The 1990s marked a period of renewal and innovation for the Lodge. The renewal took the form of refurbishments of the Lodge room and Committee room including a new heating system, new seating and storage, re-roofing, a new carpet ,renewal of the toilet facilities and redecoration while the innovations included a Lodge syllabus, our own Mark tokens, an overhaul of the Lodge finances (including long-term financial planning) and a Maintenance plan with a sinking fund. Hopefully by this time the Lodge has learned the lessons of the past.
Our friendship with the Nore Lodge was also forged during this period and I am proud to say this is still continuing with visitations.
The era concluded with the long-planned-for 125th Anniversary celebrations and culminated with a Re-dedication Meeting held on Wednesday 30th August
1990 the year in which Glasgow was the European City of Culture opened with a Meeting on 10/1/1990 with Bro. Gordon Wilson in the Chair. The year opened busily with new ideas being put forward for a new heating system (the old one had long since joined the organ in a dead state!) and a new Mark Token with the Lodge Crest on it. In addition a new Lodge tie was at the design stage.
Bro. George Thornberry PM conferred the first Degree of the 1990s—A second Degree on Bro. James Hamilton Junior.
At the Meeting on 24/1/1990 a further appeal was read for the Bridge of Weir Home---This time for residents! I am sure that some of the older Members of the Lodge felt they were going to be proposed for Membership!
At the PGL Visit on 14/2/1990 an In Memoriam Service was held for Bro. Andrew Tasker PM. This was conducted by Bro. Alex Watson PM assisted by Bro. Gordon Wilson, Master, and Bro. John Howat PM who delivered an address.
An Affiliation also took place at this Meeting---Bro. Ossie Malcolm of Lodge Queen Margaret No 1440. It was also reported that the die for the Mark Tokens had been purchased.
Another innovation presented at this Meeting was a syllabus for Meetings for the remainder of the year, which was distributed to all Brethren present. This was the first printed syllabus produced and this is still done today.
At the Meeting on 28/2/1990 a Notice of Motion proposed by Bro. Jim Brown PM seconded by Bro. Jack Sherlock was passed to donate a further £1000 to the Bridge of Weir Home—This time to furnish a bedroom for the residents.
It was with sadness that the Lodge recorded the death of Bro. Thomas Wilson PM(1964) on 11/4/1990.
Bro. Gordon Wilson, Master, at the Meeting on 25/04/1990 reported that the Committee Room had been decorated and carpeted and thanked the two Brethren responsible-Bro. William Trench and Bro.Douglas Paxton –and invited them to come to the East. It was also reported that the lowest tender for the heating system had been accepted and the work would soon commence.
At the Meeting on 9/5/1990 a letter was read from the Nore Lodge, Southend-on-Sea No 3610 (English Constitution) asking for permission to visit Kenmuir. The reason for this request was that a member of Nore Lodge—Worshipful Bro. Bert Kerrs father had been a Member of 570 and Bro. Bert wished to visit 570 with the Nore Lodge. There was some debate at Halls and Finance on whether we should invite these “foreigners” from another Constitution with some of the older Members being against it because it would be too difficult to organise—However Bro. Gordon Wilson, Master, decided we should risk it! This was, of course, to be the first link in a friendship that has flourished and still continues today. I am certainly proud to have been the first 570 Master to welcome the Nore Lodge to our Temple.
A new venture was also promoted at this Meeting – a race night to be held on 4th June. As it turned out this was a very successful venture, which raised over £700 for Lodge Funds. What was not quite so successful was the timing as the bus run to the Kyles of Bute for the Pensioners bus run was the next day!
A special Meeting was held on 30/5/1990 at which Lodge Cadder Freestone No 1584, headed by the Master Bro. William Bell conferred a Second Degree. This Meeting was also attended by Provincial Grand Lodge and a Deputation from the Masonic Home led by Bro. Sid Yeoman.
By the Meeting on 13/6/1990 the heating system had been installed at a cost of £3000—All that was required now was a gas meter to run it! Incidentally this was not installed until 22/8/1990—The day of the Visitation by Nore Lodge!
The Meeting on 22/8/1990 marked the first time that Nore Lodge had visited Kenmuir. The Deputation from Southend comprised 26 and was headed by Worshipful Bro. Michael Cowan—The total attendance at the Meeting was 87. Lodge Milton No1520 carried out the Degree work that night –A first Degree on Bro. Gary Falconer. The Provincial Grand Master Bro. Harry Jeffrey also attended this Meeting and was the star of the harmony with his hilarious address, which was enjoyed by all.
The following Wednesday on 29/8/1990 a Special Meeting was held at which Lodge Regal No 1422 headed by Bro. J Halkett conferred a First Degree.
At the Meeting on 12/9/1990 letters of thanks were read from Nore Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge recording their thanks to the Lodge for a most enjoyable time. At this same Meeting new Bye-laws, based on PGL Model Bye-laws, were proposed by Bro. Alex Watson PM seconded by Bro. William WaiteTreasurer.
