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Forthcoming Special Meeting 290th Anniversary and Festival of St John the Evangelist 27th December 2018

Thanks to Bro Iain White PM for the following article taken from Twelve Talk No 116

In another ‘Back to the Future’ initiative No XII will have a Special Meeting on 27th December to celebrate the 290th Anniversary of the Lodge and also the Festival of St John the Evangelist. The Lodge will be opened and then quickly go into harmony. There will be a 3-course dinner, provided by ICE Scotland and the usual Loyal and Masonic toasts will be observed. In addition, Bro Iain White PM will present a short paper entitled “No XII and the Festival of St John the Evangelist” and Bro. Alan D Beck PM will speak on the theme “Looking forward to the Tercentenary in 2028.” Freemasonry historically acknowledges St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist as its patron saints, reveres their memory, points to their exemplary lives in its ritualistic work, and dedicates its Lodges to them. The Feast of St. John, the Baptist, is celebrated on June 24th and the Feast of St. John, the Evangelist, on December 27th. St John the Evangelist has been particular associated with lodges in Scotland.

Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No XII had its first meeting on the day of St John the Evangelist, January 27th, 1728. This date was marked in No XII for This practice was observed in No XII for decades in the 19th and early 20th Centuries by a meeting and celebration on 27th December. This practice was also followed in the other local Lodges and visiting Deputations were exchanged. The celebration of the Feast was suspended when our country was plunged into the Great War. There was no celebration in 1914 because, with the onset of the Great War, it was felt by the brethren that this would not be appropriate. The evidence from the Minutes is as follows

At a Meeting of Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No 12 held in the Saloon of the Town Hall on Tuesday 15th Dec 1914 at 730pm

Bro RC Smith IPM in the Chair

The Lodge having opened in the EA Degree, the question of the propriety of holding a Meeting on St John’s Night was remitted to the Office Bearers

At a Meeting of the Executive held at the end of the foregoing Lodge Meeting on Tuesday 15th Dec 1914 at 730pm

Bro RC Smith IPM presided

St John’s Night not to be held this Year
The question of the propriety of holding a meeting on St John’s Night was before the meeting. After opinions had been expressed it was unanimously resolved to let this year pass without celebrating that time-honoured Festival in the usual manner.

The Festival remained suspended during the War Years but returned in 1920 as can be seen from the minute extract below.

Tuesday 14th December 1920

Bro John D MacFarlane, RW Master, in the Chair at a Meeting of the General Committee

Festival of St John the Evangelist

After an expression of opinion by members of the Committee, it was agreed that the Lodge should celebrate the Festival of St John the Evangelist on Monday 27th December… the meeting to be held in the Saloon and, that owing to the limited accommodation, it should be restricted to our qualified members and visiting brethren who were members of deputations.

It was stated that the Festival of St John the Evangelist was last celebrated by the Lodge in December 1913.

The Sub Committee appointed to carry out arrangements to consist of the RW Master, Secretary, Dir of Ceremonies, Dir of Music and Chief Steward.

It was resolved that an Offering on behalf of the Greenock War Memorial should be taken that evening.

From the opening paragraph, they were obviously expecting a crowd! The meeting duly took place and deputations were sent out to Lodge Greenock St John’s No 175, Cumberland Kilwinning No 217, Firth of Clyde Gourock No 626 and Crawfurdsburn Greenock No 1121. Deputations were received from these Lodges and also from Lodge Sir Michael No 989. The collection for the Greenock War memorial amounted to £8:9:6d augmented by a £20 donation from Lodge funds. (£28-9-6d donated on 25th January 1921 is equivalent to £1201.00 in 2018).

However, the next year saw the country struggling economically in the light of a world trade depression. It was decided not to hold the Festival (extract of Minutes below). From my researches thus far, it did not return - until this year, that is!!

Tuesday 13th December 1921

At a Meeting of the General Committee held at the close of the Lodge Meeting

Bro Duncan C Kerr RWM in the Chair

It was agreed that the Festival of St John should not be celebrated this year. The decision was

arrived at in view of the prevailing trade depression and its consequent unemployment

The Programme for the Festival of 1892 is in the Lodge Archives. We shall have a much smaller number of speeches. Bro Tony Buckley is working on the menu!!

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Honour for Bro. Alistair Glenny PM

Alistair and James Watt

Bro Alistair Glenny PM was honoured by the Grand Master Mason at The Annual Installation of Grand Lodge on Thursday 29th November 2017 when he bestowed Honorary Grand Rank of Grand Almoner upon him. In masonic parlance, this recognition of Alistair is “peculiarly appropriate and well deserved.” As well as serving as a conscientious, empathetic and efficient Almoner for No XII, Bro Alistair discharges the same role for the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West. Bro Alistair follows Bro KK Morrison PM in 2017, Bro John Adamson PM in the 1990s and Bro Archie Campbell PM in the 1970s in receiving Honorary Grand Rank.

Bro Alistair was Initiated into No XII on 19th September 1972, Passed on 3rd October 1972 and Raised on 7th November 1972. He served as Right Worshipful Master between 1983 and 1985.

The Prince’s Royal Arch Chapter No 189 Dinner Pollok Golf Club Friday 9th November

Thanks to Bro Iain White PM for the following article taken from Twelve Talk No 116IainWPollock

I had the great pleasure of being the guest speaker at the Annual Dinner of the Prince’s Royal Arch Chapter No 189. It was chaired by its First Principal, Ian Hislop, who is also a Past Master of the Glasgow Kilwinning Lodge No 4. It was a very pleasant evening, held in beautiful surroundings in the lounge of the Pollok Golf Club on Glasgow’s Southside. The food was splendid, and the company was most convivial. I was sitting between MEC Ian and Bro Jim Peddie RWPGM of Glasgow, so the craic was good. Also, at the top table was MEC James Orr, Depute Grand Superintendent for the Provincial Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Glasgow and MEC Raymond Innes, Depute First Principal of The Prince’s Royal Arch Chapter.

