Tuesday 10th December 2012
The 150th anniversary year commenced with the annual installation of office bearers on this evening. Bro. John P. Dallas was installed into the chair of the lodge for a second term in order to maintain continuity and experience in this important year in the history of the lodge. The ceremony of installation was carried out by Bro. Neil McD. Anderson P.M. and Bro. Robert C. Purdue P.M. who were warmly congratulated for their work by all brethren in attendance. A large number of brethren of the lodge attended the meeting together with visiting brethren, deputations of masters from local lodges and members of The Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire East. An excellent start to this year. Attendance for the meeting was 137 members and visitors.
Thursday 27th December 2012,
The lodge was opened and normal business was convened. Past Master Bro. Robert C. Purdue then completed his installation duties by installing those office bearers who were not present at the Installation Meeting. The lodge office bearers carried out a very competent 1st degree on a candidate with Bro. Rafael taking part in a degree for the first time and presenting the apron, for the 1st time on the floor of the lodge. This was a special moment for both brethren as the candidate, Bro. Joel, was proposed by his friend Bro. Rafael. The meeting was well attended by visiting brethren and RWM of Lodge Inchinnan 1405, replied on their behalf for the welcome and hospitality received. Past Master Bro. Thomas Collie congratulated the RWM on the competent way he had chaired his 1st meeting, the RWM wished the brethren a happy new year, the lodge was closed and thereafter the RWM invited visitors to the masters room for some lodge hospitality. Attendance for the meeting was 57.
Monday 31st December 2012 – New Year Dance
A dance was held at the lodge to celebrate the entry into the New Year and also the 150th anniversary year of the lodge. Over 160 people attended and a great night was had by all.
Special thanks is extended to WSW Bro. Gordon Macleod for his efforts in organising the night.
Friday 4th January 2013,
The Lodge visited Lodge Inchinnan to confer the Fellow Craft Degree. Over 40 members of Lodge Prince of Wales were in attendance, together with brethren from neighbouring lodges joining our deputation, taking the deputation to over 60 members. The Right Worshipful Master of Lodge Inchinnan warmly welcomed us into the Lodge. The Fellow Craft Degree was conferred by our Substitute Master Bro. Gavin Gilmore, who did an excellent job supported by an excellent team. Special mention must be given to Bro. Jordan Strang who presented the working tools for the the degree for the first time at any meeting. Following the degree the R.W.M. John P. Dallas presented a special bottle of whisky (specially blended for Lodge Prince of Wales) as a gift to Lodge Inchinnan to mark the 150th aniversary year of Lodge Prince of Wales. A suitable evening of masonic harmony was enjoyed as always amongst very good friends.
Tuesday 8th January 2013,
Following the normal opening of the lodge a very eventful evening ensued.
Bro. Robin Auld, who had been initiated into the lodge on January 1963, was presented with a Grand Lodge of Scotland diploma in recognition of 50 years of service to Freemasonry. In a few well-chosen words the Right Worshipful Master congratulated Bro. Robin and thanked him on behalf of the lodge for his work and dedication over the years. Suitable expressions from both The Provincial Grand Master of Renfrewshire East and The Grand Master Mason of Scotland were extended to Bro. Robin also.
A small deputation from The Provincial Grand Lodge was admitted and following the traditional welcome the Senior Provincial Grand Chaplain, Bro. William Shirlaw, led a short service of prayer and suitable scripture reading to bless and dedicate a new set of office bearer’s regalia which had been purchased to mark the 150th anniversary year.
The second degree was then conferred on a candidate by Substitute Master Bro. Gavin Gilmour and a very competent team of lodge office bearers which included a young Junior Deacon who was taking part in a degree for the first time in his mother lodge with an excellent presentation of the relevant working tools. Attendance was 66 brethren.
The meeting was followed by an hour or so of lodge harmony.
