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Western Star Lodge
A.F.& A.M.

No. 50 G.R.N.S.


Warrant No. 24, December 11th. 1868
the first charter to be granted to a lodge in Pictou County, by the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia
In 1869, the number of Western Star Lodge was changed from 24 to 50.

Regular Communications on the Second Tuesday of Each Month
Except July and August

Masonic Temple
2187 South Main Street, Westville, Nova Scotia

Contact: Frank Gammell - fgammell#ns.sympatico.ca - Tel.: (902) 925-2440
Replace # with @ in eMail address above

Driving Directions: From the TCH 104, take exit No. 21 and drive into town on Cowan Street. At the end of Cowan street, (former Irving Garage on the right), take a right turn and follow Main Street past the Post office. Follow the left at the fork by the Needs Store. Continue on South Main Street up the hill. The Lodge is on the left hand side right after the Middle School.

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Events

May 8, 2012
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Western Star Lodge held it's annual installation of Officers with the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Barry S. Imber making an official visit.
Watch the Slideshow of the Installation - Photos by Robert Meyer
Watch the Slideshow of the Banquet - Photos by Robert Meyer
May 10, 2011
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Western Star Lodge held it's annual installation of Officers with the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Owen F. Walton making an official visit.
Watch the Slideshow of the Installation - Photos by Robert Meyer
Watch the Slideshow of the Banquet - Photos by Robert Meyer
January 21, 2011
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Western Star Lodge held it's traditional Burns' Night Celebration in the Westville Consolidated School with a great program of entertainment by local talent, a lunch and dance.
Watch the Slideshow
Photos by Robert Meyer
May 11, 2010
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The Annual Installation of Officers Ceremony for the 2010-2011 Officers was held on Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Watch the Slideshow
Photos by Robert Meyer
January 22, 2010
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Western Star Lodge held it's traditional Robby Burns' Night from 7 PM noon to 1 AM in the Westville Middle School Auditorium.  Watch the Slideshow Photos by Robert Meyer
The format of the evening has not changed in over one hundred years. Starting off with presentations by local groups and talent, followed by light refreshments of sandwiches and sweets, and a dance until the wee hours of the morning.
May 12, 2009
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The annual Installation of Officers Ceremony for the 2009-2010 Officers was held on Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Watch the Slideshow
Photos by Jack Ronalds

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Officers 2014/2015

Officers 2014/15

Worshipful Master: V.W. Bro. Gary Tonks
Immediate Past Master: W. Bro. Nathan Pitman
Senior Warden: Rt.W. Bro. Hugh Palmer
Junior Warden: Bro. Bill Marshall
Treasurer: Bro. John Lorimer
Secretary: W. Bro. Frank A Gammell
 Director of Ceremonies: Rt.W. Bro. Harvey Ford
Chaplain: V.W. Bro. Terry Read
Senior Deacon: Bro. Darrell Gero
 Junior Deacon: Bro. Donald Parker
Marshall: W. Bro. Greer Turner
Inner Guard: Rt.W. Bro. Granville Miller
Historian: Rt.W. Bro. William A. Thompson Jr.
Senior Steward: W. Bro. Peter Kay
Junior Steward: W. Bro. John Gillespie
Organist: V.W.Bro. Lloyd MacLean
Tyler: W.Bro. Gary Hope

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Officers 2013/2014

Installed on May 14, 2013

Officers Group Picture

Worshipful Master: W. Bro. Nathan Pitman
Immediate Past Master: Rt.W. Bro. Harvey Ford
Senior Warden: W. Bro. John Roy
Junior Warden: Rt.W. Bro. Hugh Palmer
Treasurer: Bro. John Lorimer
Secretary: W. Bro. Frank A Gammell
 Director of Ceremonies: W. Bro. Greer Turner
Chaplain: V.W. Bro. Orville Hines
Senior Deacon: Bro. Gerald Best
 Junior Deacon: Bro. Darrell Gero
Marshall: W. Bro. Gary Hope
Inner Guard: Bro. Bill Jackson
Historian: Rt.W. Bro. William A. Thompson Jr.
Senior Steward: Bro. Gary Hope
Junior Steward: Bro. Donald Parker
Organist: V.W.Bro. Lloyd MacLean
Tyler: W.Bro. Parker Morris

