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Bro. Russell Smith - 50 Year Diploma


Bro. Russell Smith had moved to North Berwick a number of years ago when his children were young and due to family and work commitments has found it difficult to coninue to visit his Mother Lodge which would involve a round trip of over 60 miles.  

As it was his 50 year anniversary, our newly Installed Master Bro. Sean Cairns and IPM Bro. Edward Kelly went to visit Bro. Russell at home to present him with his 50 Year Diplpoma, and are happy to report that he is in good health and enjoying his retirement with his wife in sunny North Berwick.  


Presentation of 50 Year Diploma to Bro. Russell Smith


Bro. Russell explained to us, that his name is on the Master’s Board in the Lodge for the more eagle eyed members to see.  It is in fact on the presentation plaque as it was he and his father Tam (who was a carpenter) who presented it to the lodge.

A discussion took place of  the many fond memories he holds of Lodge St John Corstorphine 788 and he asked us to convey his Warmest Fraternal Greetings  to the members of the Lodge and hopes to visit us after the recess.  

One thing is for sure, Bro. Russell will be made most welcome when he visits his Mother Lodge once again.


Office (Bearers) Night Out - 2013


Our R.W.M. Bro. Sean Cairns has informed me that he has organised a night out for Office Bearers of Lodge St John No.788 and friends.


Details as follows:


Meet at the Lodge, Kirk Loan, Edinburgh at 2pm Saturday 15th June 2013.

Bro. Alex Scott will open the bar for 2pm. 

Play some pool.

Enjoy some Libation.

Go for a Curry or Chinese meal together.


Please Note: This will also be a Lodge of Instruction.

As Bro. Alex will be on his own and intends to accompany the Brethren to the meal afterwards, some help to clear up would be appreciated.  


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Sponsored Walk 2013


The Provincial Grand Lodge of Midlothian are organising a sponsored walk in October 2013.

Below is the communication from the Provincial Grand Secretary Bro. Robert Reid Law, and the sponsonship form can be downloaded here.  

Sponsor Walk Form

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Dear Brother Secretaries                                                                                                              14th April 2013


Warm fraternal greetings from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Midlothian.


The Provincial Grand Master wishes to have a small charity drive from October to March 2014 running up to him demitting office and two charities have been selected to receive donations, The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby and Richmond Hope who support young children who have lost a loved one.


Provincial Grand Lodge is organising a sponsored walk and sponsor forms were available at the last quarterly communication. The uptake on these forms was rather slow and I have attached a copy of the form for anyone who may wish to take part in the walk.


After the magnificent response his main charity drive he is sure that the brethren of the Province will get out their hiking boots on the 5thOctober and be there to help raise funds for these two worthy charities.  


Further details will be issued nearer the event and will be published on the PGLM Website. I will also have forms with me should brethren wish to ask.




Fraternal Regards


Robert Reid Law                        


Provincial Grand Secretary

Province of Midlothian





Malt Whisky Night





Bro. Alex Scott has often lamented about his collection of Special Malt Whisky and has often invited some of the Brethren to pop round to sample a few, however the Brethren hadn't taken up the offer as it seemed like they were taking advantage of Alex's good nature.

Brother Alex then came up with the idea of holding a Whisky sampling night where the invited guests would each pay £25.00 for the pleasure, and Bro. Alex would then donate the proceeds from the evening back to the Lodge.

On 22nd March 2013, Derek Syme, Christopher Syme, George Veal, Christopher Veal, Alistair Davidson and Kevin Brady decended met at Alex's home and were well and truly treated to a fantastic night of Whisky sampling and a meal laid on by his good lady Mary.




With regards to the £25.00 fee.  All the guests agreed they had had their moneys worth with the first nip of Malt, being a 40 year old Speyside Malt, exclusively bottled for the Malt Whisky Society.

Even when Alex eventually put away his Malt Whisky Society collection, we were invited to try various other Malts such as Glenrothes, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet - all of various ages.

Many thanks go to Alex and Mary Scott for the fantastic evening they treated us to and for the £200.00 which was subsequently donated to Lodge St John Costorphine No.788. 

Special thanks also go to Bro. Robert McKenzie who picked up the party goers in the small hours of the morning and dropped them safely back home.


As our Lodge Secretary said, "If you get an invite to attend one of these rare evenings - the answer is YES!"




Grand Lodge Honours Bro. Findlay


At the Annual Communication of Grand Lodge in November the Grand Master Mason conferred on Bro. Findlay Nicol, PM of Lodge Liberton No. 1201 the Honorary Grand Rank of Senior Grand Chaplain.


This is well deserved recognition for one of our most respected senior members and Bro. Findlay was presented with his Diploma during the visit from Provincial to Lodge Liberton on Thursday 28th February where the was a good attendance.


Bro. Findlay Nicol is also an Honorary Member of Lodge St JohnCorstorphine No.788.

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