Brother Mark Hay of Lodge Kelso & Tweed 58 was recently admitted to the Borders General Hospital after suffering a heart attack, from which he has now thankfully made a full recovery.
During his five days stay there were no visiting options, just Mark and the people he shared the ward with. There was no TV in the ward although he did have his smart phone for entertainment. On observing the situation, he realised that there are many people in the BGH long term who can’t get visits or have no family. Some can’t work a phone or don’t have one at all. In many cases, the wards do not have a working TV so patients can’t keep up with the outside world or even to have something to help pass the time!
An appeal was sent out to the freemasons of the Scottish Borders to support this project which raised a magnificent sum and £3700, with donations from the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders, the Provincial Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the Border Province and from Lodges, St John Melrose 1bis, St John Selkirk 32, Kelso & Tweed 58, St John Jedburgh 104 and the Hawick Lodge 111 and this added to that received from the general public made a grand total of £9000.
This has enabled TVs to be installed in 20 wards in the BGH as well as 8 wards in the Kelso Hospital and a further 2 heading for the Hawick Community Hospital. The project now has a surplus which will ensure that the equipment will be maintained for the foreseeable future.
This initiative will affect us all at some time in our lives and we record our grateful thanks to the Brethren and Companions of the Scottish Borders for their generosity and to Brother Mark for his initiative.
12th December 2021
Kelso’s 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
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
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
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.
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.