RWPGM Bro. Robert Little

 

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Many Lodges in the Province have their own Charities Masonic and Non Masonic which they donate to on a yearly basis. In some cases specific fund raising is done for local causes or from sponsorship raised by individuals in the Lodge. Some examples of these are shown below.

Once again the Brethren of Lodge Prestwick No.1060 have dug deep. £1060 has been donated from Lodge Prestwick 1060 to Ayrshire Cancer Support. The annual bowling match with Prestwick Bowling Club was a great success at raising money. This was supplemented by money raised by selling golf balls which are found by "Fudge" , the Secretary's specially talented spaniel. Further donations made by the Installing Masters and the Brethren of the Lodge brought the total to £1060. The photograph shows from left to right -  Archie Patrick PM and President, Laura Brown CEO Ayrshire Cancer Support, Alex Whannel RWM and Jim Montgomery Volunteer Organiser.

More cash for the Hospice from Lodge Prestwick 1060.

Social club chairman Alan Hamilton organised a second Charity Cabaret in memory of his wife Ella. Once again all the artists provided their services free of charge and a full house of regular members raised an increased sum of £1345. Alan would like to say a big thank you to all who attended or contributed.

The photograph shows Alan presenting the cheque to Ron Swanson, Fundraising Officer, along with the RWM Bro. Alex Whannel and our friends from Lodge St James Newton-upon-Ayr No.125.

Over the Festive Period Lodge Darvel No.971 have made donations to various groups within the Darvel Community

£200 to Darvel Boys Brigades

£200 to the Kids Church Group PALS

£200 to Darvel pre school kids

£500 to Darvel Primary School

The Headmistress of darvel Primary School, Mrs Doncaster, is pictured receiving a cheque with two of her pupils.

The picture on the left shows Bro. Fraser Craig PM Lodge Dunlop Caledonia No.1408, receiving a cheque for £1000 on behalf of Ayrshire Cancer Support from Lodge St Matthew Kilwinning No.549. Bro. Fraser was delighted to receive this gift from the Immediate Past Master of 549 Bro. Archie Milligan. As RWM of the Lodge last year, Bro. Archie had nominated Ayrshire Cancer Support as the chosen charity to benefit from Lodge fund raising. Bro. Fraser had worked for Ayrshire Cancer Support for quite a few years as a fund raiser and was particularly delighted to be asked to attend the presentation. There has been a history of Masonic fund raising which has gone to help those with Cancer in Ayrshire and beyond over many years and this latest donation will be put to good use by Ayrshire Cancer Support.

As you know my wife had organised a toy appeal for families who maybe struggling at this time of year, so on behalf of my wife Christine can I through you, thank all the Freemasons throughout the Province who donated to her appeal and I am delighted to let you know that over 65 families throughout Ayrshire have been helped through this appeal.  People came from all over Ayrshire on 19 December between 11am and 7pm to the Masonic Social Club Kilmarnock, to collect toys for their children.  My wife has been completely overwhelmed by the Brethren’s generosity and would wish to say a massive thank you to all and assure you all, that you have all been part of a very humbling experience. She would also like to extend the Season’s Greetings to everyone.

Bro. John Oliver PM Lodge St Clement (Kilwinning) Kilmarnock No.202

At a Charity event held in Lodge St Clement (Kilwinning) Kilmarnock No.202 on 18 October, the sum of £850 was raised for the Southern General Spinal Unit. Bro. Calum Oliver who is Senior Deacon in the Lodge, sustained a serious injury and was treated there for five weeks. The Lodge decided to hold this fund raising event and donate the proceeds to the Unit in Glasgow. The picture on the left shows the family at the Edenhall Ward presenting the cheque to Hospital Staff.
On 25 September at Lodge Stinchar Valley, No.1705, before the meeting, RWM Bro. Murray Hunter presented a cheque to Invergarven School. The cheque was received by Head Teacher Jane Gordon and Deputy Head Teacher Kimberley Keenan. Thanks for the money was expressed and the money would go to buying the necessary equipment to take children to a camp. After the business of the Lodge was completed, a talk was delivered by Bro. James McMillan PM Rothesay St. John No.292 on the various ships that have and are sailing the Clyde including the Waverley.

