Provincial Grand Lodge of

The Scottish Borders


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 The Scottish Borders, formely known as the Provincial Grand Lodge of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires.


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 Whiteadder No. 1245 (Chirnside) formerly within the Province of East Lothian and Berwickshire, be incorporated under the new Province of the Scottish Borders with effect from 31 March 2018.


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 The Scottish Borders


What's Next....

PGL Visiatation (WDPGM)

The Hawick Lodge No. 111

25 October 2018 at 7pm (PGL Deputation at 7.30pm)


Lodge Installation

Lodge St. John Jedburgh No. 104

3 November 2018 at 4pm


PGL Annual Visitation (RWPGM)

The Lodge of Melrose St. John No.1bis

5 November 2018 at 7pm (Note Time)

PGL Deputation at 7.30pm


PGL Annual Visitation (RWPGM)

Lodge Whitadder No. 1245

8 November 2018 at 7pm

PGL Deputation at 7.30pm


Lodge Installation

Lodge St. John Stow No. 216

10 November 2018 at 3pm

Stow Town Hall


PGL Annual Visitation (WDPGM)

Lodge St. John Selkirk No. 32

12 November 2018 at 7pm,

(PGL Deputation at 7.30pm)


Lodge Installation

Lodge St. James BURA No. 424

17 November 2018 at 2pm


PGL Annual Visitation (RWPGM)

Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58

21 November 2018 at 7pm

(PGL Deputation at 7.30pm)


Annual Masonic Ball

Lodge Kelso & Tweed

23 November 2018 6.30pm for 7pm

Kelso Rugby Football Club


Lodge Installation

Lodge Dunse No. 23

24 November 2018 at 2pm


Lodge Installation

Lodge Ercildoune No. 1119

30 November 2018 at 6.30pm



Stop Press - Updates


THE TRAVELLING TROWEL

The Traveling Trowel is still at Lodge St. John Selkirk No. 32

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




UPDATED PGL CALENDAR

The new PGL Calendar and Pocket Diary has been issued

and is available to Download/View by clicking the PGL Calendar Page




CHANGE OF TIME

Lodge St. John Stow No. 216

The time of Annual Installation is now 5pm on 10 November 2018

and NOT 3pm as previously published


PGL RPSS 100 Club


October 2018 Draw


1st :: The Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1bis :: £35


2nd :: Ken Ross :: £20


3rd :: A. Watt :: £12


"CONGRATULATIONS & WELL DONE"



PGL TSB 100 Club Information
Please Contact Bro Tim Slater, Secretary, to confirm your entry as places are filling up fast.
Lets Keep the Tradition Alive! Contact Bro Tim Slater, Secretary, to book your tickets.

BYSS Presentation in Innerleithen

The Worshipful Provincial Grand Senior Chaplain, Bro. Norman Donald, had the pleasure of presenting two cheques on behalf of the Borders Youth Support Scheme to Mr. Keith Belleville. Mr. Belleville represents both Innerleithen Primary School, who was awarded £300 towards an educational trip to London for the Senior Pupils and the St. Ronan's Silver Band who was awarded £200 towards the cost of new uniforms for the Junior Section. (Oct 2018)

PHOTO: Bro. John Robertson

Jubilee Diploma Presented at Lauder

On Wednesday 3 October 2018, The Right Worhsipful Master of Lodge St. Luke Lauder No. 132, Bro. Ian Brotherstone PM, had the great pleasure of presenting a Jubilee Diploma on one of its well known and respected members.

PHOTO: Bro. Stewart Clark

60 Years Dedicated to the Craft

Tuesday 11 September saw the Provincial Grand Lodge Annual Visit to the first of the Berwickshire Lodges. The Worshipful Depute Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Andrew Forsyth, headed a deputation to Lodge Dunse No. 23. On this evening, Bro. Jake Utterson was presented with his 60 year diploma and Jewel. The Right Worshipful Master Bro. Dale Hall, said it was a pleasure and a privilege to make such a special presentation and thanked Bro. Utterson for his commitment not only to Lodge Dunse No. 23 but to the craft in General.


Congratulations and well done Jake!

Hawick Lodge No. 111 finally celebrates 250 years.

