This page will record special visits by our brethren to other Lodges and other items of interest .
LODGE STAIRWELL RENOVATION COMPLETED
After a lot of hard work over the summer by a number of brethren the stairwell leading to the Temple Renovation has been completed. As well as plastering secondary Glazing has been installed on the stane glass window and of course the stairwell completely repainted.
ANNUAL HOMES DEGREE – LODGE SIR MICHAEL No 989 KILMACOLM – APRIL 25th 2018
The Annual Homes degree was held on the above date, this fundraiser for the Marcus Humphrey House was well attended and raised the sum of £850 on the night. This degree is carried out by the reigning masters of all the Lodges in the Province of Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West and this year our own RWM . Bro Alexander Bloomfield-Wilson was the Officiating Master. RWPGM Bro Robin McIntyre led a large delegation from the Provincial Grand lodge. It was pleasing to see so may 68 brethren in attendance with 16 brethren attending. Most of whom stayed for the excellent harmony after the business of the evening was concluded.
VISIT – LODGE CRAWFURDSBURN No1121 – 24th APRIL 2018
We visited Lodge Crawfurdsburn No 1121 to confer a mark degree at their invitation.RWM Bro Alexander Bloomfield-Wilson and his degree team carried it out in an excellent manner. Several substitutions in the degree team were needed but the degree appears to have been enjoyed by those present. 22 brethren from 68 attended.
VISIT – LODGE INVERKIP ARDGOWAN No1425 – 12th April 2018
We Visited Lodge Inverkip Ardgowan No 1425 where we witnessed an excellent Mark Degree Carried out by RWM .Bro Bobby Rice and his office bearers, we were warmly welcomed into the Lodge and most of the brethren from 68 stayed for Lodge Harmony at the end of the evening. 12 brethren from Lodge 68 were in attendance as our PM Bro George Freeburn was taking part in the Degree.
VISIT – LODGE FIRTH OF CLYDE NO 626 – 9th APRIL 2018
We decamped to Gourock to our now annual visit to Lodge Firth of Clyde No 626 where we witnessed the RWM Bro.David Stevenson and his Office bearers carry out an excellent Raising. we were afforded the usual excellent warm welcome and many of the brethren from 68 stayed and enjoyed the harmony afterwards. The RWM Bro. Alexander Bloomfield-Wilson led a large deputation of 37 brethren on this occasion.
ANNUAL INSTALLATION – 8th DECEMBER 2017
The lodge held its annual Installation on Friday the 8th December 2017 and RWM. Bro Alexander Bloomfield-Wilson was installed in the chair of King Solomon for a second term. The ceremony was expertly carried out by the Installing Board of Masters on this occasion consisting of PM. Bro. George Freeburn, PM. Bro Ian McPherson and PM. Bro Archie Wright, who also installed all the Lodge office bearers for the present year.The brethren then retired to enjoy a dinner in the Social Hall where toasts were made to the Lodge by RWM.Bro Gerard Robertson of Cumberland Kilwinning No 217, Visiting Brethren by RWM Bro.Allan Glenn of Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No12 Replied to by WSW.Bro Jim Hamilton, a toast to the Artists and Stewards was made by WJW. Bro William Mooney. Our own RWM Bro Alexander Bloomfield-Wilson proposed a toast to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West and The Grand Lodge of Scotland itself and was replied to by the PGMRW Bro James Pearson Livingstone.
RWM Bro Alexander Bloomfield-Wilson thanked the Installing Masters for all their hard work
LODGE RENOVATION PROJECT CONTINUES – NOVEMBER 2017
The lodge continues to renovate the Temple by following up the summer re-painting with the purchase of new bench seats to replace the previous individual seats , some of which were at the end of their lifespan. before and after images are attached for comparison. It also increased the seating available within the temple. The Lodge is now looking to attach padded backing to the seats.
VISIT BY LODGE CUMBERLAND KILWINNING NO 217 – 20th Nov 2017
This month saw the visit of our sister Lodge in Port Glasgow Lodge Cumberland Kilwinning No217 headed on this occasion by its RWM Bro Gordon Leitch. They brought a number of Brethren with them and conferred a Passing in a very high standard indeed. This was also the last occasion that their RWM Gordon Leitch would confer a degree and RWM Bro Alexander Bloomfield-Wilson, congratulated him on his term of office and thanked him for being a good friend to LDK No 68. The brethren of both Lodges then retired to enjoy lodge hospitality.
VISIT TO LODGE SIR MICHAEL No 989 -8th November 2017
The Lodge accepted an invitation from Lodge Sir Michael No 989, to confer a raising and some 28 Past Masters, Office Bearers and brethren accompanied the RWM Bro Alexander Bloomfield-Wilson on the visit and made their way to Kilmacolm, where they received a very warm welcome from the RWM and brethren of Lodge 989. The degree team carried out the degree to a very high standard and then enjoyed the very generous hospitality of our hosts.
