Jim's Blog

Hi Brethren,

Hope you are enjoying the Recess and our Summer (?) weather.



Some dates for your Diary;



Tuesday           26th July              Enquiry Committee & Management Committee- 7.30 pm & 8.15 pm


Friday            5th August.              The Masters Cheese and Wine Evening for members, families and friends of 147 -7.30 pm


Friday              26th August           Lodge Speakers Night-7.30 pm  


Thursday         1st September             Regular Meeting (Business Meeting and Guest Speaker)- 7.30 pm


Saturday       17th September             Regular Meeting -MM Degree by The Athole Lodge No. 384- 6.30 pm


Thursday       6th October                Nomination and Election- 7.30 pm


Friday        7th October              Past Masters Dinner - Garfield Hotel - 7.00 pm  


Saturday         15th October                   Regular Meeting - EA Degree by 147 by RWM and Lodge Office Bearers- 6.30 pm


Thursday        3rd November                  Regular Meeting - AGM-7.30 pm


Saturday        19th November                 Regular Meeting-Installation -2.30pm prompt.



A date for our Annual dance has been provisionally set for Saturday 22nd October - more details to follow.



NOTE :  Weekly Instruction Class will re-commence on Tuesday 16th August


       A Syllabus for 22/23 is being compiled and will be available for the Installation.

The RWM wishes to thank all who helped the Lodge at the Chryston and Muirhead Gala Day on Saturday 18th June.  The Tombola Stall in the Park raised £542.25 and the tearoom in Hall £185.00- a total of £727.25 for the Masters Charity(s), Prostate Cancer Research and the Lodging House Mission, Glasgow.  Bar takings also benefitted.
Special thanks are due to Liz Harvey and Morag Cairns for running the Tearoom and to Margaret Stewart for setting up the Tombola.
The Master was delighted with the support shown by members who donated excellent prizes and helped out in the Park and in the Hall.

Please note our Stall at the Chryston and Muirhead Gala Day on the 18th June 2022.   Our tombola Stall usually nets around £600 and we would welcome donations of any unwanted gifts etc.  The Hall will be open on Friday 17th at 7.30 if you wish to hand in donations.  Income raised will be presented to Grand Lodge who are trying to top the £1m mark for the Prostate Cancer charity.
The Lodge will visit The Athole Lodge No. 384 on Thursday 26th May 2022 to confer a Mark Master Mason Degree.  The Master would welcome a good turnout for our last Lodge outing before the summer recess.

The 250th anniversary of the founding of the Lodge will be celebrated at an Anniversary Dinner on Saturday 28th May 2022 in The Masonic Hall at 5.00 pm
No regalia will be worn , dress code is lounge suit and tie.  The Depute Provincial Grand Master Brother John McQueen will be the principal Guest.  The programme will include Ronnie Wilson, a well known after dinner speaker and Lodge Harmony.
Tickets are £10.  To assist catering plan, I would be obliged if you would "book" tickets asap.

Please note, the Chryston Gala day is on the 18th June i the Muir Park.   Our Lodge restarted this event in 2017 after a gap of 28 years and we continue to support it.  We also run a tombola stall in aid of charity on the Park and usually raise ang £600.  We need donations for the stall.  Please donate unwanted gifts, bottles etc anything as long asit is is not unpacked, unopened etc.

On Tuesday 26th April the Lodge will visit Lodge Murdostoun Castle No. 1096 to confer a MMM Degree.  A good attendance of members would be appreciated.  Lodge 1096 address is Thistle Street, Cleland ML1 5UA.  We expect to be admitted at 8.00 pm. If transport is required please contact me asap.

On Saturday 16th April at 6.30 pm the Lodge will meet to confer a Fellow Craft Degree on a candidate. 
The Master Brother William H.  Cairns would welcome a good turnout of members.

The Lodge Burns Supper scheduled for Friday 25th February has been cancelled.

The RWM Brother W. H. Cairns extends an invitation to attend our next Regular Meeting on Thursday 3rd February when the Lodge Instruction Class will Initiate a new member into Freemasonry.

