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Welcome
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, after 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.

As Always
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Bro. John W. Blackie
Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master









Installation of our Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master - Bro. John W. Blackie
On 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.

There 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 speeches and entertainment.




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Bro. John W. Blackie - RWPGM







PGL Annual Bowling Tournament




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What's Next Stop Press!!  Changes & Updates



Lodge Event
The Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1
Saturday 24th June 2017 at 9am.
Melrose Festival Tour of Ceremonies.
Meet the Melrosian at the site of the
Original Lodge at St. John's Wynd, Newstead.



Lodge Summer Meeting
The Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1
Monday 26th June 2017 at 7pm.
in Melrose Corn Exchange.
:: Initiation  ::



Lodge Summer Meeting
Tha Galashiels Lodge No. 262
Tuesday 27th June 2017 at 7pm
(Visitors and PGL Deputation at 7.30pm)
In the Galashiels British Legion.
:: Passing ::



Lodge Event
Lodge St. James BURA No. 424
Sunday 2 July 2017 at 1pm.
Bard's Grave Visit.
Meet at Wellogate Cemetery at 1pm.



Lodge Event
Lodge St. Ronan's No. 856
Cleikum Walk at 9.30pm.
(PGL Deputation)



PGL General Committee Meeting & Almoners Meeting
21 August 2017 at 7pm.
In The Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1

Almoners Meeting at 7pm.
Committee Meeting at 7.30pm.




*** MEETING CANCELLED ***
Lodge St. John Jedburgh No. 104
The meeting scheduled for 3 July 2017
has now been cancelled





Remember
The Traveling Trowel is still at
Kelso & Tweed No. 58 waiting on a
deputation to make a claim for it.


 


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The Traveling Trowel

The Trowel is currently held by

Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58

(Captured from Lodge St. John Jedburgh 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 Lodges.  

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


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100 Club - Winners Announced!!


March 2017 Draw

1st - J. Kirkpatrick  30

2nd - The Hawick Lodge No. 111 16

3rd - Lynn Duff 10

Congratulations & Well Done!!



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250 years of Freemasonry in Jedburgh

JEDBURGH - 250th RE-DEDICATION

JEDBURGH No 104


The 250th Anniversary of Lodge St. John Jedburgh No. 104 was celebrated on Saturday 20th 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 Provincial Grand Lodge of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires presented a
Cheque for 1, 000 to the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason for Prostate Scotland.


Erika's Tanzania Trip.

Bro. James West of Stow, Past Master of Lodge St. John Stow No. 216 presents a cheque on behalf 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.

Team 856 - Winners of the 2017 Bowling Tournament


Representatives from Lodge St. Ronan's No. 856 were the winners of the annual Provincial Bowling Tournament which was hosted by Peebles Bowling Club on Sunday 14 May 2017.

Most Lodges were represented on the afternoon and there were two Provincial Teams who all played 3 games each with 7 ends.

There was a high standard of play from all teams but the Team from Innerleithen came out on top.

The team from Galashiels (last year's winners) were the runners up and took away the Joe Lamb Memorial Shield.

The match was followed by a great meal provided by
Peebles Bowling Club.  The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie, concluded the afternoon with a vote of thanks.

Lodge St. Ronan's - Winners of the 2017 Bowling Tournament

Provincial Quiz/ Fun Nights a Great Success

The Provincial Quiz Night held at Lodge St James BURA No. 424 on Saturday 13th May was hailed a success, there were a good number of teams participated on the night taking up the challenge to answer the quiz masters (Bro. Drew Forsyth, WSPGM) questions (which felt like they were provided by Mensa).  The teams were able to boost their points by taking part in activities which proved to be both challenging and entertaining.  It was the Provincial Grand Masters team who came up on top, their two young stars earning most of the points of the evening.  There was also a raffle and the proceedings from this and the entry fee eared over 400 which will be donated to Prostate Scotland.


Thanks to Everyone who helped make this night a success!!



Provincial Quiz


Andrew making Music


Bro. David Robb from Lodge Peebles Kilwinning No. 24 presents a cheque to Andrew Wilson on behalf of the Borders Youth Support Scheme to assist with the costs of advanced tuition from
The National Youth Brass Band of Scotland.

BYSS - Andrew Wilson
Jed Jaguars

BYSS Supporting the Jaguars

Kevin Stewart, RWM, Lodge St. John Stow No. 216,  presents Neil Cass of Jed Jaguars Mini Rugby with a cheque from BYSS on 23 April 2017



Mark running for BYSS

Gareth Davies' (The RWM of Kelso & Tweed No. 58) Grandson, Mark Nicholson, will be running the Kelso 10k on
Sunday 16th July to raise money for the BYSS.
Should any Brother or Lodge wishing to sponsor him the money will be thankfully
received and faithfully rendered to the Province.



