Lodge St Servanus 2010-2015

The history of Lodge St Servanus 2010-2015



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Lodge St Servanus 2010-2015

Having shown signs of distress for many years it was decided that a structural engineer be commissioned to carry out a survey on the west gable wall. Glass ‘tell-tales’ were affixed and monitored, the result being that significant movement was detected over a period of several months.

As a result of these findings, a scheme was subsequently drawn up to support the gable using a structural steel frame. This was designed in such a manner that it could be utilized to form an extension at some future point in time.

In June 2010 the Right Worshipful Master Bro. Ian G. O’Connor was invited, on behalf of the daughter lodges in the province, to respond to the toast “The Daughter Lodges” at the installation of Bro. Andrew A. McKinnon as Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master.

Bro. O’Connor excelled to such an extent that he was invited to reply to the same toast at the installation of the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of Scotland Bro. Charles Woolridge Gordon in November of that year. Once again Bro. Ian rose to the occasion and in so doing reflected great honour not only upon himself, but also upon his Mother Lodge St Servanus No. 771.

For the first time in living memory the Annual Installation scheduled for 11th December 2010 was cancelled owing to inclement weather. The ongoing forecast was in fact so severe that the next Regular Meeting, Old Men’s’ Christmas Treat and Children’s’ Christmas Party were also cancelled.

In 2012 Lodge St Servanus presented an engraved keystone to Lodge St John Carluke No. 187 to mark the centenary of the Newlands Masonic Temple.

In memory of the late Bro. David A. Swan P.M., the Past Masters Association presented an engraved minute book to the Grand Princess Cruise Ship (Princess Cruise Line) to use during their Masonic gatherings on the high seas. Bro. David and his wife Margaret were very enthusiastic cruisers and enjoyed their time on the Grand Princess.

During the Annual visit to Lodge St John Carluke No. 187 in 2012, our Right Worshipful Master Bro. Gordon W. Guthrie was conferred with Honorary Membership by the brethren of that Lodge.

In 2013 Bro. Ian O’Connor P.M. was bestowed with the rank of Honorary Provincial Grand Lodge Chaplain by the Provincial Grand Master Bro. Andrew A. McKinnon.

A new coffin for use in the Master Mason Degree was presented to the lodge by Hillview Funeral Parlour in Sauchie. This was arranged by Bro. Rev George Sherry and dedicated by R. Russell McKendrick P.M.

A fundraising cabaret event was held in aid of Rachel House (Children’s Hospice Association for Scotland) that raised the sum of one thousand pounds.

In both 2012 and 2013 the Past Masters Association organised a sponsored relay walk around the seven Lodge’s in the Wee County and raised the sum of two thousand and five hundred pounds.

In November 2013 Bro. Colin T. Wyse P.M. was presented with a sixty-five year diploma by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Bro. Andrew A. McKinnon. Bro. Wyse then had the privilege of bestowing Honorary Membership of Lodge St Servanus upon the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master.

As we moved into 2014 it was noticeable that not only were we finding the supply of candidates for Freemasonry being rather thin on the ground, of greater concern was the lack of active Office-bearers. Hopefully this is something that will correct itself.

Charitable donations are still very much to the fore with a presentation of three thousand pounds made to Scottish Spina Bifida Society in August 2014.

In December 2014 Bro. Gordon W. Guthrie completed his fourth year as Right Worshipful Master having first been installed in 2002 and again in 2010, 2011 and 2013. The Lodge is indebted to Bro. Gordon who is only the fifth brother in the history of the Lodge to serve four years as Master.

As we approach the end of this chapter in the Lodge’s history it is noticeable that the role of the Past Masters Association, led by our current President Bro. Douglas Buck P.M., is becoming increasingly important to the welfare of the Lodge.

The Association is constantly busy organising fund raising activities such as ceilidh nights, speaker nights, live band events, games nights and ladies nights with tribute acts such as ‘Elvis’ and ‘Take That’.

During the course of 2014 the brethren of the Lodge made many decisions regarding the forthcoming 125th Anniversary in 2015, the foremost of these being to request Bro. Colin T. Wyse P.M. to consider once again presiding over the brethren as R.W.M. during this special year.

After much consideration and soul searching Colin graciously accepted and, at the grand age of eight five, was installed into office as our Right Worshipful Master on 13th December 2014, his Installing Masters being Bros. Thomas S. Paterson P.M., R. Russell McKendrick P.M. and Andrew A. McKinnon P.M. Lodge Callendar No. 588 and our reigning Provincial Grand Master.

The Lodge owes a debt of gratitude to many of our members for their hard work and commitment over the years. Asides from a few short breaks since 1982 Bro. Douglas H. Buck P.M. has served as Secretary for the best part of thirty years, an office that is extremely time consuming.

Restarted in 1966 after a break of twenty-one years, the Annual Burns Supper continues to be an important event in our calendar and will reach the milestone of fifty consecutive years in 2016. With the exception of a five year gap when he moved to Ayrshire, Bro. Douglas Buck P.M. has also organised the Annual Burns Supper since 1973, in total thirty six Burns Suppers with the 2015 event already organised.

Refurbishment and maintenance works are constantly ongoing and the lodge is heavily indebted to all who have given of their time and skills.

Particular thanks are due to Bros. R. Russell McKendrick P.M., Tom Adams P.M. and Bill Smith who have all been heavily involved in redecorating works throughout the premises over many years.

The Old Men’s Christmas Treat, established shortly after the end of the Second World War, continues to prove a great success with Bro. R. Russell McKendrick P.M. now having compered as Master of Ceremonies since 1974, a total of forty years, in recognition of which he was presented with a token of appreciation by the Lodge during the Old Men’s Treat in December 2014.

Another long standing event, having begun in the early 1980’s, is the Annual Academy Awards Night, held after the regular meeting on the first Monday in December. Organised and presented by Bros. R. Russell McKendrick P.M. and Thomas S. Paterson P.M. an evening of fun and laughter is guaranteed, providing a great ending to the Masonic Year.

During the period 2010-2014 there were 80 meetings with 14 intrants initiated into Freemasonry.


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