At the Annual Sponsored Walk from Troon to Prestwick John Trousdale, Robert McLauchlan and John Swiatek all Past Masters of Prestwick 1060 raised £400 on behalf of the McMillan Nurses. Karen Mathie, Fundraising Manager, West of Scotland came along to the Lodge and was presented with the cheque.

The photograph shows Robert presenting the cheque to Karen. John Trousdale was unable to attend but was more than ably represented by “Fudge” who also completed the walk. Thank you to all our sponsors.

On 10 May, Lodge Girvan St. Johns No.237 held their Annual Charity Degree to collect funds for their chosen Charities. RWM Bro. William Agnew welcomed a Deputation of reigning Masters headed by RWM Bro. Barry Crate. RWM Bro. William Agnew then welcomed a Deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire, headed by SPGM Bro. Robert Stewart. Included in the Deputation were Brethren from Spain.
Dementia Advisor Jennifer McKeand called in to Lodge Prestwick 1060 and was presented with a cheque for £420. The money was raised “by the way” of a sponsored walk carried out by WJW Bro. John Trousdale, who would like to thank everyone who very kindly supported him. Jenni said that this money would be used to run local support groups which greatly benefit all those who are able to attend. For advice and information with regard to the care which is available to anyone suffering from memory, dementia or Alzheimer problems in South Ayrshire E-mail Jenni at SouthAyrshire@alzscot.org or call 01292 318005. The photograph shows from left to right Bro Treasurer John Watt, RWM Bro Jim Miller, Jenni, DOC Bro Robert MacLauchlan PM and WSW Bro John Trousdale.

Picture courtesy of Bro. Alex Whannel PM

Pictured are Bro. John Connolly PM Treasurer, RWM Bro. Jim Barnes, Cara Mcculloch, Bro. William Lennox PM Secretary, and Bro. Jack Fleming WSW who on Tuesday 14 January 2014 presented a cheque for £50 to local Mauchline schoolgirl Cara McCulloch who will captain a team of four, 4th & 5th year girls from Auchinleck Academy to represent Scotland in the World Schools Badminton Championship in China in May 2014. Cara is aiming to raise £700 to help her on her way to Taipei.

Picture courtesy of Bro. William Lennox PM

Lodge Thistle and Rose No 169 raised £900 for national and local charities through various activities. A presentation took place at the Ladies night on the 27th December 2013 by RWM Bro. Robert Kerr to Help the Heroes for £650. Also benefiting that evening were Ayrshire Cancer Care, the Girls Brigade and the Boys Brigade.

Picture courtesy of Bro. Stewart Gray PM 169

The Annual BBQ at Marcus Humphrey House was held on 16 June. RWPGM Bro. Robert Little as well as several other PGMs were in attendance. Bro. Brian Love, RWM of Lodge Ayr St. Paul No.204 presented a cheque for £200 from 204. The Widows Sons were also in attendance and presented a Cheque to Dawn Oliff.
When Nicole Scott asked Lodge Prestwick 1060 for some sponsorship to help her on her trip to Peru, Past Master Brother Willie Harper and Club Chairman Brother Alan Hamilton got together and arranged a Fund Raising Cabaret. With support from our regular Club and Lodge members the day was a resounding success raising just over £1000 which the lodge rounded up to £1060. Nicole who is in her final year of training to become a Dentist, was invited along to a regular lodge meeting, and after the Right Worshipful Master Brother Drew Rankine recessed the lodge, Nicole was introduced to the members and presented with a cheque. Nicole then gave a talk about her trip to Peru, where she will give free dental care to the people who otherwise could not afford it. She also explained how the money would be used and thanked everyone for their very kind generosity. The members of the Lodge would like to afford our grateful thanks to everyone who supported the cabaret especially Brother Jim (Buller) Reid and Lawrie Frew. The photograph from left to right shows RWM Brother Drew, Nicole and PM Bro. Willie.
On 15 February 2013 RWM Bro. Bryan Love of Lodge Ayr St. Paul No.204 presented a cheque for £500.00 to Gillian Hay, President of Ayr Battalion, the Boys' Brigade. Also present were Battalion Secretary Stuart Hyslop and Minister of St. James Church, Rev. Robert McCrum. Representing Ayr St. Paul were Treasurer Bro. William McClymont PM and Depute Master Bro. Harry Jamieson PM.
On Thursday 7 February 2013 prior to the regular meeting taking place, RWM Bro Keith Syme, WSW Bro Duncan Stanners & WJW Bro John Benson of Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No.442 presented a cheque to the value of £610.00 to Mr Ian Pritchard the Ayrshire representative for Help 4 Heroes. The monies were raised at a recent Lodge dance. The young lady accompanying Mr Pritchard in the picture is Miss Kirsty McKechan who is currently participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Scheme. Part of the scheme consists of fund-raising and help within the community.

