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PGL Quiz Night

Posted by Allan Hutton on November 10, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Friday 30th October 2015.

Our Lodge entered the inaugural Alistair Dunlop PGL Quiz Night which was held in New Stevenson @ RKS 919.

The Quiz Night hosted by our very own RWPGM /Quiz Master Tom Davidson was a great success with approximately £400 raised for the PGL charity appeal.

Our team was made up with me as RWM and my two Wardens John and Steven and our newest MM Allan Hutton Jnr.

The winners on the night were 440 so congrats to them.

1314 finished in a respectable mid table position.

88 won the wooden spoon.



 

A Visit to Grand Lodge

Posted by Allan Hutton on November 10, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Thursday 29th October 2015.

I the RWM of Caldercruix St John 1314 Bro Allan McLaren Hutton attended the third communication of the year at the Grand Lodge of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Unlike previous visits to Grand Lodge this year I travelled alone on this occasion.

Once again it was a great privilege to represent my Lodge at Grand lodge.

The meeting was opened with a memorial service on behalf of recent deceased brethren after which a dedication ceremony was conveyed by the Chaplain on behalf of the new portrait of King George VI and a remembrance memorial which is in the entrance of Grand Lodge.

Then various motions were proposed and approved

A vote was then taken for ten brethren to elected as members of Grand Committee.

Eight new PGM were welcomed into Grands Lodge

Then a number of proposed PGM elect from home and overseas were approved

Finally it was proposed by the Past grand Master Mason Archibald Ewing that the current Grand Master Mason Charles Iain Woolridge Gordon of Esselemont be elected as Grand Master Mason for a another year making his term in office a Grand total Eight years.

It was very amusing to hear the Grand Master reply by asking the assembled brethren if anyone could advise him what to say to wife when he got home after agreeing to another year in office at Grand Lodge.

Once Grand Lodge was closed I made my way back to Waverley station to catch the train back to Airdrie as I had a Lodge committee meeting to attend in the evening.

 

A Visit from 1229

Posted by Allan Hutton on November 10, 2015 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Tuesday 20th October 2015.

I the RWM of Caldercruix St John 1314 had the very great pleasure of welcoming a large fine and distinguished deputation of our friends and brothers from Lodge Bothwell Brig 1229 into our lodge to confer an exemplification of the Entered Apprentice Degree on our volunteer candidate for the evening, Bro IG Alex Kerr.

Due to work commitments 1229's RWM Bro John Thomson was unable to attend; therefore Bothwell Brig's IPM Bro John Furlong was heading their deputation on this occasion.

It was particularly pleasing and much appreciated to see such a large deputation from 1229 especially as they were metaphorically working in the quarries at Lochwinnoch the previous evening.

Enhancing the 1229 deputation were the RWM of Hope Bridge Castle 827 Bro Richard Hastings who had come along with his two Wardens, and the RWM of Coltswood Glenboig 1067 Bro Brian Hillen.

It was particularly pleasing to see among the visiting brethren a young Entered Apprentice from 1067 Bro Andrew Ligget who was only initiated into Freemasonry less than a week ago.

After the exchange of the implement of labour the brethren of Bothwell Brig conferred a very dignified and impressive working of the Entered Apprentice Degree much to the appreciation of the assembled brethren in the Temple.

When the labours of the 1229 craftsmen were concluded I invited one half of the double act who was responsible for establishing the long standing friendship between our two respective Lodges, our Bro Secretary PM. Sandy Stewart to propose a vote thanks to the 1229 degree workers.

Bro Sandy was very complimentary in his comments on the degree and thanked the 1229 brethren for their labours.

I next invited 1229 IPM Bro John Furlong to express a reply if he so wished but on this occasion it was very appropriate that he passed that duty onto the other half of the double act that helped cement our fraternal friendship, 1229 PM Bro John McIndoe, who eloquently conveyed a very suitable reply.

The labours of evening almost over I next invited the 1229 deputation and visitors to join our brethren in the upstairs lounge for a spot of Caldercruix St John 1314 hospitality.

Which I know was enjoyed by all.

 



A visit from 544

Posted by Allan Hutton on November 10, 2015 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Tuesday 6th October 2015.

I the RWM of Caldercruix St John 1314 Bro Allan McLaren Hutton had the very great pleasure of welcoming a large, fine and distinguished deputation from our sister lodge, Coatbridge St Andrew 544 into our midst to confer a exemplification of the Entered Apprentice Degree on our volunteer candidate who just happened to be 1314 PM Bro Jeff Spence.

