Provincial Grand Lodge of

The Scottish Borders


Bro. J. W Blackie - RWPGM
Bro. John Walter Blackie - Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master

Welcome

On behalf of myself, Commissioned and Elected Office-bearers and of course all of our Lodges welcome to the Provincial Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders, formely known as the Provincial Grand Lodge of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires.


The Grand Lodge of Scotland, at its Regular Communication on Thursday 1 February 2018 approved that the Province of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires be renamed to the Provincial Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders and that Lodges Dunse No. 23 (Duns), St. Ebbe No. 70 (Eyemouth), St Luke No. 132 (Lauder), St. John No. 280 (Coldstream), Ercildoune No. 1119 (Earlston) and Whiteadder No. 1245 (Chirnside) formerly within the Province of East Lothian and Berwickshire, be incorporated under the new Province of the Scottish Borders with effect from 31 March 2018.


We hope you find our website informative and interesting and if you ever have the opportunity to visit our Province in person you can be assured of a warm welcome and when you leave we hope it will be as a friend with fond memories.


Bro. John W. Blackie

Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master


Provincial Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders


What's Next....


Lodge Event - The Hawick Lodge No. 111

15 June 2019

Cairn Visit Service in Teviothead Church at 3.00pm.

Meet in Hawick Lodge No. 111 at 2.00pm

or at Teviothead at 2.45pm.



Lodge Event - Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1bis

Saturday 22 June 2019 at 9am

The Lodge of Melrose St. John No.1² meet the

Melrosian at the site of the Original Lodge,

St. Johns Wynd, Newstead at 9am



Lodge Summer Meeting

24 June 2019 at 7pm (Note Earlier Time)

The Lodge of Melrose St John No.1²

Regular Meeting at 7pm.

In the Corn Exchange, Melrose



Lodge Summer Meeting (PGL Deputation)

25 June 2019

The Galashiels Lodge No.262 “Braw Lads” Meeting at 7pm.

(Visitors & PGL Deputation at 7.30pm).

In the Royal British Legion, Galashiels



Lodge Event

7 July 2019

Hawick Lodge St. James B.U.R.A. No.424

Bard’s Grave Visit.

Meet at Wellogate Cemetery at 1.00pm for 1.15pm


Lodge Summer Meeting

8 July 2019

Lodge St. John Jedburgh No. 104

“Callants” Meeting at 7.30pm


Lodge Event (PGL Deputation)

Friday 19 July 2019

PGL Deputation

Lodge St. Ronan’s No.856 Cleikum Walk at 9.30pm.



PGL General Committee Meeting (Annual Statutory)

19 August 2019 at 7.30pm

in the Lodge Kelso & Tweed No.58



Stop Press - Updates


THE TRAVELLING TROWEL

The Travelling Trowel is back at Lodge St. John Selkirk No. 32,

captured from Lodge Dunse No. 23 on 9 April 2019

Its waiting on a deputation of 7 or more to make a claim for it!!



UPDATED PGL CALENDAR

The new PGL Calendar and Pocket Diary has been issued

and is available to Download/View by clicking the PGL Calendar Page.



CHANGES TO MEETING SCHEDULES

Lodge St. John Jedburgh No. 104

Until further notice will now meet only on the Third Thursday

of the month from September 2018 to May 2019.


Lodge Ercildounce No. 1119

Until further notice will now meet only on the Third Monday

from December 2018 to April 2019



PGLTSB 100 Club


March 2019 Draw


1st :: Lodge Dunse No. 23 :: £45


2nd :: G. R. J. Donnelly :: £26


3rd :: A. W. Little :: £14


"CONGRATULATIONS & WELL DONE"



PGLTSB 100 Club Information
Click on the above link to find out how your Lodge can register for a Prostate Scotland Pin Badge Collection Box

Local Dementia Cafe Benefits from Fun Quiz Night

The Provincial Fun Quiz Night was held in Hawick on 18 May 2019. There was a good mix of teams who done well in the quiz and the fun challenges. Good company and a competitive environment accompanied by great stoves provided by Mrs Jeffrey made it an enjoyable night. The Depute Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Drew Forsyth, presented a cheque for £470 to Bro. Jim Sykes on behalf of the Hawick Dementia Cafe.

