Weekly Update 15th September 2023 GMM Bro William Ramsay McGhee



The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

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


Prostate Scotland are currently promoting two new free Prostate FFIT (Football Fans InTraining) exercise courses for men living with prostate cancer at Kilmarnock FC and Heart of Midlothian FC. These follow hugely successful pilot projects at Ibrox and Tynecastle earlier this year. The courses are an opportunity for men with prostate cancer to improve fitness levelsdiet and nutrition over 12 weeks. They are led by coaches with specialist expertise in cancer and exercise and provide an opportunity for participants to meet men in a similar situation and share experiences. 

The programme is developed by experts from Prostate Scotland, University of Glasgow and the SPFL Trust. Prostate FFIT is suitable for all men with prostate cancer and is tailored individually to each participant. The course was reported on by Sky Sports Scotland who went along to a session at Tynecastle earlier this year.

The autumn courses will be held at Rugby Park and Tynecastle, starting early evenings Tuesday 19th September at Rugby Park and Wednesday 20th September at Tynecastle.  Participants can register at  www.spfltrust.org.uk/prostateffit.   Further information is available at https://www.prostatescotland.org.uk/news/sign-up-now-for-the-new-season-of-prostate-ffit  


  • The Group saw its membership rise to 7303 Brethren from not only the Scottish Constitution but from many of our Sister Constitutions throughout the world.
    This week saw the total examples of charitable giving recorded within the group rise to 1810, submitted by 511 of its members.
    These updated contributions can now be attributed as to being made on behalf of 448 Lodges, from within 59 of its Provincial Grand Lodges, District Grand Lodges, Superintendencies and Lodges abroad under the direct supervision of Grand Lodge. 
    Thanks is extended to the following Lodges who had posts submitted on their behalf this week:
    Buchan St. John, No. 636 (Linlithgowshire) receipt of provisions from major retailer for distribution.
    Eastmuir, No. 1126 (Glasgow) supporting Eastmuir School.
    Polkemmet, No. 927 (Linlithgowshire) Senior Pupil Annual Achievement Award, Whitburn Academy.
    The total identifiable monetary value of the contributions now recorded has risen to £3,795,931.
  •    SCFS Overseas Report

A wonderful demonstration of prompt and caring support was published this week. A few months ago, a fire ravaged an informal settlement in Isipingo. Hearing the plight of the victims, Brethren from Lodge Fort Jameson, No.1467, KwaZulu Natal, were able to quickly get donations of food and clothes within hours of the incident to assist the displaced.

• This week we welcomed Brethren from Lodge Sir William Wallace, No. 868 (Western Australia Goldfields District), Lodge Felicity, No.1681 (Trinidad and Tobago & Grenada)and Lodge Perla del Oriente, No. 1034 (Philippines, Far East).

• Brethren from other Masonic constitutions (ICMs) were similarly welcomed, such as Brethren from Lodges under the Norwegian Order of Freemasons, GL of British Columbia and Yukon, and the GL of Greece. These Brethren help spread news of the wonderful support featured in the posts on SCFS to a worldwide audience. 
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Tomorrow, I am heading to Dumbarton with a large Deputation to celebrate the Centenary of Lodge St Patrick No 1309. I’m sure it will be a memorable day.

Looking forward through the remaining weeks of September, I will be in Aberdeenshire East on Tuesday the 19thfor an informal presentation on the duties of the GMM while overseas; on Saturday the 23rdI’ll be heading a Grand Lodge Deputation toOban to carry out the Provincial Grand Lodge Installation.

On 27th September, the Substitute Grand Master, Brother Alexander Moncrieff, Grand Secretary and I head to Panama to Consecrate the new Superintendency of Panama and install the new Grand Superintendent. 

I will report back on all those events in due course.

Finally, as always, please stay safe and look after each other.

Ramsay McGhee

Grand Master Mason