GLoSThe Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren

I think at this time of year when the Installations should be getting into full swing that many of us are missing our meetings more than ever – I certainly missed having the Grand Lodge Installation yesterday and I’m sure many of you did likewise. However, it was not to be and that is the situation we find ourselves in. What we can do at present is use our time to good effect contacting those in our Lodges who are maybe a bit more vulnerable than others to make sure they are OK and not wanting for anything. Having regular zoom meetings to keep in touch with each other, use zoom for other activities such as lodge quiz nights or a couple of weeks ago I got involved in a Lodge whisky tasting night – by zoom. We were all sent 12 whiskies to guess where they came from and so on – it was great fun and really enjoyable. We need to be creative and imaginative in our use of zoom. But now is also a good time to contact those who have drifted away from the Lodge – invite them to zoom meetings to meet up with old friends, let them be aware that to get back in good standing, now is as good a time as any with the availability of paying only the current year’s fee. If we can encourage those lapsed members, (and I am aware from reports that a significant number are already attending zoom meetings), to come back when we can finally open the doors again, how encouraging and motivating would that be. Keep up the good work and on your Installation Day, have a zoom, toast each other and start planning for a super, all singing Installation season next year

SCFS



During the week the membership of the group rose to 4062.

This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 491, submitted by 211 group members.

These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 264 Lodges, from within 31 Provincial Grand Lodges, 20 District Grand Lodges, Superintendence’s and Lodges under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge.

The identifiable monetary value of contributions rose to £378,969 during the course of last week. This represents an average of £12,632 per week over the last 30 weeks. (Tremendous achievement Brethren)

Each post within the group is regularly viewed by between 2500 and 3000 of the group membership.

 

SCFS Overseas Report 

  • Congratulations to our 1200th Overseas Member who is Brother Steven Horwood, IPM, Lodge Unity, No. 1154 (Western Province of The Cape of Good Hope) who was invited to join the group by Brother Dr. Douglas R. H. Nicol, PGM, Aberdeenshire East.
  • We welcomed another 16 Overseas Brethren this week. 
  • Our Overseas Membership is now standing at 1209
  • The geographical spread of Overseas Members this week saw Brethren being welcomed from the Districts of ... East Africa, Mauritius, Middle East, Western Australia.
  • The largest increase in membership was from the District of the Middle East.
  • Lodge Mount Longonot, No. 1813, from Kenya in the District of East Africa, had the largest number of Brethren joining from an individual Lodge.
  • We welcomed new International Constitution Members (ICMs) viewing the SCFS page from the Grand Lodge of IrelandUGLE, Grand Lodge of Spain, Grand Lodge of Virginia, United Grand Lodge of Queensland. SCFS really is being viewed worldwide.
  • We published our first post from the District of Western Australia which was on behalf of the 10 Lodges in the District and of DGL.
  • Other excellent posts were received from Lodge San Andreas, No. 1835, (Bahamas), Lodge Darul Takzim, No. 1836 (Malaysia in Middle East), Lodge Felicity, No. 1681 (Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada). 

The raffle for the silver watch chain was drawn yesterday and the winner was – Brother Eric Sweeney, Master of Lodge Cumberland Kilwinning No 217, Port Glasgow in the Province of Renfrewshire West. Many congratulations Brother Sweeney and I hope and trust that you will derive great pleasure wearing it. My sincere thanks to our anonymous donor who made the chain – your craftmanship is excellent, and thanks also to John Muir for his unstinting sales promotion, to Mrs Dawn Oliff for all the background work and to Brother Marcus Humphrey for his support and for presiding over the Draw. The chain realised the magnificent sum of £3065 for the Masonic Homes. Finally, my sincere thanks to all Brethren who kindly participated in the draw.

As I mentioned last week, there is a wee light at the end of the tunnel for all of us at home and abroad with the announcement that there may be a vaccine available by Christmas time. Let’s hope and pray that this may be the start of a return to something resembling normality. In the meantime, please stay safe, look after yourselves and each other.

Just health enough to banish care,

Just wealth enough to give and spare,

Just friends enough sincere and true

May this glad season bring to you.


