Provincial Grand Lodge of

The Scottish Borders


LATEST NEWS

17 March 2020: Update from The Grand Lodge of Scotland:

All Masonic activity will be suspended forthwith until further notice

due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis.

Bro. A. E. Forsyth - RWPGM
Bro. Andrew E. Forsyth - Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master

Welcome


Welcome to the


Provincial Grand Lodge of


The Scottish Borders.


Message from Bro. Andrew E. Forsyth - Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master

I greet you all for this first time as Provincial Grand Master immensely proud of the trust you have placed in me. I am sure everyone would join with me in congratulating Bro. Jock Blackie on completing his term as Provincial Grand Master, a great achievement on the successes during the last five years. The regard in which we are held as a Province says it all, Jock we owe you a lot and you will be a hard act to follow.


These are as we all know very difficult and trying times, the path ahead uncertain. Our resolve will undoubtedly be pushed in some cases to the very limit but with the grit and determination that characterises Freemasons worldwide since its very origins, we will prevail. Together is always stronger and together we will emerge from this Pandemic ready to move forward as a force to be reckoned with, a greater understanding of the need for community work and strengthened understanding of the value placed on our charitable work both in the past and communities dependence in the future.


My own journey here has been a steep learning curve, the input and guidance from the Past Provincial Grand Masters has been tremendous. No doubt I will be able to continue my journey with that sure support I can depend on from these learned and experienced Brethren. Jock has been a great source of encouragement over this past 5 years and I look forward to having him by my side over the next 5 years. The new Commission is a mix of experience and youth with Bro. Alistair Little carrying on as Provincial Grand Secretary. We were the new boys on the block at the start of Jock`s Commission and learned the ropes together so I am pleased that Alistair agreed to be my Secretary, we are in safe hands Brethren. Bro. James Thom is the new Depute Provincial Grand Master and our IT guru, his experience will strengthen the team. Bro. Stewart Clark moves up to Substitute Provincial Grand Master and as we know Brethren, his enthusiasm knows no bounds and will keep us going no matter what. Bro. Michael Laidlaw comes in to the Commission for the first time as Senior Chaplain, again Brethren as you all know he has a wealth of Masonic knowledge behind him. Last but not least Bro. Gary Duff takes up the post of Junior Chaplain, again Brethren a Mason of great enthusiasm, well-travelled throughout Freemasonry building up experience of Provincial Grand Lodge, a now “weel­kent” face within the Sister Provincial Grand Lodges.


I cannot allow this transition to pass without a huge debt of gratitude to our retiring Senior Grand Chaplain Bro. Norman Donald, 20 years of untiring service to the Provincial Grand Lodge Commission serving 4 Provincial Grand Masters, a fantastic achievement. Once this lockdown has been lifted and meetings may once more commence, I would like to be the first to personally congratulate Bro. Norman on his commitment to our organisation and the regard he is held in.


The future vision for our Province is still clear, support for the Daughter Lodges in every area, focus on best practice especially with recruitment in mind, the open door attitude that has developed over the years must continue. We are here to serve you the Brethren, you have put your trust in us. I will be accountable to you, the Brethren of our Province. I am in no doubt the road ahead will be difficult but with a good team of experience and enthusiasm combined with a can-do attitude, we can as an organisation survive and flourish. Stay safe Brethren, my door is always open.



Andrew E. Forsyth

Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master

11 June 2020

Message from Bro. John W. Blackie - IPPGM

As my commission has now come to an end, I have been looking back over the last five years (those five years have truly flown by) and it is true to say there have been so many events and outstanding memories that it is almost impossible to recall them all. 


There have times of great enjoyment,  tempered by times of sadness, though the good memories have far, far outnumbered the bad times.