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Officers 2012/2013

Installed May 8, 2012
WS50 Officers 2012 Group Picture

Worshipful Master: Rt.W. Bro. Harvey Ford
Immediate Past Master: W. Bro. Greer Turner
Senior Warden: Bro. Nathan Pitman
Junior Warden: Rt.W. Bro. Hugh Palmer
Treasurer: Bro. John Lorimer
Secretary: W. Bro. Frank A Gammell
 Director of Ceremonies: W. Bro. Gary P. Hope
Chaplain: V.W. Bro. Orville Hines
Senior Deacon: W. Bro. Duncan MacDonald
 Junior Deacon: Bro. Gerald Best
Marshall: W. Bro. Parker Morris
Inner Guard: Bro. Bill Jackson
Historian: Rt.W. Bro. William A. Thompson Jr.
Senior Steward: Bro. François Rochon
Junior Steward: Bro. David Mason
Organist: W. Bro. John Roy
Tyler: W.Bro. William Stevens
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Officers 2011/2012

Installed May 10, 2011

Installation Group Picture

Worshipful Master: W. Bro. Greer Turner
Immediate Past Master: W. Bro. Gary P. Hope
Senior Warden: Rt.W. Bro. Harvey Ford
Junior Warden: V.W. Bro. Ted Brown
Treasurer: Bro. John Lorimer
Secretary: W. Bro. Frank A Gammell
Director of Ceremonies: W. Bro. Parker Morris
Chaplain: Bro. John Lannon
Senior Deacon: Bro. Nathan Pitman
Junior Deacon: Bro. Bill Jackson
Marshall: W. Bro. Frank A Gammell
Inner Guard: Rt.W. Bro. Hugh Palmer
Historian: Rt.W. Bro. William A. Thompson Jr.
Senior Steward:
Junior Steward: Bro. Gerald Best
Organist: W. Bro. John Roy
Tyler: W.Bro. Alvin P. Sinclair

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Officers 2010/2011

Installed May 11, 2010

Officers 2010-2011 Group Picture

Worshipful Master: W. Bro. Gary P. Hope
Immediate Past Master: W. Bro. Parker Morris
Senior Warden: Bro. Greer Turner
Junior Warden: [Bro. Lewis Pilgrim] Rt.W.Bro. Harvey Ford (Pro Tem)
Treasurer: W. Bro. Peter Kay
Secretary: W. Bro. Frank A Gammell
Director of Ceremonies: W. Bro. Frank A Gammell
Chaplain: Bro. William Jackson
Senior Deacon: Bro. Calvin Stevens
Junior Deacon: Bro. Grant Forbes
Marshall: W.Bro. Alvin P. Sinclair
Inner Guard: V.W. Bro. Ted Brown
Historian: Rt.W. Bro. William A. Thompson Jr.
Senior Steward: Bro. Nathan Pitman
Junior Steward:
Organist: V. W. Bro. Kirby Coolen
Tyler: W. Bro. Randy Hubley

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Officers 2009/2010


Worshipful Master: W. Bro. Parker Morris
Immediate Past Master: W. Bro. Frank A. Gammell
Senior Warden: Bro. Gary P. Hope
Junior Warden: Bro. Greer Turner
Treasurer: W. Bro. Peter Kay
Secretary: W. Bro. Frank A Gammell
Director of Ceremonies: W. Bro. Alvin P. Sinclair
Chaplain: V. W. Bro. Orville Hines
Senior Deacon: Bro. Martin Willett
Junior Deacon: Bro. Grant Forbes
Marshall: Bro. Lewis Pilgrim
Inner Guard: Bro. John Dube
Historian: (vacant)
Senior Steward: Bro. Calvin Stevens
Junior Steward: Bro. Chad Gillis
Organist: V. W. Bro. Kirby Coolen
Tyler: W. Bro. John Lannon


