Website of Lodge Pollok, Pollokshields. No.772 on the roll of The Grand Lodge of Scotland.
Lodge Pollok, Pollokshields was chartered on the 1st of May, 1890 and celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2015.
We are a thriving Lodge with Brothers of all ages. We participate actively in visitations to other Lodges as well as finding time for a wide range of sporting activities covering golf, fishing and curling.
We are delighted to report that the Lodge is back operating fully in face to face meetings. Please see the Diary section for details of upcoming social events, deputations and Lodge meetings.
Installation – 29th November 2022
Brother Howard Crooks was installed as Master of Lodge Pollok on Tuesday 29th November. Earlier in the evening, a 50th Jubilee Certificate was presented to Bro. Robert Dickie who joined the Lodge in March 1972. Thanks were given to our Immediate Past Master James Garside for leading the Lodge over the past four years in such an exemplary fashion. The popularity of our IPM and incoming Master was exemplified by the 97 attendees on the night including 62 visitors from 28 Lodges.
Ladies Night 2022
A fantastic night on Saturday at our Ladies Night with special thanks to the RWM and Howard for organising the evening. There was great feedback from our guests and sister lodges! We can also confirm that the raffle raised £930 which is a great effort. Thanks to all the Brethren and guests who supported the raffle and we hope that all of our winners enjoy their prizes.
The Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary’s Chapel) No.1 Annual Golf Dinner
A fine turnout from the golfing Brethren of Lodge Pollok to No. 1’s annual golf dinner. Our Master, Jim, replied on behalf of the guests in what was an entertaining evening with fine food, drink and company. A poignant moment saw the first presentation of a cup in memory of Rory Waddell, a great friend to Lodge Pollok and sadly missed by all who knew him. And, of course, no visit to Edinburgh would be complete without a visit to the famous Oxford Bar.
Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
It is with sadness that the Brethren of Lodge Pollok note the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In recognition of this sad occasion, all Lodge activities are suspended during the period of national mourning. Our Master presented this wonderful wreath at The Palace of Holyrood house to mark the passing of our Queen Elizabeth II on behalf of the lodge.
Visit to Lodge Albrecht Durer – Nurnberg, June 2022
A great turnout from Lodge Pollok for the visit to our fraternal brothers in Germany. Twelve brethren, accompanied by partners, once again enjoyed the wonderful hospitality in Nuremberg which included a visit to Albrecht Durer Furth Lodge House.
Annual Match – Lodge Pollok v Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary’s Chapel) No. 1
The annual match, played for over a century, between our two lodges took place at Buchanan Castle Golf Club on Sunday 29th May in warm sunshine. Each side had 9 players with 5 matches played.
A close fought tie saw Lodge Pollok emerge as 3-2 winners and retain the trophy. An excellent day’s golf in a wonderful venue was followed by a superb dinner. Our best stableford winner was George Waddell, brother of John. Well done to George.
Stewart Vandal QVRM Medal Presentation
Congratulations to Brother Stewart Vandal who was recently awarded the Queen’s Volunteer Reserve Medal (QVRM).
The medal is presented only to members of the Volunteer Reserves of the British Armed Services for exemplary meritorious service in the conduct of their duties. The QVRM is a Level 3 award and ranks in military order of wear immediately after the British Empire Medal. It is the first exclusive award to Volunteer Reserves that is presented at an investiture. The first awards were announced in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours with these first awards presented at an investiture on 5 November 1999.
Two Special Awards
At the February meeting of Lodge Pollok we were delighted to make two special awards. Both were presented by SPGM Brother Robert Shaw who was visiting, heading up the the PGL deputation on their annual visit to the Lodge.
PM Brother Ian Mackenzie was presented with his 50th Jubilee Certificate while Brother John Gray was presented with a Jewel to mark 25 years service as Lodge Chaplain.
