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Welcome to Lodge Hopetoun St. John No. 1232

A warm welcome to the website of Lodge Hopetoun St. John, No. 1232. Our Lodge was formed in Bridgend (near Linlithgow) in 1920 and all going well we will celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2020.

The Lodge meets for Regular Meetings on the first Tuesday of each month from September to April inclusive, excluding January. All meetings start at 7.30pm unless stated otherwise in the detailed syllabus.

The Annual General Meeting is held on the first Tuesday in December of each year and the Annual Installation of Office Bearers is held on the third Saturday in January commencing at 2.00pm.

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The image opposite shows 1232 members who attended the installation of Bro. James Ellis, B.A., Dip. Ed., as Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of Linlithgowshire in the Cairn Hotel, Bathgate on Saturday 5th March 2016. Left to right, Bros., James Y. Ward D.M., Hugh C. Paterson P.M., Norman J. Austin R.W.M., John A. Sandilands Tyler, Ray Newton P.M. & Secretary,  Anthony J. Sullivan S.M. and David L. Lacey I.P.M.

News and events

Latest News & Events

Distinguished Members Award

On the 5th September 2017, Bro. Ray Newton P.M. and Bro. Bill Ewen P. M. were presented with Distinguished Service Diplomas and Medals. The presentation was made by Bro. Martin L. Nelson, Right Worshipful Master and Bro. Jim Ellis, Right Read more ...

Childrens Halloween Party

A most enjoyable party, organised by the Almoners of the Province, took place in Lodge Lord Bruce, No. 1601, Blackburn, on Saturday 28th October 2017. The 2018 party has been scheduled for Saturday 27th October 2018. Full details will follow nearer Read more ...

Almoners Concert

The 2017 Almoner's Concert was held within the premises of Lodge Polkemmet, No. 927, Whitburn. The 2018 Concert will be held on the 17th October 2018. Full details to follow nearer the time.

Seagull Trust Cruises Ratho

In the minute of the recent Almoners Meeting Bro. Kenny McMaster (Provincial Grand Almoner) advised that Bro. Bob Potter, P.M. No. 85, had mentioned at No. 85's last meeting that The Seagull Trust, Ratho Branch, was extremely proud of it's Read more ...

Reigning Masters Degree

A very successful  Reigning Masters Degree was held on Tuesday 31st October 2017 at 7.00pm within the premises of Lodge Ancient Brazen, No. 17, Linlithgow. The RWM of Lodge Lord Bruce, No. 1601, occupying the chair. Details of the 2018 Reigning Masters Read more ...

Recent Members Degree

The 2018 'Recent Members Degree' (previously referred to as the Young Members Degree) will be held  on Friday 30th March 2018. Probably being held within the premises of Lodge Buchan St. John, No. 636, Broxburn, however this is still to be confirmed. Read more ...

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Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts by a series of ritual dramas, which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides. The essential qualification for admission into and continuing membership is a belief in a Supreme Being. Membership is open to men of any race or religion who can fulfil this essential qualification and who are of good repute.

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