Kindest regards

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason


 
 

GLoS

The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason


 

Brethren

I have been asked lately about Lodge social clubs who are having issues with business interruption policies that insurance companies are failing to pay out on. The following was on the BBC news on Monday and may help clarify the current situation –

A hotly contested case about insurance pay outs for small businesses who were unable to trade owing to lockdown was taken to the Supreme Court on Monday. A host of businesses closed or faced significant losses, so made claims on their business interruption insurance.

But many insurers disputed the claims, arguing policies were never meant to cover such unprecedented restrictions. Supreme Court judges will make a final judgement after the hearing, which is expected to last four days. The issue will have had implications for 370,000 - mostly small - businesses and involves potential pay outs of £1.2bn.

High Court judges earlier found mostly in favour of insurers having to pay out to policyholders regarding a selection of policy types. Some of these decisions are now being appealed against at the Supreme Court”.

 

SCFS



During the week the group was delighted to welcome Bro. Alan Duck Past Master and Secretary of Lodge Neptune, No. 375 in the Province of Aberdeen City as its 4000th member.

An additional 61 new members joined the group which now has a membership of 4025 Brethren from all 4 quarters of the globe.

This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 479, submitted by 206 of its members.

These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 247 Lodges, from within 31 Provincial Grand Lodges, 18 District Grand Lodges, Superintendence’s and Lodges under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge.

The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £361,054.

There have been 64,873 individual comments likes, and other reactions to the group since its inception.

 

SCFS Overseas Report 

  • We welcomed another 16 Overseas Brethren this week. 
  • Our Overseas Membership is now standing at 1193 Members ... just 7 from reaching the 1200 milestone. It is very encouraging that we are continuing to welcome new members who are the first Brethren to join from their lodge.
  • The geographical spread of Overseas Members this week saw Brethren being welcomed from ... The Bahamas, East Africa, Far East, Lebanon, KwaZulu Natal, Middle East, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nigeria, Republic of Panama
  • The largest increase in membership was from the Republic of Panama.
  • Lodge St. Andrew, No. 1140, from the Republic of Panama,had the largest number of Brethren joining from an individual Lodge ... for the second consecutive week. 
  • Our International Constitution Members (ICMs) viewing the SCFS page has increased to 59 as new ICMs joined the group from the Grand Lodge of Greece, Grand Lodge of Ireland, Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario, Grand Lodge of NigeriaUGLE, Grand Lodge of Peru, United Grand Lodges of Germany, Grand Lodge of South Africa, Grand Lodge of Illinoise, National Grand Lodge of  SCFS really is being viewed world wide.
  • Excellent posts were received from Lodge San Andreas, No. 1835, in the Bahamas, and Lodge Api-Api, No. 1826, in Malaysia, Middle East.

I’m delighted to say that the raffle for the silver watch chain is going exceedingly well. To date, thanks to the efforts of Brother John Muir, we have reached the £2700 mark. Only five more days before it closes. It would be good if, in the absence of the big raffle this year, we could reach the £3000 mark for the benefit of the Homes. There is still time to secure your tickets - each draw entry costs £5 and if you would like to participate, please email John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – he will be delighted to sell more tickets.

During the past nine months of lockdowns and restrictions we have experienced Lodge buildings being broken into and Lodge buildings going up in flames. From experience gained by the Lodges affected, and as we approach the end of the year, the time is right for all Lodges who own property to take stock and check the following – make sure building and content insurance is current and adequate and that there are no clauses in the policy regarding the building being unoccupied for periods of time. If there is asbestos in the building, ensure that you have an asbestos register. All electrical items should be PAT tested and a certificate obtained to that effect. It is also a good time to give thought to the safety of Lodge books, records and artefacts

As many of our Brethren and their families face Level 4 restrictions from tonight, can I remind Lodge Office-bearers that the Government Covid-19 Restriction Fund has now been closed but has been replaced by the Strategic Framework Fund. Some of our Lodges and Social Clubs may be eligible for further funding.

Full details on eligibility can be found at - https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-strategic-framework-business-fund/ and at - https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-strategic-framework-business-fund/pages/eligibility/

There is a wee light at the end of the tunnel for all of us at home and abroad with the announcement that there may be a vaccine available by Christmas time. Let’s hope and pray that this may be the start of a return to something resembling normality. In the meantime, please stay safe, look after yourselves and each other.

Kindest regards

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason


 
 

PGM

Brethren, firstly I hope that you and your families are all well. In normal circumstances, at this time we would be in the middle of the Installation season, but unfortunately that is not the case this year.

