Jim's Blog

Hi Brethren,

Our Regular Meeting this Saturday, 21st October, 6.30 pm.,  will be a MM Degree to be conferred on one of our candidates by Lodge Bonhill and Alexandria St. Andrew's Royal Arch No. 321.  
Your support to welcome our visitors would be appreciated. 

 Our next social function is our Annual Dance to be held in the Masonic Hall on Friday 3rd November 2017.    Tickets are on sale at £17.50.   I would be delighted to welcome you and your partner - and friends! - to what is always an enjoyable occasion.

 You may be interested to know your Lodge is looking forward and planning a celebration in 2027 to mark the 250th Anniversary of the Lodge being granted its Charter in 1778.  
Before that we will mark the 250th Anniversary of the founding of the Lodge in 2021.

Lodge Cadder Argyle is the oldest organisation/institution in the surrounding area and unlike any other long established groups it has existed purely on voluntary efforts from local men.   
Its record in supporting charitable works must be regarded as considerable and its influence on generations of men and families surely immense - as has its influence on the local community as a whole.   Only three years ago the Lodge was responsible for re-establishing the Chryston and Muirhead Gala Day, previously defunct for 28 years.     It is now one of the most successful events of its kind, attracts approx. 4-5,000 people and Lodge members are prominent on the organising committee.

 My chosen Charity this year is St. Andrew's Hospice in Airdrie.    

 Your support to all our efforts in the community is essential, please play your part.

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