By the Meeting on 26/9/1990 a return visit was planned to visit Nore Lodge in Southend in February 1991. At this same Meeting Pollokshaws Royal Arch Lodge No 153 headed by Bro. James McGhie conferred a Second Degree.
At the Meeting on 10/10/1990 further renovations were planned as the Lodge was actively looking for pews to install in the Temple. Bro. Gordon Wilson Master also reported that a Mark Token with the Lodge crest on it had been place in a time capsule at the building site adjacent to the Lodge (now Newcross Crescent). The Bye-laws were passed at this Meeting and the Notice of Motion for the retiring Masters Jewel, Apron and Case had now increased to £300.
The week commencing 22/10/1990 marked a very busy week for 570 with the following Degrees being conferred.
Monday 22/10/1990 Second Degree at Lodge Helensburgh No 503
Wednesday 24/10/1990 Mark Degree at Lodge Kenmuir No 570
Thursday 25/10/1990 First Degree at Lodge Springburn No 1198.
At the Meeting on 24/10/1990 it was announced that the organ had at last been replaced! Maybe the singing would improve!
The AGM for 1990 was held on 14/11/1990 at which Bro. Ronald Walker PM was elected as Master and duly installed as such on 30/11/1990. This, of course was Brother Walkers second time in the Chair, having been Master in the Centenary year.
The meeting on 9/1/1991 recorded the death of my own father, Bro. William Wilson. My father was never one for carrying out Degree work—However he was a regular and faithful attender and was instrumental in producing this history. If my father had never brought me into the Lodge you would not be reading this history today.
By the next Meeting it was reported that the bus had been booked for a return visit to Southend-on-Sea on 9th March 1991.
A milestone was reached at the Provincial Grand Lodge Visitation on 13/2/1991 when it was reported that Bro. Grand Lodge had awarded George Thornberry PM the Honorary Grand Rank of Bible-Bearer. This was not only a great honour for Bro. George but an equally great honour for the Lodge as this was the first occasion of a Member of 570 being awarded Honorary Grand Rank. At this same Meeting the Master, Bro. Ronald Walker was invited to attend the 200th Anniversary of Lodge Scotia No 178 on 13th March 1991.
The Lodge held a further race night which was reported at the Meeting on 27/3/1991 and this was further augmented by a kind donation from the Kenburn club of £400 on 22/5/1991.
At the Meeting on 28/8/1991 the death of Bro. Gibson Paul PM of Lodge Milton No 1520 was recorded. This was also the first time that I had the pleasure of writing the Minutes of the Lodge –If only someone other than me could read them!
At the Meeting on 11/9/1991 there was some debate in the Lodge regarding the Painterwork and Joinerwork done to the Temple during the summer recess. The Brethren who had carried out this work had submitted costs which had been approved of in open Lodge. However some Members felt that the work should not be paid for as in the past labour had been voluntary—It was in turn pointed out that the costs had been submitted by firms and approved by the Lodge. The Lodge voted on this matter and by a majority of 25-4 it was felt the Lodge had acted properly. Another item discussed that night was a possible date for a War Games Competition—Although I don’t think that had anything to do with the previous debate!
The Minutes on 9/10/1991 were written by Bro. George Thornberry PM which was very appropriate as that night he was presented in open Lodge with his Honorary Grand Lodge Jewel by Bro. Harry Jeffrey Provincial Grand Master.
The AGM for 1991 was held on 13/11/1991 at which Bro. William Paton was elected and duly installed as Master on 29/11/1991. At the same Meeting it was reported that Bro. Douglas McMillan HM 570 and PM Lodge Sir William Wallace No 1504 had been awarded Honorary Grand Rank of Bible Bearer by Grand Lodge. Alas Bro. Douglas is no longer with us but his jewel is proudly on display in the Lodge Room.
On 22/1/1992 it was reported that the Qualified Membership list was being updated. It was also announced that a monthly football sweep would be introduced to raise funds for hall renovation. The Degree that night was a Second Degree carried out by Pollokshaws Royal Arch Lodge No 153 on Bro. William Henderson.
An Affiliate Member joined 570 at the PGL visit on 12/2/1992—Bro. William Baggley of Partick St Mary’s Lodge No 117. Although Bro. Baggley was not a great attender of the Lodge he was certainly a great assistance by organising discos at social functions for the next ten years till he finally hung up his headphones! At this same Meeting it was reported that Nore Lodge intended to visit 570 later that year.
At the Meeting on 22/4/1992 Bro. William Paton, Master, reported that the Halls and Finance Committee had discussed the Grand Lodge Ad Hoc Committees recommendations at special Meeting and a response had been returned. The Degree that night was carried out by Lodge Bishopbriggs No 1259 headed by their Master Bro. Andrew Paton, who was the Uncle of Bro. William Paton, Master of 570.
Bro. Ian Massie presented the Lodge with Masonic “gonks” to sell for Lodge funds at the Meeting on 13/5/1992—at a cost of £5 each—There is still one on display in the Lodge Room (which is thought to look like one of the old Past Masters!). At the same Meeting Bro. Alastair McBeth thanked the Lodge for its generosity in supporting his fundraising venture for Yorkhill Hospital, which raised the sum of £1030.
