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Panto time
A bus load of us visited the Panto in Edinburgh again this year. Peter Pan was loads of fun and everyone invovled had a great time. Thanks to June Speirs and all the others who helped organise this trip/

Visit to Rosslyn Chapel
A joint venture with Lodge 77 saw a busload of us off to Rosslyn. A visit to Rosslyn Lodge and a meal in Edinburgh. Another great day out!
rosslyn trip

Visit from Lodge St John Corstorpine - 788
St John Corstorphine
The brethren from Lodge St John Corstorphine, heade up by their new RWM Sean Cairns, visited us on 10th August to work a second degree for us.
This was well attended with over 60 signing the tyle and the harmony afterwards was second to none! A great bunch of masons and indeed an example of what our beloved Craft is all about.

Trip to Newry
Grand Lodge Dubline


Six Brethren from Lodge Coupar o' Fife No. 19 + Bro.Bill Dewar, RWM Lodge Dunearn # 400,and Bro.Joe Preece,Lodge St.Patrick # 295(IC) travelled over to the City of Newry, Co.Down,Northern Ireland, at the weekend, to help celebrate the 275th Anniversary of St.Patrick's Lodge # 77, Newry. Yet again, a brilliant weekend was enjoyed by all. We were met and transported by Bro.Edgar McClenaghan, who did a brilliant job. The accommodation at the Downshire Hotel in Banbridge was first class-as was the welcome to the local town hall by the Council Leader Junior McCrum, DUP, and Councillor Ian Burns, UUP. We attended Services Lodge # 174 meeting on Friday evening where we were given a splendid welcome. There many tourists were to witness Irish Ritual for the first time in a full hall, with many distinguished visitors from Co.Down Provincial and local Lodges.  After the meeting we all enjoyed a wonderful harmony in the Masonic Hall. Suitable gifts were exchanged, songs were sung, poems were recited, with much enjoyment shared. On Saturday,after the traditional Ulster Fry in the Masonic Hall,2 coaches travelled down to Grand Lodge of Ireland, Dublin, for the next part of the adventure. More details to come with photos.


St Patrick's Night
A packed hall was entertained to a mix of Irish and Scots songs by bros Kev Thompson and Ross Hunter, ably assisted by Bob and Eleanor on fiddle and accordion. A great time was had by all!
kev and ross



Office Bearers 2013. The Installation 2013
Took place on Feb 16th and a great day was had by all.
Click photo for more.

Panto
A large group of 19 brethren and friends recently attended a fun-filled night of panto mayhem at the Kings in Edinburgh (Oh Yes we did!)
panto ad
A great time was had by all. Roll on the next trip!


Trip of a lifetime
Queen Mary II
PM Mike Ford has a masonic meeting on the High Seas!
Click Photo for report


Fifth Wednesday Lodges
Lodges meeting on the same night rarely have a chance to visit but at the end of Oct, we got together at Lodge Templehall in Kirkcaldy to work a joint degree. Lodge 19 was very ably represented by our Snr Deacon Daniel Everitt, who did an excellent job. The Lodge was packed and all present had a great evening of work and harmony!
five weds
Daniel and other OBs with the candidate


Brother becomes World President!
Bro Bob Stewart of Lodge 19 became the President of the World Robert Burns Federation in Sept 2012! The first Fifer for many years and certainly the first from our Lodge! He was presented with a trowel to "spread the bonds of friendship".
Burns World President
Sub Prov Master Craig Thompson, Prov Grand Master Andrew Paterson, Bob Stewart with Burns Chain of Office, RWM Alec Cowe


IPPGM is made Honorary Member
Bro Tom Bradley who recently finished his five year term of office as Provincial Grand Master of Fife and Kinross was recently made an honorary member of Lodge 19.
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IPPGM Tom Bradley receives his honorary membership certificate and jewel from RWM Alec Cowe


Recent Quiz Success
Another successful quiz was held in 19 recently. The profits this time going to Cupar Highland Games Committee
quiz presentation
RWM Alec Cowe presents cheque for Highland Games Funds.
Quizmaster Kevin Thompson in background