On Saturday 25 August 2018 Lodge No. 111 finally was able to celebrate the great achievement of being 250 years old. The celebrations were supposed to take place in March, however, due to the dreadful snow and weather conditions left by the “beast from the east” the meeting was postponed until August.


Bro. Norman H. Taylor, RWM, opened the Lodge under the watchful eye of Bro. Alec Burgon PM, who was RWM at the Lodges 200 year celebrations in 1968. Deputations were received from the Provincial Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders, headed by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie. Bro. Hugh Clelland, Substitute Grand Master, headed a deputation from the Grand Lodge of Scotland who carried out the Ceremony of Rededication with great solemnity and feeling. Dinner followed with a number of well delivered speeches.


To further add to the Celebrations, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie had the pleasure and privilege of presenting the Lodge’s Tyler, Bro. William Beattie, with Honorary Grand Rank as Honorary Grand Tyler. Congratulations and well done Wullie, very well deserved.


All the hard work, planning and preparations paid off as a good time was had by all. All the best for the next 250 years ahead No. 111.


BYSS Supports another Champion

Young Boxer, Marcus Brogan from Hawick, recently benefited from a grant from the Borders Youth Support Scheme supported by Hawick Lodge No. 111 to assist with the traveling costs to Glasgow twice a week and towards the cost of new boxing boots. Recently Marcus travelled to Cardiff to represent Scotland in the Schoolboy GB Tri-nations against England and Wales where he won the Gold Medal making him the British Schoolboy Champion at 62kg born in 2004. Congratulations and well done Marcus. 08/2018

Masons remember the ending of the Great War

The Grand Lodge of Scotland and Poppyscotland entered into a joint venture to commemorate the end of the Great War in 1918. This takes the form of visiting every Province the length and breadth of the country where Provinces and Lodges lay wreaths at local War Memorials. The Widows Sons Scotland agreed to facilitate this by riding to each location on their motorcycles and provide a visible link.


The event commenced on Saturday 4 August 2018 at the City Chambers in Edinburgh then on to the Province of Midlothian followed by The Province of East Lothian. The next day, Sunday 5 August, the tour came to the Scottish Borders were a number of Members of the Province were proud to be involved.


The entourage arrived at Lodge Ercildoune No.1119 (Earlston) where they were welcomed into the Province by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie and members of his Commission before proceeding to Dryburgh Abbey only a short distance away, to the grave of Field Marshall Earl Haig. The Provincial Grand Master and representatives from Lodges within the Province laid wreaths at the grave and a short oration was given by Bro. Blackie.


Generous Masons contribute to Nadine's Life Changing Surgery

Past Master of Lodge St. John Jedburgh No. 104, Bro. Tony Turnbull, shared the devastating news that his daughter Nadine had the life threatening condition Elhers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), sometimes known as Wobbly Head Syndrome, which means that her skull was not properly attached to her neck. It’s a condition that is so severe that even opening a packet of crisps or driving over a pothole in the road in the car could have easily ended her life.


Nadine had to take a concoction of medication every day to improve her balance, prevent seizures and ease the constant pain. Nadine’s skull was so loose she risked damage to her spinal cord and even death from internal decapitation. Because the skull was not supported properly, the weight of it was crushing her brain stem which is the major connection between her brain and the rest of her body, it regulates life sustaining functions that we all take for granted such as breathing, swallowing, heart beat regulation and blood pressure.


Nadine was only millimetres away from dislocation with any excessive movement causing the blood supply to her head to be cut off. Nadine risked being paralysed due to her spinal cord being compressed by her moving bones which are normally held in place by ligaments. It is a condition that is so bad that even something as simple as her pillow in bed being at the wrong angle could have caused so much pain that she would spend days on morphine, or even worse could have easily dislocated her head and neck and killed her.


Nadine was alerted to life changing surgery in Barcelona, however, this came at a great cost, a cost of over £50, 000. Nadine’s family and friends took to fundraising to raise the cash required.


The generousity of Freemasons within the Province as well as kind donations from members of other Provinces amounted to £12, 500.


Having now had her surgery, Nadine is on the slow road to recovery but is in a much better condition.