LODGE DORIC KILWINNING No68 – DEFIBRILLATOR PURCHASED – NOV 2017
The brethren of the Lodge have now purchased a defibrillator for the lodge at a substantial outlay. This greatly increases the chances of survival for anyone unfortunate enough to suffer a heart attack, and it will be located in the Lodge Social Club. The Lodge is also in the process of organising a training night for the brethren and will be open to all brethren throughout the province to attend also.
Visit by Lodge Firth of Clyde No 626 – 18th September 2017
Monday the 18th September saw the visit of our good friends from Gourock, in the shape of Lodge Firth of Clyde No 626 and a very large deputation accompanied their RWM Bro Nicholas Stetz attend the Lodge and they conferred a Passing in the Temple in a very fine manner. Fraternal Greetings were exchanged and both sets of brethren enjoyed Lodge hospitality afterwards. It was one of RWM Stetz last engagements as RWM and our own RWM Bro Alexander Bloomfield-Wilson paid warm and much deserved tribute to him.
The lodge has now acquired some 22 new working aprons to replace the badly worn ones we previously had, at no cost to the Lodge. they are located in the entrance hall of the temple and have the Lodge crest and number displayed , with royal blue trimmings.
TEMPLE PAINTING PROJECT NEARING COMPLETION – JUNE 2017
The repainting of the Temple is nearing completion the work taking place on Sundays for 3 hours each time. The red painted woodwork and doors have been re-painted in a traditional blue. A few images are attached so brethren can preview it before the new session starts in
LODGE DEPUTATION VISITS LODGE FIRTH OF CLYDE No626 – APRIL 2017
Our Right Worshipful Master Bro. Alexander Bloomfield-Wilson led a deputation of Past Masters, Office Bearers and brethren numbering some 26 in total in what has become an Annual visit to Lodge Firth of Clyde No626, as we meet on the same night it is difficult to visit more often. They were welcomed into the Lodge by the Right Worshipful Master Bro. Nicholas Stetz and his Office bearers and brethren and witnessed an excellent exemplification of a Passing. Fraternal greetings were exchanged and most of the deputation stayed behind after and enjoyed the very generous hospitality of our Friends in Gourock .
VISIT OF LODGE GREENOCK KILWINNING No12 -March 2017
We welcomed Right Worshipful Master Bro Allan Glenn and a large deputation of past Masters, Office Bearers and brethren into the Lodge to confer an Entering on two of our new candidates. It has been some time since our Lodge played host to the brethren of Lodge No 12 and it was an eagerly awaited occasion.
Right Worshipful Master Bro Alexander Bloomfield-Wilson congratulated RWM Bro Glenn on the very high standard of work carried out and at the conclusion of the meeting both sets of brethren retired to the social Hall and enjoyed each other company in hospitality
LODGE CONFERS DEGREE AT LODGE DUMBARTON KILWINNING NO 18 – 3rd MARCH 2017
The Lodge renewed a long standing friendship with our friends in Dumbarton when the Right Worshipful Master Bro Alexander Bloomfield-Wilson led a delegation of some 17 other Past Masters, Office Bearers and brethren to confer a passing on a worthy Candidate.
Right Worshipful Master Bro.McKirdy welcomed the delegation and after the degree was completed our own RWM Bro Bloomfield-Wilson was made an honorary member of Lodge Dumbarton, as is the tradition. Many of the brethren stayed on for some excellent hospitality provided by our hosts. This latest visit cements the great bond of long standing friendship between the lodges and we look forward to our friends coming’ over the river’ in a return visit.
VISIT OF LODGE LARGS ST.JOHNS No173 – FEBRUARY 13th 2017
The lodge received a large delegation from Lodge Largs St.Johns No173 led by their Right Worshipful Master Bro. Andrew Anderson, They were warmly welcomed in the traditional Doric manner along with a sizeable number of brethren visiting from within and outwith the Province By our own RWM Bro Alexander Bloomfield-Wilson, Past Masters and office bearers and brethren.
RWM.Bro Anderson and his degree team then conferred and exemplification of an Entering which was carried out to highest standards and with all due reverence the occasion demands, and it was well received by all the brethren present. Fraternal greetings were exchanged and at the conclusion of the meeting , everyone retired to enjoy Lodge Doric hospitality. We have already received a verbal invitation to carry out a degree in Largs in the new session.
260TH ANNUAL MEETING & BURNS SUPPER – JAN 2017
The lodge celebrated its 260th Anniversary of its charter on Friday 27th January 2017, the meeting conducted upstairs in the Temple and after its conclusion some 85 brethren retired to the main Social hall and enjoyed an excellent Burns supper. the nights entertainment began with an excellent traditional burns supper followed by some excellent humour from a series of distinguished guests and outstanding renditions of Robert Burns traditional poetry, including Tam o’Shanter, by Bro Jamie Donnelly of Lodge Cumberland Kilwinning No 217,who also addressed the Haggis and gave a reading of Robert Burns Poetry. His Father James Donnelly gave the Immortal memory to Robert Burns and Pm Bro Ross Nugent gave a toast to the lassies, which was replied to by Bro.Dan Blaney of lodge Cumberland Kilwinning No 217.