St. Ebbe take the Tam Walker Trophy

It was the Annual Provincial Grand Lodge Bowling Tournament on Sunday 12 May 2019 which was hosted by Jedburgh Bowling Club.


The weather was favourable and there was some impressive bowling from the 14 teams playing 3 games each with seven ends. Well done to the team from Lodge St. Ebbe No. 70 who took top place and won the Tam Walker Trophy. The runners up and taking the Joe Lamb Memorial Trophy home was the team from Lodge St. James BURA No. 424.


After an enjoyable meal the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie, presented the trophies and gave the vote of thanks. Congratulations and well done to all who took part.

Winners of the Walker Trophy - Lodge St. Ebbe No.70
Runners up being presented with the Joe Lamb Memorial Trophy Loge St. James BURA No. 424

Sponsored Walk a Success

The Annual PGL Sponsored walk held on 27 April 2019 which was hosted by Lodge Dunse No. 23 proved to be another great success. Although the forecast was not great the rain stayed away and everyone enjoyed the walk which took us over the back of the historical Duns Castle. Over £2, 000 was raised on the day with more to come which will enable us to continue supporting the great causes to help youngsters in the Borders.


After the walk, the Lodge provided some much needed refreshments and the vote of thanks was given by Bro. Marshall IPPGM.


Congratulations and thanks to all who was involved.

Something Different!!

On Tuesday 9th April Lodge Dunse 23 held a special Degree in aid of the Border youth support scheme. To make it a little different an invitation was sent out to all sister Lodges in the Province to help participate on the night. An amazing 15 Lodges were involved directly with the running of the meeting with many more in attendance. The atmosphere throughout the night was electric with the Brethren present raising a whopping £500 for the Border youth support scheme!

BYSS Supports Youth Rugby in Hawick

Bro. Ian Stewart PM, Master of The Hawick Lodge No. 111 presents a cheque to members of Hawick Youth Rugby to assist with their increasing travelling costs. Some members of the team are pictured along with The Border Semi Junior League Trophy which the team have recently won for the third consecutive season. This Trophy will be played for the 100th time next season. Congratulations and Well Done!


March 2019



Masons Learning to be Lifesavers

On Tuesday 12th March Lodge Dunse 23 opened its doors to the Local Community to provide free defibrillator familiarisation and awareness. The attendees were taught the chain of survival and shown how to work various defibrillator models. The defibrillator situated in Lodge Dunse is one of the 386 currently in the Borders. The location of Defibrillators nationwide can be found by downloading the app crowdsav to your phone which will show you your nearest defibrillator should you ever need to locate this life saving equipment.


Grand Master Mason visits our Province

Saturday 16 February 2019 saw the very first Installation of Elected PGL Office-bearers of the New Province in the premises of Lodge St. Ronan's No. 856, Innerleithen. On this occasion, The Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason, Bro. Ramsay McGhee, was in attendance and a deputation from the Sister Provinces was headed by Bro. Robert A. G. Hughes, Provincial Grand Master of Dumfriesshire. The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master's Regalia was consecrated by The Provincial Chaplains, Bro. H. N. W. Donald and Bro. J. S. Clark. The Elected Office-bearers were installed by the Depute Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Andrew E. Forsyth and the Lodge Stewards were invested by the Substitute Provincial Grand Master Bro. James Thom. A fine meal was enjoyed after the meeting along with the traditional Toasts and Speeches.

50 Years in the Craft

Two long serving Past Masters from Lodge St. John Stow No. 216 were presented with Jubilee Certificates by their Right Worshipful Master, Bro. Robin H. Wilson PM at their Regular Meeting on Monday 28 January 2019. Bro. Bert Adamson PM (Director of Ceremonies) pictured on the left and Bro. Alistair Black PM (WSW) pictured on the right, were congratulated on achieving this memorable milestone. Congratulations and Well Done Brethren!

Travelling Trowel has a New Home.

Deputation from Lodge Dunse No. 23 captures the Travelling Trowel from Lodge St. John Selkirk No. 32 on 11 February 2019

Lodge Dunse makes a Charitable Donation.