The Brethren of Lodge St Clement Riccarton (Kilwinning) Kilmarnock No.202 recently undertook a sponsored walk from Glenbuck to Ayr Harbour, known as the River Ayr Way, which is a total of 44miles. The Lodge were hoping to raise funds for their 250th Anniversary but at the same time to raise an amount for the Dylan Duff appeal, a young lad from Kilmarnock who has a rare form of cancer. The magnificent sum of £1200.00 was raised. The Lodge donated £700.00 to the appeal and £500.00 towards their 250th anniversary. Pictured left is RWM Bro. Gordon Horner along with Bro. John Oliver PM presenting the cheque to Dylan along with his dad and other Lodge members.

(Picture courtesy of Bro. John Oliver PM 202)

On Thursday 10 January 2013 RWM Bro. Hugh Gilbert of Lodge Dunlop Caledonia No.1408 welcomed representatives of several Local Organisations into Dunlop Public Hall for the purpose of presenting Charity Cheques. These included the Dunlop Hall Committee, local Senior Citizens, Erskine Hospital, After School Peace and Ayrshire Cancer Care. During the past five years the Lodge has donated £8000 to numerous charities including £2670 to Dunlop Kirk and £1450 to Dunlop Gala Committee. Everyone enjoyed the hospitality of the brethren of No. 1408 after the presentations. Excellent for the small Lodge of the village. Congratulations -- PGM.
On Saturday 2 December 2011, Right Worshipful Master Brother Harry Barclay of Lodge Darvel No.971 presented cheque's to the sum of £750 to the following good causes; Darvel Scouts £100, Darvel Guides £100, Boys Brigade £100, Mothers & Toddlers £100, Youth Football £100, Combat Stress £250.
 
The group photo below is of the recipients of cheque's presented by Lodge Darvel No.971on 4 of December by the RWM Bro. Harry Barclay, RWPGM Bro. Archie Chalmers, Bro. William Steel PM and Councillor Bobby McDill. The cheques were presented to the Girl Guides£100, Boys Brigade £100, Pre School kids £100, Scouts £100, Primary school £100, Youth football £100, The Rachael McColl fund £500. A total of £1100 going to local organisations in Darvel.     
This year's chosen charity for PM's John Trousdale and Robert McLauchlan was Parkinson's UK. The photograph shows Robert and John along with Andrew Scott and RWM Willie Harper presenting the cheque to Parkinson's nurses Paula Hewat and Nick Brydan. Also in the photograph is Andy Clark who in spite of suffering from Parkinson's is still able to enjoy a round of golf. Lodge Prestwick 1060 would like to thank the members of Prestwick St. Cuthbert Golf Club for their continued support in fund raising.
On 1 November 2011, RWM Bro. Roderick Murray of Lodge Thistle No.127, Stewarton presented a cheque for £425 to local charity Stewarton Fundraisers, following the Lodge's successful Table Top Sale. Brethren of the Lodge, who were involved in organising the fundraising event witnessed the presentation of the cheque. Further details of this and other actives of Lodge Thistle No.127 can be found on their website at www.thistle127.com
Money raised by John Trousdale and Jamie Walker on the Troon Walk (£350.00) was presented to "Crossroads" based at Biggart Hospital. The photograph (below left) shows from left to right RWM Bro. Phil Radwell, Asst Co-ordinators Liz Blackwell and Anne McNamee, Co-ordinator Sarah Wilson and PM Bro. John Trousdale. Thank you to all who supported John and Jamie especially the members of Prestwick St Cuthbert Golf Club.

