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|Please may we
welcome you into the Province from the Commissioned Office Bearers
& Elected Office Bearers and hope that you have the time to visit
at least one of our eleven Lodges
within our Province where you will be made very welcome as a visitor,
which, we do hope that when you decide to leave, it will be as a friend
with fond memories of a night well spent within this Province.
Bro. John W. Blackie
Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master
|Installation of our Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master - Bro. John W. Blackie|
the 1st August 2015 Bro. John W. Blackie, Past Master of the Galashiels
Lodge No. 262, Past Provincial Grand Secretary and Past Depute
Provincial Grand Master was installed as the Right Worhsipful
Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Roxburgh,
Peebles & Selkirk Shires.|
was a fine Deputation from The Grand Lodge of Scotland, headed by the
Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason Brother Charles Iain Robert Wolrige
Gordon of Esslemont who carried out the Ceremony of Installation.
Afterwards a fine dinner was served followed by speaches and entertainment.
Please click here to see some photographs from the day which have kindly been supplied by Bro. Stewart Cruikshank
Press!! Changes & Updates
PGL Lodge Visitation (RWPGM)
Lodge St. James BURA No. 424
01 September 2016 at 7.30pm
PGL Lodge Visitation (SPGM)
The Galashiels Lodge No. 262
12 September 2016 7.30pm
Lodge St. John Jedburgh No. 104
17 September 2016 7pm for 7.30pm
PGL Lodge Visitation (DPGM)
Lodge St. Ronan's No. 855
19 September 2016 at 7.30pm
The Haughfoot Lodge No. 1824
24 September 2016 at 3pm
in Stow Town Hall
Lodge Event (PGL Deputation)
The Galashiels Lodge No, 262
01 October 2016 at 12.30pm
Volunteer Hall, Galashiels
PGL Committee Meeting
07 October 2016 at 7.30pm
In the premisies of
The Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1²
PGL Calendars Now Available
Click here for a list of events 2016 - 2017
Click here for the Pocket Diary 2016 - 2017
|The Traveling Trowel|
The Trowel is currently held by
Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58
(Captured from Lodge St. John Jedburghn No. 104 on 4th February 2016)
One way to encourage visits around the
Province would be to increase the amount of Deputations invited to other
For those Lodges struggling to find
candidates why not invite a Lodge who are lucky enough to have a queue of
candidates to come as a Deputation with their candidate, work a degree and
attempt to capture the Trowel = a
win/win situation for all concerned!
Lets see if we can get every Lodge in the Province to
capture the Trowel at least once during the coming season. More captures would also increase the kitty
|100 Club - Winners Announced!!|
June 2016 Draw
1st - The Hawick Lodge No. 111 £30
2nd - Ken Ross £16
3rd - Gary Duff £10
Congratulations & Well Done!!
Please click on the link below for
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|Your Continued Support Is Always Welcomed
& Appreciated Brethren!
On Sunday 3rd July 2016 Lodge St. James BURA No. 424 were involved with the unveiling of the stone at Wellogate Cemetery to mark the grave of Brother Thomas
Caldwell PM, author to the words to "Up Wi Auld Hawick" and "Oor Ain Auld Toon".
Thanks the Common Riding Committee, Callants Club, 1514 Club, Mosstroopers Association,
The Hawick Archeological Society and Mrs Ida Cairns (nee Caldwell).
BYSS Supports Kelso Football Club's Juniors
On 23 April 2016 a cheque for £200 was presented to Stuart
Cessford of Kelso Football Club to help with the
cost of kit for their
juniors. The Club has several children's and youth teams from 8 to 17 years playing in the
Scottish Border Junior Football Association League and their kit continually
needs maintained and updated.
Pictured above are Past Master’s Tim Slater and
Jock Malone of Lodge Kelso & Tweed 58
presenting the cheque to Stuart
Cessford on behalf of Provincial Grand Lodge of Roxburgh, Peebles & Selkirk Shires
BYSS Annual Sponsored Walk
annual Borders Youth Support Scheme sponsored walk took place on
Saturday 16th April 2016 which was ably hosted by the Hawick Lodge No.
424 BURA, it was great to see that there was a good number of Brethren
taking part with most of the Lodges in the Province being represented
and it was good to see that there was a number of guests (and some
dogs) on the day giving their support. The walk its self was a
comfortable distance offering some great views of Hawick and the
surrounding area. and although there was some change during the day the
weather remained fair. Back at the Lodge there was food amd
refreshments and on conclusion the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand
Master Bro. John W. Blackie gave a vote of thanks to everyone who made
the day such a success. On the day, the region of £1,400 was
raised with some more donations to come, it is estimated that this
year we will generate approx. £1, 600 which can be put to good causes.
Next year the the walk will be organised and hosed by Lodge St.
Ronan's No. 856.
Brother Gareth and his Grandson support the Borders Youth Support Scheme
& Tweed No. 58's Worshipful Senior Warden has come up with a novel
way to both celebrate his wedding anniversary and raise money for the
Borders Youth Support Scheme. During his celebrations he has
asked his friends and relatives not to give an Anniversary Gift but
instead to bring a raffle prize and plenty of cash to buy raffle
tickets. All the donations will be raffled on the night and all
half the proceeds will be donated to the BYSS. Great Idea Gareth
- well done and thanks - Oh Congratulations on your anniversary!!
addition to this Gareth's Grandson will be running in the Kelso Civic
Week 10k run on 17th July 2016, he will be accepting sponsorship and
all proceeds will be given to the Borders Youth Scheme. Anyone
wishing to sponsor him should contact Gareth or anyone from Kelso &
Tweed. Another great effort - well done!