Lodge Dunse No. 23 gave a kind donation to the Duns Branch of the Royal British Legion following a recent event to commemorate the end of First World War. Pictured is their Master, Bro. Dale Hall, presenting a cheque for £300 to Donald Stokes, who is the Chairman of the Duns Branch. The presentation even got a mention in the Berwickshire News.

Meet The "New" Masters

Like many other Provinces the Lodges in our Province that sadly don’t have a positive succession of progressive Office-bearers need to rely on Past Masters taking the Chair. These so called “recycled” Past Masters are essential to ensure the survival of many Lodges and we are sincerely grateful for their commitment, dedication and continued support. You can imagine how encouraging it was to see two “Brand New” Masters being installed this week within the Province.


Bro. Derek Duncan, a dedicated affiliate member of Lodge St. Luke Lauder No. 132 for many years was ably installed as Master by Past Masters Bro. Ian Fallas and Bro. Jim Archibald on Friday 11 January and although Derek was Master of his Mother Lodge, Lodge St. Leonards Loadhead No. 580, this is his first time as RWM in our Province.


Bro. Mick Todd was installed as Right Worshipful Master of Lodge Kelso and Tweed No. 58 on 12 January by Past Masters Bro. Tim Slater, Bro. Cliff Worrell and Bro. Bill Heaney. This is Bro. Mick’s first time “in the Chair” after a successful career in the Lodge.


Congratulations and all the best of luck Brethren. Have an enjoyable tenure of office.

Bro. Derek Duncan - Master of No. 132
Bro. Mick Todd - Master of No. 58

Honorary Grand Rank Presented

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie, along with a small deputation of Commissioned Office-bearers of the Provincial Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders paid a surprise visit to The Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1bis at their Regular Meeting on Monday 3 December 2018. On this occasion the RWPGM had the personal pleasure and privilege in presenting Past Master and Lodge Secretary and also the Provincial Grand Secretary, Bro. Alistair W. Little with Honorary Grand Rank as Honorary Assistant Grand Secretary. A well respected Man and Mason, Bro. Alistair has dedicated many years of expertise to the craft and was Master of the Lodge in 1988-1990. In his capacity of Provincial Grand Secretary he was instrumental in the success of the formation of the new Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders. Congratulations and Well Done Bro. Alistair – Very much deserved!


Celebrating 50 Years in the Craft

At the Regular Meeting of The Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1bis on Monday 3 December 2018 Past Master Bro. Jim Thornton was presented with a diploma to celebrate Membership of the Craft for 50 years. Bro. Jim was Master of the Lodge 1976 – 1977. Pictured giving their congratulations is Bro. John W. Blackie, Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Jim Thornton PM and Bro. Ken H. Ross, Master of the Lodge.


Great Fallen Remembered

November 2018 saw Lodge Dunse No. 23 hold a Memorial Service commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ending of the Great War in 1918. The well attended service was conducted by Bro. Reverend H. L. Williamson who is pictured along with Bro. Andrew E. Forsyth, Depute PGM, Bro. Allan Marshall, Immediate Past PGM and Bro. Dale Hall, Master of Lodge Dunse No. 23.

Fantastic night had by all at the Kelso & Tweed Ball on 23 November 18 - Thanks to all who made it a success.

BYSS Presentation in Innerleithen

The Worshipful Provincial Grand Senior Chaplain, Bro. Norman Donald, had the pleasure of presenting two cheques on behalf of the Borders Youth Support Scheme to Mr. Keith Belleville. Mr. Belleville represents both Innerleithen Primary School, who was awarded £300 towards an educational trip to London for the Senior Pupils and the St. Ronan's Silver Band who was awarded £200 towards the cost of new uniforms for the Junior Section. (Oct 2018)

PHOTO: Bro. John Robertson

Jubilee Diploma Presented at Lauder

On Wednesday 3 October 2018, The Right Worhsipful Master of Lodge St. Luke Lauder No. 132, Bro. Ian Brotherstone PM, had the great pleasure of presenting a Jubilee Diploma to one of its well known and respected members.