The evening ended with a Burn Supper with excellent performances from Brother Thomson Kyle PM in memory of Burns and Jim Gray PM performing Holy Willie’s Prayer.
Christmas Message from the Right Worshipful Master
From RWM Jim:
My best wishes go to all Brethren of Lodge Pollok and I trust that you will all have a safe and joyful festive break.
I’m delighted to announce that over £600 was raised in our Christmas raffle and I must thank all of the Brethren for generously donating prizes and purchasing tickets. I trust the lucky winners will enjoy their hampers, wine, spirits and, not forgetting, the turkey!
See you all in 2022!
In-Person Lodge Meetings Return
On the 26th October, Lodge Pollok brethren met together in person for the first time in over a year. Meetings will continue to be Pollok Brethren only for the immediate future but the situation will be kept under review.
Quartercentenary Outing – Duddingston Golf Club – 30th July 2021
Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary’s Chapel) No. 1 issued their kind invitation to Lodge Pollok to participate in their annual Quartercentenary golf event. Messrs Broadley and Jeffrey were there as brethren of No.1 with Bruce Wallace, Derek Pitt and Steve Malloy also attending from Lodge Pollok. The fine weather, forgiving course, excellent food and drink and the genial companionship of no less than seven lodges coming together on the day made for an excellent day out.
Congratulations must go to Steve who scored a very respectable 40 points in the Stableford competition to take first place and the honours for Lodge Pollok.
Kiltwalk – 24th April 2021
The RWM and Brethren (including two Past Masters) of Lodge Pollok took part in this year’s KiltWalk with donations from friends and family totalling £3,594.53 including a large donation from the Brethren of Lodge Pollok. With the top up from Sir Tom Hunter this meant £5,391.79 was donated to PGL’s chosen charity – Glasgow’s Golden Generation. Well over £20,000 was raised by those Lodges who took part. A great effort.
Virtual Burns Supper – 26th January 2021
The Lodge enjoyed an entertaining online Burns Supper with standout contributions (in the author’s humble opinion) being PM Tamson Kyle’s toast and PM Jim Gray’s rendition of “Holy Willie’s Prayer”. Music was played and reminiscences shared as the Brethren looked forward to better times in 2021.
Jim Gray Introduces a Potential Candidate – January 2021
It’s nice to know the Brethren are retaining their good humour whilst the Lodge is in lockdown. Lined up for his first degree is this fine fellow. Apparently a rather cold character but keen. The candidate enquiry committee may have to move quickly before he disappears!
The Master is delighted to announce that over £700 was raised by our Christmas raffle. The net proceeds of £500 were split between lodge funds and a local charity.
The final online meeting of the year included the draw for a wide range of prizes and entertainment from our own Jim Gray, in fine form with his guitar.
Prizes included a turkey (well done Seamus), Champagne, Prosecco, various whiskies, a “pamper hamper”, two £50 hampers and the top prize of this splendid £100 hamper. The Master ended the meeting by wishing all Brethren a Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.
Our annual outing saw 11 players take part on a sunny afternoon at Troon. Congratulations to winners Hector Munro in the 18 and under section and Andrew Jeffrey in the “less skilful” section. Special mention to Hector for his eagle on the 17th – an astonishing 7 iron from 150 yards into the hole – and to Robert Garrity for organising the day out.
Golf v Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary’s Chapel) No.1 – 6th September, 2020
An excellent day’s golf was had by all at Rowallan Castle GC. Delighted to announce that this was a win for Lodge Pollok by 2.5 to 1.5. Below (right) is the magnificent trophy which we won!
Well done to all of our participants.
Charity Walk in Aid of the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice – 13th June 2020
Congratulations to our RWM Jim Garside who (along with Frances!) completed a 12 mile walk to raise funds for the Prince & Princes of Wales hospice. The weather could have been kinder judging by the photographs!