Tuesday 22nd January 2013,
The Lodge was opened and the normal business was carried out, this having been done the RWM welcomed the visiting brethren. The Lodge was raised to the third degree and an excellent degree was carried out by PM Bro. Tom Collie. The RWM congratulated PM Bro. Tom on his fine work, and made mention of Bro. Ross Irvine performing in his mother lodge after a long absence from degree work. The RWM congratulated Bro. Joel on becoming a master mason.
Five visiting masters were present and the RWM of Lodge Paisley St. Mirrin replied on behalf of the visitors ,
Following the formal part of the meeting the visitors joined the RWM in masters’ room for some lodge harmony
Attendance at the meeting was 80 brethren.
Friday January 25th 2013 – Annual Burns Dinner.
The Lodge held its’ 56th Annual Burns Dinner with The RWM Bro John P. Dallas commencing the evening by welcoming everyone into the hall. He then introduced his top table guests as, Bro. Gordon Macleod WSW, Bro. Tom Collie PM, Bro. John S. Miller PGM , Bro.Neill McD. Anderson PM, Bro.Robert McPherson PM 1234, Mr Colin Neil, Bro. Robert C. Purdue PM , Bro. Gavin Gilmour SM, Bro.Thomas McCormick Sec., and Bro. Ron Alexander WJW.
The Lodge Hall set out for the Annual Burns Dinner 2013
The “Selkirk Grace” was the given by our Lodge Chaplain. The haggis, being carried by a stalwart of the lodge Bro. Alfie Purdue, was piped in by Mr Billy Smart. Bro. John Beattie then addressed the haggis in the traditional manner.
A superb supper was then served by Jim Kelly and his staff,
The entertainment commenced with a song from Mr. Alex Donnan who has sung at 54 Burns Dinners in the lodge.
The immortal memory of Robert Burns was given by Bro. Robert McPherson, PM of Lodge Clydebank 1234, who was followed by Bro. John Beattie relating the Tale of Tam o’ Shanter. Following a short interval Mr Colin Neil toasted the lasses with good humour, then Bro. John Beattie delivered “Holy Willie’s Prayer” which received a rapturous ovation since Bro. John, at 86 years of age had said it could be his last – We sincerely hope that it isn’t!!!
Following a second “comfort break”, Bro. Robert C. Purdue PM gave a toast to the speaker in his usual style. This, of course, was very well received by the audience and Bro. Robert McPherson suitably replied.
Bro. Neil McD. Anderson toasted the RWM on his chairmanship a great evening.
The RWM replied stating that it was a very special year for the lodge and that over the last 150 years the lodge has an unrivalled history. He made mention that the lodge had given Scottish Freemasonry two Grand Master Masons, four Provincial Grand Masters and eleven Honorary Members of The Grand Lodge of Scotland. – a truly excellent record. He then thanked everyone for their support of the lodge in it’s 150th anniversary year ,
Bro. Gavin Gilmour SM then gave a vote of thanks to the artistes and stewards following which the evening was closed with the singing of “The Star of Rabbie Burns”, “Auld Lang Syne” and The RWM wishing everyone a safe journey home.
Sunday 3rd February 2013,
The RWM Bro. John P. Dallas, in the company of Almoner Bro. Alistair Yarwood, and Bro. Gavin Gilmour S.M. of Lodge Prince of Wales No. 426, visited Past Provincial Grand Master of Renfrewshire East Bro. Andrew L. Tannahill at his home. Bro. Andrew is the oldest living Past Master of the lodge and was in fine form reminiscing of times gone past and at 96 he is still in very good health.
The RWM presented Bro. Andrew with the new lodge tie which marks our 150th anniversary year. Bro. Andrew hopes to attended the lodge’s anniversary dinner in November and we are that the members of the lodge will be delighted to see him there
Bro Andrew wished both the lodge and the brethren much success for this anniversary year.
