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Welcome....to the oldest Lodge in the Province of Fife and Kinross.... in Scotland

Brethren & Friends,
Welome to the website for Lodge Coupar o' Fife: No.19. On behalf of our
Right Worshipful Master, Bro Douglas Abercrombie,
Office Bearers, and Brethren we wish you all warm and fraternal greetings and
we hope your visit is one of profit as well as pleasure.
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Welcome from Douglas Abercrombie RWM
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all to our website.
My installation was a joy and I warmly thank all who attended.


I am honoured to have been installed as the latest RWM of this lodge - in an unbroken line of Masters from 1658. We are the oldest lodge in the Province of Fife & Kinross and are very proud of our history.
Communication is crucial in modern freemasonry and Lodge 19 prides itself in using this website along with email and Facebook to keep its members and others in touch.
We are an active lodge in several ways: - charity, the local community, social nights and also welcoming new brethren into the Craft.
Whether you are already a member of the Craft or are simply interested, there is a great deal of information on this website - not just about Lodge 19 but Freemasonry in general.
Enjoy your visit here and do visit us in person if you can. If you are not already in the Craft, and are interested in more information, why not fill in our simple enquiry form and have a chat about it with one of our Office Bearers (see How Do I Join - on the Left), or find us in Facebook?



Our Working Plan

Note this may be subject to change

Planned meetings What by or for notes
wed 15th March Warden's Degree 2nd led by WSW G Bain wardens throughout the province
5th April 1st degree first time candidate  
19th April lecture on Swedish Rite Bro K Gudmundsson - Iceland  
26th April Mark Degree 2 candidates  
Sat 13th May Reigning Masters - 4pm special meeting - 2nd degree AEP's Farewell as PGM

New Era
OBs
On 6th Feb the new RWM - Bro Douglas Abercrombie was installed into the chair of King Solomon for the first time. A wonderful day and evening which will remain with him for a long time to come. There were visitors from USA, Iceland and Ireland as well as many from within and outwith Fife & Kinross with over 100 signing the tyle. The installing Masters did a great job and the harmony was enjoyed by many.
visitors
Some of the Irish visitors along with IPM, SPGM and the RWM


kev team last degree
Kevin's last night as RWM was on 3rd Feb and was a reigning Masters Degree.
It was an emotional night in many ways and a big thanks to all who attended.
It was an incredible two years with many visits and visitors - a trip to Grand Lodges in Iceland and California - lectures in many different Provinces and the completion of the wonderful mural shown in the photo above. Thanks from Kevin to all who made the journey possible!

Some highlights may be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=554CrYxtNhI

First Degree worked by reigning masters
rwms
Last meeting of the RWM's first term of office saw a packed lodgeroom to witness a degree
featuring RWMs from eleven lodges across Fife - thanks to all who took part

Second Degree Worked By WJW
A very successfull degree was worked by WJW Gary Clark and a Lodge of Instruction team last wed. The work was excellent and bodes well for the future. Congratulations to all concerned from the RWM!
Gary Clark

Memorial Lodge
A very moving and successfull lodge in memory of the Lodge 19 brethren who fell in the Great War was held in the Lodge recently. The meeting was taken by PM Peter Speirs due to the illness of the RWM and by all accounts was a wonderful night all round. The ceremony was appropriate and touching, the harmony afterwards - led by Capt JP was set in the time zone of the conflict and all in all it was a memorable evening.
Due to the sensitive nature of the work some currently serving brethren photos are not being posted.



mike ford PM
The lodge saw another sad loss recently when a well-loved PM - Mike Ford - suddenly passed to Grand Lodge above.
Mike was secretary for many years and was always willing to find answers to any problems the lodge had. He has many friends within the Craft and will be sadly missed by all of them. Our thoughts are with May - his wife - at this difficult time.

Degree Worked by WSW Dougie Abercrombie
WSW Dougie Abercrombie had his first turn at the gavel recently in a well-worked second degree with brethren from various lodges assisting.
dougie degree

Lectures by RWM Kevin

discovery

RWM Kevin Thompson delivered two more lectures recently - at Lodges Trafalgar in Dundee and Discovery in Edinburgh. Both were very well received and he has been given return invites!

First Degree Tracing Board Lecture
First Degree Tracing Board at Tayport
The RWM's roadshow continues with his lecture on the First Degree Tracing Board delivered at Lodge St Michael's 246 in Tayport


Lecture on Sacred Secrets
Mike Neville
A great turnout for Mike's lecture - 'Sacred Secrets'. Mike's talk went down well and he is invited back again. Here he is presenting RWM Kevin Thompson a copy of his book.


Brethren Honoured by Lodge

John Dewar Neil Robertson

PM John Dewar and Tyler Neil Robertson were both presented with DCMs to mark their contributions to Lodge 19; a great honour for both who responded with characteristic humility and gratitude - along with much surprise!