The 544 deputation was headed on this occasion by PM Bro John Hume, as his RWM Bro Willie McGuire was recovering from a recent illness.

However 544 RWM Bro Willie was in attendance and showed great courage and dedication to his Lodge by taking to the floor and conferring the Final Charge at the conclusion of the degree.

After welcoming the deputation into the temple the gavel was exchanged and thereafter the assembled brethren witnessed a very impressive and instructive working of the Entered Apprentice Degree by the 544 craftsmen.

When the labours of the degree were concluded I the RWM thanked PM Bro John Hume and his degree team for displaying such a splendid degree.

I remarked that although on this occasion the degree was an exemplification, you would never have known the difference such was the solemnity, discipline and skill of the 544 brethren.

I next commented that although the 544 brethren's toils were impressive I also thought that the candidate on this occasion was most impressive too and light-heartedly intimated that tonight' candidate had displayed great potential.

I then asked the assembled brethren to put their hands together and pay the 544 craftsmen the wages that they so richly deserved.

I then invited PM Bro John Hume to express a reply. After making a few comments on the degree he passed that duty onto PM Bro Joe Watson who made a very fitting reply.

With the labours of the evening almost over I invited PM Bro John Hume and his deputation to retire but before leaving the Lodge room I invited them to extend their evening by joining my brethren and me in the upstairs lounge to partake in the usual 1314 hospitality which they were pleased to do.

 

The St John Degree

Posted by Allan Hutton on October 3, 2015 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Wednesday 30th September.

I the RWM of Caldercruix St John 1314 Bro Allan McLaren Hutton had the great honour and pleasure of being invited to participate in an Entered Apprentice Degree at Lodge St John Slamannan 484.

The evening was billed as the St John Degree as the RWM of 484.Bro Graham McCoomb had organised ten reigning RWM from ten St John Lodges from within and out with his Province of Stirlingshire to assist in conferring the Entered Apprentice Degree on two of 484's latest candidates.

I was delighted to travel to the Falkirk Temple with a deputation of twelve brethren from 1314 as well as my three friends .from 617 and 557.

I entered the packed Temple of over ninety brethren with the deputation of Reigning Masters led by the RWM of 484 and was then warmly welcomed into the Lodge by the 484 IPM Bro James Kerr.

All reigning Masters were then invited to the East and there after participate in conferring the degree on two candidates.

I was privileged to confer the Jewels and the Three Great Tenets.

When the labours of the degree were concluded the RWM of St John Slamannan 484 Bro Graham McCoomb thanked all the RWM for attending and making the night such a success and intimated that he hoped that this inaugural gathering of St John Lodges would be the start of an annual event in the Masonic calendar with each St John Lodge taking turn year after year to host this meeting.

The labours of the degree now concluded, The RWM Of 484 invited everyone to extend their evening by joining him and his brethren in the very generous hospitality and harmony which followed.


 

1314 visit to Blackridge 1145

Posted by Allan Hutton on October 3, 2015 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Tuesday 22nd September 2015.

I the RWM of Caldercruix St John 1314, Bro Allan McLaren Hutton had the very great pleasure of travelling East and heading a fine and distinguished deputation from my Mother Lodge into the Province of Linlithgowshire to Lodge Blackridge 1145.

On this occasion we had been invited along at the request of the RWM of 1145 Bro James McGregor to confer the Fellow Craft Degree on 1145's latest Entered Apprentice who just happened to be their 1314th member in their roll book.

Our lodge was delighted to officiate at this unique occasion at our former close neighbour's Lodge as this was the first time in 27 years that a RWM of 1314 had wielded the mallet at 1145.

The last 1314 RWM to do that was PM Bro Eddie Nelson in 1988.

My deputation and I were welcomed into the temple by the 1145 Bro Director of Ceremonies who presented myself and our Paster Masters to the RWM individually.

After taking my place in the East the mallet was exchanged, the office bearers switched and thereafter our Lodge office bearers conferred the Fellow Craft degree on the 1314th member of lodge Blackridge 1145 in an exemplary and instructive manner.

When the labours of the degree were concluded I came down onto the level with the 1145 RWM to congratulate the new Fellow Craft on taking his second regular step in Freemasonry.

On returning to the East I returned the mallet to the RWM and thanked him for inviting 1314 to officiate in his lodge as only 20 Lodges out with the Province of Linlithgowshire have had that great privilege in their 100 year history.

