The History of Lodge St Servanus 1990-1999

The history of Lodge St Servanus No. 771 1990-1999

 

 

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Lodge St Servanus - 1990-1999

The nineteen-nineties was destined to be an historical decade, beginning with the Lodge celebrating its Centenary Year and ending with one millennium coming to a close and another beginning.

In between these events we witnessed a brother from Lodge St Servanus being installed as the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of Stirlingshire, a healthy and thriving Lodge membership and a period of sustained charitable fund raising and inter-lodge visitations.

In the last few months of 1989 the Lodge played against Lodge St John Carluke and retained the Annual Bowling Trophy. This event has been much enjoyed by the members of both Lodges over many years and is still ongoing.

A cheque for the sum of three thousand and nine hundred pounds was presented to the Diabetic Unit at Stirling Royal Infirmary, these monies having been raised from the annual sponsored walk.

A shooting match between Lodge St Servanus and Lodge St John Carluke raised ninety pounds that was donated to the Centenary Fund whilst the Ladies Circle raised five hundred and forty pounds by organising a Jumble Sale and Coffee Morning.

The oldest member of the Lodge Bro. William Bean marked his centenary year a few months before the Lodge’s Centenary and was presented with a card, whisky and cigars to mark the occasion.

The room adjacent to the Temple on the top floor was previously used for small social functions prior to the Members Lounge being created at ground floor level. This room was refurbished in 1989 and has since become known as ‘The Centenary Lounge’. It is now used for committee meetings and is also where the Installing Board is formed during the Annual Installation.

On the fifth day of February 1990 (the eve of the Lodge’s Centenary) a letter was received from the Grand Lodge of Scotland confirming the appointment of Bro. Colin Terris Wyse, Past Master of Lodge St Servanus, as the next Provincial Grand Master of Stirlingshire. On behalf of all of the brethren the Right Worshipful Master Bro. David M. Eadie extended congratulations to Bro. Colin on his appointment.

On that same evening Bro. Archibald Harley, R.W.M. of Lodge Camelon 1456, led a deputation into Lodge St Servanus and conferred the Fellow Craft Degree on Mr. James Sneddon Milne, the final degree and final candidate of our first one hundred years.

To mark the exact occasion of our Centenary, lodge hospitality was dispensed at midnight and enjoyed by all present.

The Ladies Circle, always supportive of the Lodge, purchased and presented new Warden’s Columns and Deacon’s Doves to commemorate our Centenary Year.

On 18th February 1990 a Thanksgiving Service was held in Menstrie Parish Church with the Provincial Grand Master Bro. Robert Hutchison and a deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire in attendance.

The deputation of Sister Lodges was led by Bro. Hamilton McGlone P.M. from the Lodge of Alloa No. 69, one of our sponsor Lodges. The service was conducted with great dignity and decorum by Bro. Rev. George Sherry with readings from the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Bro. Robert Hutchison, Bro. Rev. George Gillan, Provincial Grand Chaplain, our own Right Worshipful Master Bro. David M. Eadie and Lodge Chaplain Bro. Thomas Richardson P.M.

In February 1990 a deputation of twelve brethren from Lodge St Servanus attended the Annual Installation of the Kelsterton Lodge 7681 (EC) in Connahs Quay, North Wales. This association, which began in 1985, was the result of a chance meeting in the Johnstone Arms Hotel between Bro. Alan McKenzie P.M. and a brother from Wales who was residing in the hotel whilst in the area on business.

Lodge Whifflett St John No. 963, another Lodge with whom we have a long standing friendship, conferred a degree in our Centenary Year. This connection began forty years ago in 1975 when our Right Worshipful Master Bro. Robert H. McCall struck up a friendship with Bro. William Cullen, the Right Worshipful Master of Lodge Whifflett St John.

It was with great sadness that the passing to the Grand Lodge above of Bro. Robert D. Wilson P.M. was announced to the brethren in March 1990. Bro. Wilson, our oldest living Past Master, had been installed into the Chair of King Solomon in 1955 and was very highly regarded in Masonic Circles and to this day remains the only member of St Servanus to have been awarded Honorary Grand Rank. This was bestowed upon Bro. Wilson by the Grand Master Mason Bro. Sir James McKay in November 1982.