The saddest part of course was the loss of so many Provincial Brothers so early in my commission and a good few more Brothers and friends since. With great regret but also fondness, I remember Past PGM's Joe Lamb, Jimmy Dalgleish, Ted Keeper, and Irving Stuart as well as Bros. Bill Kennedy, Jimmy Mather, Harry Wright and  my own Depute, Bro. Mike Peutrill. All of them were great Provincial servants and are still sadly missed. But the loss of all those worthy Brethren pales into insignificance when compared to my own personal tragedy, with the loss of my dear wife Ann. There is a touch of irony that my commission ends on 10th June, which will be the 2nd anniversary of her death. As such, any celebrations on successfully completing my term will be understandably very limited. I just wish Ann could have been here to share these memories, as it was her encouragement and support over so  many years that made it all possible.


However, the vast majority of the time  has been a truly wonderful experience, with many many highlights. Being only the second member of the Galashiels Lodge No. 262 (and the first for nearly a hundred years) to be appointed as PGM, being installed by the Grand Master Mason, leading the Provincial Deputation to Field Marshall Earl Haig's grave at Dryburgh Abbey, and reading the lesson in Grand Lodge at the memorial service marking the end of the Great War, giving particular pleasure. But my fondest memory (and an achievement of which I'm particularly proud) was being in the chair when we formed the new Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders. It was a truly memorable day, and  has proved a great success. I'm delighted to see that Freemasonry is flourishing in the Borders once again. That success has been achieved through great team work and the wonderful support of all the Brethren of the Province. My sincere thanks go to all the Past and current Commissioned Office-bearers and to all the Elected Office-bearers, past and present, for their encouragement, friendship and support. It has been an honour to have been the Provincial Master,  and I thank you all for accompanying me on that journey.


A new era begins on Thursday 11th June 2020, when Bro. Andrew Elliott Forsyth from Lodge Kelso and Tweed No. 58, takes up his Commission and I'm sure I speak for everyone when I wish him, and all his newly Commissioned Office-bearers, a thoroufhly enjoyable and successful time in office. With all Masonic activity suspended due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19),  we don't know when Drew's installation will take place, but when it does eventually happen, it will be another day to remember, I'm sure.


So it is with great pleasure but also a fair amount of sadness, that I now join the ranks of distinguished Past Provincial Masters. Thank you one and all, for the honour and thanks for a lifetimes worth of memories.


Stay safe, and take care, till we meet again.


Bro. John W Blackie

Immediate Past Provincial Grand Master

11 June 2020

What's Next....


!! IMPORTANT NOTE !!

Further to Direction from

The Grand Lodge of Scotland,

all Masonic activities have been suspended

until further notice!!




It is most heartening and encouraging to read about, and to witness, the wonderful support which is being undertaken by Scottish Constitution Freemasons during this difficult period of international crisis which is a consequence of the Covid-19 Virus.


As a means of bringing together examples of this support, a new Facebook page, “Scottish Constitution Freemasonry Supports”, has been created which will enable Individual Brethren, Lodges, Districts and Provinces from the Scottish Constitution, at home and abroad, to share information on how they have supported their various local communities during the current Coronavirus outbreak.


It is anticipated that this page will be a valuable current record and future reference of the positive, pro-active involvement of Freemasonry and your participation in viewing and posting is requested.


The page can be found by clicking HERE


GMM

1 May 2020


Stop Press - Updates


THE TRAVELLING TROWEL

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

captured from The Hawick Lodge No. 111.

CAPTURE HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED


PGL CALENDAR

The PGL Calendar and Pocket Diary has been issued

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

Next Update will be in August 2020. Look on here for any changes/updates.

PLEASE NOTE:

PGL CALENDAR WILL BE UNDER REVIEW


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 to April.


Installation of PGM Postponed.

The Installation Ceremony of the PGM Designate,

Bro. Andrew E. Forsyth, due to be held on

4 July 2020 has now been Postponed until

further notice. The New Commission will,

however, begin on 11 June 2020 as

originally planned.