On Thursday 8 September 2011 IPM Bro. Archie Patrick of Lodge Prestwick 1060, accompanied by Kenny Finlayson, the President of Prestwick Bowling Club, and Jean Shearer, went along to the Oncology Unit at Ayr Hospital and presented a cheque for £1060.00 to Charge Nurse Wendy Byers. The money was raised at the annual charity match between the Lodge and the Club, along with some help from the Order of the Eastern Star and Jean’s colleagues at Co-operative Funeral Care. The photograph shows from left to right, IPM Bro. Archie Patrick, Charge Nurse Wendy Byars, Jean Shearer and President Kenny Finlayson.

Lodge Thistle and Rose No.169 have raised £850 for Erskine Hospital through various activities. A presentation took place at Erskine Hospital on 8 June 2011 by RWM Brother Stewart Gray, Brother. Norman Collett PM and Lodge Almoner Brother John Black.
On Sunday afternoon, 10 April 2011, on returning from the Grand Lodge Inter Denominational Service, held within Grand Lodge itself, the RWPGM attended the presentation of a Cheque for the magnificent amount of £10,000 to the Ayrshire Hospice.
The money was raised in memory of the late Brother Alan Strachan of Lodge St Peter No.331. Thanks are due to Lodge St Peter No.331, Lodge St Clement No.202 and Diageo for making the amount so amazing. Dr Elliot of the Hospice thanked the Freemasons most sincerely for their generosity and gave a brief explanation of how the Hospice is funded. Members of Brother Alan's family, namely his widow Janet, and sons Ross and Fraser were also present and expressed their personal appreciation of the continued thoughtfulness of the Lodge to the memory of their husband and father.

At the end of January 2011 Lodge Prestwick No. 1060 captured the Travelling Mallet, along with the pot of money, which the Brethren agreed to round up to £100.00.

Their Right Worshipful Master Brother Phil Radwell decided that it should go to “Crossroads” based at Biggart Hospital , a charity which the lodge has supported in the past.

Phil said “This organisation brings respite to carers in our community and is well worthy of our support”.

The photograph shows Right Worshipful Master Brother Phil handing over the cheque to Derek Barbour from Crossroads prior to the Regular Meeting on 10 March.

(Photograph courtesy of Bro. Alex Whannel PM 1060)

On Tuesday 8 February 2011, Right Worshipful Master Bro. Sam Wales of Lodge St James Newton-upon-Ayr No.125, visited the Beatson Oncology Unit in Glasgow and presented a cheque for £375 to Unit Secretary Mrs Janet Grove. The money was donated at The Lodge Installation and the Beatson was the Right Worshipful Master's nominated recipient.

(Photograph courtesy of Bro. Stuart Muirhead PM 125)

Lodge St Ayr Paul No.204 have donated £500 from their Benevolent Fund to Ayrshire Cancer Support. ACS was nominated by Bro. Jim Elder PM 204. In the past ACS were able to provide their services to him and he has not forgotten the help afforded to him by the charity. The photo (below right) shows from left to right, Bro. Robert Pettigrew PM 204, Bro. Jim Elder PM 204, Bro. Fraser Craig IPM Dunlop Caledonia No.1408 and Bro. Andrew Main RWM 204.Bro. Craig accepted the cheque on behalf of ACS as a past employed fundraiser and now volunteer hospital driver. A good number of Brethren benefit from the services provided by the charity who provide support and care not only to those who are diagnosed and living with cancer but also friends and families of those diagnosed. All their services are free and paid for by public subscription and donations. Unfortunately they receive no support from central or local government or from Ayrshire and Arran Health Board and are totally reliant on the goodwill of our community. The good news is that the Charity receives great support from Ayrshire Masonic Lodges and the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire.

