A message from the Master
would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to this website and
offer you warm fraternal greetings from myself, the Past Masters and
Office Bearers of the Lodge.
I hope you find the
site informative and that it gives you a valuable insight into the workings and
history of this Antient Lodge. The Lodge has a long distinguished
history and is reputed to be one, if not the oldest Masonic Lodge in
the world. It has historical connections to Melrose Abbey dating
from its building in 1136 and this is reflected in our Annual Mason's
Walk and pilgrimage to the Abbey on the date of Installation on 27th
December each year.
Being the newly Installed RWM of the Lodge I
can assure any Brother who wishes to visit the Lodge a very warm
welcome. Thank you for visiting the website and please visit
Bro. Kevin K. McLeish - RWM.
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|Monday 7 April 2014 at 7.30pm
Regular Meeting :: Initiation
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our Working Plan
|Saturday 21 June 2014 at 9am
The Brethren meet the Melrosian at Newstead
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our Working Plan
|Bro. James Thom Installed as|
Provincial Junior Warden
Lodge's Worshipful Senior Warden, Bro. James Thom, was installed as the
Worshipful Provincial Grand Junior Warden of the Provincial Grand Lodge
of Roxburgh, Peebles and Selkirk Shires at the Installation of
Provincial Office Bearers at the Regular Communication of the
Provincial Grand Lodge on Saturday 15th February 2014. The
well supported meeting was held in the premises of Lodge St. Ronan's
Melrose 1bis supports Local High School
with Mini Bus Purchase
Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1² is pleased to have supported a Sub
Group of the Earlston High School Parent Council with the purchase of a
The school was lucky enough to win a competition run
by Motor Dealers Arnold Clark for the Free Loan of a Mini Bus for
school use. At the end of the Free Loan Period the school had the
option to buy the mini bus out right and a Sub Group of the School's
Parent Council were tasked with Fundraising to complete the purchase.
In support of their efforts the Lodge donated £250
towards the purchase balance just prior to the Regular Meeting of the
Lodge on Monday 3 February 2014 which was gratefully received by the
Sub Group of the Parent Council.
Pictured is Bro. Hall
Jeffrey (Substitute Master). Bro. Kevin McLeish (Right Worshipful
Master), two members of the Earlston High School Parent Council Sub
Group and Bro. James Thom (Worshipful Senior Warden) at the
presentation of the £250 Cheque.
|Past Master Bro. Kevin installed as RWM|
our Regular Meeting and Annual Installation on 27th December 2013 Bro.
Kevin K. McLeish was again installed as RWM of our Antient Lodge
Master Elect Announced
At our Regular Meeting on Monday 7th October 2013
Bro. Kevin McLeish PM was Nominated and Elected
as RWM for 2013 - 2014.
The Brethren congratulated Bro. Kevin who said he is
looking forward to being in the Chair once again.
|History Book Relaunched|
years ago, the late Bro. Drummond took to his typewriter , used his
knowledge and research to write a book about the history of our Lodge.
This was done in his own spare time at his own expense and proved
to be very popular. A limited number of copies were produced and
eventually stocks became depleted.
Our Lodge is reputed
to be one of the Oldest Masonic Lodges in Scotland, if not "The"
Oldest. The Brethren thought it was important that this history was
able to be shared again and set to work to update and reproduce Bro.
We are pleased to announce that a professionally
produced update of the book is now available giving an insight to the
history of our Antient Lodge as well as some of the characters that
were members. It is an essential read for anyone who has a
special interest in Masonic History.
Copies of the book are available from the Lodge at a cost of £10
50 Years in the Craft
Our Substitute Master, Bro. Hall Jeffrey, celebrated being in the
Craft for 50 years this year.
Hall was Initiated on 18 March 1963, Passed on 21 October 1963, Raised on 4 November 1963 and
Advanced on 16 December 1963. Hall is a dedicated, popular and well respected member of
the Lodge who very rarely misses a meeting and is always ready to give his support in any way he can.
Within his 50
years in the craft Bro. Hall has served in every office in the Lodge with the
exception of RWM, however, you never know, there is still time
Bro, Hall, (right) is pictured with the Immediate Past
Master, Bro. Philip Titley, who is presenting him with his 50 Year
Diploma at our Regular Meeting on Monday 24 June 2013.
Congratulations, Well Done& Thank You Hall!!
Bro. George - Honorary Member
the Regular Meeting of the Lodge on Monday 24 June 2013 Brother George
Donnelly, Past Master of Lodge St. Ebbe, No.70 and Immediate Past
Provincial Grand Master of the province of East Lothian &
Berwickshire became an Honorary Life Member of
The Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1².
George was one of our RWM's Installing Masters and has been a personal
friend for many years and is a regular supporter of the Lodge.
Bro. George (right) is pictured receiving a Lodge Tie from
Immediate Past Master, Bro. Philip Titley.
Congratulations & Welcome George!
Melrose Festival Tour of Ceremonies
the Tour of Ceremonies to mark the end of the Melrose Festival the
Melrosian and his followers make their first stop the site of the
original Melrose Masonic Lodge at St John's Wynd in Newstead.
2013 Melrosian, Sam Thomson, was joined by his principals and an
impressive amount of supporters who braved the showery weather to
attend the short ceremony at Newstead on Saturday 22nd June 2013.
that occasion Bro. Philip Titley, IPM, presented the Melrosian with a
print of the building that once stood on the spot in Newstead where the ceremony takes place.