At the Meeting on 10/6/1992 a Jubilee Diploma was presented to Bro. Thomas Lochhead BB by Bro. Douglas Mowat SPGM. Bro. Thomas was equally surprised and delighted by this presentation.
The Regular Meeting on 26/8/1992 was a special event as Nore Lodge returned to visit 570. The Deputation was headed by Worshipful Bro. Michael Cowan, and Bro. David Watson Substitute Provincial Grand Master attended the Meeting representing Provincial Grand Lodge. The Lodge witnessed a Third Degree on Bro. James Kelt conferred by (mostly) Reigning Masters. The Degree team carried out the following duties:
WJW Bro. D Marshall RWM Lodge Milton No. 1520
WSW Bro. J Johnston RWM Lodge Possilpark No. 1330
Introduction Bro. W Paton RWM Lodge Kenmuir No. 570
Secrets Bro. D Roberts RWM Lodge Springburn No. 1198
Advance Bro.D Marshall RWM Lodge Milton No. 1520
Retrospect Bro. R Walker IPM Lodge Kenmuir No. 570
Emblems Bro. D Roberts RWM Lodge Springburn No. 1198
Signs Bro. A Robertson RWM Lodge Cadder Freestone No. 1584
Apron Bro. J Johnston RWM Lodge Possilpark No. 1330
Tools Bro. D Marshall RWM Lodge Milton No. 1520
Obligation Bro. A Paton RWM Lodge Bishopbriggs No. 1259
At the conclusion of the Degree Honorary Membership was conferred upon Bro. Michael Cowan and Bro. Bert Kerr—which came as a complete surprise to both of them! However both were very proud to accept----especially Bro. Bert as he had now joined his fathers Lodge.
An instruction class was held on 1st September and at the Meeting on 9/9/1992 it was decided that classes would be held on the first Tuesday of each Month. At the same Meeting it was reported that a sinking fund had been set up to cover future major maintenance expenditure.
On 28/10/1992 the Mark was conferred upon 6 Brethren.
The AGM for 1992 was held on 11th November at which Bro. William Trench was elected as Master and duly Installed as such on 27/11/1992. At this same Meeting the Lodge was informed that the widow of the late Brother Hardie Nelson---Mrs Margaret Louise Nelson—had bequeathed a sum to the Lodge and this would be forwarded once the estate settled. A Ballot also took place that night for Bro. Craig Patrick and Bro. James McIntosh—both of whom went on to be Master of the Lodge.
Bro. Gordon Sorbie had to stand down as Secretary during the course of the year due to his daughter’s health and Bro. Gordon Wilson took over this Office and was Installed as Secretary on 27/11/1992.
On 13/1/1993 Bro. Bill Ferry Almoner reported that he would produce a Lodge newspaper —The Vulcan Voice—, which unfortunately only ran for a few issues.
A further Lodge of Instruction was held on 4/2/1993 and Bro. Harry Jeffrey Provincial Grand Master paid a social visit to the Lodge on 10/2/1993.
A Visitation to Lodge Nore No 3610 left on Friday 10/3/1993 with a 10.00AM start to travel to Southend-on Sea. A great time was had by all—The Secretary Bro. Gordon Wilson was plastered—He had broken his arm the day before travelling!
At the Meeting on 28/4/1993 Bro. Thomas Lochhead BB was congratulated on reaching the grand old age of 82!
Lodge Cadder Freestone No 1584 visited Lodge Kenmuir on 9/6/1993 when a Second Degree was conferred. It was also announced at this Meeting that pews had been obtained from a church which had closed in Renfrew and would be installed during the recess—this would also include storage for carpets and other paraphernalia. It was also during the recess of 1993 that the Kenburn Club reroofed the property.
The Installation of the pews was carried out in the recess of 1993. The layout was designed by Bro. Gordon Wilson PM Sec and the work was carried out in an expert manner by Bro. Andy Lyttle JD.
The Lodge decided at this time to replace the carpet and it was decided at the Meeting on 8/9/1993 that Bro. Robert James would organise 2 quotes for supplying this item. At this same Meeting the Lodge held a surprise birthday party for Bro. Douglas Paxton.
By the Meeting on 22/9/1993 2 quotes had been obtained for a Masonic carpet and it was agreed to select the lower quote at £1682. This was proposed by Bro. Alex Fitzpatrick PM and was seconded by Bro. William Mitchell.
At the Meeting on 13/10/1993 Bro. Alan Rae PM Lodge St Vincent Sandyford No 553 was afforded Honorary Membership by Bro. William Trench Master.
At the AGM on 10/11/1993 Bro. Robert James was elected as Master and duly Installed as such on 26/11/1993. It was very appropriate that the new Lodge carpet was used for the first time at the Installation as Bro. Robert James Master had been instrumental in organising the new carpet. At this same Meeting the Lodge recorded its thanks to the Kenburn Club for a £4000 donation.
