14th January 2013 - Bro Eck Douglas Receives Diamond Gold Certificate
L to R: RWM Bro Bill Dewar, Bro Eck Douglas, RWPGM Bro Andrew Paterson and RWM Bro Jim Scade.
The RWPGM Bro. Andrew Paterson presented Bro Eck Douglas with his Diamond Gold Jubilee Certificate to mark 75 years as a Freemason, at a ceremony following the Rasing of Bro Richard Campbell.
Bro. Douglas was initiated into Lodge Dunearn on 10th January 1938. He has never held office and has rarely missed a meeting in those 75 years. And is a true inspiration to us all and to the new Master Mason Bro. Campbell who is 70 years his junior.
The Provincial Grand Master Bro. Rev Andrew Eadie Paterson JP in his address to Bro. Alexander Myles Douglas stated the following:
"It should be evident this evening that this fraternity is a fraternity for all ages and where all ages can and do meet together, for it is clear that we have the very young amongst us and the more seasoned amongst us and then there is Alex Douglas in our midst.
King George VI was the Grand Master Mason of Scotland and became King that same year as you joined this fraternity, we can only read about that, you experienced that and so much more,and I can assure you that this Lodge will secure your history and I can assure you that the Province of Fife and Kinross will also.
Bro Alex Douglas, every Brother who has gathered here this evening in Lodge Dunearn No.400, regardless of age or rank, has gathered here to pay tribute to you, to honour you and to say thank you to you for setting such a high example and exemplary standard of what it is to be faithful to your Mother Lodge with an overwhelming record of faithful attendance and commitment over the past seventy five years. We all stand in awe of you this evening.
All at Grand Lodge wish you well today on reaching a very rare and unique mile stone of service and commitment to your Mother Lodge.
All within this Province share a sense of gratitude and humility because of you and your commitment this Lodge can only be brimming with pride because of you this day.
You now rank in the history of the Province and I have only ever witnessed a gathering like this for a formidable PM of another Lodge within this Province, who like yourself achieved a major milestone, but this is your night and everyone here will always rember Brother Alexander Myles Douglas.
We who have gathered here today wish you well, health and happiness and Gods Blessing to be continually upon you".
In reply Bro. Alex Douglas remarked that he would like to see more Brethren going the distance.
Bro. Andrew Paterson invited then conducted Bro. Eck Douglas to a seat in the east of the Lodge to a standing ovation and rapturous applause from all present.
Bro. Douglas was Born on 9th June 1914 in Somerville Street just along from the Lodge and will be 99 on his next Birthday. He worked at Burntisland Shipyard as a Plumber / Pipe Fitter alongside his Father and Grandfather apprenticed in 1928.
His uncle Bro. Robert Douglas was the first candidate to be initiated into Lodge Dunearn in their Current Hall in 1917.
Bro. Douglas attended the social evenings of Lodge St. Johns Inverkiething for many decades and has a nephew who is a Past Master of Lodge Rosyth No.1159.
20th January 2012 - 151st Burns Night
Probably even more successful and enjoyable than last year, again very well organised by Ally Scobie. The haggis was very confidently addressed by Stuart Murdoch. The immortal memory of our Bard was presented by Dougie Abercrombie who cleverly linked it to his own profession, Burntisland, Fife and Freemasonry. A superb rendering of Tam o' Shanter was again given by Jason Watson. This was followed by a very animated offering of Holy Willie's Prayer by Kevin Thompson. The lassies were toasted by Tam Jonstone. The poems were interspersed with songs from Henry Fleetham, Tom Dow, Kevin Thompson and Ross Hunter. Once again Isabel Hanning produced a superb meal considering the limited cooking facilities.
31st July 2011 - F & K Provincial Golf Competition - Jubilee Trophy
Lodge Dunearn are represented in this competition by Steven Marr and Tom Dow. Great News! Steven and Tom have reached the semi finals. Their next tie will be played on the 29th of August. We all wish them luck.
18th July 2011 - Burntisland Highland Games
Once again Lodge Dunearn and St Colme Cork Lodge jointly sponsored the Binn Race at Burntisland Highland Games. The two and a quarter mile race run over the top of the Binn Hill rising to a height of 640ft is open to local residents. This year's event attracted a field of nine.
