporates a washing machine and fittings etc. We then headed to another part of the Park where we met Past DGM Robert Smith and his wife Sylvia. Brother Smith will be my acting Grand Senior Warden at the Installation Ceremony.

Also on the Masonic Park site is Freemasons’ Hall. A magnificent building with excellent facilities. 

We then had time to head back to the hotel to freshen up before returning to the Freemasons’ Hall where we had the pleasure to meet with many of the Brethren and their wives. It was a splendid night with good entertainment and outstanding hospitality.

Today, Friday, Grand Secretary and I had a working breakfast with senior members of the District before visiting Lodge MacKay, No 1129, Lodge Harbour Grace No 476, Lodge Carbonear No 1043, and Lodge Hearts Content No 1275. Tonight, we will have a private dinner with the DGM, Brother Gary Warren Dinham

Tomorrow is the Installation and Banquet which I will report on next week. That said, the weather forecast for the weekend is that we will be hit by Hurricane Fiona!

SCFS

 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 6832 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1331, submitted by 396 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 402 Lodges, from within 57 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provincial Grand Lodges of Glasgow and Stirlingshire.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,593,344.

 SCFS Overseas Report  

Over the past few weeks, the membership of brethren from Lodges located outside Scotland has continued to grow and now stands at 1832

  • Approaching our 1600th ICM (International Constitution Members - brethren belonging to Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS and who are important in spreading news worldwide of the wonderful support given to others by our brethren), we have now recorded 1594  This week, that group was boosted by new members joining from Masonic constitutions such as: GL of Mississippi, UGLE, and GL of Japan
  • In addition, a significant number of brethren joined from the Grand Lodge of Ukraine, with particular reference having to be made to Lodge Golden Acacia, No. 4

**We would encourage our Overseas Lodges and Districts to continue sharing news of their excellent support of others and look forward to publishing further posts from them. **

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

During the past week we have been watching the activities associated with the death of the Queen. Throughout all the activity in Scotland we were all so very proud of the role that Past Grand Master, Brother Dr Joseph John Morrow CBE KStJ KC DL FRSELord Lyon King of Arms played in the entire proceedings. He was incredibly busy behind the scenes as well as his public appearances of Reading the Proclamation, preceding the Royal Family during State Processions to mention but two of his duties. I am sure that you would wish to join with me in congratulating Brother Morrow for the tremendous job he has done throughout the period of mourning.

I was greatly privileged to be present at the Memorial Service in St Giles Church, Edinburgh representing all Scottish Freemasons at home and abroad. It was a truly memorable service which commenced with a fine selection of organ music played by Jordan English, Assistant Organist in St Giles followed by five choral pieces sung by the Choir of St Giles under the direction of the Master of Music, Michael Harris.

The service proper commenced with the well drilled coffin-bearers bringing Her Majesty’s into the Church followed by the Royal Party. The congregation sang “All people that on earth do dwell” after which the service was conducted by the Minister of St Giles, Rev Calum MacLeod. The lessons were read by Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, the Most Rev Leo Cushley and the Most Rev Mark Strange while the Eulogy was given by the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Dr Iain Greenshields. Another highlight during the service was the singing of a Gaelic setting of the 118th Psalm by Karen Matheson. It was a truly fitting service of thanksgiving for the life of Her Majesty the Queen.

On behalf of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, Grand Secretary has written a letter of condolence to the HM the King, and I have written to the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England, Brother HRH the Duke of Kent, a cousin of the Queen.

SCFS

 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 6822 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1329, submitted by 396 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 401 Lodges, from within 57 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provincial Grand Lodges of Aberdeenshire East, Perthshire East and Perthshire West.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded is £2,591,794. This equates to an average of £20,901 per week since the group was created.

 SCFS Overseas Report  

Our membership of brethren from Lodges located outside Scotland continues to grow. Reference this week must be made to Lodge Ivanhoe, No. 879, in the District of Western Australia, and to Lodge Ntshe, No. 1746, in the District of Botswana, for adding to our overall total. 