Last week the Master of Lodge Prestwick 1060, Bro. Robert McLauchlan went along to Queen Margaret Academy and presented a cheque for £500 to the Ayr Gymnastics Club. The money was raised at a "Psychic Nite" organised by the 1060 Club Chairman Alan Hamilton. Alex. Somerville, President and coach of the Gymnastics club, said "This was a great present from Lodge Prestwick. The safety equipment that we require is very expensive and paid for by the parents of our members. This donation will allow us to replace some of our well used safety mats". The photograph (below centre) shows Alex along with some of their members and coaches Allison Hainey, Iona Izat and Claire Reid. (Photograph courtesy of Bro. Alex Whannel PM 1060)
Pictured above left  is Right Worshipful Master Brother Daniel Bamford of Lodge St Maurs No. 1398and Lodge Brethren presenting a cheque for £1455 to Fraser Craig of Ayrshire Cancer Support. The money was raised at a charity ball organised to celebrate the opening of the St Maurs newly refurbished function suite. Fraser said, "Ayrshire Cancer Support is very grateful not only to Lodge St Maurs for their continued support but for support received from Ayrshire Freemasons in general. As a volunteer hospital driver and retired fundraiser for the charity I know that many Ayrshire Brethren who are affected by cancer benefit from the services the charity provide" 
As part of their 25th anniversary, RWM of Lodge Burns Dundonald Bro. James Picken, presented cheques to the following local organisations. 48th Ayrshire Scouts, Dundonald Mother and Toddlers Group, 1st Dundonald Girl Guides, 1st Dundonald Boys Brigade, Age Concern Dundonald and Dundonald Primary School Parent Teacher Society (not represented on the night).

Mr Robert Boyd Area Fund-raising Manager for the Teenage Cancer Trust visited Lodge Neptune Kilwinning Saltcoats No 442 on Thursday 16 September to receive a cheque to the value of 3000 pounds from Bro David Rusted Treasurer along with PM Duncan Stanners & PM James Taylor who took part in the Tour De Lodges sponsored cycle ride along with PM Colin McCormick of Lodge Tarbolton (Kilwinning) St James No 135. Also present were Mrs Jan Stanners wife of Duncan who raised 1000 pounds by taking part in a 10,000ft sponsored parachute jump, the RWPGM Bro Archie Chalmers, DPGM Bro Robert Little and the RWM of 442 Bro John Taylor. Mr Boyd gave a short talk to the Brethren about the Trusts work and how the money would be put to use.
The RWM Bro. Archie Patrick accompanied by his wife Margaret, the Worthy Matron of Prestwick Chapter No 62 and Ian Gourlay President of Prestwick Bowling Club went along to The Aberlour Child Care Home in Ardfin Road Prestwick and presented a cheque to Assistant Manager Abi Nicholl for £1060.00. Also in the photograph are Care Assistant Clare Thomson and three of the youngsters.

This money was raised at the annual bowling match between Prestwick Bowling Club and Lodge Prestwick 1060 with a very generous donation of £250.00 being raised by the members of the Eastern Star.

Archie said “It is a great privilege to present this money to such a worthwhile cause and I am delighted at the support given by the members of the Eastern Star and our good friends at Prestwick Bowling Club”.
Brother Craig McAvoy, Junior Deacon of Lodge St James Newton-upon-Ayr No. 125, recently undertook a sponsored parachute jump in aid of the Ayrshire Hospice. He raised the sum of £1213 in sponsorship. This was doubled by his employers, Diagio Ltd and came to the splendid sum of £2416. A tremendous effort for a very worthy cause.
Lodge 1060 have made another presentation, this time to Sutherland House. The money was raised by way of the annual sponsored walk from Troon Masonic Lodge to 1060 in Prestwick. Chairman Dougie McEwan said "Sutherland House has been part of the fabric of the local community for over 50 years and it can only remain so with the help of people and organisations such as the Prestwick Masonic Lodge who recognise the part that Sutherland House plays in the community. The charity, which principally provides social activities for Adults with Learning Difficulties, is run by its members, most of whom live locally in the Ayr ,Prestwick and Troon areas".Past Master John Trousdale (one of the founders of this walk), added "A great credit is deserved by the members of St Cuthbert Golf Club who have generously contributed to this fund raising event since it started".The Master of Lodge Prestwick Archie Patrick said "I am very proud of the members who take part in this event and I would like to thank all of our friends who sponsor them". The photo shows from left to right IG Bro. Jamie Walker, RWM Bro. Archie Patrick, Dougie McLean, PM Bro. John Trousdale.In addition to this £500, a donation of £250 went to S.A.D.S.A.  and £300 to Bethesda Hospice (Stornoway).