A toast to the Lodge was given by RWM .Gordon Leitch of Cumberland Kilwinning No 217 and was replied to by RWM Bro Alexander Bloomfield-Wilson of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68. A very solemn custom in the lodge was observed on the stroke of midnight when PM.George Freeburn proposed a silent toast to Absent friends and was respected by all present. a toast to the artistes and stewards was proposed by WJW Bro James Hamilton of LDK 68 and replied to by Bro William Mooney WSD.
Those present were entertained by Bro William Mooney who gave an excellent skirl o the pipes.
LODGE DORIC KILWINNING DELEGATION VISITS LODGE FIRTH OF CLYDE No626 – Monday 23rd January 2017
Our Right Worshipful Master Bro. Alexander Bloomfield-Wilson led a delegation of Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren, to visit our Friends in Gourock and were warmly received where they witnessed a fine Entering carried out by RWM Nicholas Stetz and his Office bearers. As both Lodges meet on Mondays , opportunities to visit each other are rare, but are enjoyed by both Lodges, cementing the great bond of friendship between them. Fraternal Greetings were exchanged and the usual hospitality offered by our hosts were enjoyed by all the visitors.
LODGE ANNUAL INSTALLATION MEETING – 9TH DECEMBER 2016
The annual Installation meeting took place on the above date and Bro Alexander Bloomfield-Wilson was installed as Right Worshipful Master of the Lodge. The installation was carried out by PM.Bro George Freeburn, PM.Bro Ian McPherson and PM.Bro Archie McNaughton Wright.
The Lodge was full for the meeting and was attended by Brethren from within and outwith the Province of Renfrewshire West, with all Lodges in the Province represented along with a Large deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West itself led by Provincial Grand Master Bro. James Pearson Livingstone.
The Newly Installed RWM Bro.Bloomfield -Wilson Thanked the Installing Masters for all their hard work, and the IPM Bro William Lawson for his hard work in representing the Lodge during his term of Office, and the brethren for attending.
He presented PM.Bro John Black with his Grand Lodge jewel on him being made honorary Grand lodge piper, and paid tribute to Bro. Robert Allan who had sadly passed to Grand Lodge above earlier in the year.
There followed a Lodge dinner in the hall which was also well attended. Our thanks to Bro.David Smith for all the images provided for this article
PM. Bro.JOHN BLACK MADE HONORARY PIPER TO THE GRAND LODGE OF SCOTLAND – 9thDEC 2016
Past Master John Black was presented with his Certificate making him Honorary Piper to the Grand Lodge of Scotland itself, by Provincial Grand Master Bro James Pearson Livingstone, and with his Jewel by the newly Installed RWM of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No68 Bro Alexander Bloomfield-Wilson, on behalf of his Mother Lodge, a great and well deserved honour for him.
PM.Bro John Black then presented the Lodge with a framed copy of a pipe tune he himself had written dedicating it to the Lodge and to the memory of Bro.Robert Allan who sadly passed to Grand Lodge above earlier this year. RWM Bro Alexander Bloomfield-Wilson had earlier paid warm tribute to the deceased brother his Installation, and suggested the framed copy be found a position in the East.
RWM, WILLIAM LAWSON LEADS LARGE DEPUTATION TO LODGE FIRTH OF CLYDE No626 – 11TH APRIL 2016
RWM William Lawson led a large deputation of Past Masters ,Office Bearers and brethren numbering some 38 in all, to our visit to Lodge Firth of Clyde No.626, Gourock. After accepting the chair from RWM. Nicky Stetz , our own RWM. then led the degree team in conferring a passing on the Lodge Candidate. After fraternal greetings were exchanged , and some friendly banter, the brethren retired and enjoyed the customary and renowned hospitality of Lodge 626. This has become an Annual affair and is enjoyed by both Lodges as we meet on the same night and opportunities to visit each other are somewhat limited.
LODGE NOMINEE LIZ MACDONALD WINS CITIZENS AWARD – 2016
The brethren of the Lodge were delighted that our nominee deservedly won this years Citizens award of Provincial Grand Lodge of Refrewshire West. Liz who runs the HAMMY’S after school care service at the Hamilton Bardrainney Church in Port Glasgow, for children of local schools, ( a small part of the tremendous work she does throughout the community) and is well deserved recognition for a fantastic Lady. Liz is seen receiving the ward from the RWPGM Bro James Pearson Livingstone at the evening Dinner held after the AGM of Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West, and in the second photo she addresses the brethren present. (These images have been reproduced here by kind permission of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West who retain copyright of the images).We are all pleased for, and proud that Liz has won this award. Liz displayed the award for all the parents of the childrento see at Hammy’s.