 

Before being invited to retire the RWM presented me with a copy of a page from the visitors book from 1988 with a list of brethren who formed the 1314 deputation of 28 that night which included the signatures of PM Bro Jeff Spence, PM Sandy Stewart and my SM Bro Larry Sloan who as everyone knows are still very active in our lodge to say the least.

 

The RWM was very complimentary to our Lodge with regards to his comments on our degree work and said that he was delighted that our respective Lodges had renewed a Masonic bond that was once very strong before both Lodges went their separate ways. 1314 settling West while 1145 settled East.

 

My deputation and I were then invited to retire and stay behind for the very fine hospitality of Lodge Blackridge 1145, which we were very pleased to do and enjoy.

 



 


 

A night of surprises

Posted by Allan Hutton on September 20, 2015 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Tuesday 15th September 2015.

1314's second meeting of the month was a night of surprises, well for two brethren at least.

When the lodge was opened It was very pleasing indeed to see that the temple was busier than usual with numerous visitors from various lodges and Provinces sitting in the columns.

Before commencing with the evenings business I spoke on behalf of 1314 by congratulating and acknowledging the recent achievement of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history. This was met with a round of applause by the assembled brethren.

Once the Formality of the Lodge business was attended to our stand in DoC Bro Scott Presented Lodge Bannockburn Bruce & Thistle 312 into the temple

I the RWM Bro Allan McLaren Hutton thanked the large and distinguished deputation from 312 for coming along at my request to confer an exemplification of the Fellow Craft Degree.

The 312 deputation was headed on this occasion by PM Martin Gray as their own RWM was unable to attend due to business commitments.

I next invited PM Martin and any PM's in his deputation to the East and invited the remainder of the brethren to find a seat in the packed temple.

Instead of presenting the Mallet to PM Martin I next asked our DoC Bro Scott to once again to retire and attend to his duties, much to the surprise of two certain brethren who must have been wondering what was going on.

You should have seen the look of surprise and bewilderment on the faces of PM Bro Jeff and Bro Billy as the RWPGM Bro Tom Davidson and a distinguished deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge Of Lanarkshire Middle Ward was presented to me.

It was with a great sense of delight and pride that I invited the RWPGM Bro Tom to join me in the East and then exchange the Mallet with him to carry out the special business of the evening.

The RWPGM jokingly remarked that he and his deputation had come along to collect a few sea trout from me as I had just recently returned from a fly fishing trip to the Outer Hebrides.

Two very surprised brethren in the persons of PM Jeff Spence & Billy Murray were then escorted to the edge of the Lodge room carpet by our DoC and then addressed by the RWPGM Bro Tom Davidson who was delighted to express to them that they were to be bestowed with a Distinguished Service Award for their long standing dedication and commitment to 1314 and Freemasonry in general. Our IPM Bro Johnny, Russell next delivered a speech on behalf of the Lodge explaining why both brethren were chosen by our Lodge for such an honour.

The RWPGM Bro Tom Davidson and I the RWM of 1314 Bro Allan McLaren Hutton then came down onto the level and congratulated and presented these two stalwarts of Caldercruix St John 1314 with their diplomas and gifts from the Lodge.

Brothers Billy and Jeff were then invited by the RWPGM to make a speech which they were enthused to do.

When PGL business was concluded the mallet was returned and I then presented the mallet to acting RWM of 312 PM Bro Martin Gray.

The office bearers were switched and 312 conferred an exemplification of the Fellow Craft Degree on our volunteer candidate Bro Kenny Robertson.

When the 312 brethren's labours were over I thanked Bro Kenny for once again being stand in candidate.

I then invited IPM Bro Johnny Russell to express a vote of thanks to Bannockburn B&T 312 for their labours, 312's PM Brother Thomas Campbell made a suitable reply.

The labours of what was a tremendous and special occasion for our lodge now concluded I invited the RWPGM and members from PGL along with 312 to join me and the brethren of 1314 for an evening of Lodge hospitality, harmony and entertainment by 312 and 1314's Lodge singers and would be comedians which I'm delighted to say met with the approval of everyone in attendance



1314 Visit to 617

Posted by Allan Hutton on September 6, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)



Wednesday 2nd September 2015.

I the RWM of Caldercruix St John 1314 Bro Allan McLaren Hutton had the very great privilege and pleasure of heading a deputation of brethren from my Mother Lodge into the Province of Renfrewshire East to confer the Master Mason Degree on two candidates at Lodge Sir George Cathcart 617.