(Photograph courtesy of PM Alex Whannel)

Right Worshipful Master Brother Archibald Patrick of Lodge Prestwick No. 1060 accompanied by his Junior Warden Brother William Harper presented a cheque for £1300.00 to Staff Nurse Allison Scrace and Senior Carer Isabel Murdoch of Combat Stress at Hollybush House. This was the proceeds of a Charity Dance held in the Social Club and organised by Willie and his wife Ann Marie.   Willie said "It is a great privilege to support such a worthy charity and I would like to thank all our members and friends for their generosity. Special thanks are due to the Nuance Group at Prestwick Airport for the many raffle prizes that they donated and also the Talent Group from Newcastle for donating the star prize, a weekend in a five star hotel in Newcastle". The photograph shows the presentation with four veterans looking on.

(Photograph courtesy of PM Alex Whannel)

A number of Brethren from Lodge Troon Navigation No. 86 accepted an invitation to travel to Wallasey to perform a demonstration MMM degree at the Birkenhead Lodge of MMMs No. 1072 English Constitution.  On completion of the degree, the team from Troon were presented with a cheque for £250 to donate to a charity of their choice. It was decided that the donation should be presented to South Ayrshire Visually Impaired Children (SAVIC).  The cheque was presented by RWM Bro. Thomas Fergusson to Elle McCreadie assisted by Treasurer Jane McCreadie on 27 May.

The Right Worshipful Master of Lodge Prestwick 1060 Bro. Archie Patrick, went along to the Supported Learning Department based at Queen Margaret Academy to present a cheque for £500. Archie, who was taken on a tour of the department said “ It was a real privilege to see first hand the work carried out by Headmistress Jane Happs and her dedicated staff. Our donations enable Jane to take her pupils out of the classroom on organised trips which prove very beneficial to them when they leave school”. This money was raised at an Evening of Mediumship held in our Social Club by the Prestwick Spiritualist Church and we would like to thank them and all our friends who helped to raise the money.
(Photos courtesy of Archie Patrick)

At the Burns supper at St. Peter, 331, £100.00 was raised for charity. Bros Hugh Good, Jack Adams and Neil Mitchell are pictured presenting the cheque to Woodstock School. (Photo (Photos courtesy of Tom Murray)
Members of the Freemasons Association (ALFA) held raffles along with Ayr Indoor Bowling club to raise money for Charity. A Cheque for £600 was presented to Dr. Paul Eynaud, of the Haematology Department at Ayr Hospital from ALFA president J. Scullion.

Bros Hugh Good and Jack Adams of St. Peter, Galston 331 raised £1011.00 for their part in the Annual Weavers walk (Eaglesham to Galston). Both work for Diageo and they matched the amount to make a total of £2,022.00 which was presented to Ayrshire Hospice. A further £303.00 was presented by Neil Mitchell and Tom Murray. This money was raised by The Broken Helmet Motor Cycle Club at their annual dance. (Photo's courtesy of Tom Murray)

On 24 February 2010, RWM Brother Andrew Main presented a cheque fro £500 on behalf of Lodge Ayr St. Paul No. 204 to Donald McNeil, Chairman of Multiple Sclerosis Ayrshire and Arran. Also in the picture is Brother Arthur Brown, Secretary of Lodge Ayr St Paul No. 204. (Photo courtesy of Melissa Brown)

Bro. Stewart McRoberts, Steward of Lodge St. Peter, Galston No. 331 raised £532.00 by completing the annual Weavers Walk from Eaglesham to Galston. Thanks to a matching arrangement with Stewart’s Employer, Royal Bank of Scotland, another £500.00 was added to the amount raised and Stewart donated £1032.00 to Ayrshire Hospice on 14 December 2009. (Photo courtesy of Stewart McRoberts)

Two more "Centenary" donations were made by RWM Bro. Robert McLauchlan (1060) in November. Crossroads (assisting carers) based at Biggart Hospital received £300.00 after auctioning a Christmas Hamper. The hamper was donated by local businesses to whom we are very grateful for their generosity. Photos show Derek Barbour (Crossroads) receiving the cheque. The Caledonian Youth Club received £100.00. Players are seen along with coaches/trainers John Anderson and Stephen Dalziel.