Although we have not been able to attend our Lodges over the last few months, we, as members of those lodges, must ensure that our Test Fees continue to paid on time to maintain our “good standing” status. A new Grand Secretary has recently been appointed by Grand Lodge and one of his first duties will be to issue the Daughter Lodges with their Annual Account for Fees. The Lodges in the Province have all advised their members on the various methods by which their Test Fees can be paid in these unusual times.

In recent weeks the Commission Team has held an informal zoom meeting with the Secretaries or representatives of the Daughter Lodges, and I was pleased to be advised that all the Lodges confirmed that they were all doing their best to keep the Brethren updated of all that was happening within and outwith the Province of Renfrewshire West. During the meeting I advised that I or one of the Commission Team, would be delighted to join any digital meetings that are being held would be happy to try and answer any questions that the Lodges or the Brethren have at this time.

Going forward, we would normally be starting the Annual Visitations of PG Lodge in January. Although it is extremely unlikely that any of the early visitations will take place, the inspection of the Secretarial records and the Lodge Accounts, must still be undertaken by PG Secretary and PG Treasurer in the normal manner (subject to Covid restrictions of course). I am aware that the Balance Sheets of the Lodges will not have been approved by the Brethren of the Daughter Lodges, however the Inspection of the Accounts can still place as a preliminary action which would be subject to the Accounts being approved at a later date.

I would encourage all the Daughter Lodges to keep in touch with their Brethren, especially their new Initiates, and also the older and more vulnerable members of the Lodge.   A couple of the Lodges in the Province are having regular zoom meetings. Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No XII, have invited numerous speakers to present various papers to the Brethren on a range of subjects. Lodge Crawfurdsburn No 1121 have also had regular zoom meetings featuring Lockdown Delights, their version of Desert Island Discs. I was invited to attend the most recent one, which featured a very enjoyable and varied selection of music.

Brethren, with the recent good news on vaccines, there is a small glimmer of light appearing and with that light there is a hope that as we approach the festive period, we will be able to meet up more regularly with families and friends.

In the meantime, please to continue to follow the government guidelines and stay safe.

At this time, I am pleased to send my regards and best wishes to you and your families. I sincerely hope that we will all be able to meet once more in the not too distant future.

Robin

Bro Robin McIntyre

Provincial Grand Master.  

Ecclesiastes 3: 1 - 8

1 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:PC

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Well, 2020 has certainly been a very different year so far. As the Chinese say, “May you live in interesting times!” We are certainly doing that this year!

Sadly it has been a year where A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing has been predominately the latter.

As in all years, 2020 has brought A time to be born, and a time to die. With many of the deaths being due to Covid 19 and with the restrictions on funerals services, this has been particularly profound and sad for us. A time to weep and a time to heal. A time to mourn, and a time to dance. I hope many of you have had the cause to dance and the time to laugh over the year. Whilst, sadly we have lost brethren, I know that many have been healed by our wonderful NHS. I am also sure that some of you

may have been lucky enough to have seen new life come into your families and witnessed the joys of a new born child.

Now, we are in November, and the seasons have moved towards winter, and I don’t know about you, but for me, it tends to be a time for thought, and for reflection on the past, and on plans for the future, especially with Christmas and the New Year not so far away. The days are becoming shorter and the weather, (along with the pandemic restrictions), keep us indoors; but hopefully keeping safe, well and warm.

This month we have had many Remembrance events when we have thought of and thanked those who have given their lives for our liberty in war over the years. Whilst we have not been able to attend Memorial Services this year, it has been heart-warming to witness the representatives from Lodges within the Province, lay wreaths at War Memorials across Inverclyde. A time for war and a time for peace.

Normally we would be well into the Installation Season and enjoying our Freemasonry. We may not be able to physically meet up but I know Lodges are keeping in touch with their members in other ways. My own Mother Lodge for example has introduced a monthly newsletter. This month it also introduced the start of 1121 Lockdown Delights. For those with the technology, this is a Zoom meeting in the style of Desert Island Discs. Members of the Lodge select 4 favourite songs or pieces of music to be played, and then explain why they chose them. They also chose a book which they would want to take with them to the desert island, as well as a luxury item. This is obviously a fun way to keep in touch, but it is also an excellent way of getting to know the brethren taking part, just that little bit better. A time to keep silence and a time to speak. A time to laugh.

