CHARITY

Sunday 11th December 2016

Christmas Carol Service
On the evening of Sunday 11th December, the annual Lanarkshire Freemasons Carol Service was held within Hamilton Old Parish Church.  This now well established event  was again well attended by the members of the various Masonic Orders and their family and friends. The service was conducted by the Rev. Ross Blackman of Hamilton Old Parish Church and was enhanced by the excellent church choir. The lessons were again read by the Heads of the various Masonic Orders. The collection was taken on behalf of the Lanarkshire Association of Mental Health,  which was the chosen charity of Rev. Blackman. At the close of the service, the congregation retired to the church hall for some festive refreshments. The total raised for Lanarkshire Mental Health by the various Orders was, 1,300. I would thank The companions, family & friends of Provincial Grand Chapter who came along to support this festival event.

Heads of Masonic Orders in Lanarkshire with Rev. Ross Blackman

 

Sunday 13th December 2015

Christmas Carol Service
On a cold Sunday evening in Baillieston, all the Masonic orders in Lanarkshire, along with their friends and families came together to celebrate Christmas at the now, firmly fixed in the Provincial calendar Christmas Carol Service. A large thank you must be expressed  to all who supported the event. Everyone arriving at the service was welcomed by the sound the bagpipes played by Ross Forrest. The service was conducted by  Rev. Malcolm Cuthbertson’s and his “chilli con carne” theme will remind many of the great evening of carols and fellowship. Music was provided by Bill Russell, the church organist.

Again the heads of the various masonic orders in Lanarkshire gave the readings and this year were also joined by Jim Peddie the PGM of Glasgow. The congregation contributed by the great singing of the carols which added to the atmosphere.  After the service most of the congregation were the guests of Lodge Robert Burns No.440 …for hospitality and to spend some time together. In addition to everyone having an excellent evening, nearly 700 was raised for Prostate Scotland but even this has already been augmented by cheques from some of the masonic orders, once the final figure is known we will let everyone know. Thanks go to everyone who took part in the service and to Raymond Dow who printed the Order of Service.

Heads of Masonic Orders in Lanarkshire with Rev. Malcolm Cuthbertson

 

Friday 19th June 2015

Presentation of cheques to the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland

Two cheques were presented from the Province to the Bicentenary charity of Supreme Grand Chapter, The Isis Murdoch foundation based at Stirling University.  The first cheque was for 1000, donated by the Provincial Grand Chapter.  The second cheque was for 80 raised by a raffle at the fishing competition, organised by the Third Grand Principal MEC James G. Turnbull.

 

Sunday 14th December 2014

Christmas Carol Service – Blantyre Old Parish Church

Over 300 freemasons from the masonic orders in Lanarkshire joined together with their families, friends and visitors from outwith the county to hold a Christmas Carol Service at Blantyre Old Parish Church in High Blantyre. The service was conducted by the Rev. Sarah Ross. The service took the form of readings and carols. The welcome and readings were delivered by the heads of the orders within Lanarkshire. The congregation were in excellent voice and enjoyed singing both the traditional carols and one or two Christmas songs about Santa and Rudolph.

 

The service was thought a great success by those attending and participating in the service. The congregation left the church uplifted by the words of the minister's Christmas Message fresh in their minds. Most of the congregation retired to the church halls for a period of fellowship together over tea, coffee and a lavish spread of food provided by the Blantyre Lodges.

 

Kenneth D. Kennedy thanked all those attending and gave a vote of thanks, thanking the minister, organist and all those who had contributed in their own particular manner to making the service a success.

 

An offering had been taken during the service which raised 760 on the night and is expected to be enhanced in coming days with further donations, this will be presented early in the new year to The Haven to further their work with people with life limiting illness.

 

Our thanks are extended to the Minister, Kirk Session and Congregation of Blantyre Old Parish Church for their courtesy and hospitality in permitting the service to take place within their church.

     Connie Postlethwaite (The Haven), the Rev. Sarah Ross and the PGM with the Readers from the Carol Service.

