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Thu, 3rd August 2017

Honorary Membership conferred at 442

RWM Bro Duncan Stanners & DPGM Bro William Steel confer MM Degree

Brethren & friends,
On Thursday 3rd August we had the pleasure of welcoming many Brethren from within and out with the Province of Ayrshire into our Mother Lodge to witness the MM Degree as conferred by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and DPGM Bro William Steel.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of 442. The RWM thanked the Brethren of 442 for their attendance and continual support towards their Mother Lodge. He also welcomed all of the visiting Brethren and thanked them for their continual support to 442 and for their attendance on the evening. He then charged the visiting Brethren that when returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from himself, the Wardens, Past Masters, Office Bearers and the Brethren of 442.

The RWM then invited the acting Director of Ceremonies PM Bro Keith Syme to retire and introduce the deputation from the PGL of Ayrshire. On returning into the Lodge PM Syme introduced the deputation to the RWM and the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed by our RWPGM Bro Robert Little, accompanying Bro Little were IPPGM Bro Archibald Chalmers, PPGM and several other non commissioned office bearers from the PGL Ayrshire. DPGM Bro William Steel had already entered the Lodge as part of the Degree team earlier on in the evening.

RWM Stanners welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and thanked them for their attendance and for the continual support offered to Lodge 442. RWM Stanners then invited the RWPGM to the East of the Lodge. RWPGM Bro Little thanked the RWM for the welcome into the Lodge and accepted the invitation to the East of the Lodge. After exchanging a few words RWM Stanners invited the remainder of the deputation to assist him in the East of the Lodge.

After completing the general correspondence and all other competent business our RWM then raised the Lodge to the third and most high and sublime degree of a MM.

Thereafter one Brother retired and was prepared to re enter the Lodge to be raised to the third and most high and sublime degree of a MM at the very capable hands of RWM Stanners and DPGM Bro Steel.

DPGM received the candidate in due and ancient form and there after obligated him before the assembled Brethren. On the completion of the obligation DPGM then conferred the retrospect. The remainder of the Degree was conferred by RWM Stanners.

At the completion of the Degree the Lodge was reduced to the EA Degree. Brother Robert McCroskie then spoke on behalf of the Deputation from the PGL Ayrshire.

After uplifting the collection RWM Stanners then asked IPPGM Bro Archibald Chalmers to carry out his special duties. IPPGM Chalmers then in his own courteous manner introduced RWPGM Brother Robert Little and DPGM Brother William Steel to RWM Stanners and the assembled Brethren.

RWM Stanners then thanked both Brethren for their continual support given to 442 over the years and stated that it was his pleasure to offer honorary membership to both Brethren. Both Brethren stated that it would be their pleasure to accept honorary membership in Lodge 442.

RWM Stanners then brought both Brethren to the Altar and thereafter obligated and conferred honorary membership on both Brethren.

After conferring honorary membership RWM Stanners asked both Brethren if they would like to address the assembled Brethren to which both replied and thanked RWM Stanners and the Brethren of 442 for the honour in receiving honorary membership into Lodge 442.

The deputation from the PGL of Ayrshire then retired.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and the office bearers of 442.

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 7th September at 7:15pm where Lodge Royal Arch West Kilbride No 314 will be conferring a MM Degree.

All of the Brethren in attendance then retired to Lodge 442s social club for some 442 hospitality.

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Thu, 6th July 2017

Burns Dundonald No 1759 visit 442

Lodge Burns Dundonald No 1759 confer MMM Degree at 442


Brethren & friends,
On Thursday 6th July we had the pleasure of welcoming a very large and distinguished deputation from Lodge Burns Dundonald No 1759 into our Lodge to confer a Mark Master Mason Degree.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of 442. The RWM thanked the Brethren of 442 for their attendance and continual support towards their Mother Lodge. He also welcomed all of the visiting Brethren and thanked them for their continual support to 442 and for their attendance on the evening. He then charged the visiting Brethren that when returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from himself, the Wardens, Past Masters, Office Bearers and the Brethren of 442.

The RWM then invited the acting Director of Ceremonies PM Bro Keith Syme to retire and introduce the deputation from the PGL of Ayrshire. On returning into the LodgePM Syme introduced the deputation to the RWM and the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed by our RWPGM Bro Robert Little, accompanying Bro Little were IPPGM Bro Archibald Chalmers, PPGM Bro Adam Cunningham, DPGM Bro William Steel and several other non commissioned office bearers from the PGL Ayrshire.

RWM Stanners welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and thanked them for their attendance and for the continual support offered to Lodge 442. RWM Stanners then invited the RWPGM to the East of the Lodge. RWPGM Bro Little thanked the RWM for the welcome into the Lodge and accepted the invitation to the East of the Lodge. After exchanging a few words RWM Stanners invited the remainder of the deputation to assist him in the East of the Lodge.

After completing the general correspondence and all other competent business our RWM directed the acting Director of Ceremonies PM Syme to retire once again and introduce the deputation from Lodge Burns Dundonald No 1759.

On returning to the Lodge PM Syme introduced the deputation to the assembled Brethren which was headed by RWM Bro Brian Callaghan. Accompanying the Deputation were various Brethren from our sister Lodges both within and out with the Province of Ayrshire.

Our RWM welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and expressed his gratitude to all of the visiting Brethren for their attendance at 442 and for the acceptance to confer the MMM Degree. RWM Callaghan and all other installed Masters were then invited the East of the Lodge.

Once the assembled Brethren were seated our RWM then presented the gavel to RWM Callaghan to allow him and his Degree team to confer the MMM Degree on one Brother. RWM Callaghan thanked RWM Stanners for the presentation of the gavel and for the kind invitation to confer the MMM Degree and intimated that he hoped that the work of 1759 would be to the complete satisfaction of the Brethren assembled.

Thereafter one Brother was advanced to the honourable Degree of a MMM at the very capable hands of RWM Callaghan who conferred the obligation and PM Steven Mack who conferred the remainder of the Degree to a very high standard.

At the completion of the Degree the Lodge was reduced to the EA Degree and the gavel was returned to RWM Stanners, the office bearers were exchanged and various comments were made by RWM Stanners on the excellent Degree, DPGM BroWilliam Steel spoke on behalf of the Deputation from the PGL Ayrshire.

The deputation from the PGL of Ayrshire then retired followed by the deputation from 1759.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and the office bearers of 442.

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 3rd August at 7:15pm where RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and DPGM Bro William Steel will be conferring a MM Degree.

All of the Brethren in attendance then retired to Lodge 442s social club for some 442 hospitality.

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Sun, 4th June 2017

Three towns divine service

The annual three towns divine service was held on Sunday 4th June at 6pm within the premises of Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169. The service was conducted by Rev Ian Benzie PGL Ayrshire Chaplain. 

The turnout from all three Lodges this year was fair but could have been much better. A Deputation from the PGL of Ayrshire was headed by RWPGM Bro Robert Little.

The service was conveyed in a very sincere and jovial manner by Rev Benzie.

At the conclusion of the service all in attendance retired to 169s social club for a marvelous spread of sandwiches, biscuits and sausage rolls washed down by a lovely hot cup of tea or coffee. 

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Thu, 1st June 2017

FC Degree conferred by 442


Brethren & friends, 

The last regular meeting of the Lodge was held on Thursday 1st June and was once again a very
successful meeting where the Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan
Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge. 

After opening the Lodge our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners thanked the Brethren of the Lodge for their attendance and for their continual support for Freemasonry in general but for the support shown to their Mother Lodge in particular. The RWM then welcomed the visitors into the Lodge and thanked them for their support and attendance.

The Lodge business and correspondence was then conducted by the RWM and Bro Secretary and duly approved by the Brethren of the Lodge. 

The Lodge was then passed to the Second Degree where one Brother was duly passed by WSW Bro Keith Syme and RWM Bro Duncan Stanners. 

At the conclusion of the Degree our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners thanked all of the degree team for the excellent manner in which they conducted themselves around the Lodge room and the first class ritual work that they had just presented. He also welcomed and thanked our new Fellow Craft into the Lodge and for his participation as candidate in the degree. 

RWM Stanners then intimated that the next regular meeting would be held on Thursday 6th July at
7:15pm where Lodge Burns Dundonald No 1759 will be conferring a MMM Degree.

RWM Stanners reminded the Brethren of 442 that they had accepted the invitation of confering a FC Degree at Lodge Beith St John No 157 on Thursday 29th June at 7:15pm, a good attendance would be greatly appreciated.

The quarterly comunication of the PGL of Ayrshire will be held on Wednesday 28th June at 7:30pm within the premises of Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169, the wardens should note this in their diaries.

The three towns divine service will be held within the premises of Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169 at 5:30pm for a 6pm start where all family and friends will be made most welcome, a good attendance from members of Lodge 442 would be gratefully expected. 

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form where the brethren assembled retired to the social club for some 442 harmony. 

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Thu, 18th May 2017

Lodge 505 confer MM Degree at 442

Brethren & friends, 

On Thursday 18th May we had the pleasure once again of welcoming a deputation from Lodge Burns St Mary No 505 into our Lodge to confer a Master Mason Degree. 

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of 442. The RWM thanked the Brethren of 442 for their attendance and continual support towards their Mother Lodge. He also welcomed all of the visiting Brethren and thanked them for their
continual support to 442 and for their attendance on the evening. He then charged the visiting Brethren that when returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from himself, the Wardens, PMs, Office Bearers and the Brethren of 442.

The RWM then invited the acting Director of Ceremonies Bro Robert McIntosh to retire and introduce the deputation from the PGL of Ayrshire. On returning into the Lodge Bro McIntosh introduced the deputation to the RWM and the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed by our RWPGM Bro Robert Little, accompanying Bro Little were SPGM Bro Sam Peden, Bro Stewart Cruikshank and Bro John Muir.

RWM Stanners welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and thanked them for their attendance, he then invited the RWPGM to the East of the Lodge. RWPGM Bro Little thanked the RWM for the welcome into the Lodge and accepted the invitation to the East of the Lodge. After exchanging a few words RWM Stanners invited the remainder of the deputation to assist him in the East of the Lodge.

After completing the general correspondence and all other competent business our RWM invited the acting Director of Ceremonies to retire once again and introduce the deputation from Lodge Burns St Mary No 505. 

On returning to the Lodge Bro McIntosh introduced the deputation to the assembled Brethren which was headed by RWM Bro Ivy Rennie. Accompanying the brethren of 505 were various brethren from our sister Lodges. 

Our RWM welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and expressed his gratitude to all of the visiting
Brethren for their attendance at 442 and for the acceptance to confer the MM Degree. RWM Rennie and all other installed Masters were then invited to the East of the Lodge.

Once the assembled Brethren were seated our RWM then presented the gavel to RWM Rennie to allow him and his Degree team to confer the MM Degree on one Brother. RWM Rennie thanked RWM Stanners for the presentation of the gavel and for the kind invitation to confer the MM Degree and intimated that he hoped that the work of 505 would be to the complete satisfaction of the Brethren assembled. 

Thereafter one Brother was raised to the High and sublime Degree of a MM at the very capable hands of RWM Rennie who conferred the obligation and PM Bro Martin Smillie who conferred the Degree to a very high standard. 

At the completion of the Degree the Lodge was reduced to the EA Degree and the gavel was returned to RWM Stanners, the office bearers were exchanged and various comments were made from both parties for the excellent Degree, SPGM Bro Sam Peden spoke on behalf of the PGL Ayrshire.

The deputation from the PGL of Ayrshire then retired followed by the deputation from 505.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and the office bearers of 442. 

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 1st June at 7:15pm where Lodge Neptune 442 will be conferring a FC Degree.

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Mon, 8th May 2017

442 confer FC degree at 320

At the request of the RWM Bro David Thomson and Brethren of Lodge St John Royal Arch Saltcoats and Ardrossan No. 320 a deputation from Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No. 442 went along to Ardrossan on Monday 8th May to confer a FC Degree. 

On arriving at the Lodge the Brethren of 442 were met with the usual warm welcome from the Brethren and visitors at 320. At approximately 7:50pm the deputation from 442 were escorted into the Lodge by the Director of Ceremonies Bro Mathew Smail who introduced the deputation to the RWM Bro David Thomson and the assembled Brethren. RWM Thomson welcomed the Brethren of 442 into the Lodge and expressed his sincere thanks to RWM Bro Stanners for accepting to carry out the FC Degree. He then invited RWM Stanners to the East of the Lodge. RWM Stanners suitably replied and took up his place in the East of the Lodge where he accepted the Lodge gavel on behalf of the deputation from 442. 

The office bearers of 320 were then exchanged in favour of the office bearers of 442 and the Lodge
was then passed to the FC Degree where after one candidate entered the Lodge and received an
excellent FC Degree at the most capable hands of RWM Stanners and IPM Bro Keith Syme.

 

At the conclusion of the Degree the office bearers of both Lodges returned to their respective offices and the Lodge was reduced to the EA Degree. RWM Thomson thanked RWM Stanners for the excellent degree which had just been witnessed. Various other visiting brethren also made comment on the degree. RWM Stanners suitably replied on behalf of the Degree team. 

The deputation from 442 were then invited to retire to join in some Lodge harmony alongside the Brethren and visitors of 320.

 

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Thomson and the office bearers of 320 at the conclusion of which all the brethren assembled retired to the social club for a well-deserved plate of soup, sandwiches and a cup of tea.

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Thu, 4th May 2017

Coila St Andrew No 1334 confer FC degree at 442

Brethren & Friends, 

Our last regular meeting of the Lodge was held on Thursday 4th May at 7:15pm. 
The lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the Office
Bearers of the Lodge. The RWM welcomed all in attendance into the Lodge and expressed his
sincere thanks for the continual support that the visiting Brethren had given to Lodge 442 for many
years. The RWM also thanked the office bearers and Brethren of 442 for the continual support towards their Mother Lodge. Masters past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge. 
 
RWM Brother Duncan Stanners then welcomed DPGM Bro William Steel into the Lodge and thanked the DPGM for his support for Lodge 442 and offered him the Lodge gavel. On offering the DPGM the Lodge gavel RWM Stanners congratulated him on receiving the nomination as our new PGM with a very high vote from the PGLA at the recent quarterly communication The DPGM thanked RWM Stanners for the warm welcome and intimated that he was more than happy to visit Lodge 442 as a warm and friendly welcome had always been offered to the Brethren from the PGLA. The DPGM intimated that the PGLA had no official business to carry out and had merely come to enjoy the company of the Brethren and visitors at Lodge 442 and to witness the workings of the visiting Lodge. He also thanked RWM Stanners for his congratulation on being nominated as the new PGM of Ayrshire at the recent communication. The gavel was then returned to the RWM.

The business of the Lodge was then conducted in a very swift and competent manner by the RWM and Lodge Secretary PM Brother Charles Pllu, all relevant matters were then passed by the Brethren
of 442. After completing the Lodge business the RWM intimated that tonight’s Degree would be a
FC Degree by Lodge Coila St Andrew No 1334. 

The RWM then asked the acting Director of Ceremonies WSD Bro David Warnes to retire and introduced the deputation from Lodge Coila St Andrew No 1334. On returning into the Lodge Bro Warnes acting Director of ceremonies introduced a very large and distinguished deputation from Lodge Coila St Andrew No 1334 to the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed by the RWM of Lodge Coila St Andrew No 1334 Bro Clark McCrindle. 

After exchanging greetings RWM Bro Duncan Stanners invited RWM McCrindle and all other Installed Masters to assist him in the East of the Lodge. Once the Brethren were seated RWM Stanners presented the gavel to RWM McCrindle to allow him and his Degree team to confer the FC Degree. 

RWM McCrindle then asked the office bearers of Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No 442 to vacate office in favour of the Office Bearers of Lodge Coila St Andrew no 1334. After the exchange of
office bearers the RWM & Brethren of 1334 conferred the FC Degree to the highest of standards. On the completion of the degree both RWMs McCrindle & Stanners descended onto the level to welcome Bro Warnes into the Lodge of FC Masons. They were accompanied by the DPGM Brother William Steel. 

After exchanging a few words with Brother Warnes both RWMs and the DPGM returned to the East of the Lodge. The Lodge was then reduced to the EA Degree and the Lodge gavel returned to RWM
Stanners by RWM McCrindle along with a few well-chosen words of thanks. RWM Stanners suitably replied. The office bearers once again exchanged positions. The floor of the Lodge was then left open for any brother to make comment on the excellent Degree which had been witnessed within 442. 

The DPGM Brother William Steel replied on behalf of the PGLA. A few other Brethren made comment on the very high standard of the degree team’s work and also thanked RWM Stanners for the warm welcome on entering his Mother Lodge at the start of the evening. RWM McCrindle suitably replied to the sentiments expressed by the various Brethren. 

The deputation from Lodge Coila St Andrew No 1334 then retired. 

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and his office bearers with a very special thanks going to RWM Brother Clark McCrindle and the Brethren of 1334. 

Our next regular meeting will be on Thursday 18th May at 7:15pm where Lodge Burns St Mary No 505 will be conferring a MM Degree. 

We look forward to meeting and greeting first time visitors into our Lodge and cementing relationships with those Brethren with whom we are already fraternally connected with.

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Wed, 3rd May 2017

442 confer FC Degree at 126

Brethren & friends, 
On Wednesday 3rd May a deputation of Brethren from Lodge Neptune 442 went along to Lodge
St Andrew no 126 to confer a FC Degree at the request of the RWM Bro Andrew Hamilton and the Brethren of 126. 

On arrival at the Lodge we were met and were warmly welcomed by the RWM and various Brethren of 126 as well as the Brethren from various sister Lodges.
At around 7:45pm the Brother Director of Ceremonies of 126 Brother David Ramsay announced
to the Brethren of 442 that the RWM and Brethren assembled were ready to receive us. 

Accompanying our deputation were various Brethren from our sister Lodges who have supported 442 for many years. 

On entering the Lodge and being introduced to the assembled Brethren we were once again welcomed by RWM Hamilton who thanked the Brethren of 442 for coming along to confer the FC Degree to which our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners suitably replied. Our RWM then advanced to the East of the Lodge where he was presented with the Lodge gavel to allow him to confer the FC Degree. 

The office bearers of Lodge St Andrew No 126 then vacated office in favour of the office bearers of Lodge Neptune No 442 at the request of RWM Stanners after which the deacons retired to prepare the candidate. The candidate accompanied by the deacons of 442 then entered the Lodge for
the second time and received an excellent FC Degree at the hands of RWM Stanners and IPM Bro Keith Syme.

At the completion of the degree the Lodge was reduced to the EA Degree, the office bearers of 126 were then exchanged back into their respective offices. 

Our RWM then thanked the Brethren assembled for the excellent hearing that they gave the Degree
team as well as thanking the Brethren of 442 for their continued hard work and assistance. He
especially thanked PM Bro Charlie Pllu for taking the chair of the Lodge whilst the RWM was conferring the Degree. 

RWM Stanners also thanked RWM Hamilton for his kind invitation to confer the FC Degree. He also thanked the candidate for giving the Degree team his 100% attention throughout the ceremony. 
RWM Hamilton then thanked our RWM and the Brethren of 442 for an excellent rendition of the FC Degree. Several other visiting Brethren added comment to the sentiments expressed by RWM Hamilton. 

RWM Hamilton then asked RWM Stanners if he and his deputation would care to retire at this time.  The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form where all of the Brethren were treated to some 126 harmony.

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Thu, 20th April 2017

The Copycats of Freemasonry

Our last regular meeting was held on Thursday 20th April at 7:15pm with our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners presiding. The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM and the various office bearers of the Lodge. The RWM welcomed and thanked the Brethren of 442 for their attendance on the evening. The various visitors were also thanked for their continual attendance and support offered to 442. Masters past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge.

A small deputation from the PGL Ayrshire was then received into the Lodge which was headed by IPPGM Bro Archie Chalmers. RWM Stanners welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and invited Bro Chalmers to the East to receive the mallet. After exchanging compliments RWM Stanners invited the remainder of the deputation to assist him in the East of the Lodge.

The business of the evening was then conducted by the RWM and Bro Secretary. All pertinent matters were then passed by the office bearers of the Lodge. After the business of the Lodge had been completed the Lodge was adjourned to allow IPPGM Bro Archie Chalmers to lay out the various items which he had brought along with him for his informative talk on "The copycats of Freemasonry".

IPPGM Bro Chalmers then went onto deliver his talk on "The copycats of Freemasonry" as well as giving a very full and informative visual display of the various aprons, jewels and sashes from the other organisations. The talk was very much appreciated by the assembled Brethren and upon completion of the talk IPPGM Bro Archie Chalmers was sincerely thanked by the RWM and various Brethren of the Lodge.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by the RWM and the Office Bearers of the Lodge.

The RWM intimated that our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 4th May at 7:15pm where Lodge Coila St Andrew No 1334 will be conferring a FC Degree. 

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Thu, 6th April 2017

442 confer a FC Degree

 

Brethren & friends, 

The last regular meeting of the Lodge was held on Thursday 6th April and was once again a very successful meeting where the Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge.


After opening the Lodge our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners thanked the Brethren of the Lodge for
their attendance and for their continual support for Freemasonry in general but for the support shown to their Mother Lodge in particular. The RWM then welcomed the visitors into the Lodge and thanked them for their support and attendance. RWM Stanners also welcomed DPGM Bro William Steel into the Lodge and thanked him for their attendance. 

The Lodge business and correspondence was then conducted by the RWM and Bro Secretary and duly approved by the Brethren of the Lodge. 

The Lodge was then passed to the Second Degree where one Brother namely David Warnes Snr was duly passed by WSW Bro Keith Syme and RWM Bro Duncan Stanners. 

At the conclusion of the Degree our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners thanked all of the degree team for the excellent manner in which they conducted themselves around the Lodge room and the first class ritual work that they had just presented. He also welcomed and thanked Bro Warnes for his part as candidate in the degree. 

DPGM Bro William Steel then addressed the Brethren and thanked RWM Stanners for the hospitality extended to him on entering the Lodge room.

RWM Stanners then intimated that the next regular meeting would be held on Thursday 20th April at 7:15pm where a lecture will be presented by IPPGM Bro Archibald Chalmers entitled The Copy Cats of Freemasonry. 

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form where the brethren assembled retired to the social club for some 442 harmony. 

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Thu, 16th March 2017

Lodge St James No 135 visit to 442


Brethren & Friends,

Our last regular meeting of the Lodge was held on Thursday 16th March at 7:15pm. The lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the Office Bearers of the Lodge. The RWM welcomed all in attendance into the Lodge and expressed his sincere thanks for the continual support that the visiting Brethren had given Lodge 442 over the recent months. The RWM also thanked the office bearers and Brethren of 442 for their continual support towards their Mother Lodge. Masters past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge.

The business of the Lodge was then conducted in a very swift and competent manner by the RWM and Lodge Secretary PM Brother Charles Pllu, all relevant matters were then passed by the Brethren
of 442. After completing the Lodge business the RWM intimated that tonight’s Degree would be a
FC Degree by Lodge St James (Kilwinning) No 135.

The RWM then asked the acting Director of Ceremonies Bro Robert McIntosh to retire and introduce the deputation from Lodge St James No 135. On returning into the Lodge Bro McIntosh acting Director of ceremonies introduced a very large and distinguished deputation from Lodge St James No 135 to the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed by the RWM of Lodge St James No 135 Bro Peter Brown.

After exchanging greetings RWM Bro Duncan Stanners invited RWM Brown and all other Installed Masters to assist him in the East of the Lodge. Once the Brethren were seated RWM Stanners presented the gavel to RWM Brown to allow him and his Degree team to confer the FC Degree on one substitute candidate Brother S Finlay.

RWM Brown then asked the office bearers of Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No 442 to vacate office in favour of the Office Bearers of Lodge St James No 135. After the exchanging the office bearers the RWM & Brethren of 135 conferred an excellent and full FC Degree. On the completion of the degree both RWMs Brown & Stanners descended onto the level to welcome Bro Finlay our substitute candidate into the Lodge of FC Masons.

After exchanging a few words with Brother Finlay both RWMs returned to the East of the Lodge. The Lodge was then reduced to the EA Degree and the Lodge gavel returned to RWM Stanners by RWM Brown along with a few well-chosen words of thanks. RWM Stanners suitably replied. The office bearers once again exchanged positions. The floor of the Lodge was then left open for any brother to make comment on the excellent Degree which had been witnessed within 442.

Several Brethren made comment on the very high standard of the degree team’s work and also thanked RWM Stanners for the warm welcome that they had received on entering the Lodge at the start of the evening. RWM Brown suitably replied to the sentiments expressed by the various Brethren.

The deputation from Lodge St James No 135 then retired.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge.

Our next regular meeting will be on Thursday 6th April at 7:15pm where Lodge Neptune No 442 will be conferring a FC Degree.

We look forward to meeting and greeting first time visitors into our Lodge and cementing relationships with those Brethren with whom we are already fraternally connected with.

 

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Thu, 2nd March 2017

Lodge St John Royal Arch Saltcoats & Ardrossan No 320 visit 442


Brethren & Friends,

Our last regular meeting of the Lodge was held on Thursday 2nd March at 7:15pm. The lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the Office Bearers of the Lodge. The RWM welcomed all in attendance into the Lodge and expressed his sincere thanks for the continual support that the visiting Brethren had given to Lodge 442 over the recent months. The RWM also thanked the office bearers and Brethren of 442 for their continual support towards their Mother Lodge. Masters past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge.

The business of the Lodge was then conducted in a very swift and competent manner by the RWM and Lodge Secretary PM Brother Charles Pllu, all relevant matters were then passed by the Brethren of 442. After completing the Lodge business the RWM intimated that tonight’s Degree would be a FC Degree by Lodge St John Royal Arch Saltcoats and Ardrossan No 320.

The RWM then asked the acting Director of Ceremonies IPM Bro Keith Syme to retire and introduce the deputation from Lodge St John No 320. On returning into the Lodge Bro Keith Syme acting Director of ceremonies introduced a very large and distinguished deputation from Lodge St John No 320 to the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed by the RWM of Lodge St John No 320 Brother David Thompson.

After exchanging greetings RWM Bro Duncan Stanners invited RWM Thompson and all other Installed Masters to assist him in the East of the Lodge. Once the Brethren were seated RWM Stanners presented the gavel to RWM Thompson to allow him and his Degree team to confer the FC Degree.

RWM Thompson then asked the office bearers of Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No 442 to vacate office in favour of the Office Bearers of Lodge St John No 320.. After the exchange of office bearers the RWM & Brethren of 320 conferred the FC Degree to the highest of standards. On the completion of the degree both RWMs Thompson & Stanners descended onto the level to welcome Bro Syme into the Lodge of FC Masons.

After exchanging a few words with Brother Syme both RWMs returned to the East of the Lodge. The Lodge was then reduced to the EA Degree and the Lodge gavel returned to RWM Stanners by RWM Thompson along with a few well-chosen words of thanks. RWM Stanners suitably replied. The office bearers once again exchanged positions. The floor of the Lodge was then left open for any brother to make comment on the excellent Degree which had been witnessed within 442.

Several Brethren made comment on the very high standard of the degree team’s work and also thanked RWM Stanners for the warm welcome on entering his Mother Lodge at the start of the evening. RWM Thompson suitably replied to the sentiments expressed by the various Brethren.

The deputation from Lodge St John No 320 then retired.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and his office bearers with a very special thanks going to RWM Brother David Thompson and the Brethren of 320.

Our next regular meeting will be on Thursday 16th March at 7:15pm where Lodge St James Tarbolton No 135 will be conferring a FC Degree.

We look forward to meeting and greeting first time visitors into our Lodge and cementing relationships with those Brethren with whom we are already fraternally connected with.

 

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Thu, 16th February 2017

Lodge 169 confer a FC Degree at 442


On Thursday 16th February we had the pleasure of welcoming a deputation from our Sister Lodge
Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169 into our Lodge to confer an FC Degree.  

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of 442. The RWM thanked the Brethren of 442 for their attendance and continual support for their Mother Lodge as well as welcoming all of the visiting Brethren and thanked them for their continual support to 442 and for their attendance on the evening. He then charged the visiting Brethren that when returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from himself, the Wardens, PMs, Office Bearers and the Brethren of 442.

 

After completing the general correspondence and any other competent business the RWM invited the acting Director of Ceremonies WJW Bro Stuart Finlay to retire and introduce the deputation from Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169.

On returning to the Lodge Bro Finlay introduced the deputation to the assembled Brethren which was headed by RWM Bro Steven Travers. Our RWM welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and expressed his gratitude to all of the visiting Brethren for their attendance at 442 and for accepting to confer the FC Degree. Masters past and present were invited to the East of the Lodge. 

Once the assembled Brethren were seated RWM Stanners presented the gavel to RWM Travers to allow him and his Degree team to confer the FC Degree on one Candidate. RWM Travers thanked RWM Stanners for the presentation of the gavel and for the kind invitation to confer the FC Degree and intimated that he hoped that the work of 169 would be to the complete satisfaction of the Brethren assembled. 

Thereafter one Candidate was passed to the second or square degree of a FC by RWM Travers and the Brethren of 169.  

At the completion of the Degree the gavel was returned to RWM Stanners, the office bearers were
exchanged and various comments were made by visiting Brethren for the excellent Degree. 

RWM Travers then instructed PM Bro R Cramb Jnr to reply on behalf of the degree team for the sentiments expressed.

 

RWM Stanners once again thanked RWM Travers and the Brethren of 169 for an excellent turn out and excellent degree. The Brethren of 169 then retired.

 

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and the office bearers of 442. 

All in attendance then retired to the social club for some 442 hospitality.

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 2nd March at 7:15pm where Lodge St John Royal Arch Saltcoats and Ardrossan No 320 will be conferring an MM Degree. 

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Thu, 2nd February 2017

Lodge St Andrew No 126 visit 442


Brethren & Friends,

Our last regular meeting of the Lodge was held on Thursday 2nd February at 7:15pm. The lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the Office Bearers of the
Lodge. 

The RWM welcomed all in attendance into the Lodge and expressed his sincere thanks for the continual support that the visiting Brethren had given Lodge 442 over the recent months. 

Masters past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge.The business of the Lodge was then carried out in a very swift and competent manner by the RWM and Lodge Secretary PM Brother Charles Pllu. All matters that required passing by the lodge were proposed and seconded in the proper manner. 

After completing the Lodge business the RWM intimated that tonight’s Degree would be a Fellow Craft Degree and would be conferred by Lodge St Andrew No 126 Kilmarnock. The RWM then instructed acting Director of Ceremonies Brother Stewart Finlay WJW to retire and introduce the deputation from Lodge St Andrew No 126. 

On returning into the Lodge Brother Finlay introduced the deputation from Lodge St Andrew No 126 to the RWM and the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed by RWM Brother Andrew Hamilton. RWM Brother Duncan Stanners welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and thanked RWM Hamilton and the Brethren of 126 for accepting the invitation to confer the FC Degree. After exchanging a few words our RWM invited RWM Hamilton to the East of the Lodge to accept the Lodge gavel. RWM Hamilton thanked RWM Stanners for the warm welcome and intimated that he and his deputation were pleased to visit Lodge 442 and confer the FC Degree. Our RWM then invited all other installed Masters within the deputation to assist him in the East of the Lodge. 

Upon receiving the gavel RWM Hamilton intimated that the Brethren of 126 had been looking forward to conferring the FC Degree at 442 for some time and that he hoped that on the completion of the Degree the work would be to the total satisfaction of the assembled Brethren. RWM Hamilton then asked the office bearers of Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No 442 to vacate office in favour of the Office Bearers of Lodge St Andrew No 126. After exchanging office bearers RWM Hamilton and the Brethren of 126 conferred the FC Degree to a very high standard. 

On the completion of the degree both RWM Stanners and RWM Hamilton thanked Bro Finlay of 442 for standing in as tonight's candidate. The Lodge gavel was then returned to RWM Stanners by RWM Hamilton along with a few well-chosen words of thanks. RWM Stanners suitably replied.
The office bearers once again exchanged positions. The floor of the Lodge was then left open for any brother to make comment on the excellent Degree which had been witnessed within 442. 

Various visiting Brethren commented on the excellent Degree that they had just witnessed. RWM Hamilton then instructed PM Brother James Blyth Conferring Master to reply to the sentiments expressed by the various Brethren. The deputation from 126 then retired from the Lodge. 

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and his office bearers with a very special thanks being offered to the visiting brethren. 

Our next regular meeting will be on Thursday 16th February at 7:15pm where Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169 will confer a Fellow Craft Degree. 

We look forward to meeting and greeting first time visitors into our Lodge and cementing relationships with those Brethren with whom we are already fraternally connected with. 

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Thu, 19th January 2017

Bro Charles Pllu confers MMM Degree

The last regular meeting of the Lodge was held on Thursday 19th January with our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners presiding. The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge.
RWM Stanners then welcomed the assembled Brethren into Lodge 442 and expressed his gratitude to the office bearers and the Brethren of 442 for their attendance.
He then asked the Brethren of 442 to be upstanding and offer the visiting Brethren a warm and hearty welcome into 442. Masters past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge. RWM Stanners then instructed the visiting Brethren that when returning to their own Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from all at 442.
RWM Stanners then thanked RWPGM Bro a Robert Little and Bro Stewart Cruikshank for attending 442 and offered RWPGM the Lodge gavel pledging the allegiance of Lodge 442 to both the PGL Ayrshire and the GLOS.
RWPGM Bro Little returned the Lodge gavel and stated that his visit was unofficial and was attending Lodge 442 to witness the Degree work and to enjoy the company of the Brethren assembled.
The business of the evening was then conducted by the RWM and Bro Secretary and all matters were approved by the Brethren of the Lodge.
The Lodge was then passed, raised, reduced and advanced to the honourable Degree of a MMM.
PM Bro Charles Pllu then uplifted his working tools and proceeded to confer a MMM Degree on Bro Derek Ferguson ably assisted by the following Brethren.
Bro Colin McCormick PM Lodge St James Tarbolton Kilwinning No 135 Junior overseer.
Bro Ross Gibson IPM Lodge St Andrew No 126 Senior overseer.
Bro Adam Howie IPM Lodge St John No 334 Master overseer.
Bro Scott Mauchline Lodge St John No 22 Senior Deacon.
The Degree was carried out in a very competent manner and the assembled Brethren showed their appreciation.
Bro Stewart Cruikshank made comment on the Degree work on behalf of the PGLA and thereafter the following Brethren made further comment:
RWM Bro William Burns Lodge Royal Arch No 314, RWM Bro Sandy Balmer Lodge St Christoper No 1453
Bro Charles Pllu suitably replied.
The Lodge was then reduced to the EA Degree where the collection was uplifted.
RWM Stanners then intimated that the next regular meeting of the Lodge would be held on Thursday 2nd February at 7:15pm where Lodge St Andrew No 126 would be conferring a FC Degree.
The assembled Brethren then retired to the social club premises for some 442 hospitality.

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Thu, 5th January 2017

442s First Regular Meeting of 2017


Brethren & friends,
Our most recent regular meeting took place on Thursday 5th January 2017 which once again saw a very good attendance from members of 442 and visiting Brethren. 

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge. RWM Stanners then welcomed the Brethren of 442 into the Lodge and thanked them for their continual support towards their Mother Lodge, he also welcomed the visitors into the Lodge and charged them that on returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from all at 442. Masters Past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge. 

The general business of the Lodge then took place where all matters were discussed and where
appropriate proposed and seconded for approval. 

The Lodge was then raised to the most High and Sublime Degree of a Master Mason where Brother
Robert McIntosh entered the Lodge once again and received an excellent MM Degree at the
very capable hands of our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners.

At the conclusion of the Degree our RWM welcomed Brother McIntosh once again into the Lodge of Master Masons and thanked him for stepping in as candidate. He then asked the assembled Brethren to show their appreciation to Bro McIntosh for standing in as our candidate. 

The Lodge was then reduced to the first Degree where the floor was left open for comment. Various
compliments were expressed by visiting Brethren regarding the Degree to which our RWM suitably
replied to and thanked the Brethren for their comments. 

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form where the Brethren retired to the social club
premises for some 442 hospitality. 

Our next regular meeting will be on Thursday 19th January where Bro Charles Pllu P.M. of Lodge 442 will be conferring a MMM Degree.

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Thu, 15th December 2016

442 Confer FC Degree

Brethren & friends,

Our last regular meeting was once again a very successful meeting where the Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge. After opening the Lodge our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners thanked the Brethren of the Lodge for
their attendance and also welcomed the visitors into the Lodge. RWM Stanners also welcomed RWPGM Bro Robert Little and Bro Stewart Cruickshank into the Lodge and thanked them for their attendance.

The Lodge business was then conducted by the RWM and Bro Secretary and duly approved by the Brethren of the Lodge.

The Lodge was then passed to the second degree where one Brother namely Alex Taylor was passed to the second degree by WSW Bro Keith Syme and RWM Bro Duncan Stanners.

RWM Bro Duncan Stanners then thanked all of the degree team for the excellent manner in which they conducted themselves around the Lodge room and the first class ritual work that they had just presented. He also welcomed and thanked Bro Taylor for his part as candidate in the degree.


The RWM then intimated that the next regular meeting would be held on Thursday 5th January 2017 at 7:15pm where a MM Degree would be conferred by RWM Bro Duncan Stanners. Seasons greetings were then expressed by the RWM.


The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form where the brethren assembled retired to the social club for some 442 harmony.

 

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Thu, 1st December 2016

Lodge Royal Blues 399 confer FC Degree at 442


Brethren & Friends, 

Our last regular meeting which was held on Thursday 1st December was a fairly busy and successful meeting with a good attendance from the Brethren of 442 and visitors. The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge. 

The RWM thanked the Brethren of 442 for their continual attendance and support for their Mother Lodge. The RWM then welcomed the visiting Brethren into the Lodge and charged them that on returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from the Brethren of 442. Masters Past and Present were then invited to the East of the Lodge. 

The Lodge business was then conducted and passed by the Brethren of 442. On completion of the Lodge business the RWM then asked our acting Brother Director of Ceremonies IPM Brother Keith Syme to retire and introduce the visiting Brethren from Lodge Royal Blues No 399 into the Lodge. 

On returning into the Lodge Brother Keith Syme introduced the deputation from 399 to the assembled
Brethren, the deputation was headed by their own RWM Brother Stewart Gray. After a few well-chosen words of welcome RWM Stanners invited RWM Gray and the PMs within the deputation to assist him in the East of the Lodge.

The lodge gavel was then presented to RWM Gray who thanked RWM Stanners for the opportunity to confer the FC Degree within Lodge 442 and said that it would be his pleasure to preside over Lodge 442. The office bearers of 442 were then exchanged in favour of the office bearers of Lodge 399. 

Thereafter one Brother entered the Lodge for the second time and received an excellent FC Degree at the hands of the Brethren of 399. 

At the completion of the Degree RWM Gray welcomed the newly passed fellow craft into the Lodge of fellow craft Masons and asked the assembled Brethren to welcome him into the Lodge. 

RWM Gray then reduced the Lodge to the EA Degree and returned the gavel to RWM Stanners thanking him for the invite into 442 to carry out the FC Degree and said it had been a pleasure in doing so. RWM Stanners suitably replied. The office bearers of 399 then vacated office in favour of the office bearers of 442. 

RWM Stanners then invited the deputation and guests from 399 to retire which was met with a round of applause from the assembled Brethren. The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and the office bearers of 442.

RWM Stanners thanked the various Brethren who stood in to fill offices on the night.

The RWM then intimated that the next regular meeting would be a FC Degree which would be
conferred by Lodge 442 on Thursday15th December at 7:15pm.

 The retired members and widows Christmas dinner would once again be a joint venture with the social club and would be held on Wednesday 14th December at 12:00 noon for 1pm serving. Entertainment would be from 3pm till 7pm. Assistance with the Christmas dinner was required and all help would be appreciated.

 A general committee meeting would be held on Monday 12th December at 7:15pm and a good attendance of office bearers was requested.

The Brethren then retired to the lodge social club premises for some 442 hospitality. 

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Tue, 22nd November 2016

Lodge Neptune No 442 visit to Lodge Neptune No 419

At the request of the RWM Bro Mathew Moore and Brethren of Lodge Neptune Glasgow No. 419 a deputation from Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No. 442 went along to Glasgow on Tuesday 22nd November to confer a MM Degree.

On arriving at the Lodge the Brethren of 442 were met with the usual warm welcome from the Brethren of 419. At approximately 7:50pm the deputation from 442 were escorted into the Lodge by Lodge 419 Director of Ceremonies who introduced the deputation to the RWM of 419 Bro Mathew Moore. RWM Moore welcomed the Brethren of 442 into the Lodge and expressed his sincere thanks to RWM Bro Stanners for accepting to carry out the MM Degree. RWM Stanners suitably replied and took up his place in the East of the Lodge where he accepted the Lodge gavel on behalf of the deputation from 442. 

The office bearers of 419 were then exchanged in favour of the office bearers of 442 and the Lodge was then raised to the MM Degree where after one candidate entered the Lodge and received an excellent MM Degree at the most capable hands of RWM Stanners with the assistance of the Lodge office bearers. 

At the conclusion of the Degree the office bearers of both Lodges returned to their respective offices and the Lodge was reduced to the EA Degree. RWM Moore thanked RWM Stanners for the excellent degree which had just been witnessed. Various other visiting brethren also made comment on the degree. RWM Stanners suitably replied on behalf of the Degree team. 

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Moore and the office bearers of 419 at the conclusion of which all the brethren assembled retired to the social club for a well-deserved pie and beans washed down with a cup of tea and one or two tipples of a more desirable drink.

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Fri, 18th November 2016

Lodge 442s Annual Installation Meeting

Brethren & friends,
Our last meeting took place on Friday 18th November at 7:00pm. On this occasion it was our annual installation meeting. The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge at 6:30pm for the purpose of reading out the Aims and Relations of the Craft after which the Lodge was adjourned.

At 7:00pm Bro Keith Syme took the chair of the Lodge and resumed the Lodge with the assistance of the office bearers of the Lodge. He then instructed our acting director of ceremonies Bro Stewart Finlay to retire and introduce the various deputation. On returning into the Lodge Bro Finlay introduced the deputation from sister Lodges which was headed by Bro Steven Travers RWM Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle &Rose No 169. Bro Steven was accompanied by various other RWMs and PMs from within and out with the Province of Ayrshire. After a warm welcome from Bro Syme RWM Travers and the other RWMs and PMs assisted Bro Syme in the East of the Lodge.

On returning to the Lodge for a second time Bro Finlay introduced the deputation from the PGLA to the assembled Brethren which was headed by SPGM Bro Sam Peden. Bro Syme welcomed the deputation on behalf of the RWM elect and invited SPGM Bro Sam Peden to the East of the Lodge where he presented the Lodge gavel to the SPGM to show the Lodges allegiance to the PGL of Ayrshire and through that body to the GLOS in Edinburgh. After a few well chosen words SPGM Peden returned the gavel to Bro Syme and intimated that he was aware that two well known Brethren were waiting to be admitted into the Lodge for the purpose of installation. Bro Syme invited the remainder of the deputation to assist him in the East.

On returning to the Lodge for a third time Bro Finlay introduce the installing Masters for the evenings ceremonial namely IPPGM Bro Archie Chalmers and the principal installing Master SPGM Bro Stephen McConnachie. Once again after a few words of welcome from Bro Syme the installing Masters were invited to the East of the Lodge where they accepted the Lodge gavel to allow them to carry out the installation ceremony.

The ceremony was opened with praise and prayer followed by the presentation of the RWM elect Bro Duncan Stanners. Bro Archie Chalmers then read the charges to the Master elect who gave his consent. Bro Stanners then took the obligation of RWM which was followed by the presentation and explanation of the Masters regalia by Bro McConnachie.

The office bearers of the Lodge were then installed in a very competent manner by Bro Archie Chalmers who in his own inevitable style put everyone at ease with some witty banter. After the office bearers were installed Bro Chalmers conducted RWM elect Bro Stanners around the Lodge and concluded by placing him into the Masters chair. The Brethren then sung the doxology which was followed by proclamations from the East, West and the South. The Lodge charter, VOSL, Laws and Constitution and tools were then presented to RWM elect Bro Stanners followed by the various charges to the RWM and Brethren of the Lodge.

Finally the Lodge gavel was presented to RWM Stanners followed by his presentation to the Brethren to which they showed their approval and appreciation with a warm round of applause. RWM Stanners thanks the assembled Brethren for their attendance, to the office bearers for taking office and supporting the Lodge, to the PGL of Ayrshire for their presence and most of all to the installing Masters for an excellent ceremonial.

The Grand Almoners appeal was then read out by RWM Stanners with a collection of £115 taken on behalf of the GLOS Benevolent fund. RWM then presented IPM Bro Syme with his PM jewel and thanked him for his assistance over the last three years.

SPGM Peden was that asked if he would like to address the assembled Brethren which he did in a very competent manner, thanking the RWM for his continual hard work both within the Lodge and for the PGL of Ayrshire. RWM Steven Travers then spoke on behalf of the visiting Brethren.

The deputation from the PGL of Ayrshire then retired followed by the installing Masters. The Lodges was closed in due and ancient form with a couple of intimations which included notification to the Brethren that Lodge 442 would be conferring a MM Degree at Lodge Neptune 419 Glasgow on Tuesday 22nd November at 7:30pm.

The office bearers of 442, the visiting RWMs, the Brethren from the PGL of Ayrshire and installing Masters then sat for some Lodge photographs after which all retired to the Lodge Social Club for for the installation meal which was prepared and served by Jan the wife of our RWM and other ladies and partners of the Brethren of the Lodge.

A very relaxed evening was had and enjoyed by all the Brethren who chose to stay after the festive board.

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Thu, 3rd November 2016

Mother Kilwinning visit to 442

Brethren and friends,

Our last regular meeting was once again a busy and successful meeting with a large attendance from the Brethren of 442 and visitors. The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge.

The RWM then welcomed the visiting Brethren into the Lodge and charged them that on returning to their own respective mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from the Brethren of 442.

The Lodge business was then conducted and passed by the Brethren of 442. On completion of the Lodge business the RWM asked our acting Brother Director of Ceremonies IPM Brother Keith Syme to retire and introduce the visiting Brother from the Lodge Mother Kilwinning No 0 into the Lodge.