PGLTSB 100 Club


July 2020 Draw


1st :: Lodge Peebles Kilwinning No. 24 :: £47


2nd :: Lodge Whiteadder No. 1245 :: £28


3rd :: Ken Ross :: £15


"CONGRATULATIONS & WELL DONE"



PGLTSB 100 Club Information

BYSS Annual Sponsored Walk - POSTPONED

The main fundraiser for the Borders Youth Support Scheme is our Annual Sponsored Walk which will be hosted and organised by Lodge Peebles Kilwinning No. 24 on Saturday 25 April 2020 - Leaving the Lodge premises at 11am. Please click on the link below to download at Sponsor Form



Click here for >> BYSS Sponsor Form 2020 (PDF)



Abseil to support Prostate Scotland - POSTPONED.

Bro. Mick Laidlaw, Past Master of the Hawick Lodge No. 111, will be representing the Province at a Fundraising Abseil from the Forth Rail Bridge in aid of Prostate Scotland, the charity which Scottish Freemasons have already raised over half a million pounds.


The event will be on 10 May 2020, I am sure you will agree this is a bit of a task and Bro. Mick would welcome any level of support.


Should you wish to make a contribution you can donate direct to Bro. Mick or through The Hawick Lodge No. 111, likewise I am sure any member of the province would gladly pass on your kind donation.


Should you wish to collect sponsorship on Micks behalf you can download the Sponsor Form by clicking the link below.


The things people do to get out of the PGL Annual Bowling Tournament.


Well done and all the best of luck Bro. Mick and thanks in advance to everyone for their support.


Click Here >> Mick Laidlaw Abseil Sponsor Form (PDF).

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

Display Boards Available

The Provincial Grand Lodge now have their own display boards which can be used at functions, meetings or special events to highlight the work of the Lodges and the Province. If your Lodge needs a loan of them please contact Bro. Stewart Clark - Master of St. John, Coldstream No. 280.

Life Saving Lessons at Peebles

On Wednesday 11 March 2020, Lodge Peebles Kilwinning hosted some Life Saving Demonstrations and Lessons which were provided by First responders from the Ambulance Service.

The event was also attended by a number of members of the public who were shown how to potentially save lives and a demonstration was given on how to use the defibrillator which is really quite easy to do, the volunteers highlighted that no one should be afraid to use them in the appropriate situation.

Well done and congratulations to Lodge Peebles Kilwinning No. 24 for organising such and informative and interesting evening!



Bro. John Celebrates 60 Years in the Craft

Bro. John Douglas, Past Master of Lodge Ercildoune No. 1119, is celebrating being in the Craft for 60 years. Bro. John was Initiated on 21 December 1959, Passed on 18 January 1960, Raised to the High and Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on 15 February 1960 and Advanced as a Mark Master Mason on 18 April 1960. Thereafter, Bro. John was installed as Master of the Lodge in November 1973 and for a second year in 1974 and is the current Depute Master of the Lodge.


During the Lodge’s annual Provincial Visit on 17 February 2020, the Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Designate and current Depute Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Andrew Elliot Forsyth, was given the pleasure of presenting Bro. John with his 60 year diploma, accompanied on this occasion by a number of Past Provincial Grand Masters. A great milestone to achieve, Congratulations and well done John!!

Top Job for Bro. Drew.

It was announced at the Grand Lodge of Scotland on Thursday 6 February 2020 that Bro. Andrew Elliot Forsyth, Past Master of Lodge Kelso and Tweed No. 58 and Current Depute Provincial Grand Master, will be the next Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders.

Chirnside Masons from Lodge Whiteadder No. 1245 Celebrate their Centenary with A £5,000 Village Charity Night before closing their door for the last time.


Lodge Whiteadder held a charity evening in the premises of Chirnside Bowling Club on Friday the 31 of January, where cheques to the sum of £5,000 was handed over to local organisations.


Lodge Whiteadder celebrated their 100 years in the village, with a charity night, to show their appreciation to the Village and its people, for the 100 years of support they have received, the village supported many of the Masonic functions of the past and in more recent times their Coffee mornings.


Support from the local community was always important, not only being a source of raising revenue, but enabling the Lodge to contribute to various charities over the years.


Lodge Whiteadder was formed in 1920, at that time an offshoot of Dunse 23 one of Scotland’s oldest Lodges, it was most probably because of the difficulty of travelling to Duns in those days, and the high number of Masons in the area, which at that time, was boosted by the presence of the Paper Mill, the Lodge records show there was a high number of Paper Mill workers recorded in the Lodge records.