Hollybush House was first registered as a nursing home for ex-service men in 1985 and was officially opened on 15 October 2007 by Adjutant General, Lieutenant General Sir Freddie Viggars CMG MBE. The service men and women of this country do not have a dedicated veterans’ service who have suffered psychological injuries. These include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is why this Society was set up to help these service men & women. Some of the service men & women have been traumatised by situations on our own doorstep e.g. the Lockerbie Disaster. No doubt there are Brethren somewhere in our society who have endured this traumatic disorder. This society survives on the generosity of all the people who are grateful for the protection that our armed forces provide for us either at home or abroad. I would encourage any Brethren to pay a visit to the Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society at Hollybush House and see for themselves the standard of care the ex-service men & women receive. The cheque was presented by Bro John Gibson (Lodge Almoner) on behalf of Lodge St John Saltcoats & Ardrossan R.A. No. 320 and Bro. Joseph Herring.

The Troon to Prestwick Charity Walk in May raised a grand total of £669.00. This money was raised by Bro. Jamie Walker, RWM Bro. Robert McLauchlan and PM Bro. John Trousdale. This has been rounded up by the Lodge and will be presented to South Ayrshire Dementia Support Association  £400.00, Combat Stress (Hollybush House) £300.00, The photographs show the RWM Robert and PM John getting prepared at the Lodge door with Bro. Treasurer Alex and Bro. Jamie and his son Jaydn, The RWM said "Once again I am very grateful to our members and their families and friends who support us in these Charity Walks and I look forward to presenting this money to these very worthy charities".

The Freemasons of Lodge St Maurs, Kilmaurs, No 1398, “sent a message” to some of their womenfolk asking them to raise funds for local charity, Ayrshire Cancer Support.

The wives of Lodge Treasure, Anne Taylor, and Senior Warden, Janice Kurth responded by organising a Psychic Night. The event was predictably sold out, and a total of five hundred and eighty pounds was raised for the charity. The photograph (left) shows Lodge Right Worshipful Master Brother Danny Bamford and Senior Warden, Jim Kurth presenting the cheque to Fraser Craig from the charity.

Fraser said, ‘Ayrshire Cancer Support is very grateful to Lodge St Maurs and the many other Ayrshire Freemasons who support us. Our charity like everyone else is feeling the effects of the financial downturn and this fine donation will go some way in ensuring our care and support services are available to those people in Ayrshire who are affected by cancer’.

Following his two years as RWM of Lodge Irvine St. Andrew No. 149, PM Bro. William Lindsay collected £1083 for his Masters Charity.  Along with PM Bro. William Haggerty (below left) the money was presented to Louise Jardine, Fund Raising Manager of the Ayrshire Hospice.
RWM Robert McLaughlan presented a cheque for £1300 to Head Teacher Jane Happs from the Supported Learning Department based at Queen Margaret Academy. The money was raised at a Charity Dance organised by Willie and Anne Marie Harper. The photograph (right) shows Robert and Willie handing over the cheque to Jane who was accompanied by some of her colleagues, parents and pupils. Robert said “This was a tremendous effort by Willie and Anne Marie and on behalf of the Lodge I would like to thank them and also everyone who gave their generous support”.
Prestwick 1060 pictures by kind permission of Br. Alex Whannel PM
The Travelling Mallet accumulated £160.00 during the year and Prestwick 1060 made this up to £180.00. This money was presented to the three Boys Brigade Companies in Prestwick each receiving £60.00. These photographs show RWM Bro. Robert McLauchlan presenting the cheques on Thursday 5 March. The photos show from left to right Fiona Elliot 4th Prestwick, Russell Graham 1st Prestwick and Ken Sinclair 2nd Prestwick.

On Sat 17 January Right Worshipful Master Bro. Robert McLauchlan presented donations to the Queens Nursing Home (£200), MacMillan Cancer Support (£200), the Ayrshire Hospice (£100) and Combat Stress (£110.60p).
Donations were also sent to the Bethesda Hospice Ullapool (£200), NSPCC (£50) and CLIC Sargent (£30).

The money was raised during the annual walk from our sister Lodge Troon Navigation No.86.
Photo (left-right) Margaret Aitken and Stan McCall Queens Nursing Home, Jan Forrest MacMillan Cancer Support, Right Worshipful Master Bro. Robert, Anne Drennan Ayrshire Hospice, Bill Middleton Combat Stress and Lodge members.
Robert said "It is a real privilege to present these donations and I would like to thank all who took part but more especially everyone of their family and friends who gave their financial support".

On his last day as Right Worshipful Master Bro. Iain Hull made a presentation of £50 to the Domino Playgroup which meets in Prestwick Community Centre.