Support for Simon Community Scotland – 8th May 2020
The Master is delighted to announce that Lodge Pollok has donated £1,000 to support the work of Simon Community Scotland. This will help people currently experiencing homelessness, particularly in these challenging times, to stay safe and warm.
If any Brother wishes to find out more about the work done by Simon Community Scotland or provide further support, their details can be found at: https://www.simonscotland.org
130th Anniversary of Lodge Pollok – 1st May 2020
Today is the 130th Anniversary of the granting of the Lodge’s charter. Our Master has asked everyone to raise a toast to the Lodge at 10pm this evening.
Visit to Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary’s Chapel) No. 1 – 10th March 2020
A sizeable deputation from Lodge Pollok supported the Master on his visit to the meeting at Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary’s Chapel) No. 1 on Tuesday evening. The Master expressed his thanks to both the Brethren of Lodge Pollok and their Edinburgh hosts whose hospitality and friendship were, as always, welcomed by all.
Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow Charity Burns Supper – 22nd February 2020
Our Master and Brethren joined 300 guests at the Charity Burns Supper organised by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow in the Marriott Hotel on Saturday 22nd February.
Installation – Tuesday 26th November 2019
Our Master, James Garside was installed for a second term this evening. The Master pictured here with IPM John Waddell.
Trophy Night – 6th September 2019
Our Trophy Night was held at Pollokshield Burgh Halls and featured well-known entertainer Andy Cameron.
Golf v Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary’s Chapel) No.1 – 16th June 2019
Our Annual Golf Match against The Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary’s Chapel) No. 1 was hosted by No.1 at the prestigious Archerfield Golf Club. A good win for Lodge Pollok!
The Office Bearers for 2022 – 2023
RWM – Bro. Howard Crooks
IPM -Bro. James Garside PM
Substitute Master – Bro. Derek Rankin PM
Senior Warden – Bro. Stephen Malloy
Junior Warden – Bro. Charles Gilmour
Secretary – Bro. Robert Garrity PM
Treasurer – Bro. Iain Smith PM
Almoner – Bro. Kitson Carey PM
Chaplain – Bro. John Waddell PM
Senior Deacon – Bro. Frank Jolly
Junior Deacon – Bro. Richard Hall
DOC – Bro. James Gray PM
Architect – Bro. Creighton Halliday PM
Jeweller – Bro. David Slicer
Sword Bearer – Bro. Robert Jenkins
Bible Bearer – Bro. Derek Pitt
Marshall – Bro. Graham Smith
Inner Guard – Bro. Craig Waddell
Organist – Bro. Neil Walker PM
Steward – Bro. David Mackenzie
Tyler – PM Rota
The Charter of the Lodge was granted by the Grand Lodge of Scotland on 1st May 1890.
The Lodge was originally within the Province of Renfrewshire East but was transferred to the Province of Glasgow in February 1898. Since then Past Masters of the Lodge have become members of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow. The first regular meeting of the Lodge was held in the Burgh Chambers, Woodrow Circus, Pollokshields on the 14th May 1890.
The Office Bearers at this meeting were as follows:
Bro. Morris Carswell Bro. David R Clarke Bro. Peter Pringle Bro. William Stewart Bro. John W Ruddock Bro. John N Paton Bro. John Craig Bro. W W Tulloch Bro. John R Donald Bro. John Walker Bro. R Donaldson Bro. Wm S Hunter Bro. Neil McKinlay
With the exception of the D of M and IG, the above Office-bearers were Founder Members of the lodge, along with the following:
Bro. John Ure Primrose Bro. Robert Guy Bro. Peter Pringle Bro. John Campbell Bro. Charles O Hytten* Bro. John Lamont* Bro. William M Hutchison* Bro. Adam Aitken*
(The Brethren marked * were not present at the first Meeting)
The first meeting in the Burgh Halls, Maxwell Park was held on 25 October 1890. On that occasion the FoundationStonewas laid in the vestibule by Bro. Sir John Stirling Maxwell of Pollok, Bart., who with others were made Honorary Affiliates.