Chryston Royal Arch No 454 have extended a warm welcome for 147 members to join them on Friday 28th January to hear a Masonic Lecture by Brother Jim Holme, commencing at 8.00pm   Please confirm attendance so we can order cateringOur next meeting is Saturday 15th January at 6.30 pm. 

The RWM, Brother William Hugh Cairns would be delighted to welcome you .

Please note, anti - Covid precautions are in place and must be observed.

Our Burns Supper scheduled for Friday 14th January has been postponed due to the current Covid situation.
We anticipate a new date either late February or March 2022.
The Right Worshipful Master, Brother William Hugh Cairns, has asked me to extend his best wishes to you and your family for a Merry Christmas and a healthy, safe and Happy New Year. 

Secretary’s Report 2020/2021

My Secretary’s Report covers a year with no Masonic activity until 2nd September 2021. The Lodge adhered to instructions and guidance received from Grand Lodge of Scotland and only commenced meetings when allowed to do so. During the long period of Lockdown, the Lodge and Office Bearers were encouraged by weekly Updates issued by the Grand Master Mason and periodic instructions from the Provincial Grand Master, all of which were sent out to Members via our LCAnews bulletin service.  All activities in the Hall were suspended leading to a fall in income from Hall lets and bar receipts.  A Covid-19 Resilience Fund operated by North Lanarkshire Council realised a grant of £10k, which offset losses. (This may be subject to tax).

At our first meeting after the lay-off, the Master John J. Mackie thanked all members who helped to keep the hall and equipment maintained and ready for use. He made special mention of 3 -members and 23- relatives and lodge friends who died during the lockdown period and a respectful period of silence was observed.

We held 2 Regular Meetings from September 2021 until October 2021, recording a total attendance of 46. We were delighted to welcome the Provincial Grand Master Brother James Forrest as our sole visitor during the period. Numbers attending were probably influenced by precautions taken to combat the Pandemic   Average attendance of Office-Bearers was 12. A Lodge Management Committee Meeting was held and Lodge Instruction Classes resumed.   

No new candidates were admitted over the period. At present we have two applications for membership. (Five other applications are known to be in progress).

During 2020/2021 the Lodge negotiated with a Pre and After School Childcare Group to use the Hall premises on a 5-day per week basis. After some minor modifications the Hall was approved by the Childcare Inspectorate and in September 2021, Childzcare began operations, yielding the Lodge a considerable monthly income stream. The Hall is receiving regular requests for one-off hires.

Charitable contributions amounting to £500 were made during the year. This included a donation to uniformed Youth Group in Stepps, Muirhead, Chryston, Gartcosh and Moodiesburn to assist with the cost of Capitation Fees to their respective organisations.  

The Lodge uses electronic media to good effect.  Lodge Minutes are e-mailed to members. Our website registers many “hits” per month, 193,806 to date, (webmaster Ernie Martin PM) and our e-mail communication billet “LCAnews” was issued on 45 occasions to 66 members. The Lodge ran 8-successful on-line quiz nights attracting 7-families. The launch of a Lodge “Facebook” page is still being considered.

 The “Friends of 147” Prize Draw fundraising venture continued through the year.  Costing £5 per month, by Bank Standing Order, Draw income made a significant contribution to Lodge Funds.  

Plans to mark the 250th Anniversary of the Lodge founding had to be abandoned because of Covid-19. The Lodge is the oldest organisation in the surrounding area it had been intended to use this fact for publicity. As soon as is possible planning will continue with considerable emphasis on building towards the 250th Anniversary Celebration of our Charter being granted.

In Secretary’s Report 2021/2022, I hope to be able to inform of a Lodge back to full operations, with increased applications and attendances.

Jim Hope PM
30th October 2021

The picture of the 2021 Past Masters Dinner held on 1st October 2021, can be found in the Events and occasions page.

