RWPGM Bro. Robert Little

 

AROUND THE PROVINCE 2007

 
The sponsored walk was held on Sunday 30 September at Beith St. John No.157, it was well attended with around 50 walkers from all over the Province. The weather was great for walking and for the first time in many a year we got round dry. Our thanks go the the RWM, Warnock Longridge, and his brethren for making the arrangements, but a big thanks to the ladies who provided the soup and tea when we got back to the lodge. As always there was a prize for the best behaved dog who came along to join in the fun. The Right Worshipful Master of Beith St John is pictured with the winning canines. Brother Neville Clark from the Provincial Grand Lodge is assisting. It is to early to say how much has been raised, as the money is still coming in to the treasurer, but we will let you know when we get a total.
Past Master Duncan Stanners of Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No.442 was certainly in fund raising mode over this summer. On 21-22 & 28-29 July 2007 a sponsored cycle around all the Lodges in Ayrshire was arranged. The first leg started at Skelmorlie and finished in Irvine via West Kilbride, Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston, Kilwinning, Dalry, Kilbirnie, Beith, Dunlop, Stewarton and Kilmaurs. Day 2 started at Irvine and finished in Tarbolton via Dundonald, Kilmarnock, Hurlford, Galston, Newmilns, Darvel, Muirkirk, Cumnock, Auchinleck, Catrine and Mauchline.
Day 3 started in Tarbolton and finished in Patna via Troon, Prestwick, Ayr, Coylton, New Cumnock and Dalmellington. Day 4 started in Patna and finished in Girvan via Maybole, Crosshill and Dailly. PM Duncan was accompanied by PM Jim Taylor of 442 and PM Colin McCormick of 135. The trio were ably supported en route by Bro. Billy Norwood of 442 and PM Bobby McCroskie of 135. The sponsor money is rolling in with pledges from all over the Province. All monies raised will be divided between the Special Care Baby Unit at Crosshouse Hospital and the Ayrshire Hospice. The cyclists would like to thank all brethren who appeared at their Lodge as they arrived and dispensed some much appreciated hospitality.
At the regular meeting on 2 August 2007, Brother Joseph Alexander of Lodge Neptune (Kilwinning) Saltcoats No. 442 was given a presentation of a 60 year diploma by Acting RWPGM Bro. John Ralston. Bro. Joseph Alexander was made an Entered Apprentice on 31 January 1947, passed Fellow Craft on 18 September 1947 and raised to Master Mason on 18 December 1947. A particular milestone of a worthy brother.
Past Master Duncan Stanners of Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No 442 and his wife Jan, who is better known to patrons of the social club as the bar manageress, recently completed a parachute jump in aid of charity. Below Duncan recounts their story of their joint jump from the sky on 12 August 2007.

We stayed overnight at Leuchars just outside St Andrews. We arrived on site at 8.30am and checked in. The weather was overcast with some drizzle. Cloud base was 1000ft. We waited until 10.00am to get out safety briefing from our instructors. The weather cleared up just after 12.30pm when the first couple were kitted out and boarded the aircraft. We were number 7 & 8. Just before 3pm we were called forward after watching the first 6 make there jump. We were fitted with the Tandem safety harness, very colourful overalls, helmet and goggles to match and off we went. Jan and her instructor boarded the aircraft first closely followed by me and my instructor. A few safety checks were done and off we went. At 8500ft we donned our goggles, safety harnesses double checked and re-tightened, briefed on our in flight drills and then into the door. Due to me being a bit heavier than Jan I went first. As we shuffled forward I had to sit outside the door of the aircraft securely fastened to my instructor, feet tucked below the aircraft, back arched, head and chest back, both arms across my chest and then at 10,000ft whoosh. Out the door hurtling towards the ground at 120mph with my arms and legs spread eagle and the wind rushing by my ears. After what seamed mini seconds but in reality was 5000ft the main parachute opened and we slowed down to approximately 20mph. We both were given the control toggles and took charge of the steering under our instructors supervision down to the last 100ft or so. The last drill was to lift both legs up and finally back on Terra firma. Our take of time was 3.10pm and we both landed at 3.30pm. Both Jan and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of a lifetime and felt that the long wait for the day to come and the right weather was well worth the effort. We feel very fortunate in being able to do this and hope that through our efforts we can raise a substantial sum which will directly assist those less fortunate than ourselves. We would also like to express our thanks and gratitude for the sponsorship and donations of all those who contributed to this event within and outwith the Masonic Fraternity as well as the monies raised during the sponsored cycle. Just in case you are wondering, the reason for Jan wearing the big safety knickers was that Brother Ian Main of 442 bought these as a present for Jan and promised that if she wore them he would personally donate an additional £50.00. Time to pay up Ian.

 

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