The winner of the 2011 race Peter Wombwell being presented with the cup by Alison, the daughter of Margaret Hartshorn. Margaret Hartshorn was the first woman to win the Binn Race,she competed for several years in the mid 1950's.
Roy Scobie finishing the race in fifth place.
The RWM Bro Stuart Murdoch presented 'finishers medals' to each of the nine competitors all of whom completed the race
18th July 2011 - Games Day Forennoon
The Lodge was open for members and friends for teas, coffees and bacon rolls from 9 'til 12 on the morning of Games Day. Hopefully this event organisied by Scott Brindley and David Riddell will become a regular occurence.
18th - 25th June 2011 - Burntisland Civic Week
Once again Lodge Dunearn were one of the sponsors of Civic Week. Unfortunately inclement weather curtailed the outdoor activities on The Childrens Parade Day (18th June). However the weather didn't seem to dampen the spirits of those attending the activities transferred to the Parish Church Halls.
16th March 2011 - 2nd Degree Worked at Lodge Coupar o' Fife (No 19)
The Lodge Dunearn degree team worked a second degree for two candidates at Lodge Coupar o' Fife ably assisted by Daniel Everret and Kevin Thomson (Lodge 19) as part of their 250th celebrations.
21st January 2011 - 150th Burns Supper
Probably one of the most successful and enjoyable Dunearn Burns Nights of recent times was organised by Ali Scobie and enjoyed by some 44 lucky ticket holders. The haggis was very confidently addressed by Stuart Murdoch. The memory of the songs and poems of Rabbie Burns were impressively immortalised by Kevin Thompson of Lodge Coupar o' Fife. A superb rendering of Tam o' Shanter was given by Jason Watson of Lodge St Clair of Dysart. This was followed by a suitably clad Jock Mackie offering a Prayer to Holy Willie. The lassies were toasted in rhyme by a tartan backed Chic Cameron. The poems were interspersed with songs from Henry Fleetham of Lodge St Clair of Dysart, Tom Dow of Lodge Minto and Kevin Thompson.
Excellent tradional fare was prepared by Isobel Hanning and served by the Ladies. The haggis was presented by Poosie Nancy (Janette Bruce).
20th November 2010 - Social Night
A very successful Race Night was run by Bill Dewar, Scott Brindley and David Riddell. Each party present took it in turns to run the races throwing the dice and moving the wooden horses along a felt track. A buffet supper and raffle added to the enjoyment of the evening and a great time was had by all.
Burntisland Highland Games - 19th July 2010
Lodge Dunearn and the St Colme Cork Lodge were exclusive sponsors of the Binn Race at this year's Highland Games. Fourteen competitors completed the course with Peter Wombwell being the ulitimate winner, each competitor was presented with a medal. Unfortunately the weather conditions were very poor which dramatically reduced attendance at the Games.
25th June 2010 - Social Night
A very successful social evening was held. A Domino Tournament was organised and run by David Riddell and the first prize (A Steak Pie) was won by Mrs C Brindley. A quiz was organised and run by Joan Dewar with "The Dunearn Dunces " (Susan Thompson, Paul Thompson, Steven Marr and Stuart Murdoch) claiming the prize. Great fun was had by all.
Civic Week - June 2010
Lodge Dunearn was one of the sponsors of Burntisland Civic Week 2010.
Obituary - Bro W E Deas PM - May 2010
Sadly Bro Bill Deas PM passed to Grand Lodge above on 16th May 2010. Bill was initiated into Lodge Dunearn on the 8th of March 1971, working his way up through the Offices in the Lodge before being installed in the chair in 1985 as the fifty third RWM. He was a loyal servant to Lodge Dunearn working tirelessly to ensure that it's heritage and traditions continued.
Bill's service to the Craft was recognised in January 1992 when he was elected to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Fife and Kinross. He served in various capacities 'on Provincial' latterly in the role of Worshipful Provincial Senior Warden.
A masonic funeral service was held at Kirkcaldy Crematorium on Friday 21st May 2010 conducted by Deputy Provincial Grand Master the Rev Andrew Paterson PM.
Easter 2010 - Burntisland Playgroup
The Cork Lodge presented Easter Eggs to the Burntisland Playgroup. George Connor, Eddie Couser and Stuart Murdoch photographed with the happy recipients.
March 2010 - Casino Night
A Casino Night had been planned for the evening of Saturday 13th March. Unfortunately the organisers didn't turn up, so a hastily organised Puddock Racing event was held. No one present seemed to be too disappointed.