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Officers 2008/2009

Western Star Lodge Installation 2008 Group Picture

Worshipful Master: W. Bro. Frank A. Gammell
Immediate Past Master: W. Bro. Alvin P. Sinclair
Senior Warden: Bro. Parker Morris
Junior Warden: Bro. Garry P. Hope
Treasurer: W. Bro. Peter Kay
Secretary: Rt. W. Bro. William A. Thompson Jr.
Director of Ceremonies: W. Bro. Gary Greene
Chaplain: V. W. Bro. Orville Hines
Senior Deacon: Bro. Greer Turner
Junior Deacon: Bro. Martin Willett
Marshall: W. Bro. John Lannon
Inner Guard: Bro. Calvin Stevens
Historian: W. Bro. David Parker
Senior Steward: Bro. Graham Fraser
Junior Steward: Bro. Grant Forbes
Organist: V. W. Bro. Kirby Coolen
Tyler: Rt. W. Bro. J. Hugh Palmer

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Officers 2007/2008


Worshipful Master: W. Bro. Alvin P. Sinclair
Immediate Past Master: W. Bro. Gary D. Greene
Senior Warden: Bro. Frank A. Gammell
Junior Warden: Bro. Parker Morris
Treasurer: W. Bro. Peter Kay
Secretary: Rt. W. Bro. William A. Thompson Jr.
Director of Ceremonies: W. Bro. John Lannon
Chaplain: Bro. John Lorrimer
Senior Deacon: Bro. Gary P. Hope
Junior Deacon: Bro. Greer Turner
Marshall: Rt. W. Bro. J. Hugh Palmer
Inner Guard: Bro. Grant Forbes
Historian: Rt. W. Bro. William A. Thompson Jr.
Senior Steward: Bro. Martin Willett
Junior Steward: Bro. Graham Fraser
Organist: V. W. Bro. Kirby Coolen
Tyler: W. Bro. Bruce Fraser


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Past Masters

Western Star Lodge has (in 2008):
140 Past Masters (35 living)
2 Honorary Past Masters
12 Past District Deputy Grand Masters (3 living)
1 Past Most Worshipful Grand Master
No Master of Western Star Lodge has ever served more than one term

1868/69 James Roy
1869/70 James Johnson – DDGM 1889-92
1870/71 Wm. Lorrimer
1871/72 David Monroe
1872/73 T. Johnstone, Jr.
1873/74 Robert Gray
1874/75 Wm. W. Gray
1875/76 James MacNutty
1876/77 John MacDougald
1877-78 David Carruthers
1878-79 James Wilkes
1879-80 James Roy Jr.
1880-81 George Saunders
1881-82 A. W. MacLeod
1882-83 Mark Connors – DDGM 1894-96
1883-84 Rod Fraser
1884-85 Chas. L. Sullivan
1885-86 A. W. H. MacLeod
1886-87 John Gray Sr.
1887-88 James H. Reid
1888-89 Duncan MacGregor
1889-90 Hugh Matheson
1890-91 David Conn
1891-92 James White
1892-93 William Conn
1893-94 John W. Burney
1894-95 Dan K. MacIntosh
1895-96 James MacLaren
1896-97 William Maddin
1897-98 Edward Burrows
1898-99 S. L. Wilson
1899-00 James Marshall
1900-01 Graham Calhoun
1901-02 R. H. MacKay – DDGM 1907-09
1902-03 James Workman
1903-04 John Gray Jr.
1904-05 William Lorrimer
1905-06 Wm. K. Denoon
1906-07 Thomas Floyd
1907-08 A. H. Denoon
1908-09 Robert Lorrimer
1909-10 M. S. Gray
1910-11 Josiah Cunningham
1911-12 Robert Lauchlin
1912-13 Andrew Roy
1913-14 J. W. Sutherland
1914-15 Alex D. Connors
1915-16 Wm. Morgan
1916-17 P. A. Doyle
1917-18 Martin MacKay
1918-19 Thomas Ross
1919-20 A. A. Sutherland
1920-21 James B. Grant – DDGM 1926-28
1921-22 G. Percy Gordon
1922-23 James D. Ross
1923-24 John A. Murray – DDGM 1942-44
1924-25 Mert. MacKenzie
1925-26 Fraser Oliver
1926-27 Wm. E. MacDonald
1927-28 L. G. Ferguson
1928-29 F. I. Lent
1929-30 Emerson Wilson
1930-31 Tupper Hale
1931-32 Fraser Reeves
1932-33 Harry Russel
D 1933-34 George E. Munro
1934-35 John R. Campbell
1935-36 Thomas D. Fraser
1936-37 Stuart MacLeod
1937-38 Francis Boyd
1838-39 John D. Matheson
1939-40 David H. Holland
1940-41 Josiah Rundle
1941-42 Thomas Harris
1942-43 Frank Salter
1943-44 John J. Darroch
1944-45 John Geo. MacKenzie
1945-46 Stewart Murdoch
1946-47 Andrew Patterson
1946-48 Francis Moss – DDGM 1953-54
1948-49 Robert Hale
1949-50 John Carter
1950-51 James Smith
1951-52 Lauchie Johnson
1952-53 James Higgins
1953-54 J. Roy Hale – DDGM 1960-61 – MWGM 1987-88
1954-55 Donald D.Cameron
1955-56 Howard Gordon
1956-57 William M. Thompson – DDGM 1984-85
  1957-58 Daniel Thompson
1958-59 John M. MacLean – DDGM 1968-69
  1959-60 C. Herbert Muir
1960-61 Willard Logan
  1961-62 E. Brundage MacDonald
1962-63 Earl Morrell
1963-64 H. A. Thompson
1964-65 Edward M. Wadden
  1965-66 Granville Miller – DDGM 1976-77
1966-67 Andrew White
1967-68 Donald E. Polley
1968-69 Ian S. Ross – DDGM 1992-93
1969-70 J. Albert Munroe
1970-71 Wm. G. MacGregor
1971-72 Allan B. Connors
1972-73 Henry D. W. Marshall
 