Wooden Spoon...
spoon
The wooden spoons went to the Lodge Team of John, Alec and Douglas


Open Day - Sept 2012
We joined the Fife Open Day programme for the first time ever and threw our doors open to the public.
open day

The result was amazing for we had over 100 people over the door in the course of one day. The Lodge was set up and explained to them and we showed photos of our ongoings over the last few years. All in all a great experience for all concerned!
open day2


Stall at Cupar Highland Games
For the first time ever the Lodge took a stall at the annual Highland Games. This was a big success and generated lots of interest. We showed photos of Lodge events and regalia, and gave out information leaflets to many visitors.
highland games stall


Lodge Alpina Visit to St Fothad's
Lodge 19 has ties to Lodge Alpina in Switzerland - the story can be read elsewhere on this site - here and here - and PM Mike Ford visits there regularly. Several Swiss Lodge members and their wives paid a reciprocal visit to Scotland in June, being hosted by Lodge 1059 - St. Fothad's. Lodge 19 WSW Kev Thompson represented 19 as part of a concert party who entertained the visitors, for a Scots Night in St Fothad's Lounge.

masonic minstrels
Kev Thompson (19), Willie Miller (1059), Tom Dow (385),
Ali Deas (520)
entertaining at St Fothad's (note, sadly Bro Tom Dow has since passed away - a sad loss.)


Stall at Gala 2012.
For the first time ever the Lodge took a stall at the annual Gala. This was a big success and generated lots of interest. We also sponsored the "Best Dressed Shop Window" Competition, won this year by "Hidden Secrets"
best dressed shop window
Best Dressed Shop Window - 1st Prize to "Hidden Secrets"
Presented by IPM Bro George Manson

stall at gala 2012
Tombola proved very popular all day ....

curling game
.... as did the Curling Game!
(very fetching hat Douglas!)


Visit to the Mother Lodge
Kilwinning 0

A group of nine office bearers and PMs from 19 headed to Kilwinning for the first time ever. A wonderful degree was witnessed and a great time was had by all.
Kilwinning number 0


Folk Night
A great time was had by all that attended the 19 Folk Night on the 19th!!
kev and ross
Ross Hunter (Lodge 400) and Kev Thompson (Lodge 19) entertained the crowd in the lounge, including a visiting brother from the USA - Charles- and his wife, with a variety of folk songs -old and new


Multimedia Quiz
Another great quiz night was held in the Lodge on the 12th May. This time with 22 teams taking part and around 90 in the hall!

quiz

The worthy winners-"Birds on A Wheel"
winners
The quiz raised an amazing £500 for local Charity - Friends of Stratheden
cheque



Pirates Visit Cupar!

pirates ahoy

Lodge 19 were delighted to support Kilmaron School in the form of a cheque for £350 to cover the cost of a very special show - Treasure Island! Shown are Bros: Pete Spiers PM, Alec Cowe RWM (both suitably disguised) and John Inch, along with staff and students from the school.



Wednesday Lodges 5th Wed degree

Lodge 19 took the initiative in hosting a degree for the Wednesday Lodges on the 29th Feb 2012. Several Lodges took part as can be seen, and we had a wonderful night of harmony with 62 brethren signing the tyle. It was also RWM Alec Cowe and his team's first night for opening the Lodge!

5th wednesday degree team

Degree Team


alec kev and dougie

RWM Alec Cowe and his two new wardens


Facebook 3rd Degree

3rd facebook degree
Bros Gary Clark and Kev Thompson were delighted to represent 19 as IG and JW in the third Facebook Degree. This was a 3rd and was held at Dysart by invitation of Lodge 777 PM Rab Campbell. There was a wonderful turn-out and a great night was had by all.


USA Gavel

USA Gavel

During their visit to help us celebrate our 275th earlier this year, Bros Wainright and Zulu - our American friends -brought us this fabulous gavel all the way from the USA. It is totally unique, made especially for us and for the occasion.Click the picture above to read the full story and see more pictures.