 

Sunday 15th December 2013

Christmas Carol Service – New Wellwynd Parish Church

Over 350 freemasons from the masonic orders in Lanarkshire joined together with their families, friends and visitors from outwith the county to hold a Christmas Carol Service at New Wellwynd Parish Church in Airdrie. The service was conducted by the Rev. Robbie Hamilton.

The service took the form of readings and carols with the New Wellwynd Church Choir and the Cumbernauld Gaelic Choir performing individual musical pieces, the organist was David Stewart.

The welcome and readings were delivered by the heads of the orders within Lanarkshire. The congregation were led by the choir and were all in excellent voice and enjoyed singing the traditional carols and hearing the music.

 

 

The service was thought a great success by those attending and participating in the service. The congregation left the church uplifted by the words of the minister's Christmas Message fresh in their minds.

Most of the congregation retired to the church halls for a period of fellowship together over tea, coffee and a lavish spread of food provided by the Airdrie Lodges and organised by the members of the church.

 Jim Pettigrew thanked all those attending and gave a vote of thanks, thanking the minister, organist, choirs and all those who had contributed in their own particular manner to making the service a success.

 An offering had been taken during the service which raised over 930 on the night and is expected to be enhanced in coming days with further donations, this will be presented early in the new year to the Mavisbank School in Airdrie to further their work with youngsters with complex additional support needs.

         

 

Our thanks are extended to the Minister, Kirk Session and Congregation of New Wellwynd Parish Church for their courtesy and hospitality in permitting the service to take place within their church.

 

 

 

Presentation of cheque to St. Andrews Hospice

Representatives of the masonic orders within Lanarkshire met in New Stevenson to present a cheque for 1,600 to Bob Reid the Fundraising Manager of St. Andrews Hospice in Airdrie. The cheque was handed over to the hospice representative by James M Pettigrew the District Grand Prior of Strathclyde on behalf of the masonic orders. 
The money was raised by a collection at the Christmas Carol Service for the freemasons of Lanarkshire, held on Sunday 16th December 2012, which was conducted by the Rev. Peter O Price in Holytown Parish Church.  The congregation at the service was drawn from members from all the masonic orders from across Lanarkshire and beyond as well as members of the congregation and the general public.
The collection on the evening was further augmented by donations from individuals and various masonic orders. The St. Andrews Hospice was selected by Rev. Caryl Kyle, the minister of Holytown Parish Church and readily approved by all the masonic orders involved.

Bill Perry, Kenneth D Kennedy, Bill Paton, James M Pettigrew, Tom Davidson, Bob Reid, Alex R Kelly, David McMorris and David I Paterson

 

Presentation of cheque to MS Society Scotland

A number of the heads of the masonic orders within Lanarkshire joined in Coatbridge to present a cheque for 1,150 to Darren Miller the Area Development Officer of the MS Society, Scotland.

The money was raised by a collection at a joint church service conducted by the Rev. John Thomson in Hamilton Old Parish Church ; the collection was further augmented by donations from individuals and various orders. The congregation at the service was drawn from members from a broad spectrum of masonic orders from across Lanarkshire and beyond.

(l to r) Jim M. Pettigrew, Tom Davidson, Darren Miller, David McMorris and Alex D. Young

 

Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland

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Presentation to CHSS by Grand Superintendent James G. Turnbull, Bill Farrell and Alex McKean

 

 

 

Threshold South Lanarkshire

Presentation to Threshold by Grand Superintendent James G. Turnbull and Past Grand Superintendent John Weir.

 

   

 

 

Clannalba

Presentation to Clannalba by Immediate Past Grand Superintendent Peter Greenan and Honorary Depute, Ian McMaster

 

Provincial Grand Chapter had chosen, as its charity, the Clannalba Resource Centre for Autistic Children based at Lammington near Biggar. This is the only centre specifically devoted to offering respite care to these children and their parents in the United Kingdom. The next nearest in Europe is located in Spain.

In September 2003 Provincial Grand Chapter was able to donate over 1700 worth of soft play equipment which has been in constant use since.
This year they are donating over 1000 of swimming pool equipment and flotation aids to enable Clannalba to make even more use of their hydrotherapy pool.