973-74 C. Allen Gordon
1974-75 George C. MacLean
1975-76 W. Ralph Graham
1976-77 Warren G. Oliver
1977-78 C. Edwin Fraser
1978-79 J. Thompson Allen
  1979-80 Wm. A. Thompson Jr. – DDGM 2000-01
1980-81 Robert B. MacNaughton
  1981-82 William F. Clark
  1982-83 Robert H. Meyer DDGM 2008-09
  1983-84 Terrence S. Read

1984-85 Alexander S. Polley
  1985-86 William H. Gordon
  1986-87 Andrew K. Duncan
  1987-88 William M. Stevens
  1988-89 Reginald S. Darroch
D
1989-90 Fred A. Polley
1990-91 Lloyd O. MacLean
1991-92 Peter Prokaska
  1992-93 Wilson J. Hayter
  1993-94 Alan R. Graham
  1994-95 David K. Parker
1995-96 Sheldon H. Hayter
  1996-97 Orville E. Hines
  1997-98 Robert A.Cameron
  1998-99 Kirby A. Coolen
  1999-00 Peter D. Kay
  2000-01 Randolph A. Hubley
  2001-02 James S. Parker
S
2002-03 Donald A. Brown
  2003-04 Bruce E. Fraser
  2004-05 J. Hugh Palmer – DDGM 2009-10 (for NC11)
2005 Gordon O. Cameron – Honorary PM
2005 John G. Palmer – Honorary PM
  2005-06 John P. L. Lannon
S
2006-07 Gary D. Greene

2007-08 Alvin P. Sinclair

2008-09
Frank A. Gammell

2009-10
G. Parker Morris

2010-11Gary P. Hope

2011-12Greer A. Turner

2012-13
Harvey J. Ford

† Deceased / D Demitted / S Suspended

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Lodge History

A Brief History of Western Star Lodge, A.F. & A.M.
No. 50 on the Register of the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia

The first settlers arrived in what was then called Acadia Village. Coal was discovered here in 1865 and by 1868 three coal companies produced and shipped coal from their collieries. At a public meeting the name Westville was chosen for the community.

Another quarter century would pass before the town incorporated but in that same year, 1868, eighteen men gathered to found a Masonic Lodge and petitioned the Grand Lodge for a dispensation. In October 1868 the Grand Master. M.W.Bro. S.R. Sircom and Grand Secretary Charles J. MacDonald granted the dispensation.