On returning into the Lodge Brother Keith Syme introduced the deputation from Lodge Mother Kilwinning No 0 to the assembled Brethren, the deputation was headed by their own RWM Brother Charles Hughes. After a few well-chosen words of welcome our RWM invited RWM Hughes to assist him in the East of the Lodge, an invitation was also extended to the PMs of No 0.

Our RWM then presented the Lodge gavel to RWM Highes to allow him to carry out the evenings Master Mason Degree. RWM Hughes thanked our RWM for the opportunity to confer the MM Degree within Lodge 442 and said that it was a pleasure to preside over Lodge 442. The office bearers of 442were then exchanged in favour of the office bearers of No 0.

Thereafter one Brother entered the Lodge for the third time and received an excellent
MM Degree at the hands of the Brethren of No 0.

On the completion of the Degree RWM Hughes welcomed our newest Brother into the Lodge of Master Masons and asked the assembled Brethren to welcome him into the Lodge.

RWM Hughes then returned the gavel to RWM Stanners thanking him for the invite into 442 to carry out the MM Degree and said it had been a pleasure in doing so. RWM Stanners suitably replied. The office bearers of No 0 then vacated office in favour of the office bearers of 442 and the Lodge was reduced to the Entered Apprentice Degree where various Brethren commented on the high standard of the Degree work by the Brethren of No 0 after which RWM Hughes replied to the sentiments expressed by the various Brethren.

Lodge No 0 was then invited to retire which was met with a rapturous applause from the assembled Brethren. The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by the RWM and office bearers of 442.

The RWM then intimated that the next regular meeting would be a our annual installation meeting and would be held on Friday 18th November at 7:00pm prompt. The Lodge will be opened at 6:30pm to allow the Aims and Relations to be read prior to the start of the installation.

The attendance of the office bearers on Thursday 17th November at 7:00pm would be appreciated so that the temple can be prepared for the installation. The office bearers are reminded to bring their regalia along on Thursday evening.

The Brethren then retired to the social club premises for some 442 hospitality.

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Thu, 20th October 2016

Lodge Annual General Meeting 2016


Brethren & friends,
The annual general meeting of the Lodge took place on Thursday 20th October with a relatively good
turnout from the members of 442 but once again the turnout could have been better. This was reiterated by Brother Secretary Charles Pllu who highlighted to the assembled Brethren that if the attendance of the members and office bearers of the Lodge did not pick up the Lodge would possibly have to close and hand its charter back to the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the Office
Bearers of the Lodge. The general business of the evening was then conducted in a very proficient manner by both our Brother Secretary PM Charles L Pllu and our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners with the various items being proposed & seconded by the Brethren of the Lodge. 

After conducting the general business our RWM then asked the Brother Secretary to present to the
assembled Brethren with the Secretaries report for the year. This was duly carried out with points
such as the lack of attendance from Lodge members and Past Masters of the Lodge being highlighted
once again. Brother Pllu thanked the RWM once again for taking on the role of Lodge Treasurer,
for keeping the Lodge website up to date, for inviting various Lodges into 442 to confer Degrees, for conferring Degrees in other Lodges and for keeping 442 to the forefront of Freemasonry not only in Ayrshire but throughout Scotland. Brother Pllu also thanked all of the Brethren who assisted him throughout the year. 

Our RWM then presented the Lodge balance sheet to the assembled Brethren and explained all
transactions in great detail to the Brethren. The Lodge was then left open for any questions on the
balance sheet. Our appointed auditors PM Brother Colin McCormick of Lodge Tarbolton (Kilwinning) St James No.135 and PM Brother Stephen McConnachie of Lodge Royal Blues No. 399 then presented the Brethren with the auditor’s report. At the conclusion of the reports the RWM asked the
Brethren to either pass or decline the balance sheet. The balance sheet was accepted and passed. 

The Lodge was then passed and Raised to the third Degree where the RWM declared all offices vacant. The nomination and election of Office Bearers was then conducted with the re-election of Brother Duncan Stanners as RWM for the session 2016 – 2017 which he duly accepted and thanked
the Brethren for the great honour and once again having the confidence in him to take the Lodge
2017. 

All committees remained the same as last year with the various Office Bearers taking up the
respective roles within the committees. 

The Lodge Auditors proposed and accepted for the session 2016 – 2017 were once again Brother
Colin McCormick PM 135 and Brother Stephen McConnachie PM 399 who both duly accepted the roll
as auditors. The Lodge was then reduced to the EA Degree where the RWM congratulated all office bearers in being elected into office and a special thanks to those taking up office for the first time. 

The RWM then intimated to the assembled Brethren that the Installing Masters for the forthcoming
year were SPGM Bro Stephen McConnachie and IPPGM Bro Archie Chalmers.


The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form with intimations as follows:


Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 3rd November 2016 at 7:15pm and will be a MM Degree which will be conferred by Lodge Mother Kilwinning No 0. 

The 2016 installation date will be Friday 18th November at 7:00pm.

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Thu, 6th October 2016

Lodge Major Ness No. 948 visit 442


Brethren & Friends, 

Thursday 6th October 2016 was once again a very successful night for our Lodge. Even although the
numbers in attendance were not as much as in recent meetings the quality of those in attendance
made up for the shortfall. 

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners & the Office
bearers of 442. The general business of the evening was then carried out in a very competent
manner by our RWM & Brother Secretary PM Brother Charles Pllu. The various items on the
agenda being proposed and seconded and approved by the Office Bearers of the Lodge. 

After completing the various items of Lodge business the RWM then asked Bro Keith Syme to
retire and introduce the deputation from Lodge Major Ness No 948. On returning to the Lodge Bro
Syme introduced the deputation which was headed by their own RWM Bro Colin Stark. Our RWM welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and thanked RWM Stark and the Brethren of 948 for accepting the invitation to confer a MM Degree. RWM Stark intimated that it was a pleasure in accepting the invitation and that the Brethren of 948 were looking forward to conferring the MM Degree. 

RWM Stanners then invited RWM Stark to assist him in the East of the Lodge. Once RWM Stark had
joined RWM Stanners in the East of the Lodge he invited all other Past Masters in the deputation to join him in the East of the Lodge. Once the assembled Brethren were seated RWM Stanners presented the mallet to RWM Stark to allow him to carry out the business of the evening which was to confer a MM Degree. 

RWM Stark thanks RWM Stanners for the mallet and said that it was an honour for him to preside over the Lodge throughout the ceremony and said that he was confident that his Brethren would put on a good show for all assembled. The office bearers of 442 then vacated office in favour of the office
bearers of 948 and our candidate received an excellent MM Degree at the hands of the
Brethren of Lodge Major Ness No 948. RWM Stark and RWM Stanners then descended onto the level to welcome our new Brother into the Lodge of Master Masons and asked the assembled Brethren to also welcome our new Brother into the Lodge. 

At the conclusion of the degree the mallet was then returned to RWM Stanners by RWM Stark who
expressed his sincere thanks to all the Brethren assembled for the kind hearing that they gave the
degree team from 948. 

The office bearers were then once again exchanged and RWM Stanners thanked RWM Stark and the
Brethren of 948 for an excellent MM Degree and expressed his sincere thanks once again for their
attendance in such large numbers. The floor was then left open for any brother who wished to
comment on the degree that had been carried out. Several of the visiting Brethren made comment and concurred with the sentiments expressed by RWM Stanners re the excellent degree. 

RWM Stark suitably replied on behalf of the degree team. 

The RWM then intimated that the next regular meeting of the Lodge would take place on Thursday
20th October at 7:15pm where the Lodge will hold its annual general meeting.

The deputation from 948 then retired before the Lodge was closed in due and ancient form by the RWM and Office Bearers. All in attendance then retired to the Social Club premises for some 442 harmony.

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Thu, 15th September 2016

PGL Ayrshire Annual visitation to 442

PGLA Annual visitation.
Brethren & friends,
Our last regular meeting took place on Thursday 15th September which once again saw a very good attendance from members of 442 and visiting Brethren.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM and the office bearers of the Lodge. Our RWM then welcomed the Brethren of 442 into the Lodge and thanked them for their continual support for their Mother Lodge, he also welcomed the visitors into the Lodge and charged them that on returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from all at 442. Masters Past and present were then invited
to the East of the Lodge.

RWM Stanners then asked WJW Brother Stewart Finlay to retire and introduce the deputation from the PGL Ayrshire. On his return into the Lodge Brother Finlay introduced the deputation which was headed by DPGM Brother William Steel. RWM Stanners welcomed the deputation into the lodge and thanked them for their attendance. DPGM Brother Steel was then invited to the East of the Lodge to accept the Lodge Mallet.
DPGM Brother Steel thanked the RWM for the presentation of the mallet but intimated that he would be pleased to receive it later on in the evening after the Lodge business and the Degree where he could then carry out his official duties.

The general business of the Lodge then took place where all matters were discussed and where appropriate proposed and seconded for approval.

The Lodge was then passed to the second or square Degree of a Fellow Craft where one Brother received an excellent Fellow Craft Degree at the very capable hands of our RWM
Brother Duncan Stanners and the final charge being administered by WSD Bro Alan Evans. At the conclusion of the Degree our RWM welcomed our candidate into the Lodge of Fellow Craft Freemasons before asking the assembled Brethren to show their appreciation.

The Lodge was then reduced to the first Degree and the Lodge mallet was handed over to DPGM Brother Steel to allow him to preside over the lodge and carry out the business of the PGL Ayrshire.

At the conclusion of the visitation Brother Steel awarded the Lodge a clear minute and spoke very highly of the work carried out by the Lodge Secretary and Treasurer. The deputation from the PGL Ayrshire then retired.


The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form where the Brethren retired to the social club premises for some 442 hospitality.


Our next regular meeting will be on Thursday 6th October at 7:15pm where Lodge Major Ness No 948 from the Province of Lanarkshire Middle ward will be conferring a Master Mason Degree.

 

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Thu, 1st September 2016

1398 visit to 442

Lodge St Maurs Kilmaurs No 1398 confer a MMM Degree at 442
Brethren & Friends,

Thursday 1st September 2016 was once again a very successful night for our Lodge. Even although the attendance was not as much as in recent meetings the quality of those in attendance made up for the shortfall.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners & the Office bearers of 442. The general business of the evening was then carried out in a very competent manner by our RWM & Brother Secretary PM Brother Charles Pllu. The various items on the agenda being proposed and seconded and approved by the Office Bearers of the Lodge.

After completing the various items of Lodge business the RWM then asked Bro Stewart Finlay to retire and introduce the deputation from Lodge St Maurs Kilmaurs No 1398. On returning to the Lodge Bro Finlay introduced the deputation which was headed by their own RWM Bro Colin Currie. Our RWM welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and thanked RWM Currie and the Brethren of 1398 for accepting the invitation to confer a MMM Degree on our candidate. RWM Currie intimated that it was a pleasure in accepting the invitation and that the Brethren of 1398 were looking forward to conferring the MMM Degree.

RWM Stanners then invited RWM Currie to assist him in the East of the Lodge. All other Past Masters in the deputation were then invited to join both RWMs in the East of the Lodge. Once the assembled Brethren were seated RWM Stanners presented the mallet to
RWM Currie to allow him to carry out the business of the evening which was to advance one Brother to the honourable degree of a MMM..

RWM Currie thanked RWM Stanners for the mallet and said that it was an honour for him to preside over the Lodge throughout the ceremony and said that he was confident that his Brethren would put on a good show for all assembled. The office bearers of 442 then vacated office in favour of the office bearers of 1398 and thereafter one Brother was advanced to the honourable degree of a MMM at the hands of the Brethren of Lodge St Maurs Kilmaurs No 1398. RWM Currie and RWM Stanners then descended onto the level to welcome our newest advanced MMM into the Lodge of MMM and asked the assembled Brethren to show their appreciation for the Degree team.

At the conclusion of the degree the mallet was then returned to RWM Stanners by RWM Currie who expressed his sincere thanks to all the Brethren assembled for the kind hearing that they gave the degree team from 1398.

The office bearers were then once again exchanged and RWM Stanners thanked RWM Currie and the Brethren of 1398 for an excellent MMM Degree and expressed his sincere thanks once again for their attendance in such large numbers. The floor was then left open for any brother who wished to comment on the degree that had been carried out. Various of the visiting Brethren made comment and concurred with the sentiments expressed by RWM Stanners re the excellent degree. RWM Currie suitably replied on behalf of the degree team. RWM Currie and his deputation then retired.
RWM Stanners then intimated that the next regular meeting of the Lodge would take place on Thursday 15th September at 7:15pm where the Provincial Grande Lodge of Ayrshire will carry out its annual visitation to Lodge 442. Lodge 442 will carry out a FC Degree.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge. The assembled Brethren then retired to the social club premises for some 442 harmony.

 

 

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Thu, 4th August 2016

Lodge 566 Confer a FC Degree at 442

Brethren & Friends,

Our last regular meeting of the Lodge was held on Thursday 4th August at 7:15pm. 
The lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the Office Bearers of the Lodge. The RWM welcomed all in attendance into the Lodge and expressed his sincere thanks for the continual support that the visiting Brethren had given to Lodge 442 for many years. The RWM also thanked the office bearers and Brethren of 442 for their continual support to their Mother Lodge. Masters past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge.

The RWM then instructed IPM acting Director of Ceremonies Brother Keith Syme to retire and introduce the deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire into the Lodge. On his return Brother Keith Syme introduced the deputation from the PGLA to the RWM and the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed by RWPGM Brother Robert Little.

RWM Brother Duncan Stanners then welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and thanked the RWPGM and the Brethren from the PGLA for their continual support to Lodge 442. The RWM then invited the RWPGM to the East of the Lodge to accept the Lodge gavel. The RWPGM thanked RWM Stanners for the warm welcome and intimated that he and his deputation were more than happy to visit Lodge 442 as a warm and friendly welcome had always been offered to the Brethren from the PGLA. The RWPGM then joined the RWM in the East of the Lodge and on receiving the gavel intimated that the PGLA had no official business to carry out and had merely come to enjoy the company of the Brethren and visitors at Lodge 442 and to witness the workings of the visiting Lodge. The gavel was then returned to the RWM. The RWM then invited the deputation from the PGLA to join him in the East of the Lodge.

The business of the Lodge was then conducted in a very swift and competent manner by the RWM and Lodge Secretary PM Brother Charles Pllu, all relevant matters were then passed by the Brethren of 442. 
After completing the Lodge business the RWM intimated that tonight’s Degree would be a FC Degree by Lodge Fergusson St James No 566.

The RWM then asked the acting Director of Ceremonies IPM Bro Keith Syme to retire and introduce the deputation from Lodge Fergusson St James No 566. On returning into the Lodge Bro Keith Syme acting Director of ceremonies introduced a very large and distinguished deputation from Lodge Fergusson St James No 566 to the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed by the RWM of Lodge Fergusson St James No 566 Bro David Wason.

After exchanging greetings RWM Bro Duncan Stanners invited RWM Wason and all other Installed Masters to assist him in the East of the Lodge. Once the Brethren were seated RWM Stanners presented the gavel to RWM Wason to allow him and his Degree team to confer the FC Degree in the presence of the 73 assembled Brethren.

RWM Wason then asked the office bearers of Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No 442 to vacate office in favour of the Office Bearers of Lodge Fergusson St James No 566. After the exchange of office bearers the RWM & Brethren of 566 conferred the FC Degree to the highest of standards. On the completion of the degree both RWMs Wason & Stanners descended onto the level to welcome Bro Finlay into the Lodge of FC Masons. They were accompanied by the RWPGM Brother Robert Little.

After exchanging a few words with Brother Finlay both RWMs and the RWPGM returned to the East of the Lodge. The Lodge was then reduced to the EA Degree and the Lodge gavel returned to RWM Stanners by RWM Wason along with a few well-chosen words of thanks. RWM Stanners suitably replied. The office bearers once again exchanged positions. The floor of the Lodge was then left open for any brother to make comment on the excellent Degree which had been witnessed within 442.

The RWPGM chose to delegate DPGM Brother William Steel to reply on behalf of the PGLA. A few other Brethren made comment on the very high standard of the degree team’s work and also thanked RWM Stanners for the warm welcome on entering his Mother Lodge at the start of the evening. RWM Wason suitably replied to the sentiments expressed by the various Brethren. 

RWM Stanners then asked IPM Brother Keith Syme to conduct Brother Ted Gear to the edge of the mosaic carpet. On doing so RWM Stanners asked the RWM of Lodge St John Royal Arch Saltcoats and Ardrossan No 320 Brother David Thompson to carry out his special duty. RWM Thompson then presented Brother Ted Gear with a 70 Year diploma from Lodge 320 for his continual service to Freemasonry. RWM Stanners then presented Brother Gear with a 70 year service Jewel on behalf of the Brethren of 442. Brother Gear thanked all of the Brethren present for the wonderful gift.

The deputation from the PGLA then retired to a standing applause from the assembled Brethren.

The deputation from Lodge Fergusson St James No 566 then also retired.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and his office bearers with a very special thanks going to RWM Brother David Wason and the Brethren of 566.

Our next regular meeting will be on Thursday 1st September 2015 at 7:15pm where Lodge St Maurs Kilmaurs No 1398 will be conferring a MMM Degree.

We look forward to meeting and greeting first time visitors into our Lodge and cementing relationships with those Brethren with whom we are already fraternally connected with.

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Thu, 7th July 2016

Irvine St Andrew No 149 visit 442

Brethren & Friends,

Our last regular meeting was held at 7:15pm on Thursday 7th July 2016 with a fabulous attendance of 92 Brethren signing the attendance book. 

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the Office Bearers of 442. 

After opening the Lodge the RWM requested the acting Director of Ceremonies PM Bro Keith Syme to retire and introduce the deputation from the PGL Ayrshire. On re-entering the Lodge PM Syme introduced the large deputation from the PGL Ayrshire to the RWM and the assembled Brethren which was headed by our very own RWPGM Brother Robert Little. RWM Stanners welcomed the deputation into Lodge 442 and thanked them for their attendance not only for this evening but for their continual support for 442 over the years.

RWPGM Little thanked RWM Stanners for the warm welcome and intimated that it was the pleasure of the Brethren from the PGL Ayrshire to join the Brethren and visitors within 442.

RWPGM then assisted RWM Stanners in the East of the Lodge along with various office bearers from the PGL Ayrshire. 

The general business of the evening was then conducted by the RWM and Brother Secretary PM C L Pllu. All matters which required to be passed by the Lodge were proposed and seconded by the Office bearers of the Lodge. 

The RWM then asked our acting Director of Ceremonies to retire for a second time and introduce the deputation from Lodge Irvine St Andrew No 149. On re-entering the Lodge PM Syme introduced the deputation to the RWM and the assembled Brethren. The large deputation was headed by RWM Bro Mark Watt. RWM Stanners thanked RWM Watt and the Brethren of 149 for accepting the invitation to carry out an EA Degree within 442.

RWM Watt intimated that it was the pleasure of the Brethren of 149 to accept the invitation. After exchanging a few words of welcome and thanks RWM Watt joined RWM Stanners in the East of the Lodge where he accepted the Lodge Gavel to allow him to confer an EA Degree. 

The office bearers of 442 were then exchanged in favour of the Office Bearers of 149 and thereafter one candidate was initiated into Lodge 442 in the very capable hands of the Brethren of 149. At the completion of the degree RWM Watt and RWPGM Little descended onto the level and welcomed our newest EA Freemason into Lodge 442. The assembled Brethren also welcomed our newest Brother into the Lodge with a round of applause. 

The office Bearers of 149 were then exchanged in favour of the Office Bearers of 442. Our RWM then went on to thank and congratulate RWM Watt and the Degree team from 149 for an excellent Degree. These sentiments were reiterated by several other Brethren who spoke on the Degree. RWM Watt then suitably replied and once again thanked RWM Stanners for the invitation. 

RWM Stanners then asked IPPGM Bro Archie Chalmers acting Director of Ceremonies from the PGL Ayrshire to carry out his special duty for the evening which was to present Bro Edward (Ted) Gear to the RWPGM Bro Robert Little for presentation of his 70 year diploma. 

IPPGM Chalmers then duly presented Bro Gear to RWPGM Little who in a very eloquent manner gave a short history of the life of 94 year old Brother Gear which was followed by his 70 year diploma presentation. Thereafter RWM Stanners asked the assembled Brethren to join him in signing “for he is a jolly good fellow” along with a presentation of a 70 years congratulation cake and candles.

Brother Ted thanked all in attendance for making his night a very special one indeed. Brother Ted was then invited to sit alongside the RWM in the East of the Lodge for the remainder of the night. 

RWM Stanners proposed that the Lodge purchase a 70 year jewel for Brother Ted, the motion was seconded and accepted. 

Lodge Irvine St Andrew No 149 then retired from the Lodge followed by the deputation from the PGL Ayrshire. 

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and the Office Bearers of 442. RWM Stanners once again thanked the assembled Brethren for their attendance. 

Everyone in attendance then retired to the social club for some 442 hospitality and the cutting and tasting of Ted’s cake. 

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 4th August 2016 at 7:15pm where Lodge Fergusson St James No 566 will be conferring a FC Degree. All visitors will be made most welcome.

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Thu, 2nd June 2016

Beith (Kilwinning) St John's Confer a FC Degree at 442


On Thursday 2nd June we had the pleasure of welcoming a deputation from Lodge Beith (Kilwinning) St John’s No 157 into our Lodge to confer a Fellow Craft Degree. 

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of 442. The RWM thanked the Brethren of 442 for their attendance and continual support for their Mother Lodge as well as welcoming all of the visiting Brethren and thanked them for their
continual support to 442 and for their attendance on the evening. He then charged the visiting
Brethren that when returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the
fraternal greetings from himself, the Wardens, PMs, Office Bearers and the Brethren of 442.

After completing the general correspondence and any other competent business the RWM invited the
acting Director of Ceremonies WJW Bro Stewart Finlay to retire and introduce the deputation from
Lodge Beith (Kilwinning) St John’s No 157. 

On returning to the Lodge Bro Finlay introduced the deputation to the assembled Brethren which was
headed by IPM Bro Kevin Baker. RWM James Lamont of Lodge Beith (Kilwinning) St John’s No 157 was also in the deputation but due to a slight health issue on the evening Bro Lamont passed the duties as RWM onto IPM Bro Baker. 

Our RWM welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and expressed his gratitude to all of the visiting
Brethren for their attendance at 442 and for the acceptance to confer the FC Degree. IPM Baker and
all other installed Masters were then invited to the East of the Lodge.

Once the assembled Brethren were seated our RWM then presented the gavel to IPM Baker to allow
him and his Degree team to confer the FC Degree on one Brother. IPM Baker thanked RWM Stanners for the presentation of the gavel and for the kind invitation to confer the FC Degree and intimated that he hoped that the work of 157 would be to the complete satisfaction of the Brethren assembled. 

Thereafter one Brother was passed to the Degree of FC at the very capable hands of IPM Baker and the Brethren of 157. 

At the completion of the Degree the gavel was returned to RWM Stanners, the office bearers were
exchanged and various comments were made from both parties for the excellent Degree. 

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and the office bearers of 442. 

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 7th July at 7:15pm where Lodge Irvine St Andrew No 149 will be conferring an ES Degree.

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Thu, 19th May 2016

Coila St Andrew confer FC Degree at 442

On Thursday 19th May we had the pleasure in welcoming a large deputation from Lodge Coila St Andrew No 1334 to confer a Fellow Craft Degree. 

Lodge 442 was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge. The RWM thanked the Brethren of 442 for their attendance and continual support towards their Mother Lodge. He also welcomed and thanked the visiting Brethren for their much appreciated attendance as well as their continual support for Lodge 442. He then charged the visiting Brethren that when returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from himself, the Wardens, PMs, Office Bearers and the Brethren of 442. Masters past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge. 

After completion of the general correspondence and all other competent business the RWM invited the acting Director of Ceremonies WJW Bro Stewart Finlay to retire and introduce the deputation from Lodge Coila St Andrew No 1334. 

On returning into the Lodge Bro Finlay introduced the deputation which was headed by IPM Bro Stuart McCarlie. Our RWM welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and expressed his gratitude to all of the visiting Brethren from Coylton for their attendance at 442 and for accepting the invitation to confer the Fellow Craft Degree. 

Once the assembled Brethren were seated RWM Stanners then presented the gavel to IPM Bro McCarlie to allow him and his Degree team to confer the FC Degree on one Brother. IPM Bro McCarlie thanked RWM Stanners for the presentation of the gavel and for the kind invitation to confer the FC Degree. He also intimated that his wish was that the work of the Brethren from 1334 would be to the complete satisfaction of the Brethren assembled. 

Thereafter one Brother was passed to the second or square Degree of a FC at the very capable hands of IPM Bro McCarlie and his Degree team. On completion of the Degree the gavel was returned to RWM Stanners, the office bearers were exchanged and various Brethren made comment on the very high standard of the excellent Degree that they had just witnessed.


RWM Stanners also commented on the ritual work and said that he was sure that the assembled Brethren had just received a Masonic treat. 

IPM Bro McCarlie then replied on behalf of the Brethren from 1334. At the conclusion of the reply the Brethren from 1334 retired to the social club for some well-deserved 442 hospitality. 

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and the office bearers of 442 with intimations of our next regular meeting which will be held on Thursday 2nd June at 7:15pm where Lodge Beith St John No 157 will be conferring a Fellow Craft Degree.

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Thu, 5th May 2016

125 confer EA Degree at 442

Lodge St James Newton-upon Ayr No 125 visit 442
On Thursday 5th May we had the pleasure in welcoming a large deputation from Lodge St James Newton-upon Ayr No 125 into our Lodge to confer an Entered Apprentice Degree. 

Lodge 442 was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge. The RWM thanked the Brethren of 442 for their attendance and the continual support given to their Mother Lodge. He also welcomed and thanked the visiting Brethren for their much appreciated attendance as well as their continual support to Lodge 442. He then charged the visiting Brethren that when returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the
fraternal greetings from himself, the Wardens, PMs, Office Bearers and the Brethren of 442.
Masters past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge. 

After completion of the general correspondence and all other competent business the RWM invited the acting Director of Ceremonies WJW Bro Stewart Finlay to retire and introduce the deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire. 

On returning to the Lodge Bro Finlay introduced the small but extremely handsome deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire to the RWM and assembled brethren. The deputation was headed by own very own RWPGM Bro Robert Little who was accompanied by DPGM Bro William Steel. Our RWM welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and expressed his gratitude to both the RWPGM and DPGM for taking the time to visit Lodge 442.

RWPGM Bro Robert Little thanked RWM Stanners and the assembled Brethren for the warm welcome into the Lodge and intimated that he had no official business to carry out but he had merely come along to enjoy the company of the Brethren and visitors at 442.

The RWPGM then approached the East and received the Lodge gavel from RWM Stanners along with a few well-chosen words. The RWPGM returned the gavel to RWM Stanners thanking him for the presentation.

RWM Stanners once again instructed the acting Director of Ceremonies to retire and introduce the deputation from Lodge St James Newton-upon Ayr No 125. On returning into the Lodge for a second time our acting Director of Ceremonies introduced the very large deputation from St James Newton-upon Ayr No 125 to the RWM and the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed by no other than their own RWM Brother James Munro. RWM Stanners welcomed the Brethren into Lodge 442 and expressed his sincere thanks to each of them for coming along and accepting the invitation to confer an Entered Apprentice Degree at 442.

Once the assembled Brethren were seated RWM Stanners then presented the gavel to RWM Munro to allow him and his Degree team to confer the EA Degree on one candidate. RWM Munro thanked RWM Stanners for the presentation of the gavel and for the kind invitation to confer the EA Degree. He also intimated that his wish was that the work of Lodge St James Newton-upon Ayr No 125 would be to the total satisfaction of the Brethren assembled. 

Thereafter one candidate was initiated into Freemasonry at the very capable hands of RWM Munro and his Degree team. On completion of the Degree the gavel was returned to RWM Stanners and the office bearers were exchanged. DPGM spoke on behalf of the PGL Ayrshire and several other Brethren made comment on the excellent Degree that they had just witnessed.

RWM Stanners also commented on the ritual work and said that he was sure that the assembled Brethren had just received a Masonic treat. RWM Munro then suitably replied on behalf of the Brethren from 125 and expressed his sincere thanks to RWM Stanners and indicated to the assembled Brethren that he felt very proud of his Degree team. The deputation from St James Newton-upon Ayr No 125 then retired.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and the office bearers of 442 with intimations of our next regular meeting which will be held on Thursday 19th May at 7:15pm where Lodge Coila St Andrew No 1334 will be conferring a FC Degree. 

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Thu, 28th April 2016

442 visit 566 to confer FC Degree


Brethren & friends, 
On Thursday 28th April a deputation of Brethren from Lodge Neptune 442 went along to Lodge
Ferguson St James No 566 to confer a FC Degree at the request of the RWM Bro David Wason and the Brethren of 566. 

On arrival at the Lodge we were met and warmly welcomed by the RWM and various Brethren of 566 as well as the Brethren from various sister Lodges. At around 7:45pm the Brother Director of Ceremonies of 566 Brother John McMaster announced to the Brethren of 442 that the RWM and Brethren assembled were ready to receive us.

 

Accompanying our deputation were honorary members of 442, PM Colin McCormick, PM Robert McCroskie as well as three other Brethren from Lodge Tarbolton Kilwinning St James No 135. 

On entering the Lodge and being introduced to the assembled Brethren we were once again welcomed by RWM Wason who thanked the Brethren of 442 for coming along to confer the FC Degree to which our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners suitably replied. Our RWM then advanced to the East of the Lodge where he was presented with the Lodge gavel to allow him to confer the FC Degree. 

The office bearers of Lodge Ferguson St James No 566 then vacated office in favour of the office
bearers of Lodge Neptune No 442 at the request of RWM Stanners after which the deacons retired to prepare the candidate. The candidate accompanied by the deacons of 442 then entered the Lodge for the second time and received an excellent FC Degree at the hands of RWM Stanners with the final charge being delivered by BB Bro Alan Evans.

At the completion of the degree the Lodge was reduced to the EA Degree, the office bearers of
566 were then exchanged back into their respective offices. 

Our RWM then thanked the Brethren assembled for the excellent hearing that they gave the Degree
team as well as thanking the Brethren of 442 for their continued hard work and assistance. He
especially thanked PM Bro Charlie Pllu for standing in as WSW during the Degree, PM Brother Colin McCormick for standing in as Chaplin and PM Brother Robert McCroskie for standing in as Inner Guard.

 

RWM Stanners also thanked RWM Wason for his kind invitation to confer the FC Degree as
well as thanking PM Brother Peter Ogg for standing in as the candidate for the millionth time.
RWM Wason then thanked our RWM and the Brethren of 442 for an excellent rendition of the FC Degree. Several other visiting Brethren added comment to the sentiments expressed by RWM Wason.

 

RWM Wason then presented RWM Stanners with a Lodge Mark token for their hard work. RWM Stanners accepted the gifts on behalf of the Lodge and intimated that it would be put on display within the Lodge display cabinet for all to see. 

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form where all of the Brethren were treated to some 566 harmony and a gastronomic treat which had been hand made by Mrs Jean McMaster wife of PM Bro John McMaster.

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Thu, 21st April 2016

St Andrew Denny & Loanhead No 176 visit to 442

Our last regular meeting of the Lodge was held on Thursday 21st April at 7:15pm. The lodge was
opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the Office Bearers of the
Lodge. 

The RWM welcomed those in attendance into the Lodge and expressed his sincere thanks for the continual support that the office Bearers and Brethren of 442 had given Lodge 442 over the years. He also thanked the visiting Brethren for their continual support. RWM Stanners then instructed the visiting Brethren that on returning to their respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from all at Lodge 442.

Masters past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge.
The business of the Lodge
was then carried out in a very swift and competent manner by the RWM and Lodge Secretary PM Brother Charles Pllu. 
 

After completing the Lodge business the RWM intimated that tonight’s Degree would be a Fellow Craft Degree conferred by Lodge St Andrew Denny & Loanhead No 176. The RWM then instructed acting Director of Ceremonies Brother Alan Evans WSD to retire and introduce the deputation from Lodge St Andrew No 176. 

On returning into the Lodge Brother Alan Evans introduced the deputation from Lodge St Andrew No
176 to the RWM and the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed by RWM Brother Gordon Turnbull. RWM Brother Duncan Stanners welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and thanked RWM Turnbull and the Brethren of 176 for accepting the invitation to confer the Fellow Craft Degree. After exchanging a few words our RWM invited RWM Turnbull to the East of the Lodge to accept the Lodge gavel. RWM Turnbull thanked RWM Stanners for the warm welcome and intimated that he and his deputation were pleased to visit Lodge 442 and confer the FC Degree. Our RWM then invited all other installed Masters within the deputation to assist him in the East of the Lodge. 

Upon receiving the gavel RWM Turnbull intimated that the Brethren of 176 had been looking forward to conferring the FC Degree at 442 for some time and that he hoped that on the completion of the Degree the work would be to the total satisfaction of the assembled Brethren. RWM Turnbull then asked the office bearers of Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No 442 to vacate office in favour of the Office Bearers of Lodge St Andrew Denny & Loanhead No 176. After exchanging office bearers RWM Turnbull and the Brethren of 176 conferred the FC Degree to a very high standard. 


On the completion of the degree both RWM Stanners and RWM Turnbull thanked Bro McKay of 176 for standing in as tonight's candidate. The Lodge gavel was then returned to RWM Stanners by RWM
Turnbull along with a few well-chosen words of thanks. RWM Stanners suitably replied. The office bearers once again exchanged positions. The floor of the Lodge was then left open for any Brother who wished to make comment on the excellent Degree which had been witnessed within 442. 

Various visiting Brethren commented on the excellent Degree that they had just witnessed. RWM
Turnbull then replied to the sentiments expressed by the various Brethren. The deputation from 176 then retired from the Lodge. 

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and his office bearers with a very special thanks being offered to the visiting brethren.

 

Our next regular meeting will be on Thursday 5th May at 7:15pm where Lodge St James Newton Upon Ayr No 125 will confer an Entered Apprentice Degree. Lodge 442 will be conferring a FC Degree at Lodge Fergusson St James No 566 on Thursday 28th April at 7:30pm. 

We look forward to meeting and greeting first time visitors into our Lodge and cementing relationships with those Brethren with whom we are already fraternally connected with. 

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Thu, 7th April 2016

169 confer MM Degree at 442

Our last regular meeting was once again a very successful night for our Lodge. Even although the numbers in attendance were not as much as in recent meetings the quality of those in attendance made up for the shortfall. 


The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners & the Office
bearers of 442. The general business of the evening was then carried out in a very competent
manner by our RWM & Brother Secretary PM Brother Charles Pllu. The various items on the
agenda being proposed and seconded and approved by the Office Bearers of the Lodge. 

After completing the various items of Lodge business the RWM then asked our acting Director of Ceremonies WJW Bro Stewart Finlay to retire and introduce the deputation from Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169. On returning to the Lodge Bro Finlay introduced the deputation which was headed by their own RWM Bro James Hill. RWM Stanners welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and thanked RWM Hill and the Brethren of 169 for accepting the invitation to confer a MM Degree on our candidate. RWM Hill intimated that it was a pleasure in accepting the invitation and that the Brethren of 169 were looking forward to conferring the MM Degree in Lodge 442. 

RWM Stanners then invited RWM Hill to assist him in the East of the Lodge. All other Past Masters in the deputation were then invited to join both RWMs in the East of the Lodge. Once the assembled Brethren were seated RWM Stanners presented the mallet to RWM Hill to allow him to carry out the business of the evening which was to raise one candidate to the high and sublime Degree of a MM.

RWM Hill thanked RWM Stanners for the mallet and said that it was an honour for him to preside over the Lodge and said that he was confident that his Brethren would put on a good show for all assembled. The office bearers of 442 then vacated office in favour of the office bearers of 169 and our candidate received an excellent MM Degree at the hands of the Brethren of Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169. RWM Hill and RWM Stanners then descended onto the level to welcome the newest MM into the Lodge and asked the assembled Brethren to also welcome him into the Lodge. 

At the conclusion of the degree the mallet was then returned to RWM Stanners by RWM Hill who
expressed his sincere thanks to all the Brethren assembled for the kind hearing that they gave the
degree team from 169. 

The office bearers were then exchanged and RWM Stanners thanked RWM Hill and the
Brethren of 169 for an excellent MM Degree and expressed his sincere thanks once again for their
attendance in such large numbers. The floor was then left open for any brother who wished to
comment on the degree that had been carried out.


Several of the visiting Brethren made comment and concurred with the sentiments expressed by RWM Stanners re the excellent degree. 

RWM Hill suitably replied on behalf of the degree team. 

The RWM then intimated that the next regular meeting of the Lodge would take place on Thursday
21st April at 7:15pm where Lodge St Andrew Denny & Loanhead No 176 would be conferring a FC Degree. 

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Thu, 31st March 2016

1st & 3rd Thursday Lodges in Ayrshire inaugural meeting at 442

Brethren & friends,

A special meeting of Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No 442 took place on Thursday 31st  March at 7:15pm within the Masonic Temple Bradshaw Street Saltcoats with the RWM Brother Duncan Stanners presiding. The reason for this special meeting was to invite the three other Lodges within the Province of Ayrshire that also meet on the first and third Thursday of the month. The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM and the Office Bearers of the Lodge. 

RWM Stanners thanked the Office Bearers and the Brethren of Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No 442 for their continual support and attendance. RWM Stanners indicated that there were various visiting Brethren within the Lodge and asked the Brethren of 442 to be upstanding and welcome the visitors into Lodge 442. RWM Stanners charged the visiting Brethren that when returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from himself, Past Masters, Worshipful Wardens, Office Bearers and the Brethren of 442. Masters past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge.

 

RWM Stanners thanked the Brethren of Lodge Beith St John No 157 and the Brethren from Lodge Irvine St Andrew No 149 for their attendance at the inaugural meeting of the four 1st & 3rd Thursday Lodges. RWM Stanners then invited RWM Brother James Lamont from Lodge Beith St John No 157 and Brother Jim Jamieson of Lodge Irvine St Andrew No 149 to assist him in the East of the Lodge.

 

RWM Stanners then asked our acting Director of Ceremonies WJW Brother Stewart Finlay to retire to and introduce the deputation from Lodge Fergusson St James No 566. On returning to the Lodge our acting Director of Ceremonies Brother Finlay introduced a large, distinguished and some might say slightly handsome deputation to the RWM and the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed by RWM Brother David Wason.

Our RWM thanked the acting Director of Ceremonies for his gracious introduction and instructed him to take up his rightful place within the Lodge. Our RWM then proceeded to welcome the deputation from Lodge 566 into Lodge 442 and thanked RWM Wason and the Brethren of 566 for accepting the invitation to confer an EA Degree within 442. RWM Stanners then invited RWM Wason to assist him in the East of the Lodge.

RWM Wason thanked RWM Stanners and the assembled Brethren for the warm and cordial welcome into Lodge 442 and intimated that he and his deputation had been looking forward to conferring the EA Degree in Lodge 442. RWM Wason also thanked WJW Brother Finlay for his gracious introduction into the Lodge. RWM Wason then advanced to the East of the Lodge to join RWM Stanners. All Past Masters within the deputation were invited to join the RWM in the East of the Lodge.

RWM Stanners then presented the Lodge gavel, the emblem of power and authority in Lodge 442 to RWM Wason and wished him and his Degree team the best of luck whilst carrying out the EA Degree. RWM Wason thanked RWM Stanners for the Lodge gavel and expressed his sincere thanks on behalf of all at 566 and intimated that he hoped at the completion of the Degree that their labours would be to the total satisfaction of the assembled Brethren.

RWM Wason then instructed the Office Bearers of 442 to vacate office in favour of the Office Bearers from 566. RWM Wason indicated to the assembled Brethren that the Degree this evening would be shared by the Brethren of 566. RWM Wason then instructed the Brother Inner Guard to uplift his working tools and receive the candidate.  Thereafter One candidate entered the Lodge and received an excellent EA Degree at the most capable hands of the Degree team from Lodge 566.

At the conclusion of the Degree RWM Wason welcomed our newest candidate into the Lodge of EA Freemasons. RWM Wason thanked his Degree team for carrying out the EA Degree to a very high standard. He also thanked RWM Stanners once again for the privilege of presiding over Lodge 442 during the Degree. RWM Wason then returned the Lodge gavel back to RWM Stanners.

On receiving the Lodge gavel RWM thanked RWM Wason and the Brethren of 566 for the excellent manner in which they carried out the EA Degree and in the manner that they conducted themselves throughout the evening. The Office Bearers of Lodge 566 were then exchanged in favour of the Office Bearers of Lodge 442.

RWM Stanners then asked the assembled Brethren to show their appreciation for a job well done. The Lodge was then left open for any Brother who wished to make comment on the Degree work which they had just witnessed.

Several Brethren including RWM Stanners made comment. RWM Wason suitably replied. RWM Stanners intimated to the Brethren that it was the wish of the three RWMs that this evening’s collection be donated to Prostate Cancer Scotland which was the Most Worshipful Grand Master Masons nominated charity for a five year period. The Brethren indicated that this was an excellent proposition. The collection was then uplifted with a total of £120 taken in. RWM Stanners indicated that he would send a cheque along with a letter to Prostate Cancer Scotland re the donation.

RWM Stanners then intimated that our next regular meeting would be held on Thursday 7th April at 7:15pm where Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle and Rose No 169 would be conferring a MM Degree.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and the Office Bearers of Lodge 442. RWM Stanners thanked Various Brethren for filling office at short notice. The assembled Brethren then retired to the Social Club premises for some 442 hospitality.

 

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Thu, 17th March 2016

Lodge Burns St Mary No 505 confer a FC Degree at 442

Brethren & friends, 

On Thursday 17th March we had the pleasure once again of welcoming a deputation from Lodge Burns St Mary No 505 into our Lodge to confer a Fellow Craft Degree.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of 442. The RWM thanked the Brethren of 442 for their attendance and continual support for their Mother Lodge as well as welcoming all of the visiting Brethren and thanked them for their
continual support to 442 and for their attendance on the evening. He then charged the visiting
Brethren that when returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the
fraternal greetings from himself, the Wardens, PMs, Office Bearers and the Brethren of 442. After
completing the general correspondence and any other competent business the RWM invited the
acting Director of Ceremonies IPM Bro Keith Syme WSW to retire and introduce the deputation from
Lodge Burns St Mary No 505. 

On returning to the Lodge Bro Syme introduced the deputation to the assembled Brethren which was headed by RWM Bro Stuart Milne, accompanying the brethren of 505 was RWM Bro Ross Gibson of Lodge St Andrew No 126 a frequent visitor and good friend of Lodge 442.

Our RWM welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and expressed his gratitude to all of the visiting
Brethren for their attendance at 442 and for the acceptance to confer the FC Degree. RWM Milne and all other installed Masters were then invited to the East of the Lodge.

Once the assembled Brethren were seated our RWM then presented the gavel to RWM Milne to allow
him and his Degree team to confer the FC Degree on one Brother. RWM Milne thanked RWM Stanners for the presentation of the gavel and for the kind invitation to confer the FC Degree and intimated that he hoped that the work of 505 would be to the complete satisfaction of the Brethren assembled. 

Thereafter one Brother was passed to the Degree of FC at the very capable hands of RWM Milne
who conferred the obligation and WSD Brother James Livingston who conferred the Degree to
a very high standard indeed. 

At the completion of the Degree the gavel was returned to RWM Stanners, the office bearers were
exchanged and various comments were made from both parties for the excellent Degree. 

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and the office bearers of 442. 

Our next meeting will be a special meeting and will be held on Thursday 31st March at 7:15pm where the four Lodges in Ayrshire who meet on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month will get together for the inaugural meeting and Lodge Fergusson St James No 566 will be conferring an EA Degree on our candidate. 

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 7th April at 7:15pm where Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169 will be conferring a MM.

 A general committee meeting will take place on Tuesday 5th April at 7:15pm. A large attendance of office bearers is requested at this meeting.

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Wed, 2nd March 2016

442 confer a MM Degree at 126 Kilmarnock

At the request of RWM Brother Ross Gibson and the Brethren of Lodge St Andrew No 126 Kilmarnock a deputation from Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No. 442 went along on Wednesday 2nd March to confer a MM Degree.
On arriving at the Lodge the Brethren of 442 were met with the usual warm welcome from the Brethren of 126. At approximately 7:30pm the deputation from 442 were escorted into the Lodge by PPGM Bro Adam Cunningham acting Director of Ceremonies who introduced the deputation to the assembled Brethren. RWM Gibson welcomed the Brethren of 442 into the Lodge and expressed his sincere thanks to RWM Bro Stanners for accepting the invitation to carry out the MM Degree. RWM Stanners suitably replied and took up his place in the East of the Lodge where he accepted the Lodge gavel on behalf of the deputation from 442.
The office bearers of 126 were then exchanged in favor of the office bearers of 442 and the Lodge was then raised to the MM Degree whereafter one candidate entered the Lodge and received an excellent MM Degree at the most capable hands of RWM Stanners with the assistance of the Lodge office bearers.
At the conclusion of the Degree the office bearers of both Lodges were exchanged to take up their respective offices and the Lodge was reduced to the EA Degree. RWM Gibson thanked RWM Stanners for the excellent degree which had just been witnessed. Various other visiting brethren also made comment on the degree. RWM Stanners suitably replied on behalf of the Degree team.
The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Gibson and the office bearers of 126, at the conclusion of which all of the the assembled brethren retired to the social club for a well deserved pie and beans washed down with a cup of tea and one or two tipples of a more desirable drink.

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Thu, 18th February 2016

Lodge St John No 334 visit to 442


On Thursday 18th February we had the pleasure in welcoming a large deputation from Lodge St John
No 334 New Cumnock into our Lodge to confer a Fellow Craft Degree. 

Lodge 442 was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge. The RWM thanked the Brethren of 442 for their attendance and continual support given to their Mother Lodge. He also welcomed and thanked the visiting Brethren for their much appreciated attendance as well as their continual support to Lodge 442. He then charged the visiting Brethren that when returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from himself, the Wardens, PMs, Office Bearers and the Brethren of 442. Masters past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge. 

After completion of the general correspondence and all other competent business the RWM invited the acting Director of Ceremonies WSD Bro Alan Evans to retire and introduce the deputation from Lodge St John New Cumnock No 334. 

