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Fire at Corstorphine Public Hall




Today - 15th October 2013 will be etched in the history of the Corstorphine Public Hall Company.


It was on this day that a fire started and engulfed most of the building, including the Temple for the Masonic Lodge - St John Corstorphine No.788 and Castle Park Royal Arch Chapter No.520.

St John Corstorphine was formed in 1892 and held all it's meeting within this building until with the last meeting being held on Thursday 10th October 2013 - a First Degree for a candidate keen to progress through his steps in Freemasonry.  This will be a huge personal loss for the Lodge in terms of sentimental and historic value.

Media reports say that the fire was most likely to have been started by an electric heater housed in another part of the building which was unoccupied at the time - allowing the fire to take hold.


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The Building was home to Elite Fitness Centre, The Corstorphine Youth & Community Centre as well as the Masonic Lodge and will be sorely missed in the Community.  It is unclear at this stage what will happen with the building long term but we will provide updates on this site when more information becomes known.


In the meantime, pleaase click on the meeting listed in the 'Forthcoming Events' section to see any update on the location.


Charity Walk 2013




Members of the Provingce of Midlothian and their families completed a Charity walk on Saturday 5th October 2013.  The walk was 10Km and started from the premises of Colinton & Currie No. 1029 and took the walkers through one of the routes within the Pentland Hills Regional Park to the Threipmiur Reservoir and back.

Thanks to the efforts made, it is estimated that a sum of £2500.00 waas raised for SANDS - The Stillborn and Neonatal Death Charity


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Well Done to the province of Midlothian!


Sponsored Walk 2013 - Midlothian Province




A posting was made some time ago regards the Sponsored Walk by the Midlothian Province in aid of SANDS - the Stillborn and Neonatal Death Charity.


The walk will be 10Km and will commence from the premises of Lodge Colinton & Currie No.1029 at 9.30am on Saturday 5th October 2013.  The route will take walkers into the Pentland Hills Regional Park to the Threipmuir Reservoir and back.  This is a family day so please bring Wives and Children to join you on this scenic walk in aid of a very good cause.  Once you return you will be able to have some refreshments which is being laid on by Lodge Colinton & Currie.


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A copy of the Sponsor Form can be downloaded here - Sponsered Walk 2013

A map of the Pentand Hills Regional Park can be downloaded here - Pentland Hills Map


If you are not able to attend the walk yourself, please remeber that you can always contribute by Sponsoring someone who is doing the walk.



Deputation to Cupar No.19



On Saturday 10th August 2013, Lodge St John Corstorphine No.788 were invited to attend a special Deputation to the 300 year old Lodge Coupar O' Fife No.19, where they had been asked to carry out a Fellowcraft Degree.

The evening was well attended and the Brethren were very warmly welcomed - and the degree work went very well - the first of the season with all the Office Bearers in their newly promoted positions.


Cupar No.19 August 2013


Lodge Coupar o' Fife can trace it's roots back more than 300 years. At the formation of The Grand Lodge of Scotland in 1736, the Master Dr John Moncrieffand his two wardens John Ross & John Sheenmade the trek to Edinburgh to represent the Lodge.  Nowadays a trip to Edinburgh can be made quite comfortably by car, bus or train in less than an hour, but over 250 years ago these brethren faced a long journey by stage-coach and ferry to reach the Capital.

For some reason the Charter from The Grand Lodge of Scotland was not obtained in 1736, but some years later on 6th February 1758  The charter itself mentions that the Lodge had been known to exist for at least 100 years before then. 


Bro. Russell Smith - 50 Year Diploma


Bro. Russell Smith had moved to North Berwick a number of years ago when his children were young and due to family and work commitments has found it difficult to coninue to visit his Mother Lodge which would involve a round trip of over 60 miles.  

As it was his 50 year anniversary, our newly Installed Master Bro. Sean Cairns and IPM Bro. Edward Kelly went to visit Bro. Russell at home to present him with his 50 Year Diplpoma, and are happy to report that he is in good health and enjoying his retirement with his wife in sunny North Berwick.  


Presentation of 50 Year Diploma to Bro. Russell Smith


Bro. Russell explained to us, that his name is on the Master’s Board in the Lodge for the more eagle eyed members to see.  It is in fact on the presentation plaque as it was he and his father Tam (who was a carpenter) who presented it to the lodge.

A discussion took place of  the many fond memories he holds of Lodge St John Corstorphine 788 and he asked us to convey his Warmest Fraternal Greetings  to the members of the Lodge and hopes to visit us after the recess.  

One thing is for sure, Bro. Russell will be made most welcome when he visits his Mother Lodge once again.

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