VISIT TO LODGE CUMBERLAND KILWINNING No217 – 18TH FEB 2016
Our RWM Bro William Lawson led a small deputation which included both Wardens and Both deacons , numbering 9 in total on a visit to our good neighbours in Port Glasgow Lodge Cumberland Kilwinning No217, where they witnessed an Fellowcraft degree carried out to a very high standard by the Office bearers of No217. Fraternal greetings were exchanged, and the brethren enjoyed the harmony downstairs afterwards.
VISIT TO LODGE FIRTH OF CLYDE 626 GOUROCK – 28TH DECEMBER 2015
Headed by the RWM Bro William Lawson a delegation of Past Masters office bearers and brethren numbering some 14 in total visited our friends in Gourock , where they witnessed an excellent raising ably carried out by the RWM Nicholas Stetz and his office bearers. Fraternal greetings were exchanged and a number of brethren stayed after the meeting to enjoy the very generous hospitality afforded by the Brethren of Lodge 626. The two lodges meet on the same evening making visits difficult but the brethren of LDK No68 will be returning in April.
ANNUAL INSTALLATION MEETING – 11TH DECEMBER 2015
This years Installation meeting saw Bro.William Lawson installed as the Right Worshipful Master for a third year. A well attended meeting witnessed the Installation of our RWM and all the other Lodge Office bearers, including the RWMPGM Bro James Pearson Livingston, a delegation from Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West, and five Reigning Masters from within the province of Renfrewshire West . Also in attendance were brethren from within and outwith the province including some visitors from England All of whom were given a hearty Doric Kilwinning welcome. After the meeting a large number remained for the traditional harmony, and was enjoyed by all present, with various toasts being made by our RWM ,WSW,WSD, and from the RWM Bro Gordon Leitch Cumberland Kilwinning No217 , our sister Lodge in Port Glasgow.
RWM WILLIAM LAWSON RECEIVES 50 YEAR CERTIFICATE 22ND SEPT 2015
At the end of the evenings business RWPGM Bro James Pearson Livingston sprang a surprise on our RWM Bro William Lawson by calling him to the floor and presenting him with his 50 year certificate, not normally lost for words he was on this occasion!
Our RWM has served the Lodge in so many posts over the years and has been a very popular figure in the craft within and outwith the province.
Bro. JOE BELL RECEIVES 60 YEAR CERTIFICATE 15TH SEPT 2015
At our regular weekly meeting Bro Joe Bell received his certificate having joined Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68 some 60 years ago ! He was presented with the award by the RWM Bro William Lawson and was warmly applauded by the large number of brethren present and congratulated by all. The certificate was richly deserved by Bro Bell having served the Lodge in many different posts.
VISIT TO LODGE FIRTH OF CLYDE No626, GOUROCK – APRIL 2015
The RWM Bro William Lawson led a very large deputation numbering some 35 brethren on what is now an Annual visit to our good friends in Gourock, where they were warmly received and enjoyed the usual excellent harmony that is always afforded by the Brethren of 626.
VISIT TO LODGE DUMBARTON KILWINNING No18 – 6th March 2015
The RWM Bro William Lawson led a very large delegation of Past Masters, Office Bearers and Brethren numbering some 24 “across the water” to Dumbarton Kilwinning No18 where they carried out a degree to the highest standards and were well received by their hosts, and commended for their work by RWM David Newport of Dumbarton . this continues a long standing friendship between the Lodges and old and new friendships were made and renewed. Later the visitors of enjoyed the traditional warm and generous hospitality of the Dumbarton Brethren.
ANNUAL VISIT OF PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE – FEB 16TH 2015
Monday 16th of February saw the Annual visit of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West, led by the RWPGM James Pearson Livingston take place. During the course of the evening The Lodge was praised for its Charitable donations by The RWPGM who also very kindly paid tribute to our website. The PGL witnessed a very fine degree, and then Bro Alan Beck PM of Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No 12 was made an honorary life member of our Lodge, as is the custom , for proposing the immortal memory in such fine style at our Annual Anniversary and Burns Supper gathering in January. The RWPGM James Pearson Livingston then presented two of our brethren with very special awards, PM Archibald McNaughton Wright was presented with the honorary post of standard bearer for Grand Lodge of Scotland , a great honour for him personally and our Lodge and SM. Bro Joe Bell was also presented with an Honour from Provincial Grand Lodge for his great service to freemasonry in General but also to his Mother Lodge. The evening concluded with the very large attendance of Brethren enjoying some Harmony afterwards in the function Hall.