On returning to the Lodge Bro Evans introduced the deputation from Lodge St John No 334 to the assembled brethren which was headed by RWM Bro James Walker. Our RWM welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and expressed his gratitude to all of the visiting Brethren from New Cumnock for their attendance at 442 and for accepting the invitation to confer the Fellow Craft Degree at 442.

Once the assembled Brethren were seated RWM Stanners then presented the gavel to RWM Walker to allow him and his Degree team to confer the FC Degree on one Brother. RWM Walker thanked RWM Stanners for the presentation of the gavel and for the kind invitation to confer the FC Degree. He also intimated that his wish was that the work of Lodge St John No 334 would be to the total satisfaction of the Brethren assembled. 

Thereafter one Brother was passed to the second or square Degree of a FC at the very capable hands of RWM Walker and his Degree team. On completion of the Degree the gavel was returned to RWM Stanners, the office bearers were exchanged, the Lodge was reduced to the EA Degree and various Brethren made comment on the very high standard of the excellent Degree that they had just witnessed.

RWM Stanners also commented on the ritual work and said that he was sure that the assembled Brethren had just received a Masonic treat. RWM Walker then suitably replied on behalf of the Brethren from of 334 and expressed his sincere thanks to RWM Stanners and indicated to the assembled Brethren that this had been his first visitation as RWM since his installation.

RWM Stanners then asked Brother Edward (Ted) Gear to come to the edge of the carpet where he was presented with a birthday card which was signed by all of the assembled Brethren to commemorate his 94th Birthday. A birthday cake was then brought into the Lodge to the delight and amusement of Brother Ted followed by a rendition of “Happy birthday” sung by all of the assembled Brethren.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and the office bearers of 442 with intimations of our next regular meeting which will be held on Thursday 3rd March at 7:15pm where Lodge St John Royal Arch Saltcoats & Ardrossan No 320 will be conferring an EA Degree. 

Lodge 442 will be conferring a MM Degree at Lodge St Andrew No 126 Kilmarnock on Wednesday 2nd March. Those Brethren attending should be at Lodge St Andrews premises for 7:15pm.

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Thu, 4th February 2016

Lodge St Andrew No 126 confer a MM degree at 442

Our last regular meeting of the Lodge was held on Thursday 4th February at 7:15pm. The lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the Office Bearers of the Lodge.

The RWM welcomed all in attendance into the Lodge and expressed his sincere thanks for the continual support that the visiting Brethren had given Lodge 442 over the years.

Masters past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge.
The business of the Lodge was then carried out in a very swift and competent manner by the RWM and Lodge Secretary PM Brother Charles Pllu. 


After completing the Lodge business the RWM intimated that tonight’s Degree would be a Master Mason Degree conferred by Lodge St Andrew No 126 Kilmarnock. The RWM then instructed acting Director of Ceremonies Brother Alan Evans WSD to retire and introduce the deputation from Lodge St Andrew No 126.

On returning into the Lodge Brother Alan Evans introduced the deputation from Lodge St Andrew No 126 to the RWM and the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed by RWM Brother Ross Gibson. RWM Brother Duncan Stanners welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and thanked RWM Gibson and the
Brethren of 126 for accepting the invitation to confer the Master Mason Degree. After exchanging a few words our RWM invited RWM Gibson to the East of the Lodge to accept the Lodge gavel. RWM Gibson thanked RWM Stanners for the warm welcome and intimated that he and his deputation were pleased to visit Lodge 442 and confer the Master Mason Degree. Our RWM then invited all other installed Masters within the deputation to assist him in the East of the Lodge.

Upon receiving the gavel RWM Gibson intimated that the Brethren of 126 had been looking forward to conferring the Master Mason Degree at 442 for some time and that he hoped that on the completion of the Degree the work would be to the total satisfaction of the assembled Brethren. RWM Gibson then asked the office bearers of Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No 442 to vacate office in favor of the Office Bearers of Lodge St Andrew No 126. After exchanging office bearers RWM Gibson and the Brethren of 126 conferred the Master Mason Degree to a very high standard.


On the completion of the degree both RWM Stanners and RWM Gibson thanked Bro Clark of 169 for standing in as tonight's candidate.. The Lodge gavel was then returned to RWM Stanners by RWM Gibson along with a few well chosen words of thanks. RWM Stanners suitably replied.
The office bearers once again exchanged positions. The floor of the Lodge was then left open for any brother to make comment on the excellent Degree which had been witnessed within 442.

Various visiting Brethren commented on the excellent Degree that they had just witnessed. RWM Gibson then replied to the sentiments expressed by the various Brethren. The deputation from 126 then retired from the Lodge.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and his office bearers with a very special thanks being offered to the visiting brethren.



Our next regular meeting will be on Thursday 18th February at 7:15pm where Lodge St Johns 334 New Cumnock will confer a Fellow Craft Degree.

We look forward to meeting and greeting first time visitors into our Lodge and
cementing relationships with those Brethren with whom we are already fraternally connected with.

 

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Thu, 21st January 2016

60 years diploma presentation at 442

 

Brethren & friends,
Our last regular meeting took place on Thursday 21st January which once again saw a very good attendance from members of 442, visiting Brethren and a very large deputation from the PGL Ayrshire which was headed by RWPGM Bro Robert Little.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM and the office bearers of the Lodge. Our
RWM then welcomed the Brethren of 442 into the Lodge and thanked them for their continual support
to their Mother Lodge, he also welcomed the visitors into the Lodge and charged them that on returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from all at 442. Masters Past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge.

Our acting Director of Ceremonies Bro Robert McIntosh then retired from the Lodge and on returning he was accompanied by a Deputation from the PGL Ayrshire which was headed by our RWPGM Bro Robert Little.

RWM Stanners thanked acting Director of Ceremonies Bro McIntosh for introducing the Brethren from the PGL of Ayrshire as well as thanking the Brethren for their attendance. He also thanked the RWPGM for heading the deputation and invited him to the East of the Lodge to accept the gavel. RWPGM Bro Robert Little suitably replied and advanced to the east of the Lodge where he received the gavel. A few well-chosen words were then expressed by Bro Little before returning the gavel to RWM Stanners. The remainder of the deputation also assisted RWM Stanners in the East of the Lodge.

The general business of the Lodge then took place where all matters were discussed and where appropriate proposed and seconded for approval.

At the completion of the business PPGM Bro Adam Cunninghame asked Bro Charles Pllu PM Secretary to come to the West edge of the mosaic carpet. On doing so Bro Cunninghame then gave a lengthy history of PM Pllu’s services to Freemasonry in general and to Lodge 442 in particular. He also presented PM Pllu with his 60 year service diploma and a 60 year service lapel pin. PM Pllu suitably replied stating that he was very humble to be standing in the Lodge at the present time.

RWM Stanners then descended onto the level to present PM Pllu with a 60 year jewel, a congratulations card which had been signed by all of the Brethren on the evening and a cake with a photograph of PM Pllu on it which had all been paid for by the office bearers of 442.

PM Pllu once again thanked the Brethren for these gifts before taking up his seat in the East of the Lodge.

The Lodge was then passed to the second or square Degree of a Fellow Craft where Brother
Derek Fergusson entered the Lodge once again and received an excellent Fellow Craft Degree at the very capable hands of IPM Bro Keith Syme, RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the final charge being administered by WSD Bro Alan Evans.

At the conclusion of the Degree RWM Stanners welcomed Brother Fergusson once again into the Lodge of Fellow Craft Freemasons and thanked him for stepping in as candidate before asking the assembled Brethren to show their appreciation to Bro Derek for standing in as our candidate.

The Lodge was then reduced to the first Degree where the floor was left open for comment. RWPGM Little then commented on the Degree work and to the presentation from PPGM Bro Cunninghame to PM Pllu. Various compliments were expressed by visiting Brethren regarding the Degree to which our RWM suitably replied to and thanked the Brethren for their comments.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form where the Brethren retired to the social club
premises for some 442 hospitality and to enjoy a slice of PM Pllu’s cake.

Our next regular meeting will be on Thursday 4th February at 7:15pm where Lodge St Andrew No 126 Kilmarnock will be conferring a MM Degree.

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Thu, 7th January 2016

442 Confer the Fellow Craft Degree

Brethren & friends,
Our last regular meeting took place on Thursday 7th January which once again saw a very good attendance from members of 442 and visiting Brethren.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM and the office bearers of the Lodge. Our
RWM then welcomed the Brethren of 442 into the Lodge and thanked them for their continual support
to their Mother Lodge, he also welcomed the visitors into the Lodge and charged them that on returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from all at 442. Masters Past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge.


The general business of the Lodge then took place where all matters were discussed and where appropriate proposed and seconded for approval.

The Lodge was then passed to the second or square Degree of a Fellow Craft where Brother
David Thomson entered the Lodge once again and received an excellent Fellow Craft Degree at the very capable hands of IPM Bro Keith Syme, RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the final charge being administered by WSD Bro Alan Evans. At the conclusion of the Degree our RWM welcomed Brother Thomson once again into the Lodge of Fellow Craft Freemasons and thanked him for stepping in as candidate before asking the assembled Brethren to show their appreciation to Bro David for standing in as our candidate.

The Lodge was then reduced to the first Degree where the floor was left open for comment. Various
compliments were expressed by visiting Brethren regarding the Degree to which our RWM suitably
replied to and thanked the Brethren for their comments.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form where the Brethren retired to the social club
premises for some 442 hospitality.


Our next regular meeting will be on Thursday 21st January where Lodge 442 will be conferring a Fellow Craft Degree and Bro Charles L Pllu PM Secretary will be receiving his 60 year service diploma from PPGM Bro Adam Cunninghame.

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Thu, 17th December 2015

173 confer a MMM Degree at 442

Brethren & friends,
Our last regular meeting for 2015 took place on Thursday 17th December at 7:15pm where the Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge.
The RWM welcomed the brethren of 442 into the lodge and thanked them for their attendance and their continual support to their Mother Lodge. He also welcomed all visitors into the lodge and asked the brethren of 442 to be upstanding and welcome the visitors into the lodge. The RWM charged the visiting brethren that when retuning to their respective mother lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from all at 442. Masters past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge.
The general business of the Lodge was then conducted by the Brother secretary and the RWM and all matters that required to be passed by the lodge were proposed and seconded.
At the conclusion of the business the RWM asked Brother Robert McIntosh our acting Director of Ceremonies to retire and introduce our visitors from Lodge St John Kilwinning Largs No. 173. On returning into the Lodge Brother McIntosh in a very competent manner introduced the very large deputation from Lodge St John Kilwinning Largs No. 173 to the RWM and the assembled Brethren, the deputation was headed by their own RWM Brother Les Pearson.
Our RWM welcomed RWM Pearson and the Brethren of 173 into the Lodge and thanked them for accepting the invitation to confer the MMM Degree. RWM suitably replied and thanked RWM Stanners for the invitation. RWM Pearson then proceeded in joining RWM Stanners in the East of the Lodge. RWM then invited all other PMs in the deputation to join him in the East.
The gavel was then presented to RWM Pearson to allow him and his deputation to confer the MMM Degree. RWM Pearson thanked RWM Stanners for the presentation of the gavel and intimated that he and the Brethren of 173 would try to ensure that the labours of the evening would be to the satisfaction of the Brethren assembled.
RWM Pearson then presented the gavel to PM Brother Alan Buntain who would be the conferring Mark Master for the evenings ceremony. PM Buntain thanked RWM Pearson for the presentation of 442s gavel and also intimated that he hoped his work and the work of the Degree team would be to the total satisfaction of the assembled Brethren.
The Lodge was then passed, raised and reduced and thereafter our candidate Brother David Thomson retired with his conductor to be repaired to receive his MMM Degree. Whilst the candidate was being prepared the Lodge was advanced to the honourable Degree of a MMM by PM Buntain.
Thereafter Brother Thomson re entered the Lodge with his conductor and received an excellent MMM Degree at the most capable hands of PM Buntain and his Degree team with the lecture and final charge being administered by PM Bro Gordon Alexander an Honorary member of 173.
At the conclusion of the Degree PM Buntain, RWM Pearson and RWM Stanners descended onto the level to welcome Brother Thomson into the Lodge of MMM. PM Buntain then proclaimed Brother Thomson and the assembled Brethren showed their appreciation with a round of applause.
The gavel was then returned to RWM Pearson by PM Buntain who thanked him for the honour of heading the degree team. RWM Pearson then thanked PM Buntain for heading the degree team. The Lodge was then reduced to the entered apprentice Degree and the gavel was returned to RWM Stanners. RWM Stanners then exchanged the office bearers of 173 in favour of the office bearers of 442, thereafter he expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the Brethren of 173 for an excellent MMM Degree. RWM Pearson replied on behalf of the Brethren of 173 once again thanking RWM Stanners and the Brethren of 442 for the invite.
RWM Stanners intimated that the next regular meeting of the Lodge would be on Thursday 7th January at 7:15pm where 442 would be conferring a Fellow Craft Degree, he also extended the seasons greetings to the Brethren assembled and to their families.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and the office bearers of 442 which was followed by the assembled Brethren retiring to the social club premises for some 442 harmony.

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Thu, 3rd December 2015

442 Confer a MM Degree

Brethren & friends,
Our last regular meeting took place on Thursday 3rd December which saw a good attendance dorm members of 442 and visiting Brethren.
The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM and the office bearers of the Lodge. Our RWM then welcomed the Brethren of 442 into the Lodge and thanked them for their continual support for their Mother Lodge, he also welcomed the visitors into the Lodge and instructed them that on returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from all at 442. Past Masters and reigning Masters were then invited to the East of the Lodge.
The general business of the Lodge then took place which was quite lengthy due to our last regular meeting being our annual installation meeting. All matters were discussed and where appropriate proposed and seconded for approval.
The Lodge was then raised to the third and most high and sublime Degree of a MM where Brother David Thomson entered the Lodge for the third time and received an excellent Degree at the very capable hands of our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners. At the conclusion of the Degree our RWM welcomed Brother Thomson into the Lodge of MM and asked the assembled Brethren to meet, greet and treat him as such.
The Lodge was then reduced to the first Degree where the floor was left open for comment. Various compliments were expressed by visiting Brethren regarding the Degree to which our RWM suitably replied and thanked the Brethren for their comments.
Our RWM then asked Brother Robert McCroskie PM 135 and Brother Stephen McConnachie Pm 399 to come to the West edge of the mosaic carpet where he presented them with their signed honorary membership diplomas. Both Brethren suitably replied and thanked our RWM for the diplomas once again.
The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form where the Brethren retired to the social club premises for some 442 hospitality.
Our next regular meeting will be on Thursday 17th December at 7:15pm where Lodge St John Kilwinning Largs No. 173 will be conferring a MMM Degree on Brother David Thomson.

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Tue, 24th November 2015

Lodge Neptune 442 confer MM Degree at Lodge Neptune Glasgow 419

At the request of the RWM and Brethren of Lodge Neptune Glasgow No. 419 a deputation from Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No. 442 went along on Tuesday 24th November to confer a MM Degree.
On arriving at the Lodge the Brethren of 442 were met with the usual warm welcome from the Brethren of 419. At approximately 8:15pm the deputation from 442 were escorted into the Lodge by PM Bro Gus Campbell D of C who introduced the deputation to the RWM of 419 Bro Mathew Moore. RWM Moore welcomed the Brethren of 442 into the Lodge and expressed his sincere thanks to RWM Bro Stanners for accepting to carry out the MM Degree. RWM Stanners suitably replied and took up his place in the East of the Lodge where he accepted the Lodge gavel on behalf of the deputation from 442.

The office bearers of 419 were then exchanged in favour of the office bearers of 442 and the Lodge was then raised to the MM Degree whereafter one candidate entered the Lodge and received an excellent MM Degree at the most capable hands of RWM Stanners with the assistance of the Lodge office bearers.

At the conclusion of the Degree the office bearers of both Lodges returned to their respective offices and the Lodge was reduced to the EA Degree. RWM Moore thanked RWM Stanners for the excellent degree which had just been witnessed. Various other visiting brethren also made comment on the degree. RWM Stanners suitably replied on behalf of the Degree team.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Moore and the office bearers of 419 at the conclusion of which all the brethren assembled retired to the social club for a well deserved pie and beans washed down with a cup of tea and one or two tipples of a more desirable drink.

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Fri, 20th November 2015

Lodge Neptune No. 442 Annual Installation Meeting

Friday 20th November saw our Annual Installation take place on a wet and blustery night, but the warmth of the assembled Brethren made it all worth while.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and Office Bearers at 6:25pm so that the Aims and Relationships of the craft could be read in open Lodge as per Grand Lodge ruling. Our RWM read the Aims and Relationships of the craft and then adjourned the Lodge.

At 7pm prompt IPM Bro Keith Syme took the chair of the Lodge and with the assistance of the Office Bearers resumed the Lodge. At the request of RWM Stanners Bro Robert McCroskie PM 135 took up the roll as Director of Ceremonies within 442 for the evening. At the request of IPM Bro Syme Bro McCroskie retired from the Lodge as D of C and on his return introduced a deputation from sister Lodges within and out with the Province of Ayrshire. Included in this deputation were two Brethren from the English Constitution and two Brethren from the Irish Constitution. The deputation was headed by RWM Bro David Thomson from Lodge St John Royal Arch Saltcoats & Ardrossan No. 320. IPM Bro Syme welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and asked all reigning Masters to assist him in the East of the Lodge, which they duly did.

Bro McCroskie retired from the Lodge for a second time and on his return introduced the deputation from the PGLA which was headed by DPGM Bro William Steel. IPM Bro Syme afforded the deputation a warm welcome into the Lodge and invited Bro Steel to accept the gavel of the Lodge. After exchanging a few chosen words IPM Bro Syme invited the remainder of the deputation from the PGLA to the East of the Lodge.

Bro McCroskie retired from the Lodge for a third and final time and on his return introduced to the brethren assembled the Installing Masters for the evenings ceremonial namely SPGM Bro Stephen McConnachie and IPPGM Bro Archie Chalmers.

IPM Bro Syme once again afforded a warm welcome to the Installing Masters and invited them to the East of the Lodge. IPPGM Bro Chalmers spoke on behalf of the Installing Masters and thanked the brethren assembled for the warm welcome, he also thanked IPM Bro Syme for his words of encouragement. Both Installing Masters then took up their place in the East of the Lodge.

The ceremony was opened with praise and prayer followed by a minutes silence in memory of departed Brethren after which the ceremony of installation was conducted. At the conclusion of the ceremony IPPGM Bro Chalmers thanked RWM Stanners for inviting both him and SPGM Bro McConnachie to be his Installing Masters. RWM Stanners suitably replied and thanked both for their extremely satisfying work, the assembled Brethren showed their appreciation with a hearty round of applause.

The Grand Almoners appeal was then read out by Bro Robert McIntosh and the assembled Brethren gave generously towards the appeal.
RWM Stanners then asked Bro McCroskie to carry out his special duties for the evening which was to present Bro Colin McCormick PM 135 and SPGM Bro McConnachie PM 399 to the RWM. After presenting both Brethren to the RWM Bro McCroskie stood aside, but to his surprise RWM Stanners asked Bro McCroskie to join the other two Brethren.

Thereafter RWM Stanners then conferred honorary membership on the three Brethren and intimated to the assembled Brethren the reasons why this had been done. The three Brethren took it in turn to thank RWM Stanners for the great honour that had been conferred upon them. RWM suitably replied.

DPGM Bro William Steel then spoke on behalf of the deputation from the PGLA which was followed by RWM Thomson from 320 on behalf of the visiting Brethren.

DPGM Bro William Steel and his deputation from the PGLA then retired from the Lodge accompanied by both Installing Masters. The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge with two intimations of our next regular meeting being a MM Degree on Thursday 3rd December at 7:15pm and a visitation to Lodge Neptune Glasgow on Tuesday 24th November at 7:30pm where Lodge Neptune No. 442 would be conferring a MM Degree.

A large amount of Brethren then retired to the social club premises where they enjoyed the installation meal and the company of the Brethren of 442.

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Tue, 10th November 2015

442 confer a FC Degree at Lodge Major Ness No. 948

Brethren & Friends,

At the very kind invitation of RWM Bro Colin Stark and his Brethren Lodge 442 went along to Lodge Major Ness No. 948 High Blantyre in the Province Lanarkshire Middle Ward on Tuesday 10th November.
On meeting up at Lodge Major Ness we were met by Bro Ross Gibson RWM of Lodge St Andrew No. 126 Kilmarnock and PM Bro Gordon Hope of Lodge Cambuslang No. 114 who had come along to support the Brethren of 442, very much appreciated indeed. We were also accompanied by Bro Jimmy Smith and Brother Ronnie of Lodge St Johns Royal Arch Saltcoats & Ardrossan No. 320.
We were welcomed into the Lodge around 8pm where RWM Stanners was immediately presented with the Lodge gavel from RWM Stark. The office bearers of Lodge Major Ness then vacated office in favour of the Brethren of 442.
Thereafter one Brother namely Brother David Gillies entered the Lodge for the second time and received an excellent Fellow Craft Degree at the very capable hands of our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and IPM Bro Keith Syme.
Our RWM thanks Bro Gillies for his attendance and said it had been a pleasure in both attending Lodge Major Ness but a bonus in conferring a Degree to the Brethren assembled.
Our RWM then exchanged office bearers and returned the mallet to RWM Stark thanking him once again for the privilege in being invited into the Lodge and conferring the Fellow Craft Degree and for presiding over the Lodge that evening.
RWM Stark expressed his sincere thanks to RWM Stanners and the Brethren of 442 for coming along and entertaining the Brethren of 948.
RWM Stanners suitably replied and thanked various Brethren for taking up new offices whilst conferring the Degree. He also thanked RWM Bro Ross Gibson for taking part in the Degree as WJD and asked RWM Gibson to formally reply on behalf of the Degree team from 442 which he duly did.
The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form where all of the Brethren joined in for some 948 harmony which consisted of soup, pies, sausage rolls, tea coffee and a wee half or two for those who were not driving home.

 

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Sun, 8th November 2015

Remembrance day parade

Brethren & friends,

On Sunday 8th November RWM Bro Duncan Stanners, PM Bro Charles Pllu & Bro Robert McIntosh attended the annual rememberence day ceremony on behalf of Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No. 442 which took place at the Cenotaph in Saltcoats. 

The weather stayed quite calm for most of the ceremony but in West of Scotland fashon the heavens opened  and the rain poured out. Never the less this did not dampen the spirits of those in attendance as they remembered those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in both great wars as well as the various conflicts throughout the world during the last 100 years in every weather condition known to man.

At the conclusion of the ceremony the parade made its way back throughout the town for a well deserved cup of tea.

"THEY SHALL GROW NOT OLD , AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD, AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM, NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN, AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN, AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"

 

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Thu, 5th November 2015

Fellow Craft Degree at 442

Brethren and Friends,
Last night saw the last official meeting of Lodge Neptune 442 for the session 2014 – 2015 and to the pleasure of the brethren assembled it was a very worthwhile and busy meeting which finished of the session on a high.
The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge. The general business of the evening was once again carried out in a very swift and competent manner by the RWM and brethren of the Lodge.
After the completion of the business the RWM passed the Lodge to the second Degree and thereafter Brother David Thomson entered the Lodge for the second time and received a very fine second degree at the very capable hands of our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners who was assisted by IPM WSW Bro Keith Syme and the deacons of the Lodge.
On the completion of the Degree RWM Stanners welcomed Bro Thomson into the Lodge of Fellow Crafts and asked the assembled Brethren to afford Bro Thomson a very warm and hearty welcome into the Lodge of Fellow Crafts.
Our RWM then reduced the Lodge back to the Ea Degree where various visiting Brethren made comment on the very high standard of Degree work that they had just witnessed. Our RWM thanked the Brethren for the sentiments expressed on behalf of himself and the Brethren of 442.
The RWM then read out various intimations regarding forthcoming Lodge installations and visitations at the completion of which he once again thanked the Office Bearers, Brethren of 442 and the visiting Brethren who had supported 442 over the last year. He also expressed his best and sincere wishes to each office bearer and brother of 442 for the forthcoming session and intimated that he would once again serve the Lodge to the very best of his ability.
The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form.
The Brethren retired to the social club premises for some 442 harmony which consisted of pies, beans, biscuits tea coffee.

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Thu, 15th October 2015

Lodge Annual General Meeting 2015

Brethren & friends,
The annual general meeting of the Lodge took place on Thursday 15th October with a relatively good turnout from the members of 442 but once again the turnout could have been better.


The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the Office Bearers of the Lodge. On this occasion we had visitors from Lodge Calendar in Falkirk, IPPGM Brother Archie Chalmers, SPGM Brother Stephen McConnachie & PM Brother colin McCormick from 135. The general business of the evening was then conducted in a very proficient manner by both our Brother Secretary PM Charles L Pllu and our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners with the various items being proposed & seconded by the Brethren of the Lodge.


After conducting the general business our RWM then asked the Brother Secretary to present to the assembled Brethren with the Secretaries report for the year. This was duly carried out with points such as the lack of attendance from Lodge members and Past Masters of the Lodge being highlighted once again. Brother Pllu thanked the RWM once again for taking on the role of Lodge Treasurer, for keeping the Lodge website up to date, for inviting various Lodges into 442 to confer Degrees, for conferring Degrees in other Lodges and for keeping 442 to the forefront of Freemasonry not only in Ayrshire but throughout Scotland. Brother Pllu also thanked all of the Brethren who assisted him throughout the year.


Our RWM then presented the Lodge balance sheet to the assembled Brethren and explained all transactions in great detail to the Brethren. The Lodge was then left open for any questions on the balance sheet. Our appointed auditors PM Brother Colin McCormick of Lodge Tarbolton (Kilwinning) St James No.135 and PM Brother Stephen McConnachie of Lodge Royal Blues No. 399 then presented the Brethren with the auditors report. At the conclusion of the reports the RWM asked the Brethren to either pass or decline the balance sheet. The balance sheet was accepted and passed.


The Lodge was then Passed and Raised to the third Degree where the RWM declared all offices vacant. The nomination and election of Office Bearers was then conducted with the re-election of Brother Duncan Stanners as RWM for the session 2015 – 2016 which he duly accepted and thanked the Brethren for the great honor and once again having the confidence in him to take the Lodge 2016.


The following Brethren were nominated and elected for the session 2015 - 2016:

RWM Brother Duncan Stanners PM.

IPM Brother Keith Syme PM. 

DM Brother James Smith.

SM Brother James Taylor PM.

Secretary Brother Charles Pllu PM.

Treasurer Brother Duncan Stanners PM.

WSW Brother Keith Syme PM.

WJW Brother Stewart Finlay.

WSD Brother Alan Evans.

WJD Brother David Warnes.

IG Brother Derek Ferguson.

Chaplain Brother Raymond Watt.

Tyler Brother Malcolm Moon.

Almoner Brother James Smith.

Jeweller Brother Robert McIntosh

Bible Bearer Brother John McKnight

Architect Brother Raymond Ferguson

Senior Steward Brother David Warnes Snr 

 All committees remained the same as last year with the various Office Bearers taking up the respective roles within the committees.


The Lodge Auditors proposed and accepted for the session 2015 – 2016 were once again Brother Colin McCormick PM 135 and Brother Stephen McConnachie PM 399 who both duly accepted the roll as auditors.
The Lodge was then reduced to the EA Degree where the RWM congratulated all office bearers in being elected into office and a special thanks to those taking up office for the first time.

The RWM then intimated to the assembled Brethren that the Installing Masters for the forthcoming year were IPPGM Bro Archie Chalmers and SPGM Bro Stephen McConnachie.
IPPGM Bro Archie Chalmers responded with a few well chosen witty comments and the Brother from Lodge Calendar said a few words on behalf of the visiting Brethren.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form with intimations as follows:
Our next regular meeting will be a FC Degree which will be conferred by the RWM Bro Duncan Stanners, WSW Bro Keith Syme PM, BB Bro Alan Evans & WSD Bro Stewart Finlay on Thursday 5th November at 7:15pm.


A General Committee Meeting on Monday 2nd November at 7:15pm to discuss installation menu and ticket prices.


We look forward to meeting old and new visitors at our our next meeting.
The 2015 installation date will be Friday 20th November at 7:00pm.

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Sun, 4th October 2015

Tri-Annual Unity Divine Service

The Tri-Annual Unity Divine Service was held on Sunday 4th October 2015 with representatives from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire, Daughter Lodges from within and out with the province of Ayrshire, the Royal Arch, The Preceptory and the Order of the Eastern Star.

All orders walked in a procession from the Masonic Halls in Kilmarnock to the New Laigh Church Kilmarnock accompanied by Pipe Bands from Ayr and the Isle of Cumbrae.

The weather both too and from the Church was excellent. On arrival at the Church all in attendance were met and welcomed into the Church by PGLA Jnr Chaplain Bro Rev Steve Clipston. Rev Clipston conducted the entire ceremony in the absence of PGLA Chaplain Rev I Benzie who is currently unwell. The ceremony was carried out in a very dignified, serious and sometimes jovial manner to the delight of all in attendance.

On returning to the Masonic Halls all were welcomed back with a marvellous buffet which had been laid on by the Unity Divine Service Committee.

Our thoughts go out to the PGLA Chaplains Rev I McDonald, Rev I Benzie and Rev W Milligan who are all currently ill.

Haste Ye back in good health. 

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Thu, 1st October 2015

Lodge Major Ness No. 948 visit 442


Brethren & Friends,

Thursday 1st October 2015 was once again a very successful night for our Lodge. Even although the numbers in attendance were not as much as in recent meetings the quality of those in attendance made up for the shortfall.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners & the Office bearers of 442. The general business of the evening was then carried out in a very competent manner by our RWM & Brother Secretary PM Brother Charles Pllu. The various items on the agenda being proposed and seconded and approved by the Office Bearers of the Lodge.

After completing the various items of Lodge business the RWM then asked Bro Keith Syme to retire and introduce the deputation from Lodge Major Ness No 948. On returning to the Lodge Bro Syme introduced the deputation which was headed by their own RWM Bro Colin Stark. Our RWM welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and thanked RWM Stark and the Brethren of 948 for accepting the invitation to confer an EA Degree on our newest candidate. RWM Stark intimated that it was a pleasure in accepting the invitation and that the Brethren of 948 were looking forward to conferring the EA Degree especially as we had a new candidate.

RWM Stanners then invited RWM Stark to assist him in the East of the Lodge. Once RWM Stark had joined RWM Stanners in the East of the Lodge RWM stated that he fealt that it was appropriate to invite PM Brother George Russell Kelly to the East of the Lodge at the same time due to the fact that he was the Substitute Grand Master Mason. PM Brother Kelly intimated that it was not necessary as he had come along as a PM from his Mother Lodge to assist with the Degree but approached the East and exchanged greetings with our RWM with a sincere handshake before retiring to take up position as WSW. All other Past Masters in the deputation were then invited to join both RWMs in the East of the Lodge. Once the assembled Brethren were seated RWM Stanners presented the mallet to RWM Stark to allow him to carry out the business of the evening which was to initiate one Gentleman namely Mr David Thomson in our Lodge.

RWM Stark thanks RWM Stanners for the mallet and said that it was an honor for him to preside over the Lodge throughout the ceremony and said that he was confident that his Brethren would put on a good show for all assembled. The office bearers of 442 then vacated office in favor of the office bearers of 948 and Mr David Thomson received a most excellent EA Degree at the hands of the Brethren of Lodge Major Ness No 948. RWM Stark and RWM Stanners then descended onto the level to welcome Brother David Thomson into the Lodge of EA and asked the assembled Brethren to also welcome Brother David into the Lodge.

At the conclusion of the degree the mallet was then returned to RWM Stanners by RWM Stark who expressed his sincere thanks to all the Brethren assembled for the kind hearing that they gave the degree team from 948.

The office bearers were then once again exchanged and RWM Stanners thanked RWM Stark and the Brethren of 948 for an excellent EA Degree and expressed his sincere thanks once again for their attendance in such large numbers. The floor was then left open for any brother who wished to comment on the degree that had been carried out. Various of the visiting Brethren made comment and concurred with the sentiments expressed by RWM Stanners re the excellent degree.

RWM Stark suitably replied on behalf of the degree team.

 The RWM then intimated that the next regular meeting of the Lodge would take place on Thursday 15th October at 7:15pm where the Lodge will hold its annual general meeting. A general committee meeting will take place on Monday 5th October at 7:15pm.

Annual fees are now due for payment to our Lodge Treasurer.

 

 

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Sun, 27th September 2015

Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire Sponsored Walk

Brethren & friends,

The annual Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire sponsored walk took place on Sunday 27th September 2015 and was hosted by Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No. 442. All those who took part gathered within the social club on a very sunny Sunday afternoon.

The participants were met and welcomed into the social club by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners before being officially welcomed by the PGLA fundraising chairman SPGM  Brother James Bell. After thanking all in attendance Brother Bell handed the reigns over to RWM Stanners who with the assistance of his seven year old granddaughter Sophie informed the participants of the route which would depart from the social club and would route through Saltcoats towards Ardrossan and returning along the shore front, a distance of just over 4 miles.

After giving the route details everyone assembled in the labour club car park on the shore front for a group photograph where it was noticed that many tummies were pulled in. At precisely 1:30pm all walkers children and dogs departed from the social club for what turned out to be an excellent 90 minute walk in glorious sunshine.

On returning to the social club after the walk all participants were treated to sausage rolls, hot dogs, tea coffee and biscuits which was laid on by 442 and prepared by RWM Stanners wife Jan. RWPGM Brother Robert Little closed the afternoon by thanking all for attending the annual event and thanking 442 and Mrs Stanners for the buffet.

The total sum raised will be announced in a later news item. Many thanks to all who supported this fundraising event.

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Thu, 17th September 2015

PGLA Annual Visitation

PGLA Annual Visitation to Lodge 442
Brethren & friends,

Last night marked another successful evening in the history books of 442. The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the Office Bearers of the Lodge. Our RWM then welcomed the Brethren and Office Bearers of 442 into the Lodge and thanked them for their continual support to their mother Lodge. The RWM then welcomed the visiting Brethren into the Lodge and charged them than on returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal
greetings of the Brethren of 442. The RWM also thanked the visiting Brethren for their continual support to 442. The RWM then invited all Installed Masters to assist him in the East of the Lodge. This invitation was accepted by several Brethren.


The RWM then asked the acting Director of Ceremonies WJW Bro Robert McIntosh to
retire from the Lodge and present the deputation from the PGLA.

On returning into the Lodge WJW Bro McIntosh introduced the deputation from the PGLA which was headed by our RWPGM Brother Robert Little. The RWM thanked Brother McIntosh for his presentation and asked him to take up his rightful place within the
Lodge. The RWM then welcomed the deputation from PGLA into the Lodge and invited the RWPGM to the East of the Lodge to accept the Lodge gavel. The RWPGM Brother Robert Little suitably replied on behalf of the deputation and intimated that it would be his pleasure to come to the East and accept the gavel. After exchanging a few well chosen words RWPGM Brother Robert Little returned the gavel to the RWM to allow him to carry out the Lodge business.

The business of the Lodge was then conducted by the RWM, Brother secretary PM Brother Charles L Pllu and the office Bearers of the Lodge. On completion of the Lodge business the Lodge was then passed to the FC Degree where Brother Scott Mauchlin WJW Lodge 334 Sub Candidate received an excellent FC Degree at the most capable hands of the RWM. The wages were conferred by WSD Bro Stewart Finlay and the final charge being delivered by BB Bro Alan Evans. At the completion of the Degree the RWM
Thanked Brother Mauchlin for standing in as candidate. The RWM then invited the RWPGM to accompany him onto the level and welcome Brother Mauchlin into the Lodge.

The Lodge was then reduced to the Entered Apprentice Degree where the RWM presented the Lodge gavel to RWPGM Brother Robert Little to allow him to conduct the business of the PGLA. Brother Little accepted the gavel and immediately exchanged the Wardens of 442 in favour of the appointed wardens from the PGLA. The deputation
from the PGLA was then introduced with PM Brother David McClurkin in the chair of PGSW and PM Brother Roderick McLean in the chair of PGJW.

The RWPGM then explained to the assembled Brethren the reason for the annual visitation of the PGLA as per Grand Lodge Laws. The RWPGM then went into
his report in great detail which included thanking PM Bro Charles Pllu for the excellent manner in which the Secretaries books were kept and presented for inspection. The RWPGM also thanked our RWM for taking on the roll as Lodge Treasurer and intimated to the Brethren of 442 that the treasurers books were also kept in an immaculate condition, that all entries were accounted for and that the Lodge was financially stable.

The RWPGM also thanked the RWM on behalf of the PGLA for his work as a Provincial Grand Lodge Office Bearer and member of Provincial Grand Committee. He also congratulated the RWM on his part in the inaugural Reigning Masters Degree which was recently held at Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No. 169 which was also witnessed by the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason.

The PGSW made comment on the benevolence that the Lodge had afforded to both Masonic and non Masonic Charities over the last twelve months which was followed by the PGJW who made comment on the Degree which had been conferred by the RWM and his office bearers.

At the conclusion of the comments made by the PGLA Wardens the RWPGM intimated to the assembled Brethren that the Lodge had been working in a satisfactory manner, the Lodge books had been kept up to date and in accordance with Grand Lodge Laws, that the Degree work was to a very high standard and that he had no reservations in affording the Lodge a clear minute.

The RWM was then asked if he would like to make any comments regarding the visitation. The RWM suitably replied by saying that the Brother Secretary and should be sincerely thanked for the hard work that he had afforded the Lodge over the last few years and concluded by thanking the RWPGM for affording the Lodge a clear minute. The Lodge gavel was then returned to the RWM to allow him to confer the remainder of the
Lodge business.

The PGLA deputation were then invited to retire from the Lodge and were invited to
partake in some Lodge harmony in the social club premises after the meeting which they
accepted. After the deputation from the PGLA retired the Lodge was closed in due and ancient form by the RWM and his office bearers where the assembled Brethren were also invited to join the Brethren of 442 in some Lodge harmony.

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 1St October at 7:15pm where a Entered Apprentice Degree will be conferred by Lodge Major Ness No. 948 on our new candidate. All visitors are most welcome to come along and join us.

 

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Fri, 11th September 2015

442 visit to 399

442 & 334 confer a FC Degree at 399.

At the kind invitation of RWM Bro Derek Crawford and the Brethren of 399 we were invited along to confer the FC Degree. Due to other commitments at short notice various Brethren and office bearers of 442 had to decline the invitation. Needless to say RWM Bro Adam Howie and the office bearers of Lodge St John New Cumnock No. 334 stepped in at the eleventh hour to save the day to which we are most grateful. 

The deputation into 399 was headed by RWM Bro Duncan Stanners assisted by PM Bro Charlie Pllu who stood in as RWM whilst the Degree was being conferred.

RWM Crawford welcomed the deputation into the lodge and thanked RWM Stanners for accepting the invitation. RWM suitably replied and explained the reason for the lack of 442 members but expressed his sincere thanks to the RWM and office bearers from 334.

RWM Stanners then joined RWM Crawford in the East of the lodge and accepted the lodge gavel on behalf of the degree team. The office bearers of 399 were then exchanged in favour of the office bearers of 442 & 334. The Lodge was then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. RWM Stanners intimated that he would be conferring the degree with the assistance of the office bearers from 334. 

An alarm was reported and the candidate was then received in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners. The degree was then conferred on one brother and the final charge was administered by WJW of 334 Bro Scott Mauchlin. RWM Stanners explained to the assembled Brethren as a token of his sincere thanks that Bro Mauchline would administer the final charge which was carried out in a very fine and compitent manner.

At the conclusion of the degree RWM Stanners thank all concerned and also thanked the candidate for his full attention throughout the degree. The Lodge was then reduced to the first or Entered Apprentice Degree where the office bearers were exchanged back in favour of Lodge 399.

RWM Stanners once again thanked the assembled Brethren for their attention throughout the degree and RWM Crawford and the brethren of 399 for the invitation. RWM Crawford suitably replied and thanked RWM Stanners for an excellent degree. The floor of the lodge was then left open for any comments on the degree work. Various Brethren made comment and thanked both RWMs for an excellent evening.

RWM Crawford then invited RWM and his deputation to retire for some 399 hospitality which was duly accepted by all.

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Wed, 9th September 2015

Reigning Masters Degree

On Wednesday 9th September 2015 our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners took part in the first Ayrshire Reigning Masters Degree which was held within Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle &Rose No. 169. This meeting was held to raise funds for the Provincial Grand Masters Charity Fund.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by RWM Brother James Hill of 169 and the other eight reigning Masters from the following Lodges:
RWM Ross Gibson Lodge St Andrew No. 126
RWM James Lamont Lodge Beith St John No. 157
RWM Andrew Park Lodge St John Largs No. 173
RWM Gordon Hughes Lodge Dalry Blair No. 290
RWM Brian Gibson Lodge St John Royal Arch No. 320
RWM Derek Crawford Lodge Royal Blues No. 399
RWM Duncan Stanners Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No. 442
RWM Colin Currie Lodge St Maurs Kilmaurs No. 1398

After opening the Lodge RWM Brother Hill welcomed the Brethren in attendance and thanked them for coming along to witness and support the inaugural Reigning Masters Degree in the Province of Ayrshire.

A deputation from the PGLA was then welcomed into the Lodge by RWM Hill which was headed by our very own RWPGM Brother Robert Little. After welcoming the deputation into the Lodge an alarm was received at the door of the Lodge. On attending to the alarm the Grand Director of Ceremonies announced that a deputation from the Grand Lodge of Scotland was about to enter the Lodge. The assembled Brethren were then asked to be upstanding and afford the deputation a very warm welcome into 169.

The deputation was headed by no other than the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason Brother Charles Iain Robert Wolridge Gordon of Esslemont. The deputation was then presented to RWM Hill. The MWGMM briefly thanked the brethren for the warm welcome and intimated that he was looking forward to the Evenings proceedings and to enjoy the company of the assembled Brethren.

The Reigning Masters then conferred an Entered Apprentice Degree on Mr Robert Hamilton. The Degree team were as follows:
Receiving RWM Duncan Stanners Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No. 442
Obligation RWM Brother James Hill Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No. 169 (RWM)
Mode and Manner RWM Colin Currie Lodge St Maurs Kilmaurs No. 1398 (WJW)
Apron Ceremony RWM Ross Gibson Lodge St Andrew No. 126 (IG)
North East Corner RWM Derek Crawford Lodge Royal Blues No. 399 (Chaplain)
Working Tools RWM Brian Gibson Lodge St John Royal Arch No. 320 (WJD)
Tracing Board RWM Gordon Hughes Lodge Dalry Blair No. 290 (WSW)
Final Charge RWM James Lamont Lodge Beith St John No. 157
Senior Deacon RWM Andrew Park Lodge St John Largs No. 173

On completing the Degree the MWGMM commented on the very high standard of the work that he had just witnesses. This was reiterated by the RWPGM. RWM Brother Murray Hunter from Lodge Stinchar Valley No. 1705 spoke on behalf of the Ayrshire Lodges and RWM Brother Ian Doole from Lodge Mother Kilwinning No. 0 spoke on behalf of the Lodges out with the Province of Ayrshire.

After the deputations from the GLOS and the PGLA retired, the Lodge was closed in due and ancient form by the Reigning Masters of the nine Lodges.

The monies raised on the night through the collection and raffle totalled a marvellous sum of £705.00

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Thu, 3rd September 2015

Lodge Royal Arch 314 visit to 442

Brethren & Friends,


Our last regular meeting of the Lodge was held on Thursday 3rd September at 7:15pm. 
The lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the Office Bearers of the Lodge. The RWM welcomed all in attendance into the Lodge and expressed his sincere thanks for the continual support that the visiting Brethren had given Lodge 442 over the last couple of years. Masters past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge.
The business of the Lodge was then carried out in a very swift and competent manner by the RWM and Lodge Secretary PM Brother Charles Pllu. 


After completing the Lodge business the RWM intimated that tonight’s Degree would be an Entered Apprentice Degree by Lodge Royal Arch No 314 West Kilbride.The RWM then instructed acting Director of Ceremonies Brother Keith Syme to retire and introduce the deputation from Lodge Royal Arch No 314 West Kilbride into the Lodge.

On his return Brother Keith Syme introduced the deputation from the Lodge Royal Arch No 314 to the RWM and the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed by PM Brother Martin McGinn. RWM Brother Duncan Stanners then welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and thanked the PM McGinn and the Brethren from 314 for accepting the invitation from Lodge 442 to confer an Entered Apprentice Degree. After exchanging a few words our RWM invited PM McGinn to the East of the Lodge to accept the Lodge gavel. PM McGinn thanked RWM Stanners for the warm welcome and intimated that he and his deputation were pleased to visit Lodge 442 and confer the Entered Apprentice Degree. Our RWM then invited all other installed Masters within the deputation to assist him in the East of the Lodge.

Upon receiving the gavel PM McGinn intimated that the Brethren of 314 had been looking forward to conferring the EA Degree at 442 for some time and that he hoped that on the completion of the Degree the work will be to the total satisfaction of the assembled Brethren. PM McGinn then asked the office bearers of Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No 442 to vacate office in favor of the Office Bearers of Lodge Royal Arch West Kilbride No 314. After the exchange of office bearers PM McGinn and the Brethren of 314 conferred an Entered Apprentice Degree to a very high standard.

On the completion of the degree both RWM Stanners and PM McGinn descended onto the level to welcome Bro Warnes our candidate into the Lodge of Entered Apprentices. The Lodge gavel was then returned to RWM Stanners by PM McGinn along with a few well chosen words of thanks. RWM Stanners suitably replied.
The office bearers once again exchanged positions. The floor of the Lodge was then left open for any brother to make comment on the excellent Degree which had been witnessed within 442. Various visiting Brethren commented on the excellent Degree that they had just witnessed. PM McGinn delegated PM Brother William Houston to reply to the sentiments expressed by the various Brethren. The deputation from 314 then retired.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and his office bearers with a very special thanks going to the visiting brethren.



Our next regular meeting will be on Thursday 17th September 2015 at 7:15pm where Lodge 442 will confer a Fellow Craft Degree. It will also be our annual visitation from the PGLA, the deputation from the PGLA will be headed by RWPGM Brother Robert Little. We look forward to meeting and greeting first time visitors into our Lodge and cementing relationships with those Brethren with whom we are already fraternally connected with.