The 49ers roll on
Jock Mackie - The Guv'nor
PM Jock Mackie was the 19th to receive his certificate of completion for visitng all 49 lodges in the Province. Well done John!

First Degree st Lodge St John Corstorphine - Edinburgh
St John
A deputation from lodge 19 were invited over to visit our friends in Edinburgh and carry out a first degree for them. RWM John Wilson and his OBs were very welcoming and the 19 team delivered a great degree to much aclaim. The harmony after was excellent as we have come to expect at this wonderful lodge, with our own RWM Kevin Thompson even giving a song! Our WJW's son Ryan, was pleased to act as candidate. Another wonderful masonic event!


Reigning Masters Degree at Lodge Possilpark
Possilpark
On 28th August along with RWM of St Fothad's Willie Miller, RWM Kevin Thompson represented Fife & Kinross at a reigning masters degree in Glasgow for the master - George Baikie's son. It was an astounding night with 108 signing the tyle and 21 masters in the deputation. The degree was faultless without a single prompt throughout!
The hospitality afterwards was superb and a great time was had by all.


Lecture in Lodge 48 St Andrew - Edinburgh
In early August RWM Kevin was invited to present a lecture on the 1st Degree Tracing Board at Lodge St Andrew 48 in Ediburgh. The lodge room was packed as this was to proceed a double 2nd degree and the lecture was well received.
lodge 48


Isle of May
boat
Late July saw several members of 19 join 130 odd others to sail out to the Isle of May when Lodge St Ayles 95 held a special degree as part of their anniversary celebrations. Lodge Chaplain - J Everitt, Bros D.Everitt, J.Inch and the WSW and RWM all made the trip. It was a wonderful day and another great masonic adventure!

doug kev

Lodge Of Sorrow for Past Master Craig Rodger
Craig Rodger PM

In May we held a dignified and moving Lodge of Sorrow for our recently lost and much missed brother - Craig Rodger PM. The Last Post was played by Eric Nish on the trumpet, the bagpipe lament by Lodge Piper Danny Connolly, the Grand Honours salute was led by PM Peter Speirs, and WJW Gary Clark sang 'Days and Moments' and recited 'Remember Creator' all in an excellent manner. Prayers were led by Chaplain John Everett and RWM Kevin Thompson led the proceedings and delivered the Oration. One of Craig's poems was read by WSW Dougie Abercrombie.
This was a fitting and timely tribute to our friend and brother Craig, who will be sadly missed by all at 19.


Honour for RWM
hon member cochno
RWM Kevin Thompson was delighted to be made an Honorary Member of Lodge Cochno Duntocher 1304 recently. Ties have been formed by Kevin's regular lectures there and IPB John Bain of 1304's part in Kevin's initiation. Many thanks brethren - a great honour!


Honour for Past Masters
mike n pete
Two of our distinguished past masters were recently awarded Honorary Provincial Grand Rank when PGM Andrew Patterson gave them the jewels of Senior Deacons last week.
This is a huge honour not only for the brethren concerned but also for the whole lodge. Congratulations to Mike Ford PM (secy) and Pete Speirs PM (treasurer).


Home of the 49ers!
The innovative scheme to encourage lodge visits. Click the badge or passport below for info

49er passport
badge


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Other News

 

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Club 19 - is our social club -
Dec 2010 Newsletter
Jan 2011 Newsletter

100 Club now running!
We now have our own 100 club up and running with chances of cash prizes. To take part contact Pete Spiers for forms or download from here.
(If you had it, would you give it?)

 


Challenges for the True Mason
Author unknown

I will do more than belong -- I will participate.
I will do more than care -- I will help.
I will do more than believe -- I will practice.
I will do more than be fair -- I will be kind.
I will do more than forgive -- I will forget.
I will do more than dream -- I will work.
I will do more than teach -- I will inspire.
I will do more than earn -- I will enrich.
I will do more than give -- I will serve.
I will do more than live -- I will grow.
I will do more then be friendly -- I will be a friend.
I will do more than be a citizen -- I will be a patriot.

 

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Cupar: The Town

  • Cupar was created a royal burgh in 1328.
  • Until the 16th century it was among the richest royal burghs in Scotland, but declined in the 17th century.
  • It flourished once again as a centre of the linen industry in the 18th century.
  • The County town of Fife, which serviced travellers on their way from Edinburgh to Dundee and Aberdeen.
  • By mid 19th century the railway carried travellers through without stopping, industrial development shifted to west Fife where coal was plentiful, and St Andrews took over as the cultural centre of east Fife.
  • Since the town did not develop major industries, it retains its medieval town plan and many fine buildings from its Georgian heyday.

Proverbs

  1. Wha would gang tae Cupar maun gang tae Cupar
  2. A' roads gang tae Cupar

More can be read about Cupar's history online here or in this book by Paula Martin.

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