Unfortunately, over the last 25 years’ membership of the Lodge has gradually fallen to a level where the Lodge is no longer able to operate properly with it’s own members, and has to rely on help from other Lodges, it was therefore decided by the members to reluctantly close the Lodge down and affiliate back to their Mother Lodge Dunse 23. The Lodge members decided that to mark this historic, yet sad occasion by saying thank you to the village by donating the sum of £ 5,000.


They did so by choosing ten organisations within the village and donating £500 to each. The Bowling Club, The Boxing Club, The Chasers Athletic Club, Chirnside Civic Week, The Common Good Association, The Football Club, The Junior Football Club, The Parish Church, The Senior Citizens, and The Woman’s Institute all benefited from the Lodge’s generosity.


The Reigning Master of the Lodge, Bro. Tom Grieve, handed over the cheques and thanked the Village for its 100 years of support, and to everyone for their attendance, and wished all the organisations and the village in general, every best wish for the future.


Bro. T Grieve – Master

January 2020


Photos kindly supplied by Mark Kinghorn



Bro. George is doing a Grand Job

On 28th November 2019, Bro. George R. J. Donnelly was Installed as the Junior Grand Standard Bearer of the Grand Lodge of Scotland.


Bro. Donnelly was Initiated in Lodge St. Ebbe No.70 at Eyemouth in 1987. He served as Master in 1994-95 and again 1997-98. In 1996 he was Commissioned as Provincial Grand Secretary of the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lothian and Berwickshire and served further terms as Substitute and Depute Provincial Grand Master until 2006 when he was Installed as Provincial Grand Master. From 2006-2012 he was a Member of the Disciplinary Review Committee at Grand Lodge. It is the first time in 42 years that a Brother from the Scottish Borders has been honoured with an Office in Grand Lodge.

Honorary Grand Rank for Bro. Drew

“A Brother, Depute and Friend” is what the Provincial Grand Master said to Bro. Andrew Elliot Forsyth, a Past Master of Lodge Kelso and Tweed No. 58 and the Depute Provincial Grand Master, as he presented him with Honorary Grand Rank during the Installation of Lodge Kelso and Tweed No. 58 on Saturday 11 January 2020. The emotional presentation of Honorary Grand Assistant Director of Ceremonies was presented to Bro. Drew for the dedication and support he has given not only to his Lodge, the Province but also to the Craft in General. The award left Bro. Drew quite speechless which is quite a rare occasion!! Congratulations and Well Done Drew – very much deserved!!


Kelso Launches Website

Lodge Kelso & Tweed No. 58 is the latest Lodge in the Province to launch their website. A well presented, interesting and informative presentation can be seen by clicking on the image.

By Order.....

The Province's version of the Peaky Blinders......


RWM of Lodge Dunse No.23, Bro. Eric Hoare (AKA Eric Frae Berwick), and his team at their Installation on 30 November 2019.

Dunse Remembers

On November 12th Lodge Dunse 23 hosted a talk the Great War followed by a wreath laying service to commemorate all commonwealth and allied troops who fell in service of their country.


In particular the Lodge remembered Pte Stewart Craig ASH, Sgt Archibald Cliff 2 KOSB, Cpl Robert Clapham 1/4 KOSB, Sgt John Nelson SH, all of Lodge Dunse 23 and also Flt Lt John Johnston RAF of Lodge Whiteadder 1245.


It was also Bro. Dale Hall's last meeting as RWM after two years in the chair. He will vacate the chair on 30th November in favour of Bro. John E. Hoare.


200 Years of Freemasonry in Coldstream Celebrated

On 9 November 2019 a Deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Scottish Borders, headed by the Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie, along with a Deputation from the Grand Lodge of Scotland, headed by The Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason, Bro. William Ramsay McGhee, arrived at Coldstream Primary School for the Rededication Ceremony to celebrate 200 years of Freemasonry in the town. The Ceremony was professionally and gracefully performed by the able team from Grand Lodge which included the dedication of the Masters Regalia which was proudly worn by the Right Worshipful Master, Bro. J. Stewart Clark. The Immediate Past Master, Bro. Stuart Cairns, gave a Brief History of the Lodge which was both informative and interesting. Afterwards, a fine celebratory dinner was held in the community centre which was followed by suitably appropriate speeches and toasts.