 

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Thu, 6th August 2015

566 visit to 442

Brethren & Friends,
Our last regular meeting of the Lodge was held on Thursday 6th August at 7:15pm.
The lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the Office Bearers of the Lodge. The RWM welcomed all in attendance into the Lodge and expressed his sincere thanks for the continual support that the visiting Brethren had given to Lodge 442 over the last couple of years. Masters past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge.
The RWM then instructed IPM acting Director of Ceremonies Brother Keith Syme to retire and introduce the deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire into the Lodge. On his return Brother Keith Syme introduced the deputation from the PGLA to the RWM and the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed by RWPGM Brother Robert Little. RWM Brother Duncan Stanners then welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and thanked the RWPGM and the Brethren from the PGLA for their continual support to Lodge 442. The RWM then invited the RWPGM to the East of the Lodge to accept the Lodge gavel. The RWPGM thanked RWM Stanners for the warm welcome and intimated that he and his deputation were more than happy to visit Lodge 442 as a warm and friendly welcome had always been offered to the the Brethren from the PGLA. The RWPGM then joined the RWM in the East of the Lodge and on receiving the gavel intimated that the PGLA had no official business to carry out and had merely come to enjoy the company of the Brethren and visitors at Lodge 442 and to witness the workings of the visiting Lodge. The gavel was then returned to the RWM. The RWM then invited the deputation from the PGLA to join him in the East of the Lodge.
The business of the Lodge was then carried out in a very swift and competent manner by the RWM and Lodge Secretary PM Brother Charles Pllu.
After completing the Lodge business the RWM intimated that tonight’s Degree would be a Master Mason Degree by Lodge Fergusson St James No 566 Dailly.
Our RWM then asked the acting Director of Ceremonies IPM Bro Keith Syme to retire and introduce the deputation from Lodge Fergusson St James No 566. On returning into the Lodge Bro Keith Syme acting Director of ceremonies introduced a large, distinguished and those who were visually impaired would say slightly handsome deputation to the RWM and the Brethren assembled. The deputation was headed by none other than RWM Bro David Wason.
After exchanging greetings our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners invited RWM Wason and all other Installed Masters to assist him in the East of the Lodge. After the Brethren were seated RWM Stanners presented the gavel to RWM Wason to allow him and his Degree team to confer the Master Mason Degree in the presence of the 97 assembled Brethren.
RWM Wason then asked the office bearers of Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No 442 to vacate office in favor of the Office Bearers of Lodge Fergusson St James No 566. After the exchange of office bearers the RWM & Brethren of 566 conferred the Master Mason Degree to the highest of standards. On the completion of the degree both RWMs Wason & Stanners descended onto the level to welcome Bro Watt into the Lodge of Master Masons. They were accompanied by three very well known Brethren throughout Scotland namely the RWPGM Brother Robert Little, IPPGM Brother Archibald Chalmers and PPGM Brother Adam Cunningham.
After exchanging a few words with Brother Watt both RWMs and the PGLA Brethren returned to the East of the Lodge. The Lodge was then reduced to the EA Degree and the Lodge gavel returned to RWM Stanners by RWM Wason along with a few well chosen words of thanks. RWM Stanners suitably replied.
The office bearers once again exchanged positions. The floor of the Lodge was then left open for any brother to make comment on the excellent Degree which had been witnessed within 442. The RWPGM chose to delegate Brother a Stewart Cruickshank to reply on behalf of the PGLA. A few other Brethren made comment on the very high standard of the degree team’s work and also thanked RWM Stanners for the warm welcome on entering his Mother Lodge at the start of the evening. RWM Wason suitably replied to the sentiments expressed by the various Brethren.
IPPGM Brother Archibald Chalmers requested that he address the assembled Brethren. Brother Chalmers then spoke on the recent 150th celebrations and said that it was his wish that the Lodge accept a framed photograph from him to commemorate the occasion. The RWM accepted the photograph on behalf of the Lodge and asked the assembled Brethren to show their appreciation to Brother Chalmers for his generosity.
The deputation from the PGLA then retired to a standing applause from the assembled Brethren.
The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and his office bearers with a very special thanks going to Rwm Brother David Wason and the Brethren of 566.
Our next regular meeting will be on Thursday 3rd September 2015 at 7:15pm where Lodge Royal Arch No 314 West Kilbride will be conferring an EA Degree.
We look forward to meeting and greeting first time visitors into our Lodge and cementing relationships with those Brethren with whom we are already fraternally connected with.

 

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Thu, 2nd July 2015

Irvine St Andrew 149 visit to 442

Brethren & friends
Our last regular meeting held on Thursday 2nd July was certainly another meeting to brag about as a total of 102 Brethren signed the attendance book. I am once again sure that many Lodges would be over the moon to have as many Brethren attend their annual installation never mind a regular meeting. So with that said may we the Brethren of 442 thank each and every Brother for their attendance and their continual support, we can assure you all that your support is very much appreciated by all at 442.
The lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and office bearers. The RWM thanked the Brethren of 442 for their attendance and continued support for their Mother Lodge,a warm welcome was then extended to all of the visiting Brethren who were also charged then on returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from all of the Brethren of 442. Masters past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge. A total of 9 reigning Masters then took up the offer and assisted RWM Stanners in the East of the Lodge. With such numbers in attendance at our regular meetings we can happily say that Lodge Neptune No 442 continues to go from strength to strength.
The RWM then asked our acting director of ceremonies IPM WSW Brother Keith Syme to retire and introduce the deputation from the PGLA. On his return into the Lodge Brother Keith Syme introduced the deputation from the PGLA which was headed by our own RWPGM Brother Robert Little. RWM Stanners welcomed the deputation into the lodge and thanked them for their attendance and continual support. The RWPGM was then invited to the East to accept the Lodge gavel.RWPGM Little thanked RWM Stanners for the welcome and accepted the invitation to the East of the Lodge. On accepting the gavel RWPGM Little intimated that the visitation from the PGLA was in support of 442 and to enjoy the company of all in attendance.
The business of the evening was once again conducted swiftly by the Brother Secretary and the RWM.
The RWM once again instructed our acting Director of Ceremonies to retire and introduce our visiting deputation from lodge Irvine St Andrew No 149.
Our acting director of ceremonies retired for a second time and on his return introduced a very large deputation from Lodge Irvine St Andrew No 149 which was headed by their own RWM Brother Mark Watt who was warmly welcomed into the Lodge by our RWM and the assembled Brethren.
RWM Brother Watt was then invited to the East of the Lodge along with all other PMs.
Before handing the Lodge mallet to RWM Watt RWM Stanners informed the Brethren assembled that two well know Brethren within the Province namely Brother Angus Gorman and Brother Jackie Stirling had recently suffered from a heart attack but both Brethren were recovering and doing well. RWM asked that a vote of thanks be given to RWM James Hill of Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169 for his first aid skills in keeping Brother Stirling alive during a Lodge meeting until the paramedics arrived. The Brethren gave Brother Hill a standing ovation to show their appreciation. RWM Hill thanked RWM Stanners for the sentiments expressed but said that a Brother from Lodge Thistle Stewarton No 127 also assisted with his first aid skills on the night.
The Lodge mallet was then presented to RWM Brother Watt to allow him and his deputation to confer a Fellow Craft Degree. After exchanging office bearers Lodge Irvine St Andrew No 149 then conferred an excellent Fellow Craft Degree on one Brother. At the conclusion of the Degree our RWM and several visiting Brethren expressed their gratitude and thanks to RWM Brother Watt and his degree team for conferring such a fine degree. RWM Brother Watt suitably replied and thanked all who spoke.
The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form where all assembled retired to the social club for some 442 harmony.
Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 6th August at 7:15pm where Lodge Fergusson St James No 566 Dailly will be conferring a Master Mason Degree on one candidate. All visitors will be made most welcome.

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Thu, 4th June 2015

Lodge St Andrew Denny & Loanhead No 176 visit to 442


On Thursday 4th June we had the pleasure in welcoming a large deputation from Lodge St Andrew Denny & Loanhead No 176 from the Province of Stirlingshire into our Lodge to confer a Fellow Craft Degree.

Lodge 442 was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge. The RWM thanked the Brethren of 442 for their attendance and continual support to their Mother Lodge. He also welcomed and thanked the visiting Brethren for their much appreciated attendance as well as their continual support for Lodge 442. He then charged the visiting Brethren that when returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from himself, the Wardens, PMs, Office Bearers and the Brethren of 442. Masters past and present were then invited to the East of the Lodge.

After completion of the general correspondence and all other competent business the RWM invited the acting Director of Ceremonies WSW Bro Keith Syme to retire and introduce the deputation from Lodge St Andrew Denny & Loanhead No 176.

On returning into the Lodge Bro Syme introduced the deputation which was headed by RWM Bro Kevin McLean. Our RWM welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and expressed his gratitude to all of the visiting Brethren from Denny for their attendance at 442 and for accepting the invitation to confer the Fellow Craft Degree.

Once the assembled Brethren were seated RWM Stanners then presented the gavel to RWM McLean to allow him and his Degree team to confer the FC Degree on one Brother. RWM McLean thanked RWM Stanners for the presentation of the gavel and for the kind invitation to confer the FC Degree. He also intimated that his wish was that the work of 176 would be to the satisfaction of the Brethren assembled.

Thereafter one Brother was passed to the second or square Degree of a FC at the very capable hands of RWM McLean and his Degree team. On completion of the Degree the gavel was returned to RWM Stanners, the office bearers were exchanged and various Brethren made comment on the very high standard of the excellent Degree that they had just witnessed.

RWM Stanners also commented on the ritual work and said that he was sure that the assembled Brethren had just received a Masonic treat.

RWM McLeod then asked PM Bro Archie McKay to reply on behalf of the Brethren from 176. At the conclusion of the reply the Brethren from 176 retired to the social club for some well deserved 442 hospitality.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and the office bearers of 442 with intimations of our next regular meeting which will be held on Thursday 2nd July at 7:15pm where Lodge Irvine St Andrew No 149 will be conferring a Fellow Craft Degree.

 

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Thu, 21st May 2015

Lodge Royal Blues No 399 Confer a FC Degree at 442

Brethren & Friends,

Our last regular meeting was once again a busy and successful meeting with a large attendance from
the Brethren of 442 and visitors. The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother
Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge. 

The RWM thanked the Brethren of 442 for their continual attendance and support of their Mother Lodge. The RWM then welcomed the visiting Brethren into the Lodge and charged them that on returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from the Brethren of 442. Masters Past and Present were then invited to the East of the Lodge.

The RWM then asked our acting Brother Director of Ceremonies IPM Brother Keith Syme to retire and
introduce the deputation from the PGLA into the Lodge. On returning into the Lodge Brother Keith Syme introduced a small but handsome deputation from the PGLA to the RWM and assembled Brethren which was headed by our very own RWPGM Bro Robert Little. After a few well-chosen words of welcome our RWM invited the RWPGM Bro Robert Little to the East of the Lodge to accept the Lodge gavel. On accepting the gavel RWPGM Bro Little intimated that he had no official business to carry out but had come along merely to enjoy the company of the Brethren and visitors within 442. The gavel was then returned to the RWM to allow him to continue with the Lodge business.

The Lodge business was then conducted and passed by the Brethren of 442. On completion of the Lodge business the RWM then asked our acting Brother Director of Ceremonies IPM Brother Keith Syme to retire and introduce the visiting Brethren from Lodge Royal Blues No 399 into the Lodge. 

On returning into the Lodge Brother Keith Syme introduced the deputation from 399 to the assembled
Brethren, the deputation was headed by their own RWM Brother Derek Crawford. After a few well-chosen words of welcome our RWM invited RWM Crawford to assist him in the East of the Lodge, an invitation was also extended to the PMs of 399 and all other accompanying PMs within the deputation. RWM Bro Gordon Hughes and Brethren of Lodge Daly Blair No 290 were also part of the deputation

The Lodge was then passed to the second or square Degree of a fellow craft. RWM Stanners then presented the Lodge gavel to RWM Crawford to allow him to carry out the evening’s degree and wished him and his degree team the best of luck. RWM Crawford thanked our RWM for the opportunity to confer the FC Degree within Lodge 442 and said that it would be his pleasure to preside over Lodge 442. The office bearers of 442 were then exchanged in favour of the office bearers of Lodge 399. 

Thereafter one Brother entered the Lodge for the second time and received an excellent FC Degree at the hands of the Brethren of 399. 

At the completion of the Degree RWM Crawford along with RWM Stanners descended onto the level and welcomed the newly passed fellow craft into the Lodge of fellow craft Masons and asked the assembled Brethren to welcome him into the Lodge. 

RWM Crawford then returned the gavel to RWM Stanners thanking him for the invite into 442 to carry out the FC Degree and said it had been a pleasure in doing so. RWM Stanners suitably replied. The
office bearers of 399 then vacated office in favour of the office bearers of 442 and the Lodge was
reduced to the Entered Apprentice Degree.

The RWPGM Bro Robert Little then made comment on the high standard of Degree work that he and his deputation had just witnessed and thanked the RWM for the warmth of the welcome that he and all the visiting Brethren had been afforded each and every time that they had visited 442. He also thanked the RWM and the Brethren of 442 for hosting the PGLA annual quiz night on the 15th May and for the splendid buffet which was laid on for the participants. Various other Brethren commented on the Degree conferred by 399 after which RWM Crawford replied to the sentiments expressed by the various Brethren. 
RWM Stanners then invited the deputation and guests from 399 to retire which was met
with a rapturous applause from the assembled Brethren. The Lodge was then closed in due and
ancient form by the RWM and office bearers of 442.


The RWM then intimated that the next regular meeting would be a FC Degree which would be
conferred by Lodge St Andrew Denny & Loanhead No 176 from the Province of Stirlingshire on Thursday 4th June at 7:15pm. The Brethren then retired to the social club premises for some 442 hospitality. 

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Sun, 17th May 2015

Three Towns Annual Divine Service

The annual Three Towns Divine Service was held within Lodge Neptune 442 on Sunday 17th May 2015 at 3:00pm.

RWM Bro Duncan Stanners invited RWPGM Bro Robert Little to join him in the East of the Lodge.

RWM Bro James Hill from Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169 & RWM Bro Brian Gibson of Lodge St John Royal Arch Saltcoats & Ardrossan No 320 were also invited to join our RWM in the East of the Lodge.

RWM Bro Duncan Stanners then welcomed all in attendance into the Lodge and thanked them for coming along to the Divine Service.

A special welcome was extended to the family members who had come along to the service.

RWM Stanners then introduced Bro Rev Ian Benzie to those in attendance.

Rev Benzie thanked the RWM for the warm welcome and the gracious introduction.

Rev Benzie then conducted the service in a very eloquent and sincere manner with scripture readings from the three RWMs.

At the conclusion of the service Rev Benzie thanked everyone for coming along and making the service a special day.

RWM Stanners also thanked everyone for their support and a special thanks was extended to St Andrew’s Church Organist Andrew who came along at the request of Rev Benzie and RWM Stanners to offer musical accompaniment throughout the service.

As a token of the Lodges gratitude RWM Stanners presented Rev Benzie with a cheque for £100 for St Andrew’s Church fund and the collection of £51.

A donation of £20 was also given to the organist for his assistance throughout the ceremony.

RWM Stanners then asked RWPGM Bro Robert Little if he would like to conclude the service by addressing those assembled.

RWPGM then thanked all in attendance and said that the ceremony had been very thought provoking and hoped that we could all take something from the service and apply it to our own lives.

Everyone in attendance then retired to the social club for some tea, coffee sandwiches, cakes and biscuits.

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Fri, 15th May 2015

PGLA Annual Quiz Night

On Friday 15th May Lodge Neptune Kilwinning No 442 hosted the Annual PGLA Quiz night.

SPGM Bro James Bell welcomed and thanked everyone for their attendance. He then introduced RWM Bro Duncan Stanners of 442 who would explain the format for the quiz.

A series of 100 questions covering numerous topics were then read out by RWM Stanners to the enjoyment of the assembled company.

At half time all participants enjoyed a gastronomic buffet which was laid on by all at 442.

The winners of the quiz with a score of 86 out of 100 were the M&Ms a team of 4 from Burns St Mary’s No 505 consisting of RWM Bro Stuart Milnes and his wife and PM Bro Stuart McCall and his wife.

SPGM Bro James Bell then presented RWM Milnes with the winners’ trophy a much coveted piece of silverware which guarantees the holders the intellectual bragging rights for the next 12 months in every Lodge within the Province of Ayrshire.

The sum of £224 was raised from the proceeds of the quiz and raffle which will be added to the RWPGM Charity fund account.

The booby prize (wooden spoon) for last place with a score of 42 out of 100 was presented to The Missing Links who wish to remain anonymous.

  

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Thu, 7th May 2015

MMM Degree at 442

Thursday 7th May
Brethren & friends,
Tonight's regular meeting was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of 442. Our RWM welcomed the Brethren of 442 into their mother lodge and thanked them for their continual support. He also welcomed the visiting brethren into the lodge and also thanked them for their continual support for 442 and said that it was very much appreciated. He intimated to the visiting brethren that on returning to their respective lodges to convey fraternal greetings from all at 442. Masters past and present were then invited to the East of the lodge.

The lodge business was then dealt with in a very competent and swift manner.

During the lodge business an obituary was read out by our RWM for the late Bother David Murray a Past Master of Lodge St John No 22 in Kilmarnock and a PGLA Office bearer who was a colleague and friend of our RWM. Our RWM paid respect to the life of Brother Murray at the conclusion of which the assembled Brethren stood for a period of silence as a mark of respect to Brother David.

The lodge was then advanced to the honourable degree of a MMM where Bro John McKnight was advanced in due and ancient form by PM Bro James Hammond.

After being advance our RWM descended onto the level to welcome Bro McKnight into the Lodge of MMM and proclaimed him to the Brethren assembled.

The lodge was then reduced to the EA Degree where various Brethren made comment on the degree.

The RWM then intimated the following:

General committee meeting on Tuesday 12th May at 7:15pm.

PGLA quiz night held within the social club premises on Friday 15th May at 7:00pm for 7:30pm.

Three towns divine service on Sunday 17th May at 3:00pm all family members welcome.

Visit to Burns St Mary's No 505 to confer a FC Degree on Tuesday 19th May at 7:30pm.

The lodge was then closed in due and ancient form where all assembled brethren retired to the social club for some 442 harmony.

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 21st May at 7:15pm where Lodge Royal Blues No 399 Kilbirnie will be conferring a FC Degree.

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Thu, 30th April 2015

442 visit to Ferguson St James 566 to confer a FC Degree

Brethren & friends, 

On Thursday 30th April a deputation of 18 Brethren from Lodge Neptune 442 went along to Lodge Ferguson St James No 566 in Dailly to confer a FC Degree at the request of the RWM Bro David Wason and the Brethren of 566. 

On arrival at the Lodge we were met and warmly welcomed by the RWM, various Brethren of 566 as well as the Brethren from various sister Lodges. At around 7:45pm the Brother Director of Ceremonies of 566 Brother John (Jock) McMaster announced to the Brethren of 442 that the RWM and Brethren assembled were ready to receive us. Accompanying our deputation was RWM Bro Stuart McCarlie and WJW Bro Clark McCrindle of Lodge Coila St Andrew No 1334 and RWM Bro William (Wully) Fisher and IPM Bro Barry (Shorty) Crate of Wallace St Hugh No 1212. 

On entering the Lodge and being introduced to the assembled Brethren we were once again welcomed by RWM Wason who thanked the Brethren of 442 for coming along to confer the FC Degree to which our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners suitably replied. Our RWM then advanced to the East of the Lodge where he was presented with the Lodge gavel to allow him to confer the FC Degree. 

The office bearers of Lodge Ferguson St James No 566 then vacated office in favour of the office bearers of Lodge Neptune No 442 at the request of RWM Stanners after which the deacons retired to prepare the candidate. The candidate accompanied by the deacons of 442 then entered the Lodge for the second time and received an excellent FC Degree at the hands of RWM Stanners, IPM WSW Bro Keith Syme and BB Bro Alan Evans who in an excellent manner delivered the final charge. 

At the completion of the degree the Lodge was reduced to the EA Degree, the office bearers of 566 were then exchanged back into their respective offices.

Our RWM then thanked the Brethren assembled for the excellent hearing that they gave the Degree team as well as thanking the Brethren of 442 for their continued hard work and assistance. He especially thanked Bro Alan Evans BB for standing in as WSW during the Degree whilst the WSW was conferring his part of the Degree, to PM Secretary Bro Charles Lamont Pllu for standing in as WJW throughout the Degree and to PM Bro Stewart Walker for standing in as Inner Guard throughout the Degree. RWM Stanners also thanked RWM Wason for his kind invitation to confer the FC Degree as well as thanking Bro John McKnight for standing in as the candidate. A few Brethren added comment on the Degree that they had witnessed. 

RWM Wason then thanked our RWM and the Brethren of 442 for an excellent rendition of the FC Degree. Various other visiting Brethren added comment to the sentiments expressed by RWM Wason. RWM Wason then presented RWM Stanners with a glass with the Lodge crest on it as well as a Lodge Mark token for their hard work. RWM Stanners accepted the gifts on behalf of the Lodge and intimated that they would be put on display within the Lodge display cabinet for all to see.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form where all of the Brethren were treated to some 566 harmony and a gastronomic treat which had been hand made by Mrs Jean McMaster wife of PM Bro John McMaster. 

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Thu, 16th April 2015

MM Degre by 442


Thursday 16th April 2015
Brethren & friends, 

Whilst the PGLA Annual Masters dinner was taking place in Kilmarnock the Brethren of 442 and numerous visiting brethren joined in harmony to witness the raising of one Brother to the high and sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge.

After opening the Lodge our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners thanked the Brethren of the Lodge for their attendance and continued support for their Mother Lodge, he also welcomed the visitors into the Lodge and charged them that when returning to their own respective Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from himself, the Past Masters, Wardens, Office Bearers and Brethren of 442. 

The Lodge business was then taken care of by the RWM and Bro Secretary and duly approved by the
Brethren of the Lodge. The Lodge was then raised to the third degree where one Brother namely John McKnight was raised to the high and sublime Degree of a Master Mason in the very capable hands of our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners. 

On completion of the Degree our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners then thanked all of the degree team for the excellent manner in which they conducted themselves around the Lodge room and the first class ritual work that they had assisted in presenting. He also welcomed and thanked Bro McKnight for his part as candidate in the Degree and for the very commendable manner in which he answered the appropriate questions during the Degree.

The Lodge was then reduced to the First Degree where both members of 442 and visiting Brethren congratulated our RWM and the Degree team for the excellent Master Mason Degree which they had just witnessed. Our RWM suitable replied by thanking all who had spoken.

The RWM then intimated that the next regular meeting would be held on Thursday 7th May at 7:15pm where a Mark Master Mason Degree would be conferred by PM Bro Charles L Pllu of 442.

The RWM reminded the Brethren of 442 that a visit to Ferguson St James No 566 in Dailly would take place on Thursday 30th April and could they remain behind to discuss a meeting place and timings.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form where the brethren assembled retired to the social club for some 442 harmony. 

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Tue, 14th April 2015

442 confer a FC Degree at 169

Brethren & friends, 

On Tuesday 14th April a deputation of 16 Brethren from Lodge Neptune 442 went along to Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169 to confer a FC Degree at the request of the RWM Bro James Hill and the Brethren of 169. 

On arrival at the Lodge we were met and warmly welcomed by the RWM of 169, various Brethren of 169 as well as the Brethren from various sister Lodges. At around 8pm the Brother Director of Ceremonies from 169 announced to the Brethren of 442 that the RWM and Brethren assembled were ready to receive us. Accompanying our deputation was RWM Bro Ross Gibson of St Andrew No 126. 

On entering the Lodge and being introduced to the assembled Brethren we were once again welcomed by RWM Hill who thanked the Brethren of 442 for coming along to confer the FC Degree to which our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners suitably replied. Our RWM then advanced to the East of the Lodge where he was presented with the Lodge gavel to allow him to confer the FC Degree. 

The office bearers of Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169 then vacated office in favour of the office bearers of Lodge Neptune No 442 at the request of RWM Stanners after which the deacons retired to prepare the candidate. The candidate accompanied by the deacons of 442 then entered the Lodge for the second time and received an excellent FC Degree at the hands of RWM Stanners, IPM WSW Bro Keith Syme and BB Bro Alan Evans who in an excellent manner delivered the final charge. 

At the completion of the degree the Lodge was reduced to the EA Degree, the office bearers of 169 were then exchanged back into their respective offices.

Our RWM then thanked the Brethren assembled for the excellent hearing that they gave the Degree team as well as thanking the Brethren of 442 for their continued hard work and assistance. He especially thanked Bro Alan Evans BB for standing in as WSW during the Degree whilst the WSW was conferring his part of the Degree. 

RWM Stanners also thanked RWM Hill for his kind invitation to confer the FC Degree as well as
thanking the candidate. A few Brethren added comment on the Degree that they had witnessed. 

RWM Hill then thanked our RWM and the Brethren of 442 for an excellent rendition of the FC Degree. Various other visiting Brethren added comment to the sentiments expressed by RWM Hill. The RWM and Brethren of 442 were then asked to retire and join the Brethren and visitors within 169 in some Lodge harmony to which they duly accepted the offer.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form where all of the Brethren were treated to some 169 harmony. 

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Thu, 2nd April 2015

St Andrew 126 confer a FC Degree at 442

 

Our last regular meeting was once again a busy and successful meeting with a large attendance from
the Brethren of 442 and visitors. The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother
Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge. 

The RWM then welcomed the visiting Brethren into the Lodge and charged them that on returning to
their own mother Lodges to convey the fraternal greeting from the Brethren of 442.

The Lodge business was then conducted and passed by the Brethren of 442. On completion of the Lodge business the RWM asked our acting Brother Director of Ceremonies IPM Brother Keith Syme to retire and introduce the visiting Brother from the PGLA into the Lodge. 

On returning into the Lodge Brother Keith Syme introduced SPGM Bro Stephen McConnachie to the assembled Brethren. After a few well-chosen words of welcome our RWM invited SPGM Bro McConnachie to the East of the Lodge to accept the Lodge gavel. On accepting the gavel Bro McConnachie intimated that he had no official business to carry out but had come along merely to enjoy the company of the Brethren and visitors within 442. The gavel was then returned to the RWM to allow him to continue with the Lodge business.

Our RWM then asked our acting Brother Director of Ceremonies IPM Brother Keith Syme to retire and introduce the visiting Brethren from Lodge St Andrew No 126 Kilmarnock into the Lodge. 

On returning into the Lodge Brother Keith Syme introduced the deputation from 126 to the assembled
Brethren, the deputation was headed by their own RWM Brother Ross Gibson. After a few well-chosen words of welcome our RWM invited RWM Gibson to assist him in the East of the Lodge, an invitation was also extended to the PMs of 126 and all other accompanying PMs within the deputation. 

Our RWM then presented the Lodge gavel to RWM Gibson to allow him to carry out the evenings Fellow Craft Degree. RWM Gibson thanked our RWM for the opportunity to confer the FC Degree within Lodge 442 and said that it was a pleasure to preside over Lodge 442. The office bearers of 442
were then exchanged in favour of the office bearers of 126. 

Thereafter Brother John McKnight entered the Lodge for the second time and received an excellent 
FC Degree at the hands of the Brethren of 126. 

At the completion of the Degree RWM Gibson along with RWM Stanners descended onto the level and welcomed Brother McKnight into the Lodge of FC Masons and asked the assembled Brethren to welcome Brother McKnight into the Lodge. 

RWM Gibson then returned the gavel to RWM Stanners thanking him for the invite into 442 to carry out the FC Degree and said it had been a pleasure in doing so. RWM Stanners suitably replied. The
office bearers of 126 then vacated office in favour of the office bearers of 442 and the Lodge was
reduced to the Entered Apprentice Degree where various Brethren commented on the high standard of the Degree work by 126 after which RWM Gibson replied to the sentiments expressed by the various Brethren. 

Lodge 126 was then invited to retire which was met with a rapturous applause from the assembled
Brethren. The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by the RWM and office bearers of 442.

The RWM then intimated that the next regular meeting would be a MM Degree which would be conferred by himself on Thursday 16th April at 7:15pm.

The Brethren then retired to the social club premises for some 442 hospitality. 

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Thu, 19th March 2015

Dalry Blair No 290 confer EA Degree at 442

 

Brethren & friends,


On Thursday 19th March we had the pleasure of welcoming a large deputation from Lodge Dalry Blair No 290 into our Lodge to confer an EA Degree.


Lodge 442 was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and his office bearers. The RWM thanked the Brethren of 442 for their attendance and continual support to their Mother Lodge as well as welcoming all of the visiting Brethren and thanked them for their continual support to 442 and for their attendance on the evening. He then charged the visiting Brethren that when returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from himself, the Wardens, PMs, Office Bearers and the Brethren of 442. After completing the general correspondence and any other competent business the RWM invited the acting Director of Ceremonies WJW Bro Robert McIntosh to retire and introduce the deputation from Lodge Dalry Blair No 290.


On returning to the Lodge Bro McIntosh introduced the deputation which was headed by RWM Bro Gordon Harris Hughes. Our RWM welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and expressed his gratitude to all of the visiting Brethren for their attendance at 442 and for the acceptance to confer the EA Degree. Masters past and present were invited to the East of the Lodge.


Once the assembled Brethren were seated our RWM then presented the gavel to RWM Hughes to allow him and his Degree team to confer the EA Degree on one Brother. RWM Hughes thanked RWM Stanners for the presentation of the gavel and for the kind invitation to confer the EA Degree and intimated that he hoped that the work of 290 would be to the satisfaction of the Brethren assembled.


Thereafter one Brother was Initiated into Lodge 442 at the very capable hands of RWM Hughes and his Degree team.


At the completion of the Degree the gavel was returned to RWM Stanners, the office bearers were exchanged and various comments were made from both parties for the excellent Degree.
The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and the office bearers of 442.


Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 2nd April at 7:15pm where Lodge St Andrew No 126 will be conferring a Fellow Craft Degree on our newest candidate Bro McKnight.

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Thu, 12th March 2015

Lodge Neptune 442 visit St John No 334 to confer the MM Degree

Brethren & friends,

On Thursday 12th March a small deputation from Lodge Neptune 442 went along to Lodge St John No 334 in New Cumnock to confer a MM Degree at the request of the RWM Bro Adam Howie.

On arrival at the Lodge we were welcomed by various Brethren from 334 and sister Lodges and made most welcome. RWM Adam Howie indicated that the Lodge would be ready to receive the deputation around 19:45pm. At the stated time the Brother Director of Ceremonies from 334 announced to the Brethren of 442 that the RWM and Brethren assembled were ready to receive us. Accompanying our deputation was RWM Bro J Fleming from Lodge David Tarbolton Mauchline No 133, PM Brother Colin Brotherton MK0 and Brother Brian Callaghan WSW Lodge Burns Dundonald No 1759.

On entering the Lodge and being introduced to the assembled Brethren we were once again welcomed by RWM Adam Howie who thanked the Brethren of 442 for coming along to confer the MM Degree. RWM suitably replied to RWM Howie before advancing to the East of the Lodge where he was presented with the Lodge gavel to allow him to confer the MM Degree.

The office bearers of Lodge St John No 334 then vacated office in favour of the office bearers of Lodge Neptune No 442 at the request of RWM Stanners after which the deacons retired to prepair the candidate. The candidate accompanied by the deacons of 442 then entered the Lodge for the third time and received an excellent MM Degree at the hands of RWM Stanners. 

At the completion of the degree the Lodge was reduced to the EA Degree, the office bearers were then exchanged back into their respective offices. RWM then thanked the Brethren assembled for the excellent hearing that they gave the Degree team as well as thanking the Brethren of 442 for their continued hard work and assistance. He especially thanked Bro C L Pllu PM for standing in as WSW throughout the Degree and Brother Alan Evans BB for standing in as WJW during the Degree.

RWM Stanners also thanked RWM Howie for his kind invitation to confer the MM Degree as well as thanking the candidate. A few Brethren added comment on the Degree that they had witnessed.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form where all of the Brethren were treated to some 334 harmony. The lemon cheesecake went down a treat.

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Thu, 5th March 2015

169 visit to 442

On Thursday 5th March we had the pleasure of welcoming a deputation from our Sister Lodge Stivenstoune Thisle & Rose No 169 into our Lodge to confer an EA Degree on our newest candidate.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of 442. The RWM thanked the Brethren of 442 for
their attendance and continual support for their Mother Lodge as well as welcoming all of the visiting Brethren and thanked them for their continual support to 442 and for their attendance on the evening. He then charged the visiting Brethren that when returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from himself, the Wardens, PMs, Office Bearers and the Brethren of 442. After completing the general correspondence and any other competent business the RWM invited the acting Director of Ceremonies WJW Bro Robert McIntosh to retire and introduce the deputation from Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169.

On returning to the Lodge Bro McIntosh introduced the deputation which was headed by RWM Bro James Hill. Our RWM welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and expressed his gratitude to all of the visiting Brethren for their attendance at 442 and for the acceptance to confer the EA Degree. Masters past and present were invited to the East of the Lodge.


Once the assembled Brethren were seated our RWM then presented the gavel to RWM Hill to allow him and his Degree team to confer the EA Degree on one Candidate. RWM Hill thanked RWM Stanners for the presentation of the gavel and for the kind invitation to confer the EA Degree and intimated that he hoped that the work of 169 would be to the satisfaction of the Brethren assembled.

Thereafter one Candidate was initiated into Lodge 442 by the RWM and Brethren of 169 to the Degree which was carried out to a very high standard indeed.

At the completion of the Degree the gavel was returned to RWM Stanners, the office bearers were exchanged and various comments were made by visiting Brethren for the excellent Degree.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and the office bearers of 442.

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 19th March at 7:15pm where Lodge Dalry blair No 290 will be conferring an EA Degree.

Lodge 442 will be conferring a MM Degree at Lodge St John New Cumnock No 334 on Thursday 12th March where all are welcome to join us in a deputation.

 

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Wed, 4th March 2015

442 visit to 126

Brethren & friends,
On Wednesday 4th March a deputation from Lodge 442 went along to Lodge St Andrew No 126 Kilmarnock at the invitation of RWM Bro Ross Gibson to confer a MM Degree. On arrival at the Lodge the Brethren were met by PPGM Bro Adam Cunningham and PM Bro David Ramsay who made the Brethren feel very much at ease. After conferring some of the Lodge business RWM Bro Ross Gibson Asked the Bro D of C to admit and introduce the Brethren of 442.

PM Bro David Ramsay D of C then introduced the Brethren of 442 to the assembled Brethren within 126. After exchanging a few well chosen words RWM Bro Ross Gibson invited RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and all PMs to the East of the Lodge. Once the business had been completed RWM Bro Gibson handed the Lodge gavel to RWM Stanners to allow him to carry out the MM Degree along with the Brethren of 442.

RWM Stanners then exchanged the office bearers of 126 in favour of those from 442 before raising the Lodge. Thereafter RWM Stanners uplifted his working tools and conferred the MM Degree assisted by PM C L Pllu acting WSW and Bro Robert McIntosh WJW.

At the completion of the Degree RWM Stanners handed the gavel back to RWM Gibson and thanked him for the invitation into 126 to confer the MM Degree. RWM Gibson suitably replied. The Lodge was then reduced to the EA Degree whereafter a few Brethren paid compliments to RWM Stanners for an excellent MM Degree. RWM Stanners thanked the Brethren for the sentiments expressed as well as thanking the Brethren of 442 for their assistance throughout the Degree.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Gibson where the Brethren retired to the social club for some 126 hospitality.

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Thu, 19th February 2015

Burns St Mary No 505 visit 442

Brethren & friends,

On Thursday 19th February we had the pleasure of welcoming a deputation from Burns St Mary No 505 into our Lodge. After a recent discussion between both RWMs it was agreed that Burns St Mary would confer a MMM Degree Prior to RWM Bro David Wallace completing his two year term as RWM.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of 442. The RWM thanked the Brethren of 442 for their attendance and continual support for their Mother Lodge as well as welcoming all of the visiting Brethren and thanked them for their continual support to 442 and for their attendance on the evening. He then charged the visiting Brethren that when returning to their own respective Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings from himself, the Wardens, PMs, Office Bearers and the Brethren of 442. After completing the general correspondence and any other competent business the RWM invited the acting Director of Ceremonies IPM Bro Keith Syme WSW to retire and introduce the deputation from Burns St Mary No 505.

On returning to the Lodge Bro Syme introduced the deputation which was headed by RWM Bro David Wallace, accompanying Bro Wallace was RWM Bro Rodney Pirrie from Lodge Darvel No 971. Our RWM welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and expressed his gratitude to all of the visiting Brethren for their attendance at 442 and for the acceptance to confer the MMM Degree. Masters past and present were invited to the East of the Lodge.

once the assembled Brethren were seated our RWM then presented the gavel to RWM Wallace to allow him and his Degree team to confer the MMM Degree on one Brother. RWM Wallace thanked RWM Stanners for the presentation of the gavel and for the kind invitation to confer the MMM Degree and intimated that he hoped that the work of 505 would be to the satisfaction of the Brethren assembled.

Thereafter one Brother was advanced to the Degree of MMM at the very capable hands of RWM Wallace who conferred the obligation, his three overseers who inspected the work and the various lectures of the Degree was conferred by Bro Martin Smillie to a very high standard indeed.

At the completion of the Degree the gavel was returned to RWM Stanners, the office bearers were exchanged and various comments were made from both parties for the excellent Degree.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and the office bearers of 442.

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 5th March at 7:15pm where Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169 will be conferring an EA Degree on our new candidate.

Lodge 442 will be conferring a MM Degree at Lodge St Andrew No 126 Kilmarnock on Wednesday 4th March where all are welcome to join us in a deputation.

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Sat, 14th February 2015

Lodge Neptune's 150th Celebration meeting


Special meeting of Saturday 14th February 2015
150years celebration meeting and meal.

The special meeting of 14th February 2015 took a considerable amount of time to plan with so many things to consider and arrange, but in doing so the Brethren of 442 could celebrate 150 years in Scottish Freemasonry in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

Many sincere thanks go to all of the Brethren for their assistance in decorating the temple, adjoining room, toilet and staircase. Many comments were made by not only PMs of the Lodge but from visiting Brethren from both within and outwith the Province of Ayrshire. Well done and thanks again to those who shall remain nameless for their help, you know who you are and so do those who matter.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge.

The attendance of over 140 Brethren from Sister Lodges from both within and out with the Province of Ayrshire was much appreciated and wonderful to witness.

After opening the Lodge and welcoming the Brethren into the Lodge our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners apologised to the assembled Brethren for not inviting Masters Past and present to the East due to the fact that the deputations from the PGL of Ayrshire and GL of Scotland would require all seats in the East of the Lodge.

Our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners then invited the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies Bro Robert McCroskie to retire and introduce the deputation from the PGL of Ayrshire and Sister Provincial Grand Lodges.

On returning into the Lodge Bro McCroskie in a very eloquent and poetic manner introduced the PGL deputation which was headed by our own RWPGM Bro Robert Little. Bro Little thanked the RWM and the assembled Brethren for the warmth of the welcome that the deputation had received on entering the Lodge as well as thanking Bro McCroskie for his gracious introduction. The RWPGM then advanced to the East of the Lodge where he was presented with the Lodge gavel. After exchanging a few well chosen words the gavel was returned to our RWM to allow him to carry on with the meeting.

An alarm was then received at the door of the Lodge where the Grand Director of Ceremonies Bro William H Gauld announced that a Deputation from the GLOS were about to enter the Lodge and that the Brethren were to be upstanding to receive them.

Thereafter a deputation of 19 Brethren representing the GLOS entered the Lodge with Right Worshipful Substitute Grand Master Bro George R Kelly heading the deputation.

The deputation from the GLOS was then introduced to the RWM and the assembled Brethren by the Grand Director of Ceremonies. At the conclusion of the introduction our RWM presented the Lodge gavel to the SGM Bro George R Kelly and thanked him and the deputation from the GLOS for attending Lodge 442 on this very special day. Bro Kelly thanked the RWM for the presentation of the gavel and intimated that he and his deputation were more than happy to attend our 150th celebration meeting and meal as they knew they were among many friends in both Lodge 442 and in Ayrshire.

The wardens of 442 were then asked to vacate office in favour of the wardens from the GLOS. After exchanging the wardens Bro Kelly addressed the assembled Brethren and explained the procedure of the ceremony of re dedication.

The re dedication ceremony then took place in the very capable hands of the
SGM Bro George R Kelly, Grand Senior Warden Bro Ewan Rutherford, Grand Junior Warden Bro Hugh Clelland, Senior Grand Chaplain Bro Robert Craig and Grand Director of Ceremonies Bro William H Gauld.

A copy of the 150th brochure can be seen on our 150th celebration page.

During the ceremony our RWM took an obligation of re dedication on behalf of Lodge 442 which was administered by Senior Grand Chaplain Bro Robert Craig.

At the completion of the ceremony SGM Bro George Kelly intimated that RWM Bro James Hill of Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169 had a presentation to make to RWM Bro Duncan Stanners. Bro Hill then approached the East and with a few well chosen words presented RWM Stanners with a hand carved keystone from 169 to mark the 150th milestone in freemasonry. RWM Stanners thanked RWM Hill on behalf of the Brethren of 442 for the wonderful gift and intimated that it would be on full show at every meeting as a token of 442s thanks to 169.

The wardens from the GLOS were then exchanged in favour of the wardens of 442 and the lodge gavel returned to RWM Stanners by SGM Bro George Kelly. Bro Kelly sincerely thanked RWM Stanners for the pleasure in presiding over the lodge on this great occasion to which RWM Stanners suitably replied.

The deputation from the GLOS then retired to a fantastic applause from the assembled Brethren which was followed by the deputation from the PGL of Ayrshire and Sister Provincial Grand Lodges, again to a rapturous applause from the assembled Brethren.

After the retrial of both bodies the RWM once again thanked the assembled Brethren for their attendance and continued support to Lodge 442. He then intimated that a celebration meal would follow at the Lauriston Hotel, Ardrossan and that a courtesy coach was available for the Brethren who required transport. The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form where 142 Brethren attended the celebration meal.

Photographs of our celebration glasses, badges, tokens and brochure can be found on our 150th celebration page.

After the celebration meal various speeches were made and replied to, these can again be found within our 150th brochure.

The highlight of the day was the presentation of a portrait of the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason Bro Charles Ian Robert Wolridge Gordon of Esslemont which was gifted to 442 from the GLOS.

After completion of the meal and speeches some of the assembled Brethren retired to Lodge 442s social club where a few hours were spent in pleasant harmony.

Our sincere thanks to all Brethren for attending our special day and we trust that your day was as memorable to you as it was to us. Thank you once again.

 

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Fri, 6th February 2015

150 years to the day

Brethren & friends,

Tonights meeting was held so that the present day Brethren and guests could assemble in Lodge 442 exactly 150 years to the day that our charter was granted by the GLOS.

The Lodge was opened in candlelight to represent 150 years ago in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the Brethren of 442. 

A deputation from the PGLA was introduced into the Lodge by IPM Bro K Syme which was headed by SPGM Bro James Bell. After welcoming the deputation into the Lodge RWM Bro Stanners invited Bro Bell to the East to accept the gavel. A few well chosen words of welcome were exchanged by both parties and the gavel was then returned to RWM Stanners.

RWM Stanners then intimated to the assembled Brethren that a few short extracts from the initial minutes of the Lodge would then be read by both the SPGM and himself.

After the various short readings the RWM then presented each brother in attendance with a small lapel badge to mark this special occasion. The lodge was then closed in due and ancient form where the assembled Brethren retired to the social club premises for a curry night.

Our next meeting will be on Saturday 14th February 2015 at 12:30pm for 1:00pm where the GLOS will be performing a 150th re dedication ceremony which will be followed by a celebration meal and speeches at the Lauriston Hotel starting at 3:30pm.

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Thu, 5th February 2015

St John 334 visit to Saltcoats


Our last regular meeting was once again a busy and successful meeting with a large attendance from the Brethren of 442 and visitors. The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge.

 

The RWM then welcomed the visiting Brethren into the Lodge and charged them that on returning to their own mother Lodges to convey the fraternal greeting from the Brethren of 442. The Lodge business was then conducted and passed before the RWM asked our acting Brother Director of Ceremonies IPM Brother Keith Syme to retire and introduce the visiting Brethren from St John No 334 into the Lodge.

On returning into the Lodge Brother Keith Syme introduced the deputation from 334 to the assembled Brethren, the deputation was headed by their own RWM Brother Adam Howie. After a few well chosen words of welcome our RWM invited RWM Howie to assist him in the East of the Lodge, an invitation was also extended to the PMs of 334 and all other accompanying PMs within the deputation.


Our RWM then presented the Lodge gavel to RWM Howie to allow him to carry out the evenings Entered Apprentice Degree. RWM Howie thanked our RWM for the opportunity to confer the EA Degree within Lodge 442 and said that it was a pleasure to preside over Lodge 442. The office bearers of 442 were then exchanged in favor of the office bearers of 334.

Thereafter Brother Derek Ferguson entered the Lodge for the first time and received an excellent EA Degree at the hands of the Brethren of 334.

At the completion of the Degree RWM Howie along with RWM Stanners descended onto the level and welcomed Brother Ferguson into the Lodge of EA and asked the assembled Brethren to welcome Brother Ferguson into the Lodge.

RWM Howie then returned the gavel to RWM Stanners thanking him for the invite into 442 to carry out the EA Degree and said it had been a pleasure in doing so. RWM Stanners suitably replied.
The office bearers of 334 then vacated office in favor of the office bearers of 442 where various Brethren commented on the high standard of
the Degree work by 334 after which RWM Howie replied to the sentiments expressed by the various Brethren.

Lodge 334 was then invited to retire which was met with a rapturous applause from the assembled Brethren.
The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by the RWM and office bearers of 442.


The Brethren then retired to the social club premises for some 442 hospitality.

Our next meeting is a special meeting and will be held at 7:15pm on Friday 6th February to celebrate being granted our charter 150 years to the day by the GLOS which will be followed by a curry night.