The first official deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire East, headed by Bro. James Caldwell, PGMD, visited the Lodge on 13 October 1891. Six further visits were paid by commissioned office-bearers of that Province until 1898 when the Lodge transferred to the Province of Glasgow.
Regular annual visitations have been made by the Office-bearers of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow since then, with the exception of the years 1913,1918 and 1941.
Since 1911 the Installation Ceremonies have been conducted by Past Masters of the Lodge. Previously, this was the duty of prominent Brethren holding office in Grand Lodge or the Provincial Grand Lodges of Renfrewshire East or Glasgow.
The first ‘At Home’, introduced in 1907 consisting of Whist, Supper and Dancing was held in December of that year
The first Masonic Devine Service of the Lodge was held in Pollokshields Parish Church on 14 February 1892 when Bro the Rev T B W Niven, Chaplain, officiated.
The Regular Meetings of the Lodge were held on the second Tuesday of the month until April 1892, when sanction was obtained to hold them on the last Tuesday of the Month. In December 1892 the present manner of the Office-bearers entry into the Lodge with musical accompaniment was adopted.
On the outbreak of War in 1914, Harmony and the annual ‘At Home’ were discontinued, and on account of the War the Semi-Jubilee of the Lodge, which fell on 1st May 1915, was not celebrated.
A Past Masters’ Evening was inaugurated at the Regular meeting of the Lodge held in October 1929, when eighteen Past Masters took part either in the ceremonial work of the Mark or as Office-bearers, while Bro. James Gallie Mus.Bac acted as organist. The ‘Loving Cup’ presented by the late Bro. David R Clark PM was used for the purpose of the Toast of ‘Past Masters’.
A stained glass window ‘To the Memory of Departed Brethren’ was placed in the South Wall of the Burgh Halls and was unveiled by Bro. Sir John Stirling Maxwell, KT, of Pollok, Baronet at the Regular Meeting on 26th November 1935.
During the War years 1939 till 1945, meetings of the Lodge were not held regularly on account of the Service of the Brethren in the work of national importance, the requisitioning of the Halls and the difficulties of travel caused by the lighting restrictions. All the social activities of the Lodge were discontinued until 1944, when the competition for the Aird Bowling Trophy was resumed.
The Master and other Office-bearers in 1939-1940 remained in office for four years until the Installation in November 1942. Preparations for the celebration of the Jubilee of the Lodge in 1940 were commenced but were abandoned because of war conditions.
In 1940 Bro. Dr R T Halliday, PM published a history covering the first fifty years of the Lodge – 1890 till 1939. In the year 1944-45 a full programme of Regular Meetings was resumed.
An Emergency Meeting of the Lodge was held within the Burgh Halls on Tuesday 9th May 1950 at 5.30pm to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Founding of the Lodge. Present were the Depute Grand Master Bro. Dr Douglas L C Radford, Bro. Leonard Melrose, Grand Treasurer and Bro. Robert Battison, Grand Director of Ceremonies; The Provincial Grand Secretary Bro. D Belford Stephen and accompanying Provincial Office-bearers and Masters of neighbouring Lodges.
After the Lodge was closed the remainder of the evening was spent in harmony. This took the form of a Dinner at which 127 were present, the Brethren from Grand Lodge, Provincial Grand Lodge and the Masters of neighbouring Lodges were our Guests of Honour.
There were also present as guests of the Lodge the senior member Bro. John Wylie who was initiated in 1895 and the Senior Past Master Bro. Arthur J Murray who occupied the chair in the year 1909/10.
Toasts, interspersed with songs, entertained the company to a late hour. The function was an enjoyable and fitting celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Founding of the Lodge.
In 2015, the Lodge celebrated its 125th Anniversary with a special meeting and dinner. Commemorative tumblers were created and distributed amongst the Brethren.
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