RWPGM Bro. Robert Little

 

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The Autumn Divine Service of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire was held on 30 October 2016 at Kilbirnie Auld Kirk. The Service was conducted by the Bro. Rev. Steve Clipston and Bro. Rev Dave Whiteman. Lodge Royal Blues No.399 provided the refreshments after the service. The RWPGM Bro. Robert Little thanked all who attended and made special mention of the fare provided by the Brethren and Ladies of Lodge Royal Blues.
The Spring Divine Service of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire was held on 24 April 2016 at Mauchline Parish Church. The Service was conducted by the Rev. John Paterson. Lodge St. David (Tarbolton) Mauchline No.133 provided the refreshments after the service. The RWPGM Bro. Robert Little thanked all who attended and made special mention of the fare provided by the Brethren and Ladies of Lodge St. David.

On 4 October, the Provincial Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Ayrshire hosted the Unity Divine Service in the New Laigh Kirk, Kilmarnock. The service was conducted by Rev. Bro. Steve Clipston Provincial Grand Chaplain. Members of the Royal Arch Chapters, the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire, members of the Ayrshire Lodges, The District Grand Priory of Ayrshire, members of the Ayrshire Priories, and the Order of Eastern Star District and members met at the Masonic Temple London Road Kilmarnock and paraded to and from the the church accompanied by the Isle of Cumbrae Pipe Band and the Ayr Pipe Band. After the Service Grand Superintendent of the Provincial Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Ayrshire, M.E.C. Gordon Booth, thanked all who attended and assisted in making the day a success.

The Autumn Divine Service of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire was held on 2 November at St. Andrews Church, Irvine. The Service was conducted by Provincial Grand Chaplains Bro. Rev. Ian U. Macdonald and Bro. Rev. Ian Benzies. Lodge Irvine St. Andrew No.149 provided the refreshments after the service.

The annual Spring Divine Service of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire was held in Dalmellington Parish Church on 27 April. The Service was conducted by the Rev. Fiona A. Wilson and Provincial Grand Chaplain, Bro. Rev. Ian U. MacDonald. Lodge St. Thomas Kilwinning No. 433 hosted the event and provided the hospitality afterwards.
The October Divine Service was held on 27 October 2013 in Auchinleck Parish Church. A good attendance of Office-bearers of PGLA, Daughter Lodges and Sister Provinces ensured a full turn out in the Church. The Service was conducted by the Parish Minister Rev. Bro. Steven Clipston and PGLA Chaplain Bro. Rev. Iain U Macdonald. Hospitality was provided by the Brethren of lodge Boswell St James No.1011 in the Lodge Room which was well received by all.
The Spring Divine Service was held in Crosshouse Parish Church on 28 April 2013. The service was conducted by PGLA Chaplain Bro. Rev Iain U Mcdonald assisted by the Parish Minister Rev Eddie Marshall BD. Following an excellent service the RWPGM expressed his thanks to the Kirk Session for allowing PGLA to worship within their Church. The service was attended by representatives from the Daughter Lodges and a large number of visiting Brethren from the Sister Provinces.
The Provincial Grand Lodge hosted the 5th Unity Divine Service on Sunday 28th October 2012 within the New Laigh Kirk, Kilmarnock. The parade, accompanied by Muirkirk Pipe Band and the Isle of Cumbrae Pipe Band, made its way through the main streets of the town to and from the Kirk. The Lessons were read by RWPGM Bro. Archie Chalmers and the MWGMM Bro. Charles Ian Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont with the service conducted by PGLA Chaplains Brothers Rev I U Macdonald and Rev I W Benzie. No less than 250 individuals took part in the parade including The Most Worshipful Grand Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, the First Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland. the Grand Master of the Great Priory of Scotland and the Worthy Grand Matron and Grand Patron of the Supreme Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Although the weather was rather disappointing the event was well attended and much enjoyed by all present. Refreshments and hospitality was provided for all at the Masonic Club, London Road. In the course of exchanging courtesies between the several Orders who attended the PGM had the pleasure of enrolling the MWGMM as an Honorary Member of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire.
The Spring Divine Service was held in Troon Old Parish Church on 29 April 2012. Troon was chosen to coincide with the celebrations in this year of their 250th anniversary. A good number of Brethren gathered in the premises of Lodge Troon Navigation No.86 and marched in procession to the church. A beautiful service was held by Rev. Edward V Simpson whilst the sermon was preached by PGL Chaplain Bro. Rev. Ian U MacDonald. At the close of the Service the Brethren were treated to the hospitality of Lodge Troon Navigation.
The Autumn Divine Service was held on 30 October 2011 in St. Andrews Church Irvine. Bro. The Rev Ian Benzie conducted a very fine service with his theme of "What do you see?" Readings were given by RWPGM Bro. Archibald Chalmers, RWM Bro. Ian Gunion Lodge St Andrew Irvine No. 149 and PGLA Secretary Bro. Robert Stewart. Following the Service, Lodge St Andrew provided hospitality in the Church Hall. A vote of thanks was given by SPGM Bro. Drew Rankine.
On 24 2011April the PGLA Spring Divine Service was held in St. Columba's Parish Church, Stewarton. The Service was conducted by Rev. George K. Lind, Minister of St. Columba's Church, and Brother, Rev. Bro. Gordon B. Armstrong, Past Senior Grand Chaplain, Substitute Provincial Grand Master of Glasgow. Brother Gordon delivered the Sermon. This was also the Joint Divine Service of Lodges Thistle No.127, St. Maurs No.1398 and Dunlop Caledonia No.1408 A buffet was provided at the end of the Service.

