We are indebted to Brother John Freeburn of Lodge Inverkip Ardgowan No. 1425 for not only organising the event but for submitting the following report.
“The Orr Masonic Trophy was played at the Grosvenor Bowling Club on Saturday 11th June 2016. This was the first year that Brother John Freeburn of Lodge Inverkip Ardgowan No. 1425 was to take charge and he was hoping for a good turnout.
The trophy was gifted to the Provincial Grand Lodge in 1900 by Brother Daniel Orr, who was President of the Grosvenor in that year and was a member of Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No. XII – he was to win it two years later!
A healthy entry of 12 teams was accepted and the draw made. On the day of the competition, there was a bit of a hiccup when Lodge Greenock St. John’s No. 175 weren’t able to attend. An even number of entrants is really important and after a bit of rearrangement, the games got going.
Included in the entry price was a roll and slice and a cup of tea or coffee – which went down well (pardon the pun)!
Lodge Doric Kilwinning No. 68 got off to a flying start and set the bar high with a plus 15 score that was going to take some beating. As it turned out, nobody came near to it and after the two matches were completed, Lodge Doric Kilwinning No. 68 were way out in front.
Runners-up were a team made up of Brothers Malky Sinclair (1121) and John Freeburn (1425), while the Wooden Spoon was “won” if that is the word, by a team from Lodge Crawfurdsburn No. 1121, who debatably were led by Brother Tom Macdougall. The spoon was conveniently forgotten by Brother Clive but along with all the other items, will be presented at the various Lodge Installations.
The weather was kind to us and the camaraderie was there for all to see.
Brother Kenny Morrison presented the prizes in the absence of the commissioned office-bearers, who were engaged on other Masonic business outwith the province.
A raffle was organised by Brother Kennedy of Lodge Doric Kilwinning No. 68 and raised £85, which will be donated to a Charity of the Provincial Grand Master’s choice.