THE people behind Largs Masonic Club have told how the organisation needs to 'keep reinventing' to survive.

The Largs 173 Social Club was recently praised by Largs Community Council for having one of the best run venues in the area and includes a large hall, bar, pool room area and offices hosting a range of freemasonry memorabilia.

Alan Keegan, of the Largs Masons, spoke to the News about how the masonic society continues to look for new ways to stay relevant and attractive to members - raising thousands of pounds for local good causes along the way.

He said: "I would say the secret of our longevity is the ability to move with the times.

"We now have a website and facebook page and that continues to bring in new members.

"But it's like everything else, if you don't use it you lose it, so we can't be complacent. There is no doubt that the masons have a long and proud history in Largs and we want to see that continue." The lodge in Frazer Street was built in 1910 and had a celebration in 2010 to mark its centenary.

Alan added: "As a result of the anniversary, we also got a new frontage to provide a modern entrance to the building."

"When I was in the United States, I visited Washington and it is almost a complete freemasonry town - don't forget there are even masonic symbols on American dollar notes. "It is a global movement which has existed for centuries."

"The masons is one of the biggest donators to worldwide good causes and we support local groups and charities too."

This year, a generous donation by Largs and Ayrshire freemasonry groups was handed to the Clyde Coast M.S Therapy Centre in West Kilbride, which provides a hyperbaric chamber to alleviate various conditions including multiple sclerosis. At present, the freemasonry group in Largs is led by the Right Worshipful Master Bro. Frank Donnachie, a local historian and author who lives in Fairlie, while its youngest member is in his mid-20s.

Alan believes that the masons are working hard to improve their image.

He said: "There are things you do have to learn, but ultimately it is a group for people to come together.

"If you want to join, you have to show an interest and go through an interview process. Once accepted you have the opportunity to go through various degrees and ceremonies and make your way through the ranks."

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