Remembrance Day

War Memorial
Poppy

It has become tradition for the members of 19 to lay a poppy wreath on Remembrance Sunday to commemorate not only our fallen brethren but all those who have lost their lives in defence of this country. We assemble at Fluthers ar Park at 10:30.


Facebook Second Degree

This was worked tonight by a team from all over Fife and beyond with brethren from Glasgow, Forfar and Dundee as well as several from within the province. PF&K were also in attendance. A great degree with excellent performances all round and a wonderful harmony afterwards. Another great night at 19. However despite Donald's best efforts we will NOT be adopting 520's 2nd degree sign!

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The Degree team with Provincial delegation


50 year certificate for Douglas Wilson

Past Master DI Wilson recieved his 50 year certificate last night during a busy evening. He led a team of PMs in a first degree for 19's latest EA. All the team did very well and it was obviously an emotional night for Douglas. Congratulations on reaching a marvellous milestone.

PM Dougie
DI Wilson PM - 50 years in the Craft and still going strong


Masonic Quiz Night

The first of what we hope will be an annual event, was held in the Lodge on Sat 29th October.
Those taking part had a great night in convivial atmosphere... answered (or didn't!) some stretching questions, posed by quizmaster Kev Thompson, and raised some money for a good cause. Lodge Kinnedar emerged as worthy winners.. Thanks to all who turned up... and helped in various ways running the evening.

Ram's Head
The Ram's Head Trophy - won by Lodge Kinnedar


Working of the Auld Degree by Lodge Mother Kilwinning 0

The reworking of the Auld Degree was an excellent day! The Lodge was full and the display by the brethren from Lodge #0 was excellent! At the harmony afterwards 65 sat down for a meal and were then enetrtained by brethren from various Lodges finishing with the Tyler's Toast from WJW K Thompson. All in all a wonderful and unique experience.

Auld Degree


A group of 19ers including our RWM, George Manson, attended the historic merging of Lodges Tweed 261 and Kelso 58 at the beginning of October; Lodge Kelso of course being his Mother Lodge. They will now be known as Kelso and Tweed 58

Kelso and Tweed


Tracing Boards

On 21st Sept we had a night with a difference. The three Tracing Board lectures were delivered to our newest MMs, by WJW K Thompson, DM A Cowe and M Ford PM. However these were then followed by two explanatory lectures accompanied by Powerpoint slides. The first, by T Marshall PM, explained the meaning of the 1st TB and the other, by WJW K Thompson demystified the 3rd TB. There was a good turn out from far afield and the feedback after was very positive. Any Lodges interested in more information on this fascinating aspect of Freemasonry should contact the Webmaster K. Thompson, in the first instance. Contact details are on this site. For those who missed it, the 3rd TB lecture is now online and may be viewed here:



WJW Bro Kev Thompson visits a Lodge room in Beamish - Durham!

See here for report


200th & 275th Anniversary Celebrations

What an excellent afternoon and evening we had on the 14th May at a special rededication ceremony for the 200th Anniversary of our Lodge rooms and also for the 275th anniversary of our charter. The Lodge was packed and many stayed for the harmony afterwards. The re-dedication ceremony was expertly performed by Provincial Grand Master Tom Bradley and his office bearers. We were honoursed to have two brethren all the way from the USA as special guests - Hon Member Roger Wainright PM Lodge 19 in Minneapolis and Bro Roni Zulu PM North Holywood Lodge No 542 in California. Bro Zulu donated badges, which beautifully express the tenets of our Craft, to many interested brethren. The harmony afterwards was also well attended and enjoyed by many of the brethren. More photos to follow. See here for video clip.


The office bearers of 19 (Senior Deacon missing)

The office bearers of 19 + the Provincial Team from Fife & Kinross

Cork Degree


RWM George Manson receives a cheque to be given to a charity of our choice from the Admiral!