1bis Support The Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal
the 20th November 2012 Brethren from The Lodge of Melrose St. John
No.1² presented a cheque for £1, 000 to Mr James Marjoribanks, Chairman
of "The Difference Fundraising Appeal" as construction of the Borders
First Palliative Care Unit continues. The unit is named after a nurse
whose wish it was that some day the Borders would have its own
Palliative Care provision after her Sister became terminally ill. For
more information about the appeal or to make a donation click on this
Kevin G. Storey, along with other members of the Lodge presented the cheque to James Marjoribanks who thanked the Brethren
very much and intimated that the appeal was overwhelmed by the
support the people in the Borders have given.
|Youngsters head to help others in Peru|
donation from the Lodge on 20th November 2012 will help Alice Thomson
and nine others get on their way to Peru. The Right Worshipful
Master, Bro. Kevin G. Storey, presented Miss Alice Thomson and some
other members of the group a cheque for £200, this was
coupled with another cheque for £200 which was kindly donated by the
Borders Youth Support Scheme (BYSS).
On behalf of the group Alice thanked the Brethren and said
"We are a group of 10 pupils going on an educational and charitable
Peru. Whilst there, we will be visiting centres for the street boys
country, supporting and interacting with children who have had to
terrible difficulties in their lives. We will also be participating in
maintenance project to help secure the future safety of such children.
be travelling around the country for 16 days and are all hoping to learn
from our experience".
|Mark Master Mason Diploma Presented.|
the Regular Meeting of the Lodge on Monday 1st October 2012 Bro. Kevin
Storey, RWM, had the pleasure of presenting Bro. George Foster with his
Mark Master Mason's Diploma further to being Advanced to that Degree in
Bro. George was Initiated in to Lodge Lord
Barnard 2935 in South Shields in the Province of Durham (EC) in 1990
and was Passed to the Fellow Craft Degree in the same year. In
February 1991 George was Raised to the High & Sublime Degree of
a Master Mason.
Bro. George Affiliated to Melrose in April 2011 and voluntarily
went through the First, Second & Third Degrees again under the
Scottish Constitution and finally Advanced to the Degree of Mark
Master Mason in April 2012.
Mason, George is employed by Borders College as a Management Assessor
and his hobbies include motorhome traveling, walking and faithfully
following the fortunes of the Scotland Rugby Team.
|The Melrosian Meets The Masons|
2012 Melrosian, Graeme Crawford, along with his followers met the
Masons at the site of the Original Lodge at St. John's Wynd in Newstead
on the morning of Saturday 23 June 2012 during the Melrose Festival
Tour of Ceremonies.
On that occasion the RWM, Bro. Kevin Storey presented the Melrosian with a print of the original Lodge.
|Installed Masters Diploma Presented|
was with great pleasure that Bro. Philip Titley, IPM, presented our new
Right Worshipful Master, Bro. Kevin G. Storey with his Installed Masters
Diploma which was presented at Bro. Kevin's first regular meeting as Master on Monday 6th February 2012.
Philip Titley, IPM had the pleasure of delivering a lecture to
the assembled Brethren of the Caldwell Lodge No. 3201 EC in
Cambridgeshire on the 17th January 2012 at the invitation of Bro, David
Lea, RWM with the kind permission from the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
Lecture was on the Origins of Scottish Masonry and in particular those
of the Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1², which is a subject that is
close to Bro. Philip's heart.
A copy of the lecture can be found by clicking the link opposite.
|Lecture on The Origins of Scottish Masonry and in particular those of the Lodge of Melrose St. John No.1²|
By Bro. P. J. Titley IPM
|Honorary Life Member|
Bro. George Alexander, a Past Master from
Lodge St. John Selkirk No. 32 was made an
Honorary Life Member of our Lodge at our meeting on
5 December 2011
|A Win for Melrose|
The Annual Bowling Match with
Lodge Dalkeith Kilwinning No.10 was hosted
this year by 1 bis at Tweedbank.
Our team was successful in bringing back th
Brotherstone Rose Bowl Trophy
|Honorary Life Membership
At the Regular Meeting on Monday 27th June
Honorary Life Membership was presented to two
special brethren from
Lodge Dalkeith Kilwinning No. 10.
|Honorary Life Membership for Bro. Allan
At the Regular Meeting on Monday 28th June 2010
Bro. Allan Marshall, Immediate Past Provincial Grand Master
received Honorary Life Membership.
||Bro. Jim's Distinguished Service Recognised
At the Regular Meeting on Monday 28th June 2010 a
very special presentation was made to a very special Brother
|Master Masons Diploma Presented
Bro. Matthew Titley was presented with his Master
by his Father, Bro. Philip Titley, RWM, at the Regular Meeting on
Monday 28 June 2010.
||Reigning Masters Degree
Lodge of Melrose St. John No. 1² held a Special Meeting on
Friday 12th February 2010 and hosted a Reigning Masters Degree at which
a number of the Reigning Masters from the Province of Roxburgh, Peebles
and Selkirk Shires demonstrated the working of a Second Degree.
|Bro. Andrew - 50 Years in the Craft
At our Regular
Meeting on 1st February 2010, the RWM, Bro. Philip J.
Titley along with the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Bro.
Allan J. Marshall presented Bro. Andrew Burrell PM with his Jubilee
Certificate from The Grand Lodge of Scotland to mark 50 years as a
||New Columns and Collection Plates
gifted to the Lodge
The Lodge saw the arrival of
three new columns which were gifted by
Bro. James Thom along
with a pair of collection plates which
were all made by Bro. Thom's
father, Mr. Bill Thom.
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