At the Meeting on 26/11/1993 it was reported that a children’s treat to the pantomime had been arranged for 6/12/1993. It was also reported that Children from Eastpark Home would also be invited to the pantomime.
By the Meeting on 26/11/1993 Bro. Douglas Paxton had upholstered the pews and was thanked by Bro.Robert James Master.
There was some discussion at the Meeting on 8/12/1993 about changing the date of the Installation from Friday to Saturday—However it appeared the Lodge was happy with the existing arrangement. It was also reported at this Meeting that the Masters chain had been repaired and was valued---The current value was £42,000!
At the Meeting on 26/1/1994 it was reported that the Lodge had successfully organised the bar at the Provincial Grand Lodge Masters get together.
At the Provincial Grand Lodge visit on 9/2/1994 a Rededication ceremony was held at which Bro. John Graham Provincial Grand Chaplain dedicated the pews and the carpet. At the conclusion of the ceremony Bro. Harry Jeffrey Provincial Grand Master was afforded Honorary Membership of Lodge Kenmuir and after this unveiled a plaque on the North wall of the Temple with the following inscription:
“This plaque is to commemorate the bequest from Louise Nelson, widow of the late Bro. Hardie Nelson which assisted in the renovation of this temple—9th February 1994.
Unveiled by Bro. Harry Jeffrey PGM”
It was also reported at this Meeting that the old Lodge carpet had been donated to Lodge Caledonia XXXXXX
At the Meeting on 23/2/1994 it was reported that Bro. George Thornberry PM was now resident in the Bridge of Weir Home – It was good to see a 570 man getting the benefit of the Home which Lodge Kenmuir had made donations to. Bro. George Thornberry PM was also presented with a Jubilee Diploma on 13/4/1994.
A fairly unusual occurrence took place on Friday 25/3/1994 when Lodge Kenmuir held a Regular Meeting. At this Meeting a Second Degree was conferred on 2 Candidates—Bro. C Wilson from 570 and Bro. A McDivitt from Lodge Sir William Wallace No 1504. This Degree was conferred by Lodge Milton No 1520.
A landmark was reached at the Meeting on 5/5/1994 when Lodge Helensburgh St George No 503 conferred a First Degree on Bro. Mo Sharma—The first Asian and Moslem ever to join the Lodge.
A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday 8/6/1994 to mark the passing of Bro. Kenneth McLeod PM (1970). This Service was conducted by Bro. Alex Watson PM.
A Deputation from the Nore Lodge No 3610 headed by W Bro. Steve Thomas visited 570 on 28/8/1994 to witness a Second Degree by Lodge Castlemilk No.1536 on Bro. Mo Sharma.
By the Meeting on 12/10/1994 the sum for the retiring Masters gift had increased to £400 and at the Meeting on 26/10/1994 the death of Bro. J Weir PM Lodge St Clair No 362 and MM 570 was announced. Bro. Douglas McMillan PM Lodge Sir William Wallace No 1504 HM 570 commented on the Degree Work, which was a Mark by Bro. A Grant PM. Unfortunately this was to be the last time that Bro. Douglas was to visit the Lodge as his death was reported with great sadness at the Meeting on 9/11/1994. This Meeting was the AGM at which Bro. Alan Patrick was elected as Master and duly Installed as such on 25/11/1994.
The Meeting on 11/1/1995 had an interesting visitor in the person of Bro. Malcolm Thomson from Lodge Sure and Stedfast, Whitley Bay No 8927 EC. He spoke about his Lodge which only allows Boys’ Brigade Members or ex-Boys’ Brigade Members to join and he was delighted to find out that not only the Master Bro Alan Patrick but Bros. Waite, Wilson, C Patrick and Green were all serving Boys’ Brigade Officers. At the same Meeting it was announced that Lodge Springburn was holding a 75th Anniversary dance.
A visit to Nore Lodge was once again planned –this time for 10/3/1995—to witness a First Degree .
Lodge Ballater No 1432 headed by their RWM Bro. Donnie Berrie conferred a Third Degree at the Meeting on 22/3/1995.
At the Meeting on 12/4/1995 a letter was read from Bro. W Cooper of Lodge Midland Junction Australia conveying fraternal greetings to the Lodge. This was the same Brother who had presented the Lodge with a gavel and anvil in the previous year. This gavel (which is made of Jarrah wood) and base (which is made of Sheoak wood) is of course on display in the cabinet.
At the Meeting on 23/8/1995 an invite to the wedding of Bro. S Caldwell was received—however no one could attend as the wedding was in Edmonton, Canada! At this same Meeting the Lodge discussed the matter of dispensing with the “summer” Meetings in June and August.
At the Meeting on 13/9/1995 it was reported that Bro. Robert James PM and Bro. Alan Patrick PM had been beaten in the bowls semi-final—No silverware once again!
At the Meeting on 27/9/1995 Lodge Falkirk St John No 16 headed by their Master Bro. Sinclair Campbell conferred a Second Degree on Bro. David Melrose. In all probability this is the lowest numbered Lodge ever to confer a Degree at 570.