In sharing my thoughts with you over the past months, I have mentioned the garden which we have building up this year. Well, October and November has seen some more planting … but it has also seen much harvesting. A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. It is wonderful to plant seeds and see life grow out of them.

The USA is fighting over A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away, but we pray that the nation will find A time to heal, a time to break down, and a time to build up. We have to embrace change. We need to bend with the wind. If we do not, then it is we who may break. It is we who may be hurt. We must accept that there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. This has been a year of tumultuous change, but I dearly hope it has been kind to you and to your family and loved ones.

I pray that God’s Love and Light may shine upon you throughout all the seasons.

With warm fraternal regards,

George

George J Carson

Provincial Grand Chaplain

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason


 

Brethren

A few weeks ago, I put out an appeal after the gardens at Marcus Humphrey House were vandalised. Delighted to be able to give you an update on the situation –

A GRATEFUL THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR SUPPORT IN RESPONSE TO THE VANDALISATION OF THE GARDEN GROUNDS AT MARCUS HUMPHREY HOUSE

 

On behalf of the Chairman and Members of the Benevolence and Care CommittePicture3e; and the Residents and Staff at the Marcus Humphrey House, I wanted to acknowledge the wonderful support which has been given in response to the destruction which was caused by vandals in the grounds at the Marcus Humphrey House.   It has, quite honestly, been overwhelming and has come not only in the form of monetary donations totalling almost £1,500, but also via the gifting of garden ornaments and planters, an assortment of beautiful, mature plants and other practical materials.   Brother John Muir raised funds by inviting sponsorship for his 28 mile walk from Troon to the Home – when the Staff welcomed him at the end of his journey he was still smiling despite having been caught in a few showers en route!

 

The support we have received has also taken the form of hard work and effort from the Members of the Widows Sons West who have  restored the benches, provided and planted lots of tubs and generally given the grounds a makeover.  They have also donated a CCTV system which will be installed shortly.   The gardens have been returned to, and in fact, because of all the hard work and donations, have surpassed their original condition – I know that next year the Residents will be enjoying a myriad of lovely flowers, some of which have been chosen for their sensory benefits.       A highlight which has already come into its own and given immense pleasure to the Residents is the new bird table – I don’t think I could give a description which would do this bird table justice, it is definitely the equivalent of a five star hotel for birds and attracts all sorts of feathered visitors to the garden.

 Sincere thank you to all, your donations and hard work are very much appreciated! Dawn Oliff

 

 


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Latest news from the Scottish Constitution Freemasonry Supports Facebook page is as follows –

 


 
 


The group now has a membership of 3964 Brethren. This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 472, submitted by 206 of its members.

These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 245 Lodges, from within 31 Provincial Grand Lodges, 18 District Grand Lodges, Superintendence’s and Lodges under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded is £350,807. The posts within the group have received 63,124 individual comments likes, and other reactions.

SCFS Overseas Report 

  • We welcomed another 27 Overseas Brethren this week. 
  • Our Overseas Membership is now standing at 1177 Members and we look forward to soon reaching the 1200 milestone.
  • The geographical spread of Overseas Members this week saw Brethren being welcomed from ... The Bahamas, Central South Africa, Far East, Newfoundland and Labrador, North Island New Zealand, Republic of Panama, Sierra Leone and The Gambia, Western Australia.
  • The largest increase in membership was from the Republic of Panama.
  • Lodge St. Andrew, No. 1140, from the Republic of Panama,had the largest number of Brethren joining from an individual Lodge.
  • Our International Constitution Members (ICMs) viewing the SCFS page has increased to 46 as new ICMs joined the group from the Simbolic Grand Lodge of Paraguay, Grand Lodge of India, Grand Lodge of DenmarkUGLE, Grand Lodge of Virginia, Grand Lodge of Newfoundland and Labrador, Grand Lodge of Israel

Excellent posts were received from the District of Newfoundland and Labrador and from the Republic of Panama ... posts from other Districts are actively being sought and eagerly awaited.

In the meantime, please stay safe, look after yourselves and each other.

