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 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!

We regret to inform that Brother Charles Letham a member of Lodge Cadder Argyle No. 147 died recently, aged 84, in Kirkintilloch.

Sad news, we have just been informed of the death of Brother Dougie McHattie PM (1975).  
Douglas died on Sunday June 2020. in Ramsgate.   
Please keep his wife Bunty and family in your thoughts and prayers.  

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

It is my sad duty to advise you that PM Bro David Wotherspoon of 199 has passed to the Grand Lodge Above after a long battle with illness.
He passed away peacefully on Saturday evening at 6.30 pm.
Obviously there are no details as yet to any funeral arrangements.
Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife and surviving family


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 .
I would ask you to remember Mrs Smith and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

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