Iain said "One of the best bits about being Right Worshipful Master is presenting Lodge donations".

During his year 1060 has given £1170 to non-Masonic charities.

Photographed left to right are Linda Thomson, Anne Hanns, Right Worshipful Master Iain and Shona McIver.

Prestwick 1060 pictures by kind permission of Br. Alex Whannel PM
The Brethren of Lodge St John No. 173 in Largs were touched by the plight of young Kirsten Murphy who is 11 years old and lives in Dennistoun, Glasgow. In July she fell from her bike and broke two bones in her neck, she was given a two year timescale to full recovery, if that was possible. They decided to raise some money to help her along this road. They gave via a sponsored zip slide across the Clyde £200 which has now been followed up by raising £330 from guess the Doll's birthday and £70 from a raffle. Archie and D. Rankin were both runners up winning £15 each which they both donated their winnings to Kirsten. The photographs are as listed below right Alan Buntain JD 173, Brenda Blue & Kirsten and left, Brenda, Kirsten and her mother and father Dennis & Walter. 
Below left are the winners of the Provincial Triples Bowling Competition Bro. Hugh Harper PM Lodge St Marnock No.109, Bro. Robert Gilmour PM Lodge St Marnock No.109 and Bro. Willie Murray PM Lodge St Marnock No.109. Below centre are RWM Bro. John O'Neill and Worshipful Senior and Junior Wardens, Brother Ian Johnston and Brother Steven Shaw of Lodge St Marnock No.109, presenting a cheque to the Ronald McDonald Charity in Glasgow for £1000 on Saturday 15 November 2008. The money was raised through sponsored walks and a ceilidh at the Masonic Halls in Kilmarnock.

On Friday 29 May 2008 Bro. Iain Hull RWM of Lodge Prestwick 1060 accompanied by his WSW Bro. Robert McLauchlan and Depute Master Bro. John Trousdale visited the Extended Support for Learning Department now based at Queen Margaret Academy. After a guided tour of the department by the principal teacher Jane Happs he presented a cheque for £160.00. Every year the students raise money themselves which is used to pay for a day out at a local garden centre. Unfortunately the money that they had raised went missing and their special day was going to be cancelled. Their plight was brought to the attention of the Lodge Treasurer by Liz Robertson who works at the school. Iain said: “It has been a real pleasure to be here today and we are grateful to Liz for giving us this opportunity to help. We are all impressed by the amount of work that these teachers achieve and I hope that the Lodge will be able to provide further funding in the future”. Iain is pictured presenting the cheque to Jane surrounded by the students and teaching staff.

On Sunday 4 May 2008, around a dozen hardy souls gathered at Kilmarnock Masonic Halls as part of the venture by Lodge St Clement Riccarton Kilmarnock (Kilwinning) No.202 to raise some money for the Children's Ward at Crosshouse Hospital. The aim was to complete a sponsored walk from the Lodge in Kilmarnock to Loudoun Hill via Hurlford, Galston, Newmilns and Darvel. The RWPGM came along to start off the walk but as you'll see from the pictures, enjoyed it so much that he completed the route. Along the way the RWMs of the Valley Lodges 51, 331 and 971 joined the entourage although in truth RWM Joe Fitzgerald was there from the start. At the finish the Brethren were joined Bro. Douglas Lindsay PM Secy of Lodge 202, Bro. Tom Murray PM 331 and families as well as Bro. "Scoop" Cruickshank who transported the walkers back to the Masonic Halls for some much welcomed soup and refreshment.
These pictures were taken on Friday 14 March 2008 when RWM Bro. Bryan Love Ayr St Paul No.204 and Bro. Willie McClymont PM Treasurer 204, presented a cheque for £500 to the Ardfin Project, Prestwick. The Ardfin Project is a part of the Aberlour Child Care Trust, (a Scottish Charity for Scotland's children) whose aim is to offer a range of quality short stay breaks which are flexible enough to address the needs of families with children and young people affected by disability who live in South Ayrshire. The project offers, overnight short stay breaks, a sitter service, a few hours stay after school or at weekends, a home support service management and running of play schemes during holiday periods. Included in the presentation picture in addition to Willie and Bryan are Gavin, Danielle and Gemma with carers Kirsty & Julia.

 

 

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