 

Kindest regards

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason


 
 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

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Brethren

Mrs Dawn Oliff has kindly passed on the following received from Adam Gaines of Prostate Cancer Scotland

‘I thought you might be pleased to hear that we have recently launched some new services (called COMPASS) for men with prostate cancer and their families to help them navigate prostate cancer. These services include a new Living Well with Prostate Cancer course, which is a free seven week online course for men in Scotland diagnosed with or living with prostate cancer and is available to men across Scotland. The course is run in partnership with Maggie’s Edinburgh.  The second group of services are free one to one support sessions/appointments for men with prostate cancer, who might wish to talk with a cancer support specialist with specialist knowledge of prostate cancer about their treatment, symptoms, side effects, or the impact that prostate cancer has had/is having on their life. All sessions are confidential and are available by phone, online/video, or socially distanced face to face. These one to one services are in partnership with Maggie’s Highlands and Maggie’s Edinburgh and are available for men in the Highlands and in the Lothians. We hope soon to also develop a similar service in the West of Scotland. Information about the COMPASS services and how to book on the course, or a one to one appointment are to be found at https://www.prostatescotland.org.uk/help-and-support-  I would be most grateful if in due course you might be able be to let Lodges know about these services, in case they might be useful for members of the craft, or family members and friends. Also, we know Lodges have such important roles in their communities and we should be grateful if Lodges might also be able to help us spread the word about these new services’.

 Brethren – as Adam Gaines requests, please make this information as widely known as you can – thank you.

Latest news from the Scottish Constitution Freemasonry Supports Facebook page is as follows –



   Last week  This week
 Members 3883  3903
 Posts 460  465
 No of Members posting  204  205
 Lodges mentioned  243  244
 Provinces mentioned  31  31
 Districts & Lodges abroad  17  17
 Monetary Value  £340,235  £343,801


SCFS Overseas Report

  • We welcomed another 10 Overseas Brethren this week. 
  • Our Overseas Membership is now standing at 1150
  • The geographical spread of Overseas Members this week saw Brethren being welcomed from ... The Bahamas, Jamaica, Middle East, North Island New Zealand, Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada 
  • The largest increase in membership was from the District of the Bahamas.
  • Lodge St. Andrew, No. 1756 and Lodge Maxwell, No. 1837,equally had the largest number of Brethren joining from an individual Lodge.
  • The Masonic audience viewing the examples of the excellent support being shared on the SCFS page was further extended as new International Constitution Members joined the group from the Grand Lodge of India, Grande Loge Nationale Française, Grand Lodge of Victoria and theGrand Lodge of Washington.
  • Excellent posts were received from the District of Botswana, the District of Lebanon and the District of the Middle East... posts from other Districts are actively being sought and eagerly awaited.

The Watch Chain which is being raffled for the Masonic Homes is currently at the Edinburgh assay office getting Hallmarked. To date, 395 tickets have been sold but there is still plenty time to purchase one (or more) if you haven’t already done so. Each draw entry costs £5 and if you would like to participate, please email John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the sudden passing of our District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of North Island New Zealand, Brother John Aldcroft. A letter of condolence has been sent to the family and to members of the District Grand Lodge. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all at this sad time.

Finally, can I thank all of you who kindly and thoughtfully got in touch with regard to my receiving the Poppy Scotland President’s Award 2020. Your generous comments were very much appreciated – thank you.

In the meantime, please stay safe, look after yourselves and each other.

 

Kindest regards

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason


 
 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren

Thanks to Grand Treasurer, we have moved forward in the quest to get a definitive answer to the taxation question. Direct requests to HMRC have resulted in advice that each Lodge should contact them individually as each case could be different. However, Brother Bell has suggested that the following may be of assistance to the Lodges –

I have finally found an answer to the tax question re the Coronavirus Small Business Support Grant of £10,000 (I think!).

Schedule 16, Paragraph 4 (1) of the Finance Act 2020 states:

“An amount of a coronavirus support payment that relates only to mutual activities of a business that carries on a mutual trade is to be treated as if it were income arising from those activities (and accordingly the amount is not taxable).”

This would appear to cover our Lodges although when I am submitting the Company Tax Return to HMRC I will be advising that the Lodge / Club has taken advantage of the above exemption (quoting the full reference) in calculating the taxable income. Each Lodge / Club should take advice before submitting a Company Tax Return as it is their responsibility to ensure that the return is correct.