Bro. Hugh Tollan PM attended the Meeting on 11/10/1995 and advised the Lodge that in future he would be attending the Lodge with a guide dog and he hoped the Brethren would not mind—Of course no one did. The dog would probably just sleep through the Meeting —Same as some of the Members I suppose!
At the AGM on 8/11/1995 the Notice of Motion to dispense with the summer Meetings was passed by a majority of 24-9. Bro. Thomas Murphy was elected as Master and duly Installed as such on 24/11/1995. Bro. William Waite moved from Treasurer to SW and Bro. W Mitchell covered the Office of Treasurer. It was also reported at this Meeting that the Title Deeds were available for the Lodge to collect from the Solicitor.
At the Meeting on 10/1/1996 it was reported that the heating had broken down during the severe weather in December and would be replaced within the week. It was also reported that display cabinets had been fitted in the Lodge and Bro. W Henderson would be in charge of them.
The Meeting on 14/2/1996 was a night of mixed emotion with sadness at the death of Bro. J Miller PM(1955) being recorded. That same night Bro. J Howat PM was presented with a Jubilee Diploma by Bro. Robert Best Provincial Grand Master—The only such occasion that Bro. J Howat was speechless on the floor of the Lodge!
The Lodge recorded the Dunblane tragedy at the Meeting on 13/5/1996 with a minute’s silence.
At the Meeting on 10/4/1996 an invite was received for the Master to attend Lodge Bishopbriggs 75th Anniversary Meeting. Lodge Possilpark conferred the Mark at the Meeting on 10/4/1996.
Bro. A McBeth thanked the Lodge for their support in fundraising, which had raised the sum of £2300 for charity.
At the Meeting on 8/5/1996 the quote for the renovation of the downstairs toilet for a sum of £2665 was approved and this work would be carried out during the summer recess of 1996.
The first mention of a specific Committee Meeting to discuss the arrangements for the 125th Anniversary was made at the Meeting on 22/5/1996—and by this time the booking had already been made for the 125th Anniversary dance in October 2000. At this same Meeting Bro. Bill Ferry Almoner announced that he had arranged a visit to the Bridge of Weir Home to see Bro. George Thornberry PM, and that Bro. William Mitchell was celebrating his 70th birthday ( only 70!)
It was with sadness that the meeting on 11/9/1996 recorded the death of Bro. J McDonald PM(1947). This Meeting also co-incided with a Visitation from the Nore Lodge and accompanying the Deputation was W Bro. Brian Haywood Past Provincial Director of Ceremonies. Provincial Grand Lodge was represented by Bro. George McEwan PGM who witnessed a Second Degree conferred by Bro. Alex Watson PM on Bro. Stephen McLeod. The attendance at this Meeting was 74.
At the Meeting on 25/9/1996 the Lodge recorded its thanks to Mrs Grant for resetting the Masters Chain on cloth, and at the Meeting on 23/10/1996 the Lodge also recorded its thanks to Bro. W Henderson and Bro. A Patrick for typing and reprinting the Byelaws.
At the AGM on 13/11/1996 Bro. W Waite was elected as Master and duly installed on 29/11//1996.
Bro. Alex Watson PM reported at the Meeting on 8/1/1997 that the Honorary Grand Jewel of Bible-Bearer of the late Bro. Douglas McMillan had been given to him by Bro. Douglas’ Aunt and, of course, this jewel is on display in the Lodge to this day. At this same Meeting it was reported that a further Visitation had been planned for Nore in October 1997.
On 22/1/1997 Bro. Willam Waite Master reported that the Lodge had carried out bar duties at the Provincial Grand Lodge Masters get-together and had made £130 for Lodge Funds.
The Provincial Grand Lodge Annual Visitation took place on 12/2/1997 on which occasion Bro. Robert Best Provincial Grand Master visited the Lodge.
At the Meeting on 26/2/1997 it was reported that the son of Bro. Gordon Wilson PM Sec had been born with a heart defect, which required surgery in Birmingham and the Lodge wished Bro. Gordon and his family all the best. Bro. Gordon stepped down as Secretary in the meantime due to this (some would say the books became more legible at this time!). At this same Meeting it was reported that Bro. Robert McIntyre, a Member of 570 and the RWM of Lodge Union No 332 would be presented with a 50 year Diploma on 28/2/1997 at Lodge Union.
Lodge Shalom No. 1600 headed by Bro. Jack Symons as Master conferred a Third Degree on 26/3/1997.
Two significant milestones were reached at the Meeting on 9/4/1997 as Bro. William Waite, Master, congratulated Bro. James McLaughlin on celebrating 65 years as a Member of 570—He was also presented with a cake at the harmony----and the Lodge Title Deeds (which had been with the Solicitors and Brewers since 1976) were returned.
At the Meeting on 14/5/1997 the Lodge recorded its congratulations to Bro. David Melrose on his recent marriage. At this same Meeting Lodge Milton No1520 headed by Bro. W McIntyre Master conferred a Second Degree, which was commented favourably upon by Bro. Robert McIntyre RWM Lodge Union No. 332.