  • We now also have 1587ICMs (International Constitution Members) - brethren belonging to Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS. These brethren are important in spreading news worldwide of the wonderful support given to others by our brethren, and of the points of interest detailed in GMM’s Newsletter. This week that group was boosted by new Members joining from Masonic constitutions such as: GL of Victoria, United GL of QueenslandUGLE(Bermuda), GL of Ukraine, GL of the Philippines, GL of Illinois, and the GL of Bolivia
  • We look forward to welcoming our 1600th ICM in the near future. 

**We would encourage our Overseas Lodges and Districts to continue sharing news of their excellent support of others and look forward to publishing further posts from them.**

Next week, Grand Secretary and I will travel to St John’s in Newfoundland to carry out the long overdue installation of our District Grand Master, Brother Warren Dinham.

As you are all aware, we have been trying our level best to catch up on three years of Provincial and District Grand Lodge installations. I am delighted to report that we are almost there – all Provincial Grand Masters have been installed, Brother Dinham will be installed on 24th September, the new DGM of Gibraltar Brother Paul Villalta will be installed on 15th October and the DGM of the Far East, Brother Christopher Wong will be installed here in Edinburgh on Monday 21st November. That will bring us fully up to date until we start in February 2023 with the new PGM’s and DGM’s whose Commissions will take effect from 2ndFebruary.

Likewise, we are working hard to catch up on Lodge Celebrations. It is important that we mark all milestone events in our Lodges even although Covid has maybe put them back a year or two.

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

 

It is with deepest regret that we were informed yesterday of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. As you will all be aware by now, Grand Secretary issued notice last night that all Masonic activity has been cancelled during the official period of national mourning, which commenced on the 8th September and will continue until after the funeral service on Monday 19th September. Masonic activity will resume on Tuesday 20th September.

I am sure that those of you who attended the Memorial Service last Sunday – either in person or via the link – were very impressed by the solemnity and dignity of the entire service. The opening Proclamation by the Lord Lyon, present in all his finery, set the tone for the service. A powerful and meaningful sermon from Brother Rev Mark Johnstone, and a very apt and fitting Act of Remembrance by our own Senior Grand Chaplain, Brother Rev Dr Angus Kerr, made for a truly memorable service. I thought the singing was magnificent, enhanced greatly by the Cathedral Choir conducted by Andrew Forbes and the superb organ music from Professor Malcolm Sim. My sincere thanks to everyone who assisted in bringing it all together on the day. I have no doubt that those who lost loved ones would have been truly moved by the occasion and I hope and trust that the service has helped to bring a sense of hope and comfort to all.

The 4th International Scottish Masonic Conference

The Conference Committee have been working extremely hard and the programme for the Conference is now taking shape. Our Overseas Brethren and their wives are coming in large numbers and we look forward to welcoming them all. The numbers attending from the home Lodges and Provinces are not so large so, let me encourage our home Brethren to give serious consideration to being there. The Keynote speakers include Bro William Semple, Grand Secretary, Bro Douglas Gray, Grand Master of Ireland, and Brother Dr Joseph J Morrow. There will be at least another seven main speakers, discussion groups and social events, even a chat with three Grand Masters. On the Monday night, I will have the pleasure of Installing the District Grand Master of the Far East, Brother Christopher Wong. On Tuesday evening there will be a social event in Grand Hall and a quieter night on Wednesday evening before the Grand Lodge Installation and the Festival of St Andrew on the Thursday. On the Friday the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter Convocation will take place in Grand Hall. This will be a tremendous opportunity to meet old friends and make new friends – I look forward to seeing you there.

SCFS

 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 6800 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1327, submitted by 396 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 401 Lodges, from within 57 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,591,794.