Latest news from the Scottish Constitution Freemasonry Supports Facebook page is as follows –



   Last week  This week
 Members 3846  3883
 Posts 456  460
 No of Members posting  203  204
 Lodges mentioned  239  243
 Provinces mentioned  31  31
 Districts & Lodges abroad  15  17
 Monetary Value  £339,114  £340,235


SCFS Overseas Report

  • We welcomed 26 Overseas Brethren this week. 
  • Our Overseas Membership is now standing at 1140
  • The geographical spread of Overseas Members this week saw Brethren being welcomed from ... The Bahamas, Bermuda, Botswana, Central South Africa, Jamaica, Jordan, Middle East, Nigeria, Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada, Western Australia. 
  • The largest increase in membership was from the District of the Middle East.
  • Lodge Ratanakosin, No. 1833 (Middle East)and Lodge Felicity, No. 1681 (Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada) equally had the largest number of Brethren joining from an individual Lodge.
  • The Masonic audience viewing the examples of the excellent support being shared on the SCFS page was further extended as new International Constitution Members joined the group from the GL of Canada in the Province of Ontario, GL of Newfoundland and Labrador, UGLE, GL of Peru, MWGL of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines, United GL of Queensland, GL of South Africa and the GL of New Zealand
  • 17 Districts have now shared posts about the support being provided within their communities. We thank the District of Botswanathe District of the Bahamasfor submitting their first posts this week. 

Can I remind you of the Raffle in Aid of Masonic Homes – each draw entry costs £5 and if you would like to participate, please email John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part, your support is greatly appreciated, and all of the funds raised will be used for the benefit of the Residents. Over 300 tickets sold so far – please keep it going.


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Finally, can I remind you to ensure the safety of your buildings during the lockdown – that they are kept in good repair not only on the inside but externally as well. Check that insurance policies are in place and that they have not been altered by the insurance companies in respect of coronavirus issues.

In the meantime, please stay safe, look after yourselves and each other.

 poppy

Kindest regards

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason


 
 

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The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren

Once again, we face further lockdowns and restrictions here in Scotland. The licensed trade sector is in a perilous position and that includes many of our Masonic Clubs. Provided clubs meet the fairly stringent conditions they can apply for assistance through the Coronavirus Restrictions Fund. Full details can be found at - https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/service/funding/coronavirus-restrictions-fund - but please note that this relates only to licenced premises and that application is made to your local council. Applications will close on Tuesday 3 November at 5pm.

A number of Brethren have asked recently about the tax situation with regard to those Lodges who were successful in obtaining the £10k grant. There is still some dubiety about the position, but we are pursuing the issue with HMRC and I hope to be able to give you a definitive response soon.

Latest news from the Scottish Constitution Freemasonry Supports Facebook page is as follows –



   Last week  This week
 Members 3770  3846
 Posts 454  456
 No of Members posting  203  203
 Lodges mentioned  239  239
 Provinces mentioned  31  31
 Districts & Lodges abroad  15  15
 Monetary Value  £338,564  £339,114


SCFS Overseas Report

We welcomed 32 Overseas Brethren this week. 

Our Overseas Membership is now standing at 1114 Members.

Congratulations is extended to Brother Pédro Turnquest, Secretary, Lodge San Andreas, No. 1835, The Bahamas, who is our 1100th. Overseas Member.

The geographical spread of Overseas Members this week saw Brethren being welcomed from ... The Bahamas, Central South Africa, Eastern Province of the Cape of Good Hope, Gibraltar, India, Jamaica, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Lebanon, Middle East, Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada, Western Australia.

The largest increase in membership was from the District of The Bahamas with a very impressive spread of new members from more than half of the Lodges in that District ... Lodge St. Andrew, No. 1756, and Lodge San Andreas, No. 1835, equally having the largest number of Brethren joining from an individual Lodge.

The Masonic audience viewing the examples of the excellent support being shared on the SCFS page was further extended as new International Constitution Members joined the group from the GL of the State of Israel, GL Alpina of Switzerland, GL of Peru, United Grand Lodges of Germany, GL of New South Wales, GL of the District of Columbia (USA), Simbolic GL of Paraguay, UGLE and the GL of the Philippines.

Many of you will hopefully have received a circular from Mrs Dawn Oliff by now but just in case you haven’t, we were delighted to receive a very generous donation of a hand crafted, sterling silver watch chain (please see the picture below).   It has been decided to raffle the chain with all proceeds going to the Scottish Masonic Homes. Brother John Muir has kindly agreed to manage the raffle for us and requires certain information to progress the entries and payments – each draw entry costs £5 and if you would like to participate, please email John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I will draw the winner on 26th November at a special broadcast. The closing date to enter is 5 p.m. on 25th November.