The Lodge updated its Bye-laws at the Meeting on 28/5/1997 at which a Notice of Motion was put forward to replace Section 11.
“The General Committee shall consist of all the Office-Bearers together with 5 elected Members who may be PMs. All Qualified Members of the Lodge except the Tyler are eligible for election” –Proposed by Bro. Alex Watson PM seconded by Bro. W Henderson.
The effect of this was to exclude Past Masters, unless specifically elected, from the General Committee, which would leave them free to carry out auditing duties if necessary.
It was with much sadness that the death of Bro. John Howat, the Senior Past Master(1953) was recorded at the Meeting on 10/9/1997.
At the same Meeting Bro. Wiskowski of Lodge Williamstown of Pennsylvania USA No 130 visited the Lodge and presented a Masonic rug to the Lodge –which is still used at Installations. In return the Master, Bro. William Waite presented him with a Lodge tie and a Mark Token in appreciation of the gift. Bro. Gordon Wilson PM Sec resumed the duties of Secretary at this Meeting (So the minutes became more difficult to read!)
An In Memoriam Service for Bro. John Howat PM was held at the Meeting on 24/9/1997—The duties were carried out by Bro. Alex Watson PM and Bro. William Waite Master.
A bit of a panic ensued before the Meeting on 28/10/1997 when it transpired that Lodge Helensburgh No 503 who were due to confer a Third Degree called off the day before—However Bro. Ronald Walker PM gladly and most ably filled in at the last minute. At this same Meeting Bro. John Hamilton was presented with a 50-year Diploma and Bro. Thomas Murphy PM was thanked for organising the Provincial Grand Lodge fishing competition.
At the Meeting on 22/10/1997 Bro. Craig Patrick gave a report on the visit to the Nore Lodge and spoke highly on their Trafalgar Night—an unforgettable occasion and not only for the singing! At this same Meeting Bro. Alex Watson PM was presented with an apron, case and Regalia of Substitute Provincial Grand Master as a token of the Lodges appreciation of reaching of this high Rank—The first Substitute Provincial Grand Master of Lodge Kenmuir. Bro. Alex thanked the Lodge for these kind gifts (once he had got over his initial surprise!)
The AGM for 1997 was held on the 12th of November at which Bro. Craig Patrick was elected as Master and duly Installed as such on 28/11/1997. At this AGM the Lodge made the following donations ;
Marie Curie £150
Earl Haig Fund £50
Masonic Homes Fund £75
Yorkhill Hospital appeal £50
Another milestone was reached on 14/1/1998 when the Lodge introduced the bonus ball sweep! This lottery based on the lottery bonus ball still runs today and raises approx. £50 per month for Hall renovation.
On 25/2/1998 what can only be described as a “Sorbie Degree” was carried conferred. Bro. Gavin Sorbie PM headed the Degree Team, which comprised Bro. Gordon Sorbie PM who presented the Tools and Bro. Andrew Sorbie who invested the Apron. The Candidate was Bro. Gavin Sorbie Junior! Bro. Gavin Sorbie Junior was the third generation of Sorbies in 570.
At the meeting on 22/4/1998 the Lodge agreed the venue for the 125th Anniversary dance-The Albany.
At the Meeting on 13/5/1998 it was reported that Bro. Thomas Murphy PM and Bro. Andy Lyttle had finished 4th in the PGL Whist competition. This Meeting also marked the Initiation of Raja Nadir Qadir who was the second Asian Candidate the Lodge had admitted.
It was with sadness that the Lodge recorded the Death of Bro. George Barr PM (1959) on 27/5/1998. At this same Meeting Lodge Progress No 873 invited the Lodge to attend their Centenary Meeting on 12th September. Tickets were available from Bro. Joe Miller Master of Lodge Progress No. 873 and PM Lodge Springburn No 1198. The highlight of this Meeting on 27/5/1998 was that a Team comprising Bro. Craig Patrick, Master, Bro. Thomas Murphy PM and Bro. Stuart Greig PM had won the James Ellis Trophy at the Lodge Castlemilk Quiz. This trophy was named after Bro. James Ellis who was not only a Founder Member of Lodge Castlemilk No. 1536 but a Master Mason of Lodge Kenmuir.
On 9/9/1998 the Lodge congratulated Bro. Jack Buchanan on celebrating his 80th birthday.
At the Meeting on 23/9/1998 it was reported that Bro. Gavin Sorbie Junior (obviously!) was to represent Scotland at Tae Kwon Do in Italy and the Lodge Members assisted in sponsoring him in this event. This same night it was reported that the toilet had been refurbished and the heating extended to the Committee Room which had been completely redecorated. Thereafter followed an event, which I am sure some Brethren consider being the blackest moment in Lodge Kenmuirs history! Bro. Gordon Wilson PM Sec, in view of the redecoration of the Committee Room proposed it be declared a no smoking area—This was seconded by Bro. William Henderson SW. Bro. William Waite IPM speedily proposed status quo and this was seconded by Bro. Thomas Murphy PM. This went to the vote and the “no smokers” prevailed by 20-5! This has certainly speeded up Committee Meetings! Also on the same night the Lodge was officially presented with the James Ellis Trophy as well as a cheque for £50 for Benevolence by Bro. Henry Bow, RWM of Lodge Castlemilk No 1536.
