The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland
William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason
This Saturday sees the first face-to-face meeting with the Provincial Grand Masters since 2019. We will be meeting in Perth which is reasonably central for everyone. From the returns so far, it looks like we will almost have a full house which is great news. The PGM’s meetings and the DGM’s meetings provide a great platform to air issues, discuss problems, swap good ideas and just to socialise. Grand Secretary and I are both looking forward to a very productive meeting when, among other items, we will receive a Province-by-Province update on all that has been happening, is happening and is planned to happen.
I had a very productive meeting with Brother Will Rowan from Ayrshire on the subject of Young Masons Groups and the possibility of forming a network of such groups. There is much potential to be gained from such an activity world-wide. This will be a major topic for the zoom meeting of young masons which we hope to have before the end of the month.
- The Group saw its membership rise to 6907 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 1368, submitted by 403 of its members.
- These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 406 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 Glasgow and Linlithgowshire.
- The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £2,730,708.
SCFS Overseas Report .
- The Overseas membership has continued to increase and is now standing at 1854. Special mention for support this week is given to Lodge Ivanhoe, No. 879(Western Australia), Lodge Bi-Centennial, No. 1812(Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada), and Lodge Wellington, No. 1385, one of our two lodges in Belgium.
- In addition, new members were approved from Lodges in amity with the GLoS such as from the GL of Texas, GL of Ireland, and the GL of We now have 1632 members from other Masonic constitutions who spread news worldwide of the excellent support featured in posts on SCFS.
- We were also delighted to publish a post from Brother Jim Kerr, DGM, of the District Grand Lodge of Central South Africa, who shared news about the District’s further support of CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa) at a recent Breast Cancer Awareness bowls day.
The Glasgow Phoenix Choir Christmas Concert will be held in Freemasons’ Hall, Edinburgh on Sunday 11th December at 2.30 pm for 3.00 pm. Tickets can be reserved through Grand Lodge Reception – only £10 per ticket. This year, in commemoration of the ascension of King Charles III, the choir will perform “Zadok the Priest” as part of the concert.
What a tremendous day the Grand Lodge Deputation who accompanied me to Lauder had. The welcome, the hospitality and the generosity were greatly appreciated by all. Situated in a beautiful part of the country Lodge St Luke No 132, has been promoting Freemasonry for over 250 years and I was greatly heartened by their enthusiasm and commitment to take the Lodge forward for the next 250 years. Thank you St Luke.
Grand Master Mason