All are welcome to attend.

 

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Thu, 15th January 2015

RWM of 442 confers a MM Degree

Thursday 15th January 2015
Brethren & friends,

Our last meeting was once again a busy and very successful meeting where the Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge. After opening the Lodge our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners thanked the Brethren of the Lodge for their attendance and also welcomed the visitors into the Lodge.

The Lodge business was then taken care of by the RWM and Bro Secretary and duly approved by the Brethren of the Lodge.

The Lodge was then raised to the third degree where one Brother namely Raymond Watt was raised to the third degree by the RWM.

Our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners then thanked all of the degree team for the excellent manner in which they conducted themselves around the Lodge room
and the first class ritual work that they had just presented. He also welcomed and thanked Bro Watt for his part as candidate in the degree.

The RWM then intimated to the assembled Brethren that tickets for the 150th celebration dinner were still on sale at a cost of £20 per person on a first come first serve basis and could be purchased from him at any time leading up the
celebration dinner on the 14th February 2015 where a deputation from the GLOS would be conducting the ceremony.

The RWM then intimated that the next regular meeting would be held on Thursday
5th February at 7:15pm where an Entered Apprentice degree would be conferred by Lodge St John No 334.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form where the brethren assembled retired to the social club for some 442 harmony.

 

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Thu, 18th December 2014

The last meeting of 2014

Brethren & friends,

The last meeting of 2014 was once again a busy and very successfully meeting where the Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge. After opening the Lodge our acting Director of Ceremonies Bro Keith Syme PM retired and introduced a deputation from the PGLA which was headed by our very own RWPGM Bro Robert Little who was accompanied by IPPGM Bro Archie Chalmers and other members of the PGLA. Our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and after exchanging a few words invited RWPGM Little to the East of the Lodge to accept the emblem of power and authority. After doing so Bro Little intimated that the PGLA had no official business to carry out but had merely come along to show their support to Lodge 442, witness the degree which was to be conferred as well as enjoying the company of the brethren assembled. The emblem of authority was returned to RWM Stanners who invited the remainder of the deputation from the PGLA to assist him in the East of the Lodge.

The Lodge business was then taken care of by the RWM and Bro Secretary and duly approved by the Brethren of the Lodge. 

The Lodge was then passed to the second degree where one Brother namely James Smith was passed to the second degree by the following Brethren:

WSW Bro Keith Syme, RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the final charge being delivered by Bro S Finlay WSD and Bro Alan Watt BB.

The RWPGM Bro Robert Little then appointed Bro Stewart Cruickshank to reply on behalf of the PGLA deputation.

Our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners then thanked all of the degree team for the excellent manner in which they conducted themselves around the Lodge room and the first class ritual work that they had just presented. He also welcomed and thanked Bro Smith for his part as candidate in the degree.

The RWM then intimated to the assembled Brethren that tickets for the 150th celebration dinner were now on sale at a cost of £20 per person on a first come first serve basis and could be purchased from him at any time leading up the celebration dinner on the 14th February 2015 where a deputation from the GLOS would be conducting the ceremony.

The RWM then wished all of the Brethren assembled and their families a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year for 2015 and intimated that our next regular meeting would be held on Thursday 15th January at 7:15pm where a Master Mason degree would be conferred.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form where the brethren assembled retired to the social club for some 442 harmony.

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Thu, 4th December 2014

The first meeting of session 2014 - 2015

Brethren & friends,

The first meeting of session 2014 - 2015 went extremely well with a good attendance of 442 members and visiting Brethren from within the Province of Ayrshire. The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the newly appointed Office Bearers of the Lodge. Once the Lodge had been opened our RWM stood in as acting Secretary due to the ill health of Bro Charlie Pllu To whom we wish a speedy recovery. The various minutes were read out by our RWM and approved by the Brethren of the Lodge, our RWM who is also the Lodge Treasurer put forward to the assembled Brethren various outstanding accounts which were also passed in a very swift and competent manner.

After the completion of the business our RWM then conferred a Master Mason Degree on one candidate which was to the approval of the Brethren of the Lodge and the visiting Brethren. The Lodge was then reduced to the first Degree where Bro Adam Howie RWM of 433 congratulated our RWM for conducting the business and Degree. He intimated that it was the first time in his Masonic career that he had ever witnessed a RWM carrying out the duties of RWM, Secretary, Treasurer as well as conferring a Master Masons Degree and that Bro Stanners should be congratulated in doing so.

Our RWM thanked Bro Howie for the sentiments expressed and said that he was sure that if push came to shove any other Master of a Lodge would do the same.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form where the assembled Brethren retired to the social club premises for some 442 hospitality. The RWM intimated that our next regular meeting would be held at 7:15pm on Thursday 18th December where a Fellow Craft Degree would be conferred.

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Tue, 25th November 2014

442 visit to Lodge Neptune Glasgow No 419

Brethren & friends,

On Tuesday 25th November 2014 Lodge Neptune 442 accepted an invitation to visit Lodge Neptune Glasgow No 419 to confer a Master Mason Degree. This has been an annual visit to 419 for more than 20 years now.

Upon arriving at Lodge Neptune Glasgow No 419 and being introduced to the assembled Brethren our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners thanked the RWM Bro Harry Montgomery for the very warm welcome that he and the Brethren of 442 had received on entering Lodge Neptune Glasgow. Our RWM was then invited to the East of the Lodge to accept Lodge Neptune's mallet to allow him to confer the Master Masons Degree. Upon accepting the mallet our RWM thanked RWM Montgomery and intimated to the assembled Brethren that the office bearers of 442 has just been installed less than a week ago but were up for the challenge.

Our RWM Bro Stanners then indicated that he would be conferring the full Degree by himself but would be ably assisted by the Office Bearers of 442 throughout the Degree. The MM Degree was then conferred on one candidate namely Brother James Moodie who was an excellent candidate.

On completion of the Degree RWM Stanners thanked RWM Montgomery for the privelage of being invited to Neptune Glasgow to confer the MM Degree, he also thanked the Brethren of 442 for accompanying him and for their parts in the Degree. He also thanked Brother Moodie for being an excellent candidate and in the manner he conducted himself throughout the Degree.

The mallet was then returned to RWM Montgomery who thanked RWM Stanners and his team for an excellent Degree, this was echoed by the vote of thanks from the assembled Brethren.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Montgomery where the assembled Brethren retired to the social club lounge for a lovely hot plate of mince pie and beans which was washed down by a glass or two of Glasgow's finest beer for those who were not driving.

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Fri, 21st November 2014

Lodge Installation

Friday 21st November 2014
Annual Installation

Brethren & friends,
The annual installation of our RWM and Office Bearers of the Lodge took place on Friday 21st November 2014.
The Lodge was opened at 18:30 hrs by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the Office Bearers & Brethren of 442. The Aims and Relationships of the craft were then read in open Lodge. After reading the Aims and Relationships the Lodge was adjourned.

At 19:00hrs IPM Bro Keith Syme resumed the Lodge and instructed our Provincial Grand Lodge Director of Ceremonies Bro Robert McCroskie to retire and introduce the heads of deputations from sister Lodges. On returning into the Lodge Bro McCroskie introduces the deputation from sister Lodges from within and out with the Province of Ayrshire. The deputation was headed by Bro James Hill RWM Stivenstone Thistle & Rose No 169. IPM Bro Keith Syme welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and thanked the Brethren for taking the time to come along to our annual installation and charged them that on returning to their respective mother Lodges to take the fraternal greetings from all of the Brethren of 442 but more especially from our RWM elect Bro Duncan Stanners. RWM Bro Hill and all other reigning Masters were then invited to the East of the Lodge. RWM Bro Hill then suitably replied on behalf of the deputation and offered his sincere thanks to RWM elect Bro Stanners for asking him to head the deputation. RWM Bro Hill and other RWMs then joined IPM Bro Keith Syme in the East.

Bro McCroskie retired for a second time and on returning into the Lodge he introduced a deputation from Lodge T Hay 685 from the Irish Constitution which was headed by Worthy Brother David Johnstone. Again fraternal greetings were exchanged before Bro Johnstone assisted IPM Bro Keith Syme in the East of the Lodge.

Bro McCroskie retired for a third time and on returning into the Lodge he introduced a Large deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire which was headed by our good friend RWPGM Bro Robert Little. Again Bro Syme welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and invited the RWPGM to the East to accept the emblem of power and authority. Bro Little suitably replied on behalf of the deputation before joining Bro Syme in the East. After returning the emblem of power and authority to Bro Syme the remainder of the deputation joined the RWPGM in the East.

Bro McCroskie retired for a fourth and final time and on returning into the Lodge he introduced the installing Masters for the evenings ceremony in the persons of:
Bro Charles L Pllu PM Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats No 442
Bro Stephen McConnachie PM Lodge Royal Blues 399 Kilbirnie and finally the Principal Installing Master for the evenings ceremony Bro Colin McCormick PM Lodge Tarbolton (Kilwinning) St James No 135.

Bro Syme welcomed the Installing Masters into the Lodge and thanked them on behalf of the RWM elect for accepting to install both the RWM and office bearers.

After a few well chosen words Bro McCormick and his Installing Colleagues took up their rightful places in the East of the Lodge to begin the Installation ceremony.

The ceremony of installation was opened with praise and prayer, followed by a minutes silence where the assembled Brethren faced the West in silent tribute as a mark of respect to all Brethren who have passed to the Grand Lodge above since our last Installation ceremony.

Brother McCormick then proceeded to install our RWM Elect Bro Duncan Stanners ably assisted by PM Bro Charles Pllu. Whilst our RWM was being installed Bro Stephen McConnachie PM duly installed the office bearers of the lodge into their respective posts.

At the completion of the installation ceremony our newly installed RWM Bro Duncan Stanners thanked the Brethren of 442 for having the confidence in him once again as RWM especially as the lodge was about to celebrate its 150th year in Freemasonry. He also congratulated the office bearers in being installed into office, the installing Masters for a splendid ceremony, the visiting Brethren for their continued support and the deputation from the PGLA.

IPPGM Bro Archie Chalmers (an honorary member of 442) replied on behalf of the PGLA deputation and thanked the RWM for the excellent installation and intimated that he was looking forward to the festive board after the meeting.

The RWM of Lodge Coila St Andrew No 1334 Bro Stuart McCarlie spoke on behalf of the visiting Brethren. The deputation from the PGLA then retired, followed by the Installing Masters. The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form where 55 Brethren retired to the social club to join in harmony at the festive board.

Our next regular meeting will be at 7:15pm on Thursday 4th December where our RWM will confer a Master Mason Degree.

Our annual visitation to Lodge Neptune Glasgow No 419 will take place on Tuesday 25th November where we will be conferring a MM Degree. All Brethren to be at Lodge Neptune Glasgow for 7:15pm.

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Thu, 6th November 2014

St John (Kilwinning) Kilmarnock No 22 visit 442

 

 

Our last regular meeting was once again a busy and successful meeting with a large attendance from the Brethren of 442 and visitors. The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge.

 

The RWM then welcomed the visiting Brethren into the Lodge and charged them that on returning to their own mother Lodges to convey the fraternal greeting from the Brethren of 442. The Lodge business was then conducted and passed before the RWM asked our acting Brother Director of Ceremonies IPM Brother Keith Syme to retire and introduce the visiting Brethren from St John (Kilwinning) Kilmarnock No 22 into the Lodge.

On returning into the Lodge Brother Keith Syme introduced the deputation from 22 to the assembled Brethren, the deputation was headed by their own RWM Brother John Muir. After a few
well chosen words of welcome our RWM invited RWM Muir to assist him in the East of the Lodge, an
invitation was also extended to the PMs of 22 and all other accompanying PMs within the deputation.


Our RWM then presented the Lodge gavel to RWM Muir to allow him to carry out the evenings Mark
Master Mason Degree. RWM Muir thanked our RWM for the opportunity to confer the MMM Degree within Lodge 442 and said that it was a pleasure to preside over Lodge 442. The office bearers of 442 were then exchanged in favour of the office bearers of 22.

Thereafter Brother Raymond Watt entered the Lodge for the fourth time and received an excellent

MMM Degree at the hands of the Brethren of 22.

At the completion of the Degree RWM Muir along with RWM Stanners descended onto the level and
welcomed Brother Watt into the Lodge of MMM and asked the assembled Brethren to welcome
Brother Watt into the Lodge.

RWM Muir then returned the gavel to RWM Stanners thanking him for the invite into 442 to carry out the MMM Degree and said it had been a pleasure in doing so. RWM Stanners suitably replied. The office bearers of 22 then vacated office in favour of the office bearers of 442 and the Lodge was reduced to the Entered Apprentice Degree where various Brethren commented on the high standard of the Degree work by 22 after which RWM Muir replied to the sentiments expressed by the various
Brethren.

Lodge 22 was then invited to retire which was met with a rapturous applause from the assembled
Brethren. The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by the RWM and office bearers of 442.

The Brethren then retired to the social club premises for some 442 hospitality.

Our next regular meeting is our Annual Installation Meeting and will be held at 7:00pm on Friday 21st November where our RWM and Office Bearers for the session 2014 – 2015 will be installed.

 

The Installing Masters will be:

 

Bro Colin McCormick PM 135

Bro Charles L Pllu PM 442

Bro Stephen McConnachie PM 399

 

We look forward to having a pleasant and Profitable evening with all visiting Brethren who wish to come along and join us during our Celebrations.

 

May I also take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of the visitors who have come along and supported our Lodge over the last year? Your presence has been very much appreciated by us all.

 

I would also like to thank the members of 442 who have continually shown their support to both me and to their Mother Lodge over the last year and finally may I offer my best wishes to all of you and to your families for the forthcoming festive season.

Brother Duncan Stanners RWM

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Thu, 16th October 2014

Lodge 442 Annual General Meeting

Brethren & friends,

The annual general meeting of Lodge Neptune 442 took place last night with a relatively good turnout from the members of 442. We also had in our company the WJW from Lodge Ladywell 1474 in the Province of Stirlingshire who had been staying at one of the local caravan sites enjoying a relaxing break. We were more than pleased to have him in our company throughout the evening at 442.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the Office Bearers of the Lodge. The general business of the evening was then conducted in a very proficient manner by both our Brother Secretary PM Charles L Pllu and our RWM.

After conducting the general business our RWM then asked the Brother Secretary to present the assembled Brethren with the Secretaries report for the year. This was duly carried out with points such as the lack of attendance from Lodge members and Past Masters of the Lodge being highlighted as well as the welcoming into the Lodge our four new initiates and four affiliates over the last year. The RWM was also thanked for taking on the role of Lodge Treasurer since the passing of Brother David V Rusted and for keeping the Lodge website up to date. Brother Pllu also thanked all of the Brethren who assisted him throughout the year.

Our RWM then presented the Lodge balance sheet to the assembled Brethren and explained all transactions in great detail to the Brethren. The Lodge was then left open for any questions on the balance sheet. Our appointed auditor PM Brother Colin McCormick of Lodge Tarbolton  (Kilwinning) St James No 135 then presented the Brethren with the auditors report. At the conclusion of the reports the RWM asked the Brethren to either pass or decline the balance sheet. The balance sheet was accepted and passed.

The Lodge was then Passed and Raised to the third Degree where the RWM declared all offices vacant. The nomination and election of Office Bearers was then conducted with the re-election of Brother Duncan Stanners as RWM for the session 2014 - 2015 which he duly accepted and thanked the Brethren for the great honor and once again having the confidence in him to take the Lodge into its 150th celebration year.

The following Brethren were nominated and elected for the session 2014 - 2015:

RWM Brother Duncan Stanners PM.    

IPM Brother Keith Syme PM.    

DM Brother James Smith.    

SM Brother James Taylor PM.  

Secretary Brother Charles Pllu PM.  

Treasurer Brother Duncan Stanners PM. 

WSW Brother Keith Syme PM.    

WJW Brother Robert McIntosh.    

WSD Brother Stuart Finlay. 

WJD Brother David Warnes.    

IG Brother Ian Pritchard.    

Chaplain Brother Robert McIntosh. 

Tyler Brother Malcolm Moon.    

Almoner Brother James Smith.    

Jeweller Brother Derek Ferguson. 

Director of Music Brother Jason Keane.    

Bible Bearer Brother Alan Evans.    

Bard Brother Raymond Ferguson.    

Marshall Brother Raymond Watt.    

Senior Steward Brother David Warnes Snr. 

All committees remained the same as last year with the various Office  Bearers taking up the respective roles within the committees.

The Lodge Auditors proposed and accepted for the session 2014 - 2015 were Brother Colin McCormick PM 135 and Brother Stephen McConnachie PM 399.

The Lodge was then reduced to the EA Degree where the RWM congratulated all office bearers in being elected into office and a special thanks to those taking up office for the first time.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form with intimations as follows:

Our next regular meeting will be Brother R Watt's MMM Degree which will be conferred by Lodge St John No 22 Kilmarnock (awaiting confirmation) On Thursday 6th November at 7:15pm.

A General Committee Meeting on Monday 3rd November at 7:15pm to discuss installation menu, ticket prices, complimentary tickets, charity donations and the 150th celebration meeting details.

We look forward to meeting old and new visitors on the night of our next celebration.

2014 installation date will be Friday 21st November at 7:00pm.

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Thu, 2nd October 2014

St Andrew Kilmarnock 126 visit to 442

Brethren & friends,

Our last regular meeting was once again a busy and successful meeting with a large attendance from the Brethren of 442 and visitors. The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge. The RWM then welcomed the visiting Brethren into the Lodge and instructed them that on returning to their own mother Lodges to convey the fraternal greeting from the Brethren of 442. The Lodge business was then conducted and passed before the RWM asked our acting Brother Director of Ceremonies IPM Brother Keith Syme to retire and introduce the visiting Brethren from St Andrew Kilmarnock 126 into the Lodge.

On returning into the Lodge Brother Keith Syme introduced the deputation from 126 to the assembled Brethren, the deputation was headed by their own RWM Brother Ross Gibson. After a few well chosen words of welcome our RWM invited RWM Gibson to assist him in the East of the Lodge, an invitation was also extended to the PMs of 126 and all other accompanying PMs within the deputation.

Our RWM then presented the Lodge gavel to RWM Gibson to allow him to carry out the evenings Mark Master Mason Degree. RWM Gibson thanked our RWM for the opportunity to confer the MMM Degree within Lodge 442 and said that it was a pleasure to preside over Lodge 442. The office bearers of 442 were then exchanged in favour of the office bearers of 126.

Thereafter Brother Derek Ferguson entered the Lodge and received an excellent MMM Degree at the hands of the Brethren of 126.

At the completion of the Degree RWM Gibson along with RWM Stanners descended onto the level and welcomed Brother Ferguson into the Lodge of MMM and asked the assembled Brethren to welcome Brother Ferguson into the Lodge.

RWM Gibson then returned the gavel to RWM Stanners thanking him for the invite into 442 to carry out the MMM Degree and said it had been a pleasure in doing so. RWM Stanners suitably replied. The office bearers of 126 then vacated office in favour of the office bearers of 442 and the Lodge was reduced to the Enetered Apprentice Degree where various Brethren commented on the high standard of the Degree work by 126 After which RWM Gibson instructed the Senior Deacon of 126 to reply to the sentiments expressed by the various brethren.

RWM Stanners then asked Past Provincial Grand Master Brother Adam Cunningham to present a MM Diploma to Brother a Ferguson. With a few well chosen words Brother Cunningham presented the diploma to Brother Ferguson who then thanked our RWM for the diploma.

Lodge 126 were then invited to retire which was met with a rapturous applause from the assembled Brethren. The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by the RWM and office bearers of 442.

The Brethren then retired to the social club premises for some 442 hospitality.

Our next regular meeting will be held at 7:15pm on Thursday 16th October where our Annual General Meeting will take place, no Degree will be conferred on that evening.

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Thu, 18th September 2014

PGLA Annual Visitation to Lodge 442

Brethren & friends,

Last night marked another successful evening in the history books of 442. The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the Office Bearers of the Lodge. Our RWM then welcomed the Brethren and Office Bearers of 442 into the Lodge and thanked them for their continual support to their mother Lodge. The RWM then welcomed the visiting Brethren into the Lodge and charged them than on returning to their own Mother Lodges that they convey the fraternal greetings of the Brethren of 442. The RWM also thanked the visiting Brethren for their continual support to 442. The RWM then invited all Past Masters, Masters elect, Depute and Substitute Masters to assist him in the East of the Lodge. This invitation was accepted by several Brethren.

The RWM then asked the acting Director of Ceremonies IPM Brother Keith Syme to uplift his working tools and retire from the Lodge and present the deputation from the PGLA.

On returning into the Lodge IPM Brother Keith Syme introduced the deputation from the PGLA which was headed by SPGM Brother Robert Stewart. The RWM thanked Brother Syme for his presentation and asked him to take up his rightful place within the Lodge. The RWM then welcomed the deputation from PGLA into the Lodge and invited the SPGM Brother Robert Stewart to the East of the Lodge to accept the Lodge gavel. SPGM Brother Robert Stewart suitably replied on behalf of the deputation and intimated that it would be his pleasure to come to the East and accept the gavel. After exchanging a few words SPGM Brother Robert Stewart returned the gavel to the RWM to allow him to carry out the Lodge business.

The business of the Lodge was then conducted by the RWM, Brother secretary PM Brother Charles L Pllu and the office Bearers of the Lodge. On completion of the Lodge business the RWM then asked Brother Alan Evans if it was still his wish to affiliate to Lodge Neptune 442. Brother Evans indicated that it was and he was invited to approach the altar to receive his affiliation obligation by the RWM. At the conclusion of the obligation the RWM welcomed Brother Evans into 442 and asked the assembled Brethren to greet him in the same manner.

The Lodge was then raised to the third Degree where Brother Raymond Watt received an excellent Master Masons Degree at the most capable hands of the RWM. At the completion of the Degree the RWM explained the privilages of a Master Mason to Brother Watt and the assembled Brethren showed their appreciation for the Degree and also welcomed Brother Watt into the Lodge. The RWM invited the SPGM to accompany him onto the level and welcome Brother Watt into the Lodge.

The Lodge was then reduced to the Entered Apprentice Degree where the RWM presented the Lodge gavel to SPGM Brother Robert Stewart to allow him to conduct the business of the PGLA. Brother Stewart accepted the gavel and immediately exchanged the Wardens of 442 in flavour of the appointed wardens from the PGLA. The deputation from the PGLA was then introduced with PM Brother Robert McCroskie in the chair of PGSW, PM Brother William McIntosh in the chair of PGJW.

The SPGM then explained to the assembled Brethren the reason for the annual visitation of the PGLA as per Grand Lodge Laws. The SPGM then went into his report in great detail which included thanking PM Charles Pllu for the excellent manner in which the Secretaries books were kept and presented for inspection. The SPGM then made comment on our former Lodge Treasurer Brother David V Rusted who had recently passed away and thanked him for his contribution to the Lodge as Treasurer for more than fifteen years. The SPGM also thanked our RWM for taking on the roll as Lodge Treasurer since Brother Rusted had been hospitalised at the start of the year. He also thanked the RWM on behalf of the PGLA for his work as a Provincal Grand Lodge Office Bearer and member of Provincial Grand Committee. He also thanked the RWM on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Scotland for the work he had done during the summer months in transporting the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason Brother Charles Ian Robert Wolridge Gordon and his wife Angel by helicopter from their home in Aberdeenshire to Glasgow and back again during the celebration meeting for the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn and the Waverley Cruise.

The PGSW made comment on the benevolence that the Lodge had afforded to both Masonic and non Masonic Charities over the last twelve months which was followed by the PGJW who made comment on the Degree which had been conferred by the RWM. 

At the conclusion of the comments made by the PGLA Wardens the SPGM intimated to the assembled Brethren that the Lodge had been working in a satisfactory manner, the Lodge books had been kept up to date and in accordance with Grand Lodge Laws, that the Degree work was to a very high standard and that he had no reservations in affording the Lodge a clear minute.

The RWM was then asked if he would like to make any comments regarding the visitation. The RWM suitably replied by saying that the Brother Secretary and Treasurer should be sincerely thanked for the hard work that they had afforded the Lodge over the last few years and concluded by thanking the SPGM for affording the Lodge a clear minute. The Lodge gavel was then returned to the RWM to allow him to confer the remainder of the Lodge business.

The PGLA deputation were then asked if they would like to retire from the Lodge and were invited to partake in some Lodge harmony in the social club premises after the meeting which they accepted.After the deputation from the PGLA retired the Lodge was closed in due and ancient form by the RWM and his office bearers where the assembled Brethren were invited to join the Brethren of 442 in some Lodge harmony.

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 2nd October at 7:15pm where a Mark Master Mason Degree will be conferred by Lodge St Andrew Kilmarnock No 126. All visitors are welcome.

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Thu, 4th September 2014

St Servanus No 771 visit to Saltcoats

Brethren & friends,
Thursday 4th September saw another busy and successful night within Lodge 442. The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM and office bearers of the Lodge. Upon completion of Lodge business our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners instructed our acting director of ceremonies IPM Bro Keith Syme to retire and introduce the visiting deputation from Lodge St Servanus No 771 Alva within the Province of Stirlingshire into the Lodge.
On his return into the Lodge Bro Keith Syme introduced to the RWM and Brethren assembled the deputation from 771 which was headed by their own RWM Bro Gordon Guthrie.
RWMs Bro Stanners and Bro Guthrie exchanges greetings at the conclusion of which RWM Bro Guthrie was invited to the East of the Lodge along with all other PMs in his deputation. 
Once the Brethren were seated RWM Stanners offered RWM Guthrie the Lodge gavel to allow him and his degree team to pass one Brother to the second degree.
After the degree had been completed both RWMs descended onto the level to welcome Brother Watt into the Lodge of FCs.
RWM Stanners thanked RWM Guthrie and his degree team for an excellent degree and the assembled Brethren showed their appreciation with a hearty vote of thanks.
The Brethren of Lodge St Servanus No 771 then retired and the lodge was closed in due and ancient form by the RWM and his office bearers.
All Brethren then retired to the social club premises where an hour or so was spent in Lodge harmony.
Our next regular meeting will be held within the Lodge on Thursday 18th September at 7:15pm where a MM Degree will be conferred by our RWM Bro Stanners along with an affiliation of one Brother. It is also our annual visitation from the PGLA.
We look forward to spending some time in harmony with new and old friends.


Bro David V Rusted

Thu, 21st August 2014

The Passing of Bro David V Rusted MBE

SAD AND DOLEFULL TIDINGS.

Brethren & Friends,

It is with much regret and a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing to the Grand Lodge above of the much respected Treasurer of Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats No 442 the late Brother David V Rusted MBE.

David was a well loved and a much respected member and stalwart of our Lodge who will be very sadly missed by all who new him. Sadly David spent the last four months of his life in Crosshouse Hospital before being discharged home for a final ten days where he passed away peacefully with those nearest and dearest to him.

Our thoughts at this time are with his loving wife Renee, his daughter Vicky and grandaughters Shirley and Amy.

David's funeral will take place at the Livingstone Parish Church, New Street, Stevenston on Friday 29th August at 10:00am. The committal will take place at Hawkhill Cemetary, Stevenston at 10:45am and thereafter to Lodge Stivenstone Thistle & Rose No 169 social club for some refreshments.

The family extend their sincere thanks to everyone who has telephoned, dropped in and sent both flowers and cards at this time, they are all very much appreciated and gives some comfort at this sad time.

The family have asked that no flowers be sent to the funeral as they have arranged for a wreath in the form of an anchor to accompany David on his final journey to mark his working life as a merchant Sea Captain. A retiral collection will be taken on behalf of the Ayrshire Hospice.

God bless you David until we meet again in the Grand Lodge above.

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Thu, 21st August 2014

Lodge St Andrew Denny & Loanhead confer a MMM Degree at 442

 

Brethren & Friends,

Tonight a special meeting was held to advance one Brother to the Honourable Degree of MMM. The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the office Bearers of 442.

Our RWM then welcomed the Brethren of 442 into their Mother Lodge and thanked them for their continual support for their Mother Lodge. He also welcomed and thanked the visiting Brethren for their attendance and continual support. IPM Bro Keith Syme was then asked to retire and introduce the deputation from the PGLA which was headed by our own RWPGM Bro Robert Little. The deputation was enhanced by the presence of three Substitute Provincial Grand Masters and other office bearers from the Province of Glasgow which was headed by Bro J McMillan.

Our RWM then welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and also thanked them for their support for Lodge 442 and invited RWPGM Bro Little to the East of the Lodge to accept the Lodge gavel. On receiving the gavel RWPGM Bro Little informed the assembled Brethren that the visit was once again unofficial and that the Provincial Brethren had come to witness the Degree and enjoy the company of the assembled Brethren and with that said he returned the gavel to the RWM to allow him to carry on with the remainder of the business. All members of the Provincial deputation were then invited to the East of the Lodge.

Our RWM then informed the Brethren of the passing to the Grand Lodge above of the Lodge Treasurer Brother David V Rusted MBE. The RWM then spoke for five minutes more or less on Brother David’s contributions to Freemasonry and especially his love and dedication for 442. He also mentioned David's fight against various illnesses over the last few years which were fought bravely and courageously by David who finally lost his battle on Tuesday evening. In his closing statement our RWM said that David would be dearly missed by all the Brethren of 442.

Brother Keith Syme once again retired and on returning into the Lodge introduced the deputation from Lodge St Andrew Denny & Loanhead No 176 which was headed by their own RWM Brother Kevin McLeod. RWM Stanners welcomed the Brethren of 176 into the Lodge and invited RWM McLeod to the East of the Lodge along with any other PM's. On taking up their positions our RWM presented the gavel to RWM McLeod to allow him and his Degree team to advance one Brother to the rank of MMM.

RWM McLeod accepted the gavel and immediately exchanged the office bearers of 442 for the office bearers from 176. Thereafter one brother was admitted into the Lodge and raided to the Degree of MMM at the capable hands of the Brethren of 176.

RWM McLeod, RWM Stanners and RWPGM Little then descended onto the level to welcome brother Ferguson into the Lodge of MMM.

The gavel was then returned to RWM Stanners who was thanked for inviting the Brethren of 176 across from Denny to Saltcoats to carry out the Degree. On accepting the gavel back from RWM McLeod RWM Stanners thanked him and his Brethren for the excellent Degree which he had just witnessed. The office Bearers of 176 were then exchanged in favour of the office bearers of 442.

PPGM Brother Adam Cunningham then made comment on the evenings proceedings which he had just witnessed and thanked all in attendance for the warm welcome he and the deputation from the PGLA had received. Brother Adam made comment on the Degree team which had been excellent.

SPGM Bro James McMillan then spoke on behalf of the PGL of Glasgow Deputation firstly on the Degree work which they had witnessed and secondly informing the assembled Brethren that their main reason for visiting the Lodge was to thank RWM Stanners for assisting the PGL of Glasgow by flying the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason Brother Charles Ian Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont from his home in Ellon Aberdeenshire to Cumbernauld and from Rothesay back to Esslemont by Helicopter. This was very much appreciated.

Various other Brethren made comment on the Degree and thanked the RWM and Brethren for the warm welcome into 442.

The Deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodges then retired which was followed by the Deputation from Lodge St Andrew.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form with an intimation that the next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 4th September where a Fellow Craft Degree will be conferred by Lodge St Servanus No 771 from Alva Stirlingshire.

The assembled Brethren then retired to the Lodge social club for some 442 hospitality.

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Wed, 20th August 2014

The Passing of Mrs Jessie Reid wife of PM Bro Tommy Reid

Brethren &Friends,

it is with much regret that I inform you of the passing of Mrs Jessie Reid, wife and much loved partner of PM Brother Tommy Reid.

Jessie had been ill for some considerable time prior to her passing away earlier on this week with her daughter Debbie at her bedside.

Jessie will be sadly missed by all of her former friends and family.

Our condolences are extended to Brother Tommy and his family at this sad time.

Jessie's funeral will take place on Thursday 28th August at 2:00pm at St Cuthbert's Church, Saltcoats, the committal will take place at the New Cemetary, High Road Stevenston at 2:45pm, thereafter to Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats No 442 Social Club for some light refreshments.

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Thu, 7th August 2014

2013 Installing Masters Degree

Brethren & Friends,

Once again our Lodge was favoured with many visiting Brethren and a large attendance from the Brethren of 442 as well as a deputation from the provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire with a total of 72 Brethren signing the attendance book.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of the Lodge. Sincere thanks were expressed to the Brethren of 442 for their attendance and continual support for their Mother Lodge by the RWM. A very warm welcome was also extended to the visiting Brethren and again sincere thanks were extended for their continual support for Lodge 442 by the RWM. The Brethren of 442 then gave the visiting Brethren a warm welcome into the Lodge via a standing ovation. All Reigning and Past Masters were then invited to the East of the Lodge by the RWM.

IPM Bro Keith Syme was then asked to retire and introduce the deputation from the PGLA. On returning into the Lodge IPM Bro Keith Syme introduced the deputation from the PGLA which was headed by the IPPGM Bro Archie Chalmers who was also accompanied by Office Bearers from Sister Provincial Grand Lodges. Our RWM welcomed the Deputation into the Lodge and thanked them for their presence once again into 442. IPPGM Bro Archie Chalmers thanked our RWM and the assembled Brethren for the warm welcome into the Lodge on behalf of the Provincial Grand Lodge members.

The RWM then invited IPPGM Chalmers to the East of the Lodge to receive the Lodge gavel. On receiving the gavel the IPPGM stated that the visit from the PGLA was unofficial and that they had merely came to witness the Degree and enjoy the company of the Brethren assembled and returned the gavel to the RWM to allow him to carry on with the Lodge business.

All Lodge correspondence was then read and approved in a very competent manner.

The RWM then stated that this evenings meeting was called to initiate on gentleman and the Degree would be conferred by the three Installing Masters from 2013 namely:

Bro Colin McCormick PM Lodge Tarbolton (Kilwinning) St James No 135 

Bro Stephen McConnachie PM Lodge Royal Blues No 399 Kilbirnie

Bro Charles L Pllu PM Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats No 442

PM Pllu then uplifted his working tools and proceeded to receive, obligate and instruct our newest candidate in the signs and secrets of an Entered Apprentice Freemason. PM McCormick then instructed the candidate in the working tools, North East corner and mode and preparation and finally PM McConnachie delivered the final charge.

On completion of the Degree the candidate was handed over to the RWM for some further instruction and words of welcome into Lodge 442. Our RWM and IPPGM Bro Archie Chalmers then descended onto the level where they welcomed Brother Raymond Watt into the Lodge and asked the assembled Brethren to treat him in the same manner as they would be expected to be treated. A warm round of applause was then extended to Brother Watt by the assembled Brethren.

The remainder of the evenings business was completed by the RWM and Brother Secretary before the Lodge was closed in due and ancient form. The RWM once again thanks all in attendance for their support for 442 and instructed them that on returning to their respective Mother Lodges to convey the fraternal greetings from all at 442.

The assembled Brethren then retired to the Lodge social club for some 442 hospitality.

Our next meeting will be a special meeting and will be held on Thursday 21st August at 7:15pm where a MMM Degree will be conferred on one Brother by Lodge St Andrew Denny & Loanhead No 176 from the Province of Stirlingshire. 

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Thu, 17th July 2014

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Brethren & Friends,

Our most recent meeting which was a special meeting was held last night Thursday 17th July. Once again the visiting Brethren turned out in their numbers with a total of 59 Brethren signing the attendance book as well as a small deputation of three Brethren from the PGLA.

The meeting was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of 442. The RWM indicated as that this evening meeting was a special meeting the only business that could be attended to was that of raising one brother to the High and Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.

The RWM then asked the acting Director of Ceremonies Brother Keith Syme to retire and introduce the small, slightly handsome and some would say intellectual deputation from the PGLA into the Lodge.

On his return into the Lodge PM Brother Keith Syme introduced the Deputation to the RWM and the assembled Brethren. The deputation was headed once again by own very own RWPGM Brother Robert Little.

After welcoming the deputation into the Lodge our RWM invited the RWPGM to the East of the Lodge where he presented the Lodge gavel to RWPGM Brother Little to show the Lodges allegiance to the PGLA and GLOS.

On accepting the gavel the RWPGM indicated that as far as he was aware the allegiance of Lodge 442 had never been in doubt and hoped that it never would be and concluded by returning the gavel to the RWM and thanking him for the presentation of it. The remainder of the Deputation was then invited to the East of the Lodge to which they duly accepted the invitation.

The Lodge was then raised to the third Degree and the RWM then asked DM Brother James Smith to occupy the chair of the Lodge whilst he carried out the evenings Degree.

Thereafter one Brother namely Brother Derek Ferguson was raised to the rank of MM at the very capable hands of our RWM with the deacons and wardens carrying out their normal duties throughout the Degree.

At the conclusion of the Degree the RWM informed Brother Ferguson of his obligation to the Lodge and thanked him in the very commendable manner in which he conducted himself throughout the various Degrees.

The RWM and RWPGM then descended onto the level and welcomed Brother Ferguson into the Lodge of MM.

The Lodge was then reduced to the EA Degree where representatives from the PGLA and numerous visiting Lodges spoke very highly on the standard of the degree that they had just witnessed. At the conclusion of which the RWM extended his most sincere thanks to all the Brethren who had attended the Lodge and more especially to those who made comment on the evenings Degree.

The deputation from the PGLA then retired before the Lodge was closed in due and ancient form by the RWM and the Office Bearers of 442.

The Brethren of the Lodge accompanied by the visiting Brethren then retired downstairs into the social club premises for some 442 hospitality which was duly appreciated.

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 7th August at 7:15pm where an Entered Apprentice Degree will be conferred by the three Installing Masters from 2013 namely:

Bro Colin McCormick PM 135    Bro Stephen McConnachie PM 399    Bro Charles Pllu PM 442 

We look forward to meeting as many visiting Brethren from within and out with the Province of Ayrshire who can attend on that evening.

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Thu, 3rd July 2014

The Mother Lodge of Scotland visit to Saltcoats

 

Brethren & Friends,

It is with much pleasure that I report on another very busy & successful meeting which was held at Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats No 442 last night. Once again the visitor’s filled the Lodge to almost capacity. We were extremely pleased to receive visitors from the Provinces of Ayrshire, Renfrewshire East, Renfrewshire West, Stirlingshire, Glasgow and Kilwinning as well as a deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire.

A total of 79 Brethren signed the attendance book.

On behalf of the Office Bearers & Brethren of Lodge 442 may I sincerely thank each and every visitor who attended our Lodge last night, your presence was much appreciated and we are sincerely grateful to all of you.  

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and the Office Bearers of 442. Immediately after the Lodge had been opened our RWM asked our acting Director of ceremonies Brother Keith Syme to retire and introduce the deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire. On returning into the Lodge Brother Syme introduced a large and somewhat handsome deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire to the RWM & Brethren assembled. The deputation was headed by none other than our own and much respected RWPGM Brother Robert Little, Brother Little was accompanied by 5 other members of PGLA which included IPPGM Brother Archie Chalmers an Honorary member of 442. Our RWM welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and thanked all those in the deputation for coming along to Lodge 442 and showing their support. The RWM then invited the RWPGM to the East of the Lodge to accept the gavel to which he duly accepted the invite. The RWPGM indicated that the PGLA had no official business to confer and that they had merely come along to enjoy the company of the Brethren and visitors within 442 and duly returned the gavel to allow the RWM to carry on with the Lodge business.

The general business of the lodge was then conducted which was quite lengthy as it included the minutes from our last regular meeting held on the 5th June, the minutes of our special meeting held on the 19th June, the minutes of our general committee meeting held on the 9th June, the minutes of the enquiry meeting held on the 25th June, several reports from our RWM and a ballot for one candidate which had a successful outcome.

After the conclusion of the Lodge business our RWM once again asked our acting Director of Ceremonies to retire and introduce the visiting deputation from Lodge Mother Kilwinning No 0. On his return into the Lodge Brother Keith Syme introduced a deputation of 22 Brethren from the Mother Lodge of Scotland which was headed by their own RWM brother Ian Doole. Our RWM welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and offered his sincere thanks to RWM Doole in accepting the invitation to come along to Lodge 442 to confer the Mark Master Mason Degree. RWM Doole suitably replied by thanking RWM Stanners for his invitation to confer the MMM Degree and for his warm welcome into 442.Our RWM then invited RWM Doole and all other installed Masters to join him in the East of the Lodge.

RWM Stanners then presented the Lodge gavel to RWM Doole and offered him and his degree team best wishes throughout the ceremony. RWM Doole then Advanced the Lodge to the MMM Degree where two Brethren (Father and Son) were admitted into the lodge and were advanced as MMM at the very capable hands of the RWM & Brethren from the Mother Lodge of Scotland. Upon the completion of the degree RWM Doole returned the gavel to RWM Stanners and thanked him on behalf of the Brethren of Mother Kilwinning for the kind invitation and being able to preside over the Lodge outside the Province of Kilwinning.

The Lodge was then reduced to the EA degree where several Brethren including IPPGM Brother Archie Chalmers made comment on the standard of the degree work that they had just witnessed. RWM Ian Doole suitably replied.

The deputation from the PGLA then retired from the Lodge and a few minutes later were joined by the Brethren from the Mother Lodge of Scotland.

The RWM intimated that our next meeting would be a special meeting and would be held on Thursday 17th July at 7:15pm where a Master Mason Degree would be carried out by Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats No 442 on our newest Fellow Craft Brother Ferguson. A general committee meeting would be held on Monday 7th July at 7:15pm.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form where all of the assembled Brethren retired to the social club for some 442 hospitality.

Once again we sincerely thank all of the Brethren who attended our meeting not only last night but throughout the session; your attendance is most welcome and very much appreciated.

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Thu, 19th June 2014

Special meeting with Lodge Fergusson St James No 566

  Brethren & Friends,

 A special meeting of the Lodge was held on Thursday 19th June at 7:15pm.

After opening the Lodge our RWM intimated that as tonight’s meeting was a special meeting the only business that would take place would be the conferring of a Fellow Craft Degree by Lodge Fergusson St James No 566 Dailly.

Our RWM then asked the acting Director of Ceremonies IPM Bro Keith Syme to retire and introduce the deputation from Lodge Fergusson St James No 566. On returning into the Lodge Bro Keith Syme acting Director of ceremonies introduced a large, distinguished and some would say slightly handsome deputation to the RWM and the Brethren assembled. The deputation was headed by none other than RWM Bro Thomas Hainey of 566 who was accompanied by RWM Barry Crate of Lodge Crosshill No 1212.

After exchanging greetings our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners invited RWM Hainey and all other Installed Masters to assist him in the East of the Lodge. After the Brethren were seated RWM Stanners presented the gavel to RWM Hainey to allow him and his Degree team to confer the Fellow Craft Degree in the presence of the 68 Brethren assembled.  

RWM Hainey then asked the office bearers of Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats No 442 to vacate office in favour of the Office Bearers of Lodge Fergusson St James No 566. After the exchange of office bearers the RWM & Brethren of 566 conferred the Fellow Craft Degree to the highest of standards on Brother Derek Ferguson. On the completion of the degree both RWMs Hainey & Stanners descended onto the level to welcome Bro Ferguson into Lodge 442 as a Fellow Craft Mason.

The Lodge gavel was then returned to RWM Stanners by RWM Hainey along with a few well chosen words of thanks. RWM Stanners suitably replied.

The office bearers once again exchanged positions and the Lodge was then reduced to the first degree. The floor of the Lodge was then left open for any brother to make comment on the excellent Degree which had been witnessed within 442. A few Brethren made comment on the very high standard of the degree team’s work and also thanked RWM Stanners for the warm welcome on entering his Mother Lodge at the start of the evening. RWM Hainey suitably replied to the sentiments expressed by the various Brethren.  

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by RWM Stanners and his office bearers with a very special thanks going to Brother Fred Christie WSW of Lodge Stinchar Valley No 1705 who stood in as WJW at the invitation of RWM Stanners during the opening and closing of the Lodge.

Our next regular meeting will be on Thursday 3rd July 2014 at 7:15pm where two Brethren (father & son) will be advanced to the Honourable Degree of MMM by Lodge Mother Kilwinning No 0.

We look forward to meeting and greeting first time visitors into our Lodge and cementing relationships with those Brethren with whom we are fraternally connected with already.

The RWM has a supply of fully enamelled tokens which were struck by Lodge Bruce & Thistle No 312 Bannockburn to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn at a cost of £5.00 each and fully enamelled Lodge tokens to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats No 442 at a cost of £6.00 each. Limited supplies of both are still available for sale.

 

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Thu, 5th June 2014

Lodge Irvine St Andrew 149 visit to Saltcoats

Brethren & friends

Our last regular meeting held on Thursday 5th June was certainly one to brag about as a total of 84 members and visitors signed the attendance book. I am sure that the majority of Lodges would be over the moon to have as many Brethren attend their annual installation never mind a regular meeting.

The lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners and office bearers. A warm Saltcoats welcome was then extended to all of the visiting Brethren and a special thanks was afforded to Brother Murray Hunter RWM of Lodge Stinchar Valley No 1705 who stood in on the evening as WJW and to Brother Ross Gibson RWM Lodge St Andrew Kilmarnock No 126 for standing in as WSW. It's not very often that you can witness three RWMs opening and closing a Lodge but this has been a regular occurrence in Saltcoats due to the absence of Wardens, never the less the Lodge continues to go from strength to strength with the continual support of the regular attendance of both office bearers and visitors.

The business of the evening was once again conducted swiftly by the Brother secretary and the RWM. Reports were tendered on behalf of our Treasurer Brother David V Rusted who is currently making steady progress in Crosshouse Hospital and Brother Tony Fitzpatrick who is also making a steady recovery after his recent reconstruction surgery. We wish both of these Brethren the very best wishes of the Lodge and hope that they make a full recovery.

The RWM then instructed our acting Director of Ceremonies to retire and introduce our visiting deputation from Irvine. On returning into the Lodge our acting Director of Ceremonies then introduced a deputation of eight Brethren from Lodge St Andrew Denny and Loanhead No 176 which was headed by their own RWM Brother Kevin McLean. Our RWM welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and invited all PMs to assist him in the East.

Our acting director of ceremonies retired for a second time and on his return introduced a deputation of twenty four Brethren from Lodge Irvine St Andrew No 149 which was headed by their own RWM Brother Robert Haggart who was warmly welcomed into the Lodge by our RWM and the Brethren Assembled.