It was with sadness at the meeting on 14/10/1998 that the Lodge recorded the death of Bro. Jack Sutherland PM The Bridgeton and Glasgow Shamrock and Thistle Lodge No 275 and an Honorary Member of Lodge Kenmuir.
At the AGM on 11/11/1998 Bro. William Henderson was elected as Master and Installed on 27/11/1998. At the Installation Meeting Bro. William Waite PM was installed as Treasurer after 3 years as SW, Master and IPM and Bro. William/ Mitchell who had been Treasurer for the last 3 years was installed as Depute Master, Between the two of them it was impossible to work out who was the most miserly when it came to spending the Lodges money !
The Secretary gave the attendance figures at the AGM for the past 2 years
1996/97 17 Meetings 807 46
1997/98 17 Meetings 845 50
At the Meeting on 9/12/1998 Bro. Alastair Grant was congratulated on completing his year as Provincial Grand Senior Warden—Only the second time in the history of Lodge Kenmuir this has happened with the previous SW being Bro. Robert Watson PM in 1920 Bro. Grant PM was taken to the low West of the Lodge and Bro. Alex Watson PM gave a resume of Bro. Grants Masonic career after which he was presented with a Past Provincial Grand Senior Wardens jewel. Bro. Alastair recorded his heartfelt thanks to the Lodge.
The Meeting on 13/1/1999 marked the visit of Nore Lodge. After Bro. William Henderson Master opened the Lodge he welcomed a Deputation of Reigning Masters (from Lodges Bishopbriggs, Possilpark and Sir William Wallace) followed by a Deputation from Nore Lodge headed by W Bro. Len Parsons SW and lastly a Deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge headed by Bro. G McEwan Provincial Grand Master .The Lodge witnessed an exemplification of a First Degree on W Bro. Barry Adams of Nore Lodge by a team of Office-Bearers comprising;
Bro. Craig Patrick IPM Reception & Obligation
Bro. Jim McIntosh SW Tools
Bro. Scott Walker JW Apron
Bro. Gordon Wilson PM Sec First Degree Tracing Board
The Meeting was followed by a Harmony, which was enjoyed by all---Even Nores singing was starting to improve!
At the Meeting on 27/1/1999 Bro. William Henderson Master conveyed the birthday wishes of the Lodge to Bro. Gordon Wilson PM Sec on becoming 40 and the Lodge responded in the usual manner!
A quotation for a 125th Anniversary jewel was received and discussed at the Meeting on 24/2/1999 and at the next Meeting on 10/3/1999 it was announced that a bank had been opened for Brethren to save for the 125th Anniversary events.
A Sad event was recorded at the Meeting on 24/3/1999 when it was reported that the Kenburn Club had forgotten to apply for their late licence extension and as such the Club would close early on Meeting nights!
It was with real sadness however that the death of W Bro. Bert Kerr HM 570 and a Member of Nore Lodge No 3610 was recorded at the Meeting on 14/4/1999. Bro. Bert was instrumental in bringing both Lodges together and I am sure he would be delighted to be remembered for this. At this same Meeting the Lodge extended its congratulations to Bro. Alex Smith on becoming a Grandfather.
The Meeting on 28/4/1999 had a “financial feel” to it with the Lodge deciding to freeze rents for a year as some of the Tenants were struggling in the hard times, and it was announced that the Treasurer, Bro. William Waite PM Tres had prepared a paper on how the 125th Anniversary Celebrations would be funded. It was also disappointing to note that there was no Candidate for this Meeting.
It was with sadness that the death of Bro. E Murray PM (1960) was recorded at the Meeting on 12/5/1999.
Grand Lodge gave notice at the Meeting on 26/5/1999 that an amnesty would be in place for year 2000—Brethren would not have to pay back Test Fees to clear themselves in the Lodge Books but instead only pay the Test Fee for 2000.
The Lodge considered an alternative 125th Anniversary Jewel from Millennium Mark at the Meeting on 13/10/1999 and after discussion it was agreed to place an order for Jewels at a cost of £12 each. At this same Meeting the Lodge approved the financial funding paper for 125th Anniversary. Lodge Possilpark No1330 conferred the Mark at this Meeting (for the second time that year!)
The Lodge recorded a grant for a Members son for £1000 from Provincial Grand Lodge at the Meeting on 27/10/1999—The highest ever received from Provincial Grand Lodge. This Meeting was also attended by W Bro. Alan Hughes P Dep. Grand Registrar in the Province of Dulum.
At the AGM on 10/11/1999 Bro. Jim McIntosh was elected as Master and duly Installed as such at the Meeting on 26/11/1999. The Secretary gave the Annual Report at the AGM. Attendances were;
17 Regular Meetings 784 46 Average
This represented a decrease of 4 per Meeting on the previous year. There were only 3 Candidates admitted during the year—Probably the lowest figure ever in the history of 570.