BYSS helps Caitlyn on her way to help others

Bro. George Donnelly of the Haughfoot Lodge No. 1824 presents a cheque from the Borders Youth Support Scheme to Caitlyn Gillie who is raising funds to go to Bolivia with the Borders Exploration Group to help Street Children and to work on other projects.
BYSS Presentation to Caitlyn Gillie


Annual BYSS Sponsored Walk Raises 1, 800


Saturday 15th April 2017 saw the PGL Borders Youth Support Scheme Annual Sponsored Walk which was hosted by Lodge St. Ronan's No. 856.  The route took the walkers along the side of the River Tweed to Cardrona and back again where there were well deserved refreshments provided by the Lodge.  1, 600 was collected on the day with at least another 200 to follow.

On conclusion the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie, thanked all the participants and
all the sponsors and concluded by thanking No. 856 for hosting the walk.

Next year the walk will be organised by The Haughfoot Lodge No. 1824.


Presentation to Mr BelvilleSt. Ronan's Primary School P7s Residential Trip

Bro. Bobby Heaney, Past Master of Lodge St. Ronan's No. 856 (Left) along with the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie (Right) present a cheque from the BYSS to Keith Belleville, the Headmaster of St. Ronan's Primary School to assist with the funding for the Primary 7's Residential Trip to London which is an excellent learning experience for the children.

BYSS Supports Peebles High School

Bro. William Porteous of Lodge Peebles Kilwinning No. 24 presenting a cheque for 200 on behalf of Provincial Grand Lodge Border Youth Support Scheme to Peebles High School Head Teacher Campbell Wilson along with Depute Head Teacher Jeremy Lee. The grant is to aid their Opportunities Pot which is used to help assist pupils who would otherwise miss out on trips etc.


Dobation to Peebles High School
Annual PGL Installation

Saturday 18th February saw the Installation of the
Provincial Grand Lodge Elected Office-bearers.

A fine deputation from the Sister Provincial Grand Lodges was welcomed in to the Lodge which was headed on this occasion by Bro. Douglas Fergie, The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of East Lothian and Berwickshire.

The Worshipful Depute Provincial Grand Master,
Bro. Michael Peutrill, installed the elected Office-bearers and the Worshipful Substitute Provincial Grand Master,
Bro. Andrew Forsyth invested the Lodge Stewards.

Afterwards, the Hawick Lodge No. 111 hosted a fine meal which was followed by a Toast List.

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master concluded by thanking everyone for their kind support.



Mark Tokens and Jewels Auctioned

Bro. Gary Duff,  the Provincial Grand Junior Deacon, from the Galashiels Lodge No. 262 auctioned off a complete set of Masonic Mark Tokens via a silent auction which bids closed on 18 February during our Provincial Grand Lodge Installation.  This was in aid of the Border Youth Support Scheme. 

Also included in the collection of tokens were 2 jewels,  Lodge Peebles Kilwinning No. 24 300th anniversary jewel and The Galashiels Lodge No. 262 200th anniversary jewel both celebrated in October 2016. 

The Auction realised the sum of 213 which was the highest bid, bids came from all across the Province as well as outwith the Province including Ireland and Canada.  Well done and thanks to everyone who participated.

MARK TOKENS
Norman Donald

Bro. Norman (Centre) pictured with his two proud sons


Bro. Norman - 50 Years in the Craft

On Monday 6th February 2017 Bro. Norman Donald, Past Master of Lodge St. Ronan's No. 856 celebrated being a member of the craft for 50 years.  

Bro. Norman was initiated on 6th February 1967 and was Master of the Lodge on 2000 - 2001.  

Being a well-respected member of the Craft Norman holds Honorary Grand Rank and has been our Provincial Grand Chaplain for 17 years.  

On the evening Bro. Norman stood in as the First Degree Candidate to remind him of those very first steps he took 50 years ago supported on this occasion by his two sons who are Office-bearers in the Lodge.

Congratulations and well done Norman.
An asset to the Province.

BYSS Helping to Make Music

The Borders Youth Support Scheme has given financial support to the Scottish Borders Youth Brass Band who have been raising funds to enable them to compete in the European Brass Band Contest in Ostend, Belgium in April 2017

Pictured is Bro. Douglas Paterson (Right), Past Master of Lodge St. Ronan’s No. 856 presenting a cheque for 200 to a representative of the Band.

Good luck in the European Championships!!


Innereithen

Bro. Danny Scott - Peebles Kilwinning No. 24 - 60 years in the Craft
Bro. Danny  - 60 Years in the Craft

At the Provincial Grand Lodge Visitation to Lodge Peebles Kilwinning No, 24 on Wednesday 11th January 2017 Bro. Danny Scott was presented with his 60 year diploma.

Danny is a great Freemason and is a regualar visitor within as well as outwith the Province.

Danny is pictured with the Immediate Past Provincial Grand Master Bro. Allan Marshall, Substitute Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Andrew Forsyth, Bro. Joseph Kirkpatrick, RWM Lodge Peebles Kilwinning No. 24 and Bro. Norman Donald, Provincial Grand Chaplain.

Congratulations and well done Danny!!


Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58 Annual Ball is another success.