Bro. Colin Terris Wyse P.M. was installed as Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of Stirlingshire on Saturday 12th May 1990 in his Mother Lodge. Colin, along with his Commissioned Office-bearers, was installed by the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason Bro. Sir Gregor MacGregor of MacGregor, Bart in a most dignified ceremonial that was enjoyed by all present.

Only two weeks later, on Saturday 26th May 1990, our new Provincial Grand Master was a very proud man as he undertook his first official duty which was to lead a deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge into Lodge St Servanus for the Centenary of his Mother Lodge, St Servanus No. 771.

The Re-dedication ceremonial was conducted by The Grand Lodge of Scotland, led by the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason Bro. Sir Gregor MacGregor of MacGregor, Bart.

The Lodge was opened by the Right Worshipful Master Bro. David M. Eadie and the following deputations admitted into the Lodge:

  1. 21 Past Masters of Lodge St Servanus
  2. 20 members of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire headed by the R.W.P.G.M. Bro. Colin T. Wyse
  3. 25 visiting Right Worshipful Masters and Past Masters
  4. 17 members of the Grand Lodge of Scotland headed by the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason Bro. Sir Gregor MacGregor of MacGregor, Bart.

A total of 229 Brethren were in attendance with the Re-dedication Ceremonial being relayed by closed circuit television to those seated in the lower lounge.

The ceremony was followed by a dinner that was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance with an excellent Toast to Lodge St Servanus being delivered by Bro. Stuart Gregory, Right Worshipful Master of Lodge St John No. 187, Carluke. The harmony was provided by Bros. Alastair Tindall, Ron Frew and John Barr.
In September 1990 Bro. David Little presented two collection plates to the lodge.

The social club continued to be very successful to such an extent that the numbers at the monthly dance had to be restricted to one hundred and forty.

In 1991 the lower bar was refurbished and decorated and in May of that year a Sponsored Walk and Sponsored Cycle Run was organised by the lodge.

Lodge St Servanus has always been charitable towards good causes in the community and in 1991 made the following contributions:

  1. £300 Strathcarron Hospice
  2. £300 Struan House
  3. £300 Spina Bifida Association of Scotland
  4. £250 Diabetic Association

In September 1992 it was decided to cease the sending out of Gift Parcels owing to financial pressures.

In 1993 the Middle Hall was refurbished at a cost of almost thirty five thousand pounds. This involved moving the stage from the corner to the middle of the hall, a new bar, carpeting, seating and decoration – quite a sizeable task.

The Lodge continued to be well attended and received large numbers of visiting brethren.

The Ladies Circle continued to be supportive of the lodge and celebrated their own 21st anniversary in 1993.

The Lodge’s oldest member Bro. William Bean, who had celebrated his 100th birthday during the Lodge’s Centenary Year, passed to the Grand Lodge above in October 1993 at the age of 104.

In 1994 the Lodge despatched a letter of congratulations to Mr. William Dryburgh, a resident of Alva, on his being awarded the MBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

In January 1994 Bro. Robert Beveridge P.M. was bestowed with the rank of Honorary Provincial Grand Treasurer by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Bro. Colin T. Wyse.

The 1994 Annual Charity Walk over the Ochil Hills raised the sum of one thousand five hundred pounds, this being donated to Cancer Research.

A ‘Masonic Follies’ concert was once again organised by the Lodge for the Ladies Circle and proved to be a great success. This event, which dates back to early 1972, consists of the Office-bearers taking part in sketches and impersonations, St Servanus’s version of Stars in their Eyes.

Although there have been many highlights over the years, the vision of Bro. Tom Adams P.M. riding into the hall on a motorcycle, dressed in motor-cycle leathers and with a set of horns attached to his helmet is one that will remain forever in the memory of those who were in attendance that evening.