Quiz Night & Social Fundraiser another Success

On Saturday 19 May 2018 the Provincial Quiz & Fundraising Night was held in The Hawick Lodge No. 111. Bro. Stuart Donaldson had the duty of Quiz Master and Depute Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Andrew Forsyth was in charge of the games and challenges. 14 teams, each with 4 players took part but it was the "As Ifs" from Lodge St. John Jedburgh No. 104 that were Champions at the end of the night closely followed by with the "Roses" from the Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1bis.


Just over £1, 000 was raised for Nadine Turnbull. Well done and thank you to everyone!!

856 Winners of the Bowling AGAIN!

The annual PGL Bowling Tournament was hosted by Kelso Bowling Club on Sunday 13 May 2018. The sun shone on the bowling green and all bowlers played their best but it was last year’s winners who lifted the Trophy again, Lodge St. Ronan’s No. 856. In second place was first time participants, Lodge St. Ebbe No. 70 who took the Joe Lamb Memorial Shield. “Melrose coming in third place”


After the tournament a great meal was provided by Kelso Bowling Club. Another great success! Well done, congratulations and thanks to all involved.


More pictures can be seen by CLICKING HERE which have been kindly provided by Bro. Gordon Newlands, RWM, The Galashiels Lodge No. 262

WINNERS - Lodge St. Ronan's 856
RUNNERS UP - Lodge St. Ebbe 70

First Installation in the New Province

The very first Installation of the new Province was Lodge Whiteadder No. 1245 which was held in the premises of the Duns Lodge. Past Master Bro. Tom Grieve was installed by Bro. D. A. Wolf PM, Bro. A C. Mabon PM both from No. 1245 and Bro. J. E Hoare, Past Master of Lodge St. John Coldstream No. 280. An excellent ceremony installation was seen by a full lodge including a large deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders headed on this occasion by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Bro. John W. Blackie. A fine dinner was had afterwards and the evening was concluded by speeches.


Pictured is the right Worshipful Master, Bro. T. Grieve PM along with the RWPGM.

BYSS Cheque Presented to Alexander

Pictured is Bro. Sandy Galbraith, Lodge St. John Jedburgh No. 104 presenting a Cheque for £200 on behlaf of the Borders Youth Support Scheme to Alexander Bathgate to assist with his Scout Trip.

BYSS Annual Sponsored Walk

The Annual Sponsored Walk was hosted by The Haughfoot Lodge No. 1824 on Saturday 21 April 2018. The weather was kind and the walkers were treated to a leisurely stroll overlooking the railway line and passing what is thought to have been the location of the original Haughfoot Lodge. After the walk there was refreshments laid on by the Ladies of the Stow Bowling Club. The Immediate Past Provincial Grand Master gave a vote of thanks. Early indications show that just under £2, 000 had been raised with some further sponsorship to come. Well done and thanks to all involved especially those who sponsored the walkers, your support is very much appreciated. More information can be found about the BYSS by clicking on the BYSS Page. Next year the walk will be hosted by the Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1bis.


Photos: Bro. J. T. Tennant PM.

Northumberland Masonic Demonstration Team (NMDT) visits the Province.

Saturday 14th April 2018 in Kelso Town Hall saw an excellent enactment of a First Degree Ritual as practiced in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1823. The Northumberland Masonic Demonstration Team had been invited by Lodge Kelso and Tweed No 58 to a Special Meeting organised to raise money for the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason’s nominated charity Prostate Scotland and for charities supported by the Northumberland Masonic Demonstration Team.


RWM Bro Gareth Davies, who welcomed Lodge members and visitors and then received a deputation from The Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders accompanied by W Bro Brian Denton, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland who leads the demonstration team.


The Lodge was then called off, and W Bro Denton gave a short introductory talk, during which he made mention of the origins of the ritual we would see and gave an explanation of some of the parts. The demonstration team then proceeded to prepare the “Lodge room” and gathered together to open the Lodge. They then produced a very highly polished and intriguing enactment of the first degree, which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone present.


