For this month's meetings news see Jim's Blog page or syllabus.
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 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.

The Lodge will visit Cumbernauld St Andrews Lodge No. 199 tomorrow, Wednesday 11th May 2022 may to confer a Fellow Craft Degree.
The Master would appreciate a good turn out of members.

Our next Regular Meeting on Thursday 5th May 2022 will tyle at 7.00 pm prompt, and not at our usual time of 7.30.

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.

It is with much sadness I have to report the death of Brother George Halley PM. 
Please keep George and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Funeral arrangements for Brother George Halley PM are as follows:
Monday 21st February at 10.00 am Chryston Parish Church, then to Daldowie Crematorium at 11.00 am.  and thereafter to Chryston Bowling Club.

With great sadness I have to report that Brother Scott Toward died yesterday.  Lodge condolences have been passed to Scott's wife Stephanie, daughter Abigail and son Alaistair, also to his in-laws Brother William Wyatt and wife Helen.  Please remember them in your thoughts and prayers.

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.
Please Note.  Our Burns Supper, postponed in early January will now be held on Friday 25th February.

Our 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. 

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

Hi Brother,
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.

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.

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  


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 post.
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.

It is with much sadness I report the death of Nora Dougan, partner of Brother Douglas Adam PM.  Nora passed on Monday after a long illness. 
She supported Dougie at many 147 events.   i would ask you to remember Nora, and Dougie and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Following the recent announcement about "Lockdown" precautions in North Lanarkshire,
the Master Brother John J. Mackie has decided to cancel Tuesday Club meetings with immediate effect until further notice.
I shall shortly be ordering Masonic Diaries 2021.    Last year we had a few 2020 diaries left over.  
Please indicate if you wish to order for 2021, by return.
My appeal for sponsorship of Bill Cleland's cycle trip to raise funds for the Lodge has reached £100.  Your support would be welcomed to help Bill achieve a target of £400.
Take care, stay well.

Following instruction from the Grand Master Mason and our Provincial Grand Master, the Lodge will not meet in any official capacity until January 2021, when Grand Lodge will appraise the Covid-19 situation and instruct accordingly.

Good news concerning Brother David McKerral PM.  
David is home after a spell in Hospital where a gall bladder problem was identified.  
In two moths time David will be assessed for further treatment and perhaps surgery. 
Best wishes David!

Still no clear indication of when we might get back to normal and when we can meet again.  
Last Thursday our Management Committee met to discuss future plans as much as we were able.  
We almost had a 100% turnout on a Zoom online meeting format - only one absentee due to a technical problem-he hasn't got a computer!   Working on that!

We felt we had to plan ahead and make some early arrangements as follows:

Past Masters Dinner                                      Friday 1st October 2020
Installation                                                  Saturday 21st November 2020 
Burns Supper                                               Friday 8th January 2021
Speakers Night                                             Friday 26th February 2021
250th Anniversary Celebrations                       May/June 2021 TBC

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


For those who have not been in our Hall for some time I attach a photograph of a marble plaque mounted in East as a memorial
to all who served Crown and Country and to acknowledge the sacrifice our Brethren made in  the Great War.  

Hi Brethren,

It is with sadness I report the death of Mrs Margaret Smith, wife of our Late Provincial Grand Master and Past Master of our Lodge, Brother Ian Smith.
I was informed by Brother R. Peat PM, Provincial Grand Secretary and our Almoner Brother D. Adam that she died on Saturday morning 18 April.

On behalf of Lodge Cadder Argyle, the Master, Brother John Mackie, has authorised charitable donations to Chryston Parish and St. Barbara's Churches.  
They were chosen because the Rev. Mark Malcolm and Father Kenny each have a fund they use to help families facing hardship and distress.    Each will Church receive £125.
For information, the Masonic Hall has been in effect closed down with its heating system turned off.  It is visited once per week to check on condition.   
The Master, Treasurer and Secretary are in regular contact with each other, and with our Provincial Grand Secretary, to ensure administrative and accounting procedures are maintained.
Sadly I have to inform you of the death of a much respected member of 195, Brother John Fraser.  
John fulfilled IG and Tyler offices at Lodge Caledonian St. John Royal Arch for many years, was famous for his Clootie Dumplings, and was known to many 147 members.
Finally a note of optimism.   Last week I took a booking for a 40th Birthday Party in the Hall for Saturday 30th October 2021 - yes 2021!

I hope you and your families are well and finding things to do during this “lockdown”.
I am still working but I realise how llves are being affected by Covid-19.  
My heart goes out to the victims of the virus and their families and I pray that the day will soon come when life as we knew it can return.
Our Masonic activities are also in lockdown and from all the evidence it seems we will not be able to meet again until late summer.  
So far we have had to cancel a planned Charity Race Night, an Open Day, participation in the Local Gala, four Regular meetings, two visitations and a Management Committee Meeting.
Be assured however, the work and the influence of the Lodge will continue.   I want to ensure the well being of all members and their families and I would ask that you contact me if you or a brother you know of needs assistance.   
To maintain contact with you, the Lodge will increase the regularity of its information bulletin, which will cover diverse subjects of interest to members.
I also want the Lodge to support our community in these difficult times and I am identifying local community groups who would benefit from our support.  Your approval is important and I shall contact you soon with recommendations.

My best wishes, take care and God bless
Yours fraternally,
Brother John J. Mackie
Right Worshipful Master
Lodge Cadder Argyle No 147

We have received a letter from the Provincial Grand Secretary containing a directive from the Provincial Grand Master James Forrest that all Masonic activities should cease immediately until further notice, given the continuing threat of Coronavirus.   
We will keep you up to date with the situation


Jim Hope PM