 SCFS Overseas Report  

Our membership of brethren from Lodges located outside Scotland continues to grow. Reference this week must be made to Lodge St. Michael, No. 1634, in the District of the BahamasLodge Classic, No. 1678, and Lodge Remo, No. 1682, both in the District of Nigeria, for adding to this total. 

  • There are now 1830 brethren in the SCFS group from our Lodges overseas.
  • In addition, we also have 1571 ICMs (International Constitution Members) - brethren belonging to Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS. These brethren are important in spreading news worldwide …both of the wonderful support given to others by our brethren and of the points of interest detailed in GMM’s Newsletter. This week that group was boosted by new Members joining from Masonic constitutions such as the Grand Lodge of Irelandand the Grand Lodge of Alberta.
  • Reacting to requests from an increasing number of these ICMs who wish to be kept informed about the SCFS group and also what is happening in Lodges etc. under the Scottish Constitution, a distribution list of the weekly update Newsletter from GMM has now been established.

**We would encourage our Overseas Lodges and Districts to continue sharing news of their excellent support of others and look forward to publishing further posts from them.**

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of chairing a meeting of our District Grand Masters by Zoom. Twenty-one of the twenty-six Districts were present, and one of our two Superintendencies was part of the company. I was very impressed by the positive, upbeat messages coming from all present. We heard of growing numbers of initiates, focussed agendas to help struggling Lodges, innovative and creative projects from new newsletters to tree planting. Health and wellness initiatives taking place in many places and charitable functions of all descriptions. I am indebted to the Brethren whose enthusiasm, commitment and dedication shone through the entire meeting. 

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

Only two weeks to go till the zip slide and I still need to lose three pounds to make the weight limit – working hard on it. We have a full complement taking part – Brother Joe Morrow in his capacity as Chair of the Benevolence and Care Committee will be first to go and I will bring up the rear. If you haven’t already done so, feel free to sponsor any of those taking part – at the end of the day the monies are all going to the same pot. To all those who have sponsored – sincere thanks.

Arrangements are now finalised for the Memorial Service this Sunday at 2pm – for those who cannot attend in person here is a link to watch the service live:  

https://www.grandlodgescotland.com/2022/09/02/29569/

As some Provinces haven’t taken up their allocation, there will be additional spaces available in the Cathedral for Brethren and their spouses. Please contact Assistant Grand Secretary if you would like to attend and he will allocate seats for you. This is an important service giving us all the opportunity to remember all those who have been called to higher service.

 

SCFS

 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 6797 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1325, submitted by 396 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 401 Lodges, from within 57 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,591,294.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

  • It was a pleasure to publish a post in which Brother Craig JessopDDGM, District of Eastern Province of the Cape of Good Hope, shared news of the support of Lodge Kirkwood Kilwinning, No. 1393, to the Buffelsfontein Old Age Home in Port Elizabeth. The lodge held a Black and White Dinner Dance party, leading to finance being raised for repairs to the home’s water-damaged dining room floor. In addition, donations of food parcels and medical supplies were also delivered to the Home.

Our membership of brethren from Lodges located outside Scotland continues to grow. Reference this week must be made to Lodge Northcliffe, No. 1086, in the district of Newfoundland and Labrador, for adding to this total. 

  • There are now 1827 members in the SCFS group from our Lodges overseas.
  • In addition, we now have 1569 ICMs (International Constitution Members) – brethren belonging to Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS. These brethren are important in spreading news worldwide of the wonderful support given to others by our brethren. This week that group was boosted by new Members joining from other Masonic constitutions such as: GL of SlovakiaUGLE, GL of AlabamaUnited Grand Lodge of Germany(the GL of British Freemasons in Germany) and the GL ofthe Czech Republic.
  • It was an additional pleasure to welcome Brother Eric Walker, Grand Chancellor of the Grand Lodge of the Czech Republicinto the group.

