WHAT’S ON at KAT58
Wednesday 20th December 2023
Regular Meeting, Tyle 7.30pm:
On the afternoon of Sunday 9 July 2023, Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58 welcomed The 2023 Kelso Laddie, Andrew Thomson, along with a number of guests from the Kelso Laddies Association.
Master of the Lodge, Bro. Tim Slater, welcomed the the visitors and gave a brief presentation on the historical connection between the Lodge and Kelso Abbey.
The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Andrew E. Forsyth, continued by making reference to the newly established Young Masons Group, The Borders Quarrymen, highlighting that although still in the early stages, the initiative was gathering pace. Bro. Tim Slater followed by proudly sharing some of charitable work achieved by the Grand Lodge of Scotland, The Provincial Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders and at a more local level, the contributions Lodge Kelso & Tweed have given to good causes within the town.
The Master then presented The Kelso Laddie with a small gift along with a cheque for £150 for the Kelso Laddies Association, to go towards the sponsorship of Civic Week events and wished the Laddie all the best of luck for Civic Week. The Kelso Laddie replied expressing his personal appreciation and that of the Kelso Laddies Association.
The start of something new.
On 27 April 2023, a number of younger Lodge Members within the Province met at Lodge Kelso and Tweed with a view to creating and operating a “Young Masons Group” aimed at young and new members of the craft. Watch this space for further developments.
From the generosity of the company the night raised a magnificent £474. The Right Worshipful Master Brother Tim Slater presents a cheque for £500 to Paula Wight and Maureen Hogarth from the Kelso Ladies Poppy Group.
Superb night of fun at Lodge Kelso & Tweed 58 as the Lodge hosted a Burns Supper in aid of the Kelso Ladies Poppy Group with 36 guests in attendance.
There was a full programme of toasts, poems and song. Music was provided by Brothers Gordon Brown and Bill Elliot on the accordion accompanied by Alan Veitch on the small pipes.
The haggis was piped in by Pipe Major Alan Veitch and the address was given by Bro Jim Brown PM. The Immortal Memory was expertly delivered by Bro Gareth Davies PM. Bro Bill Heaney PM had everyone on their knees with “Holy Willie’s Prayer”. The Toast to the Lassies by Bro Mick Todd IPM had us all in stitches with an equally humorous reply from Mrs Fiona Brown. Bro Rob Cockburn PM had the company enthralled with “Tam o’ Shanter” and “To a Mouse”. The programme ended with Bro Jim Brown PM reciting that favourite “The Haggis o’ Private McPhee”.
The Kelso Ladies Poppy Group goes to great lengths to decorate the town during a period of remembrance and the Lodge is always happy to support our local charities, it’s what we do!
11th Feb 2023
Scottish Freemasons will make history by presenting a cheque for more than £1 million to Prostate Scotland. It is the first time the Grand Lodge of Scotland, whose members are spread across the globe, has raised such a vast sum to be given to a single recipient. The achievement comes after a fundraising appeal lasting an incredible 10 years, recently named the Make It a Million campaign.
“I would also like to say a special thank you to Mrs Dawn Oliff and her staff who have carried out an immense amount of administrative work in respect of the project.”
The Grand Lodge of Scotland embarked on the appeal to help increase awareness of prostate disease, its symptoms and the treatments available. The money was raised thanks to a collective effort by thousands of freemasons who devised a huge range of fund-raising initiatives. The most recent was a zip slide which contributed nearly £50,000 to the appeal.
Pictured here, Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason, Brother William Ramsay McGhee, the Office Bearers of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, the Provincial Grand Master of the Scottish Borders, Brother Andrew E. Forsyth, the Office Bearers of Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders with eleven Provincial Grand Masters of the Scottish Constitution and the Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Mark Lodge of Northumberland.
The observant amongst us will know that the Provincial Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders was created in 2018, however, on Saturday 20 August 2022, a ceremony took place in Kelso to celebrate 275 years of a Provincial Grand Lodge presence in the area.
The celebration took place in the Tait Hall, Kelso, where a deputation from the Grand Lodge of Scotland, headed by the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason, Bro. William Ramsay McGhee, performed the ceremony of rededication which was followed by a celebratory meal with toasts and speeches.
The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master presented a cheque for £500 to the Grand Master Mason for Grand Lodge Benevolence along with another for £2, 750 in support of the Prostate Scotland “Make it a Million” scheme, which the achievement of is now in sight.
Two hundred and seventy-five years ago on the 15th day of August 1747, the province of Roxburgh and Peebles was formed headed by the first Provincial Grand Master, Brother John Murray of Cringletie, Peebles. The title of our Province has changed several times over the intervening years, however, it does not detract from the respect in which our Province is held throughout Scottish Freemasonry.
We have reached another fantastic milestone in our history and we celebrate this anniversary with a great deal of pride in our heritage. From the foundation which has been laid we look forward to the future with confidence and optimism that our successors will continue to embrace the fundamental principles that has served our Province for the past two hundred and seventy-five years.
Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason, Brother William Ramsay McGhee, is pictured here with the Provincial Grand Master of the Scottish Borders, Brother Andrew E. Forsyth and the Right Worshipful Master of his Mother Lodge, Brother Michael A. Todd of Lodge Kelso & Tweed 58.