RWPGM Bro. William C Steel



The Memorial bowling competition, held on Sunday 24 May 2015 at Crosshouse Bowling Club, was won by Lodge St Clement (Kilwinning) Kilmarnock No.202, with the winning Skip Bro. Theo Whiteside. The competition raised £416.00, with Lodge St. Clement making it up to £500.00. This will be donated to Erskine Hospital on Sunday 20 Sept 2015. The Brethren of Lodge St. Clement are undertaking a sponsored walk from London Road to Erskine Hospital on 20 Sept to present this cheque and in so doing raise some funds for their 250th anniversary.
The John Husk Ralston Memorial Bowling Competition which was held in May 2014, raised the sum of £600.00 which has been donated at the request of Mrs Ralston's Grandson Ryan, a member of Lodge St Clement, to Alzheimers Scotland. This cheque was presented on Monday 15 September. Unfortunately Mrs Ralston has been ill lately but is glad to know that this has now been completed.

The Annual John H. Ralston Memorial Bowling Competition, organised by Lodge St. Clement Riccarton (Kilwinning) Kilmarnock No.202, took place on 19 May 2013 at Crosshouse Bowling Green. The proceeds, which amounted to £530.00, is to be presented to Kilmarnock Jets, special needs children going to the Olympic Games. This charity was chosen by Mrs. Ralston. A good competition was held on a dry and warm day. One spectator with a a good view was Bro. Duncan Stanners PM who over flew the competition and the fishing competition at Craufurdland in his helicopter. The winners of the competition were from Lodge Prestwick 1060, D.C.Y. Rankine, R. Munro, D. Sharp, and A. Patrick. The runners up also from Prestwick 1060 were D. Phillips, J. Miller, J. Bryson, and G. Aitken. RWPGM Bro. Robert Little presented the trophy and prizes.

The third John Ralston Memorial bowling competition was held during May with Freemasons and their friends from Ayrshire and beyond taking part. The tournament raised £800.00 which, at the request of John’s widow Sadie, was presented to Dylan Duff from Kilmarnock. Dylan, who will be three years old in August, suffers from a very rare form of cancer for which he receives regular treatment. Dylan’s parents brought him along to Riccarton Bowling Club to receive the cheque from Bro. Gordon Homer, RWM. of Lodge St. Clement Riccarton (Kilwinning) Kilmarnock No.202. Event organizer Bro. John Oliver said “We are very grateful for the support given to this game held in John’s honour and thank all the Brethren for their generosity”. The photograph shows Dylan, his parents Gavin and Stacey, along with Brothers Gordon and John. The winners, from Lodge Prestwick 1060, were Drew Rankin, Don Sharpe, Ronnie Munro and Archie Patrick. Winning skip Archie (the pen) Patrick said “This tournament is very special to 1060 as John Ralston was an Honorary Member of our Lodge where he is still fondly remembered by all who knew him”.

Photographs courtesy of Bro. Alex Whannel PM No.1060

The first part of the John H. Ralston Bowling Tournament for 2012 was held at Crosshouse and Riccarton Bowling Greens on 20 May. The photos below were taken at Crosshouse.

The 2011 competition final was on held on Sunday 29 May 2011. It was won by Lodge St. Clement (Kilwinning) Riccarton Kilmarnock No. 202 who beat Lodge Prestwick No.1060 in the  final. The winning St. Clement team was as follows Bro. John Richmond PM, Bro. Bill Kerr, Bro. Joe Bolton and Skip Bro. Tom Baillie. The nominated charity this year was the  ELF which was set up to send two children who require urgent medical help which can only be given in America. The children who we hope will benefit from the money being raised not only by us but several companies and individuals in the local area. The total needed for the treatment is in excess of £100 thousand pounds. SPGM Bro. William Reside was in attendance to assist with the prize giving.

On Monday 5 July 2010 the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master attended the handing over ceremony of the cheque from the JH Ralston Bowling Competition to Help for Heroes which took place in front of the Kilmarnock war Memorial. David Gardiner of H4H was delighted to receive the £1000 cheque and expressed the appreciation of those who might well receive benefit from the donation. At the request of the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master the Provost of East Ayrshire, Stephanie Young, was also present. Mrs Sadie Ralston and the members of Lodge St Clement Riccarton (Kilwinning) Kilmarnock No.202 were each pleased with the results of the Memorial Competition which will now be an annual event. The Lodge kindly provided tea and biscuits in the Masonic Club afterwards.

On 22, 23 and 30 May 2010, the inaugural competition commemorating the life of PPGM John H. Ralston was held. On 22 and 23 the competition was held at Riccarton and Crosshouse Bowling Clubs. The final was held at Riccarton on 30 May.

The competition was organised by Lodge St. Clement Riccarton (Kilwinning) Kilmarnock No. 202 and the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire. Lodge St. Clement 202 presented a Trophy, which after being presented to the winners will be held at Barr Castle. Lodge Blantyre Kilwinning No. 557 presented a Quaich to be held by the winners until the next competition, a bottle of whisky was also supplied by 557. Lodge Prestwick 1060 presented the individual trophies for the winners and runners up.

The winners for the first competition was a team from Lodge Prestwick No. 1060 comprising Archie Patrick, Drew Rankine, Don Sharp and skip Ian Williamson. Runners up was a team from 202, comprising John McIlwraith, Sam Rice, Harry Stirling and skip Theo Waterside. RWPGM Bro Archibald Chalmers presented the individual trophies to the runners up and the winners. Bro. Bill Bannerman PM of Lodge Blantyre presented the Quaich and whisky to the winners. Bill and John Ralston started the relationship between 202 and 557.

Mrs Ralston presented the John Husk Ralston Trophy to the winners. Proceeds from the event amounted to £900.00 and augmented by a donation of £100.00 from Jonathon Oliver PM of 557. Mrs Ralston has requested that this money be given to Help for Heroes.


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