**We would encourage our Overseas Lodges and Districts to continue sharing news of their excellent support of others and look forward to publishing further posts from them.**

I have been reminded by Brother Anthony Bostwick, our DGM in Bahamas that it was three years ago, on 1st September 2019 that the Bahamas suffered badly as a result of Hurricane Dorian. Let us, this weekend remember those Brethren, their families and loved ones who perished in the Category 5 Hurricane when the wind speed was recorded at a record 185 mph. I had the privilege of visiting Grand Bahama earlier this year. I saw the devastation caused by the hurricane and met with Brethren who lost all they possessed. It certainly brought into focus for me the heartbreak caused as a result of the hurricane.

This Saturday I will have the pleasure of chairing a meeting of our District Grand Masters by Zoom. This is an important event in the calendar when Grand Secretary and I will receive verbal updates from all our Districts and discuss a variety of topics. If ever there was a silver lining coming out of covid, it was Zoom. I am very conscious that through that medium we can now afford our DGM’s the same opportunity that our PGM’s have had to meet together, discuss issues of common interest and put forward proposals to enhance the way we do things, as well as simply enjoying each-other’s company. The following Saturday it will be the turn of the PGM’s to have their first face-to-face meeting in Perth since the Covid lockdowns.

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

 

My sincere thanks to the Brethren in the Province of Midlothian and in the Province of the Scottish Borders for their welcome, hospitality and kindness last weekend. How good it was to be present at two “full-house” events. One thing that was evident both in Dalkeith and in Kelso was the obvious enjoyment everyone was having in just being together and appreciating each-other’s company.

Tickets for the Conference in November are going well with the bulk of them going to our overseas Brethren. I am very much looking forward to welcoming all Brethren to Edinburgh and would take this opportunity to remind Proxy DGM’s and Proxy Masters to be in touch with your respective Districts and Lodges now and ensure that you are able to meet up with them at some point during the conference or Installation. For Brethren at home who haven’t yet decided whether or not to attend, please get your application in soon – remember the conference is limited to 300.

The Grand Lodge Installation (Thursday 24th November) will be different this year. The Installation and Festival of St Andrew are both being held in the Edinburgh Conference Centre due to the increased numbers expected as a result of the Conference. Again, don’t delay in applying for your tickets – I look forward to meeting up with you all in the new venue.

SCFS

 

The Group saw its membership rise to 6788 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.

This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1324, submitted by 396 of its members.

These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 399 Lodges, from within 57 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge

During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provincial Grand Lodges of Dunbartonshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Kilwinning, Linlithgowshire and Ross & Cromarty.

The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,590,694.

 

SCFS Overseas Report  

  • It was extremely heartening to publish a post in which Brother Pédro Turnquest, JW, Lodge San Andreas, No. 1835, in the district of the Bahamas, shared the involvement of the Lodge (in conjunction with the Royal Bahamas Police Force) in organising and holding a “Back to School Family Fun and Giveaway Day” in preparation for the pupils returning to school after their holiday break. Food, entertainment and educational resources were all provided by the Brethren. 

Our membership of Brethren from Lodges outside Scotland continues to grow and this week we welcomed brethren from Lodges in the District of North Island New Zealand and the District of Western Australia Goldfields with new members joining from Lodge St. Andrew, No. 418, Lodge Ponsonby, No. 708, Lodge Sir William Wallace, No. 868, and Lodge Montrose, No. 722.

  • There are now 1826 members in the SCFS group from our Lodges overseas.
  • In addition, we now have 1563 ICMs (International Constitution Members) - Brethren belonging to Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS. They spread news worldwide of the wonderful support given to others by our Brethren. This week that group was boosted by new members joining from other Masonic constitutions such as: GL of VictoriaUGLE(England, Nigeria), GL of New Zealand, GL of Texas, and the GL of Japan

**We would encourage our Overseas Lodges and Districts to continue sharing news of their excellent support of others and look forward to publishing further posts from them.**

 

We are less than a week away from September, the month when many of our Lodges at home and abroad traditionally resume activities. I wish you all a very happy, productive and fulfilling year ahead.

