Provincial Grand Lodge of

Roxburgh, Peebles & Selkirk Shires


Bro. J. W Blackie - RWPGM
Bro. John Walter Blackie - Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master

Welcome

On behalf of myself, Commissioned and Elected Office-bearers and of course all of our Lodges welcome to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires operating within parts of the Scottish Borders.


We hope you find our website informative and interesting and if you ever have the opportunity to visit our Province in person you can be assured of a warm welcome and when you leave we hope it will be as a friend with fond memories.


Bro. John W. Blackie

Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master


Provincial Grand Lodge of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires


What's Next....

PGL Annual Visitation (WDPGM)

Lodge St. John Stow No. 216

26 February 2018 at 7pm

(PGL Deputation at 7.30pm)



PGL Annual Visitation (RWPGM)

Lodge St. John Jedburgh No. 104

1 March 2018 at 7pm

(PGL Deputation at 7.30pm)



Lodge Event (PGL Deputation)

The Hawick Lodge No. 111

250th Anniversary Celebrations

3 March 2018 at 12.30pm



PGL Bowling Committee AGM

6 March 2018 at 7.30pm

In the premises of the Galashiels Lodge No. 262

ALL Lodges should be represented please. Thank you!!



Lodge Event

The Hawick Lodge No. 111

Service of Thanksgiving in the Lodge

17 March 2018 at 2pm



Lodge Installation

The Galashiels Lodge No. 262

24 March 2018 at 4pm

In The Volunteer Hall, Galashiels



Annual Masonic Ball

The Hawick Lodges No. 111 & 424 Joint Masonic Ball

30 March 2018 6.30pm for 7pm

In Hawick Rugby Club




Stop Press - Updates


THE TRAVELLING TROWEL

The Traveling Trowel is still at Lodge Kelso and Tweed No. 58

waiting on a deputation of 7 or more to make a claim for it!!




CHANGE OF VENUE

PLEASE NOTE: Lodge St. Ronan's No. 856

Venue for their Annual Masonic Ball on 24 February

has been changed to their Lodge Premises and

NOT the Memorial Hall as previously published.




AMENDED PGL CALENDAR

Please note that the PGL Calendar of Events has been amended

as at 22 January 2018, please visit the PGL Calendar Page

for the new updated version. New Events Added:


10 March :: Jedburgh 104 Ball - CANCELLED



31 March :: PGL Special Communication.

The Inauguration of The PGL of The Scottish Borders

in the Tait Hall, Kelso at 2pm



14 April :: Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58 Special Meeting.

Visit from the Northumberland Masonic Demonstration Team



1 May :: PGL General Committee Meeting at Melrose

(Changed from 3 May)



19 May :: PGL Quiz & Fundraiser

The Hawick Lodge No. 111 at 6.30pm

(Changed from 12 May)



PGL RPSS 100 Club


December 2017 Draw


1st :: Jackie Forsyth :: £27


2nd :: Miss Blackie :: £13


3rd :: Jim Brown :: £10


"CONGRATULATIONS & WELL DONE"



PGL RPSS 100 Club Information

BYSS Annual Sponsored Walk

The Sponsored Walk this year will be hosted by The Haugfoot Lodge No. 1824 and will be held on Saturday 21 April 2018 and will leave from Stow Bowling Club at 11am. Sponsor Forms are available to download by clicking here >> SPONSOR FORM


Your support is very much appreciated. More information can be found about the BYSS by clicking on the BYSS Page.

Demonstration

Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58

Proudly present for one night only, further to popular demand,

a demonstration of an Early 19th Century First Degree Ceremony

by The Northumberland Masonic Demonstration Team


On Saturday 14th April 2018 at 3pm

in the Town House, Kelso


Followed by a light supper and harmony in the Masonic Lodge.

Ticket Entry Only at a cost of £10

Profits will be split between Prostate Scotland

and the NMDT's nominated charity.

Further information from:

Your Lodge Secretary


"A truly atmospheric re-enactment of a First Degree Ceremony"

Changes to the Province ahead

The Grand Lodge of Scotland, at its Regular Communication on Thursday 1 February 2018 approved that the Province of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires be renamed to the Provincial Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders and that Lodges Dunse No. 23 (Duns), St. Ebbe No. 70 (Eyemouth), St Luke No. 132 (Lauder), St. John No. 280 (Coldstream), Ercildoune No. 1119 (Earlston) and Whitadder No. 1245 (Chirnside) currently within the Province of East Lothian and Berwickshire, be incorporated under the new Province of the Scottish Borders with effect from 31 March 2018.


