the new read online facility of 453 downloadable books, articles, magazines is available for viewing.
- 426 Lodge Prince of Wales
- 1386 The Kings Park Lodge
- 1434 Lodge Randolph
- 1453 Lodge St Christopher
- 1557 Lodge Douglas
Since the last update we have made substantial progress with a number of initiatives within the Province:
- Intender Training.
Our first Level 1 training course was successfully completed in January and 10 newly trained and qualified Intenders were presented with their Certificate of Achievement at the PGL Annual Meeting on 31st January.Following on from that success another Level 1 course was begun on “14th March and we look forward to the outcome later in March when we trust more Certificates of Achievement will have been duly earned.
A further Level 1 course is planned for April and already we have a list of Brethren keen to participate and invest their time and effort for the betterment of themselves , the Lodges and the Province.
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do"
The first Level 2 course is scheduled for June and those successful with the Level 1 course will have the opportunity to further develop themselves as Senior Intenders again to the benefit of the Lodges and the Province.
2. New Intrants Handbook.
The Handbook, developed by PG Secretary Bro. Grant MacLeod and SPGM Bro. Iain McPhee will be with the printers shortly and we anticipate distribution before the end of April. It describes how the Craft operates and will answer the “Frequently Asked Questions “we hear from our New Members.
My thanks to Grant and Iain for their work on this very helpful Handbook – another step forward in our efforts to improve the care and attention our New Brethren deserve.
- Education Manual
We have at present, a small working party developing an Education Manual which, when complete, will be distributed to each Lodge. Brethren as they progress through their Degrees will receive a section at a time building up into the full manual for their ongoing reference , understanding and knowledge.
The manual will have a section on each of the 3 Degrees plus a section on the Mark. It will contain useful explanatory papers to assist understanding of the Craft with useful references and a recommended reading list along with links to useful Masonic Websites.
4. PGLRE Library – Read On Line Facility now live and available.
In addition to the 500 or so Masonic Books within our lending Library we now have an On Line facility with some 453 books / magazines / articles on Freemasonry all available to be down loaded or read on line at your own convenience. Our thanks go to Bro John Morrison RWM 1218 for his expertise in making this facility a reality.
- Minimum 6 weeks between Degrees Trial
Since the turn of the year I have had the opportunity to talk to a number of Lodges about the merits of extending the period between Degrees from the current minimum of two weeks to the suggested 6 weeks.I believe that a move to a minimum of 6 weeks between degrees will be to the benefit of the candidates and in the whole scheme of things that is the most important consideration. I`d be happy to address any Lodge on the benefits of this recommended change.
Please note the Forthcoming PGL Events – when your support will be greatly appreciated:
PGL Annual Divine Service - Sunday 26th April
Our Annual Divine Service this year will be held in the Cathcart Congregational Church, Sunday 26th April, 2.30 for 3.00pm. Bro. Pastor Bill Shirlaw PG Chaplain will take the Service in his Church marking his 30 years service as a PGL Chaplain. We trust there will be a large turnout of Lodges and Brethren on the day.
PGL Tri Annual Meeting – Monday 27th April
New Members Seminar – Saturday 23rd May
The New Members Seminar is now a well established and very important date in the PGL Calendar. This year we have chosen a Saturday morning recognising that many of our newer Brethren prefer this to a Friday evening.
The meeting is scheduled for a 10.00am start at the premises of Lodge Union & Crown No. 307 in Barrhead, and will be concluded by 12.15 / 12.30pm. We would encourage the attendance of not only the New Members and their Proposers & Seconders but any Brother who wishes to find out more about Freemasonry in Renfrewshire East. Our thanks to 307 for again hosting this Event.
This year we will be honoured with the presence of the recently installed Depute GM Bro. Ramsay McGhee (whose Mother Lodge is St. Barchan No.156) and also Bro. Archie McGown Past Depute GM and a Past Substitute PGM of this Province.
As you can see there is plenty going on in Renfrewshire East and we are grateful for the continuing support and commitment of the Lodges and Brethren. Please support our various Events in the run up to the recess.