To mark the bi-centenary of Lodge St John No. 187 in Carluke, a donation of two hundred pounds was gifted in order that Lodge St John could purchase three lesser lights.

As part of the ongoing fundraising events the Lodge organised its first ever Speakers Night, this proving a great success.

To commemorate his term as Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of Stirlingshire the lodge commissioned a photograph of Bro. Colin T. Wyse P.M.

On 28 November 1994 five candidates were initiated into the Lodge, an event that we may never see again.

The gentlemen on this occasion were James Young Allan, James Currie, Daniel Francis Ferguson, Gordon Dewar and Albert William McNaughton Docherty.

In December 1994 the new Past Masters’ board was unveiled by Bro. Colin T. Wyse, Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master.

A donation of seven hundred and forty pounds was made to CHAS (The Children’s Hospice Association of Scotland).

In 1995 the Ladies Circle continued their support of the lodge and organised a very successful Valentines Dance.

In April 1995 Bro. Philip Maley P.M. was bestowed with the rank of Honorary Provincial Grand Architect by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Bro. Colin T. Wyse.

In his final duty as Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Colin T. Wyse headed a deputation into Lodge St Servanus to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire.

This ceremony was conducted by the Grand Master Mason Bro. The Lord Burton and was followed by a most enjoyable dinner and entertaining toast list.

To mark his retirement as Provincial Grand Master, the lodge presented a framed picture and silver tray to Bro. Colin, who had served the Province with great distinction throughout his five year commission.

The Lodge also conveyed a letter of appreciation to the retiring Provincial Grand Secretary Bro. Joseph Campbell, who was stepping down after having served five Provincial Grand Masters over a period of twenty five years.

A second Speakers Night was organised in 1995, this proving to be every bit as successful as the previous event.
A donation of two thousand four hundred pounds was made to CHAS (The Children’s Hospice Association of Scotland).

1996 witnessed the fiftieth year of association between Lodge St Servanus and Lodge St John No. 187, Carluke. To mark this occasion Bro. Colin T. Wyse P.M., on behalf of Lodge St Servanus, presented an inscribed plaque to Lodge St John.

The Ladies Circle's ongoing activities continued to support the Lodge and during 1996 presented the Lodge with a cheque for the sum of two thousand pounds.

Another Masonic Follies night was once again organised on behalf of the Ladies Circle who had another tremendous evening of entertainment.

Among the Charities supported in 1996 were the Chernobyl Life Line and the Children’s Hospice Association of Scotland.

1997 saw the disbandment of the Ladies Circle after twenty five years of strenuous efforts to support the Lodge. Shortly thereafter the Lodge St Servanus 771 Ladies Social Club was formed.

In 1997 Bro. Robert Beveridge P.M was presented with a fifty year diploma and Bro. Colin T. Wyse with a Distinguished Service Diploma by the R.W.M. Bro. William Ferguson.

Among the Charities supported during 1997 were the Sick Kids Foundation in Edinburgh, the British Red Cross and the Royal National Mission for Deep Sea Fishermen.

Moving on to 1998 the Lodge received a visit from Bro. James McGhie P.M. of University Lodge No. 91 in Vancouver, Canada. Bro. McGhie was the blood brother of our own Past Master Bro. A.S.F. McGhie.

The Annual Provincial Grand Lodge Golf Tournament was won by Lodge St Servanus who were represented by Bros. Ian O’Connor P.M. and Angus Douglas.

During 1998 Bro. Wilfred Swarbrick and Bro. Colin T. Wyse P.M. were presented with fifty year diplomas by Bro. David A. Swan R.W.M.

In 1999, in recognition of their 175th Anniversary, the Lodge presented an inscribed Square and Compasses to Lodge Bannockburn Bruce & Thistle No. 312. These were utilised for the first time during the re-dedication ceremony and have been used continually ever since.

Lodge St Servanus 771 Ladies Social Club made a donation to the lodge of two thousand pounds.

During the 1990’s there were 178 meetings with 104 intrants initiated into Freemasonry.

 

2000-2009

 

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