The Spring Divine Service was held in Riccarton Parish Church Kilmarnock on 16 May 2010. After opening PGL in the nearby Buchanan Centre, RWPGM Bro. Archibald Chalmers led the procession to the Church where the Service was conducted by the Rev Colin Strong ably assisted by PGL Chaplain Bro. Rev Ian U. Macdonald (Hon DPGM). As part of the Service PM William McLaughlin of Lodge St Clement Riccarton (Kilwinning) Kilmarnock No. 202 gave a fine eulogy in memory of the late PPGM Bro. John Husk Ralston PM Lodge St Clement Riccarton (Kilwinning) Kilmarnock No. 202. This fine and fitting tribute was well received by the Brethren. At the close of the Service the congregation retired to the Buchanan centre where hospitality was provided by Lodge St Clement Riccarton (Kilwinning) Kilmarnock No. 202 which was enjoyed by all.

 
On Sunday evening of 9 May 2009, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Brother Archibald Chalmers, attended the Annual Divine Service of the Ayrshire District Grand Priory held in the Old High Kirk, Kilmarnock. The Rev William Hall took the Service and preached the Sermon. District Grand Prior, Peter Watson, welcomed all present especially the Representatives of the Sister Masonic Orders of Ayrshire. The Service was honoured with the presence of the Grand Master of The Great Priory of Scotland, David A. C. Niven.

The PGLA Spring Divine Service took place in the Old High Kirk in Kilmarnock on 26 April 2009. The RWPGM Bro. Archibald Chalmers was pleased to have in his company The PGM and DPGM of Renfrewshire East Bros David Reid and John Millar, as well as representatives of Galloway and Kilwinning. The service was taken by Provincial Grand Chaplain Bro. Rev Ian U. Macdonald (Hon DPGM) with the sermon by the local Minister, Rev. William Hall. The readings were delivered by SPGM Bro. William Raeside PM No. 22 and Bro Paul Parker RWM No.22. The RWPGM chose the Old High Kirk and Lodge St John No.22 for the very close links that both have with Robert Burns and the Earl of Kilmarnock. After the service, Lodge St. John (Kil) Kilmarnock No.22 and the Ladies of the church provided hospitality.

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Brother Archibald Chalmers accompanied by Substitute Provincial Grand Master Brother William Raeside and Provincial Grand Secretary Brother Robert Stewart, attended the Annual Divine Service of the Provincial Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Ayrshire on Sunday 5 April 2009. The Service was held in Kingcase Parish Church, Prestwick with the Sermon conducted by Provincial Grand Chaplain, Companion Rev Ian U. Macdonald. The Grand Superintendent, Most Excellent Companion James R. Hodge welcomed all present with a special welcome to the representatives of the other Masonic Orders --- the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire and the District Grand Priory of Ayrshire.
The Annual Provincial Divine Service was held on 27 April 2008 in Skelmorlie. RWPGM Brother Archibald Chalmers opened Provincial Grand Lodge within Skelmorlie Community Centre for the purpose of attending Divine Worship. The Lessons were read by RWPGM and Substitute PGM Brother Drew CY Rankine. The organist Siona Leitch was credit to the service and the male voice singing was superb especially the Hymn sung to the tune “Highland Cathedral”.
A warm welcome was extended to all present, numbering around 90, including Brother James W. Miller RWPGM of Renfrewshire West and Brother George R. Kelly Past PGM of Lanarkshire Middle Ward. The Provincial Grand Lodge was then closed and under the guidance of PG Director of Ceremonies Brother Ian McBreen, the brethren were marshalled for Parade to the Church. Led by Largs Pipe Band the brethren made their way down the hill to Skelmorlie and Wemyss Bay Parish Church to be met by Rev William B. Armstrong BD and Provincial Grand Chaplain Brother Rev Ian U. Macdonald.
At the close of the Service all returned to the Community Centre where Lodge Montgomerie Kilwinning Skelmorlie No.624 had laid on a magnificent spread which was greatly appreciated by those present. Brother Stewart “Scoops” Cruickshank was present taking photographs of the parade.
At the end of the day all had had enjoyable day at Skelmorlie both at Church and Lodge. Everyone had enjoyed the travel along the Ayrshire coast, which was at its best on this sunny Sunday evening. Depute PGM Brother Robert Little gave thanks to the Lodge for all their arrangements and stated that they had every reason to be proud of their achievements today. The RWM of the Lodge, Brother John Little, expressed the honour and delight the Lodge had had in hosting the event, the first time that PGL had held their Church Service in Skelmorlie and he hoped that it wouldn't be the last.

 

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