Our first meeting since March 2019 will take place tonight 2nd September 2021 at 7.30 pm, as announced last week.
In consideration of a recent spike in Covid-19 infections, the RWM Brother John J. Mackie wishes to make it known he understands and respects the views of members who may decide not to attend.
Please note, anti - infection precautions will be observed.   Signing in Test and Trace, social distancing and face mask wearing procedures will be strictly followed.   Only speakers will be allowed to remove masks, as required.    No food will be served.
Numbers attending will be limited to 25.
Despite limiting circumstances, it will be a positive step for our Lodge as it marks the 250th Anniversary of founding.   The Master looks forward with confidence to the remainder of session 2021 and to a resurgence of masonic activity and increased membership in coming months.


Hi Brother,
Good News!   Lodge meetings will resume on Thursday 2nd September at 7.30 pm in the Masonic Hall.   Our last meeting was in March 2019. 
The Grand Master Mason authorised resumption of Masonic activities 
with immediate effect in mid- August, but instructed that all Government guidelines re. Covid-19 should be followed to the letter.  
The Meeting will concentrate on Lodge Business
A sanitisation station and a trace and test procedure will be available and we will have to observe distancing and face mask rules.
Our Instruction Class will be held on Tuesday evenings with effect from the 31st August.
It will take perhaps a few months to get back to normal Lodge meetings but the office bearers are looking forward with confidence in the 250th anniversary year of our founding.  
A brief Syllabus will be issued shortly to cover up to the year end, and a new Syllabus for 2022 will be issued which will list degree ceremonies to welcome two potential candidates.
The RWM Brother John J. Mackie sends his best wishes to you and your families and looks forward to greeting you on Thursday 2nd September.
Jim Hope PM

Brother David Seggie PM and family wish to thank lodge members and families for kind expressions of sympathy received following the death of his Mother Betty.

Things are stirring!  Recent announcements from Government and from Grand Lodge of Scotland suggest a date for re-opening of the Lodge is possible later this year.  
Your Lodge Management Committee is meeting on Monday to discuss how we might prepare for the future.

Some sad news to impart.    
Betty Seggie, Wife of the late Bobby Seggie PM, daughter Elizabeth and Mother of David Seggie PM, died this morning in a Coatbridge Nursing Home aged 89.
Betty was a prominent member of the Bothlyn Chapter of the Eastern Star and contributed so much to our Lodge in support of Bobby and David.  
She was a much loved member of my family and I ask you to remember Betty, David and the extended family in your thoughts and prayers.

Our Lodge Family Quiz will take place on Tuesday 30th March at 7.30 pm, hosted by Ian McIntyre who will send out Zoom invitations shortly. 
Quizmasters will be the team who won the last two Quiz Nights. 
Last week they were known as the Elite Champions I suspect they were actually the Allandale Clodhoppers with ringers!.

Good news this week from Allan Bennet Jnr about his Dad.  
Allan Bennet has been on hospital since September, firstly recovering from a head injury and then a number of infections, including Covid Pneumonia. 
Delighted to report he is on the mend, currently on Lightburn Hospital for rehabilitation. 
Allan Jnr wishes to thank Lodge members for their prayers and support.

Welcome to the first Bulletin of 2021.   I Trust you and yours are well and I offer my best wishes for the New Year.   
Congratulations to Brother Gordon Finlay WJW on reaching 50 years service as a member of our Lodge.
Congratulations are also due to three members on achieving notable milestones in Freemasonry.  Under normal circumstances, Brother Bill Methven PM and Brother J.O. Taylor PM would have been presented with 50-year Diploma's on the 16th January 2021 and Brother J. Hope PM would have received his 60-year Diploma on the same evening.  I am guessing James joined when he was 35, I must have been 10.
In 2020, Brother Sandy Taylor and Brother Andy Campbell (MM Cadder Argyle, PM Lodge Montrose No. 15) achieved 50 year service awards.   Diplomas to be formally presented asap.
Looks like we have a big celebration party coming when we can meet again.   I am sure you will join me in proposing JOT as catering manager for the evening.  Nae pressure James!
Please let me know if you are due any Masonic Awards and also if your contact details are changing.
Take care, stay well
Jim Hope PM

The annual draw organised by the RWM took place last Saturday, on what would, in normal times, have been our Installation.  
The Prize number is the same as the Bonus Ball drawn on the National Lottery Saturday draw and the winner this Year was Billy Cairns PM   Congratulations!