Before the “Lodge” was closed the Worshipful Master announced that a very special document had arrived in the post, two years late! He asked if Bro John Stenhouse was present, and if, so would he please be upstanding. He then requested the Senior Deacon to escort Bro Stenhouse to the centre of the Lodge where he presented a greatly surprised Bro Stenhouse with his Diamond 60 Year Diploma on behalf of Lodge Kelso and Tweed. Bro Stenhouse gave a short reply and was then escorted back to his seat, still in a state of astonishment.


The NMDT were thanked by the RWM and acclaimed by all of the brethren present. A great afternoon having been enjoyed by all present, so-much-so that the RWM was requested to organise a third degree enactment at a future date to be agreed.


A Harmony Board had been provided in the Lodge room and everyone present was invited to join in the festivities. Another thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all, the result of which £830 was raised for charity.

First Visit from PGL TSB

The first visit of the new Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders was to the Annual PGL Visitation to Lodge St. John Jedburgh No. 104 on 5 April 2018 which was headed by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. J. W. Blackie.


Photo: Lodge St. John Jedburgh No. 104

Masonic Histroy being made in The Scottish Borders

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 Whiteadder 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 was held in the Tait Hall, Kelso, on Saturday 31 March 2018. Never before has this been seen. Grand Lodge in its great history has on occasion made changes to the layout of the Provinces but never before has it been seen that two lodges proactively making changes to better the future of Freemasonry in the Scottish Borders.


The Provincial Grand Lodge of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires was opened by the Right Worhsipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie and Provincial Business was carried out. A deputation was then received from the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lothian and Berwickshire headed by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Douglas Fergie, soon after Provincial Grand Lodge was adjourned. Bro. Douglas Fergie then opened the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lothian and Berwickshire where business of the Province was dealt with, including a Past Provincial Senior Warden's Jewel being presented to Bro. Alexander Johnstone, Past Master of Lodge Ercildoune No. 1119. Bro. Alex then presented a Sword to Bro. John W. Blackie as a gift to the Province.


An address was made by Bro. Fergie with regard to the transfer of the 6 Berwickshire Lodges from East Lothian and Berwickshire to the Province of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires and an official handover document was duly signed by both the Provincial Grand Masters. On conclusion Bro. Fergie closed the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lothian and Berwickshire for the very last time and then opened the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lothian for the first time where Commissioned Office Bearers of the new Province were appointed. The Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lothian was duly closed.


Bro. John W. Blackie then resumed the Provincial Grand Lodge of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires which was shortly afterwards closed for the very last time before the new Province, The Provincial Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders was opened for the first time were The Roll of Lodges within the province was called by the Worshipful Provincial Grand Secretary, Bro. Alistair W. Little. Bro. James Stewart Clark, Past Master of Lodge St. John Coldstream No. 280, was appointed as Worshipful Junior Provincial Grand Chaplain and Bro. Donald Drummond, Past Master of the same Lodge was appointed as Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies. On the conclusion of other Provincial Business the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders was closed.


A fine celebration dinner was held afterwards to mark this special and historic occasion.


Photos below kindly supplied by Bro. Michael Todd - Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58

Last Installation in the Province of RPSS

Saturday 24 March 2018 saw the very last Installation in the Province of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires. Bro. Gordon Newlands was installed as Right Worshipful Master of the Galashiels Lodge No. 262 by Bro. George Duff and Bro. Andrew Beatt, Past Masters of the same Lodge, in the view of many visitors from within and outwith the Province and 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, a Past Master of No. 262 himself.


The RWPGM highlighted that Bro. Gordon is the very last Master to be Installed in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires before it changes to the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders on 31 March 2018 where we will be joined with 6 Lodges from Berwickshire.

Bro. Alister - 70 years in the Craft!

On Wednesday 21 March 2018, Past Master Bro. Alister Blackie, was presented with his 70 Year Diploma and Jewel.


Alister joined Lodge Blackadder in 1948 when the Lodge was located in the "dome" of the Town Hall in Geenlaw, Berwickshire and after the Lodge became dormant he affiliated to Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58.


Pictured is Bro. Alister receiving a bottle of the Grand Master Masons Choice Malt Whisky from Bro. John O'Brien PM on behalf of his friends from Lodge Blackadder.


Congratulations and Well Done Alister!


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 Whiteadder 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.