Bro. Barclay Scott presented with
At the Regular Meeting of The Galashiels Lodge No.262 on Monday 11th April 2016 the Right
Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie had the pleasure and
privilege of presenting Brother Barclay Scott with his 70 Year Diploma. Brother
Scott was for many years a regular attender at the Lodge, unfortunately he has
recently suffered from poor health and has been unable to get to meetings, so
it was a pleasure to welcome him back into the Lodge again.
70 Year Diploma
The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master stated that he
was indeed honoured to be invited to assist in the presentation, and was very
pleased to have been present at such an auspicious occasion. He thanked Bro.
Scott for all the support he had given the Galashiels Lodge No. 262,and congratulated him on his tremendous
achievement of attaining his platinum certificate for seventy years service.
Well Done Barclay!!
Barclay Scott (centre) who has been a Freemason for 70
Years is pictured above receiving his 70 Year Diploma from the RWM
of The Galashiels Lodge No. 262, Bro. George A. Duff and the
Right Worhsipful Provincial Grand Master Bro. John W. Blackie.
Duncan McDougal (centre) who has been a Freemason for 70 Years is
pictured above receiving his 70 Year Diploma from the RWM of
St. John Selkirk No. 32, Bro. Graeme Forsyth (left) and the Right
Worhshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie.
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Bro. Duncan presented with
70 Year Diploma
the Regular Meeting of Lodge St. John Selkirk No.32 on Monday 14th
March 2016 the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro John W.
Blackie had the pleasure and privilege of presenting
Brother Duncan McDougal with his 70 Year Diploma. Brother
manages to be a regular attender at the Lodge and his company is always
welcomed at the installations were he has been known to entertain the
Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master intimated that he had never
seen a 70 year diploma but was very pleased to have been able to make
Congratulations and Well Done Duncan!!
Installation of PGL Office Bearers
Saturday 20 February 2016 the Installation of Provincial Grand Lodge
Office Bearers took place in the premises of Lodge St. Ronan's No.856.
The event was well attended and included a deputation from the
Sister Provincial Grand Lodges headed by Bro. Alistair T. Marshall, the
Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of Stirlingshire.
Substitute Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Andrew Forsyth, installed the
Elected Office Bearers who was followed by The Depute Provincial Grand
Master, Bro. Michael Peutrill, who invested the Lodge Stewards.
Bro. James Thom, RWM of the
Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1² who
the retiring Provincial Grand Senior Warden was presented with his
Certificate of Service by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John. W. Blackie.
The afternoon was concluded with a fine
Dinner and Speeches.
Retiring PG Senior Warden - Bro. James Thom
424 Give Donation to Hawick Volunteer Flood Group
Hawick has suffered badly from the mass amount of rain that has fallen lately which has had a
devastating effect on the town. The members of Lodge St. James BURA No. 424 have kindly gave a donation
of £100 to the Hawick Volunteer Flood Group who give support to those affected by the flooding.
Pictured above with reresentatives from the Hawick Volunteer Flood Group are
Johnson, Andy Dickson, Jim Brown Past Masters, Mike Peutrill Right Worshipful
Rob Drysdale Past Master, Bill Oliver Past Master and Gerry Ballantyne.
262 Deputation to St. Ronan's Reaps Rewards
On Monday 16th November 2015 a deputation from the Galashiels Lodge No. 262 headed by the
Right Worshipful Master, Bro. Bruce Robertson, was taken to Lodge St. Ronan's No. 856.
The Brethren from Galashiels were invited to work a Second Degree which was a great success.
Just to make the evening more special Honorary Membership was conferred on Bro. John Walter Blackie,
a Past Master of the Galashiels Lodge and our current Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master.
Well done and congratulations on being made an honorary member of Lodge St. Ronan's No. 856.
BYSS helps Emily with continued success
A cheque for £250 was presented to Emily Newands to assist with
training and travelling costs as she is
Captain of the Scottish Ladies under 19s hockey team
and has also
just been selected for the GB under 19s.
Congratulations & Well Done Emily!
Bro. Dougie - 50 Years in the Craft !!
The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John
W. Blackie, made a special visit to Lodge St. Ronan's on
Monday 19th October 2015 to present Bro. Dougie Patterson with his 50 Year
As a reminder of that very first step into Freemasonry, a First Degree was
worked by the Past Masters of the Lodge
with Bro. David Jeffrey occupying the Chair and Bro. Dougie as the Candidate.
When Dougie was Initiated 50 years ago Bro. Bob Heaney was the Right Worshipful
Master of the Lodge
at the time and he was there again on the evening playing the organ which made it even more special.
Pictured above: L to R: Bros. David Jeffrey PM, Bob Heaney PM, Dougie
John Howie, RWM & John Blackie, Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master
Congratulations & Well Done Dougie!!
|Honorary Membership Certificate Presented|
the regular meeting of the Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1² on
Monday 29th June 2015 the The Right Worshipful Master, Brother Kevin
McLeish, presented a Honorary Members Certificate for the Late Bro.
John Ferguson Lamb (Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master who sadly
died while in office) to the Province's New Provincial Grand Master,
Bro. John W. Blackie.