LODGE DUMBARTON KILWINNING ANNUAL DANCE – FEB 14TH 2015
Saturday saw the Annual Dinner Dance of Lodge Dumbarton Kilwinning No18 take place and as is their custom , as part of our well known and long standing friendship between the Lodges our WJM Alex Bloomfield-Wilson and his wife attended on behalf of the lodge. They were treated to an excellent meal and were royally entertained and treated to the very generous and renowned hospitality 0f their hosts. The Lodge will be renewing these links when they visit Lodge Dumbarton Kilwinning No18 on Friday the 6th of March when a large number of brethren will be “Crossing the river” to take part. (WJW is pictured with the RWM David Newport of Lodge Dumbarton No 18)
258TH ANNIVERSARY MEETING AND BURNS SUPPER 23rd January 2015
The lodge celebrated its 258th Anniversary with our usual special meeting held on Friday 23rd January 2015. After the meeting the customary dinner was held in the form of a Burns Supper.
The toast to the immortal memory of Bro Robert Burns was proposed by Bro.PM. Alan Beck of Greenock Kilwinning No 12 who’s toast was based around the letters of the name Burns. The toast to Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68 was proposed by the RWM of Lodge Cumberland Kilwinning No 217 Bro Clive Taulbut who’s toast focussed on the efforts made by the brethren to raise funds to pay for the current building , planning for which commenced in 1896. One of the main fund raising events was a bizarre during which a raffle was held . Among the more unusual prizes included a wardrobe and even more strangely a donkey.
The toast to the Lassies was proposwed by Bro David Wilson of Lodge Sir Michael No 989 with the reply being given by Bro. Duncan Simpson of Lodge Crawfurdsburn No 1121.The toast to absent friends at high Twelve was proposed by Bro. P.M. George Freeburn . During the evening the brethren and guests were entertained by PM.Ross Nugent of Lodge Cumberland Kilwinning No 217 who gave recitations of Tam o’Shanter and Holy Willies prayer. Our own RWM . Bro William Lawson gave us the address to the Haggis and the parody The Goalkeepers Ghost.PM.Alan Beck entertained in song and the JD Bro William Mooney gave a good blaw on the pipes. The supper was chaired by the Lodge Bard Bro Iain MacLeod.
ANNUAL LODGE INSTALLATION – FRIDAY 12th DECEMBER 2014
This year saw the RWM.Bro William Lawson installed for a second term by the Installing Masters, PM.George Freeburn, PM.Archibald McNaughton Wright and PM.Bro Ian MacPherson. A large attendance witnessed the Installation with delegations from Lodges within and outwith the Province of Renfrewshire West, and The Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West led by the RWPGM Bro.James Pearson Livingstone, a good number of brethren from Lodge Doric Kilwinning were also in attendance. After all the Office bearers were installed the brethren and visitors retired from the Temple to enjoy a fine meal Lodge Hospitality, with several fine speeches and toasts being made. The memorable night concluded some time after high Twelve.
VISIT TO LODGE FIRTH OF CLYDE 626 – DECEMBER – 8th 2014
The RWM master Bro.William Lawson led a delegation of 17 brethren on a visit to our good friends in Gourock where they received as warm a welcome as ever. We were able to visit Lodge Firth of Clyde 626 who normally meet on a Monday like ourselves as we had no meeting due to our installation taking place on Friday 12th of December. A number of the brethren stayed and enjoyed warm hospitality from our guests after the Lodge meeting .
SENIOR BRETHRENS ANNUAL OUTING – OCTOBER 2014
This years senior brethren’s outing took place on Saturday 26th October, over 30 Brethren left in high spirits from the 68 club and enjoyed a bus tour which took them the “scenic” route to Lanark. They enjoyed a short visit to the town and then it was back on board the bus as the final destination was reached at Lodge St.John’s No187 Carluke. The brethren were then treated to a fine Lunch provided by their hosts and then the entertainment for the rest of the day and the craic that flowed , not to mention more than a few drams.
We would like to thank the brethren of Lodge St.John’s No 187 of Carluke for their very kind hospitality and , it would also be remiss not to thank our own Lodge Bard Bro Iain Macleod who once again put in a lot of hard work to arrange the outing and ensure all who travelled had a great day out. All are looking forward to next years
VISIT TO LODGE FORTROSE STORNOWAY No 108 – SEPT 2014
On Thursday 4th of September a large number of Brethren left Port Glasgow and travelled North to catch the ferry to Stornoway to visit our friends in Lodge Fortrose No108.The delegation was headed by the RWM William Lawson, accompanied by Past Masters, Office Bearers and brethren of 68, along with brethren from Lodges within and outwith the Province of Refrewshire West.
The RWM and his degree team conferred a passing degree, to the usual high standards and was appreciated by the brethren present. After which the RWM and the past masters and brethren enjoyed the renowned, warm hospitality of Lodge Fortrose and old relationships were renewed and indeed many new ones made.
