2016 – Installation & Festival of St. Andrew
On Friday 25 November, 2016, Brethren from within and out-with the Province of Renfrewshire West met in the Masonic Hall, Brown Street, Port Glasgow, to celebrate the Festival of St. Andrew and the installation of RWM Bro. Gordon D R Leitch and his office bearers.
Deputations of visiting brethren from within and outwith the province were welcomed into the Lodge and were led by Bro. Nicholas R. Stetz RWM of Lodge Firth of Clyde Gourock No. 626.
Thereafter a large and influential deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge was welcomed, led on this occasion by PGM Bro. James P. Livingstone.
The Installing Masters, Bros. Gerard Robertson, Daniel Blaney and John McAlister, all Past Masters of 217, were received into the Lodge, where they took their respective offices to conduct the Installation Ceremony in a traditional manner.
Following the Ceremonial visiting Brethren, members of Provincial Grand Lodge and the RWM Bro. Gordon D R Leitch and his office bearers retired to Harmony where the following toasts were proposed with suitable replies.
“The Queen and Craft” and “The Three Grand Lodges” were proposed by Bro. Gordon D R Leitch RWM.
“The Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West” was proposed by Bro. Gordon D R Leitch RWM.
Reply by Bro. Robert P. Shields SPGM
“Installing Masters” was proposed by Bro. Gordon D R Leitch RWM.
Reply by Installing Master Bro. Gerard Robertson PM, Bro. Daniel Blaney PM and Bro. John McAlister PM.
“Visiting Brethren” proposed by Bro. Jefferson C. Taulbut WSD.
Reply by Bro. J. Creighton Halliday RWM of Lodge Pollok, Pollokshields No. 772.
“Right Worshipful Master” proposed by Bro. Clive L Taulbut IPM.
Reply by Bro. Gordon D R Leitch RWM.
“Lodge Cumberland Kilwinning No. 217” Proposed by Bro. Allan T. Glen RWM of Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No. XII.
Reply by Bro. Robert S. Stone PM.
“Absent Brethren” Proposed by Bro. William Ross Nugent PM.
“The Artistes and Stewards” Proposed by Bro. Fraser Hamilton WJW.
Reply by Bro. James B. B. McPaul