Jim's Blog

Hi Brethren,

An update on our activities in September.

Our visitors for Saturday called off at very short notice, but I have had superb assistance from Lodge Caledonian St. John Royal Arch No.195 who have offered to step in and confer the Fellow Craft Degree on one of our candidates.    
195 and 147 were founded in the same year and we have always had a special relationship with them.   
Their excellence in Degree work is well known as is their contribution to Harmony.   
I would ask for your support on Saturday to express our appreciation to the Master and Brethren of 195.

On Saturday 30th September we have a Cabaret Night featuring Isabelle. 
This follows a successful Cabaret event in May.  
Hopefully if we can show enough support we will plan another for late October.   Tickets are £6 each.

Dates for your Diary:-
Friday 3rd
November 2017Annual Dinner Dance in Masonic Hall.
Annual Children's Christmas Party will be held on Sunday 10th December.

Installation 16th December 2017.
Burns Supper Friday 12th January 2018.

Help!    We are updating our electronic mail list.  
If you know of a member not on the above list please advise of e-mail address or if not sure his mobile number.

Yours fraternally
Stewart McLean
Right Worshipful Master


Jims Blog

Back to auld claes and purritch!   Now that Summer(?) is almost over, time to prepare for the rest of the Masonic year at Chryston.   New Syllabus is being prepared and plans are in place to carry out degree work that should see three new members being admitted.

During the Summer the Hall floor was sanded and sealed and some works carried out in Kitchen to improve ventilation.  Management Committee are looking at the condition of our chairs and costs of replacement are being investigated.   Members were delighted to receive a donation of £400 from three Members, which will cover almost 50% of purchase price.    Our plan is to replace existing chairs with a lighter weight, folding model and buy a trolley that will hold 30 and allow easy storage in Kitchen or Bar area when not required.  This will be a great boost to the setter upperers and pit doonerers who are well past the first flush of youth.  

During the Summer the Hall was used by local people for family occasions.   This was a boost to income generation during a traditionally quiet period.    The Hall is listed in Hallshire, a free access website that details what the hall can offer.   So far we have received three bookings via this method and others are in the pipeline.   The Hall is used weekly by a Dance Class on Mondays, Slimming Club on Tuesdays and a Baby Sensory Group on a Thursday.   Between now and the end of the year the Hall has four confirmed bookings for family occasions and two Lodge social events are planned.

If the Hall was larger we could have many other bookings.    This came home to me on a summer visit to Beamish, in Durham.   This living museum is set in 300 acres and consists of a Victorian farm, Pit Village, Drift Mine, various Victorian railway features and a Victorian Town – including a Masonic Lodge.    All buildings are real, dismantled and relocated brick by brick.   The Masonic Hall facade was originally a long established Temple in Sunderland, facing demolition.  The interior has also been faithfully recreated and the Lodge Room is set up for a meeting with appropriate regalia over Masters, Wardens, Deacons, Treasurers and Secretary’s stations.   Walls of Temple and ante-rooms are hung with portraits and old Masonic artefacts donated by local Lodges.   The guide on by visit was a lady who was very knowledgeable about the craft.   She told of the support offered to the project by UGLE and particularly local Provinces and Lodges and recounted the Lodge Opening Day that was attended by HRH The Duke of Kent and over two thousand Brethren.   Members lined the street in full regalia and I have a photograph of the Grand Master Mason in full regalia arriving in open horse driven landau.  With that Lodge room and also the sizeable upstairs Harmony Room, 147 could go its dinger in fundraising!

During the Summer some members represented the Lodge in Provincial Grand Lodge Bowling and Golf Tournamemts with some success.  Bowlers can best be described as also rans, but congratulations to Archie Wylie who won the Smith Trophy (First Class) at the Golf outing.  (The Trophy was presented by the late Brother Ian Smith, PM of 147 and Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Dunbartonshire 1978 – 1983).    We hope to present the Trophy to Archie on Thursday 7th September, our next Regular Meeting.

Looking forward to meeting you soon