Tuesday 12th February 2013
The regular meeting was opened and the normal business of the lodge was conducted. Reports were received from The Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire East and The Grand Lodge of Scotland and, in addition, Lodge Almoner Bro. Alistair Yarwood gave a report on his visits to elderly and infirm brethren. The RWM thanked those brethren concerned for their diligence and fine reports. A small deputation from Lodge Firth of Clyde No. 626 presented the lodge with a Lodge Prince of Wales 100 year anniversary jewel which had been given to their lodge by a brother who wished it to be returned back to our lodge. The RWM gladly accepted the jewel and thnked Lodge Firth of Clyde for the kind gesture.
A deputation from The lodge of Erskine No. 1566 was then admitted into the lodge and warmly welcomed into Lodge Prince of Wales by the RWM who made reference to the fact that this was the first formal lodge deputation to come along to the lodge in this our 150th year ,
The Lodge of Erskine then conferred a Mark Master Mason’s Degree on a Master Mason of Lodge Prince of Wales. The degree was carried out to a very high standard at the conclusion of which The RWM of The lodge of Erskine returned the mallet and thanked the brethren of Lodge Prince of Wales for giving them the Honour of being the 1st deputation to visit the lodge to confer a degree in this 150th anniversary year.
Suitable marks of appreciation were given to The lodge of Erskine for the labours on the evening and the RWM also thanked all the visitors for there continuing support of the lodge. The RWM of lodge Craigielea No. 1218, Bro. Donnie Connell replied on behalf of the visitors.
Following the meeting the lodge enjoyed a great night of harmony with our friends of lodge Erskine and our other visitors.
The meeting was attended by 80 members and visitors.
Tuesday 26th February 2013
The lodge was opened in the normal manner. The RWM announced the death of Bro. James Gilfillan, a much respected brother of the lodge who had passed to the grand lodge above. A message of sympathy had been sent to the family.
A deputation from Lodge Inchinan No. 1405 headed by their RWM Bro. Richard Smith was then admitted and welcomed into the lodge by the RWM. Bro. Richard suitably replied to the welcome and joined the RWM and Past Masters in the East where he presented Lodge Prince of Wales with a crystal decanter to mark the lodges’ 150th year . RWM Bro. John P Dallas thanked the brethren of Lodge Inchinan for their gorgeous gift.
The RWM then handed control of the lodge to the RWM of Lodge Inchinan to confer evening’s degree. The first degree was carried out to a very high standard and the RWM of Lodge Inchinan returned control of the lodge back to Bro. Dallas wishing the lodge success in its 150th year. The RWM of Lodge Prince of Wales replied in a suitable manner.
With the business of the evening complete the RWM of Lodge Union and Crown No 307 Bro. Paul Stewart replied on behalf of the visitors.
The lodge was closed and the brethren enjoyed masonic harmony in the company of our friends from Lodge Inchinan and other visitors.
The attendance at the meeting was 120.
Tuesday 12th March 2013,
The RWM opened and constituted the lodge and thereafter lodge business was conducted to the satisfaction of the brethren . The Bro. Almoner gave a report on the sick brethren, wives and widows of the lodge and was thanked for his continuing hard work on behalf of the lodge.
Visitors to the lodge were welcomed following which a deputation from our good friends Lodge Firth of Clyde No. 626 was admitted and welcomed into the lodge. The deputation was headed by their RWM Bro. Ian Mcfadyen. The RWM John P Dallas handed control of the lodge to the RWM of Firth of Clyde to confer the Fellow Craft Degree on our entered apprentice. The degree was carried out to the usual high standard demonstrated by Lodge Firth of Clyde and comments were made on the pleasure gleaned from seeing Bro. Rudie Stetz PM, an honourary member of Lodge Prince of Wales, deliver the final charge to the candidate.
At the completion of the degree the RWM of Firth of Clyde then handed the mallet back to Bro. Dallas thanking the brethren of Lodge Prince of Wales for the privilege of asking his lodge to confer this degree.
The RWM of Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No.12, Bro. Alan Beck, replied on behalf of the visitors.