The Brethren of Western Star Lodge held their first meeting on October 22nd and James Roy was elected as first Worshipful Master of the Lodge. In December 1868, Grand Master Sircom and Grand Secretary MacDonald traveled to Westville and constituted and consecrated the Lodge.

The following constituted the first slate of officers:


Worshipful Master: James Roy;
Senior Warden: James Johnstone
Junior Warden: James White
Treasurer: Dr. Josiah E. Johnes
Secretary: Thomas Johnstone Sr.
Senior Deacon: Neil Morrison
Junior Deacon: William Henderson
Senior Steward: Robert Wilson
Junior Steward: James Patterson
Inner Guard: Robert Gray
Chaplain: Wm. Lorrimer
Marshall: James Wilson
Tyler:: Robert White

In addition there were five other charter members: Norman MacDonald, Alex Lorrimer, Murdock MacKenzie, Benjamin Barret and John Roy.

The Lodge was created at the same time as the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia was being formed and was given the number 24 in June 1869. When other Lodges from the county came into the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia, the Lodges in the jurisdiction were renumbered and Western Star was given the No. 50, which it still retains.

For the first year the Lodge met in the upstairs of John F. Oliver's store which was later occupied by Mrs. George E. MacLeod. In November 1869, on the completion of the first Chelsea School, they were given the use of one of the upper rooms and held their meetings there for a year or two. The Lodge then moved to Dan Munro's Hall, next to the old Westville House hotel. A few years later, they moved to the upper part of John McDougall's store, where the late H. A.  McQuarrie had his store. On February 9th, 1886, it was decided that a new hall be built for the contract price of $3,600, and to be completed by July 1st. The cornerstone was laid on June 8th, 1886, and on August 24th, 1886, the first meeting was held in the new building.

Records show that on July 11th, 1893, a committee was formed to look into costs of wiring the hall for electric lighting and in August 1893 they reported an estimate of about $50 and the light bill would be about one cent per light per hour. The Scot blood seemed to be prevalent, as the committee was then instructed to see if it couldn't have done it at little cheaper, so it wasn't until April 1894 that the first light bill appeared. Water was installed in September 1895.

The Lower Hall was used for a short time for concerts and dances and for a number of years was rented as a shoe store by Murdock MacKay. It was also rented for a few years to the Salvation Army, and in 1925 to the St. Andrew's Presbyterian congregation. In 1930 the Lodge rented the Lower Hall to the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission and they occupied it until 1983. As the first Temple was approaching a hundred years, maintenance and heating became so onerous that the Brethren of Western Star decided in 1986 to raise a new building. Built almost entirely with the volunteer labour of its members and friends, it was completed in September of 1987. On October 17th, 1987 the Grand Master, M. W. Bro. J. Roy Hale, a member of Western Star Lodge, and the officers of Grand Lodge consecrated the new hall.

Members of our Lodge have served the town as mayors and several of them have served on the town council and as town clerks. A number were elected to the provincial Legislature: Brothers R. H. MacKay, H. A. McQuarrie, Robert Douglas and James Maddin. Brother Russell MacEwan was a representative in the House of Commons. Members of Western Star Lodge laid the cornerstones of two of the town’s churches; the first for St. Philip’s Church in 1870, and the other for St. Bees’ Church.

Scots have settled the town and Scottish traditions are honoured and respected to this day. For over one hundred continuous years Robert Burns' birthday is celebrated with a public ceremony on the Friday closest to his birthday. The format has remained unchanged for as long as anybody can remember: Musical and dance presentations by local talent, a lunch (with Haggis) and a dance. It still packs the auditorium year after year.

Twenty years ago the Past Masters founded the Western Star Drama Team and put together a set of historical costumes. This team not only enhances our own ceremonies but has also assisted in the raising of hundreds of new Master Masons across the jurisdiction.

The most singular distinction of Western Star Lodge is that, after more than 130 years, no Master has served in that capacity twice and we are confident that this tradition will continue.

March 2000, J. Roy Hale, Historian and Robert H. Meyer, Secretary


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