I knew many who were present, either because they were members of Lodge The Prince’s No 607 with me or of its Sister Lodges. The photo on the left shows the author with MEC Ian Hislop who is paying the wages of appreciation.

Our Previous Meeting Tuesday 20th November Annual Installation

Thanks to Bro Iain White PM for the following article taken from Twelve Talk No 116.
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Instituted on 27th December 1728, Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No XII is the oldest and longest surviving organisation in Inverclyde. Recently, No XII held its 291st Installation Ceremony. Bro. Robert (Bob) Crossan was installed into the Chair as Right Worshipful Master in front of a large number of brethren from within and out with the province of Renfrewshire West in a packed Town Hall Saloon. The RWM of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68 led the deputation of visiting brethren, as always. In this case the man at the head was Bro Alexander Bloomfield Wilson. The Installing masters were Bro Iain White PM PPSGW, Bro Kenneth C. MacDougall PM and Bro Alan D. Beck PM PGS, all Past Masters of No XII. Originally from Lanarkshire, Bro Bob studied at Bell College of Technology and Glasgow College of Building and Printing where he qualified as a full Member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (MCIAT). Since retiring from an international firm of architects, where he held the position of IT Systems Manager and Associate Director, he has designed and created the current Lodge website, which he continues to update, along with its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Bro Bob moved to the area after meeting his wife, Fiona, who is a native of Greenock. Together they have a daughter, Joanna, who is currently studying Musical Theatre. At the Harmony in the main Town Hall a large number of brethren enjoyed supper and the usual Loyal and Masonic Toasts were observed. Bro Bob Crossan RWM toasted Her Majesty the Queen. His Toasts to The Grand Lodge of Scotland and The Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West were replied to by Bro Robin McIntyre, Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master. Past Master Bro Captain Allan I. MacFeate, himself a former Master Mariner in the Merchant Navy, delivered a heartfelt toast to Her Majesty’s Forces. The Right Worshipful Master, Bro Crossan toasted the Installing Masters and the Immediate Past Master. The replies to these came from Principal Installing Master Bro. Iain White PM PPSGW and Bro Allan T. Glen IPM, respectively.

Bro Brian McFadyen WSW toasted the Visiting Brethren and, as is traditional in No XII, the reply was given by Bro Alexander Bloomfield Wilson RWM of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68. The artistes were toasted by Bro Robert J Bain PM PG Arch WJW. As is the custom in No XII, Inverclyde Council was represented at the Installation Dinner and Harmony. On this occasion, Depute Provost Bro David Wilson, a member of Lodge Sir Michael 989 and Honorary Member of No XII, represented the Provost. Depute Provost Bro Wilson addressed the assembled brethren and spoke of the long and close connection between No XII and the town of Greenock and the Lodge’s historic right to meet in the Saloon of the Town Hall. He highlighted that this room was specifically created for No XII with its design having a clearly identifiable masonic theme. The association between the town and No XII dates back to April 1765, when an agreement was made with the magistrates and council of the Burgh of Greenock that by contributing financial assistance to the project (equivalent to over £2 million today) the Lodge would hold a share in the property, and would thereafter secure the right in perpetuity to conduct its meetings and business in the new Town House and its replacement, the current Town Hall. The first meeting in the new venue was on 10th September 1766, and but for a short space between 1858 and 1865 while the current Town Hall was being built, all meetings were, and still are, held in the Municipal Buildings. Bro Wilson concluded as he extended his good wishes to the new RWM and Lodge for the forthcoming session and expressed thanks for all its charitable works and support for the community. Bro Bob Crossan RWM spoke of his pleasure at taking the chair and of the plans that he had for the Lodge in the year ahead. A major charity drive is again under way.

Musical contributions from Joanna Crossan and Reuben Beck, accompanied by Polly Beck on piano were much enjoyed by the company and gave a real family feel to the evening, Joanna being the daughter of the new Right Worshipful Master and Reuben and Polly being the son and the wife of Bro Alan D. Beck PM. The extremely happy evening finished with the singing of Auld Lang Syne and three hearty cheers!

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Office Bearers 2018

Back Row: Bros. Paul Stevenson Depute Master James McGregor Jnr. Sword Bearer Alexander Gray Bible
Bearer A. Campbell Snoddy Senior Deacon Allan I. Jess Chaplain KK Morrison PM PGJ Fraser Cameron 1st
Assistant Steward Alexander R. Johnston Inner Guard Edward Molloy 3rd Assistant Steward Allan I. MacFeate
PM Director of Ceremonies David Stevenson Treasurer Anthony Buckley President of Stewards

Front Row: Bros. Robert J. Bain PM PG Arch Worshipful Junior Warden Alistair Glenny PGA Almoner Robin
McIntyre Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Alan D Beck PM PGS Substitute Master Iain White PM
PPSGW Librarian J. Robert Crossan Right Worshipful Master Kenneth C. MacDougall Secretary David Wilson
Depute Provost HM XII Allan T. Glen IPM Brian McFadyen WSW

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Latest Documents added

Twelve Talk 116, Minutes of our meeting on 20th November 2018 and West Column Issue 142 have been added to the documents section of the website.
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You can find them under the documents  tab on the menu of our website.

You can find photographs, thanks to DM Bro Paul Stevenson, of our Installation on 20th November 2018
either pick here or use the menu under gallery

I have also added all the upcoming meetings in the Province for December in our Events Calendar.
The dates, times and business of meetings shown on our website are taken from West Column Issue 142 and could be subject to change.

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