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Malcolm John McKinlay Celebrates 50 years in Moseley Chapter


February 2018

Moseley Chapter No.3105 celebrates its 75th anniversary in August this year and for 50 of those years Malcolm McKinlay has been a member of the Birtley Chapter.


To celebrate this wonderful feat, Rakesh Bhalla, the Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, accompanied by a Deputation of Provincial Grand Chapter Officers, made their way to Birtley Masonic Hall on Monday 5th February.


After being warmly welcomed into the Chapter Room by the Chapter’s First Principals, William Jevons Joshua, Neil Garret Hagi and Bryn Greener Zerubbabel.


The first business of the evening was a talk from the Moseley Chapter Mentor, who also happens to be the 2nd Provincial Grand Principal, Gordon Brewis.


Gordon’s talk focused on a series of short stories on the Royal Arch which are available to all Chapters if they don’t have a candidate and fancy a talk.  Details are on the Provincial Website.  The talks offer an insight into the Royal Arch that are an invaluable tool to all Companions, whether they be old or new. Gordon was thanked by everyone present for the interesting talk, and then took his seat.


Rak then welcomed Malcolm to come forward so he could begin the presentation. After leaving school at the age of 15, Malcolm started an apprenticeship as an electrical draughtsman at the Artic Fuse Company in Birtley.  At the age of 21 he completed 2 years National Service in the RAF.


Malcolm was initiated into Delaval Lodge No. 2568 in the Province of Northumberland on 12th December 1963.  He was Master of that Lodge in 1970.


Brian Rudd the Provincial Grand Scribe of Northumberland and fellow Delaval Lodge member joined Malcolm for the evening in Birtley.  Malcolm was MEZ of Birtley Chapter in 1985 and is also a Past Master of Mosley Lodge of MMM.


In 1982 Malcolm moved to the Troon in the West of Scotland as a sales engineer for a national switchgear manufacturer for 21 years.  He has been active in the Troon community and has held various positions including being elected via the Local Authority to Troon Millennium Group, where he was involved in organising a Beacon in Troon to mark the Millennium and regenerating a “Play for All” children’s park for which the group secured £80,000 from the National Lottery.


Malcolm was president of the Troon Town Twinning Association and of the Troon Petanque Club and in this capacity has represented Scotland several times at Home Nations Competitions.


Birtley’s loss has certainly been Troons gain, as Malcolm has been a fantastic servant to the community.


Raq then called on Ian Knighting, the Provincial DC for the evening to read the Certificate citation; he then presented Malcolm with the framed 50 year certificate and congratulated him on this wonderful achievement.


Malcolm thanked everyone present and as he now lives north of the border, he hasn’t visited the Chapter in 32 years but he still fondly remembers the place, commenting that nothing much has changed in all of those years.


At the festive board it allowed Malcom time to catch up with Brian, who hadn’t had to travel far to meet up with his old Delaval Lodge friend as he lives in Gateshead. Malcolm humbly thanked the Companions of Moseley Chapter and everyone present for making a special evening he will always remember.


Moseley Chapter was consecrated on Saturday 7th August in 1943, it was an optimistic time in the country as the war had thankfully turned in favour of the allies. To give some flavour of that period in time 75 years ago, notable events from August 1946 included.
Operation Crossbow begins with Operation Hydra when the RAF bombs the Peenemünde V-2 rocket facility.


Roosevelt and Churchill signed the Quebec Agreement during the Quebec Conference.


The Battle of Kursk, the largest Tank Battle of the war, becomes the first successful major Soviet summer offensive of the war.






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