On Saturday 12th August 2018, Lodge Girvan St Johns' held their Annual Barbeque at the Lodge premises. Over 60 brethren, family and invited guests enjoyed the event in glorious sunshine. Following a special meeting in May where Lodge St John, Maybole, No 11 carried out a Second degree and the monies raised were presented to the charities at the BBQ.
Both cheques for the sum of £350.00 were presented by the Right Worshipful Master Bro Henry McMaster of Girvan St Johns No 237 and Depute Provincial Grand Master of Ayrshire Bro Robert Stewart.
Soldiers Off The Street Scotland, is the Scottish branch of Soldiers Off The Street. A relativity new charity with a dedicated group of people determined to help the forgotten ex service personnel whose lives have been affected by homelessness. Brian Gibson SOTS and one of the team said our ex-service personnel deserve better after going through the traumatic experience of war in foreign countries .
The aim is to relieve the charitable needs of homeless ex-service personnel, in particular but not exclusively, by providing clothing, food and rehabilitation, including advice on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, alcoholism, drug abuse, housing and employment. However, the charity cannot do this without the help. They receive no government funding, they rely entirely on our "army" of volunteers & the generosity of the general public. No-one at Soldiers Off The Street Scotland receives a wage, all the work they do is done on an entirely voluntary basis.
The other donation is to Miss Rachel Stirling who was selected from Girvan Academy 5th year pupils studying Higher Physics. She was chosen as she has shown consistently throughout her school career to be a motivated and able pupil who is a consistent high achiever. Rachel will fly out on her own to Houston, Texas for a 2 week stay at NASA on July 22nd. It is the first time she is taking a journey such as this by herself. During her stay at NASA, she will be working with pupils from across the world (USA, France, Mexico, Italy and the UK to plan a mission to Mars. She will be living with a host family and throughout her time she will get the chance to visit different NASA sites at the Johnson Space Centre. She will also be involved cultural exchange activities such as an International Evening where she will talk about one aspect of Scottish culture (e.g. Robert Burns, Ceilidh dancing, etc.)
This opportunity will also act as an excellent springboard for Rachel to pursue a career in Science. It is an event which very few pupils in Scotland get to participate in. Going to Space camp will also provide Rachel the opportunity to develop her personal skills and experience of the world, which will be of major benefit to her when she goes to university.
As she is fundraising for the cost of flights to the USA, Rachel recognises the importance of giving back something to the community. As a result, when she returns, she will be sharing her experiences with pupils in S4-6 to inspire them to pursue a career in STEM subjects. She will also give talks to local donors who have supported her and talks to Primary school pupils to help encourage them to take an interest in STEM subjects. With Prestwick airport looking to establish itself as a Space Port, in the future, there will likely be more job opportunities in the Aerospace industry.
Both Rachel Stirling and Brian Gibson thanked the members of the Lodge for seeing fit to give them the donations, RWM Bro Henry McMaster then wished both well in their adventures.
On Saturday 12th August 2017, Lodge Girvan St Johns' held their Annual Barbeque at the Lodge premises. Over 60 brethren, family and invited guests enjoyed the event in glorious sunshine. Following a special meeting in May where Lodge Eaglesham No 1265 carried out a Mark degree the monies raised were presented to the charities at the BBQ.
Both cheques for the sum of £350.00 were presented by the Right Worshipful Master of the lodges involved, Bro Henry McMaster of Girvan St Johns No 237.
The first cheque was presented to Irene Tyson - Treasurer, Living with Leisure – Girvan. This year the group celebrated their 40th Birthday. The group began in association with the Workers Education Association in Kilmarnock, but after a couple of years it became an independent group. It has always met in Girvan Community Centre from September to end of March. They meet weekly on a Monday afternoon and have a very loyal membership. It is a group for people over 50 years of age. The majority are over 70yrs. and they have 7 members in their 90's. We are an inclusive group and have people with learning difficulties, physical disabilities and some with Dementia. The group boasts a membership of over 70 members, with an average turn out of 45 and are always looking to increase this number.
The aims of the group are to inform and entertain. Every Monday we have a very varied programme with speakers on a variety of topics, musical entertainers and people providing digital presentations. We also have a subsidised Christmas lunch and a Summer Day Trip.
There is always time for coffee and a chat before people leave. This group is designed for company and welcomes all, who might otherwise suffer social isolation.
The other cheque was presented to Sarah Mensdorf – vice chairperson of Sacred Heart Parent Council. They are the representative body for parents with children attending the school. The main aims of the Parent Council are to support the school in its work with pupils and make sure the views of the parents are represented in the school. This also promotes contact between the school, parents, pupils, providers of nursery education and the community. They also raise funds for the school for the benefit of pupils and the money donated by the Lodge will be for this purpose.