Congratulations and Well Done to everyone who made the day such an enjoyable success and here's to the next 200 years.


Click Here for the Order of Ceremony and Click Here for Bro. Cairn's Brief Histroy

Brethren Celebrate 200 years of Freemasonry in Coldstream - © David Guthrie Photography

BYSS Shine A Light For The Teviotdale Harriers

Teviotdale Harriers Juniors faces lit up when they received a grant towards the purchase of 60 rechargeable head torches and transport costs for training sessions at the Tweedbank running track.


Bro. Ian Stewart, Master of Hawick Lodge No.111 and Bro. Norman Taylor, Past Master, who is also a "Harrier" himself presented a cheque for £500 to the Club's President, Alan Coltman, on behalf of the Province's Border Youth Support Scheme.


Past Master Bro. Norman Taylor has been a member of the Teviotdale Harriers Club for well over 50 years and has coached the Junior Section for many years.



Meet The New Master

Bro. T. Campbell Ketchion was Installed as Master of Lodge Peebles Kilwinning No. 24 on Saturday 19 October 2019 by Past Masters Bro. Sandy Craig and Bro. Bobby Stafford.


Congratulations and Well Done Bro. Ketchion, we trust you will have an enjoyable and successful time as Master - All the best of Luck!!


Beetle!!

On Friday 25th October laughter could be heard from within St Ebbe Lodge as Brethren and their families enjoyed an evening of fun and friendly competition at the Beetle Drive.

Provincial Grand Lodge Supports Another Worthy Cause

Works Plus are a non-profit organisation helping disadvantaged youngsters to develop life skills to enable them to be more independent and through team building groups help them to integrate into wider society.


They also teach practical skills like joinery etc. to enable them to eventually find employment or get into further education at the Borders College.


They are entirely self-funding so we at PGLTSB are delighted to be able to help them carry on their good work by presenting them a cheque for £500.


Pictured is the RWPGM (right) presenting a cheque to a representative from Works Plus.


Oct 19.


Norwegian Visitors

At the Regular Communication on 18 October the Province welcomed visitors from Norway who were spending time in the area.

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!


Oct 19

PGM Receives Honorary Membership

On the night of the PGL Annual Visitation to Lodge St. John Coldstream No. 280 on 17 September 2019 Honorary Membership was conferred on the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie, who said it was an honour for him to accept and was an honour for not only his Mother Lodge but also the Province.

The PGM is pictured with the Lodge’s Right Worshipful Master Bro. J. Stewart Clark PM.


Congratulations and well done JWB!



50 Year Diplomas Presented

On the night of the PGL Annual Visitation to Lodge St. John Coldstream No. 280 on 17 September 2019 the Master of the Lodge, Bro. J. Stewart Clark PM, had the privilege and pleasure of presenting TWO 50 year diplomas to two of the Lodges well known and respected members. Bro. John Alexander Cockburn has only missed two meetings in 50 years and Bro. John McLeod Brown was the Lodge's Barman for over 40 years. Congratulations and well done to you both, an inspiration to all!!

L to R: Bro. J. Stewart Clark PM, RWM, Bro. Cockburn, Bro. McLeod and Bro. J. W. Blackie, RWPGM.


Open Doors Day in Hawick

Members of the Hawick Lodge No. 111 welcome members of the public in to the Lodge during an Open Doors Day in the Town.

Belated Presentation for Bro. Ronnie

On Tuesday 10 September 2019 at the Regular Meeting of Lodge Dunse No. 23 the Master of the Lodge, Bro. Dale Hall, had the pleasure of making a belated presentation of a Collar and Past Depute Provincial Grand Master’s Jewel to Bro. Ronnie Patterson, a Past Master of Lodge Dunse No. 23.