The lodge was closed and the brethren then enjoyed an evening of harmony with our friends from the “Tail of the Bank”
The meeting was attended by 79 members and visitors.
Tuesday 26th March 2013,
Lodge prince of wales 426 was opened in due and ancient form. After some lengthy business the RWM Bro. John P Dallas welcomed the visitors into the lodge and thanked them for there contuining support.
The RWM raised the lodge and handed over the instrument of labour to PM Bro Johnnie Beattie to confer the Master Mason’s degree on the FC present.
PM Bro. Johnnie conferred an excellent degree and it should be noted that Bro. Johnnie is at the grand age of 87 and is still going strong. In his team was Bro. Robert Rerguson who presented the working tools for the very first time and was complemented for the excellence of his work.
The degree being completed, the RWM imformed the brethern of the details for the civic reception and the rededication service on the 2nd of November 2013.
The rwm of Lodge Moorpark No. 1263 replied on behalf of the visitors
Attendance on the evening was 73.
Tuesday 9th April 2013,
The Lodge was opened and the normal business of the lodge was conducted after which the RWM welcomed the visitors into the lodge and hoped that they would have an enjoyable evening at lodge Prince of Wales.
A large deputation from Lodge St. Leonard Loanhead and Lasswade No. 580 was welcomed into the lodge. The deputation, headed by their RWM Bro. Duncan Philips, was welcomed into the lodge by RWM John P. Dallas who invited Bro. Philips to take charge of the lodge and to conferee the Mark Degree on our Master Mason ,
The degree was carried out to a very high standard and control of the lodge was returned the RWM Bro. Dallas who thanked Lodge St Leonard for the evening’s work
RWM Bro Iain Hamilton of Lodge St Barchan No. 156 gave a suitable reply on behalf of the visiting brethren.
Attendance at the meeting was 72.
Tuesday 23rd April 2013,
Lodge Prince of Wales was opened in due and ancient form. The business of the lodge over, the RWM invited Bro. Gavin Gilmour S.M., to give a brief report on the business conducted at the meeting of The Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire East. Thereafter Bro. Alistair Yarwood Alm. gave a report on the sick and elderly of the lodge with the RWM thanking both brethren for their hard work on behalf of the lodge.
The RWM made mention that Bro. Robin Auld had been awarded honorary membership of Lodge St. Michael No. 989.
The visitors were welcomed into the lodge and the RWM thanked them for there continuing support of Lodge Prince of Wales.
The RWM invited Bro Ross Irvine to confer the evening’s degree on two eligible candidates of the lodge. The degree was worked to a very high standard and the RWM thanked Bro. Ross for his fine work. Mention was made of the fact that, due to work commitments, it had been some years since Bro. Ross had conferred a degree. Bro. David Hyndman was congratulated for presenting the working tools for the first time in the lodge
The reigning masters from lodges 129, 275, 503, 1018 and 1218 attended the meeting with the RWM of Lodge Barns of Clyde 1018 Bro Fred McKelvie replying on behalf the visitors.
Attendance on the evening was 100.
Friday 26th April 2013,
A Sportsmen’s Dinner was held within the lodge hall, the second of events marking the 150th anniversary year.
The RWM Bro. John P Dallas welcomed everyone into the lodge, hoping that a great evening would be enjoyed by all. The speakers for the evening were introduced and welcomed by the audience. The speakers were retired football referee Mr. Willie Young and Mr.Sandy Strang
Chairmanship of the evening was handed over to Bro. Robert C. Purdue PM and following a grace a superb meal was served up by Mr. Jim Kelly and his staff.
The meal over, the chairman introduced Willie Young who entertained the assembly of stories of his refereeing days. He was given a standing ovation for the humour in his tales of the past.
Mr. Sandy Strang followed with a superb act telling tales of every day life and he also was given a standing ovation. (If the opportunity arises it is recommend that you see these two gentlemen)
The chairman then invited the RWM to say a few words in which he thanked the artists and catering staff for their hard work in making the evening such a success.