On Saturday 10th August 2013, Lodge Girvan St Johns' held their Annual Barbeque at the Lodge premises. Over 50 brethren, family and invited guests enjoyed the event in glorious sunshine. Following a special meeting in May where Lodge St Meddans (Drummore) No 1335 carried out a First degree the monies raised were presented to the charities at the BBQ.
Both cheques for the sum of £350.00 were presented by the Right Worshipful Master Bro Robert McMaster of Girvan Lodge.
The first cheque was presented to Anna Reeve, mental health practitioner for the West of Scotland based at Hollybush House for Combat Stress. Combat Stress is the UK’s leading military charity specialising in the care of Veterans’ mental health. Founded in 1919, their aim is to ensure that Veterans receive the right mental health care, in the right place, at the right time. They provide specialist trauma-focused treatment at three short-stay treatment centres, and practical and clinical support in the community and a 24-hour Helpline (0800 138 1619). Their work saves lives and is as vital today as it has ever been. Right now, the charity is currently supporting more than 5,000 UK Veterans with mental health problems, including 284 Veterans who have served in Afghanistan and 637 who served in Iraq. Anna Reeve who received the cheque on behalf of Combat Stress at Hollybush House said, "Combat Stress is very grateful for the support of the Lodge as we really do rely on the generosity of the public to help us to continue to support our veterans.”
The other cheque was presented to Robert Jess of the Community Action Network, Girvan (C.A.N). The charity provides a bespoke patient transport service for people residing in Girvan and the South Carrick District. The service enables people who are affected by transport issues to attend a variety of hospital and clinic appointments. C.A.N. enables people to attend outpatient services and appointment throughout a wide geographical area incorporating Ayrshire, Glasgow and Edinburgh. It is managed and delivered by a team of volunteer co-ordinators and drivers. The service can be accessed via health professionals. Self referral is also possible through the Dalrymple Street office premises who are available to contact by telephone contact on 01465 714060. Thrift shop activity selling second hand books and Jig-saws also hand knitted baby cardigans available from the office premises. The service is primarily delivered to elderly or infirm residents however in exceptional circumstances children and parents (e.g. cancer, serious on-going health issues) have accessed. Volunteer Drivers Receive petrol expenses and therefore suitable donation is required.
A special meeting was arranged for Saturday 9th May 2009 at Lodge Girvan St. Johns’ No.237, the evening was attended by Masons from far and wide, Thanks go to Lodge St Bryde, Uddingston No.579 who conferred the Masonic business that evening and a special mention to Robert McMaster, who as Coxswain of Girvan Lifeboat gave an excellent presentation on the duties and history of the RNLI .The evenings fundraising collected the sum of £400 which was presented by Bro. Robert Laird, Right Worshipful Master of Girvan to the RNLI Girvan Crew members in attendance. The Brethren of Girvan would like to thank all who attended and congratulate the RNLI on their heroic efforts to date and wish them safe waters for the future.
On Saturday 11th August 2012, Lodge Girvan St Johns' held their Annual Barbeque at the Lodge premises. Over 50 brethren, family and invited guests enjoyed the event in glorious sunshine. Following a special meeting in May where Lodge Tarbolton (Kilwinning) St James No 135 carried out a mark degree the monies raised were presented to the charities at the BBQ.
Both cheques for the sum of £250.00 were presented by the Rev. Ian Benzie, Honorary Member of Girvan St Johns' and Provincial Grand Chaplain of Ayrshire.
The first cheque was presented to Nikki Pitt a senior project worker at Stepping Stones for Families, Girvan Family Connections Project. The Project is based in Girvan Primary School and delivers family support, income maximisation and childcare services to support vulnerable children and families in the Girvan area. Stepping Stones for Families is a voluntary organisation. It has been working alongside children, families and young people in the Girvan area for 12 years to give them support, opportunities and a voice in tackling the effects of poverty and disadvantage in their lives. The donation will fund stimulating play equipment for children or for family outings that provide opportunities to spend quality time together in a stress free, supported environment.
The other cheque was presented to Trisha Watts of Age Concern, Girvan, based in the Duff Street Hall. Age Concern Girvan is a registered charity under Age Scotland. They work to improve the lives of all people in later life and celebrate ageing and believe it presents unprecedented opportunities and challenges at home and abroad. They challenge ageist prejudice throughout society. Working in partnership with local older people’s forums, Age Concern organisations, charities and other groups that provide direct help to many hundreds of thousands of older people across Scotland each year. In Girvan they are open 3 days a week, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. Coffee and cakes are available from 10.00 and then lunch at 12.00. A delicious, home cooked three course meal costs only £3.50 and you do not need to order all courses. They are open for all ages, they have younger people dining with us. Our aims is to provide great, tasty, healthy meals at very affordable prices.