There are now strong links established between the two Lodges and this visit is now established on the Lodge Calendar . On the Saturday the brethren visited some of the local points of interests with some hiring a minibus to take a short tour. The evening was rounded off with further generous hospitality provided by Lodge Fortrose,
All too soon it was time to say goodbye to our friends and the brethren set off back to Port Glasgow arriving back late on Sunday evening. The trip could not have taken place without the organisation, countless e mails , booking accommodation, Ferries, and was due entirely, once again undertaken by the Lodge Bard Bro Iain McLeod and the brethren are grateful for his hard work and efforts on their behalf
Visit to Lodge Firth of Clyde 626 – Monday 14th April 2014
The R.W.M William Lawson led a large delegation of Past Masters,Office Bearers and brethren , some 30 in number, to Lodge Firth of Clyde No 626, and were warmly received by the Office bearers and brethren of our friends in Gourock. The delegation witnessed an excellent entering degree and the R.W.M William Lawson acknowledged this when exchanging fraternal greetings at the end of the meeting.Many brethren remained afterwards and enjoyed the warm hospitality of the Brethren of Lodge 626. We would like to thank the R.W.M.,Office bearers and brethren for the warm welcome extended to us on what has become an annual visitation.
257th Anniversary Meeting and Burns Supper,Friday 24th January 2014
The 257th Anniversary Meeting of the Lodge took place and was followed by the Lodge Burns Supper afterwards in the 68 Club, and was well attended by Lodge members visitors from within and outwith the Province of Renfrewshire West and a number of other guests. the address to the haggis was delivered by our RWM Bro William Lawson aided by Piper Bro Billy Mooney and Head of Stewards Bro Graeme Mooney. After a traditional Burns supper was served the Supper was Chaired by our lodge Bard Bro.Iain Mac Leod, a distinguished list of speakers were introduced headed by the RWPGM James Pearson Livingston who toasted the Immortal memory. The Star o’ Rabbie Burns was sung by PM.Bro George Freeburn, followed by a toast to Lodge Doric No 68 by PM. Thomas Moore of Lodge Crawfurdsburn No 1121, replied to by RWM William Lawson.
Tam O’Shanter was once again delivered by PM Bro. Ross Nugent of Lodge Cumberland Kilwinning 217, with his usual polished performance and was well received by the enthusiastic audience.To great gales of laughter Bro.Bert Thomson proposed a ‘toast to the lassies’ bringing the house down with his great wit , this was replied to By PM.Bro.Colin Bonnar of Lodge Crawfurdsburn 1121 again with great humour laced through his speech.
At the stroke of midnight as is Lodge tradition , a silent toast was proposed to absent friends and Brethren by PM George Freeburn and a minutes silence was held by those present.
A toast to the visitors was proposed by Bro David Turner and replied to RWM Bro Alan Beck of Greenock Kilwinning No12, and to finish off the round of speeches and toasts, a toast to the Artistes and Stewards was led by WJW Bro Alexander Bloomfield-Wilson and reply was made by Bro William Mooney , piper, who had entertained the gathering with a skirl o’ the pipes.
RWM Bro Alan Beck of Greenock Kilwinning No12 had earlier performed a rendition of ‘Aye fond kiss’ which was well received by the appreciative audience.
Before departing home the evening was concluded by the attendees linking arms and singing auld langs syne, a perfect end to a superb nights entertainment which was enjoyed by all present.
Annual Lodge Installation Friday 13th December 2013
This years annual Installation saw Bro William Lawson Installed as the RWM of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68, in the Masonic Temple in Brown Street , Port Glasgow. a packed Lodge saw the Installing Masters, PM George Freeburn, PM Ian McPherson and PM Archibald McNaughton Wright carry out the ceremony of Installing the RWM and Office bearers, a full list of Office bearers can be found elsewhere on on the Website. A large deputation of Brethren from within and outwith the province of Renfrewshire West was in attendance as was large deputation of The Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West itself, led by the RWPGM James Pearson Livingston. Also very pleasing was the large number of brethren from the Lodge itself who also attended the meeting and very moving ceremony. After the Lodge was closed the Brethren, visitors and distinguished guests retired to the Social Club where they enjoyed a fine meal and indulged in Lodge Harmony, a fine end to a night to remember.
PRESENTATION TO Bro.CHARLES SYDNEY PETCH November 2013
A brother of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68 was recently honoured on the occasion of his 70th Jubilee. Bro Charles Sydney Petch is seen receiving his Certificate from Bro Nigel Catchpole Grand Master of Essex, and Bro.Terry Hanby of Thornby Lodge in the West Riding of Yorkshire who presented him with a Framed copy of the drawing of his mother Lodge,which hangs in the Masters room, here in Port Glasgow. Bro Petch was delighted to receive such a gift from his Mother Lodge, we are extremely proud of Bro. Petch and his achievement.