PHOTO: Bro. Stewart Clark

60 Years Dedicated to the Craft

Tuesday 11 September saw the Provincial Grand Lodge Annual Visit to the first of the Berwickshire Lodges. The Worshipful Depute Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Andrew Forsyth, headed a deputation to Lodge Dunse No. 23. On this evening, Bro. Jake Utterson was presented with his 60 year diploma and Jewel. The Right Worshipful Master Bro. Dale Hall, said it was a pleasure and a privilege to make such a special presentation and thanked Bro. Utterson for his commitment not only to Lodge Dunse No. 23 but to the craft in General.


Congratulations and well done Jake!

Hawick Lodge No. 111 finally celebrates 250 years.

On Saturday 25 August 2018 Lodge No. 111 finally was able to celebrate the great achievement of being 250 years old. The celebrations were supposed to take place in March, however, due to the dreadful snow and weather conditions left by the “beast from the east” the meeting was postponed until August.


Bro. Norman H. Taylor, RWM, opened the Lodge under the watchful eye of Bro. Alec Burgon PM, who was RWM at the Lodges 200 year celebrations in 1968. Deputations were received from the Provincial Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders, headed by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie. Bro. Hugh Clelland, Substitute Grand Master, headed a deputation from the Grand Lodge of Scotland who carried out the Ceremony of Rededication with great solemnity and feeling. Dinner followed with a number of well delivered speeches.


To further add to the Celebrations, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie had the pleasure and privilege of presenting the Lodge’s Tyler, Bro. William Beattie, with Honorary Grand Rank as Honorary Grand Tyler. Congratulations and well done Wullie, very well deserved.


All the hard work, planning and preparations paid off as a good time was had by all. All the best for the next 250 years ahead No. 111.


BYSS Supports another Champion

Young Boxer, Marcus Brogan from Hawick, recently benefited from a grant from the Borders Youth Support Scheme supported by Hawick Lodge No. 111 to assist with the traveling costs to Glasgow twice a week and towards the cost of new boxing boots. Recently Marcus travelled to Cardiff to represent Scotland in the Schoolboy GB Tri-nations against England and Wales where he won the Gold Medal making him the British Schoolboy Champion at 62kg born in 2004. Congratulations and well done Marcus. 08/2018

Masons remember the ending of the Great War

The Grand Lodge of Scotland and Poppyscotland entered into a joint venture to commemorate the end of the Great War in 1918. This takes the form of visiting every Province the length and breadth of the country where Provinces and Lodges lay wreaths at local War Memorials. The Widows Sons Scotland agreed to facilitate this by riding to each location on their motorcycles and provide a visible link.


The event commenced on Saturday 4 August 2018 at the City Chambers in Edinburgh then on to the Province of Midlothian followed by The Province of East Lothian. The next day, Sunday 5 August, the tour came to the Scottish Borders were a number of Members of the Province were proud to be involved.


The entourage arrived at Lodge Ercildoune No.1119 (Earlston) where they were welcomed into the Province by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie and members of his Commission before proceeding to Dryburgh Abbey only a short distance away, to the grave of Field Marshall Earl Haig. The Provincial Grand Master and representatives from Lodges within the Province laid wreaths at the grave and a short oration was given by Bro. Blackie.


Generous Masons contribute to Nadine's Life Changing Surgery

Past Master of Lodge St. John Jedburgh No. 104, Bro. Tony Turnbull, shared the devastating news that his daughter Nadine had the life threatening condition Elhers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), sometimes known as Wobbly Head Syndrome, which means that her skull was not properly attached to her neck. It’s a condition that is so severe that even opening a packet of crisps or driving over a pothole in the road in the car could have easily ended her life.


Nadine had to take a concoction of medication every day to improve her balance, prevent seizures and ease the constant pain. Nadine’s skull was so loose she risked damage to her spinal cord and even death from internal decapitation. Because the skull was not supported properly, the weight of it was crushing her brain stem which is the major connection between her brain and the rest of her body, it regulates life sustaining functions that we all take for granted such as breathing, swallowing, heart beat regulation and blood pressure.