Kelso & Tweed Ball 2016

Lodge Kelso & Tweed Annual Masonic Ball November 2016



Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58 Annual Ball was held in the newly refurbished premises of  Kelso Rugby Football Club on Friday 18th November 2016.  The music was provided this year by Western Rhythm. A great time was had by all who attended.  
The Lodge looks forward to your support in 2017.


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Lodge Kelso & Tweed holds a Charity Quiz Night in aid of
CLIC Sargent  - The Angela & Amanda Todd Memorial Fund

Lodge Kelso and Tweed No. 58 recently held a charity Quiz Night in aid of CLIC Sargent and with the generosity of Brethren, family and friends managed to raise a grand sum of 1040. Mick and Jackie are delighted with the support they have received towards helping other families of children with cancer related illness.

CLIC Sargent helping children and young people with cancer

http://www.clicsargent.org.uk/

CLICC 58

The RWM Bro Marshall Muirhead receives a “thank you” from
Jackie Todd on behalf of CLIC Sargent



BYSS & 262


BYSS makes another presentation

Sarah Frizzell receives a cheque from The Provincial Grand Lodge Border Youth Support Scheme from Bro. George A. Duff, RWM No. 262 & Provincial Grand Inner Guard (Left) along with
Bro. Andy Beatt, PM No. 262

Reigning Masters Degree

Reigning Masters Degree - Stow - October 2016
Photo: Bro. A. W. Little ~ Provincial Grand Secretary

Lodges 606, 24, 58, 434, 216 RWM, 216 DM, 856 & 1



Monday 31 October 2016 saw Victor Lord Denovan's last meeting as the Right Worhsipful Master of

Lodge St. John Stow No. 216 who were the hosts of this year's Reigning Masters Degree.  A Second Degree was worked by Bro. Victor Lord Denovan, RWM & SE Corner (RWM 216), Bro. Joe Kirkpatrick, WSW & Tools (RWM 24) Bro. Mike Peutrill, WJW & Tracing Board (RWM 424),  Bro. Marshall Muirhead, SD (RWM 58), Bro. John Howie, JD & Obligation (RWM 856) and a guest from Rosslyn St. Clair No. 606,  Bro. Raymond Mills who stood in as Inner Guard and delivered the Secrets.  The Charge was delivered by Bro. James Thom (RWM No. 1), also pictured is Bro. Adam Kelly, Depute Master No. 216.




Lodge Peebles Kilwinning No. 24 - 300 Years Old

Peebles 24 Tercentenary Celebrations Oct 16
Photo: Bro. Hugh Hynd PM ~ Lodge Peebles Kilwinning No. 24


On Saturday 22 October 2016 a Deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires headed by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie and a Deputation from the Grand Lodge of Scotland, Headed by the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason, Bro. Charles Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont entered the Lodge of Peebles Kilwinning No. 24 to be a part of the Lodge's Tercentenary Celebrations.  A Ceremony of Rededication was carried out by the Office-bearers of Grand Lodge, afterwards the Brethren marched in procession along Peebles High Street.  There was a fine meal to follow in the Green Tree Hotel and the evening ended with speeches and toasts.

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This picture was taken at the Tercentenary Celebrations at Lodge Peebles Kilwinning No. 24 on 22 October 2016.  It is Brother Jim Robb from Lodge Peebles No. 24 and Bro. Adam Kelly, Past Master of Lodge St. John Stow No. 216.  It is thought that these are two surviving Masons in the Province who fought overseas in WWII.  Bro. Jim was in the Far East fighting against the Japanese and Bro. Adam was in the Middle East, Africa.  This great photo of these two heroes was taken by Bro. Andy Beat PM of the Galashiels Lodge No. 262.  Congratulations on your contribution Jim & Adam!!

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On Saturday 1 October 2016 a Deputation from the Grand Lodge of Scotland, headed by the
Depute Grand Master Mason, Bro. Ramsay McGhee MCMI, visited the Galshiels Lodge No. 262 to celebrate the
Lodge's 200th Anniversary.  A Ceremony of Rededication was professionally
performed by the Grand Lodge Office-bearers.


Newsread 2016

1bis Meets the Melrosian

On the morning of Saturday 25 June 2016 members of the Lodge along with visitors and the RWPGM met Struan Huchison, the 2016 Melrosian at the site of the Original Lodge at St. Johns Wynd, Newstead as part of the Traditional Tour of Ceremonies to mark the end of the week long Melrose Festival. A brief ceremony took place and thereafter, the RWM, Bro James Thom, presented the Melrosian with a print of the Old Lodge.

CALDWEL

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

Kelso Football Club


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.


Kelso Football Club (Juniors)

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

The 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

Kelso & 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!!

In 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
70 Year Diploma

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.

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.

 Congratulations and Well Done Barclay!!


Barclay Scott - been a Mason for 70 Years

Bro. 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.


Bro. Duncan McDougal - A Mason for 70 years

Bro. Duncan McDougal (centre) who has been a Freemason for 70 Years is pictured above receiving his 70 Year Diploma from the RWM of
 Lodge 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


At 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 Duncan still 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 Brethren.

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 the presentation.

Congratulations and Well Done Duncan!!



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