Before the creation of the Provincial Grand Lodge of The Scottish Borders Bro. Ronnie was the Depute Provincial Grand Master of the East Lothian and Berwickshire Province.


Bro. Ronnie is pictured proudly wearing his Jewel along with the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Jock Blackie, and Bro. Dale Hall, the Master of Lodge Dunse.

St. Ebbe Supports Local Festival

Miss Freya Cook, The Eyemouth Herring Queen and her maids visited St Ebbe Masonic Lodge in Eyemouth on Tuesday evening, to receive a cheque from their members who had raised money by organising a tombola during the Festival. The Herring Queen court were made most welcome in the beautiful surroundings of the lodge and treated by members to a brief history of the lodge and some of its more famous members. The cheque was handed over by Mr Thorburn the Master of the Lodge and was thanked for their very generous donation to the Herring Queen funds and for the support they gave to the festivals Music and Market day.



BYSS Supports Eyemouth Girl Guides


The Right Worshipful Master of Lodge St. Ebbe No.70, Bro. Gordon Thorburn, had the pleasure of presenting a cheque on behalf of the Borders Youth Support Scheme to the Eyemouth Girl Guides.


The donation of £500 was to assist the Guides in attending a national camp at Clitheroe and to purchase new camping equipment.


All the best of Luck Girls!



Presentation to Local Principal

Lodge St. John Coldstream No. 280 continues to build good relationships with the Local Community. During Coldstreams festival week the RWM, Bro. Stewart Clark PM, presented the Coldstreamer with a pair of Cuff Links.


Pictured L to R is: Peter Greenwood, Lodge Secretary, Christopher Lyons, The Coldstreamer Jonathan Wallis , Stewart Clark, RWM and Stefan Home.

Wedding News

Congratulations to our Provincial Grand Secretary who got Married to Maude at the end of July - but what are these shenanigans at the evening reception??


Congratulations to you both!! Hope you will be very happy togeather.

St. Ebbe Supports Eyemouth Herring Queen (EHQ) Festival

Members of Lodge St. Ebbe No. 70 supported by family and friends organised a very successful tombola stall at the EHQ music and market day on Sunday 21st July 2019. Thankfully the weather was kind to us and the crowds made a bee-line for the stall. In total we raised an impressive £369 with all of the proceeds going to the EHQ fund. As this is a long established and very important event within Eyemouth it was a good opportunity to be seen out in the community. Thanks go to all brethren, family and friends who contributed to make this such a success.


Well done No. 70!!

Melrose Masons meet the Melrosian

The Brethren from The Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1bis met the 2019 Melrosian, Ben Magowan, during the Traditional Tour of Ceremonies to mark the end of the Melrose Festival at the site of the Original Melrose Masonic Lodge at St. John’s Wynd in Newstead on 22 June 2019.


Bro. Kenneth H. Ross, Right Worshipful Master of the Lodge presented the Melrosian with a print of what was the original Lodge.


On this occasion the Brethren were accompanied by members of the Galashiels Lodge No. 262 and the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie.


Photo Credit:

© Douglas Hardie / Melrose Festival Executive

BYSS Support Youth Rugby in Jedburgh

On behalf of the Borders Youth Support Scheme The Worshipful Substitute Provincial Grand Master, Bro. James Thom, had the pleasure of presenting a Cheque for £500 to Finlay Campbell, the Captain of Jed Thistle Rugby Football Club to assist with the development of Youth Rugby in Jedburgh. The club participates in the Borders Semi Junior League (Under 18s) playing other teams in the Borders but also travel as far as Carlisle, Tyndale and Dunbar to name just a few of the further-a-field fixtures.


The team and all the supporting volunteers have a real passion for the game and the club and do the best they can to develop the skills and fitness of the youngsters and give them the best Rugby experience possible and to prepare and encourage them to move on to a more senior level.


The Cheque will assist with the running costs of the club, increased travel expenses and to replace and update team strips.


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.

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.

PHOTO: Bro. John Robertson

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. 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.