2019 – Donation to Erskine Hospital

Some time ago, I advised that through Brother Jim Gardiner, PM1018 and Provincial Grand Chaplain of Dunbartonshire, I had come into possession of a number of hand-carved Crests of the former Burghs of Gourock, Greenock and Port Glasgow as well as one of Inverclyde Council and a clock depicting all four crests. These had been created by the father of Mrs Heather Clissett who is well known in the area for her fundraising activities on behalf of Erskine Hospital.

I offered these to the Lodges in the area through the medium of the Provincial Grand Lodge facebook page and I’m delighted to say that these crests are now the property of Lodge Firth of Clyde, Gourock No. 626 (Gourock), Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No. XII, (Greenock Crest) and Lodge Doric Kilwinning No. 68 who took the Port Glasgow and Inverclyde Crests as well as the clock.

The Lodges were very generous with their donations and as a result a total of £150 was raised and as Mrs Clissett has such connections with Erskine Hospital, it seemed appropriate that the sum was donated to that most worthy of causes.

It was a privilege to visit the hospital on Tuesday 22nd January and hand over the cheque with the generosity of the Lodges being acknowledged on the organisation’s own website.

Bro. Jim Livingstone IPPGM

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