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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






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 speaches and entertainment.




Please click here to see some photographs from the day which have kindly been supplied by Bro. Stewart Cruikshank
Bro. John W. Blackie - RWPGM







PGL Annual Bowling Tournament


Will be on Sunday 14th May 2017 at Peebles Bowling Club (Draw at 1pm)

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What's Next Stop Press!!  Changes & Updates
Lodge Installation
Lodge St. Ronan's No. 856
3 December 2016 at 4pm.


Lodge Installation
The Hawick Lodge No. 111
9 December 2016 at 6.45pm



Lodge Installation
Lodge St. John Selkirk No. 32
10 December 2016 at 4pm



Lodge Installation
The Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1
27 December 2016 at 4pm (St. John's Day)
Followed by the Annual Torchlight Procession to Melrose Abbey leaving from the side of the G&A Hotel at 6.30pm and threafter the Installation Dinner and Festival of Holy St. John at 8pm




Change of Time
Lodge St. James BURA No. 424
19 January 2017 :: Meeting will start at 7pm.
On that occasion The Hawick Lodge No. 111
will be working the Degree.

**  PLEASE NOTE  **

The time has changed for the PGL Communication
(Installation of Office-bearers)
on 18th February 2017 at the Hawick Lodge No. 111

It will Now Start at 1pm and NOT 4pm
as previously published.

Office-bearers are requested to be there with all Regalia by 12 noon please.  Thank You!!


Change of Time
Lodge St. James BURA No. 424
19 January 2017 - Start Time will be 7pm
On this occasion The Hawick Lodge No. 111
will work the Degree




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


 


PGL Calendars Now Available


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Click here for the Pocket Diary 2016 - 2017


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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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travelingtrowel@pglrpss.co.uk


100 Club - Winners Announced!!


October 2016 Draw

1st - No. 1  30

2nd - Tim Slater 16

3rd - Bill Chippendale 10

Congratulations & Well Done!!



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Latest News

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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What's This??




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

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!!



Installation of PGL Office Bearers


On 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.

The 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. 1 who
was 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.


Bro. James Thom

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.


Hawick Volunteer Flood Group

Pictured above with reresentatives from the Hawick Volunteer Flood Group are
Lenny Johnson, Andy Dickson, Jim Brown Past Masters, Mike Peutrill Right Worshipful Master,
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.


262 Deputation to 856 November 2015


Emily Newlands and the RWPGM

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 !!

856

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 Diploma.

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 Patterson,
John Howie, RWM & John Blackie, Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master

Congratulations & Well Done Dougie!!


Honorary Membership Certificate Presented

At the regular meeting of the Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1 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.





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