On Monday 14 January 2019, Substitute Provincial Grand Master, Brother William Newlands, attended at Lodge Thistle and Rose No. 73. He was accompanied by Brother Richard Anderson, Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, Brother Edward A’Hara, Provincial Grand Librarian and Brother Malcolm Murray who is a member of the Board of Stewards.
The purpose of the visit was to present a 50 year Diploma and a Distinguished Service Membership Diploma to Brother Bruce M. Reidford PM who is the Lodge Secretary. Whilst there, the deputation also witnessed Honorary Membership being conferred on Brother James L. Jack, a Past Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward and a Past Master of Lodge St. Bryde No. 579. A large deputation from St. Bryde was in attendance.
Brother Reidford and his son Gordon are also Past Masters of Lodge St. Bryde.
Lodge Ancient Stirling, No. 30, then conferred the Master Mason degree on one of 73’s candidates.
Brother Newlands congratulated the new Master Mason on his achievement and on the very high standard of floor work by No. 30 when he was asked to comment on the degree by the Master of Lodge Thistle and Rose, No. 73. The deputation then enjoyed a very enjoyable harmony after the meeting.