A special token has been commissioned (please see pictures) in aid of Prostate Scotland, the Grand Lodge nominated Charity – enough tokens have now been sold to cover expenses, and every further token sold means a £6.00 donation to Prostate Scotland. 1st Class postage is £1.50. If you would like to purchase a token please contact John Muir at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your support, it is appreciated.
We are delighted to announce that our Grand Master Mason, W Ramsay McGhee, has been awarded the Poppy Scotland President’s Award 2020 for services to this very worthwhile cause.
We know that Poppy Scotland is one (of many) charitable causes that the GMM supports tirelessly and is very well deserved.
Due to the impact of the Covid19 pandemic, there was no official ceremony in Edinburgh this year. However, our Grand Master Mason, W Ramsay McGhee, was able to represent Grand Lodge at a socially distanced event in Princes Street Gardens on Monday, 26th October – to commemorate and honour so many brothers who lost their lives in service.
A memo from Grand Master Mason
I have received several queries about cancelling Lodge meetings as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus situation.
At the time of writing, a total of 7,690 people have been tested in the UK, of which 7,675 were confirmed negative and 15 positives. None of those cases have been in Scotland but it is almost inevitable that it will appear in Scotland at some point – the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.
The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data every day at 2pm until further notice so we can keep abreast of developments. The NHS Inform link also has the latest advice https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19.
In the meantime, I would urge everyone to take the precautionary measures outlined by the Health Boards at all Masonic meetings and whilst on Masonic business
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze –
- put used tissues in the bin immediately –
- wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available –
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell –
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
If anyone in any Lodge is diagnosed with the virus, I would advise that the Lodge should immediately cancel all meetings until such time as the local health officials have indicated that it is safe to do so.
Common sense should prevail at all times – take no chances – observe the precautionary measures at all times.
If in any doubt, please contact Grand Lodge for further advice.
W RAMSAY MCGHEE
Installation of a Lift @ The Grand Lodge of Scotland – Tours of Grand Lodge
We are pleased to announce that we have the go-ahead to install a Lift at the Grand Lodge of Scotland at Freemasons’ Hall, Edinburgh.
The works are scheduled to begin on the 30th March, which will mean that our Guided Tours of Freemasons’ Hall will be suspended until after The Festivals.
We look forward to welcoming back our Tour Guides and Visitors in September 2020.