RWM Brother Haggart was then invited to the East of the Lodge along with all other PMs. 

The Lodge mallet was then presented to RWM Brother Haggart to allow him and his deputation to confer a Master Mason Degree. After exchanging office bearers Lodge Irvine St Andrew No 149 then conferred an excellent Master Mason Degree on one Brother. At the conclusion of the Degree our RWM and several visiting  Brethren expressed their gratitude and thanks to RWM Brother Haggart and his degree team for conferring such a fine degree.  RWM Brother Haggart suitably replied and thanked all who spoke.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form where all assembled retired to the social club for some 442 harmony.

Our next meeting is a special meeting where Lodge Fergusson St James No 566 Dailly will be conferring a Fellow Craft Degree on one candidate. The meeting will open at 7:15pm on Thursday 19th June. All visitors welcome. 

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Thu, 15th May 2014

Lodge Major Ness No 948 visit to 442

Brethren & Friends,

It is with much pleasure that we can share with you all the outcome of another busy, informative and successful meeting held within the Lodge premises of 442 in Saltcoats last night.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners & office bearers of 442. A very special thanks go out to Bro Ross Gibson RWM of Lodge St Andrew No 126 Kilmarnock who stood in as WJW and to Bro Tom McVey RWM of Lodge St John (Kilwinning) Largs No 173 who stood in as WSW  throughout the evening.

After welcoming the members of 442 and the visiting Brethren into the Lodge our RWM asked our acting Director of Ceremonies IPM Bro Keith Syme to retire and introduce the deputation from the P.G.L.A. into the Lodge. Bro Keith Syme then retired and on re-entering the Lodge he introduced the deputation from the P.G.L.A. Which was headed by our own R.W.P.G.M. Bro Robert Little. RWM Stanners welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and invited the R.W.P.G.M. to assist him in the East part of the Lodge where the Lodge mallet was presented to the R.W.P.G.M.  On accepting the mallet the R.W.P.G.M. thanked RWM Stanners for the warm welcome into the Lodge and as the P.G.L.A. had no official business to carry out he returned the mallet to allow the business of the evening to continue. The remainder of the deputation from the P.G.L.A. were then invited to the East part of the Lodge.

The general business of the evening was then carried out in a very competent manner by all concerned.

At the conclusion of the business RWM Stanners asked Bro Colin Hunter McQueen to come to the edge of the mosaic carpet. RWM Stanners then informed the assembled Brethren of Bro McQueen's important part in designing a Lodge logo for the Lodge and in particular to allow the same logo to be used on future Lodge merchandice such as ties, headed paper and for the commemorative token to celebrate our 150th year in existence. The RWM then went onto present Bro McQueen with the very first of the Lodge 150th anniversary tokens as a personal gift from him for the assistance that Bro McQueen gave to Lodge 442. The Brethren assembled showed their appreciation in a large round of applause for Bro McQueen.

The RWM then asked Bro Keith Syme to retire once again and introduce the deputation from Lodge Major Ness No 948 Blantyre. On returning to the Lodge Bro Syme introduced the deputation which was headed by their own RWM Bro Colin Stark. Once again our RWM welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and invited all Masters past and present to assist him in the East.

The RWM then passed around the Lodge one of the 150th anniversary tokens for the Brethren to see and informed them that the sale of these tokens would assist in the fundraising for the 150th anniversary celebrations and that the tokens were now on sale at a cost of £6.00 each and could be purchased from any of the Lodge Office bearers.

RWM Stanners then presented the mallet to RWM Stark to allow him to carry out the business of the evening which was to advance one Brother to the honorary rank as a MMM.

RWM Stark thanks RWM Stanners for the mallet and said that it was an honor for him to preside over the Lodge throughout the ceremony and said that he was confident that his Brethren would put on a good show for all assembled.

The office bearers of 442 then vacated office in favour of the office bearers of 948 and the Lodge was advanced to the MMM degree. Bro J Keane then entered the Lodge for the fourth time and received an excellent MMM degree at the hands of the Brethren of Lodge Major Ness No 948. At the conclusion of the degree the mallet was then returned to RWM Stanners by RWM Stark who expressed his sincere thanks to all the Brethren assembled for the kind hearing that they gave the degree team from 948.

The office bearers once again exchanged posts and the floor was then left open for any brother who wished to comment on the degree that had been carried out. D.P.G.M. Bro Billy Steel replied on behalf of the P.G.L.A. and made special reference to two of the degree team namely PMs George and Alex Kelly who in fact are blood brothers despite the rumour that Alex is George's son.

Various of the visiting Brethren added comment and concurred with the sentiments expressed by Bro Steel as the degree had been carried out to the very highest of standards by the Brethren of 948. RWM Stark suitably replied on behalf of the degree team.

After lifting the collection the deputation from the P.G.L.A. then retired accompanied by Bros George and Alex Kelly after which the deputation from Lodge Major Ness No 948 retired to a hearty applause from the Brethren assembled.

The RWM then intimated that the next regular meeting of the Lodge would take place on Thursday 5th June at 7:15pm where Lodge Irvine St Andrew No 149 would be conferring a MM degree on our candidate. A special thanks was once again extended to RWMs Gibson from 126 and McVey from 173 for standing in as Wardens.

A total of 51 Lodge tokens were sold after the meeting to which we must thank all who purchased them.

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Thu, 1st May 2014

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Brethren & Friends,

Our last regular meeting which was held on Thursday 1stMay 2014 was another successful evening with an attendance of 59 Brethren signing the attendance book.

The Lodge was once again opened in due and ancient form by the RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and office bearers of Lodge 442. Special thanks goes to PM Bro Dougie Wood of Lodge Nitshill 1478 who stood in as WSW whilst the lodge was being opened and closed.

Bro Dougie will be presented with his 60 Year diploma on Monday 12th May 2014 at his Mother Lodge in Nitshill. A large attendance would be nice to celebrate this occasion.

After completing the Lodge business the RWM Bro Duncan Stanners instructed our acting Director of ceremonies IPM Bro Keith Syme to retire and present the deputation from Lodge St John New Cumnock No 334. Bro Keith Syme then retired and on re-entering the Lodge introduced the visiting Brethren to the RWM. The deputation was headed by Bro Adam Howie, RWM Lodge St John new Cumnock No 334.

RWM Bro Duncan Stanners welcomed the deputation into the Lodge and asked RWM Bro Adam Howie and any other installed Master to assist him in the East part of the Lodge. Bro Howie was accompanied by RWM Bro John Muir of Lodge St John (Kilwinning) Kilmarnock No 22, RWM Bro Ross Gibson of Lodge St Andrew No 126 Kilmarnock, PM Stewart Gray Lodge Stivenstone Thistle & Rose No 169 and PM Martin McGinn Lodge Royal Arch West Kilbride No 314.

RWM Bro Duncan Stanners then presented the mallet to RWM Adam Howie to allow him to carry out the Entered Apprentice Degree on Mr Derek Ferguson. RWM Bro Adam Howie accepted the mallet and intimated that he and the Brethren of 334 were delighted to receive the invitation into Lodge 442 and hoped that the work would be to the assembled Brethrens satisfaction.

Thereafter Mr Derek Ferguson entered the Lodge for the first time and received an excellent Entered Apprentice Degree at the hands of the Brethren of 334. After completing the degree RWM Bro Adam Howie exchanged office bearers and returned the mallet to RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and thanked him for the honour in occupying the chair in 442. RWM Bro Duncan Stanners suitably replied.

The floor of the Lodge was then left open for any Brother to comment on the work which had been carried out. Various Brethren passed comment and congratulated both RWM Howie for the excellent work and RWM Stanners for inviting Lodge 334 to confer such a good degree.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form with the assembled Brethren retiring to the social club for some soup, sandwiches, tea, coffee and biscuits which had been prepared by Mrs Stanners.

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 16th May at 7:15pm where Lodge Major Ness No 948 Blantyre will be conferring a MMM Degree.

We look forward once again to meeting old friends and cementing relation with new ones.

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Fri, 18th April 2014

Special meetings throughout June, July & August

Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats No 442 will be holding regular and special meetings throughout the months of June, July & August which will start at 7:15pm. Our normal regular meetings throughout these months are held on the first Thursday of the month. Special meetings will be held on the Third Thursday of each month to accommodate our new candidates. Our syllabus for the remainder of the 2013-2014 session is as follows:

1st May 2014 EA Degree by Lodge St John New Cumnock No 334

15th May 2014 MMM Degree by Lodge Major Ness No 948

5th June 2014 MM Degree by Lodge St Andrew No 149

19th June 2014 FC Degree by Lodge Fergusson St James Dailly No 566

3rd July 2014 MMM Degree by Lodge Mother Kilwinning No 0

17th July 2014 MM Degree by Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats No 442

7th August 2014 MMM Degree by Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats No 442

21st August 2014 MM Degree by various reigning Masters within Ayrshire

4th September 2014 MM Degree by Lodge St Servanus No 771

18th September 2014 FC Degree by Lodge 442 PGLA Visitation

2nd October 2014 EA Degree by the 2013 Installing Masters

16th October 2014 No Degree Lodge AGM                                       

6th November 2014 Degree and visiting Lodge to be confirmed

21st November 2014 Lodge Annual Installation at 7:00pm

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Thu, 17th April 2014

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Brethren & friends,

Last night saw another busy night at Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats No 442 with the main business of the evening being a fellow Craft degree.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and his office bearers with a special thanks to PM Bro Les Pearson WSW of St John (Kilwinning) Largs No 173 who kindly stood in and acted as our WSW during the evenings proceedings.

The matter of new Lodge ties was raised and it was agreed by the Brethren assembled to proceed in buying new ties with an agreed Lodge crest which will be embroidered onto the ties. A final cost is yet to be agreed on the cost of the ties but we are happy to report that the cost of the ties will be met by two Brethren of the Lodge and all proceeds of tie sales will go directly to the Lodge funds. Many thanks to those two Brethren for their very kind gesture.

The matter of a 150 year commemorative Lodge token was also raised and the RWM passed round the Lodge a token which was recently struck to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the battle of Bannockburn along with the graphics of the proposed Lodge token for the Brethrens perusal and approval. The new token would be in the form of King Neptune within his sea chariot being driven by his sea horses. It will be a 3d image where King Neptune, his chariot and horses will be raised on the face of the token. The rear of the token will be exactly the same as the front of our existing Lodge mark token. The size of the token will be 40mm diameter.

It was also agreed that during the recess our Lodge would continue to hold its regular and special meetings on both the 1st and 3rd Thursday throughout June, July and August due to the fact that we have been lucky with candidates. We trust that this will help with the withdrawal symptoms of those Brethren who need a Masonic fix throughout the recess.

After completing the Lodge business the Lodge was passed to the FC Degree where Bro David Warnes Jnr was passed to the second or square degree of a fellow Craft at the hands of IPM Bro Keith Syme, RWM Bro Duncan Stanners with the final charge being delivered by PM Bro Les Pearson of 173.

Our RWM welcomed Bro Warnes into the Lodge of FC and asked the brethren to meet, greet and treat him the same.

Various visiting Brethren passed comment on the degree that they had just witnessed after which the RWM Bro Duncan Stanners asked IPM Bro Keith Syme to reply to the comments of the Brethren.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form where all Brethren were invited to join the members of 442 in the social club for some 442 harmony which they duly accepted.

Our next regular meeting will take place on Thursday 1st May 2014 at 7:15pm where Lodge St John New Cumnock No 334 will be conferring an EA Degree on our latest candidate.

We look forward to sitting in the company of old friends and meeting new ones.

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Tue, 8th April 2014

Lodge 442 venture to West Kilbride

Brethren & Friends,

On Tuesday the 8th April 2014 the Office Bearers and Brethren of Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats No 442 along with many visiting Brethren from local Lodges sojourned along to Lodge Royal Arch West Kilbride No 314 for the purpose of conferring a Master Mason Degree at the kind invitation of RWM Bro Bruce Harvey of 314. The deputation was made up 18 Brethren.

Upon entering the Lodge our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the deputation were very warmly welcomed by the Brethren and visitors within 314. RWM Bro Bruce Harvey extended a very warm and sincere welcome to the visiting Brethren and expressed his sincere thanks to our RWM for bringing such a large deputation into his Mother Lodge.

RWM Harvey then presented the Lodge gavel to RWM Stanners to allow him to carry out his work for the evening. RWM Stanners then thanked RWM Harvey for the honour of taking the chair in 314.

The Lodge was then raised to the MM Degree where one Brother was raised as a MM at the very competent hands of our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners who was ably assisted by PM Bro Stephen McConnachie of Lodge Royal Blues Kilbirnie No 399 who delivered the final charge.

During the ceremony it was only fitting that PM Bro Charles L Pllu of 442 took the chair on behalf of our RWM.

At the conclusion of the ceremony our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners asked the office bearers of 442 to vacate office in favour of the office bearers of 314 before returning the gavel to RWM Harvey.

On returning the gavel to RWM Harvey, RWM Bro Duncan Stanners thanked him and the Brethren of 314 for giving him and his office bearers the pleasure of conferring the MM Degree. RWM Harvey suitably replied and stated that it was Lodge 314s honour in having the Brethren of 442 in their company once again. Both RWMs then welcomed the newest MM into Lodge 314.

RWM Bro Bruce Harvey then invited RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and his deputation to retire from the Lodge and return at the conclusion of the meeting for some 314 hospitality which they duly accepted.

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Thu, 3rd April 2014

Dalry Blair 290 venture into Saltcoats

Brethren & Friends,

Our last regular meeting which was held on Thursday 3rd of April was once again a very pleasant and profitable evening which was held in the company of the Brethren of Lodge Dalry Blair No 290.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office Bearers
of 442. The minutes of the last regular meeting were read and approved by the Brethren of 442. Various items of correspondence were also read and approved. On completion of the business the RWM asked Brother David Warnes Snr to approach the altar to take his obligation as an affiliate member of 442. After taking his obligation the RWM then welcomed Bro David into Lodge 442 and thanked him for affiliating into our Lodge and helping to boost our numbers.

Bro Keith Syme acting Director of Ceremonies was then asked to retire and introduce the visitation from Lodge Dalry Blair No 290.

The deputation from Lodge Dalry Blair No 290 was received and welcomed into our Lodge by our RWM who extended to the Brethren of 290 a very warm 442 welcome and thanked them for coming along to carry out the EA Degree. The deputation of 26 Brethren was headed by RWM Bro Gordon Harris Hughes who thanked the RWM and the Brethren of 442 for the welcome and for giving 290 the honour of carrying out the EA Degree within 442.

After inviting RWM Gordon Hughes to the East our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners presented him with the gavel to allow him to carry out the Degree. The office bearers of Lodge 442 then exchanged office in favour of the office bearers from 290.

The candidate Bro David Warnes Jnr was then received and the EA Degree was then conferred on him in a very competent manner by various office bearers and Brethren of 290. On the completion of the Degree RWM Gordon Hughes returned the gavel to our RWM and thanked him once again for the privilege of conferring the EA Degree in Lodge 442. Our RWM suitably replied. The office bearers of both Lodges once again exchanged places to allow the RWM to reduce the Lodge.

After the Lodge had been reduced the RWM once again gave the assembled Brethren a report on a recent visit to Bro David V Rusted. He mentioned that Bro David had not been in the best of health over the
last few months and wished him the best of health for the future.

Bro Jimmy Smith then gave a report on the current health of PM Tom Reid and Bro Tony Fitzpatrick who
were both recovering steady but surely. PM Bro Charles Pllu gave a report on a recent meeting with PM Bro Jim Hammond and said that he had passed on the best wishes of the Lodge to Brother Jim. The RWM asked the Brethren if they could pass on any sick reports of any member of the Lodge so that the Lodge could ensure that a hospital or home visit could be carried out if this was the wish of the brother who was unwell.

The RWM intimated that the next regular meeting would be held on Thursday 17th April at 7:15pm where Lodge 442 would be carrying out a FC Degree.

A visit to Lodge Royal Arch No 314 West Kilbride would take place on Tuesday 8th April at 7:30pm to carry out a MM Degree.

Our RWM thanked RWM Bro Adam Howie of 334 for once again standing in as WJW within 442 throughout the evening’s ceremony.


The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form where the Brethren of 442 and visitors retired to the
social club for some soup, sandwiches, biscuits, cake, tea and coffee.

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Mon, 24th March 2014

Invite to Lodge St John Royal Arch Saltcoats & Ardrossan No 320 on Monday 24th March 2014.

Brethren & Friends,

The Office Bearers and Brethren of Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats No 442 along with many visiting Brethren from local Lodges sojourned along to Lodge St John Royal Arch Saltcoats & Ardrossan No 320 on Monday 24th March 2014 for the purpose of conferring a Fellow Craft Degree at the kind invitation of RWM Bro Brian Gibson of 320. The deputation was made up 21 Brethren.

Upon entering the Lodge our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the deputation was very warmly welcomed by the Brethren and visitors within 320. RWM Bro Brian Gibson extended a very and sincere welcome to the visiting Brethren and expressed his sincere thanks to our RWM for bringing such a large deputation into his Mother Lodge.

RWM Gibson then presented the Lodge gavel to RWM Stanners to allow him to carry out his work for the evening. RWM suitably replied and thanked RWM Gibson for the honour of taking the chair in 320 once again as he had already had the pleasure back in 2006 when he was RWM of 442.

The Lodge was then passed to the FC Degree where one Brother was passed as a FC at the very competent hands of our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners who was ably assisted by PM Bro Stephen McConnachie who delivered the final charge.

During the ceremony it was only fitting that PM Bro Charles L Pllu of 442 took the chair on behalf of our RWM.

At the conclusion of the ceremony our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners asked the office bearers of 442 to vacate office in favour of the office bearers of 320 before returning the gavel to RWM Gibson.

On returning the gavel to RWM Bro Brian Gibson, RWM Bro Duncan Stanners thanked him and the Brethren of 320 for giving him and his office bearers the pleasure of conferring the FC Degree. RWM Brian Gibson suitably replied and stated that it was Lodge 320s honour in having the Brethren of 442 in their company once again. Both RWMs then welcomed the newest FC into Lodge 320.

RWM Bro Brian Gibson then invited RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and his deputation to retire to the Lodge social club for some 320 hospitality which they duly accepted.

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Thu, 20th March 2014

Brethren & Friends,

Good fortune has been kind to our Lodge since our Annual Installation on Friday 22nd November 2013. Last night was another memorable date in our Masonic calendar for the year 2014.

Late last year we invited Lodge St John (Kilwinning) Largs No 173 to attend our Lodge on Thursday 20th March and whilst in our company to confer a MMM Degree which they duly accepted.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and his office bearers which included RWM Bro James Barnes, Lodge St David (Tarbolton) Mauchline No 133 acting WJW and RWM Bro Adam Howie, Lodge St John New Cumnock No 334 acting WSW to which a very special thanks goes out to both Brethren for their kind assistance.

The Lodge business & correspondence was then carried out in a very competent manner with the highlight of the evening being the acceptance letter from the Grand Lodge of Scotland to attend and conduct the 150th ceremony of celebration on being granted our Lodge Charter back on the 6th February 1865.

A separate page on our web site will be dedicated to the 150th Celebrations details shortly.

At the conclusion of the business our RWM asked our acting Director of Ceremonies IPM Bro Keith Syme to retire and introduce the deputation from St John (Kilwinning) Largs No 173. On returning to the Lodge our Director of Ceremonies very eloquently introduced the deputation which was headed by their own RWM Bro Tom McVey. After welcoming the deputation into the Lodge our RWM invited RWM Tom McVey and all PMs to the East of the Lodge.

Once the Brethren were seated our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners presented the Lodge Gavel to RWM Bro Tom McVey to allow him to carry out the evening’s degree as well as his best wishes whilst occupying the Master’s chair in 442. RWM Bro Tom McVey thanked our RWM for the sentiments expressed and intimated that once the labours of the evening had been completed and if they were to the satisfaction of the assembled Brethren, both he and the Brethren of 173 would be very pleased indeed.

The various Lodge offices were then exchanged and the Lodge was then advanced to the honourable Degree of MMM where Bro Ian Prichard entered the Lodge and received a thorough MMM Degree at the hands of RWMM Billy Kirkpatrick who was ably assisted by the Brethren of 173. A special thanks goes to PM Bro Gordon Alexander PM Lodge Langside No 955 who delivered a fantastic lecture on the industrial organisation of MMM.

At the completion of the degree RWM McVey returned the gavel to our own RWM and thanked him for the honour of chairing the meeting within 442. Our RWM suitably replied. The office bearers of 173 then vacated office in favour of the office bearers of 442 and the Lodge was reduced to the EA Degree.

The Lodge was then left open for any Brother who wished to comment on the evenings Degree at the conclusion of which RWM McVey delegated PM Bro Kirkpatrick to reply on behalf of 173.

After the collection was lifted our RWM asked that Bros James Smith, Ian Prichard & Stewart Finlay come to the West edge of the mosaic carpet where he presented them with their diplomas of affiliation and MM Diploma.

At the conclusion of the business the Lodge was closed in due and ancient form by our RWM and office bearers. The visiting brethren were then invited to join the brethren of 442 down stairs in the social club for some 442 harmony.

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 3rd Aril at 7:15pm and will be an EA Degree which will be conferred by Lodge Dalry Blair No 290. All visitors will be made most welcome.

Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats will be conferring a FC Degree at Lodge St John Royal Arch Saltcoats & Ardrossan No 320 on Monday 24th March 2014 at 7:30pm.

Could all office bearers and brethren of 442 assemble within Lodge 320 for 7:15pm latest on Monday night?

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Thu, 6th March 2014

MM Degree by 135

Brethren & Friends,

Last night saw 68 brethren signing the attendance book which turned out to be a very pleasurable and profitable evening for all who attended.

The Lodge was opened in Due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners who was assisted by the office bearers of the Lodge. A very special thanks goes to Bro Adam Howie RWM Lodge St John New Cumnock No 334 who stood in as WSW during the opening and closing of the Lodge and to Bro Murray Hunter WSW (Master Elect) of Lodge Stinchar Valley No 1705 who stood in as WJW as the Lodge was being opened and to Bro Fred Christie WJW also of Lodge Stinchar Valley who stood in as WJW as the Lodge was being closed.

The business and correspondence were carried out in a very competent manner by the RWM & Bro Secretary PM Charles L Pllu. At the conclusion of the business our RWM asked the acting Director of Ceremonies PM Bro Keith Syme to retire and introduce our guests from Lodge Tarbolton (Kilwinning) St James No 135. On returning to the Lodge Bro Keith introduced the very large deputation consisting of 26 members of 135 and two Brethren from Lodge Newton upon Ayr No 125. The deputation was headed by their own RWM Bro Samuel Reid Duffy.

Our RWM with a few well chosen words welcomed RWM Bro Duffy and his deputation into Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats No 442 and thanked them for coming in such large numbers to confer a MM Degree. RWM Bro Samuel Duffy suitably replied and thanked the RWM & Brethren of 442 for the invitation.

RWM Bro Samuel Duffy, Past Masters, Depute Master and Substitute Master were all invited to join our RWM in the East part of the Lodge. Our RWM then presented Bro Duffy with the Lodge gavel to allow him to carry on with the evenings Degree.

After exchanging office bearers and raising the Lodge to the third Degree Bro Jason Keane entered the Lodge for the third time and was raised as a MM in good old Tarbolton style by the RWM & office bearers of 135. Both RWMs then descended onto the level and welcomed Bro Keane into the Lodge as a MM.

On completion of the degree RWM Bro Samuel Duffy returned the mallet to our RWM and expressed his sincere thanks for having the privilege of conferring the MM degree within Lodge 442 and stated that he hoped that the degree was to the satisfaction of the Brethren assembled. The response from the brethren assembled was in the form of a round of applause.

The Lodge was then reduced to the EA Degree where many of the visiting Brethren commented on the very high standard of degree work that they had just witnesses. DM Bro Tom MacLeod of 135 suitably replied on behalf of the Brethren of 135.

Before closing the Lodge our RWM had one final duty to perform which was to ask the assembled Brethren to be upstanding and join him in singing happy birthday to our brother Secretary, PM Bro Charles L Pllu who had just celebrated his eightieth birthday on Friday 28th February. Bro Pllu was also presented with a birthday card and cake to mark the occasion. The card had been signed by all of the Brethren in attendance.

Bro Pllu thanked the RWM and brethren for the cake and card and said that this meant a lot to him.

The lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by our RWM and Wardens.

Our next regular meeting will take place on Thursday the 20th March at 7:15pm where Bro Ian Prichard will be advanced to the Honourable Degree of a MMM by Lodge St John (Kilwinning) Largs No 173.

An enquiry committee meeting will take place within the Lodge on Monday 10th March at 7:00pm which will be followed by a general committee meeting at 7:15pm.

We look forward to welcoming new visitors into our Lodge and cementing the relationship with those who we already know.

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Fri, 28th February 2014

Lodge Annual Burns Supper

Brethren & Friends,

We are very pleased to announce that the Lodge Annual Burns Supper held within the social club on Friday 28th February was a great success.

 

Our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners started of the evenings proceedings by welcoming all the visitors and guests into the social club and expressed his own personal thanks to all in attendance. He then went on to introduce his top table guests and what roll that they would play in the evenings entertainment which were as follows: 

 

Address to the Haggis          Robert McCroskie PM 135

Piper                                       James Murray Ayr Pipe Band 

Song                                        Rev Alec Shuttleworth MM 135 

Reading                                  Stephen McConnachie PM 399 

Song                                        Douglas McQueen Hunter WSD 399

Immortal Memory                 Ian Doole RWM MK0 

Song                                        Douglas McQueen Hunter WSD 399 

Tam O’ Shanter                     William Steel PM 51

Song                                        Rev Alec Shuttleworth MM 135

 

"The farewell to the Brethren of St James Lodge Tarbolton” Tom MacLeod DM 135

 

The Lassies                            Bruce Harvey RWM 314

Toast to the Visitors             Duncan Stanners RWM 442

 

The haggis was then piped in by Mr James Murray who was assisted by our newest Fellow Craft Bro Jason Keane who played the part as henchman.

 

Upon delivering the haggis to Bro Robert McCroskie both Brethren stood aside to witness one of Ayrshire’s most sought after Burns speakers in action.

 

Bro McCroskie in a very able manner delivered the address to the Haggis which was very much appreciated by the Brethren assembled who in reply to Bro McCroskie’s address replied by giving him a standing ovation.

 

The meal was then served which included Homemade Chicken Broth served with a crusty roll and butter, followed by traditional Haggis, Neeps and Mashed Tatties and finished off with oatcakes, a selection of cheeses, tea and coffee.

 

At the conclusion of the meal the tables were cleared to make way for beer, whisky and of course plenty of elbow room.

 

The singers sang their hearts out, the speakers spoke with great passion and the Brethren assembled sang, laughed and cheered throughout the evening.

 

At the conclusion of the evening our RWM once again thanked the visitors and guests for making the Burns Supper such a success and intimated that if he could be of assistance to any of the Brethren assembled he would do his utmost to help them as they had supported the Burns Supper within 442.

 

The Brethren assembled assisted by our musical accompaniment then sang in unison “The Star O’ Rabbie Burns” which was followed by “Auld Lang Syne”.

 

Many of the visiting Brethren stayed behind with the Brethren of 442 for a dram or two.

 

We would once again like to thank all of the visiting Brethren and our guests for making our Burns Supper such a successful evening and we look forward to being in the company of those same Brethren & friends in the very near future.

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Thu, 20th February 2014

 

Brethren & Friends,

Our last regular meeting which was held on Thursday 20th February was a very pleasant and profitable evening which was held in the company of the Brethren of Royal Blues Kilbirnie No 399.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office Bearers of 442. The minutes of the last regular meeting and our recent general committee meeting were read and approved by the Brethren of 442. Various items of correspondence were also read and approved. On completion of the business the RWM asked the Bro D of C to retire and introduce the visitation from Lodge Royal Blues Kilbirnie No 399.

The deputation was received and introduced to the RWM who extended to the Brethren of 399 a very warm 442 welcome and thanked them for coming along to carry out the FC Degree. The deputation of 13 Brethren was headed by PM Bro Stephen McConnachie who thanked the RWM and the Brethren of 442 for the welcome and for giving 399 the honour of carrying out the FC Degree within 442.

After welcoming PM McConnachie to the East the RWM presented him with the gavel to allow him to carry out the Degree. The office bearers of Lodge 442 then exchanged office in favour of the office bearers from 399.

The candidate was then received and the FC Degree was then conferred in a very competent manner by various office bearers and Brethren of 399. On the completion of the Degree PM McConnachie returned the gavel to our RWM and thanked him once again for the privilege of conferring the FC Degree in Lodge 442. Our RWM suitably replied. The office bearers of both Lodges once again exchanged places to allow the RWM to reduce the Lodge.

Once the Lodge had been reduced the RWM gave the assembled Brethren a short explanation on Bro David V Rusted's health. He mentioned that Bro David had not been in the best of health over the last few months and wished him the best of health for the future. The RWM then installed Bro Rusted into his rightful office as Lodge Treasurer and thanked him on behalf of the Brethren of 442 for his persistent hard work over many years in serving Lodge 442 as Treasurer. Brother David was happy to acknowledge the kind words expressed to him with a humble smile and a nod of the head.

Bro Jimmy Smith then gave a report on the current health of PM Tom Reid and Bro Tony Fitzpatrick who were both recovering steady but surely. The RWM asked the Brethren if they could pass on sick reports of any member of the Lodge so that the Lodge could ensure that a hospital or home visit could be carried out if this was the wish of the brother who was unwell.

The RWM intimated that the next regular meeting would be held on Thursday 6th March at 7:15pm where Lodge Tarbolton (Kilwinning) St James No 135 would be carrying out a MM Degree.

The Lodge Burns Supper would take place on Friday 28th February at 7:00pm which was free of charge.

 The RWM asked the Brethren of and the visiting Brethren 442 to contact all Brethren who would be interested in coming along to the Burns Supper and join us in some 442 harmony.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form where the Brethren of 442 and visitors retired to the social club for some soup, sandwiches, biscuits, cake, tea and coffee.

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Fri, 7th February 2014

Lodge Burns Supper Friday 28th February 7:15pm

 

Friends and Brethren one and all

Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats No 442 will
be holding a mini Burns supper on Friday 28th
February 2014 within the social club premises
which will be open to all Masonic Brethren.

The club will be open from 18:30; the Brethren are
requested to be seated for 19:10 to allow us to
start at 19:15.

On the evening we will be well entertained by some
of the best Burns ritualists in Ayrshire and
singers second to none.

The menu for the evening will be soup followed by
haggis neaps and tatties, finished off with
oatcakes and cheese, washed down by tea and coffee
and a copious amount of beverages served from the
bar.

There will be no charge for the meal which will be
supplied by the RWM.

All are welcome on the evening.

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Fri, 7th February 2014

Presentation of Bouquet of flowers

Our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners presents his wife Jan with a bouquet of flowers and a thank you card from the Brethren of 442 for her hard work preparing lodge and function buffets.

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Fri, 7th February 2014

Thursday 6th February 2014

 

Brethren & Friends,

Last night saw another very busy meeting indeed with 62 Brethren signing the attendance book. The meeting was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM and his office bearers. A very special thanks goes to PM George Reid PM of Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169 for standing in as WJW and to RWM Adam Howie of St John New Cumnock No 334 for standing is as WSW. Two well know Brethren and friends of Lodge 442.

After opening the meeting our RWM asked the Bro Director of Ceremonies to retire and introduce the deputation from PGL Ayrshire into the Lodge. This was carried out accordingly where the deputation was headed by our own RWPGM Robert Little. After a few well chosen words of welcome by our RWM to the deputation the RWPGM suitably replied and then joined our RWM in the East of the Lodge.

The business of the evening was then carried out in a very competent manner before the RWM once again asked our Bro Director of Ceremonies to retire and introduce our visitors from Lodge Royal Arch West Kilbride No 314 into the Lodge. The large deputation of 16 Brethren from 314 was welcomed into the Lodge which was headed by their own RWM Bro Bruce Harvey. After welcoming the deputation into the Lodge our RWM invited RWM Harvey and other PMs to the East where the Lodge was handed over to 314 who very competently conferred a FC Degree on one candidate.

At the conclusion of the Degree the Lodge was handed back to our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners who with a few well chosen words thanked the Brethren of 314 for their wonderful rendition of the FC Degree which was a tribute to the dedication and commitment of the same said Brethren.

The RWPGM Robert Little then made comment on how the business of the evening had been run in a very smooth and professional manner. He also made comment on the very high standard of Degree work which he had just witnessed.

The Lodge was closed in due and ancient form where the Brethren and guests retired to the social club for some 442 harmony which had been prepared By Mrs Stanners for our guests and Brethren of the Lodge.

Whilst in the social club our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners then presented his wife with a bouquet of flowers and a thank you card signed by all 62 Brethren in attendance on behalf of the Brethren of the Lodge for her hard work in preparing the post meeting buffets.

Mrs Stanners then thanked the Brethren for the gift of flowers and said that it wasn't necessary.

Our next regular meeting will be held within the Lodge at 7:15pm on Thursday 20th February 2014 where a FC Degree will be conferred by Lodge Royal Blues No 399 Kilbirnie.

We look forward to meeting new friends and extending our relationships with those Brethren that we are already acquainted with.

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Fri, 17th January 2014

Regular Meeting

 

Brethren & Friends,

Last night was a very busy meeting including a good attendance of Lodge Brethren, many Visitors and plenty of Lodge business to attend to.

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and the office bearers of 442. The members of the Lodge were thanked by the RWM for their attendance and special thanks were offered to the visiting Brethren. The RWM then invited all RWM, PM and Masters elect to assist him in the east of the Lodge. This offer was accepted by three PMs and RWM Elect Bro Adam Howie of Lodge St John new Cumnock No 334.

The correspondence and general business of the Lodge was then dealt with and on the completion of which our RWM presented Bro Keith Syme with his IPMs Jewel and explained the significance of the said jewel and its history.

On completion of the business the RWM asked acting DOC to retire and present our visitors from Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169 into the Lodge. The deputation was headed by their own RWM Brother Robert Kerr who was accompanied by a further 15 Brethren of his Lodge.

Our RWM Brother Duncan Stanners then welcomed RWM Brother Robert Kerr and his deputation into the Lodge and thanked them for attending and accepting to carry out an EA Degree.

Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169 then conferred an excellent EA Degree on our candidate which was warmly appreciated by the Brethren assembled.

On returning the gavel to RWM Brother Duncan Stanners, RWM Brother Robert Kerr thanked both him and the Lodge for their invitation to work in the Lodge and hoped that the degree work had been approved by the assembled Brethren.

Both RWMs then welcomed the newly admitted EA into the Lodge.

Our RWM then asked Brothers James Smith and Ian Prichard to come forward to the alter where he obligated them into the Lodge as affiliate members. Our RWM thanked both Brethren for affiliating into Lodge 442 and then intimated to Brother James Smith that it was his wish that he accepted the office of DM an honorary position in Lodge 442 which Brother Smith accepted.

PM Brother Stephen McConnachie of Royal Blues 399 Kilbirnie then obligated and installed Bro James Smith as DM and IPM Bro Keith Syme as WSD.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form by the RWM and office bearers. The Brethren then accepted an invitation to join the Brethren of 442 in some Lodge harmony which was well accepted.

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 6th February at 7:15pm where a FC degree will be conferred by Lodge Royal Arch West Kilbride No 314.

We look forward to enjoying the company of all Lodge visitors.

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Fri, 20th December 2013

Regular meeting

 

Brethren & friends,

Our last regular meeting of 2013 was held last night with a large attendance of Brethren & visitors signing the attendance book. Our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners opened the Lodge with the assistance of his office bearers and welcomed both the members of 442 and the visitors into the Lodge. The attending RWMs and PMs were invited to the East of the Lodge to assist the RWM in his respective duties throughout the evening. A special invitation was also extended to WSW Bro Adam Howie Master Elect St John New Cumnock No 334 who accepted the invitation and joined our RWM in the East of the Lodge.

After completing the business of the evening the Lodge was advanced to the Honourable Degree of a MMM where Bro Stewart Finlay was advanced in a very competent manner by PM Bro C L Pllu. The overseers for the degree were: JO Bro D V Rusted, SO Bro R McIntosh IG & MO PM T Reid.

Our sincere thanks go to WSW Bro Jim Hill of Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169 for acting as our WJW throughout the evening’s ceremony.

Please take note that we have cancelled our Regular meeting on the 2nd January 2014

Our next regular meeting will be held within the Masonic Temple, Bradshaw Street, Saltcoats on Thursday 16th January at 7:15pm where an EA Degree will be conferred on one candidate by Lodge Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169. This will be followed by two affiliations to the Lodge.

We would like to extend our best wishes to all of our friends and their families and wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. Please take care over the festive season and we look forward to your company throughout 2014.

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Thu, 19th December 2013

Retired members & guests Xmas lunch

 

Brethren & friends,

On Wednesday 18th December we held our annual retired members Christmas lunch where we had a total of 42 members & widows come along to the social club for a get together.

On the menu this year we had lentil soup served with a crusty roll which was followed by steak pie, peas, carrots, boiled potatoes and of course puff pastry. To finalise the meal the sweet consisted of homemade apple pie and pouring cream. Tea & coffee with after dinner mints were warmly appreciated after such a culinary delight.

On completion of the meal our guests retired to the side seating in the social club where they enjoyed complimentary drinks and a complimentary raffle. The entertainment this year was supplied by Ayrshire’s answer to two of the three Tenors Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo namely Iain and Jimmy. In case you were wondering how our entertainment (Iain & Jimmy) were compared to two of the world’s greatest Opera singers its quite simple, Iain is overweight and in need of a good shave and Jimmy is a 4ft 6in tall slightly balding man and both were worth a tenner.

Our sincere thanks go out to all of the Lodge members who helped set up the hall on Tuesday evening as well as those who helped to serve the meal, to tidy up after the meal, those who helped with the raffle and those who supplied raffle prizes.

A very big thanks also goes to both Mrs Jan Stanners (wife of our RWM) who prepared and cooked the meal and to Mrs Catherine McGinn (wife of PM K McGinn) who supplied the homemade apple pie.

We look forward to the company of our retired members & guests at our next Lodge function and we wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

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Fri, 6th December 2013

 

Brethren & friends,

Thursday 5th December 2013 saw the first meeting of our new RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and his Office Bearers for the session 2013 - 2014 with 41 brethren signing the attendance book.

The evening began with our RWM welcoming and thanking the Brethren & Office bearers of 442 for attending and supporting their Mother Lodge. Our RWM then thanked the visiting brethren for their attendance and continued support and asked that all reigning and Past Masters to assist him in the East of the Lodge.

The RWM then asked our acting Director of Ceremonies IPM Bro Keith Syme to retire and introduce our visitor from the PGLA. On returning into the Lodge Bro Keith Syme (in his own and very distinct manner) introduced to the RWM & Brethren SPGM Bro Stephen McConnachie. Our RWM then welcomed SPGM into the Lodge and thanked him for his support and attendance and expressed his personal gratitude to SPGM Bro Stephen for being part of his Installing team. SPGM suitably replied.

The RWM once again asked our acting Director of Ceremonies to retire and introduce our visitors from Lodge St John Royal Arch Saltcoats & Ardrossan No 320. On returning into the Lodge Bro Keith Syme introduced the visiting Brethren from Lodge 320 which was headed by their own RWM Bro Brian Gibson.

After welcoming RWM Bro Gibson and his deputation into the Lodge our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners invited RWM Bro Brian to join him in the East to accept the gavel, take over the Lodge and carry out their allotted duties of the evening by passing one brother to the Fellow Craft Degree which they duly did to a very high standard.

On the completion of the degree RWM Bro Brian Gibson returned the mallet back to RWM Bro Duncan Stanners and thanked him for the privilege of conferring a degree and chairing the Lodge which was his first visiting degree since being installed. RWM Bro Duncan Stanners suitably replied.

After the Office Bearers of 320 vacated office in favour of the Office Bearers of 442 our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners thanked RWM Bro Brian Gibson and his deputation for an excellent degree and wished them every success over the next 12 months in office.

Various Brethren within the Lodge then expressed their best wishes and congratulated the RWM & Brethren for an excellent evening including SPGM Bro Stephen McConnachie, RWM Robert Kerr 169, PM Peter Morrison 290, PM Colin McCormick 135.

PM Bro Colin McCormick of Lodge Tarbolton (Kilwinning) St James No 135 then presented our RWM Bro Duncan with his Installed Masters Diploma on behalf of his Installing colleagues (PM Bro Charles Pllu 442 & PM Bro Stephen McConnachie 399). Once again our RWM suitably replied.

At the conclusion of the meeting our RWM gave a personal thanks to Bro Steven (Wee Burnie) Burns of 169 for standing is as our candidate for the evening as well as thanking Bro Adam Howie WSW St John New Cumnock No 334 for standing in as WJW throughout the evenings proceedings.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form where the Brethren retired to the social club for some well deserved 442 hospitality.

Intimations.

An enquiry meeting will be held within the Lodge on Monday 9th December at 7:00pm which will be followed by a General Committee meeting to discuss various items including the Children’s Christmas Party & the Retired Members Christmas Dinner.

Our next regular meeting will be a MMM Degree conferred by PM Charles L Pllu on Thursday 19th December at 7:15pm where all visitors will be made most welcome.

RWM, IM & PGLA

Tue, 26th November 2013

2013 Annual Installation

 

Brethren & Friends,

The Annual Installation of the RWM & Office Bearers of Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats No 442 took place on Friday 22nd November 2013 at 7:00pm within the Masonic Temple Bradshaw Street Saltcoats with 92 Brethren signing the attendance book.

PM Bro John Fullarton took the chair and welcomed the various deputations into his mother Lodge. The deputations were presented to Bro Fullarton by PM Bro Joseph Herring.

Heading the deputation from the sister Lodges both within & out with the Province of Ayrshire was RWM Bro Brian Gibson of Lodge Saltcoats & Ardrossan Royal Arch No 320.

The deputation from the Irish constitution was headed by WM Bro Bobby McClelland of Lodge T.Hay Memorial No 685 who was accompanied by six other Brethren from the Irish Constitution.  

The deputation from the PGLA was headed by our own RWPGM Bro Robert Little who was assisted by IPPGM Bro Archie Chalmers, PPGM Bro Adam Cunningham, SPGM Bro Sam Peden, PG Secretary Bro Stuart McColl and 14 other PGL office bearers and members of PGLA Committee.

The Installing Masters for the evenings ceremonial were: 

Bro Colin McCormick PM Lodge Tarbolton (Kilwinning) St James No 135

Bro Charles L Pllu PM Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats No 442

Bro Stephen McConnachie PM Lodge Royal Blues Kilbirnie No 399

After receiving the mallet from PM Fullarton Bro McCormick lead the Lodge in Praise & Prayer after which a period of silent tribute was held to remember those Brethren who have passed to the GL above since our last installation ceremony.

The installation ceremony both inside and outside the Lodge room was carried out to a very high standard by all three Installing Masters.

After the completion of the installation ceremony our RWM Bro Duncan Stanners thanked the Brethren of 442 for electing him into office, the visiting Brethren for supporting Lodge 442, the Installing Masters for their hard work throughout the evening and the members of the PGLA for their support and for attending the Installation ceremony.

Our RWPGM Bro Robert Little spoke on behalf of the PGLA and congratulated the Installing Masters, the RWM & his office bearers and offered his assistance at any time during the next twelve month if needed.

The deputation from the PGLA then retired followed by the Installing Masters.

RWM Bro Duncan Stanners asked RWM Bro Brian Gibson of 320 to speak on behalf of the visiting Brethren. RWM Bro Brian thanked Bro Duncan for the invitation to speak on behalf of the visitors.

The meeting was then closed in due and ancient form where some 65 Brethren joined in harmony within the social club for a meal to celebrate the annual Installation.

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 5th December 2013 at 7:15pm where Lodge Saltcoats & Ardrossan Royal Arch No 320 will be conferring a FC Degree.

Our next GCM & Enquiry meeting will be held at 7:00pm on Monday 9th December 2013.

Laying the wreath 2013

Mon, 11th November 2013

2013 Memorial Service

Brethren & friends,

Sunday the 10th of November 2013 saw the 99th anniversary of the end to the Great War.

We at 442 (along with probably every other Lodge throughout the entire world) paid tribute at the local war memorial in Saltcoats where we joined in with various other bodies and dignitaries to pay our respect to those who have lost their lives in the various wars and conflicts over the last 99 years or so. We also took time to remember those members who are currently serving with her Majesties Forces throughout the world who continue to make our country a safer place to live in.

We thank you for your service.  

Lodge Neptune No 442 was once again well represented at the memorial service with PM C Pllu, PM T Reid, PM R Clements, PM D Stanners, Bro J Benson, Bro H Morrow and Bro J Smith all in attendance.

PM WSW Bro Duncan Stanners & Bro John Benson WJW laid the Poppy wreath on behalf of the Lodge.

The sun shone throughout the service which was very well attended by the local community. There was also musical accompaniment via a bugle player from the local scout group who played the last post.

A period of silence was then taken to mark our respects followed by reveille by the bugler and finally the Pipers Lament played by PM Bro Colin Whitelaw 320.

At the conclusion of the service some of the Brethren retired to the Melbourne cafe to a well deserved cup of coffee and a warm roll on bacon to reflect the years gone by.

For The Fallen

by Robert Laurence Binyon

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.


They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

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Fri, 8th November 2013

RWM Bro Keith Syme's last meeting as RWM

Brethren & friends,

Last night saw our RWM Bro Keith Syme's last meeting as RWM of the Lodge which was well attended by both the Brethren of the Lodge and our visiting Brethren from within and out with the Province of Ayrshire.

After the completion of the Lodge business the RWM asked our WSW PM Bro Duncan Stanners if he would carry out his special duties for the evening. Bro Duncan then approached Bro Roger Fleming a PM of Lodge T Hay 685 of the Irish Constitution and led him to the West edge of the mosaic carpet. Bro Duncan then took up his place to the rear of the alter and informed Bro Fleming that it was the will and pleasure of the RWM & the Brethren of the Lodge that honorary membership be conferred upon him that evening and was he willing to accept such an honour. For once in his Masonic career Bro Fleming was speechless and it took a few moments to register with him what had just been said.