We were delighted to welcome the Dunearn Corkies into Lodge 19 last night. There were eight candidates from 19 and 91 and around 50 corkies turned out in support. A great night was had by all! Well done to The Admiral and all the team from 400 plus stand ins for a superb evening's fun.



WJW Kev Thompson & JD Dougie Abercrombie at recent Facebook Degree.
They were honoured to represent Fife and the East side of the Country during this important first event of its kind at Lodge Possilpark in Glasgow. KT delivered the workingTools and DA the Mode of Prep in the 1st Degree.


WJW Kev Thompson was honoured to be invited to take part in the prestigious PMs degree at Dunearn 520 recently, despite the fact he was the impostor! Kev took on the office of WJW for a 3rd degree on a night when 110 different brethren from 22 different Lodges packed the hall. Masonry is alive and well in Fife and Kinross!


Lodge Duneran 400 recently visited us to deliver a second degree to our two latest Fellowcrafts. They did an excellent job and joined us for some great 'crack' afterwards.


Quiz Night!

Some of the keen quizzers who filled the hall......

Sat 19th saw our second attempt at hosting a quiz night to gather funds for the local Girl Guides. The first time we had to cancel due to bad weather. The night was a great success with a packed hall closely contesting a multi-media filled evening, with questions on a range of topics incuding music, famous faces, flags and movies. The night was finally one by Team Titan - 7 points clear of Cupar Curlers, with Bearly there just behind in third place....a great effort from them as they only had 3 players on the night! The Lodge formally thanked Bros Kevin Thompson and Dougie Abercrombie for putting it all together, and all the rest who helped behind the scenes. The Guides will be presented with the funds at a later date.

Visit from Newry Brethren Nov 2009: Report by Dougie Abercrombie

Visit from Lodge 19 USA: Report by Kev Thompson

Harmony report for USA visit: Report by Dougie Abercrombie

Trip to Dublin & Newry April 09: Report by Kev Thompson

Trip to Switzerland Nov 08: Report by Mike Ford PM

Second trip to Switzerland Nov 2010: Report by Mike Ford PM

 


 

Delighted to say we have the Gavel again!

Lodeg Ballingry had visited St Clair to claim it but in a huge effort for 19 some 13 brethren descended on Ballingry last Monday in April and it is now back with us for our Rededication in May!


 

The Travelling Gavel which has been in our tender care since April was finally claimed last night by a team of stalwart brethren from Lodge 520 St Clair of Dysart.


RWM Jim MacDonald & the brethren from #520 visit Lodge 19 to claim the Gavel.

It was wonderful to have so many from Lodge 520 come and visit us and to know that the Gavel is 'doing its job' . Haste ye Back brethren.


 

Gavel from the USA

At a recent meeting the gavel we were given on our visit to Minneapolis was formally presented to Lodge 19. Current RWM Craig Rodger handed it over to PM John Dewar after a third degree run by past masters.


RWM Craig Rodger presents gavel to PM John Dewar

This gavel was used during our visit to Lodge 19 in Minneapolis, and was also used for above mentioned past masters degree back home in Cupar. It will now be given pride of place among our archives.


All the brethren who visited the USA in May 2010


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Trip to Lodge 19 in Minneapolis: USA.
Six of the brethren and some wives, recently returned from a wonderful trip to Minneapolis in the USA. The delegation led my RWM Craig Rodger (3rd from right) were exceptionally well received and looked after. Missing from pic are Bro Douglas Abercrombie and Bro and Mrs Mike Ford who battled with volcanic ash but eventually made it through! Click photo for report.


Lodge polo shirts.

kev and dougie
Modelled here by the Junior and Senior Deacons in a bar in the USA, these fetching little items are NOW available at a cost of £12 from Bro Douglas Abercrombie. Designed to commemorate our 275th anniversary in 2011 but suitable for many uses, they feature our Ram's head logo and the words Lodge Coupar O' Fife - Scotland 1736-2011


Travelling Gavel comes to Lodge 19!


Click photo for full report

Our Masonic future depends on many things, but mostly on us!