Lodge News

DPGM Bro Ewqn Rutherford &

Master Bro Ian Brenchley

The Lodge celebrated it's Centenary year in 2018 with great support from our own members as well as our friends and visitors.

The Lodge would thank the Brethren who gave of their time, materials and effort to ensure the property was looking its best for the Centenary celebration.

We would also thank Jim and Karen Lawn for being so attentive to the Bar and condition of the premises.

The event was covered by the local Barrhead News

"More than 150 freemasons from across Scotland gathered to mark the centenary of Neilston Masonic Lodge.

Among those who attended the event was Ewan Rutherford, who is Depute Grand Master of Scotland.

He took part in a ceremony of rededication and reconsecration at the Lodge’s base in Main Street, Neilston.

Also in attendance was Neilston’s Master Bro Ian Brenchley.

Neilston Masonic Lodge opened in 1918 but its history dates back as far as 1817.

Lodge Thistle and Crown No. 1167 was first granted a charter more than 200 years ago but fell away, only to be resuscitated in 1918.

Mr Rutherford, who was guest of honour for the centenary celebrations, congratulated the members for the efforts they have put in to assisting the local community.

Over the years, donations of both money and materials have been made by Lodge members to support various projects at schools and charitable causes in and around Neilston.

Mr Rutherford also passed on a message of goodwill to the Lodge from other members across the country.

Following the ceremony, members of the Lodge and their guests were able to enjoy a three-course meal, with entertainment also provided."

Presentation of Cheques to Local Community & Youth Groups

Donations to Neilston Community

On Thursday 13th Dec 2018, the Lodge welcomed representitives from a total of eight youth and community groups from within the Neilston area. Each were given an early Christmas present from Lodge Thistle & Crown No.1167.

As the Lodge celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2018 it was decided to mark the occasion by donating £100 each to local groups.

These were:

  • Madras Family Centre,

  • Neilston Primary School,

  • 1st Neilston Girls Brigade,

  • Neilston Guides,

  • St Thomas Primary School,

  • 1st Neilston Boys Brigade,

  • Neilston Scouts

  • Neilston War Memorial Association.

Cheques were presented by Master Bro. Fred Christie, Master for the year 2018-19.

Master Bro. Fred said: “As the local Masonic lodge we have been part of the Neilston community for the past hundred years and we decided the most appropriate way to end our year of Centenary Celebrations was by making these donations to groups within our immediate community".

Presentation to Accord Hospice

Bro Fred also invited Bro. George Paul, PM, Treasurer to make a special presentation of £500 to Ken Mathieson, Senior Manager at the Accord Hospice in Paisley, in recognition and appreciation of the care given to the late Bro. Bob McCulloch, PM, Secy and Bro. Donald Morrison, PM


Lodge Sponsors Robert Burns Competitions for Local Primary Schools

CHILDREN at primary schools in Neilston have brushed up on their knowledge of Robert Burns by taking part in a fun contest.

The local Freemasons Lodge, Thistle & Crown No 1167, offered a £200 gift each to Neilston Primary and St Thomas’ Primary, with the money being used to provide prizes for youngsters who showed the most original ways of celebrating the national bard.

Some pupils opted to recite one of Burns’ famous poems, while others made art or penned short articles.

John Miller, Master of the Lodge, said he was delighted with the response to the competition.

He told the Barrhead News: “We wanted to create more interest in Robert Burns among local children and we really appreciated the participation of the two schools.

“We were absolutely delighted by the enthusiasm of the pupils and all the effort they put in, which produced such excellent results.”

Nathan Clyde took first place in the contest at St Thomas’ Primary, with Ava Sweeney named runner-up and Lplah Queen claiming third place.

At Neilston Primary, the top three entries were from Chloe, Ellie and Heather, who secured first place.

Link to Barrhead News Item

February 2020

Master of the Lodge John Miller (back row, left) and principal teacher Andrew Howie with Neilston Primary pupils Chloe, Ellie and Heather

Master John S. Miller presenting the prizes to pupils at Neilston and St Thomas Primary Schools for their participation in the Bard Competition run by The Lodge In January 2020


Brethren Receive 50 Year Presentations

On Thursday 16th Sept 2021, three long serving members of the Lodge received 50 Year Certificates and Jewels. Bro Charles Kelly, PM who has been a member of the Lodge for 60 years while Bro John Miller, P.M. and Bro George Paul, P.M. have each completed 50 years service. |The presentation was carried out by Bro Ronald E. Fraser, PM, Deputy Provincial Grand Master