After a brief spell Bro Fleming replied saying that it would be a great honour to accept honorary membership into Lodge 442 which he had been visiting for more than 20 years along with his father before him.

 Bro Stanners then asked Bro Fleming to approach the alter where he obligated Bro Fleming as an honorary member of 442. Bro Stanners then led Bro Fleming back to the West edge of the mosaic carpet where the RWM presented Bro Fleming with a Lodge dress apron and welcomed him into the Lodge amongst his Brethren. Bro Fleming then suitably replied by thanking all of the Brethren for giving him the honour of becoming an honorary member of 442.

The Lodge was then raised to the third degree where the following Brethren were elected into office for the forthcoming year:

RWM Bro Keith Syme WSD and Bro Stuart Findlay BB.

The Lodge was then reduced to the second degree where the RWM Bro Keith Syme, WSW PM Bro Duncan Stanners & PM Bro John Fullarton conferred a Fellow Craft Degree to the full enjoyment of the Brethren assembled.

After the completion of the degree the RWM thanked all of the Brethren of 442 who supported him and the Lodge over the past year, he also thanked the Bro Secretary & Treasurer for their hard work and last but not least he thanked PM Bro John Fullarton, PM Charles Pllu & PM WSW Bro Duncan Stanners for their hard work over the last year in all of the degree work which had been carried out by them to a very high standard and which had kept the lodges head above water in these difficult times.

Bro Colin McCarter PM of Lodge T Hay 685 IC (also an honorary member of 442) then made comment on the evenings proceedings on behalf of himself, Bro Roger Fleming and the Brethren of 685 stating that he was happy to see that 442 were still carrying out the degree work to as high a standard as he has ever witnessed and wished all of the Brethren in 442 every success during the ensuing twelve months in office.

The RWM then intimated for the last time that our next regular meeting would be the Annual Installation of our RWM Elect Bro Duncan Stanners and his office Bearers which would take place on Friday 22nd November at 7:00pm.

The Lodge was then closed in due & ancient form where the Brethren retired to the social club for some Lodge hospitality which had been laid on by Mrs Stanners.

We look forward to the company of all Brethren at our annual installation which will be followed by a three course meal.

We at 442 wish all the new RWMs and Office bearers of all Lodges both within and out with the Province of Ayrshire a happy and successful year in office and look forward to meeting up with you all during the ensuing twelve months.

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Sat, 26th October 2013

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Brethren & Friends,

It gives us much pleasure in announcing that last night Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats No 442 hosted the quarterly communication and annual installation of elected office bearers of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire within our temple in Bradshaw Street Saltcoats.

The meeting saw over 120 Brethren signing the attendance sheets.

The meeting was opened and the Brethren were warmly welcomed by our RWPGM Brother Robert Little who also thanked our RWM Bro Keith Syme for the use of the Lodge premises and a special thanks to Mrs Jan Stanners wife of our WSW Bro Duncan Stanners for preparing the buffet for after the meeting.

At the conclusion of Provincial Grand Lodge Business the installation of elective office bearers took place where DPGM Bro William Steel & PSPGM Bro David McLean installed all of the office bearers present.

Our congratulation goes out to our WSW & RWM Elect PM Bro Duncan Stanners who was installed as Provincial Grand Inner Guard. We are sure that this was a very proud moment for PM Stanners.

Provincial Grand Lodge was closed at 9:15pm where all in attendance enjoyed a selection of light refreshments within the Lodge social club.

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Fri, 18th October 2013

Annual general Meeting

 

Brethren & Friends,

Last night we had the pleasure of holding our Lodge Annual General Meeting which held many expected and unexpected surprises. What a delight it was to meet & greet at least six members of the Lodge who have not been regular attendee’s over the last year or so, what a pleasure it was to have them in our company once again.

Another added pleasure was to welcome two Brethren who had not been in attendance within the Lodge for 5 years and 9 years respectively. Again it was a pleasure to have them within the company of the Brethren once again.

Part of the business for the evening was to pass the lodge balance sheets which were explained in a competent manner by our Lodge Treasurer Bro David Rusted. After some deliberation it was proposed that the balance sheets were approved and accepted.

The Lodge was then raised to the third degree for the purpose of electing office bearers for the season 2013 - 2014. Our Brother Secretary read out the appropriate Grand Lodge Laws prior to the nominations taking place.

The various offices of the Lodge were then declared vacant and left open for election and nomination of the appropriate Office Bearers for the forth coming season.

It was to the satisfaction of the Brethren of the Lodge that the RWM Elect for the year 2013 - 2014 was our WSW PM Bro Duncan Stanners with Bro John Benson being elected as WSW. The position of WJW was left vacant at this present time.

Most of the working offices of the Lodge were filled and we only hope that the remainder of the vacant offices can be filled throughout the year.

Our next regular meeting will be our RWM Bro Keith Syme's last meeting as RWM which will be held on Thursday 7th November at 7:15pm where a Fellow Craft Degree will be conferred along with a presentation of Honorary Membership to one of our Irish Brethren.

We look forward to hopefully a busy evening in the company of our regular visitors and those who come along for the first time.

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Fri, 11th October 2013

PGLA annual visitation to Lodge Prestwick No 1060


 Brethren,

PM Bro Duncan Stanners (PGLA President of
Stewards) and PM Bro Charlie Pllu (Honorary PGLA
Standard Bearer) visited Lodge Prestwick No 1060
as part of the PGLA deputation on Thursday 10th October.
This visit was the annual visitation to Lodge 1060 from PGLA.

On this occasion Bro Duncan Stanners was appointed acting
PGJW for the visitation. The deputation was headed
by SPGM Bro Stephen McConnachie who presented Lodge 1060
with a clear minute. A fellow craft degree was
also carried out by the Brethren of Lodge 1060.

We congratulate our friends at Lodge 1060 on
obtaining a clear minute and wish them every
success in the future.

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Wed, 9th October 2013

PGLA annual visitation to Lodge Royal Arch West Kilbride No 314

 

Brethren,

PM Bro Duncan Stanners (PGLA President of Stewards) and PM Bro Charlie Pllu (Honorary PGLA Standard Bearer) visited Lodge Royal Arch No 314 West Kilbride as part of the PGLA deputation on Tuesday 8th October. This visit was the annual visitation to Lodge 314 from PGLA. On this occasion Bro Duncan Stanners was appointed acting PGJW for the visitation. The deputation was headed by SPGM Bro James Bell who presented Lodge 314 with a clear minute. A fellow craft degree was also carried out by PM Bro John McKenzie of 314 in his very distinctive and humorous manner.

We congratulate our friends at Lodge 314 on obtaining a clear minute and wish them every success in the future. 

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Fri, 4th October 2013

Thursday 3rd October

 

Brethren & friends,

38 Brethren & visitors signed the attendance book last night. We were most pleased to welcome into our company visitors from Dalry, Stevenston, Ayr, Galston, Ruchill, Nitshill, Kilwinning, West Kilbride, East Kilbride and Barrhead.

Our main business of the evening was to Raise Brother Stuart Findlay to the third and most high and sublime degree of a Master Mason which was carried out in a most capable manner by WSW PM Bro Duncan Stanners & PM Bro John Fullarton.

At the conclusion of the degree the RWM Bro Keith Syme intimated that our next regular meeting would be on Thursday 17th October at 7:15pm where the business would be our annual General meeting followed by the election of office bearers for the session 2013 - 2014.

A general committee meeting will be held within the Lodge at 7:15pm on Monday 7th October.

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Fri, 20th September 2013

Thursday 19th September 2013

 

Brethren & Friends,

A regular meeting of the Lodge was held last night with the RWM Bro Keith Syme presiding. A total of 64 Brethren & visitors signed the attendance book which we as members of 442 are so happy to see as the Lodge has saw a decline in both members & visitors over the last year or two.

Last night also saw our annual visit from the PGLA.

The Lodge was opened in due & ancient form by the RWM & office bearers. After thanking the Brethren of 442 for their attendance and support the RWM welcomed the visiting Brethren into the Lodge, he then invited all current and Past Masters to join him in the East for the remainder of the evening and instructed all visitors that when returning to their own respective Lodges to convey the fraternal greetings from himself and the Brethren of 442.

The RWM then asked our acting DOC PM Bro John Fullarton to retire and introduce the deputation from the PGLA. PM Bro John Fullarton returned to the Lodge and in a very competent manner introduced the deputation from the PGLA which was headed by SPGM Bro Samuel Peden. RWM Bro Keith Syme welcomed the deputation and after a few choice words invited SPGM Bro Samuel Peden to join him in the East and to accept the Lodge gavel.

SPGM Bro Samuel Peden accepted the gavel and intimated that after the conclusion of the Lodge business & degree he would carry out the PGLA business. The RWM then invited the remainder of the deputation from the PGLA to join him in the East.

The various items of Lodge business was then carried out in a very competent manner by all concerned at the conclusion of which the RWM intimated that the main business of the evening apart from the PGLA visitation was to pass one Brother to the Second Degree.

The Lodge was then raised to the Second or Square Degree of a Fellow Craft where upon the RWM asked WSW PM Bro Duncan Stanners to uplift his working tools and receive the candidate Bro Stuart Findlay. WSW PM Bro Duncan Stanners acknowledged the request of the RWM and in a very competent manner both he and PM Bro John Fullarton treated the assembled Brethren to a full rendition of a 442 second degree at the conclusion of which the assembled Brethren showed their appreciation with a hearty round of applause. The RWM accompanied by the SPGM descended onto the level and welcomed Bro Findlay into the Fellow Craft Lodge.

The Lodge was then handed over to the SPGM Bro Samuel Peden who along with the acting PGSW Bro William McIntosh & the acting PGJW Bro David McClurkin took to the respective chairs of the Lodge.

SPGM Bro Samuel Peden then conducted the PGLA business and gave a full report on his findings which covered the last 12 months. Acting PGSW Bro William McIntosh gave a very comprehensive report on the benevolence that the Lodge had given to both Masonic & non Masonic bodies over the last 12 months which totalled just over £1800.00. Acting PGJW Bro David McClurkin then spoke on behalf of the workings of the Lodge and of the degree work that he and the Brethren had just witnessed.

At the conclusion of the comments made by the acting wardens from the PGLA SPGM Bro Samuel Peden declared that he had no hesitation in awarding the Lodge a clear minute which was met by a round of applause (and a few sighs of relief). The RWM thanked all the Brethren of the Lodge who had contributed towards obtaining a clear minute.

The gavel was then returned to the RWM who was thanked for the warm welcome into the Lodge by the SPGM who then retired along with the deputation from the PGLA.

The remainder of the Lodge business was carried out before the RWM finally intimated that our next regular meeting would be held at 7:15pm on Thursday 3rd October where Bro Stuart Findlay would be raised to the third or most High and Sublime Degree of a Master Mason by WSW PM Duncan Stanners & PM Bro John Fullarton.

The RWM then thanked the visiting Brethren for their attendance at the Lodge.

The Lodge was then closed in due and ancient form. 

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Fri, 6th September 2013

PM Bro Tommy Reid

 

Brethren & Friends,

It is with much sadness that we inform the Brethren & friends of Lodge Neptune 442 of the recent illness of one of our oldest and well respected Past Masters Bro Tommy Reid.

Bro Tommy recently underwent surgery similar to that of PM Bro Charlie Pllu where he had a knee replacement. A couple of weeks after surgery Tommy suffered some complications and infection of the wound. After returning to hospital for further treatment Tommy made a full recovery and was discharged and returned home. Within a couple of weeks of returning home Tommy suffered a further setback where he began to suffer from breathing difficulties and a general feeling of unwell. He was admitted back into Hospital where during his stay he suffered a heart attack. With the expertise of the Doctors & Nurses at Crosshouse hospital Tommy is making a steady recovery.

Bro Jimmy Smith of 320 reported visiting Tommy yesterday afternoon and informed the Brethren that Tommy now had a pacemaker fitted to regulate his heart.

Our sincere best wishes go out to Tommy at this difficult time and we look forward to his return and wish him all the best of health for the future.

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Fri, 6th September 2013

Thursday 5th September 2013

 

Brethren & Friends,

It was with much regret that we received a letter from the Lodge Secretary at St Servanus No 771 informing us that due to circumstances beyond their control the RWM and Brethren of the Lodge would not be able to confer a MM degree at 442 on the 5th September as invited to do so some months earlier on in the year.

Like many Lodges throughout Scotland Lodge St Servanus No 771 are experiencing lack of support from Past Masters, Office Bearers and the Brethren of the Lodge but those who do contribute their services to the Lodge are keeping it afloat in present times. All of the Brethren who attended our regular meeting last night send their best wishes to Lodge St Servanus and look forward to witnessing them work within 442 in the future.

Our RWM Bro Keith Syme is currently serving with the Territorial Army at annual camp in Gibraltar for the next fortnight, so the duty of RWM for last night’s ceremony fell upon PM Bro John Fullarton who took up the challenge at a moment’s notice. Bro John in a very competent manner duly opened the lodge, thanked the Brethren for their attendance, welcomed the visitors into the lodge and proceeded with the business of the lodge.

After conducting the business of the lodge Bro John decided that rather than holding a business meeting due to the non arrival of Lodge St Servanus and a large presence of visiting Brethren that he would throw down the gauntlet to both himself and PM WSW Bro Duncan Stanners to confer a MM degree with no notice whatsoever rather than closing the Lodge early.

PM WSW Bro Duncan Stanners accepted the challenge which was met with a round of applause and encouragement from the Brethren of the Lodge and visitors.

Bro Steven Burns of 169 agreed to stand in as the substitute candidate for the evenings ceremonial.

To the satisfaction of the Brethren & visitors the degree was carried out to a very high standard by both PM Bro John Fullarton & PM WSW Bro Duncan Stanners.

Our sincere thanks go out to Bro Steven Burns of 169 for standing in as substitute candidate during last night’s degree.

On the completion of the degree and Lodge business Bro John Fullarton closed the Lodge and intimated that the next regular meeting would be held on Thursday 19th September at 19:15pm where a FC degree would be carried out on our newest Entered Apprentice Bro McKenzie.

On that occasion it will also be the annual visitation from the PGLA which will be headed by SPGM Bro Samuel Peden.

We look forward to the company of our regular visitors and those who may attend for the first time.

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Fri, 16th August 2013

Special Meeting Thursday 15th August

 

Brethren & Friends,

Our special meeting held last night saw 40 members
& guests sign the attendance book along with a
deputation from the PGLA.

The reason for the special meeting was to confer
an EAD on one new candidate.

The RWM Bro Keith Syme welcomed the Brethren &
visitors into the lodge and asked them on
returning to their respective mother lodges to
convey the fraternal greetings from all the
Brethren of 442.

A deputation from the PGLA was then introduced and
welcomed into the lodge. The deputation was headed
by a now very regular visitor to the lodge RWPGM
Bro Robert Little. Bro Robert was accompanied by
Bro W Haggerty, Bro JS Cruikshank & Bro G
Reid. Bro Andrew Campbell PG Secretary from the
PGL of Kilwinning also accompanied the deputation
into the Lodge.

After welcoming the deputation into the lodge the
RWM instructed WSW PM Bro Duncan Stanners to
uplift his working tools and receive our newest
candidate into the lodge.

The degree team for the evenings work were RWM Bro
Keith Syme, WSW PM Bro Duncan Stanners, WJW Bro
John Benson & PM Bro John Fullarton.

Our conductor for the evening was Bro Robert
McIntosh.

Our sincere thanks go to PM Bro Colin McCormick
135 who stood in as WJD who was word perfect &
to PM Bro Martin McGinn who stood in as IG and
with his eloquent tone was also word perfect.

At the conclusion of the meeting the RWM invited
all visitors to join the Brethren of 442 in some
lodge hospitality downstairs in the social club
premises where sandwiches, pies, biscuits, cakes,
tea & coffee would be served.

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday
5th September at 7:15pm where a MM degree will be
conferred by Lodge St Servanus No 771 from Alva
within the Province of Stirlingshire.

All visitors are most welcome to come along and
join us.

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Fri, 2nd August 2013

Thursday 1st August

Brethren & Friends,

Our last regular meeting which was held on Thursday 1st August was attended by 58 Brethren which included visitors from the following Provinces:

Provincial Grand Lodge Office Bearers from the Provincial Grand Lodges of Glasgow and Lanarkshire Middle Ward.

There were also Brethren in attendance from the Provinces of Glasgow, Lanarkshire Middle Ward, Stirlingshire, Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire East, Renfrewshire West, Kilwinning and of course our visiting Brethren from within the Province of Ayrshire.

We were also favoured with a visiting deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire which was headed by RWPGM Brother Robert Little accompanied by PPGM Brother Archie Chalmers and other office bearers.

RWM Brother Keith Syme welcomed the deputation from PGLA into the lodge and invited RWPGM Brother Robert Little to the East to accept the gavel. After addressing the Brethren and returning the gavel RWPGM Brother Robert Little informed RWM Brother Keith Syme that the deputation from PGLA had no official business to carry out and that their visit to the lodge was to witness the degree work and enjoy the company of the assembled Brethren.

After completing the lodge business a ballot was held on behalf of one gentleman and we are happy to announce that this gentleman will soon become a Brother and member of 442 on the 15th August.

An Entered Apprentice Degree was then conferred on one stand in candidate.

After the degree was completed a collection was taken on behalf of Lodge funds.

RWPGM Brother Robert Little and the deputation from PGLA then retired along with members of PGL Glasgow & Lanarkshire Middle Ward.

The meeting was then closed by RWM Brother Keith Syme.

Our next regular meeting which is a special meeting will be held within the temple on Thursday 15th August at 7:15pm where an EAD will be carried out on one candidate.

We look forward to welcoming and meeting new visitors to the lodge and cementing relationships with old friends.

We thank you in advance for your attendance.

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Fri, 5th July 2013

Last Regular Meeting

 

Brethren & Friends,

The last regular meeting of the Lodge was held last night with a fantastic attendance of 86 Brethren & visitors to the Lodge. We were also delighted to receive a fine deputation from the PGLA headed by our own RWPGM Bro Robert Little, IPPGM Bro Archie Chalmers & DPGM Bro William Steel. The deputation was also enhanced by an additional four PGLA Office Bearers and Bro Colin (Surname to be inserted) from West Yorkshire.

The Lodge was duly opened by the RWM & Office Bearers of the Lodge and the business was initiated by RWM Bro Keith Syme by welcoming the Brethren & Visitors into the Lodge and inviting all past & reigning Masters to accompany him in the East.

The RWM then asked PM WSW Bro Duncan Stanners acting DOC to retire and introduce the large deputation from the PGLA. After doing so PM Stanners accompanied the RWPGM Bro Little to the East where he and the deputation from the PGLA were warmly welcomed into the Lodge by the RWM.

After the conclusion of the business the Brethren & Visitors were treated to a fine Fellow Craft Degree carried out by RWM Bro Keith Syme, PM WSW Bro Duncan Stanners & PM John Fullarton.

After the conclusion of the degree RWM left the floor open for comment on the works carried out. RWPGM delegated DPGM Bro William Steel to reply on behalf of the PGLA which he duly did with fine words of encouragement to the degree team. Various other visiting Brethren made comment on the degree where at the conclusion of which PM WSW Bro Duncan Stanners suitably replied on behalf of the degree team and personally thanked the visiting Brethren for both their attendance and kind comments.

RWM Bro Keith Syme asked the deputation from PGLA to retire and invited them to some Lodge harmony in the social club premises directly after the meeting. It was also intimated that photographs would be taken at the close of the meeting.

The meeting was then closed where all in attendance retired to the social club premises for some Tea, Coffee, pies and beans and a biscuit or two.

For those 4 Brethren who received a cold pie from the bottom tray in the over we do apologise as they still had 5 minutes or so to cook. We do hope that this slight culinary error has not put you off coming back to join our company once again.

Best wishes and thanks to all who attended.

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 1st August at 7:15pm which will be an Entered Apprentice Degree.

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Tue, 2nd July 2013

Next Regular Meeting

Brethren,

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday
4th July at 7:15pm where we will be confering a
Fellow Craft Degree.

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Fri, 21st June 2013

Last Regular meeting

Brethren,

The last regular meeting of the Lodge was held on Thursday 6th June 2013 at 7:15pm.

After the business was completed a MM Degree was carried out by PM WSW Bro Duncan Stanners & PM Bro John Fullarton. The candidate for the evenings degree was Bro Steven Burns of 169 who played out his roll in a very competent manner.

Various of the visiting Brethren commented on the degree work including PPGM and Honorary member of 442 Bro Adam Cunningham. Bro Adam commented on the the work over the years that two of our senior Past Masters have carried out namely PM Charles L Pllu & PM Tommy Reid.

The Brethren of the Lodge & visitors retired to the social club after the meeting for a spot of highly acclaimed 442 harmony.

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 4th July at 7:15pm where we will be confering a Fellow Craft Degree.

Our three towns joint annual divine service with St John Royal Arch No 320 Saltcoats & Ardrossan, Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169 and of course ourselves Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No 442 will take place on Sunday 23rd June at 6:00pm.

The Lodges, visitors and wifes will meet in the premises of St John Royal Arch No 320 Saltcoats & Ardrossan for 6:00pm before parading with Regalia to the EU Congregational Church, Glasgow Street Ardrossan for 6:30pm.

After the service tea, coffee and refreshments will be served within the premises of 320 social club.

All visitors, wifes & family are most welcome to join us.

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Mon, 17th June 2013

Sad and Dolefull tidings

Brethren & Friends,

It gives me a great deal of sadness to inform you all of the passing of PM Secretary Bro Charlie Pllu's wife Helen. Helen passed away on the early hours of Monday morning after a short spell of ill health whilst in the care of Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock.

I am sure that all our best wishes are with Charlie and his family at this moment in time.

Helen's funeral arrangements are as follows:

Friday 21st June 2013

10:00am Church Service at The North Parish Church, Dalry Road Saltcoats

11:00am Ardrossan Cemetary

11:30am Saltcoats Masonic Club for Tea Coffee & refreshments

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Sat, 4th May 2013

PM Sec Bro C L Pllu

Brethren,

It gives us a great deal of pleasure in announcing that PM Secretary Bro Charlie Pllu is making a good recovery after his recent operation in Crosshouse Hospital. 

Charlie has just had his right knee joint replaced after a few years of pain. Charlie informs us that the initial problems were caused whilst serving as first team goalkeeper with Sheffield Wednesday. The jury is still out deliberating on Charlie's version of events. 

Never the less we are happy that Charlie is making a speedy recovery and look forward to hearing his angelic tones in the near future. 

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Sat, 4th May 2013

PGLA Helicopter Draw

Brethren,

We have much pleasure in announcing that Brother Adam Howie WSW of 334 is the winner of our Helicopter draw which took place yesterday. The draw was made by Mrs Reenie Rusted wife of our treasurer Bro David Rusted.

Our sincere thanks go out to all who took part in the raffle and our congratulations go to Brother Adam in winning the flight. 

All proceeds of the flights go to the PGMs charity fund and a nominated charity or charities will receive the full amount raised. 

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Fri, 3rd May 2013

Thursday 2nd May 2013

 

Brethren,

The Lodge met last night to confer an Entered Apprentice Degree on one candidate.

We were most fortunate to have in our midst the Depute Provincial Grand Master of Ayrshire Brother William Steel who came along unannounced to enjoy both the company of the Brethren of 442 and our visitors.

Sadly our Lodge Secretary PM Bro Charles Lamont Pllu was not in attendance due to a recent operation to replace a well worn knee joint DPGM Bro William Steel stepped in to assist in carrying out the Secretaries duties for the evening.

DPGM W Steel, the Brethren of 442 and our visiting Brethren expressed their best wishes for a speedy recovery to Brother Charlie. WSW PM Brother Duncan Stanners informed the Brethren that he and Brother David V Rusted would be visiting Charlie on Friday and would pass on the wishes of the Brethren. Brother Duncan also informed the Brethren that he would be entering Charlie for the 200m sprint event at the forthcoming Commonwealth games in Glasgow next year to try out his new knee.

After the business had been conducted an Entered Apprentice Degree was then conferred on one candidate namely Brother Steven Park by PM WSW Bro Duncan Stanners, RWM Bro Keith Syme, WJW Bro John Benson & PM Bro John Fullarton.

At the conclusion of the meeting the RWM intimated that a GCM would be held on Monday 6th May at 7:15pm and the next regular meeting of the Lodge will be held on Thursday 16th May at 7:15pm where a MM Degree would be conferred by PM WSW Bro Duncan Stanners & PM Bro John Fullarton. 

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Fri, 19th April 2013

Thursday 18th April 2013

Brethren,

Last night saw one of the most profitable meetings of this current session.

The Lodge was very honoured to have RWPGM Brother Robert Little in attendance accompanied by Bro Stewart (Scoop) Cruickshank (who once again treated the assembled Brethren to a flash or two from the Provincial camera).

Also in attendance were two well known Brethren from the Ashley Lodge in Poole, Dorset (EC) No 5625 PM W Bro A Hickson & PM W Bro R Munford who travelled from the sunny South shores of England to present Brother David V Rusted (The Captain) with his recently awarded honorary membership from Lodge 6525 which was described as the pinnacle of David's Masonic career. David was born and brought up in Poole before serving for many years in the merchant navy, rising through the ranks and finally achieving the rank of Captain. David has more nautical miles on the ocean under his belt than most of us could ever dream of.

David was also presented with an Ashley Lodge Apron and ceremonial white gloves with the Lodge number embroidered on the cuffs. 

The assembled Brethren were then given a truly Masonic treat as PM WSW Bro Duncan Stanners delivered an excellent rendition of the Fellow Craft Degree assisted by PM Bro John Fullarton who delivered the lecture & final charge.

On retiring from the Lodge the Brethren were treated to some homemade soup, steak & mince pies with the mandatory copious amount of baked beans, tea & coffee followed by a celebratory drink supplied by Brother David V Rusted.

An excellent night was had by all.

Our next regular meeting will be held on Thursday 2nd May at 7:15pm in the form of an Entered Apprentice Degree which will be carried out by PM Brother Charles L Pllu Lodge Secretary.

We look forward to meeting new visitors on this occasion and cementing relationships with old friends. 

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Wed, 17th April 2013

Help 4 Heroes Certificate of Appreciation 1700.00

Brethren,

It is with much joy that we received our Certificate of Appreciation from Help 4 Heroes this week. The sum of £1700.00 was raised through a series of fundraising events by the Brethren of the Lodge who once again should give themselves a good hard pat on the back for their efforts. Not forgetting all of those friends and family members who also donated towards this very worthwhile cause, which by their donations helps members of our armed forces through the rehabilitation process to get them back to as normal a life as possible.

Our sincere thanks to all concerned

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Fri, 12th April 2013

The Grand Lodge of Liberia

Brethren,

We received an Email from a Lodge 442 member Brother Barry Angus (see below) who has kindly sent on images of the Grand Lodge of Liberia within the City of Monrovia as it stands today. Further images can be seen in the image gallery.

Dear Brethren of 442,

The temple is in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, directly across the road from the American embassy, the country has had two civil wars since the mid 90s, the most recent ending 2004. As you will see from the photo in my following email, it is very much a third world country, so it was very surprising to see such a large and grand structure in the middle of all the poverty.

Regards Barry

I have downloaded some of the Lodge history and I hope that you find this of interest.

The Grand Lodge of Liberia within the City of Monrovia.

The nation of Liberia was created in 1822 as a resettlement nation by the Society for the Colonization of Free People of Colour of America, which sought to create a new African homeland for freed American slaves. The organization, first made up of mostly Quakers, believed that blacks would have a freer life away from strict U.S. laws and the still-flourishing slave trade. Later more simply known as the American Colonization Society, the society became split between sincere abolitionists, nervous Northerners who saw free blacks as a threat to jobs and property, and Southern slave owners who sought to get potential “trouble-making” free blacks out of the U.S. Nevertheless, thousands of blacks went to Liberia in search of a new life, and the colony agreed to take in captives freed from slave ships and the West Indies, as well. In its formative years, Liberia was governed by white members of the Society, but in 1842, Joseph Jenkins Roberts became the first non-white governor of the colony. In 1847, the colony declared its independence as a new, self-governing nation, and by 1867, some 13,000 had been resettled there from the U.S. The Grand Lodge of Liberia was founded by Prince Hall Masons that same year.

From the beginning, Liberian society quickly developed into three classes: settlers with European-African lineage, who came to be known as Americo-Liberians; freed slaves from slave ships and the West Indies; and indigenous native people from the existing tribes already living in the territory. Liberia was dominated by a single political party for over 130 years, the True Whig Party, based in large part on the American Whigs, the precursor to the Republican Party in the years after the American Revolution and before the Civil War. The Liberian Whigs were almost entirely Americo-Liberians, and top government officials were uniformly Freemasons. By the 1970s, there were seventeen lodges at work in the country under the auspices of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of the Republic of Liberia, with approximately 1,000 members, and the longstanding sentiment of the tribal population was that decisions about the nation were all made secretly behind Masonic closed doors.

In 1980, tribal rebels led by Sergeant Samuel Doe from the Liberian Army, staged a coup and took control of the country, after 70 people were shot by government troops during a riot over rice prices. President William R. Tolbert Jr., who was also Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Liberia, was murdered and disembowelled in his bed, and thirteen members of the Cabinet, almost all Freemasons, were executed three days later. The fraternity was banned by the Doe regime, and it was open season on Freemasons. Many were executed, and hundreds more were imprisoned or fled the country. The descendants of the free black settlers from America were seen as a hated, elite minority, and the indigenous majority ruled the country for the first time in over 130 years.

In 1985, there was talk of restarting Freemasonry in Liberia, and a special Prince Hall meeting was held in 1987 in New Orleans for the purpose of installing a new Grand Master. A Grand Convocation was held the next year in the Liberian capital of Monrovia, and gradually Freemasonry was re-established. The once majestic grand lodge building had been ravaged by squatters over the years, but there have been hopeful plans floated occasionally to restore it.

Since then, Liberia has been torn by repeated coups and civil wars, and Freemasonry in the country has continued to be persecuted. Former President Charles Taylor, one of a series of revolutionaries who held control of the country until he was ousted in 1990, was tried in 2009 for war crimes.
During his trial, he made light of allowing troops to post human heads and skulls of enemies at checkpoints, saying it was no worse than the display of skulls in “Western fraternal organizations.” Civil wars have killed an estimated 250,000 Liberians out of a population of 3 million. So far.

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Wed, 10th April 2013

Help 4 Heroes Certificate of Appreciation

This is the certificate of appreciation which was received from Help 4 Heroes for our fundraising efforts last year. 

H4H Letter of thanks

Wed, 10th April 2013

Help 4 Heroes letter of thanks and Certificate of Appreciation.

 Brethren,

We were very pleased to receive our letter of thanks and certificate of appreciation from Help 4 Heroes for our donation of £610.00 which was raised within the Lodge at a dance last year.

Our sincere thanks go out to all service men and women both past and present who on a daily basis put their lives on the line for our freedom. Words cannot fully explain our gratitude for their services.

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Wed, 10th April 2013

Visitation to Lodge Major Ness No 948

Brethren,

Last night (Tuesday 9th April) a large deputation of Brethren from 442 along with one of our honorary members travelled to High Blantyre at the request of the RWM & Brethren of Lodge Major Ness No 948 to confer a fellow craft degree on one candidate.

The deputation set forth from Saltcoats, Ardrossan, Stevenston and Dalry around 6:15pm for their 7:15pm arrival. The deputation was met by Lodge Major Ness Brother Director of Ceremonies PPGM PM Brother George R Kelly who welcomed each and every member of the deputation both into the Province of Lanarkshire Middle Ward and into Lodge Major Ness and thanked the Brethren for making the effort in travelling from Ayrshire to carry out the degree.

The deputation was then piped into the Lodge by PGL Piper Bro David Stark and warmly welcomed by the Brethren and visitors. On entering the Lodge RWM Bro Alexander MacKenzie then  welcomed the deputation and asked RWM Keith Syme and Past Masters of 442 to assist him in the East. The Lodge was then handed over to RWM Keith Syme who exchanged office bearers of both Lodges to allow the degree to begin.

PM WSW Bro Duncan Stanners was then introduced to the assembled Brethren as the conferring Master of the degree and was then asked to uplift his working tools.

The candidate then entered the Lodge where PM WSW Bro Stanners received and obligated him. After delivering the mode of preparation, working tools, jewels and fellow craft tracing board PM Stanners handed the candidate over to PM Herbert Taylor who delivered the lecture and final charge.

PM Stanners and PM Taylor were thanked by both RWMs for conferring the degree and the wages of the evening were then paid by a round of applause by the assembled Brethren.

The meeting was closed with a final thanks to the Brethren of 442 which followed in Lodge harmony which consisted of pies, bridies & sausage rolls with the mandatory pile of baked beans to garnish them. This was followed by a glass or two of fine ale and soft drinks for those who were driving home.

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Fri, 5th April 2013

Regular meeting of the Lodge Thursday 4th April

Brethren,

The regular meeting of the Lodge took place last night with the main business of the evening being to confer an Entered Apprentice Degree on one candidate. At present we have no active candidates on our books like many of our Sister Lodges both within and outwith the Province but we do hope that this trend will change shortly for the benefit of all Lodges concerned.

PM Bro S Walker of 442 kindly agreed to stand in as the candidate for the degree.

The degree was confered by RWM Bro Keith Syme, PM WSW Bro Duncan Stanners, WSW Bro John Benson with WJD Bro Robert McIntosh conducting the candidate around the Lodge room throughout the ceremony.

At the conclusion of the degree RWM Bro Keith Syme thanked PM Walker for standing in as the candidate for the evening and also thanked the degree team for confering the degree to a very high standard again at short notice.

PM WSW Bro Duncan Stanners suitably replied on behalf of the degree team.

At the conclusion of the meeting RWM Bro Keith Syme intimated that there would be a general committee meeting of the Lodge on Monday 8th April at 7:15 pm and that the Lodge would be travelling to High Blantyre on Tuesday 9th April to carry out a Fellow Craft degree at Lodge Major Ness No 948 within the Province of Lanarkshire Middle Ward at 7:30pm.

Our next meeting will be a fellow Craft Degree which will be conferred by PM WSW Bro Duncan Stanners & Bro Greig Walker MM on Thursday 18th April.

There will also be a deputation of visiting Brethren from the Ashley Lodge No 6525 Poole in Dorset in attendance that evening to make a presentation of Honorary membership to our Lodge Treasurer Bro David V Rusted.

Our congratulations go out to Bro David for a job well done. 

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Wed, 27th March 2013

Correction to date of Visitation

 

Brethren,

I mentioned in a previous post that The RWM had intimated that the Lodge would be visiting Lodge Major Ness No 948 in High Blantyre within the Province of Lanarkshire Middle Ward to confer a Fellow Craft Degree on Tuesday 23rd April.

This date was incorrect and and I appologise for this.

The correct date is Tuesday 9th April.

Transport will depart from the Lodge in Saltcoats and will be made available for all Brethren who wish to attend this meeting. Visiting Brethren are most welcome to come along and join the Brethren of 442.

Details of transport arrangements and timings will be confirmed shortly.

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Fri, 22nd March 2013

Regular meeting of the Lodge Thursday 21st March

The Lodge was opened in due and ancient form by our RWM Brother Keith Syme and a warm welcome was extended to the Brethren of the Lodge and to our visitors on such a cold and windy night.

After the business of the Lodge had been completed the RWM intimated to the Brethren that tonight's degree would be a Fellow Craft degree and would be conferred by WSW PM Duncan Stanners & PM John Fullarton.

WSW PM Duncan Stanners then uplifted his working tools and received the candidate into the Lodge. After receiving and obligating the candidate he then instructed him with the signs and secrets, the working tools and jewels of a fellow Craft Freemason.

Upon completion of the jewels WSW PM Duncan Stanners handed the candidate over to PM John Fullarton who very capably gave a lecture on the 2nd degree tracing board, the manner in how to receive his wages before delivering the final charge.

PM John Fullarton then handed our candidate for the evening IPM Stewart Gray of Lodge "Stivenstoune Thistle & Rose No 169" over to our RWM who then thanked PM Gray for his assistance in the degree.

The Lodge was then reduced to the Entered Apprentice Degree where PM James Henry Taylor asked PM Sandy Bamford of Lodge St Christopher No 1453 within the Province of Renfrewshire East to advance to the altar where he conferred Honorary Membership on Bro Sandy.

The RWM then presented Bro Sandy with his diploma and with a few choice words Bro Sandy suitably replied by thanking the Brethren of the Lodge for making him an honorary member of the Lodge. Bro Sandy was then given a round of applause by the Brethren.

The RWM then intimated that our next regular meeting would be on Thursday 4th April 2013 and that the Lodge would be conferring an Entered Apprentice Degree that evening.

The RWM also intimated that the Lodge would be visiting Lodge Major Ness No 948 in High Blantyre within the Province of Lanarkshire Middle Ward to confer a Fellow Craft Degree on Tuesday 23rd April and that a general committee meeting would be held within the Lodge on Monday 8th April at 19:15hrs.

At the conclusion of the meeting all of the Brethren retired to the social club premises for a welcomed plate of hot soup, sandwiches, tea and coffee.

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Thu, 21st March 2013

Regular meeting Thursday 21st March 2013

Brethren,

A regular meeting of the Lodge will take place on Thursday 21st March 2013 where the business of the evening will be to confer a fellowcraft degree.

The degree will be carried out by our RWM Bro Keith Syme and the office bearers of the Lodge.

After the meeting, Lodge hospitality will be available in the social club lounge for everyone in attendance which will consist of tea, coffee, various sandwiches, hot soup and a selection of biscuits.

We look forward to meeting new friends and cementing relationships with all in attendance.

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Thu, 7th March 2013

Regular meeting Thursday 7th March 2013

Brethren,

A most enjoyable evening was had by the visitors, office bearers and Brethren of the Lodge last night where we were treated to an excellent rendition of the fellowcraft degree by PM WSW Bro Duncan Stanners & PM Bro John Fullarton.

We must also thank our Stand in candidate for the evening Bro John Reid from Lodge Ruchill No 1436 in Glasgow who was an excellent candidate. 

Finally, many thanks to all the visitors who attended our Lodge last night, we trust that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to being in your company in the very near future. 

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Thu, 21st February 2013

PM Bro Jim Park

Brethren,

Sad and doleful tidings,

We are sad to report of the passing to the Grand Lodge Above of Past Master Brother Jim Park.

PM Brother Jim passed away on Wednesday 20th February.

Our condolences are extended to all of Brother Jims family but most especially his wife Moira and son  Brother Steven at this sad time.

Brother Jim was not only an exceptional Degree worker but a walking advertisement of all Freemasons should aspire to become. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

The services for PM Brother Park will be held at the North Parish Church in Saltcoats  commencing at 1.00 PM on Wednesday 27TH FEBRUARY, thereafter to the crematorium at Dreghorn for 2.00 PM before returning to the Seamill Hydro for 3.00 PM.

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Tue, 12th February 2013

Regular Meeting THU 7TH FEB

Brethren

Tonights meeting saw the delivery of an Entered Apprentice Degree on a substitute candidate in the person of PM Bro John Taylor. Our congratulations go to Bro Robert MacIntosh who delivered a substantial piece of the ritual with PM's Bro's Duncan Stanners and John Fullarton taking up the slack.

Bro David Rusted,Treasurer, informed the Lodge that he was delighted to have been chosen to become an Honorary Member of the Ashley Lodge 6525 in Poole in recognition of his efforts in bringing about the association of our two Lodges. The Brethren from the Ashley Lodge have indicated that they will be in attendance at our 2nd meeting in April to confer the honour.The Brethren were also delighted to present a cheque for the sum of £610 to the Help for Heroes which was raised in no small manner from the hard work of IPM Bro James Henry Taylor and our RWM who organised the dance to raise this sum.

 

Cheque presentation H4H

Thu, 7th February 2013

Cheque Presentation to Help 4 Heroes

On Thursday 7th February 2013 the Lodge had the distinct pleasure of presenting a cheque to the value of £610.00 to the Help 4 Heroes Ayrshire representative Mr Ian Pritchard. Accompaning Mr Pritchard was Miss Kirsty McKechan who is a volunteer with Help 4 Heroes. Kirsty is currently working towards her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award. Mr Pritchard gave the Brethren a short talk on how the monies raised would be put into use for the rehabilitation of wounded servicemen and women throughout the country. Those present from left to right are Mr Ian Pritchard, PM WSW Bro Duncan Stanners, Miss Kirsty McKechan, WJW Bro John Benson and RWM Bro Keith Syme.

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Tue, 22nd January 2013

Regular Meeting Thu 17TH January

Brethren

The main order of business this evening was to complete the Installation of those Office Bearers who were not installed at our annual installation in November.

PM Bro John Fullarton performed the role of Installing Master and installed Bro Ted Geir as Tyler. Our heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Bro Ted for showing such dedication to continue in this role whilst now in his nineties. Bro Stevie McNamee was installed as Inner Guard and the Lodge was delighted to have Bro John Brannigan installed again as Bard with PM Bro Duncan Stanners SW taking on the dual role as Almoner.

Our thanks go to Bro Duncan for his hard work whilst completing the refurbishment of the Ladies toilet facilities.

The Lodge was saddend to hear from PM Bro John Kane of the illness of PM Bro Jim Park. Our best wishes are sent from all the Brethren of the Lodge.

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Tue, 15th January 2013

Regular Meeting THU 3RD January

Brethren

The main business of the evening was to confer a Fellowcraft Degree with a substitute candidate.

This was performed by PM Bro Duncan Stanners with the Obligation being delivered by our own RWM Bro Keith Syme. The substitute candidate role was delivered by Bro Stevie McNamee.

The work was delivered to the usual high standard and this was commented on by those who rose to speak and convey Fraternal greetings at the close of the meeting.

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Mon, 14th January 2013

Installation Meeting Friday 16th November 2012

Brethren

This was our annual Installation Meeting where  Bro Keith Syme was Installed as RWM by PM Bro Herbie Taylor with his Office Bearers being installed by PM Bro John Fullarton. The Lodge was delighted to welcome our many Guests from within and outwith the Province with a special welcome to our many Brethren from the Irish Constitution. As normal the Deputations from Sister lodges within and outwith the Province were admitted followed by our Irish Brethren before our Provincial Deputation and finally the Installing Masters were received and welcomed by our soon to be PM Bro Jim Taylor.

The ceremonial of Installation was then delivered by PM's Bro Herbie Taylor and PM Bro John Fullarton in excellent style and both were congratuled for their working at the completion of the ceremony. Tonight marked the Fiftieth Anniversary of the of our long association and friendship with our visitors from the T Hay lodge 685 in Ulster which was marked with the presentation to the Lodge of a magnificent mirror displaying the hands of friendship with both Lodge numbers and 50 years of visitations being commemorated. A truely wonderful gesture from our Irish Brethren which was greatly appreciated by the Lodge Brethren.

The Festive Board was enjoyed by all and our thanks go to all who assisted in giving our guests some 442 hospitality and we hope all who attended enjoyed our celebrations.

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Mon, 22nd October 2012

Annual General Meeting Thu 18th October

Brethren

This was the  AGM of the Lodge with the usual order of business being to Elect our Master for the ensuing year and his office Bearers and commitees.

Prior to this we had a report from both our Secratery and our Treasurer on the business and finances respectivley.

Our congratulations go to Bro Keith Syme who has been elected as Master for 12/13 and also to his Office Bearers for a successful and enjoyable year to come. Our current RWM Bro Jim Taylor was thanked for his tremendous eforts on behalf of the Lodge during the past 12 months and the monies he has raised.

Bro David Rusted announced that his whisky raffle was now complete and at the close of the meeting PM Bro John Fullarton became the lucky owner of 5 premium bottles of Johnnie Walker which raised £750 for the Lodge. Well done to Bro David for his donation of the whisky and to all who took part and participated in the raffle.

 

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Mon, 22nd October 2012

Regular Meeting Thu 4TH Oct

Brethren

The Lodge was delighted to welcome Bro James Kurth, the RWM of St Maurs 1398 to deliver an insight into the origins of our Masonic Temples as our main order of business. The information Bro James has accumulated, delivered a very informative and most interesting talk which covered everything from our columns,the Ashlers to the furniture of the Lodge. As the talk lasted almost an hour, the topics covered showed the research, time and effort Bro James must have invested to compile the lecture. At the close our RWM Bro James Taylor thanked Bro Kurth on behalf of the Lodge and our visitors for work well done.

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Tue, 25th September 2012

Regular Meeting Thu 20th September

Brethren

Our RWM Bro Jim Taylor was delighted to welcome a Deputation from the PGL of A into the Lodge on the occassion of our annual visitation. The Deputation was headed by our own RWPGM Bro Archie Chalmers who was introduced by our DoC PM Bro John Fullarton. Bro John also introduced the RWM of Largs St John Kilwinning 173, Bro Alan Buntain and his large contingent of Brethren who were in attendance to confer the MMM Degree on behalf of our two candidates Bro Adam Bennett and Bro Thomas McEwan which they did in impecable style. Congratulations to both the Degree team and the candidates were offered by our own RWM and the many other Brethren who rose to speak and convey their fraternal greetings on a wonderful rendition of the ritual. The Lodge was then delivered into the hands of our RWPGM and his acting Wardens to deliver a clear minute on the workings of the Lodge which was in no small way down to the support of our Bro Secretary PM CL Pllu and our Treasurer Bro David Rusted who were to be commended for all their hard work. PM Bro Duncan Stanners then thanked the PGM for his efforts not only on behalf of the Province but on behalf of 442 in particular. He also offerd his congratulations to Bro Robert Little who will succeed Bro Chalmers as our RWPGM  when his tenure comes to a close.

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Our usual thanks to Bro Stewart Cruickshank for supplying the photos.