LODGE SENIOR BRETHREN OUTING AUGUST 2013
This years annual Senior Brethren outing took place on Saturday 31st August, and a coach full of Brethren left the Lodge on yet another “mystery” tour organised by the Lodge Bard Bro.Iain MacLeod. The “adventure” took them for a stop firstly at Inveraray, and no one ended up in its famous Jail!and all enjoyed a refreshment or two while there.
Once the party was suitably rested it was onwards to the mystery destination, which turned out to be Lodge Loch Fyne No 764 , where generous hospitality was enjoyed by all the brethren, including a fine meal.
A fond farewell was exchanged and the Brethren boarded the coach back to Port Glasgow where the Night continued back at the 68 club and other venues.! A fantastic day enjoyed by those who attended and due once again to Bro. Iain MacLeod.
ANNUAL LODGE INSTALLATION 14TH DECEMBER 2012
Our Lodge was filled with a large number 0f our own brethren, and visitors from within and outwith the Province of Renfrewshire West, including a number from our friends in Robin Hood Lodge 5877, also a large delegation from Provincial Grand Lodge was in attendance.
Bro. Richard Harrison was installed as Right Worshipful Master for 2012-2013, by the installing masters Bro George Freeburn PM 68 and Bro. John Black PM 68. The remaining Office bearers were installed by Bro Harry Randell PM 5877. After the completion of the Installation Many Brethren retired to the Social Hall and enjoyed a splendid meal and an evening of harmony.
Visit to Lodge Robin Hood 5877 (Birminham)
The lodge traveled to Birmingham to visit Lodge Robin Hood 5877. This was an eagerly awaited visit where our lodge was asked to demonstrate a 2nd degree. The brothers in attendance were, Right Worshipful Master Richard Harrison, Past Masters Archie Wright, John Black, George Freeburn, Brothers, William Lawson, Robert Allan, Joe Bell, Jim Hamilton, Bert Hill, David Smith, Alisdair Arkless and Stevie McKirgan. Also traveling down were PM’s Ross Nugent, Jim Cowen from Lodge Cumberland Kilwinning 217, and Bert Thompson from Beith St John Kilwinning 157, all 3 brothers who are honorary members of LDK68.
The brethren travelled down in cars on the morning of Friday 1st March 2013, for the meeting that night. We were picked up and taken to the lodge in Kings Heath for the meeting. Once in the very impressive building we entered the lodge. Lodge Robin Hood 5877 opened the meeting and went about their business, then handed the Lodge over to LDK68. We demonstrated how we would open the Lodge, and then went onto the demonstration of the 2nd degree. A great deal of credit must go to the office bearers who done a wonderful job in strange surroundings.
After the business of the evening was over, the brethren went downstairs to partake in the festive board that was supplied for us. An excellent meal was then enjoyed as old friendships were renewed and new friendships were made.
The following day most of the brethren travelled back home, but some stayed for the Saturday night, when once again they were entertained by lodge 5877.
A most enjoyable experience was had by all who attended and we look forward to Lodge Robin Hood visiting our Lodge in the near future.
Visit to Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No 12 – October 12th 2012
RWM Bro.Ian McPherson led a large delegation of Office bearers and brethren to visit Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No12 . some 26 brethren attended from our Lodge to see our degree team carry out an exemplification of a passing, fraternal greetings were exchanged
Visit to Lodge Firth of Clyde 626 april 2102
RWM Bro Ian McPherson led a large deputation numbering some 28 brethren from our Lodge went on our Annual Visit to our friends in Gourock. An excellent degree was witnessed by those who attended ,and fraternal greetings were exchanged .
VISIT TO LODGE DUMBARTON KILWINNING No18 (October 2011)
On Friday 21st October 2011 a large delegation of brethren fron Lodge Doric travelled to Dumbarton No 18 and carried out an excellent third degree, with several brethren standing in for degree team members who were unable to travel. This was followed by hospitality very kindly provided by our hosts and the evening was enjoyed by all those who attended.
LODGE LINKS Lodge St.John No 187 Carluke ( May 2011)
In the last session a number of brethren from Lodge Doric Kilwinning visted Lodge St.John No187 Carluke and witnessed an excellent degree. The significance of the visit being that it is the mother Lodge of the son and grandson of the late and sadly missed Bro.David McIntosh from our own Lodge, a photograph of the two Davids’ is attached.