On Saturday 28th May 2011, a special meeting of Lodge Girvan St Johns No 237 was held in the masonic temple, Lagganwhilly, Girvan. Lodge Prestwick 1060 conferred a Mark Master Mason degree on that day to the delight of the members present. Also in attendance was a deputation of 6 members of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire headed by Provincial Grand Senior Warden Bro Duncan Fenwick, and Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master (RWPGM) of Ayrshire Bro Archie Chalmers was also in attendance.The purpose of the meeting was to raise funds for Lodge Girvan St Johns annual charity. The sum raised was £331.48 and will be donated to the lodges chosen charity .
On Wednesday 29 th of July 2011, the Right worshipful Master Bro Kevin A Gibson PM attended with some of the brethren of Girvan St Johns No 237 to present a cheque to the Davidson Ward of the new Girvan Community Hospital. The money was raised at the special meeting on Saturday 28 th May 2011 when Lodge Prestwick 1060 attend and conferred the degree. The money was topped up by the Lodge Girvan St Johns No 237 to £400. The cheque was received by Staff Nurse Isabel Harris on behalf of the Davidson Ward. The money will be used for to purchase audio books for patients with visual impairment.
A special meeting was once again held on Saturday 8th May 2010 in the Masonic Temple, Girvan where Lodge St Thomas (Kil) Dalmellington No 433 conferred the masonic business for the evening. The evening raised a sum of £400 for the Friends of Hillcrest, Montgomery Street, Girvan. Thanks go to all the brethren who came on that evening and for the donations raised. The cheque was presented to Mr Denis Reid - chairperson and Stewart Johnson - treasurer of the friends of Hillcrest committee.
WSW Dyes it Purple for Prostrate Cancer (Dec 09)
WSW Bro Billy Agnew has raised over £400.00 to date for "The Prostrate Cancer Charity" from the generous donations of workmates and the Bretheren of Girvan St John's 237 and visitors.
Lodge Girvan St Johns' No 237
Lodge Girvan St.Johns No.237
Celebrating over 200 Years of representing Masonry to the World from Girvan, Scotland
On Saturday, 13th August 2016, Lodge Girvan St Johns’ held their annual barbeque and Charity cheque presentations. Over 50 brethren and family with invited guests enjoy the day. Right Worshipful Master Bro Norman Thomson made cheque presentations to Bill Logan of Z1 Youth Trust and Wendy Dewar of the Little Arts School. The money had been raised when Lodge Stranraer, Kilwinning No 208 joined with the brethren of Girvan in an afternoon of fund raising and degree work back in May.
Wendy Dewar in accepting the cheque said for £350, The Little Art School Trust is a Registered Scottish Charity which evolved as a result of acknowledging that by using art we can make a big difference in the lives of the vulnerable and isolated living in our community. We currently run 2 projects in Girvan; Drawing Together, a studio based art class for people with Dementia and their carers and Art in a Suitcase which is delivered to Ainslie Manor Nursing Home twice a month. Through coming to these classes, individuals have increased their social interaction, developed confidence and concentration as well as producing wonderful pieces of art work. Art really is making a difference to the lives of these people.
The other charity to receive a cheque was Girvan Youth Trust and they have been working in Girvan for the past 17 years with young people who are at risk and/or disadvantaged through personal circumstances or social and rural exclusion. The Trust provides opportunities for these young people through the full time provision of the Z1 Youth Bar; their very own 21st century, multi-functional dedicated youth facility and ancillary programmes of diversionary activities and support services.
At a meeting of Lodge Girvan St Johns' No 237 on the 10th May 2014, RWM Bro. William Agnew welcomed 5 other reigning Masters from lodges in the Province of Ayrshire to carry out this afternoons second degree. They were RWM Bro. Barry Crate of Wallace St Hugh No 1212, Crosshill, who headed the deptuation, RWM Bro. Thomas Hainey of Fergusson St James No 566, Dailly, RWM Bro. Stephen Clark of St John No 11, Maybole, RWM Bro. George Ferguson of St Thomas Kilwinning No 433, Dalmellington, and RWM Bro. Murray Hunter of Stinchar Valley No 1705, Ballantrae. Bro. Peter J Ogg of St John No 11, Maybole, was the volunteer candidate for this evenings degree. The day was enjoyed by the large numbers of brethren and visitors present which included a deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire headed by Bro Robert Stewart, Substitute Provincial Grand Master of Ayrshire. After the conclusion of the meeting a harmony was held and enjoyed by everyone present and included a race night and raffle. The purpose of the meeting was to raise money for the charities nominated by Lodge Girvan St Johns'. The money raised for the two charities was £700 which will be split between them. The charities that are to receive the monies are Friends of Hillcrest Committee who assist in the comfort of the residents of Hillcrest Residential Care Home and Girvan Nursery who provide two PEEP (Parents as Early Education Partners) sessions each week for babies and toddlers. The monies will be present in the near future.