This was the first time in 1314's history that we had visited 617 and had come about because of my association with 617 through my very good friend and brother William Hamilton.

On entering the Lodge our deputation was warmly welcomed by the RWM of 617 Bro Gordon Gillespie who invited me to the East.

Before taking my place in the East I thanked the RWM and the brethren of 617 for the warmth and cordiality of the welcome afforded to my deputation and also thanked the 617 DoC Bro William Hamilton for his very kind introduction.

I then expressed how proud I was to head a deputation into 617 and explained that our visit to 617 was very special indeed for not only was it our first visit there it also completed a unique double for1314.

For this was second time this year that our lodge had visited the Mother Lodge of an ex Scotland football Manager. Sir George Cathcart 617 being the Mother Lodge of Ally McLeod and Blantyre Kilwinning 557 who we visited earlier in the year being the Mother Lodge of Jock Stein.

I then light heartedly indicated that I hoped that when our labours were concluded this evening that we would be at least more successful than Bro Ally and Bro Jocks' respective World Cup campaigns. The assembled brethren appeared to be mildly amused as I then took up my station in the East.

Once I was presented with the gavel and office bearers switched we conferred the Master Mason Degree on two gentlemen one of which was a minister of the Church of Scotland.

The degree was conferred to the usual 1314 high standard which I'm sure made a great impression on both candidates.

When the labours of the 1314 craftsmen were concluded the RWM invited the RWM of Blantyre Kilwinning 557 Bro Richard Bethel to remark on the degree.

Bro Richard was very praiseworthy to our brethren for the manner in which we conducted our labours and thanked the RWM of 617 Bro Gordon for affording him the opportunity to propose the vote of thanks.

The RWM of 617 Bro Gordon was equally glowing In his remarks on the degree too.

The toils of the evening now over the RWM Bro Gordon invited the assembled brethren to stay behind to join him and the brethren of 617 for the usual very generous and enjoyable Sir George Cathcart hospitality.

 

 

Two Masonic Lectures

Posted by Allan Hutton on September 6, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Tuesday 1st September 2015.

Lodge Caldercruix St John 1314 came out of summer recess and started the second half of My Year as RWM with a business meeting followed by two wonderful Masonic lectures.

I arranged the Lectures as an alternative to having an exemplification of one of the degrees as I thought that would be more appealing to the brethren of the Lodge and potential visitors.

We had thirty five brethren in attendance at the Lodge a few of those being visitors which was very pleasing

I invited PM Bro Gordon Fleming of Lodge Sir George Cathcart 617 and Bro David Johnstone of 617 to come along and enlighten our brethren and visitors with their well researched lectures

Bro Gordon's lecture was titled "Jeptha look what you started" and was all about passwords and symbolism.

Bro Daivid is a member of the Masonic Philatelic Club and gave a lecture on the Day in the life of Mason illustrated by stamps which he had on display in the temple.

It's fair to say that both lectures were received very well by all in attendance and I'm certain that Bro David and Gordon enjoyed the experience too.

When the labours of the interesting and informative lectures were concluded I presented Bro Gordon and Bro David with a couple of gifts as a token of our appreciation for taking the time to come along to 1314 and making the night such a success.

I then invited all in attendance to retire to the upstairs lounge for a spot of 1314 hospitality.

 

1314 Masonic Lectures

Posted by Allan Hutton on July 16, 2015 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Brethren on the evening of Tuesday September 1st 2015, Caldercruix St John 1314 will host an evening of Masonic Lectures.

We have arranged to have two very interesting and informative lectures by Bro Gordon Fleming PM of Sir George Cathcart 617 and Bro David Johnstone of Siir George Cathcart 617.

PM Bro Gordon's lecture will be about grips and words and their origins and Bro David will give a lecture on Masonic Stamps and will have on display part of his collection.

Many of you will remember Bro Gordon from a few years ago when he gave a lecture on the founder of the SAS Bro Paddy Mayne at 1314.

I have attended one of Bro Davids lectures in the past where he gave a very interesting and entertaining lecture on the day in the life of a Mason illustrated by masonic stamps.

Bro David is a member of the Masonic philatelic Club and collects Masonic stamps from all over the world.

Both lectures are sure to be engaging and enlightening and will add a little to ones masonic education.

Brethren do come along and support these two brethren who put a lot of research into their masonic work for the benefit of others.

Lodge will tyle at 7.30pm as per usual.Both lectures will follow a general business meeting of 1314

All brethren and visitors will be most welcome so come along and furthrer your Masonic Education!



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