VISIT OF LODGE ROBIN HOOD (5877 – BIRMINGHAM) (1st April 2011)
The regular and eagerly anticipated visit of our friends from Lodge Robin Hood 5877 ,Birmingham,(English Constitution) , took place on Friday 1st April. A well attended Lodge, witnessed an exemplification of an Entering, carried out under the English Constitution. The Exemplification work was of the highest standard and greatly appreciated by all the brethren who attended. Lodge Robin Hood were assisted by our own Bro D.Smith(Tyler),Bro A.Bloomfield-Wilson (W.S.D.) and Bro.G.Mooney . This long standing friendship between the two Lodges is well known, and after the completion of the evening’s official business, a meal was enjoyed by all those present. (more to follow)
PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE VISIT (14th March 2011)
On the recent occasion of the Annual visit of Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West, two Brethren of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No68 were honoured to be presented with Diplomas by the Provincial Grand Master Bro.James Miller. Bro. Joe Mc Cabe was presented with a diploma to mark his 50 years service to the Lodge, he regularly attends the Lodge meetings and was sorely missed during his recent absence through ill health, thankfully he seems to be back to his best!. Bro Edward Laing was presented with a diploma to recognise the oustanding sterling work he has carried out on behalf of the lodge over the years, and the Brethren wished to see this recognised.
(pictured left to right – R W.M. Bro.Ian McPherson,Bro J.McCabe,Bro.E.Laing and Provincial Grand Master Bro J.Miller)
BRO.ROBERT MAC DONALD 500 AND COUNTING! (October 2010)
Our far travelled Bro.Robert Mac Donald recently clocked up a fantastic milestone,he has now visited over 500 Lodges andaccumulated over 500 pieces of regalia including Mark degree pennies,Lodge Ties,Badges , Jewels and many other items. He has made the name of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No 68 known in far flung corners and he recently brought some of his huge collection of regalia into the Lodge for other brethren to view and admire and Robert happily recounted tales of his countless visits.Robert assures us he has no intentions of slowing down and will continue to make our Lodge presence known wherever he goes in the future.
VISIT TO LODGE FORTROSE No108 STORNOWAY ( September 2010 )
In January 2010 Lodge Bard Bro Iain Macleod and PM Archie Wright of Lodge Doric Kilwinning 68 were discussing visitations the Lodge had been involved in over many years and the idea of travelling to Stornoway, Bro.Macleod’s home town to confer a degree was mentioned to the brethren present to assess the interest,considering the distance from Port Glasgow to Stornoway, and initially 12 brethren expressed their willingness to attend.
Discussions thereafter took place with Lodge Fortrose No 108 in Stornoway and they stated they would be delighted to welcome the brethren from Port Glasgow to their Lodge to confer a degree.Arrangements were quickly put into gear and dispensation was saught and granted by the respective Provincial Grand Lodges of Renfrewshire West and Ross and Cromarty for that purpose.Within the next few months the number of brethren wishing to attend increased from the original 12 to 50 and accomodation and transport arrangements were duly amended accordingly. It was thus a very happy group of brethren who left Lodge 68, at 1.30am on friday 03rdSeptember to make the long trip north overnight.The party consisted of 37 members of Lodge Doric Kilwinning 68, 3 from Lodge Dunoon Argyll 335, 2 of Lodge Cumberland Kilwinning 217, 2 members of Lodge Crawfurdsburn No1121, 1 from each of Lodge Mongomery Kilwinning No 624 Skelmorlie, Lodge St.John No 187 Carluke, Lodge St.Munn Sandbank No 496, Perth Royal Arch Lodge No 122, Lodge Stanley Perthshire No 1262 and Lodge Greenford Middlessex.
Several brief stops were made en route including the Commando memorial at Spean Bridge where respects were shown, a hearty breakfast was then enjoyed at the Ord Arms hotel, at Muir Of Ord before continuing to Ullapool to catch the Cal Mac ferry.
The ferry “Isle of Lewis” left Ullapool at 10.25am qnd the brethren arrived in Stornoway in good spirits, members of Lodge Fortrose were waiting to welcome them and conveyed them on to their respective accomodation and them on to the Lodge where soup and sandwiches were gratefully received.
The brethren then spent the afternoon perusing the lovely town and harbour area of Stornoway before returning to Lodge Fortrose that evening where the RWM John Black and his office bearers conferred an excellant fellowcraft degree on a local candidate in front of a packed Lodge.A group Photo of all the brethren in attendance was then taken as a memento of the occasion.
Afterwards the brethren retired for harmony and a first class meal during which gifts were exchanged between the Lodges.All participated in the spirit of the harmony where many hidden talents emerged,eventually the brethren retired to their accomodation having experienced a first class night all round.
The following day some of the brethren went for a pre arranged game of golf while others accepted the hospitality of Lodge Fortrose who laid on a coach which took them on a tour of the west of the Island, including the famous Callanish Stones, to the Carloway Broch and to the restored Arnol Blackhouse.There was also a break for refreshments and the brethren enjoyed the bright sunshine which showed the Island at its best.
The following afternoon the brethren boarded the ferry to Ullapool where they rejoined the coach and made their way south again where they arrived back at at the Lodge 68 before midnight. The brethren were very tired but delighted they had participated in a memorable weekend.
A final thought, It is absolutely amazing how the Ferry did not sink considering the amount of famous Stornoway black puddings the brethren had in their possession.!