Text of letter from Great Priory

Dear Fraters All,

Following the recent updates by the UK Government and Health Officials advice regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Most Eminent and Reverend Grand Master J. Stewart Wood GCT, has decided with immediate effect that all Musters/Social/Religious gatherings in the name of The Great Priory of Scotland be suspended.

This will come as no surprise to you who were at the Annual Muster yesterday (17th March) and I will be sending a communication to all the contacts I have, but please pass this information onto anyone you think should be aware.

Our administration team will be working as normal, but this may change. If we are not allowed in the office for any reason, we cannot retrieve any voice messages, therefore I ask in the meantime, if you require contact with us to initially send an email to the office and request a call back, importantly please include a contact number.

The situation will be under constant review and we will release information on an ongoing basis. These are unusual and difficult times and I am sure you agree that a temporary suspension of activity in the order is the safest option. Please take care of one another in the meantime and I look forward to resumption of meetings in the months to come.

Yours Knightly and fraternally

As a result the Annual Competitions and Church Service detailed below are suspended



2020 Quiz Night                                                                                                                                                 The Annual Quiz will be held at Catrine & Sorn on 22nd April, Muster night. Catrine & Sorn will be going for 6-in-a-row so come along and stop their run.

2020 MacKean Bowling Trophy                                                                                                                         The Bowling will be held at Springside Bowling Club on Saturday 9th May. A dinner and presentation of Trophy will follow.

2020 Annual Divine Service                                                                                                                                This will again be held in New Laigh Kirk Kilmarnock on Sunday 10th May and all are invited to attend.

2020 DGPA Golf Competition
Current Champion Eddie Lawless - Cunningham Preceptory 

The 2020 DGPA competition for the Watson Golf Salver will be held on Sunday, June 14th at Prestwick St Cuthbert Golf Club. Tom Dunlop has managed once again to negotiate cheap golf by having members sign us on as guests. (St Cuthbert members will not pay greens fee.) Cost for golf, prizes and post-match dinner with wine is £25. The Club dress code is “Smart casual – no jeans or trainers”. No shorts at the dinner please. We are limited to a maximum of 20 players. A full take up is hoped for and, if necessary, a reserve list compiled.
Whether or not you intend to play, would all golfing fraters who have not already done so please provide Doug Hollingworth or Tom Dunlop with a contact telephone number and/or email address asap. This will not commit you to play but will enable the organisers to keep you informed of progress.
Registration will be from 10:00am with the first tee off at 11:00am. The format will once again be an individual Stableford competition with full handicap allowance. All fraters are cordially invited to participate and anyone not holding a current SGU handicap will be allocated one by the organising committee. The meal, prize giving, and raffle will take place in the clubhouse afterwards. Any donations towards prizes by Preceptories or individual fraters would be greatly appreciated.
First and foremost, this is intended to be a great value fun day and all moneys raised will go to the District Grand Prior’s Charity Fund. Last year we raised £286 for the fund.
Satnav address for St Cuthbert Golf Club is East Road, Prestwick. KA9 2SX.
A deposit of £10 is required to secure entry. Please make cheques payable to Doug Hollingworth – 102 Longhill Ave, AYR. KA74DF.
If you would prefer to make a bank transfer, contact Doug by text or email for bank details.
Remember please – send your contact details to organisers Doug or Tom.
Doug Hollingworth dougholl11@gmail.com 01292442606 & 07840882855.
Tom Dunlop tomdunlop147@gmail.com 01292477838

Players in 2019 were:
Steven Shaw (Moira Union) George Hood (Garnock Vale) Tom Dunlop (Ayr)
Ted McCarrell (Ayr) Robert Bain (Largs) Alex Whannel (Ayr)
John Irvine (Ayr) Robert Little (Loudoun) Jim Gourlay (Crosbie)
Robert McLaughlan (Ayr) Richard Allan (Hurlford) Brian Speirs (Catrine & Sorn)
Eddie Lawless (Cunningham) David MacKay (Ayr) John Hogg (Moira Union)
David McIntyre (Moira Union) Alan Buntain (Largs) Gordon Hind (Largs)
Doug Hollingworth (Ayr)


On completion of his 5 year term in office District Grand Prior Sam approved these 5x £1,000.00 donations from the District Grand Priors Charity Fund.

The James McFarland School in Ardrossan



North Ayrshire Cancer Care



"Beautiful Inside and Out" a Bereavement Support Service




Troon Branch of the Fisherman's Mission


Kyle Stroke Group



Previous donations were -

District Grand Prior Sam and District Grand Seneschal Eddie made their annual Christmas trip to the children's ward at Crosshouse Hospital 2019.


Ven.Fr. William Kirkpatrick had the pleasure to present to the Clyde Coast M.S. Therapy Centre a substantial Donation on behalf of the Rt. Em. District Grand Prior Samuel Dickson and all the Fratres of the District Grand Priory of Ayrshire. The centre was very grateful for the donation and said that they were most thankful to the Fratres of Ayrshire for the large donation.
Photo shows the inside of the hypobaric chamber with Ven.Fr. William Kirkpatrick with Dave Fleming and Emma of C.C.M.S.C.

District Grand Prior Sam presents cheque to "Soldiers Off The Street" founder member  Bro. Hammy and Brian Gibson P.M.320 project manager.


V.Em.Fr George Dickie presenting the cheque to the 1st Alloway Boys Brigade.








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