Can I ask that Provincial Secretaries respond this coming week with names of those who will be attending the Memorial Service in Glasgow Cathedral – negative returns should also be reported timeously in order that others can be offered the places. There is much work being done behind the scenes with an event such as this – the co-operation of all Provinces would be greatly appreciated. I sincerely hope that all Provinces will be represented.

A wee reminder to all District and Provincial Grand Masters – Saturday 3rd September at 14.00 hours (UK time) for the Zoom meeting with the DGM’s and Saturday 10th September at 11.00 hours for the PGM’s meeting in Perth. It would be good to have all Districts and Provinces in attendance.

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

As we head toward the start of the new “Masonic Season” can I remind everyone that the dispensations granted during the Covid lockdown and restriction period will all end on 1st September. I gave due notice at the June Communication that the dispensations that have been in place since the start of the lockdown in respect of laws 122, (a Lodge being deemed inactive) and 168 (time between Enquiry Committee and application being read in Lodge) will cease to have effect from the 1st of September 2022. Likewise, the timescales for disciplinary matters will revert to those times listed in Appendix 7.

Sincere thanks to Substitute Grand Master, Brother Jim Peddie and his Deputation for carrying out what I believe was an excellent rededication ceremony at Lodge Galen. My congratulations to the Lodge with every best wish for the future.

 

SCFS

 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 6776 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1312, submitted by 393 of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 397 Lodges, from within 57 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provincial Grand Lodges of Ayrshire, Forfarshire, Kilwinning, Perthshire East & Stirlingshire.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,563,430.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

  • It was extremely heartening to publish the first post from the District Grand Lodge of North Island New Zealand, in which Brother Tony Ford, District Grand Master, shared news of a very generous donation, on behalf of the District, to the “Make it a Million” target in support of Prostate Scotland. 
  • Brother Jim Kerr, District Grand Master of Central South Africa, provided information related to a donation of over £10,000, on behalf of the District Grand Lodges of Central South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, and the Western Province of the Cape of Good Hope, also to the “Make it a Million” target. 
  • A post was published highlighting the financial support of Lodge Northcliffe, No. 1086, in the District of Newfoundland and Labrador, for the Salvation Army which provided daily meals to the firefighters and members of the Search and Rescue teams who were involved in battling 3 major forest fires, just 15 miles from the Lodge premises.

The membership of Brethren from our overseas Lodges continues to grow and this week we welcomed new members from the Districts of Guyana, Middle East (Malaysia), Newfoundland and Labrador, and Western Australia Goldfields

  • There was also a tremendous response from the brethren from Lodges in the District of North Island New Zealand… the District which had the most new members coming from it. Lodge St. Andrew, No. 418, and Lodge Ponsonby, No. 708, equally had the most members joining from an individual Lodge. There are now 1821 members in the SCFS group from our Lodges overseas.
  • Membership of brethren belonging to Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, (ICM - International Constitution Member) and who spread news worldwide of the wonderful support given to others by our Brethren, was boosted by new Members joining from 7widely spread Masonic constitutions: the GL of Bolivia, GL of the PhilippinesUGLE(Bombay), GL of Greece, GL of Illinois, GL of California
  • In addition, a further 12 brethren joined from Lodges governed by the Grand Lodge of New Zealand. Congratulations is extended to one of those brethren, Brother Richard De Vera, Master, Lodge Waitakerei, No. 170, who is our 1500thInternational Constitution Member. 

 

Can I give a wee reminder to get the names of those attending the Memorial Service in Glasgow Cathedral to our Assistant Grand Secretary as soon as possible. The Order of Service is now complete, and it promises to be a very moving, poignant, and memorable service.

Details of how to link into the service will be distributed by Grand Secretary.