Nadine was only millimetres away from dislocation with any excessive movement causing the blood supply to her head to be cut off. Nadine risked being paralysed due to her spinal cord being compressed by her moving bones which are normally held in place by ligaments. It is a condition that is so bad that even something as simple as her pillow in bed being at the wrong angle could have caused so much pain that she would spend days on morphine, or even worse could have easily dislocated her head and neck and killed her.


Nadine was alerted to life changing surgery in Barcelona, however, this came at a great cost, a cost of over £50, 000. Nadine’s family and friends took to fundraising to raise the cash required.


The generousity of Freemasons within the Province as well as kind donations from members of other Provinces amounted to £12, 500.


Having now had her surgery, Nadine is on the slow road to recovery but is in a much better condition.


Quiz Night & Social Fundraiser another Success

On Saturday 19 May 2018 the Provincial Quiz & Fundraising Night was held in The Hawick Lodge No. 111. Bro. Stuart Donaldson had the duty of Quiz Master and Depute Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Andrew Forsyth was in charge of the games and challenges. 14 teams, each with 4 players took part but it was the "As Ifs" from Lodge St. John Jedburgh No. 104 that were Champions at the end of the night closely followed by with the "Roses" from the Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1bis.


Just over £1, 000 was raised for Nadine Turnbull. Well done and thank you to everyone!!

BYSS Cheque Presented to Alexander

Pictured is Bro. Sandy Galbraith, Lodge St. John Jedburgh No. 104 presenting a Cheque for £200 on behlaf of the Borders Youth Support Scheme to Alexander Bathgate to assist with his Scout Trip.

Northumberland Masonic Demonstration Team (NMDT) visits the Province.

Saturday 14th April 2018 in Kelso Town Hall saw an excellent enactment of a First Degree Ritual as practiced in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1823. The Northumberland Masonic Demonstration Team had been invited by Lodge Kelso and Tweed No 58 to a Special Meeting organised to raise money for the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason’s nominated charity Prostate Scotland and for charities supported by the Northumberland Masonic Demonstration Team.


RWM Bro Gareth Davies, who welcomed Lodge members and visitors and then received a deputation from The Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders accompanied by W Bro Brian Denton, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland who leads the demonstration team.


The Lodge was then called off, and W Bro Denton gave a short introductory talk, during which he made mention of the origins of the ritual we would see and gave an explanation of some of the parts. The demonstration team then proceeded to prepare the “Lodge room” and gathered together to open the Lodge. They then produced a very highly polished and intriguing enactment of the first degree, which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone present.


Before the “Lodge” was closed the Worshipful Master announced that a very special document had arrived in the post, two years late! He asked if Bro John Stenhouse was present, and if, so would he please be upstanding. He then requested the Senior Deacon to escort Bro Stenhouse to the centre of the Lodge where he presented a greatly surprised Bro Stenhouse with his Diamond 60 Year Diploma on behalf of Lodge Kelso and Tweed. Bro Stenhouse gave a short reply and was then escorted back to his seat, still in a state of astonishment.


The NMDT were thanked by the RWM and acclaimed by all of the brethren present. A great afternoon having been enjoyed by all present, so-much-so that the RWM was requested to organise a third degree enactment at a future date to be agreed.


A Harmony Board had been provided in the Lodge room and everyone present was invited to join in the festivities. Another thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all, the result of which £830 was raised for charity.

First Visit from PGL TSB

The first visit of the new Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders was to the Annual PGL Visitation to Lodge St. John Jedburgh No. 104 on 5 April 2018 which was headed by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. J. W. Blackie.


Photo: Lodge St. John Jedburgh No. 104

Masonic Histroy being made in The Scottish Borders

The Grand Lodge of Scotland, at its Regular Communication on Thursday 1 February 2018 approved that the Province of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires be renamed to the Provincial Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders and that Lodges Dunse No. 23 (Duns), St. Ebbe No. 70 (Eyemouth), St Luke No. 132 (Lauder), St. John No. 280 (Coldstream), Ercildoune No. 1119 (Earlston) and Whiteadder No. 1245 (Chirnside) currently within the Province of East Lothian and Berwickshire, be incorporated under the new Province of the Scottish Borders with effect from 31 March 2018.