Thank you to everyone who takes part, your support is greatly appreciated, and all of the funds raised will be used for the benefit of the Residents.


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I’m delighted that arrangements have been made for our first joint meeting between our District Grand Masters and the Proxy District Grand Masters. I have also issued an invitation to our 19 Lodges who report direct to Grand Lodge. This will be an ideal opportunity for the Proxy DGM’s to meet with those whom they represent.

Brother Gordon Michie has kindly given me a copy of the latest guidance relating to Remembrance Parades and Services. I will arrange to have it circulated to the Home Lodges along with this update. I will be in Edinburgh on Monday to lay a wreath on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Scotland in Princes Street Gardens.

In the meantime, please stay safe, look after yourselves and each other.

 

Kindest regards

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason


 
 

GLoS

The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

William Ramsay McGhee, MStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason

Brethren

 

Latest news from the Scottish Constitution Freemasonry Supports Facebook page is as follows –



   Last week  This week
 Members 3729  3770
 Posts 444  454
 No of Members posting  200  203
 Lodges mentioned  233  239
 Provinces mentioned  30  31
 Districts & Lodges abroad  15  15
 Monetary Value  £334,664  £338,564


SCFS Overseas Report

  • We welcomed 20 Overseas Brethren this week. 
  • Our Overseas Membership is now standing at 1082 Members (with the anticipated 1100th. Overseas Member joining this coming week.)
  • The geographical spread of new members this week saw Brethren being welcomed from ... Bahamas, Bermuda, Central South Africa, Jamaica, Lebanon, Middle East, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia, Western Australia 
  • The largest increase in membership, once again, was from the District of Lebanonclosely followed the District of Central South Africa.
  • Lodge Pythagoras, No. 1841, and Lodge El-Mizab, No. 1130, had equally the largest number of Brethren joining from an individual Lodge.
  • The Masonic audience viewing the examples of the excellent support being shared on the SCFS page was further extended as a new International Constitution Member from the Grand Lodge of Minnesotajoined the group. 
  • An inspiring post was received from Lebanon demonstrating Al Arz Lodge, No. 1853, only consecrated on 28th. June this year, exhibiting true Masonic principles in assisting the local communities, psychologically and physically, in the wake of the Beirut Port blast. 

I attended a meeting of European Grand Masters last night and while the news on the spread of coronavirus throughout Europe was of great concern to us all, it was evident that we are all committed to doing all that we can to keep Brethren in our respective Constitutions involved and active in whatever ways we can. While we accept that zoom meetings are no substitute for the real thing, there was universal agreement that we use zoom and all other similar platforms to the best of our ability to ensure the safety and welfare of Brethren and their families. I am extremely proud that Scottish Freemasons throughout the world have displayed Brotherly Love and Relief in abundance not only within our fraternity but in local communities as well. As we face further restrictions and see the covid-19 statistics rising once more, let us all commit to putting the basic tenets of our Brotherhood into practice – let us be constantly mindful of our Brethren and the families of our Brethren who are struggling physically, financially or mentally – let’s all be there for them. Let us continue to meet by Zoom or similar means whereby we can assure that we take care of the business and administrative issues facing the Lodges and do everything that we can to enable as many Brethren to use the available technology to join in the meetings. Keep positive, keep safe and keep your sense of humour well honed.

Our Grand Secretary has now been with us for over a month and has settled well into his Office. However, it has been brought to my attention that not everyone knows him so here is a wee bit about him.


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Brother William M S Semple, Past Master of The United Lodge of Dunkeld No14, Past Provincial Grand Secretary of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Perthshire West and currently the Provincial Grand Master of Perthshire West.

After a distinguished career in the Police Service, Brother Semple set up William Semple Consulting Ltd, a company providing bespoke investigation, risk & crisis mitigation services and mentoring to both the public and private sector. Having enjoyed much success both at home and abroad with his firm, the time was right for a change in direction and we were delighted to welcome him as our new Grand Secretary at the beginning of September. Brother Semple looks forward to meeting Brethren at home and abroad as soon as the current restrictions are lifted, and we can resume normal service.

 

Kindest regards

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason