Jim's Blog

Hi Brethren,

On Friday this week the Lodge will Visit Lodge Clyde No. 408 to confer a Fellowcraft Degree.   This is our first visit to this Lodge for many years and the Master, Brother James Orr Taylor would welcome a good turnout of members.   The Lodge meets in the Masonic Centre, 101 Clifford Street Ibrox G51 1QP and we will be admitted at 8.00 pm.   If anyone requires transport. please contact me.
On Saturday the Lodge Instruction Class will confer a Master Mason Degree, Lodge tyling at 6.30 pm.


Jim Hope PM


Secretary’s Report 2017/2018

In my third Secretary’s Report I am delighted to report a slight  increase in attendances and Initiations.

We held 17 Regular Meetings over the last year (one cancelled due to bad weather) with an average attendance of 38, 2 up on previous year.  The average attendance of 147 members rose from 22 to 25, though visitor numbers fell to 13 per meeting.  The highest attended Meeting was the Annual Installation 2017 when 60 signed the sederunt, including 29 visiting Brethren.   Our lowest attended Meeting was the 6th September 2018 with an attendance of 19 Brethren, including 1 visitor.  Average attendance of Office bearers was 14.

Total footfall at Regular Meetings was 639.

Over the period 5 candidates were admitted, 1 Affiliate obligated, 2 Honorary Memberships conferred and we held 10 degree ceremonies:-

3-Entered Apprentice Degrees, 3-Fellowcraft Degrees, 3-Master Mason Degree and 1-Mark Master Degree ceremony.   Of these ceremonies 8-were conferred by visiting Lodges, 5- from within and 3-from outwith the Province of Dunbartonshire.   Lodge Cadder Argyle conferred 7-degrees for other Lodges, 5- within and 2- outwith the Province

Other Regular meetings comprised the Election Meeting, AGM, Installation, Provincial Grand Lodge Visitation and 2- Meetings where only Lodge business was conducted.

At present we have no applications for Initiations.

Sadly, 4 Lodge members died.   Brother Hamish McCall, Brother Robert Haining, Brother Ronald Hunter, Honorary Members John Kerr PM and David Bennet PM.   A eulogy and silent tribute was paid to all

Jubilee Certificates for 50 years membership were presented to 2- worthy recipients, Brother J. Shearer PM (4th January) and W. Cairns PM.(5th April.)    On each occasion the Provincial Grand Master, Brother J. Forrest assisted the RWM Brother J. Anderson with the presentation.

During the period the Lodge participated in social activities, including the Annual Dance, Children’s Christmas Party, Burns Supper, Speakers Night and the Chryston and Muirhead Gala Day.   The Masonic Hall catered for 17 private functions and the facility was hired weekly by a Dance Class, Slimming World (part year), a Baby Sensory Group and on a monthly basis by 2 local organisations.  The Lodge is represented on the Local Gala Committee and on the Chryston and District Horticultural Society.

The Lodge uses electronic media to good effect.  Lodge Minutes are e-mailed to members,  Our website  registers  many “hits” per month (webmaster Ernie Martin PM)  and our e-mail communication billet “LCAnews” was issued on 50 occasions throughout the year to 63 members.

As I prepare and look forward to 2019, I hope to be able to inform of increased application and attendance statistics in my next Report.

Jim Hope PM