A Special Communication to mark the inauguration of the Provincial Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders was held in the Tait Hall, Kelso, on Saturday 31 March 2018. Never before has this been seen. Grand Lodge in its great history has on occasion made changes to the layout of the Provinces but never before has it been seen that two lodges proactively making changes to better the future of Freemasonry in the Scottish Borders.


The Provincial Grand Lodge of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires was opened by the Right Worhsipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie and Provincial Business was carried out. A deputation was then received from the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lothian and Berwickshire headed by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Douglas Fergie, soon after Provincial Grand Lodge was adjourned. Bro. Douglas Fergie then opened the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lothian and Berwickshire where business of the Province was dealt with, including a Past Provincial Senior Warden's Jewel being presented to Bro. Alexander Johnstone, Past Master of Lodge Ercildoune No. 1119. Bro. Alex then presented a Sword to Bro. John W. Blackie as a gift to the Province.


An address was made by Bro. Fergie with regard to the transfer of the 6 Berwickshire Lodges from East Lothian and Berwickshire to the Province of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires and an official handover document was duly signed by both the Provincial Grand Masters. On conclusion Bro. Fergie closed the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lothian and Berwickshire for the very last time and then opened the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lothian for the first time where Commissioned Office Bearers of the new Province were appointed. The Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lothian was duly closed.


Bro. John W. Blackie then resumed the Provincial Grand Lodge of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires which was shortly afterwards closed for the very last time before the new Province, The Provincial Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders was opened for the first time were The Roll of Lodges within the province was called by the Worshipful Provincial Grand Secretary, Bro. Alistair W. Little. Bro. James Stewart Clark, Past Master of Lodge St. John Coldstream No. 280, was appointed as Worshipful Junior Provincial Grand Chaplain and Bro. Donald Drummond, Past Master of the same Lodge was appointed as Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies. On the conclusion of other Provincial Business the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders was closed.


A fine celebration dinner was held afterwards to mark this special and historic occasion.


Photos below kindly supplied by Bro. Michael Todd - Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58

Last Installation in the Province of RPSS

Saturday 24 March 2018 saw the very last Installation in the Province of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires. Bro. Gordon Newlands was installed as Right Worshipful Master of the Galashiels Lodge No. 262 by Bro. George Duff and Bro. Andrew Beatt, Past Masters of the same Lodge, in the view of many visitors from within and outwith the Province and a deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires, headed by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie, a Past Master of No. 262 himself.


The RWPGM highlighted that Bro. Gordon is the very last Master to be Installed in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires before it changes to the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders on 31 March 2018 where we will be joined with 6 Lodges from Berwickshire.

Bro. Alister - 70 years in the Craft!

On Wednesday 21 March 2018, Past Master Bro. Alister Blackie, was presented with his 70 Year Diploma and Jewel.


Alister joined Lodge Blackadder in 1948 when the Lodge was located in the "dome" of the Town Hall in Geenlaw, Berwickshire and after the Lodge became dormant he affiliated to Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58.


Pictured is Bro. Alister receiving a bottle of the Grand Master Masons Choice Malt Whisky from Bro. John O'Brien PM on behalf of his friends from Lodge Blackadder.


Congratulations and Well Done Alister!


Changes to the Province ahead

The Grand Lodge of Scotland, at its Regular Communication on Thursday 1 February 2018 approved that the Province of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires be renamed to the Provincial Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders and that Lodges Dunse No. 23 (Duns), St. Ebbe No. 70 (Eyemouth), St Luke No. 132 (Lauder), St. John No. 280 (Coldstream), Ercildoune No. 1119 (Earlston) and Whiteadder No. 1245 (Chirnside) currently within the Province of East Lothian and Berwickshire, be incorporated under the new Province of the Scottish Borders with effect from 31 March 2018.


A Special Communication to mark the inauguration of the Provincial Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders will be held in the Tait Hall, Kelso on Saturday 31 March 2018 at 2pm followed by a Celebration Dinner.

Polished Gift for Adam

Bro. Adam Kelly, a man in his 90s, a Past Master of Lodge St. John Stow No. 216 who is an Honorary Member of the Galashiels Lodge No. 262 was not only reputed to be the Oldest Ice Cream Man prior to his retirement but a well-respected and decorated war veteran.


