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Collaborative Approach to Delivering Community Support

 

Broomlands Primary School is located in the Heart of the Scottish Borders, providing an excellent education provision for about 250 young learners. Further to a survey conducted by some of the Primary 7 Pupils, it was found that the majority of pupils wanted to see improved play equipment in the playground and voted to have Playground Climbing Frame Apparatus and immediately started fundraising under the name of “Project Playground”

The School has an active Parent Council, a small team of dedicated and committed parents and volunteers to support the school and pupils. Fundraising is part of the Parent Council’s remit, helping the school to purchase those nice to have items that the Local Authority is no longer able to provide, sadly, due to their program of fundraising activities being severely reduced because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis, they have been unable to contribute to Project Playground at a level they would normally have been able to do so.

Freemasons in the Borders became aware of the project and decided to help. The Borders Youth Support Scheme, a scheme operated by the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders, donated £250, Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58 donated £250 and The Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1bis also assisted by donating £200. Representatives visited the School on 12 October 2021 to hand over the £700.

Pam Guthrie, joint Chairperson of the Parent Council was delighted by the generosity of the Masons and thanked them very much for their support.

Pictured (L to R)   Bro. Ken Ross, Master of the Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1bis, Bro. Mick Todd, Master of Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58, Paula Lowrie, member of the Broomlands Primary School Parent Council, Amy & Lauryn from the School, Pam Guthrie, Joint Chairperson of the Parent Council, Bro. James Thom, Depute Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders and Bro. Bill Heaney, Past Master of Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58.

James Thom DPGM
12th October 2021

High Honour for Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58

Brother Andrew Elliot Forsyth, Past Master of Lodge Kelso & Tweed, is pictured here with the Brethren of Lodge Kelso & Tweed and the Grand Master Mason, Brother Ramsay McGhee, on the occasion of his Installation as Provincial Grand Master of the Scottish Borders.
Read the full report of the event here.
10th September 2021

Another Blooming Fine Donation

Bro. Mick Todd, The Master of Lodge Kelso and Tweed No. 58 is pictured presenting a cheque for £500 to the Chairman of Kelso In Bloom, Gav Horseburgh. Well done Kelso in Bloom who work tirelessly to ensure that the town looks its best. Keep up your good work!
31st August 2021

Kelso in Bloom is a community run group who supply & maintain flower beds around the town of Kelso – Coldstream Road, Rose Lane, Kelso Square, Kelso War Memorial, Kelso Memorial Garden.
We can only do this with the help of volunteers – Please Help US

Kelso & Tweed Supporting Guide Dogs UK

Lodge Kelso & Tweed 58 are delighted to support Cheryl and Guide Dogs UK.
 

Cheryl Marchbank is raising money for Guide Dogs and wheeled herself 5 miles in her manual wheel chair on 10th July 2021 from Hawick to Denholm with her guide dog Nala at her side. Our Right Worshipful Master Bro Mick Todd and Secretary Bro Tim Slater PM presented Cheryl with a cheque for £250.

“I qualified with my dog Nala in 2019. I love having the freedom and independence to go out on my own and do every day things. I’m loving my life now more than ever all thanks to the amazing work of Guide Dogs. They really do change lives”.
 
          Well done Cheryl!

SCFS - Showcase

Following the recent announcement that identifiable support in excess of £1Million has been recorded within the group, which now prepares to celebrate its first anniversary, the Admin Team of SCFS is happy to announce that, as of Saturday 1st May, 2021, a public facing Sister page is to be launched on Facebook. The page, named “SCFS-Showcase”, highlights a selection of posts which have appeared over the last year on the main SCFS page. The creation of this page will enable friends and family, along with other members of the public to view, share and comment on the many examples of the charitable giving undertaken by Scottish Constitution Freemasons throughout the world.  The page can be accessed from Facebook by searching for “SCFS-Showcase” or by using the link below. 
https://www.facebook.com/SCFSupports

As of the 25th of June 2021 the total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £1,347,091 !!

Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow

The Northumberland Masonic Demonstration Team at Kelso Town Hall September 2019

“Great oaks from little acorns grow” is a 14th century proverb but it’s as relevant today as it was seven hundred years ago.   After that fantastic Northumberland Masonic Demonstration Team visit to Lodge Kelso & Tweed last September, our IPM Bro Gareth Davies asked if the team would be prepared to make a small donation to a charity supported by his wife Judi, Newcastle Vision Support (formerly Newcastle Society for Blind People established in 1867, which incidentally pre-date the Royal National Institute for the Blind) and this was unanimously agreed to by the team.   

At Newcastle Vision Support’s Christmas lunch on Tuesday 12th December Bro Kevin Maughan, a member of the NMDT team, presented the CEO of NVS Sue Gregg with a cheque for £500.   The lunch was attended by Bro Gareth who was taken aback by the sum donated and there’s even better news!    Bro Gareth received an email from Sue informing him that the Masonic Charitable Foundation has awarded NVS £5000 each year for three years.   In Sue’s words, “This will help greatly towards our core costs”.   To think it all started with that wonderful Saturday meeting in Kelso Town Hall.

Kelso & Tweed Supporting our local Marie Curie Volunteers

We are happy to support our local Marie Curie volunteers by providing the Lodge Rooms for their fundraising activities.  Well done ladies!  Read more…

Lodge Kelso & Tweed are delighted to see Brother Drew Forsyth PM receive Honorary Grand Rank read more…

The Provincial Grand Lodge Bowling Tournament will take place on Sunday, 10th. May, 2020, read more…

Brother Andrew Elliot Forsyth appointed Provincial Grand Master of the of The Scottish Borders read more…

Charity Fundraising Evening to be held at Lodge Dunse No.23 on Saturday 21st. March 2020.
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Joint Annual Divine Church Service Sunday 19th April 2020 Trinity Church, Galashiels.
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Border Youth Support Scheme Annual Sponsored Walk -Saturday 25th April 2020
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Blooming Fine Donation

Bro. Mick Todd (right), The Master of Lodge Kelso and Tweed No. 58 is pictured presenting a Cheque for £500 to The Honorary Provost of Kelso, Dean Weatherston, in support of Kelso In Bloom who work tirelessly to ensure that the town looks its best. Well done to Kelso in Bloom, keep up your good work!
9th October 2019

Prostate Scotland would like to sincerely thank the Grand Lodge of Scotland for their incredible support and partnership over the past seven years. The task of raising awareness and in providing information about treatments and also in working to help increase the survival rate from prostate cancer further has been made easier thanks to the generosity and engagement of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, Provincial, District and Daughter Lodges across Scotland and overseas.  The Grand Master Mason, William Ramsay McGhee, presented Prostate Scotland with cheques totalling £41,000 in aid of our work. This now brings the total amount of fundraising by the Grand Lodge to date to a magnificent £536,000. 

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The total monies raised to date by the Freemasons of Scotland now stands at £536,000!

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