 

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Fri, 7th September 2012

Regular meeting THU 6th September

Brethren

This was both a very busy and most enjoyable evening. The main business of the evening was for PM Bro Tommy Reid to confer the MM Degree on behalf of Bro Adam Bennett the son of PM Bro Raymond Bennett. The plaudits received by Bro. Tommy from the many speakers at the conclusion of the ritual is testimony to the high standard of the work involved in delivering this substantial piece of ritual in its entirity to such a high standard and as such the Brethren were unanimous in their congratulations. PM Bro. Raymond was amongst the first to congratulate Bro Tommy and said he was also a very proud man to have his son follow him into our Lodge. We wish Bro Adam a long and happy Masonic career. We were delighted to have four Brethren from the Ashley Lodge 6525 in Poole amongst our number in the presence of Worthy Bro's. Roy Munfrod,Alan Hickson,Jim Mason and Peter Boyd. We would also wish to thank Bro Peter for his submission into Dorset Freemasonry of an article describing our visit to Poole in May of this year to demonstrate our Fellowcraft Ritual. The article also contains a brief history of the association of the Lodges which was established by our Bro David Rusted and his lifelong friendship with Bro Lionel Black of the Ashley Lodge. Also on the agenda was the presentation of a Jewel to PM Bro John Kane to mark his fity years of service to both Feemasonry and 442 in particular. This was presented by our own RWM Bro Jim Taylor after his arrival in the traditional Taylor style. On a sadder note the Lodge was advised of the passing to the Grand Lodge above of PPGM of Ayrshire Bro Willie Rae. PM Bro CL Pllu spoke of his many Masonic achievements and of the assistance he had given to 442, noting that we have lost a good friend and Brother. To all our visitors we trust you had an enjoyable evening in the company of 442 and we look forward to our next merry meeting. Please convey our faternal greetings on return to your various Mother lodges.

 

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Wed, 15th August 2012

Regular Meeting Thu 2nd August

Brethren

Our many visiting Brethren received a warm welcome from our RWM Bro Jim Taylor who had joined us to witness the conferring of a Fellowcraft Degree by PM Bro D Stanners on behalf of Bro Adam Bennett the son of our own PM Bro Raymond Bennett. We were also delighted to have the Sub PGM of A, Bro Sam Peden amongst the assembled Brethren.

Bro Stanners delivered the Degree with his usual aplomb and was assisted on the night by PM Bro J Fullarton who concluded the ritual. The usual heartfelt congratulations were afforded to the Degree team by our SPGM and by our candidates father Bro Bennett. We thank all who attended for their generosity in adding to our Alms collection and laterly to our raffle which took place at the conclusion of our meeting in the Social Club hall where the Brethren were afforded some 442 hospitality.

PM Bro J Hammond and Bro Greig Walker

Mon, 13th August 2012

Regular Meeting Thu 5th July

Brethren

The lodge was delighted to have the company of our Depute Provincial Grand Master Bro Robert Little amongst our gathering and on this occassion he was accompanied by Bro's Stewart Cruickshank and George Reid. This small but distinguished Deputation joined our other many visitors to enjoy the advancement of Bro Lewis Walker as a M M Mason. The Degree was conferred by PM Bro Jim Hammond in his own inimitable style from start to finish which was commented on at the conclusion by Bro Robert Little and our good friend the RWM of Lodge 175 in Largs, Bro Alan Buntain amongst others. Our own RWM Bro Jim Taylor would like to thank all our visitors for their tremendous support and looks forward to visiting our many guests after their recess. We would also wish a speedy recovery to  PM Bro Stewart Walker who missed his sons advancement due to illness and look forward to having him amongst our throng as soon as possible.

We again thank Bro Stewart Cruickshank for his photos taken on the evening.

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Sun, 17th June 2012

Brother Andy McCormack

Brethren

It is our sad duty to inform you of the passing of Brother Andy McCormack to the Grand Lodge above. Brother Andy who has been resident in Lamlash on Arran passed away last Wednesday 13th June.

Brother Andy was a ardent supporter of Freemasonry since joining our Lodge and more recently as a member of St Molio on Arran

The funeral services will be held in Lamlash on Thu 21st June at 11.30 where the Lodge will be represented to pay our respects to our friend and Brother.

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Sun, 17th June 2012

Regular Meeting 7th June 2012

Brethren

It was a pleasure to have the companionship of so many visitors as well as some well kent faces beloning to the Lodge for this memorable night. The likes of PM's Park and Kane were a welcome addition to our number for this MM Degree being conferred by PM Jim Hammond, PM Stewart Walker and PM Andy Scott.The candidate for the evenings business was Brother Gregg Walker ,the grandson of PM Hammond and the son of PM Stewart Walker. Bro Gregg endeared himself to the Brethren with his fluent report on visits he had undertaken following his Fellowcraft Degree and this set the tone for the high quality of the work that was to follow and be enjoyed by the Brethren. at the close the congratulations of all the Brethren were delivered by Brother John Chalmers, Past Provincial Assistant Grand Master of the Province of South Africa North. PM Brother Stewart  Walker then suitably replied to end what was a memorable evening for all. The Lodge hope that Brother Gregg will enjoy his sojourn through Masonry and we welcome him into our throng for what we hope will be a long and fullfilling Masonic career.

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Mon, 28th May 2012

442 visitation to the Ashley Lodge in Poole

Brethren

Eight of our number accompanied by Bro Raymond Alcock of Lodge Stivestoune Thistle and Rose made the journey south to Poole in Dorset on Fri 25th May to deliver a demonstration of our Fellowcraft Degree ritual. On our arrival it was most fitting that the Ashley lodge had laid on a Piper to accompany our entrance into the Lodge where we received a warm welcome from all our English brethren. As custom warrants the Ashley lodge called off prior to our RWM Bro Jim Taylor opening and passing the Lodge with an explanation of the evenings proceedings for the benefit of our hosts. Our substitute candidate for the evening was Bro Alan Hickson who was chosen as he had only recently been made an honorary member of 442. Our WJW Bro Scott Turnbull uplifted his working tools with PM Bro Herbie Taylor delivering the second half of the demonstration. After resuming the Lodge, WM Bro Roy Munford thanked the deputation for their efforts on behalf of not only the Ashley lodge Brethren but also on behalf of their other visiting Brethren amongst whom was the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Dorset. At the close we were piped out in procession to end the ceremonial part of the evening before being treated to a majestic festive board by our hosts where the food was plentiful and the wine was flowing. It was only right then to present our hosts with gifts on behalf of the deputation being candle holders for the Lodge room, a framed picture to remind them of a previous visit and a personal gift to Bro Alan Hickson from Bro Herbie of a bottle of Malt whisky for his sufferages. In turn the Brethren of 442 and 169 received a glass with the Ashley Lodge crest to commemorate our visit which was completed with Count Wardens Count from the Scottish company.

We wish to thank our gracious hosts not only for their hospitality but for the wonderful memories we all take away with us of our visit and shall cherish for many years to come.

 

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Mon, 28th May 2012

Regular Meeting Thu 19th May

Brethren

The main order of business this evening was to confer the MM on behalf of Brother Thomas McEwan. This was carried out by PM Bro John Fullarton and PM Bro Duncan Stanners. Since joining the Lodge Bro Thomas has proven himself to be an asset to our number not only by travelling from England for every degree but by the commendable manner in which he has studied to undergo and pass with flying colours the various tests put to him. Tonight was no exception as commented on by the various speakers prior to the close of the meeting who also complimented Bro's Fullarton and Stanners for the quality of their work.

 

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Sat, 12th May 2012

Regular Meeting Thu 3rd May

Brethren

This was a Fellowcraft Degree conferred by PM Bro Herbie Taylor with the candidate being Bro Gregg Walker the son of PM Bro Stuart Walker and the grandson of PM Bro Jim Hammond. They say that the best things in life are worth waiting for and this was certainly the case on this memorable evening. Bro Herbie arrived at his usual hour and completed the Degree as a solo effort in commendable style. Bro Gregg was also deservedly congratulated on the fine mannner in which he passed his test and delivering his reports on his two visits ot Lodges during his short time as an EA. PM Bro Duncan Stanners also received the congratulations of the Brethren for his efforts in relation to the Helicopter day where the funds raised have now reached £5000 with a donation from the PGLof A.

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Sat, 28th April 2012

Regular Meeting Thu 19th April 2012

Brethren

The main business of the evening was to confer the MMM Degree on behalf of Bro Ian Feron who has been a welcome and active addition to our fraternity following his initiation. The Degree was conferred by PM Bro CL Pllu who was assisted on the night by PM Bro John Fullarton. It goes without saying that the ritual was delivered in exemplary fashion by both the conferring Masters and proved an enjoyable experience for all who attended. We wish Bro Ian a long, happy and enjoyable career amongst both the Brethren of 442 and wherever he travels in the Masonic community. The degree could not have succeded without the assistance of PM Bro Tommy Reid, IPm Bro John Taylor and Bro Bob MacIntosh taking up their additional roles on the evening and as such our RWM Bro James Taylor thanked these Brethren for their efforts. The late arrival of Bro Tommy Reid was accredited to the fact that he was wearing PM Bro Herbie Taylors watch and therefore no apology was required.

PM Bro Duncan Stanners was congratulated by the SPGM Bro Willie Steele on his sterling efforts on raising over £3000 with the use of his helicopter to raise funds on behalf of Ayrshire Masons to be donated to the Marcus Humphrey house.

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Tue, 10th April 2012

Regular Meeting Thu 5th April

Brethren

Lodge Neptune was delighted to have the pleasure of welcoming our Provincial Grand Master Bro Archie Chalmers into the Lodge for this  Fellowcraft Degree. The degree was conferred by PM Bro John Fullarton and PM Bro Duncan Stanners on behalf of Bro Thomas McEwan who had travelled with his father from Northumberland to receive his second degree. Bro John delivered the ritual to his usual high standard with Bro Robert McEwan assisting in exempliary fashion to present the working tools. At the close the Lodge was presented with a photo commemorating our 100 year re deddication by PM Bro Dougie Wood of Lodge Nitshill. Our RWM Bro James Taylor thanked him on behalf of the Lodge for this wonderful gesture.

As usual Bro Stewart Cruickshank was in the company of our RWPGM and we thank him for the photos he took on the evening.

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Tue, 20th March 2012

Regular Meeting THU 15TH MARCH

Brethren

The Lodge was saddened to hear of the passing of three Brethen at this meeting. Two of the Brethren were exsisting members of the Lodge whilst the third was Bro Arthur Rennie, the brother of our Depute Master who was due to affiliate into our number. The loss of any Brother is always regreted and is felt moreso by the Brethren when it concerns a Brother who has been part of the fabric of our Lodge since 1960. Such was the case of Bro Sam Wylie who had been a devout attender of the Lodge and was remembered by PM Bro Tommy Reid to the Brethren. PM Bro CL Pllu spoke on behalf of Brother Hugh Anderson who had joined the Lodge in 1962. Their passing was observed with a minutes silence. Our thoughts go to all those who have suffered the loss of a beloved family member at this sad time.

The Degree for this evening was to confer the MMM on behalf of Bro's David and Thomas Rennie by PM Bro CL Pllu and PM Bro John Fullarton. As we all know, PM Pllu is a stickler for the rules and it was sad to see him take PM Bro T Reid to task for a serious breach of his duties and remove his badge of office as a result with some well chosen words for his two accomplacies in the matter. This matter  being dealt with, the Brethren were treated to an excellent rendition of the ritual by both PM Pllu and Fullarton with the end result being that we have two newly fine polished ashlers to add to our number. This was reflected in the many favourable comments of visitors and members alike at the completion of the ceremony. We trust that both Bro David and Bro Thomas will remember this night for many a year to come and go on to enjoy their Masonic careers.

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Fri, 2nd March 2012

Regular Meeting Thu 1st March

Brethren

We welcome Bro Greig Walker into the fraternity and more especially as the latest initiate of Lodge Neptune Kilwinning. This was a truely memorable occasion as the Conferring Master was his Grandfather PM Bro Jim Hammond who was assisted by Bro Greigs father PM Bro Stuart Walker. The delivery of the ritual was faultless from all involved and they will be proud men and Masons on what will be a treasured memory for Grandfather,Father and Grandson alike to have continued the Masonic tradition of the family into another generation. We wish Bro Greig as long and happy a Masonic journey as that of his Papa and would encourage him to heed the wise words of his Father with an attentive ear and avoid the pain that he and so many of us who have gone before him have endured. Once again the Lodge offers our congratulations to Bro Greig, Pm Bro Jim and PM Bro Stuart for a memorable and special Masonic evening

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Fri, 17th February 2012

Burns Supper / Regular Meeting 16th Feb

Brethren

The Lodge was opened and business completed prior to being closed for the main event of the evening being our tribute to the Bard. Our Chairman for the evening PM Bro Gordon Middleton of Lodge Royal Arch West Kilbride 314 introduced our top table speakers and the lodge guests in the persons of PM Bro Angus Middleton 314, their own RWM Bro Martin McGinn and Bro Ted Gear our Tyler who was congratulated on attaining his ninetieth year with wishes for many more to come. The Haggis was piped in by Bro Billy Hunter prior to it being disected with great gusto by Bro Gordon Middleton who proposed the first toast with equal skill. The Immortal Memory followed the traditional fayre and was delivered in his own inimitable style by the Past President of the International Burns Federation Bro Angus Middleton who was warmly congratulated by the assembly for his excellent work. Bro Martin McGinn then gave us "Tae a mouse" before a recital of his own work on his interpretation of the Bards words. With more piping , "Tam O' Shanter and "The soldiers return" the evening came to an end but not before our RWM Bro Jim Taylor had congratulated and thanked all our speakers for giving us such a wonderful evenings entertainment.

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Fri, 3rd February 2012

Regular meeting Thu 2nd Feb

Brethren

This was another busy night for the Lodge with the installation of the elected Office Bearers who were not available in November, followed by the initiation of Mr Thomas McEwan, the son of Bro Robert McEwan our Architect. The Office Bearers were duly installed by PM Bro Herbie Taylor and Bro Scott Turnbull and congratulated on taking office by the Brethren. The Initiation was conferred by the Lodge Instruction class. Bro John Benson received the candidate and his Obligation was delivered by our RWM Bro James Taylor. Bro Keith Syme WSW instructed the candidate with the secrets of this degree and presented the Apron ceremony. Bro Robert McIntosh linked the working to the NE corner and Bro Benson returned to the floor to deliver this portion of the ritual before Bro Robert McEwan presented the Working tools of the Degree to his son. Bro Rio Bell then explained our Authority, the mode of preparation and the Lecture on the slipper before Bro Scott Turnbull explained the remainder of the Degree prior to presenting Bro Thomas to the RWM for examination. The RWM commiserated with Bro Thomas on the swelling of his hand prior to the completion of the ceremonial by Bro Turnbull. Bro Thomas was then welcomed into the Lodge and all the brethren wished him a long and happy Masonic career. Another happy note for the Brethren was to wish Bro David Rusted a happy birthday on reaching his eighty second year with the hope of many more to follow. On a sadder note the Brethren were informed of the passing of Bro Maurice McIntyre and the wife of Bro Harry Morrow. PM Bro Jim Hammond spoke on the passing of Bro Maurice. Our thoughts and sympathies are extended to both families at this sad time.

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Fri, 20th January 2012

Regular Meeting Thu 19th January

Brethren

The RWM would like to thank all the Brethren who attended the meeting for their support following the failure of the heating in the Lodge room and subsequent relocation to the downstairs hall. This inauspicious start did nothing to affect the quality of the ritual work of the conferring team being PM's Bro John Fullarton and Bro Duncan Stanners. Bro Ian Feron received an excellent working of the Master Mason Degree from these two outstanding ritualists and we welcome him into the Lodge as a fully fledged Brother and trust that this is the beginning of a long and happy Masonic career. Once again we offer our apologies in regard to the heating failure but we hope this did nothing to spoil the actual important business of the evening being the successful raising of Bro Ian.

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Sat, 7th January 2012

Regular Meeting Thu 5th January

Brethren

A Happy New Year to one and all. Our year got off to an excellent start with our first meeting of the year being so well attended by Brethren from both within and outwith the province. Once again we thank you for your support and hope you were made welcome and enjoyed your sojourn to meet with the Brethren of Lodge Neptune kilwinning. The degree for the evening was that of an Entered Apprentice and was conferred by PM Bro Duncan Stanners who was assisted by a very capable Degree team. Our candidate for the evening was Mr Adam Bennett, the son of PM Bro Raymond Bennett. Bro Duncan received the candidate and delivered the obligation and ancient penalty in his usual style. Bro Keith Syme WSW delivered the signs and secrets of the degree before handing over to Bro John Benson who instructed Bro Adam on the NE corner. This was followed by Bro Rio Bell imparting the working tools and the the slipper prior to PM Bro John Fullarton completing the ritual. As always the many speakers were most complimentary on the Degree work with special mention to Bro Rio who was conferring for the first time. Bro's Duncan and Rio suitably replied to the warm congratulations. The Brethren then retired to enjoy some Harmony and to end a wonderful start to the New Year for both the Lodge and for Bro Adam, who we welcome into the Fraternity but more escpecially into our Lodge as a Brother. We wish him a long and enjoyable journey throughout his Masonic career.

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Mon, 19th December 2011

Regular Meeting on Thu 15th December

Brethren

This was a night to remember for all 442 members and the various visiting Brethren. The main business of the evening was to confer the Master Mason Degree which was delivered by nine Past Masters of the Lodge.PM Bro Tommy Reid led the team with PM Bro Herbie Taylor as SW with PM Bro Robert Clements acting as JW. PM Bro Duncan Stanners received Bro David Rennie Jnr with PM Bro John Fullarton and PM CL Pllu acting as Senior and Junior Deacons. Bro Stanners was followed on to the floor by PM Robert Clements who closed the first half of the workings in fine style. PM Tommy Reid then resumed before handing over to PM Bro John Fullarton who completed the ritual. Our IPM Bro John Taylor acted as Inner guard with Pm's Jim Hammond and PM Bro Stuart Walker assisting during the enactment lesson. On completion the PM's were warmly congratulated by the many speakers who offered their congatulations on a marvellous delivery of the third degree workings.

 

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Sun, 4th December 2011

Regular Meeting on Thu 1st Dec

Brethren

The main order of business for our first regular meeting of the new RWMs year was to confer the Fellowcraft Degree on behalf of Bro John (Ian) Feron. The Degree was conferred by the Installing Masters with WJW Bro Scott Turnbull taking the first part of the ceremony and PM Bro Herbie Taylor completing the ritual. At the completion RWM Bro Jim Taylor welcomed Bro Ian into the Lodge as a Fellowcraft which was followed by various Brethren commenting on the Degree which was replied to by WJW Bro Scott Turnbull who thanked the Brethren for their kind words.

On a sadder note the Brethren observed the usual silence on behalf of Bro Andy Brown who had recently passed to the Grand Lodge above. Bro Jim Smith (320) and PM Bro John Fullarton both commented on Bro Andy. The Lodge had attended his funeral service earlier in the day and passed our condolences on to Andys family.

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Sun, 4th December 2011

Visit to the Ashley Lodge, Poole

On Friday the 25th of November seven Lodge Brethren visited the Ashley Lodge in Poole. The visiting Brethren were RWM Bro Jim Taylor,Depute Master Bro David Rennie, Treasurer Bro David Rusted,PM Bro Herbie Taylor, WJW Bro Scott Turnbull, Bro Robert McEwan and Bro Thomas Rennie. The Brethren were in Poole to attend the Installation of Bro Roy Munford as WM and to renew our friendship wit hall the Ashley Lodge Brethren. After a very enjoyable ceremony in the Lodge RWM Bro Jim Taylor presented Bro Roy with a trophy depicting Neptunes arm rising from the sea with his trident which was made by Bro Robert McEwan. We thank our English Brethren for their hospitality on what was a memorable visit again.

 

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Tue, 22nd November 2011

Installation Meeting Friday 18th November

Brethren

What a night for our new RWM Bro Jim Taylor and all the Brethren of 442 to remember. With a hundred brethren from within and outwith the province including guests from both the Irish and English constitutions being present. The Lodge would like to thank all those who attended for their support on this our annual Insallation ceremony. Bro Joe Herring DOC, presented the various Deputations who were welcomed into the Lodge by our outgoing RWM Bro John Taylor. The Deputations were headed by RWM Bro  Martin McGinn of RA 314 West Kilbride ( Sister Lodges), Bro's Roy Mumford Ahley Lodge Poole EC and PM Bro Roger Fleming, T Hay 685 ( English / Irish Brethren) Depute PGM of A Bro Robert Little (PGL of A) and finally the Installing Masters Bro Herbie Taylor and Bro Scott Turnbull. Bro Herbie commenced the ceremonial in the traditional fashion by remembering those who had made the supreme sacrifice in defending our country and those who had passed to the Grand Lodge above since our last Installation. Bro Taylor then installed our new RWM Bro Jim Taylor into office with Bro Turnbull installing the majority of his Office Bearers. On completion the Depute PGM of A, Bro Little offered his congratulations followed by the RWM of St John RA 320, Bro Colin Hannah, offering his congratulations to all on behalf of our visitors.The PGL of A were then invited to retire followed by the Installing Masters prior to the lodge being closed. Our thanks go to Bro Stewart Cruickshank for acting as Official photographer at the close of the meeting and at the following dinner.

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Fri, 4th November 2011

Regular Meeting Thu 4th Nov

Brethren

The main business of the evening was to confer a Fellowcraft Degree on behalf of Bro David Rennie Jnr. This was delivered in its entirety by PM Bro Herbie Taylor and what a wonderful job he did. Our congratulations also go to Bro David who gave an attentive ear to the degree and also displayed how well he had retained the teachings of his former degree during examination. At the conclusion of the degree and after the congratulations to PM Herbie,our IPM Bro John Fullarton gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the lodge to Bro John Taylor RWM as he comes to the end of his term of office in the chair for his stewardship of the lodge which was roundly applauded by the brethren present.

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Sun, 30th October 2011

Annual General Meeting

Brethren

Our last regular meeting was also our AGM for the season. We are delighted to announce that PM Bro Jim Taylor has been selected as Master Elect for the forthcoming year. Bro Jim will succeed his brother John who has been Master of the Lodge for the past two years. In addition another seventeen Officers were elected to serve with all the major offices being filled showing the strength in depth of the lodge at the present time. We congratulate Bro Jim on his election and pass on our thanks to Brother John for his excellent stewardship and efforts of the Lodge over the past two seasons. The election of all the Office Bearers will be on FRIDAY the 18TH NOV at 7.00 PM. In addition both the Treasurers and  Secretarys reports were delivered with the Treasurers balance sheet being passed and the Secretarys report showing the Lodge to be in good health. The thanks of all the Brethren go to Bro David Rusted and PM Bro CL Pllu for their continued sterling works on behalf of the Lodge. The Lodge also agreed the dispersal of monies to help charitable organisations in their efforts with allocations to both Masonic and non masonic Charities benefiting from the monies raised by the Brethren.

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Mon, 10th October 2011

Regular Meeting Thu 6th Oct

Brethren

Our last meeting was to confer an Entered Apprentice degree on behalf of Mr David Rennie Jnr. The Degree team was headed by Bro Duncan Stanners PM, WSD. He was followed by Bro Bob MacIntosh delivering the secrets of this degree with Bro John Benson contributing the N E corner and working tools. The ceremonial was closed by Bro John Fullarton IPM. PM's Fullarton and Stanners replied to Bro Sandy Balmers of Lodge St Christopher 1534 complimentary comments on the Degree work with a special mention to Bro's MacIntosh and Benson on their excellent work particularly as it was Bro MacIntosh's first time delivering this piece of the ritual. We hope this will encourage others to take to the floor and take part in the Degrees of the lodge. Bro David was also complimented for his attention during the ritual and was welcomed into the Lodge by our RWM Bro John McKelvie Taylor.

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Mon, 19th September 2011

Regular Meeting Thu 15th September

Brethren

Our last merry meeting was a very busy night indeed. Not only was this was our annual visitation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire but we also had the conferment of Honourary membership to three Brethren for their support to the Lodge on completion of the nights ritual. The work was an E A degree conferred by Bro Scott Turnbull, WJW on behalf of Mr John Feron and we welcome him into the Lodge as our newest cornerstone. This was followed by our annual report from the P G L of A who had been welcomed into the Lodge by PM Duncan Stanners acting as D O C for the evening. The Deputation was headed by our own Provincial Grand Master Bro Archie Chalmers who took the chair to deliver a very favourable report on the Lodge workings. PM Bro Herbie Taylor also conferred the obligation to our three new honourary members in the persons of PM's Bro Alan Hickson and Roy Blanchford of the Ashley Lodge 6525,Poole in Dorset and Bro John Cummins of Stivenstoune Thistle and Rose 169.He also presented each with a 442 dress apron. All the Brethren suitably replied. Thus ended a very succesful evening and all our guests were then invited to some Lodge Harmony by PM Bro John Fullarton IPM, who was deputising for our own RWM who was attending a family wedding.

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Fri, 2nd September 2011

Regular Meeting Thu 1st September

Brethren

Our last regular meeting was to confer a MMM degree on behalf of Bro Raymond Ferguson who was also presented with his MM certificate by our RWM Bro John McKelvie Taylor. PM Bro CL Pllu led the degree with IPM Bro John Fullarton sharing the work and filling in as SW for the opening. Bro David Rusted, Bro Martin McGinn,RWM 314 and PM Bro Tommy Reid acted as overseers for the ritual which was delivered with the appropriate amount of humour and respect to the ritual as commented by the various speakers at the close. Our thanks go to all who attended and we hope our visitors enjoyed the ritual as well as hospitality of 442. We look forward to welcoming you all again the next time you are in the area.

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Fri, 5th August 2011

Lodge Eaglesham 1265 visitation

Brethren

This was a night to remember for both the Lodge and for Bro Thomas Rennie who was about to become our newest MM. The assembled Brethren amounted to 118 Freemasons from within and outwith the Province and indeed the country, with the inclusion of Bro Dana Wilson and his son Christopher from Massachussets in the USA. Bro John Fullarton IPM, acted as DOC and first welcomed a deputation from the PGLofA, headed on this occasion by our own RWPGM Bro Archie Chalmers accompanied by the RWPGM of Perthshire West Bro John Brochie, who were followed into the Lodge by the visiting Brethren of Lodge Eaglesham 1265 headed on this occassion by their RWM Bro Eric Tannahill. Their performance of the ritual was to the highest standard and certainly different from our own ayshire workings. all of the afore mentioned made for a wonderful Masonic evening for all who attended. Bro Thomas Rennie was presented to the RWPGM's of Ayshire and Perthshire West accompanied by the RWM's of 442and 1265 and the end of the degree before Bro Dana Wilson from the USA presented a "Challenge" token to these four dignitaries to commemmorate his visit. The number of visitors present must be a testimony to the efforts of Bro's David Rennie, Freddie and Jim Taylor in the main who have been far and wide representing and promoting the Lodge, our thanks to them for their efforts.

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Thu, 14th July 2011

Regular Meeting 7th july

Brethren

Our last merry meeting was to confer an exemplification of the MM degree by IPM Bro john Fullarton and PM Bro Duncan stanners JD. We enjoyed the company of many visiting brethren from within and without the province and also enjoyed the company of a deputation from the PGLofA headed on this occasion by SPGM Bro Sam Peden with our RWPGM Bro Archie Chalmers in attendance. Bro John Brannigan was presented with his MMM certificate by the RWPGM before Bro Stuart Campbell of Lodge Scotia 178 in Glasgow received the exemplification of the Degree at the capable hands of these two renowned brethren. We wish Bro stuart a speedy recovery. At the close of the meeting the brethren enjoyed some harmony and we would like to thank all the Brethren who helped to make the raffle on behalf of our charitable work such a success.

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Wed, 8th June 2011

Regular Meeting Thu 2nd June

 

Brethren

The main business of our last regular meeting was to confer the Fellowcraft Degree upon Bro Thomas Rennie. Leading the Degree team was PM Bro Herbie Taylor who was assisted by Bro Scott Turnbull WJW with the Obligation being delivered by our Depute Master Bro Keith Syme. Brother Herbie and the team were in fine form as attested by the many visiting speakers at the conclusion of the ritual. RWM Bro John McKelvie Taylor called upon Bro Robert McEwan in oreder to present him with a sash of office as Jeweller in appreciation of his commitment to the office and the manner in which he has supported the Lodge at home as well as being a fine ambassador soth of the border. The passing of Bro William cumming was observed in the usual manner. Prior to closing the RWM asked all visitors to join him for some 442 harmony and for those who had to leave, to take our fraternal greetings back to their respective Mother lodges

 

 

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Sun, 22nd May 2011

Regular Meeting Thu 19th May

Brethren

Our last regular meeting was to confer an EA degree for our latest initiate Bro Thomas Rennie. The degree was conferred by Bro Scott Turnbull WJW and PM Bro Herbie Taylor. PM Bro Tommy Reid also made a presentation of a 50 Jewel to Bro Sam Wylie to commemmorate this wonderful achievement.

After the meeting the final prizes of our HfH efforts were drawn with PM Bro Herbie Taylor winning the Rangers Lambeg drum and Bro Matt Smale of 320 winning the Masonic keyring. Three additional bottles of Malt whisky are also finding their way to the remaining winners in Stevenston,Ardrossan and Glasgow.

Thanks to all who donated prizes and bought tickets to support the Lodge efforts.

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Fri, 6th May 2011

Regular Meeting Thu 5th May

Brethren

Bro Alec McCart was advanced as a MMM by Bro CL Pllu PM,SEC and Bro John Fullarton,IPM at this meeting. PM Pllu led the Degree and it was concluded by PM Fullarton. The ritual was performed as expected by these two Brethren as commented on by the speakers at the conclusion. We welcome Bro Alec into our fraternity and look forward to seeing him along with his proposer and seconder as active members of the Lodge.The Lodge was saddend to hear of the passing of Bro John Fleming who was remembered by Bro David Rusted followed by our usual tribute. Our thanks go to the many visitors who attended from within and outwith the province for their support and we hope they enjoyed the hospitality of 442 enough to make a return in the future.

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Fri, 15th April 2011

Eaglesham visitation

Brethren

On Wed 13th April our RWM Bro. John McKelvie Taylor headed a deputation of 442 brethren to Lodge Eaglesham 1265. The Fellowcraft Degree was conferred by our WJW Bro. Scott Turnbull and PM Bro Herbie Taylor. At the close of the Degree the Brethren adjourned to enjoy some harmony and hospitality with our Brethren of East Renfrewshire. An enjoyable night was made more so by the welcome return from Afghanistan of Bro Keith Syme who joined our travelling party. It was also appreciated by our RWM that he was accompanied by Bro John Brannigan, our newest MM of 442.

Thanks again to all Office Bearers and the Brethren of the Lodge who supported the RWM and the Lodge on this visit.

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Tue, 12th April 2011

Regular meeting Thu 7th April

Brethren

Our regular meeting on Thu 7th April was a M.M Degree which was conferred upon Bro John Brannigan.

The Degree team consisted of PM Bro. Tommy Reid and IPM Bro. John Fullarton who both delivered the ritual to the high standards we have come to expect from these two stalwarts of the Lodge. This was an excellent Masonic event which was witnessed by the Brethren of the Lodge and our numerous visitors.

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Mon, 14th March 2011

Visit to the Leprechauns

Brethren

Our annual visit to the Emerald Isle to celebrate St Patricks day with the Brethren of Lodge T Hay 685 was a magical affair. We witnessed Bro Martin McGinn of Lodge Royal Arch 314,West Kilbride become the latest Scottish Leprechaun and also saw Bro David Rusted and Bro Joe Herring Snr being presented with their jewels. The ceremony was carried out in traditional and jovial style by the chief leprechaun of the evening ,Bro David Wightman assisted by Bro Darren Gill and Bro Robert Gray. The evening was closed after a magnificent Harmony where we were royaly entertained by our Irish Brethren. I'm sure all who made the trip will offer our thanks for the wonderful evening provided by our hosts and the memories we will take away.

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Fri, 4th March 2011

3rd March Regular Meeting

Brethren

Our last merry meeting was to confer a Master Mason Degree on behalf of Bro Raymond Ferguson. The Degree was conferred by PM Bro Duncan Stanners JD and our IPM Bro John Fullarton. We have come to expect an exceptional delivery of the ritual from these two Brethren but this particular exhibition was faultless as commented on by the many visiting speakers. Prior to the Degree Bro Sammy Wylie was presented with a 50 year membership certificate of the Craft  by PM Bro Tommy Reid. A noteable absentee from the Lodge was PM Bro Charlie Pllu Sec who is currently in Crosshouse Hospital. We send him our best wishes for a speedy recovery and return to the Lodge

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Sat, 19th February 2011

Help for Heroes success

The Help for Heroes cabaret night held in the social club on Fri the 11th of Feb was a fantastic success raising the magnificent sum of £1700. The headline act of Shona McVey got the evening off to a great start with her covers of Dusty Springfield followed by  Shania Twain. The Isle of Cumbrae Royal British Legion Pipe Band kept the audience enthralled with their rousing tunes. To close the evening Shona returned as Cher ably assisted by PM Bro Robert Clements ( although he couldnt work his microphone].

Our thanks go to all the wonderful people who attended on the evening and to all those who supported the event by providing raffle prizes and food or bought the raffle tickets to raise this wonderful sum.

The spirit of the evening was epitomised by Mrs Renee Rusted redonating the £100 won in the prize draw to the Help for Heroes.

Again our thanks to Shona and the boys and girls of the band for their wonderful entertainment.

 

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Sat, 19th February 2011

Regular Meeting Thu 17th Feb

Brethren

The order of business for the meeting was the presentation of a 50 year membership certificate to PM Bro John Kane and a distinguished service  certificate to PM Bro CL Pllu followed by a Burns supper at the close of the meeting in the social club. The Deputation from the PGL of A was headed on this occasion by RWPGM Bro Archie Chalmers, was admitted and presented by PM Bro Herbie Taylor acting as DOC. PM Bro John Kane was presented with his certificate by our RWPGM Bro Archie Chalmers who was assisted by Past PGM of A Bro Adam Cunningham and the RWM of Lodge Glasgow at Glasgow 441 Bro Dougie Fraser, being the Mother Lodge of Bro John. This was followed by the presentation of his distinguished service certificate to PM Bro CL Pllu by PPGM of A Bro Adam Cunningham who remarked on Bro Charlies wonderful service to the Lodge and the Craft. The RWM Bro John Taylor and all the Brethren of 442 give thanks for the service and support of these two Brethren throughout the years.

On the close of business the Brethren adjourned to the social club for our Burns Supper. PM BRo Gordon Middleton acted as Chairman and after the presentatation of the haggis, piped in by PM Bro Colin Whitelaw of 320 the address was given  by Bro Gordon. After the traditional fayre, PM Bro Angus Middleton proposed the Immortal Memory in fine style. This was followed by a fantastic rendition of Holy Wullies Prayer by PM Bro John McKenzie who was suitably attired for the occasion. Bro Dougie Fraser then gave us three short poems of Burns under the heading of the good, the bad and the ugly. Bro John McKenzie then returned to deliver a very humerous Toast to the Lassies with Bro. Gordon saving the best till last with Tam O' Shanter. The supper closed with all the Brethren singing The Star of Rabbie Burns which was led by the high pitched tones of Bro Scott Turnbull. Our RWM wishes to extend his thanks to all our wonderful speakers on the evening on behalf of all the Brethren of 442. Well done to all for such a wonderful evening.

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Fri, 4th February 2011

03rd Feb Regular Meeting

Brethren

We had the pleasure of welcoming the Brethren of Lodge Royal Arch St. John, Saltcoats and Ardrossan 320,into the lodge last night to confer a Fellowcraft Degree for Bro John Brannigan. The deputation was presented by Bro Herbie Taylor and the Head of Deputation,Bro Colin Boyd,IPM exchanged fraternal greetings. The degree was excellently conferred by PM Bro Colin Hannah and Bro Colin Boyd. On completion of the Degree work the Brethren enjoyed some harmony to end a memorable Masonic evening.

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Fri, 21st January 2011

New News Item

Brethren

Our last merry meeting on Thu 20th January was to confer a Fellowcraft degree for Bro Alec McCart. The conferring team was led off by PM Bro Duncan Stanners,JD and completed by our IPM Bro John Fullarton in excellent style. The quality of the floor work was as to be expected from these two lodge stalwarts as commented on by the various speakers on completion of the degree. The Brethren were delighted to see so many Past Masters swelling our ranks which added to the enjoyment of the night.

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Fri, 7th January 2011

06 th Jan regular Meeting

Brethren

Our last regular meeting was a MMM degree conferred by PM Bro CL Pllu. Bro Charlie was in fine form having taken on the working as our friends from Ardrossan 320 were unable to come along on the night. Charlie was assisted by our IPM Bro John Fullarton to advance Bro Scott Taylor and Bro Robert McEwan. It was a great start to the year for all the members and visitors and bodes well for the high standards of the 442 working of this final step in our ritual continuing.

Sad and doleful tidings

It was with deep sadness that we were informed of the passing of Mr Tommy Burns who was a candidate for initiation. Tommy was only 44 and passed suddenly over festive period. The funeral arrangements have not as yet been confirmed but we will advise should any Brother wish to attend. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends at this time.

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Fri, 17th December 2010

Thursday 16th December Meeting

Brethren

What an excellent night for those who braved the cold to support Bro Raymond Ferguson receive his Fellowcraft Degree at the very capable hands of PM Bro Herbie Taylor. This following on from his very fine working at Lodge Royal arch West Kilbride 314 0n the previous Tuesday( some Brethren did comment that Thursdays ritual was longer but I couldnt possibly comment). At the completion of the Degree Bro Raymond expressed his thanks to "Help for Heroes" for the sterling help they are providing on behalf of his brother Derek who was recently injured whilst serving with our armed forces in Afghanistan. The Lodge sends our best wishes to all the family and pray that he will soon be back home with them to enjoy a full recovery.

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Fri, 3rd December 2010

2nd Dec meeting

Brethren

Our last merry meeting on Thu 2nd Dec was an Entered Apprentice Degree conferred by PM Duncan Stanners,IPM John Fullarton and PM CL Pllu. The Brethren who who braved the weather were treated to an excellent working of the ritual by these three stalwarts of the Lodge. Our new initiate Bro John Brannigan will look back on this night as a highlight of his masonic journey in future years and we welcome him to the Lodge.

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Tue, 30th November 2010

Ashley Lodge Visitation in Poole

Brethren

On Friday the 26th of November five of our lodge travelled down to Poole in Dorset to witness the Installation ceremony of the Ashley Lodge 6525. The ceremony of Installing the WM was performed by the new IPM Bro Leon and installation of Office Bearers by the new WM Bro Peter were second to none.

Fraternal Greetings were exchanged from the members of 442 and on behalf of Dalry Blair290

The hospitality our party received from the Ashley members was second to none and as a token of our friendship the new WM was presented with the sterling silver mallet which had been made by our Bro Robert McEwan. This will now be passed on the new WM of the Ashley Lodge as he takes office.

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Mon, 22nd November 2010

Installation Ceremony

Brethren

On Friday the 19th of November the Lodge held its annual Installation Ceremony for our RWM Bro John Mckelvie Taylor and his Office Bearers for the coming year. After the Lodge was opened the Deputations from our sister lodges within and outwith the Province, followed by Brethren from the Irish and English Constitutions, The Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire who were headed on this occasion by the SPGM Willie Steele ,even though the RWPGM Archie Chalmers was in attendance and finally the Installing Masters,Bro Herbie Taylor PM 442 who installed our RWM and Bro Scott Turnbull PM of Sandye Lodge 8820 in the E.C., who installed the Office Bearers available on the night. All Deputations were presented by our Bro DoC PM Joe Herring and received a warm welcome from the Brethren.

On completion of the ceremony the Brethren went on to enjoy the harmony and toasts. SPGM Willie Steele replied to the toast to the PGLof A, proposed by WSW Jim Taylor. This was followed by PM Mark Taylor toasting our Visiting Brethren and was replied to by Bro Jim White PM , one of two the Largs Brethren to speak on the night the other being Bro Alan Buntain who proposed the Toast to 442 which was replied to by our JD Bro Duncan Stanners PM. Following the Toast to his Installing Masters and exchange of gifts the RWM and Brethren were treated to a rendition of the Masters Song  by PM Bro Robert Gray assisted by his two Wardens for the song PM Colin McCarter and PM Billy Foster who all joined us from Ireland. The Toasts were completed by the RWM thanking the Ladies and Gents who had provided the meal and liquid refreshment in abundance. The evening ended with the usual round  of singing by members into the wee small hours.

Happy to meet

Sorry to part

Happy to meet again

Installation pictures

Our thanks go to PM Stewart Cruickshank for his work on supplying the pictures of this wonderful evening

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Mon, 25th October 2010

RECONCECRATION CEREMONY

Brethren

On Saturday the 23rd of October the Lodge celebrated 100 years of residence in Bradshaw Street. This milestone was marked by the reconcecration of our Temple which was carrried out by the PGL of A in the guise of Rev Ian U MacDonald officiating as Chaplain assisted by Bro Ian McBreen acting as DOC. The large and distinguished Deputation from the PGL of A was headed by our RWPGM Bro. Archie Chalmers. The Lodge also welcomed many visitors from within and outwith the Province of Ayrshire, with Brethren attending from both the Irish and English constitutions. PM Bro Robert Gray, on behalf of the Irish Brethren presented the Lodge with a bible to mark this auspicious occasion in our history.

Our RWM Bro. John McKelvie Taylor wishes to thank all the Brethren who joined us to make this a wonderful day and trust the members and guests enjoyed the experience as much as we enjoyed their company and fellowship. We would also especially thank Bro. Stewart Cruickshank who helped to mark the occasion by acting as photographer to provide lasting memories of the day.

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Wed, 20th October 2010

Dalry Blair 290 Visitation

Brethren

On Tuesday the 19th October the RWM John McKelvie Taylor headed a Deputation from 442 over the hill to Dalry to confer the M.M.M. Degree. Leading the Degree team were P.M. CL Pllu and I.P.M John Fullarton. The degree was conferred with an excellent mix of humour for the first part with instruction and enlightenment for the second. Bro. David Rusted was in fine form as the Bro. J.O. and this set the tone for the whole team to deliver a performance for the Lodge to be proud of. R.W.M Colin Dunne of 290 thanked the team for their work with additional congratulations from I.P.M Colin Boyd of 320 and the R.W.P.G.M. of Kilwinning.

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Thu, 7th October 2010

07TH October Meeting

Brethren

This was an Entered Apprentice Degree conferred by P.M's John Fullarton and Duncan Stanners. As expected, the members and visitors witnessed an excellent ceremony from these two stalwart degree workers as was testified to by the comments following the degree. A further treat was the Apron Ceremony being delivered by P.M Bro. Tommy Reid who was the proposer of our new initiate. Bro. Stuart obviously listened and took in the teachings of the degree and as such our RWM congratulated him on depriving the S.W. from carrying out any further explanation of the degree. We send our congratulations to Bro. Barry Angus on the arrival of his new daughter (Summer) and trust mother and baby are doing well. Hope you get some sleep soon!

 

Additional Commemorative Items

Thu, 30th September 2010

Additional Commemorative Items

In addition to our enamel commemorative tokens we have gold, silver and bronze available. We also have commemorative keyrings on sale. The keyrings are priced at £5. All typesof the tokens are still available but are selling fast so in order to secure these prized items for 442 members and collectors alike, be sure to contact PM Bro. Duncan Stanners for the items you wish to purchase.

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Teenage Cancer Trust being presented with their 3000 cheque

Fri, 17th September 2010

More News from the meeting

The Brethern were delighted to welcome back Brother David Rusted and Brother Tony Fitzpatrick after their illnesses to be amongst the Brethern of the lodge once again.

Prior to the meeting a cheque for £3000 was presented to the Teenage Cancer Trust on behalf of Ayrshire Freemasons who had cycled round Ayrshire to raise this wonderful sum. 442 was represented by P.M.'s Duncan Stanners and Jim Taylor who both took part in the event.

This was also our annual visitation from the PGL of A. We are pleased to announce that we received a clear minute from DPGM Robert Little,with a special mention of congratulations to our Brother Secretary, C L Pllu and Treasurer David Rusted for their efforts in procuring the clear minute.

Brother David  ( Vivian ) Rusted presented the lodge with a ships bell and was both surprised and delighted to be presented with a Distinguished Service Diploma from the RWPGM of Ayrshire Bro. Archie Chalmers who was also in attendance.

 After the meeting Bro. Danny McInnes of Dalry Blair 290 was presented with a cheque for £110 by our RWM Bro John Taylor. Danny had donated 2 bottles of Malt Whisky in order to be raffled to raise funds for his grandaughter Louise McColgan who is 9 years old and represents the Scottish gymnastic team. The money is to assist with her travelling costs to England to attend training sessions.

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Fri, 17th September 2010

Thu 16 September Meeting

Our last merry meeting was on Thursday the 16th of September at 7.15.

This was a Master Mason degree conferred by Lodge Houston St Johnstone No.242 from Renfrewshire East. Our latest Brother initiate Robert McEwan, was raised  and the assembled Brethern witnessed an excellent working of the 3rd Degree. Brother Robert is also to be congratulated for the excellent manner in which he delivered his report on his visitation to Tarbolton.

Our thanks go to all our members and the many visitors who came from far and wide to make this such an enjoyable Masonic evening. Your continued support in such good numbers is greatly appreciated by our Right Worshipful Master Bro. John Taylor and all the Brethern of Lodge Neptune Kilwinning 442.

Lodge Commemorative Token on sale NOW

Mon, 13th September 2010

Commemorative Tokens

Tokens available

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Sat, 4th September 2010

60 Year Certificate presentation

Brethern

On Saturday the 4th of September Brother Andy McCormack was presented with a certificate celebrating his 60 years in Freemasonry from our RWPGM Archie Chalmers

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Thu, 26th August 2010

Haste Ye Back

Brethern

This weekend Brother Keith Syme, our Senior Warden leaves us to travel south to Chilwell in Nottinghamshire where he will begin his mobilisation and initial training for 10 days prior to flying out to Bielfeld in Germay where he will join up with the 7TH Transport Regiment as a M.T. Sergeant. Keith will be posted to Afghanistan in early October where his posting will last until March 2011. All being well Keith hopes to be back in the Lodge during his leave in January. We all wish him well for a succesful tour and safe return in the new year

Haste Ye Back!

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Sun, 20th June 2010

Good News!!

Good news Brethern!

Brother David Rusted, Treasurer, continues to make good progress and is hope ful that he will be able to join us for our second meeting in September on the 16th.

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Wed, 2nd June 2010

Vegas Visit

Vegas Visit in June2010

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Sat, 1st May 2010

50 Year Certficate