A Special Communication to mark the inauguration of the Provincial Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders will be held in the Tait Hall, Kelso on Saturday 31 March 2018 at 2pm followed by a Celebration Dinner.

Polished Gift for Adam

Bro. Adam Kelly, a man in his 90s, a Past Master of Lodge St. John Stow No. 216 who is an Honorary Member of the Galashiels Lodge No. 262 was not only reputed to be the Oldest Ice Cream Man prior to his retirement but a well-respected and decorated war veteran.


The Galashiels Lodge No. 262 has managed to refurbish Adam’s Medals and have presented them to him as a gift from the Lodge.


Pictured Left to Right: Bro. George Duff PM 262, Bro. Adam Kelly PM 216 (HM 262), Bro. Jock Clowry PM, RWM 262 and Bro. John Blackie RWPGM (PM 262)



BYSS Presentation for Rhiannon


The Master of the Galashiels Lodge No. 262, Bro. Jock Clowry PM, proudly presents a cheque on behalf of the BYSS to Rhiannon Gerrard who is embarking on a trip to Africa to participate in some worthwhile building work with the Vine Trust.


This shows the continued commitment that the BYSS has to assist youngsters in the Borders

Rhiannon Gerrard

Distinguished Service for Bro. Joe.

At the Installation of Lodge Peebles Kilwinnining No. 24 on Saturday 21 October 2017 a very special Brother was presented with Distinguished Service.


Immediate Past Master, Bro. Joe Kirkpatrick PM who is also a Past Worshipful Substitute Provincial Grand Master of the Province was presented with the Honour by Past Provincial Grand Master Bro. James Brown.


Bro. Joe, a well-respected member of the Province, received his diploma and emotionally thanked the Brethren of the Lodge for his special award.


Joe was Master of the Lodge in 1981 – 1984 and again in 2015 – 2017 during the Lodges Tercentenary Celebrations and was Substitute Provincial Grand Master during Bro. James Brown’s Commission in 1995-2000.


Congratulations Joe! – well deserved.

Lodge Kelso & Tweed 58

Annual Charity Quiz Night


Lodge Kelso & Tweed recently held their Annual Charity Quiz Night and are pleased to announce that a grand total of £900 was raised for the Motor Neurone Disease Charity. Half of the money raised will go to research and the other half to support an individual family. Thanks to all those who generously gave their time and money to make the event such a great success.


A special thanks to Bro Mick Todd, as Quiz Master, for a very

entertaining evening.


Pictured is the winning team comprising of those well known “Quizers” Jock and Ann Blackie assisted by John Malone and Tim Slater.

Changes to PGL Office-bearers


Further to the sad loss of the Depute Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Michael Peutrill, The Right Worhsipful Provincial Grand Master has had to make some changes to his Commission. Bro. Andrew Forsyth, Past Master of Lodge Kelso and Tweed No. 58 and formally Substitute Provincial Grand Master will resume the office of Depute Provincial Grand Master and Bro. James Thom, Reigning Master of the Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1bis will now be Substitute Provincial Grand Master. Both have been appointed with Immediate effect and are both looking forward to their new challenges. Futher to this Bro. George G. Alexander, Past Master of Lodge St. John Selkirk No. 32 has been nominated for the Office of Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies.


BYSS Support for Alistair





Bro. Kevin Stewart (Right), the Right Worshipful Master of Lodge St. John Stow No. 216 presents a cheque on behalf of the Borders Youth Support Sceme to Alistair Robinson to help fund a trip to Tanzinia.


Alistair is heading to Tanzinia where he will be helping to build a School as well as other life improving projects

BYSS Support for Jed Athletes








Bro. Kevin Stewart, RWM of Lodge St. John Stow No. 216 Left), presents a cheque for £200 on behalf of the Borders Youth Support Scheme to Brian Woods of the Jedforest Athletics Club in Jedburgh. The grant will be used to purchase equipment to aid the training of the young athletes in the town.

250 Years of Freemasonry in Jedburgh


The 250th Anniversary of Lodge St. John Jedburgh No. 104 was celebrated on 20 May 2017 in Jedburgh Town Hall when a deputation from the Grand Lodge of Scotland, Headed by the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason, conducted a ceremony of re-dedication.


On this occasion the Province presented a Cheque for £1, 000 to the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason for Prostate Scotland.

J West of Stow BYSS Presentation

BYSS Presentation

for Erika




Bro. James West of Stow, Past Master of Lodge St. John Stow No. 216, presents a cheque on behlf of the Borders Youth Support Scheme to Erika Doherty who is raising funds to enable her to go to Tanzania to help build sustainable housing.