Attendance at this social evening was 130.
Tuesday 14th May 2013,
The lodge was opened in the usual manner and the normal business of the lodge was completed. The RWM invited Bro. Gavin Gilmour SM to give a report on the meeting of The Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire East following which the Bro. Almoner was invited to submit his report on his visits to our sick and infirm brethren and their families. The two brethren were thanked for their hard work on behalf of the lodge.
The RWM also thanked Bro Robert Purdue PM for organising the very successful sportsman diner.
The lodge was moved to the second degree and a large deputation from Lodge St Barchan No.156 was admitted into the lodge headed by their RWM Bro Iain Findlay Hamilton. Bro. Hamilton was handed control of the lodge to conferee the fellowcraft degree on two brethren of Lodge Prince of Wales. The degree was carried out to a very high standard and, on handing control the lodge back to RWM John P. Dallas, Bro Hamilton thanked the brethren of Lodge Prince of Wales for allowing him the honour of conferring the degree in this special year for the lodge. RWM Dallas thanked Lodge St Barchan for their labours of the evening.
The RWMs from Lodges 242 and 1042 were in attendance and the RWM of Lodge Houstoun St. Johnstone 242, Bro George Barkley replied on behalf of the visitors .
Attendance at the meeting was 88 brethren and visitors.
Tuesday 11th June 2013,
Lodge prince of wales was opened in due and ancient form, after which the RWM announced the death of two brethren of the lodge. Bro. Arthur Duffin, who had served the lodge as treasurer for many years, and Bro. Iain F. MacDonald PM who was the RWM in 1963 when the lodge celebrated its 100th year. Both brothers received a masonic service at the temple with the services being well attended on both occasions.
After some lengthy business, the RWM invited the Bro. Almoner to give a report on the sick brethren of the lodge, Bro. Alistair Yarwood, Almoner, was thanked for his hard work on behalf of the lodge.
The RWM thanked the brethren who had accompanied him on lodge visitations to lodges Moorpark 1263 and Clydebank 1234. He then informed the brethren that two members of the lodge, Bro John Sothers PM and Bro Alfie Purdue, had received honorary membership of lodge Clydebank 1234.
Business complete the RWM invited the lodge office bearers to confer the evening’s Master Mason’s degree on two fellow crafts of the lodge. The degree was carried out to a very high standard and the RWM thanked the office bearers for their fine work making mention that it was a delight to see Bro. Ross McCelland presenting the tools. The RWM congratulated the two newly made master masons of the lodge.
The RWM then asked the brethren if there were any further business to be put before the lodge. Bro. Thomas Clark asked the RWM for permission to make a presentation to the RWM of lodge Barns of Clyde on behalf of Erskine Hospital following which the RWM of Barns of Clyde No.1018 made a suitable reply to the presentation.
Six masters from visiting lodges attended the meeting, these being 156,716,1018,1218,1234,1405. The RWM of lodge Craigielea No.1218, Bro Donnie Connell, a great supporter of lodge prince of wales, replied on behalf of the visitors.
Attendance at the meeting was 93 members and visitors.
Friday 14th June 2013,
Ten brethren of Lodge Prince of Wales set off from Renfrew for Gloucester at 6.30am to visit The Prince of Wales Lodge No.951, which was celebrating it’s 150th anniversary. (The same year as our own Lodge)
The meeting took place in the very impressive setting of Gloucester Cathedral.
The members of Lodge Prince of Wales, Renfrew No.426 were warmly welcomed by all the brethren of the Gloucester lodge who were delighted to see their brethren from Scotland.
The meeting opened at 5pm and thereafter a deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Gloucester entered the lodge, headed by the Provincial Grand Master. Taking control of the lodge, the PGM gave a fine speech on the history of Lodge 951 following which he handed the lodge back to the Worshipful Master of 951 and thereafter the lodge carried out a fellow craft degree.
Following the closure of the meeting the brethren retired to the great hall for dinner where a number of toasts were made to the lodge.
The RWM of Lodge Prince of Wales No. 426, Bro John P. Dallas, then presented Lodge 951 with a a stainless steal mallet and plinth, crafted by PM Bro David Cuthbert, to celebrate their 150th year. Bro. Dallas also thanked the Worshipful Master and Brethren of Lodge No.951 for the warm welcome his deputation had received, and hoped that they would cement their friendship in the coming years.
Tuesday 9th July 2013,
On a blistering hot evening Lodge Prince of Wales was opened and the business of the lodge was carried out.
The RWM then asked the brethren for any reports to come before the lodge, The Bro. Almoner gave a report on the sick and elderly of the lodge and thereafter Bro Robert Collins PM gave a short report on a recent visit to Prince of Wales Lodge No.951 in Gloucester, England. Both brethren were thanked for there fine reports.
The RWM then welcomed all visitors into the lodge expressing his hope that they would enjoy their visit to the lodge.
Normal business completed and visitors welcomed, The RWM invited the Depute Master Bro. Allan McCormick to confer the evening’s first degree on the candidate.
The degree was carried out to a very high standard with the RWM commenting that he was immensely proud that his own brother Bro. Allan had carried out the ritual in a dignified manner and also made mention to the brethren that Bro. Joel Meesan had presented the apron to a candidate for the first time.
Once again the lodge had many visitors including 6 Masters, A SPGM, and a PGM from Perthshire. With us also on this evening was Bro. Hugh Barclay from lodge Bar-e Frere 254, Australia. Bro. Hugh thanked the lodge for the warm welcome he had received.
At the close of the meeting the RWM informed the brethren that members of the Lodge would be doing a 20 mile sponsored walk as this year’s Bro. Campbell Blakely Memorial Charity Event with funds raised being donated to The British Stammerers Society and ENABLE Renfrew.
Masters from 392, X11,1234, 597, 151, 1042 were in attendance with the Master from Lodge Craigends No.1042, Bro. Ian French replying on behalf of the visitors.
Attendance at the meeting was 100.
The Bro. Campbell Blakely Memorial Charity Event 2013
Day 1 Saturday 20th July
This year’s charity event had to be done over three weekends because of diary issues for those wishing to take part. The event was a sponsored walk of approximately 20 Km along the towpath of the Forth & Clyde Canal and, in what was a magnificent spell of Scottish weather, a number of Brethren and friends started off in blistering heat. One team started off at 08.30am (Bro. John P Dallas and Bro. Allan McCormack) in an attempt to get a start in the relative cool with a second team (Bro. Frank Slack PM., Bro. Ross Irvine & a friend) starting off at 10.00am. Both teams made very good progress throughout the walk and were caught on camera and video at various points along the way (full video and photographic evidence to follow after all teams complete. The walk for both teams on day 1 finished on their return to Renfrew via the Renfrew Ferry (and a pint in The Ferry Inn for at least the second team.
Left to Right – Bro’s John P. Dallas & Allan McCormack
Left to Right – Bro. Frank Slack PM., Friend (name to follow) & Bro. Ross Irvine
Day 2 Saturday 27th July
The second day was not quite as warm as day 1 and a single team of walkers started off at 10.00am. The 8 person team consisted of three friends (Christine, Gary and son Adam Louttit) and 5 brethren of the lodge (Bro’s Robert Allison, Tom James, Ron Alexander, Scott Wright and Willie Blakely) This walk finished at the official stated completion point Lock 27 on the canal as a few of the walkers were a bit older than those of the previous week and it was felt that they had done enough. Once again the success of the walk was celebrated with a drink. On this occasion the photographer/videographer was June Blakely (wife of Bro. WillieB)
Left to Right – Mrs Christine Louttit, Mr Gary Louttit, Mr Adam Louttit and
Bros Robert Allison, Tom James, Ron Alexander, Scott Wright, Willie Blakely.
Day 3 Saturday 3rd August
The third day started early with the walkers Bros. Gavin Gilmour and Sam McIntyre starting off at Auchinstarry at 07.45am. The weather was not quite as good as on the previous weekends and it looked as if there may be a bit of rain during their day. The walk finished at the official end point, Lock 27 as, once again, the walkers thought that they had done enough walking. The usual celebration drink was taken inside the Lock 27 Bar as the rain was quite heavy when the walkers finished.
Left to Right – Bros. Sam McIntyre and Gavin Gilmour
Charity Walk Video
Tuesday 13th August 2013,
The Lodge was opened in the usual manner and, following the normal business, the RWM master invited the Bro. Almoner the give a report on the on behalf of the sick and infirm brethren of the lodge. The RWM thanked Bro Alistair Yarwood for his hard work and, reports completed, the visitors were welcomed into the lodge. Amongst the visitors were the PGMRE Bro John S. Miller and PG Chaplain / Junior Grand Chaplain RWM Robert Craig.
The Lodge was passed to the second degree and the WSW Bro. Gordon Macleod was invited to confer the Fellow Craft degree on our E.A. The degree was carried to a very high standard with Bro. Gordon conferring the degree for the first time as was Bro. Joel who presented the tools of this degree for the first time. All brethren who took part in the degree were praised for their fine performance.
The RWM invited the PGM Bro John if he would care to address the lodge. The PGM thanked the lodge for the welcome he had received and added that he was looking forward to the Rededication Ceremony on the 2nd of November to mark the lodge’s 150th year. The RWM Bro. Dallas thanked him for his fine words and for the help in organising the forthcoming ceremony in November.
The lodge had once again many visitors including ten masters from 597,360,156,392,1386,1234,153,151,729,233,and also the master elect from 1779. The master from lodge Clydebank 1234, Bro Edward Rae replied on behalf of all the visitors
Attendance at the meeting was 118.
Tuesday 10th September 2013,
Lodge prince of wales was opened in due and ancient form by the RWM and thereafter the normal business of the lodge was conducted. The RWM welcomed the visitors into the lodge stating that he hoped that they would enjoy their evening with the brethren of Lodge Prince of Wales.
The RWM thanked the brethren who accompanied him on the Lodge’s recent visit to Lodge Union & Crown No. 307.
Bro. Robert C. Purdue PM was invited to confer the evening’s degree on a Fellow Craft of the lodge and the 3rd degree was carried out to Bro Robert’s usual high standard. The RWM thanked him and his team for carrying out a first class degree .
Once again the lodge had many visitors including 2 masters from 1218, 1405,
The RWM of Lodge Inchinnan 1405, Bro Richard Smith, replied on their behalf.
Attendance at this meeting was 65 .
Friday 20th September 2013,
A special meeting was held at Lodge Prince of Wales on Friday 20th of September, as part of the Lodge’s 150th Anniversary celebrations. Lodge Union & Crown No. 307, had kindly agreed to perform a Dramatised Fellow Craft Degree.
The evening commenced with the RWM Bro. John P. Dallas opening the lodge and welcoming the visitors into the lodge. Thereafter a large deputation from our good friends from Lodge St Leonard Loanhead & Lasswade No. 580 were admitted into the lodge headed by their RWM Bro. Duncan Phillips.
The Deputation from Lodge Union & Crown No. 307, headed by their RWM Bro. Paul Stewart, were then admitted. Bro. Stewart was invited to the East where the RWM Bro Dallas presented him with the mallet and the authority to confer the evening’s degree. The degree was carried out to a very high standard and iit is recommended that, if you get the opportunity to see 307 performing their dramatised degree, it is well worth a visit.
Degree completed, Bro. Stewart returned the mallet commenting it was an honour to be asked to perform the degree at Lodge Prince of Wales in it’s 150th Anniversary year .
Once again the Lodge had many visitors including 8 masters from XII,129, 156, 233, 354, 524, 580, and 729.
Replying on their behalf was the RWM of our sponsor Lodge Paisley St. Mirrin No.129 Bro. Gordon Aitkin.
Attendance at the meeting was 118.
Tuesday 24th September 2013,
The lodge was opened by the RWM and the normal business of the lodge was conducted following which the RWM welcomed all the visitors into the lodge.
A deputation from Lodge Moorpark No. 1263 was admitted and welcomed. Heading the deputation was their RWM Bro. Kenny Wark.
The 1st Principal of The Baron of Renfrew Royal Arch Chapter No. 114, M.E.Companion Thomas McKenzie, presented the Lodge with a beautiful box containing the Working Plans for the Temple, which are used in a Mark Degree, to celebrate the Lodge’s 150th Anniversary. RWM Bro.Dallas thanked The Baron of Renfrew Royal Arch Chapter, for the generous gift.
The RWM presented Bro Wark of Lodge Moorpark with the mallet and ask him and his lodge to confer the Mark Degree on 3 brethren of the lodge. The degree over, RWM Bro. Wark retuned the mallet and wished the lodge much success on its 150th year. RWM Bro Dallas thanked him and his lodge for the way in which they had conferred the degree.
The RWM Elect Bro Allan Provan of Lodge Georgetown Cardonald 1170 replied on behalf of the visitors.
The meeting’s attendance was 78.
Tuesday 8th October 2013,
Before the meeting commenced the RWM Bro. John Dallas presented 2 cheques from the Campbell Blakely Memorial fund to charities of the masters choice. The charities chosen this year were The West of Scotland Stammering Network and Enable Scotland (Renfrew). Representatives of both charities came along before the meeting and were presented with cheques to the value of £750. James and Iona from the W.S.S.N. and Charlie Newlands from Enable Scotland thanked the RWM for the generous donations and asked him to pass on their thanks to the brethren of the lodge.
The lodge was then opened and the normal business conducted. Bro. Alistair Yarwood was asked to give the lodge a report on the sick, elderly and infirm brethren following which he was thanked for his hard work on behalf of the lodge. The RWM then informed the lodge that he had presented 2 cheques on their behalf from the Campbell Blakely Memorial fund totalling £1500 which was the sum raised during this year’s charity event – an excellent effort by those concerned.
The general business over, the RWM invited the WJW Bro. Ron Alexander to confer the evening’s degree on 2 gentlemen . The degree was carried out to a high standard and Bro. Ron was thanked for his efforts
The Master informed the Brethren of the arrangement’s for the up and coming 150th rededication ceremony on the 2nd of November.
The lodge had many visitor once again and the RWM of Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No XII Bro. Alan Beck replied on their behalf.
Attendance on the evening was 88.
Tuesday 22nd October 2013,
RWM Bro. John P. Dallas opened the Lodge in due and ancient form and thereafter the lodge had some lengthy business to complete. With this business completed, the RWM invited Bro. Peter Angus Muchan to the floor where he presented Bro. Peter with his 50th year diploma from The Grand Lodge of Scotland. In a few well chosen words the RWM congratulated him on his achievement.
A deputation from Lodge Clydebank No.1234, headed by their RWM Bro Edward Rae was then admitted. Bro Dallas welcomed the RWM and the deputation into the lodge and invited Bro. Rae to confer the Fellow Craft Degree on two Entered Apprentices of the lodge. The Degree was carried out to Lodge Clydebank’s usual high standard and, on completion, Bro. Rae returned control of the lodge back to Lodge Prince of Wales offering his best wishes for the forthcoming Rededication Ceremony on the 2nd of November.
The RWM informed the brethren of the arrangements for the Civic Ceremony and Rededication Ceremony both of which are being held at Renfrew Town Hall.
Once again the lodge had many visitors and the RWM thanked them for there support of Lodge Prince of Wales. Among the visitors were five masters from lodges 129,1170,1263,1304 and 1405. The RWM of Lodge Cocknoo No.1304 Bro John Bain replied on their behalf.
Attendance at the meeting was 105.