The first Degree of the new Millennium took place on 12/1/2000 when Bro. Alex Watson PM conferred a Second Degree on Bro. Stephen Smith.
At the Meeting on 26/1/2000 it was recorded that Bro. Alex Watson PM and Bro. Alastair Grant PM had visited Bro. George Thornberry PM whose health was deteriorating. Bro. Gordon Wilson PM Sec gave the Lodge details of a “Time Capsule” which would be set up to co-incide with the 125th Anniversary and he asked all Office-Bearers to submit a letter to their successor in Office for the 250th Anniversary Celebrations in 2125. Lodges would also be invited to submit a message to their Brethren in the future. A General Committee Meeting was set up for 31/1/2000 to discuss the 125 arrangements in greater detail.
Bro. Robert Best Provincial Grand Master headed the Provincial Deputation on 9/2/2000 to thank the Lodge, in person, for carrying out bar duties at his Installation as Provincial Grand Master in November.
By the Meeting on 23/2/2000 Provincial Grand Lodge had confirmed the date of the 125th Anniversary Rededication Meeting as 30/8/2000. It was also reported that the Albany Hotel had double-booked the 125 dance but had offered the Marriot Hotel as an alternative and had offered compensation. This compensation included a champagne reception at the dance and the costs of reprinting the tickets and the printing of the 125th Anniversary Programme for the Rededication Meeting.
It was with sadness that the death of Bro. George Barr(1959) was recorded. It was also reported that the Masonic effects of the late Bro. George Barr PM, including his PM jewel, had been donated to the Lodge. The Lodge, in turn, at the request of his family gave a donation of £200 to the Ayr Hospice as a thank you for this.
The Lodge intimated a Grand Prize Draw to co-incide with the dance and tickets were now available from 12/4/2000. 125th Anniversary engraved glasses were on sale at the Meeting on 8/3/2000 at a cost of £5 each.
Due to a lack of Candidates the Lodge held a games night at the Meeting on 26/4/2000. It was also reported at this Meeting that Nore Lodge would send a Deputation to the Rededication Meeting on 30/8/2000.
It was with sadness that the Lodge recorded the death of Bro. Robert McIntyre a Member of 570 and a PM of Lodge Union No 332 and a letter was read from Provincial Grand Lodge praising his work with the Grand Priory.
At the Meeting on 24/5/2000 the Lodge accepted a Tender form Bro. Charles Rae for the redecoration of the Temple—This would be paid for by the maintenance sinking fund began in 1991 when the temple was last redecorated. A feature of this redecoration was a representation of the Cupola in the East, which was covered over in 1965.
A Rededication Meeting was held on 30/8/2000 to mark 125 years of Lodge Kenmuir.
“Wed 30th August 2000 Masonic Hall
LODGE KENMUIR , NO 570.
A Special Meeting was held on this date at 7.00PM.
Bro.James A McIntosh presided supported by Bro. Scott Walker SW, Bro. Alex Smith JW , Bro. Mo Sharma SD , Bro. James Bullen JD , Bro. Gavin Sorbie IG , Bro. George Adams CHAP. , Bro. William Henderson IPM and other Past Masters , Office-Bearers and Brethren as per the Sederunt Book.
The Lodge was opened in the First Degree by Bro. James McIntosh ,Master , who wecomed all present.
A Deputation from the Nore Lodge , No 3610 Southend-on –Sea headed by W Bro. Barry Adams SW was admitted and welcomed by Bro. James McIntosh Master
who thereafter invited all 5 Members of the Deputation to join him in the East.
A Deputation of 10 Reigning Masters headed by Bro. D Agnew RWM of Lodge Thistle and Rose No 73 was admitted and welcomed by Bro. James McIntosh Master who thereafter invited all Reigning Masters to join him in the East.
A Deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow headed by Bro. Robert Ross Best Provincial Grand Master admitted and welcomed by Bro. James McIntosh Master. Bro. Robert Ross Best ,Provincial Grand Master, then came to the East where Bro. James McIntosh , Master presented the mallet to the PGM as a token of fealty and to carry out the work of the night. Thereafter the Office-Bearers of Lodge Kenmuir No 570 vacated their Offices in favour of the Office-Bearers of Provincial Grand Lodge.
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow thereafter carried out the Rededication Ceremony to mark the 125th Anniversary of the Lodge. Bro. John Graham PG CHAP officiated at the Ceremony at the completion of which the Office-Bearers of Provincial Grand Lodge vacated their Offices in favour of the Office-Bearers of Lodge Kenmuir No 570.
A collection was uplifted for CHAS –the designated charity for the Grand Lodge of Scotland for year 2000. £151 was uplifted which was presented to the Provincial Grand Master at the Harmony.
The Deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow then retired.
The Lodge was then closed in the First or Entered Apprentice Degree by Bro. James McIntosh Master at 8.20PM.
Gordon Wilson PM