I trust you and your families are well and bearing up in these difficult times.   Everyone has suffered to a greater or lesser extent because of Covid – 19 and our thoughts and prayers must be with those who have suffered most.You will no doubt be wondering about the future of your Lodge and when we can meet again. Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge advice is that all meetings and activities should cease at least until mid -January 2021, when further advice will be offered.
This meant all activities had to be cancelled, including a Race Night, Open Night, Annual Installation, Christmas Party, and the Burns Supper in early 2021.    The cancellation of the Annual Installation means that I shall continue as Right Worshipful Master until such times as we can hold the event and appoint another person in my place.   Until then I would ask all Office bearers to remain in pos
The “lockdown” has also affected planning to celebrate the 250th Anniversaries of the Lodge, the Founding in 2021 and the Grant of a Charter in 2027.     For the Founding we would like to hold a Dinner in the Hall, hopefully in early summer.   Main celebrations will be in 2027.    As part of planning for 2027 we had planned an Open Night, where members would be invited to bring a potential candidate(s) for an informal introduction to Freemasonry and Lodge Cadder Argyle.
I propose we still hold an Open Night using on-line technology.   In accordance with Grand Lodge thinking I therefore invite you to approach someone you think would be interested in Freemasonry and ask them to attend.   To assist find attached our information sheet on Freemasonry.  I would like to hold a Zoom Open Night meeting in January 2021 and will be in touch with a reminder in due course.
Please keep in touch with each other, stay well and take care.
John J. Mackie RWM
20th November 2020

We are near to the due date for payment of Test Fees and your Lodge will be open for that purpose on Tuesday 3rd November from 7.30 till 9.00 pm.  Anti-Covid precautions will be observed and we would ask all attending to wear face masks.
Any cheques should be made payable to Lodge Cadder Argyle.
As a result of the Pandemic, Lodge income has fallen dramatically.   We still have to maintain and upgrade premises and the Master Brother John. J. Mackie has requested the fullest support from Members at this time by payment of Test Fees and/or from donations 
Please note, the Grand Lodge of Scotland has suspended Law 126 of its Constitution and Laws until the 5th February 2021.   Under Law 126, a "lapsed" member is normally required to pay two years Fees plus current year Fees to be "clear on the books".     This temporary suspension means in effect a "lapsed" 147 member would save £70 on Test Fees, i.e. only requiring to pay £35.     Please pass this information on to as many members as you can - e-mail circulation extends to 68 persons and we believe our existing membership list exceeds 300!

I trust you and yours are safe and well.

A programme has been compiled for the Installation and Speakers arranged for the Burns Supper.    Arrangements for the Past Masters Dinner and the Speakers Night are, as always, well advanced in the capable hands of James O Taylor and Joe Bunch respectively.  Anniversary celebrations area being planned to mark the founding of the Lodge in 1771.   Main celebrations will take place in 2028 to mark the grant of our Charter, and we anticipate the 2021 event will be in the form of a Dinner. 

I am delighted to inform the Lodge has again donated to local charities.    Earlier in the Pandemic we donated £125 each to Chryston Parish Church and St. Barbara's Church to help local people facing hardship.   Last week further donations of £125 each were given to Moodiesburn Food  Bank and CCMeadow Food Bank (Cardowan).     The Lodge will also apply to a recently announced Grand Lodge of Scotland Fund for additional monies to support these worthy causes.

Whilst the future may seem uncertain, Lodge Cadder Argyle is looking forward with confidence.   We have other ideas to promote our Lodge and Freemasonry and we need your assistance.   Through our e-mail list we have contact with 60+ members but we know there are many in the surrounding areas who are lapsed members and we have no contact with them.   Please help by inviting those whom you meet to give you their contact details and pass to the Secretary.

My best wishes to you, take care and stay well

Fraternally yours
John. J. Mackie RWM