It looks to me that the Zip Slide may well provide a bonus and take us over the £1 million mark and, as I mentioned last week - please support all those who are taking part which now includes myself. Looking forward to it – the “Just Giving” pages are all up and running so please support whoever you can! During the past week alone, I received a number of cheques and pledges. John Muir - £600 from sale of tokens, Lodge Burns Dundonald £750, Lodge Mother Kilwinning £2000 from three rounds of golf in one day and last night, learned that there will be a cheque coming from the Province of Ross and Cromarty for £11,000. Plus, there are heaps of other activities ongoing – please get details onto the “Make it a Million Facebook page.  Once again, my sincere thanks to all at home and abroad who have shown their support in so many ways.

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason

 
 
 

 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren,

Compared to the last eight or nine months, the past week has been quiet in terms of Masonic activity. On Tuesday, I attended a meeting of Lodge Allan Wilson No 851 – over fifty Brethren in attendance with forty-seven remaining for lunch – very encouraging.

Yesterday I attended a meeting of the Overseas Committee. There was a lengthy agenda which was handled well by the Chair, Brother Jim Jack. A full report from the Committee will go to Grand Committee on 8th September.

Next week will be a bit busier – I look forward to attending a meeting of Lodge Mother Kilwinning on Tuesday, receiving the Grand Master of Finland on Wednesday morning in Grand Lodge, attending the Quarterly meeting of the Province of Ross and Cromarty on Wednesday night, attending the Administration Committee in Grand Lodge on Thursday, the Provincial Grand Lodge of Midlothian on Friday and travelling down to Kelso on Saturday to join with the Scottish Borders Brethren for their 275th anniversary.

How good it is, after more than two years of inactivity to see such activity taking place. It is equally encouraging to receive reports from many of our Districts indicating that they too are coming back to life once again.

 

SCFS

 
  • The Group saw its membership rise to 6742 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
  • This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1304, submitted by 391of its members.
  • These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 397 Lodges, from within 56 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
  • During the week posts were submitted by group members representing the Provincial Grand Lodges of East Lothian, Fife & Kinross, Forfarshire, Glasgow, Lanarkshire Middle Ward, Midlothian and Perthshire West.
  • The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,544,350.
 

SCFS Overseas Report  

We are aware of the excellent support currently being undertaken by a number of our Overseas Lodges and Districts and look forward to publishing news of this in the near future. 

  • Encouragingly, we continue to welcome new members to the group from our Overseas Lodges. In this respect, special reference must be made to brethren from the following Lodges for their support this week: Lodge Caledonia, No. 796, (Eastern Province of the Cape of Good Hope), Lodge Menzies Doric, No. 890, (Western Australia), and Lodge Unity, No. 1611, Kenya (East Africa). 
  • We are delighted that more brethren from Lodges whose Grand Lodges are in amity with the GLoS, and who help spread news of the wonderful support given to others by our brethren, have joined the group. Amongst others, new members have been approved, and welcomed, from Masonic constitutions such as: GL of Canada in the Province of Ontario, United Grand Lodges of Germany, United GL of New South Wales and ACT, GL of the Philippines, GL of Western AustraliaUnited GL of Queensland, and the GL of Ireland.
  • An additional welcome was extended to Brother Dennis Liao, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of China.

  

The Memorial Service in Glasgow Cathedral is taking shape. While we are limited in numbers physically attending the service, the entire service will be live streamed so that Brethren, relatives and friends throughout the world can participate. All Lodges will receive a complimentary copy of the Order of Service to keep in their archives.

Details of how to link into the service will be distributed by Grand Secretary.

Grand Almoner tells me that the names of participants in the Zip Slide are now coming in. Please support all those who are taking part. We have now reached £950,000 – a fantastic effort. By supporting the Zip Slide we will close the gap and home in on the £1 million target. My sincere thanks to all at home and abroad who have taken us to this milestone.

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason