As 2021 gets underway it's not at all certain when we'll all be able to meet up again in our various Lodges.
With the restrictions currently in place, and following a meeting of the heads of all Masonic Orders in Scotland, the Grand Master Mason has announced that the situation about restarting Lodge meetings will be reviewed again in June.
Whilst this isn't the news we wanted to hear, it's really important that we protect ourselves, our families and the NHS by following all the rules, so helping in the fight to rid the country of this terrible disease.
The Covid-19 vaccination programme has of course given everyone a great boost and will surely help getting us get back to a more normal way of life in the not-too-distant future.
However the current restrictions haven't stopped us from keeping in touch with one another and we continue to provide regular updates on the health and wellbeing of our brethren and our families.
And Masonic Lodges both at home and abroad continue to help those in need by raising funds to aid those less fortunate than ourselves. This remains an on-going effort, with 482 playing our part.
So, as we all aim towards a brighter future can I thank you all for your continued support as we go forward into 2021.
Lodge Kirkliston Maitland 482 were delighted to contribute £200 towards an amazing Christmas enterprise that saw Christmas Dinners being delivered to 45 local individuals and families.
This ‘Sponsor a Christmas Dinner’ appeal was jointly organised by The Newliston Arms, Queensferry Churches Care in the Community (QCCC) and other local organisations, with the dinners being delivered to vulnerable and shielding individuals, as well as younger local families.
The meals were prepared by Mrs Karen King and her staff at the Newliston Arms and 482 Lodge Almoner Bro. Stuart White P.M. stepped in to help with the deliveries.
Our photograph shows Bro. Stuart pictured with Mrs King.
Right Worshipful Master Bro. Stuart Donald said: “This is a truly fantastic initiative that directly helps local individuals and families at this special time of the year. We are really thankful to have been allowed to help and our congratulations and thanks go to The Newliston Arms, QCCC and to all those involved.”
And the same Kirkliston 'boy' stepped in to give Santa a helping hand when he toured around the village.
Assisted by his elves, 'Santa Stuart' proved to be a popular Christmas Eve attraction - although we think he may have needed a wee brandy later to warm him up!!
Well done Santa. Fantastic job!!
Well brethren I can honestly say this is a year I will remember for all sorts of reasons, beginning with the brethren being installed into their new offices and myself as Master of the Lodge.
Then the whole world was struck by the Covid-19 pandemic with devastating results. But now, just in time for Christmas, we have the release of a vaccine that hopefully will bring about the eradication of this terrible disease.
Like all other Lodges under the Grand Lodge of Scotland we were instructed to close our doors and sadly all meetings were brought to an abrupt halt!!
However, this didn’t stop us from keeping in touch with one another, with regular updates on the health and wellbeing of our families.
We are all acutely aware of the devastating effect the pandemic has had on families across the country, with many losing loved ones to this horrible disease. And of course, many businesses too are suffering extreme hardship.
It was no surprise to note that Masonic Lodges both at home and abroad stepped in to help those in need by raising funds to aid those less fortunate than ourselves and this remains an on-going effort, with 482 playing their part.
Thanks to the generosity of our brethren, we provided donations to numerous organisations during the year. And in partnership with QCCC and the Newliston Arms, we are currently making a festive contribution towards their “Sponsor a Christmas Dinner” event.
And Kirkliston itself has taken on a happy festive brightness thanks to the amazing lighting displays all around the village. And the excitement of a Covid-19 vaccination programme has certainly added to that brightness, giving us all hope for the future.
So, as we all look towards this brighter future - and the anticipation of enjoying each other’s company once again - can I thank you all for your continued and on-going support as we approach 2021.
On closing may I wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Members and friends of Lodge Kirkliston Maitland 482 demonstrated their ‘green-fingered’
skills when they replanted pots, troughs and hanging baskets at Sir James McKay House with fresh flowers and shrubs, bringing some splashes of colour back to the garden.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, gardeners are presently unable to visit the home and the opportunity to step in and help was the idea of Past Master Bro. Gordon Yeoman.
Bro. Gordon became aware of the issue during a visit to see his Dad, Bro. Sid Yeoman, who is a resident at the home.
Staff at Sir James McKay House were delighted at his suggestion and the Lodge immediately donated the funds required to put the project into action.
On hand to carry out the replanting were Bro. Gordon and his Good Lady Helen, Bro. Stuart White P.M. and his Good Lady Linda and completing the group was Secretary, Bro. Murrie Thomson P.M.
As well as the garden project, 482 also donated six battery-powered hanging lanterns. These will help light up the two garden gazebos enjoyed by residents at the home during the summer months, with the total adding up to £125.00.
Bro. Sid Yeoman is a Past Master of The Celtic Lodge of Edinburgh & Leith 291 and an Honorary Member of Lodge Kirkliston Maitland.
These images show some of the items in place around Sir James McKay House.
Thanks to the generosity of 482 Lodge members, our Right Worshipful Master Bro. Stuart Donald had the pleasure of delivering over £500 worth of newborn baby clothing and over £200 worth of toiletries to the Birth Unit at Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary.
In addition, there were some soft drinks and chocolates for the dedicated staff members within the unit.
The donation was gratefully accepted by unit manager Emma Westall who offered her sincere thanks to the Lodge and she is joined in the photo by another member of her staff.
Supporting our R.W.M. - and photographer for the presentation - was Bro. Ewan Campbell I.G.
Bro. Stuart extends his grateful thanks to 482 Lodge members for their continued generosity.
Hello brethren. It’s hard to believe that the first half of the 482 Masonic season has now officially ended, although it did of course come to very premature finish after just a few meetings due the outbreak of Coronavirus and the government advice and lockdown rules that followed.
This decision soon resulted in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Midlothian and the Grand Master Mason confirming the suspension of all masonic activities until further notice.
Unfortunately, we still have difficult times ahead of us until this terrible disease is beaten and, as long as we continue to comply with government guidelines, we will get through this and be able to enjoy one another’s company again in the not too distant future.
I would also take the opportunity to thank the brethren for the weekly updates on the health and wellbeing of our brethren and families, and the assistance being provided.
And let's not forget to extend our sincere thanks and eternal gratitude to all the dedicated NHS workers on the front in our hospitals, or caring for our elderly in their homes and the many, many others who are putting themselves at risk simply too care for us.
In the meetings we did had though it was a great honour for me – along with the newly-installed Office Bearers - to initiate Mr Alexander Clark, son of our President of Stewards, Bro. Alexander ‘Sugar’ Clark.
And with two more gentleman already accepted for Initiation - and another application on the way - exciting times lie ahead for the lodge. I’m highly optimistic, and looking forward to a very successful - although busy - second half of the season.
Can I thank the brethren who have joined me in my visits to other lodges, especially my 1st Deputation as RWM to Lodge Kirknewton and Ratho 85 and the Deputation received from Lodge St. Leonard Loanhead & Lasswade No.580 headed on this occasion by their R.W.M. Brother Jimmy Young.
In closing can, I thank all the members, honorary members and visitors who have supported Lodge Kirkliston Maitland so well since my Installation in February and please continue to “Stay Safe”.
My year as the RWM began on Saturday 1st February 2019, where I had the honour and privilege of being installed as the Right Worshipful Master of this fine lodge with an aim to maintain the traditions of the lodge and continue our increasing involvement within the community.
My installing masters were Bro. Stuart White PM and Bro Peter Ritchie PM. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both Stuart and Peter for all their hard work and congratulate them on an excellent ceremony.
It was a fantastic evening and one of the most amazing nights of my life. My thanks go out everyone who came along and also to those who sent their apologies and were unable to attend.
Congratulations must go to all the office bearers who were installed on the evening and I look forward to working with you all in the year ahead.
Particular thanks must go to IPM Bro Gordon Yeoman for all his hard work over the last three years as Right Worshipful Master and I look forward to having Gordon at my left hand side in his term as IPM.
To the members of 482, I thank you for your continued support. To our visitors I thank you for visiting us here at 482 and look forward to seeing old friends and new throughout the year. To any members who have not been for some time. I can assure you that a warm welcome awaits you at your mother lodge.
As we start a new year and a new decade, there's quite a lot coming up at 482.
Our first regular meeting of 2020 is on Wednesday 15th January and this will be a FC Degree and on Monday 20th our R.W.M. will head a Deputation to Lodge Dalkeith Kilwinning No. 10.
Then we have a special meeting on Wednesday 29th - special in more ways than one!! First of all, we'll have Deputations from Lodge St. John Fisherrow 112 and from The Thistle Lodge 270. As these two Lodges meet the same night as us, special meetings are one of the few ways for us all to get together. This will also be a 2nd Degree.
And this night is made extra special as it will be our R.W.M's 'greetin 'meetin!! After three tremendous years in the Chair, this will be Bro. Gordon's final meeting as our Right Worshipful Master so it's sure to be very special indeed. Please join us if you can.
And this takes us up to Saturday 1st February and our Annual Installation & Festival of St. John.
We'd love to welcome you to any - or all - of these meetings.
Several 482 brethren joined in support of our Our Right Worshipful Master Bro. Gordon Yeoman when he presented a cheque for £3000 to Fiona Shapcott, founder of the fantastic local charity 'Kids Love Clothes'.
The money was raised by way of an 11 mile sponsored walk and we were absolutely delighted to have been able to triple our original target of £1000.
Our R.W.M. once again expressed his heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated towards this amazing cause.
Making up the photo are just a few of the many local volunteers who help with the running of the charity.
Kids Love Clothes is an entirely volunteer-led charity. Based in Ratho, they have a team of dedicated trustees and an army of wonderful volunteers, right across the Lothians. The families they help live locally, and sadly, the need for their service is growing all the time.
Our last meeting before the summer recess was indeed one to remember, with the presentation of two diplomas and also welcoming a new Honorary Member.
During a fantastic evening we enjoyed excellent deputations from The Provincial Grand Lodge of Midlothian, Lodge Penicuik & West Linton 429 and the Loretto Centenery Lodge 1373.
A total of 104 brethren signed the attendance book and during the evening Bro. Tom Smith R.W.P.G.M. presented a 60 year diploma to Bro. Alastair Smith P.M. and a Distinguished Service Certificate to Bro. Peter Richie P.M. And our R.W.M. Bro. Gordon Yeoman had the pleasure of conferring Honorary Membership to Bro. Stephen Humphries P.M. 429 and P.M. 1373.
In making the presentations, Bro. Smith congratulated both brethren on their service freemasonry in general and to Lodge Kirkliston Maitland in particular.
The honour of presenting Bro. Alastair's 60 year jewel went to Bro. Stuart White P.M.
Also present were three brethren from Lodge St. Nicholas 2586 E.C.
Here are some photographs from the evening and click any image to enlarge
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