The Galashiels Lodge No. 262 has managed to refurbish Adam’s Medals and have presented them to him as a gift from the Lodge.


Pictured Left to Right: Bro. George Duff PM 262, Bro. Adam Kelly PM 216 (HM 262), Bro. Jock Clowry PM, RWM 262 and Bro. John Blackie RWPGM (PM 262)



BYSS Presentation for Rhiannon


The Master of the Galashiels Lodge No. 262, Bro. Jock Clowry PM, proudly presents a cheque on behalf of the BYSS to Rhiannon Gerrard who is embarking on a trip to Africa to participate in some worthwhile building work with the Vine Trust.


This shows the continued commitment that the BYSS has to assist youngsters in the Borders

Rhiannon Gerrard

Distinguished Service for Bro. Joe.

At the Installation of Lodge Peebles Kilwinnining No. 24 on Saturday 21 October 2017 a very special Brother was presented with Distinguished Service.


Immediate Past Master, Bro. Joe Kirkpatrick PM who is also a Past Worshipful Substitute Provincial Grand Master of the Province was presented with the Honour by Past Provincial Grand Master Bro. James Brown.


Bro. Joe, a well-respected member of the Province, received his diploma and emotionally thanked the Brethren of the Lodge for his special award.


Joe was Master of the Lodge in 1981 – 1984 and again in 2015 – 2017 during the Lodges Tercentenary Celebrations and was Substitute Provincial Grand Master during Bro. James Brown’s Commission in 1995-2000.


Congratulations Joe! – well deserved.

Lodge Kelso & Tweed 58

Annual Charity Quiz Night


Lodge Kelso & Tweed recently held their Annual Charity Quiz Night and are pleased to announce that a grand total of £900 was raised for the Motor Neurone Disease Charity. Half of the money raised will go to research and the other half to support an individual family. Thanks to all those who generously gave their time and money to make the event such a great success.


A special thanks to Bro Mick Todd, as Quiz Master, for a very

entertaining evening.


Pictured is the winning team comprising of those well known “Quizers” Jock and Ann Blackie assisted by John Malone and Tim Slater.

Changes to PGL Office-bearers


Further to the sad loss of the Depute Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Michael Peutrill, The Right Worhsipful Provincial Grand Master has had to make some changes to his Commission. Bro. Andrew Forsyth, Past Master of Lodge Kelso and Tweed No. 58 and formally Substitute Provincial Grand Master will resume the office of Depute Provincial Grand Master and Bro. James Thom, Reigning Master of the Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1bis will now be Substitute Provincial Grand Master. Both have been appointed with Immediate effect and are both looking forward to their new challenges. Futher to this Bro. George G. Alexander, Past Master of Lodge St. John Selkirk No. 32 has been nominated for the Office of Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies.


BYSS Support for Alistair





Bro. Kevin Stewart (Right), the Right Worshipful Master of Lodge St. John Stow No. 216 presents a cheque on behalf of the Borders Youth Support Sceme to Alistair Robinson to help fund a trip to Tanzinia.


Alistair is heading to Tanzinia where he will be helping to build a School as well as other life improving projects

BYSS Support for Jed Athletes








Bro. Kevin Stewart, RWM of Lodge St. John Stow No. 216 Left), presents a cheque for £200 on behalf of the Borders Youth Support Scheme to Brian Woods of the Jedforest Athletics Club in Jedburgh. The grant will be used to purchase equipment to aid the training of the young athletes in the town.

250 Years of Freemasonry in Jedburgh


The 250th Anniversary of Lodge St. John Jedburgh No. 104 was celebrated on 20 May 2017 in Jedburgh Town Hall when a deputation from the Grand Lodge of Scotland, Headed by the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason, conducted a ceremony of re-dedication.


On this occasion the Province presented a Cheque for £1, 000 to the Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason for Prostate Scotland.

J West of Stow BYSS Presentation

BYSS Presentation

for Erika




Bro. James West of Stow, Past Master of Lodge St. John Stow No. 216, presents a cheque on behalf of the Borders Youth Support Scheme to Erika Doherty who is raising funds to enable her to go to Tanzania to help build sustainable housing.