Two Racing Puddocks.
The two finalists - Davie Aberdour and John Bruce. Davie won a nail biting final.
January 2010 - Bro Ronnie Nicolson PM - 50 Year Certificate
On the 14th March 1959 Bro Ronnie Nicolson became the 2615th member of Lodge Dunearn. He progressed through the offices of the Lodge and was installed as the 51st Right Worshipful Master in 1981 and served as Master for two years. At the Regular Meeting held on the 11th January 2010 Bro Nicolson was presented with his Jubilee Certificate by the RWM Bro Stuart Murdoch in recognition of his service to freemasonry and to Lodge Dunearn.
December 2009 - We lost the Travelling Gavel
At the Regular Meeting held on Monday 14th December a visiting delegation of seven Brethren form Lodge St Serf (No 327), headed by their RWM Bro Jim Marshall, successfully claimed the Travelling Gavel.
November 2009 - Bro Andrew Duncan - 50 Year Certificate
Bro Andrew Duncan (left) being presented with his 50 year certificate by the Almoner Bro Ian Harrower PM. Andrew joined Lodge Dunearn in October 1956 and is now resident in Raith Gates Care Home.
October 2009 - We Won The Travelling Gavel
The Travelling Gavel is owned by Lodge St John of Dunfermling (No26). It was presented to Bro W David Britton PM whilst on holiday in the USA by the Bros Wood who were members of The Artisan Lodge of Wichendon, Ma. It has been used competitively amongst the Lodges in the province of Fife & Kinross to encourage visiting between Lodges since 1997. The Gavel is shown in the photograph below with the inscriptions and the rules of the competition.
This gavel was a gift from
The Brothers Wood
(Father and Sons)
A.F. & A.M.
School Street (Rt 12)
PO Box 156
The purpose of this travelling Gavel is to promote friendship and brotherly love by promoting the visiting of other Lodges. The rules of this gavel are:
1. A Lodge must visit with a Deputation of at least Seven Members (Not Honorary Members) one of the Deputation must be the Master or a Warden.
If two or more Deputations visit on the same evening the Deputation who has travelled the greatest distance can claim the gavel.
2. On every occasion a Lodge claims the gavel, they must inform Bro W. David H. Britton PM in writing at the above address, of its location and the date it was transferred to their custody this will allow a record of its travels to be kept and permit any Lodge to ring the above Telephone Number & ascertain the Gavels last known location.
Any Lodge that takes the Gavel “Home” should send a Donation of £5.00 to the funds of the Provincial grand Lodge of Fife and Kinross, Benevolent Fund.
3. The Gavel cannot be claimed on the night of “Installation or a Special Meeting” of a Lodge.
4. Only Lodges under the jurisdiction of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Fife and Kinross may claim the Gavel.
5. A Lodge that has taken the Gavel “Home” and complied with Rules (2) & (8), must surrender the gavel to any visiting Fife & Kinross Masonic Lodge that complies with Rule (1).
6. The Lodge in possession of the Gavel must always display it at a Regular Meeting of their Lodge.
7. The Gavel remains the property of Lodge St John (Dunfermling) No 26 at all times.
8. Lodges who take the Gavel “Home” should also write to and notify the Secretary of “Artisan Lodge” at the above address.
At a Regular Meeting of Lodge St Clair of Dysart (No 520), held on Thursday 26th November 2009, deputations from Lodge Dunearn (No 400) and Lodge Glenrothes (No 1549) were present. The deputation from Lodge Dunearn consisted of 14 members and that from Lodge Genrothes 10 members. Both deputations claimed the Travelling Gavel since they qualified under Rule 1. The RWM of Lodge St Clair Bro Donald Maguire ruled that the winning claimant would be determined by which Lodge had travelled furthest to the meeting. Since he was unsure of which Lodge had travelled furthest a vote was held amongst all of the Brethren present. The vote was in favour of Lodge Dunearn who took the Gavel “Home”. (A subsequent check using a GPS showed that the vote was correct Burntisland being 7.2 miles from Dysart and Glenrothes 6.4 miles.)
RWM Bro Donald Maguire Lodge St Clair Dysart (No 520) presenting the travelling Gavel to RWM Bro Stuart Murdoch Lodge Dunearn (No 400) with the Dunearn deputation behind.