Wednesday 15th February 2017 really marked a landmark moment in the history of Lodge Kirkliston Maitland.
At the start of his first regular meeting as Right Worshipful Master, Bro. Gordon Yeoman was invested with his Honorary Grand Lodge Director of Ceremonies Jewel by his Dad, Bro. Sid Yeoman in the company of our Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Bro. Thomas C. Smith.
Then, in a very dignified ceremony presented by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Midlothian, our new Lodge regalia was consecrated by Provincial Grand Chaplain Bro. Martin McFarland.
And last, but by no means least, Bro. Gordon Yeoman R.W.M. conferred Honorary Membership of Lodge Kirkliston Maitland on Bro. Thomas C. Smith R.W.P.G.M. and Bro. Rab Smith R.W.M. of The Thistle Lodge West Calder 270.
We were joined on the night by impressive deputations from The Provincial Grand Lodge of Midlothian, Lodge Dalkeith Kilwinning No. 10 and The Thistle Lodge West Calder 270 and afterwards, all the brethren sat down to enjoy some informal harmony.
And, during the evening a gallon bottle of whisky generously donated by our Junior Deacon Bro. Greig Robinson raised £340 in a special raffle in aid of the P.G.L.M. Charity Appeal. The lucky winner was Bro. Alan Henderson S.M. Lodge Rosslyn St. Clair 606.
Bro. Sid Yeoman is a Past Master of the Celtic Lodge of Edinburgh & Leith No. 291 and an Honorary Member of Lodge Kirkliston Maitland.
Well, it's almost a week since our Annual Installation when Bro. Gordon Yeoman was Installed as our new Right Worshipful Master and, once again, we wish him and his newly-installed Office Bearers all the very best during the coming year.
But, hard of the heels of a very busy Installation day, we have three important events taking place at our regular meeting on Wednesday 15th February. This means that the traditionally quiet meeting immediately after our Installation promises to be anything but!!
There will be no degree that night and the first item on the agenda is the presentation of an Honorary Grand Lodge jewel to our R.W.M. Bro. Gordon Yeoman. Bro. Gordon will be invested as Honorary Grand Director of Ceremonies by his Dad, Bro. Sid Yeoman P.M. of The Celtic Lodge of Edinburgh & Leith and an Honorary Member of 482, in the company of Bro. Thomas C. Smith R.W.P.G.M.
And, as well as being a very proud moment for Bro. Gordon - and his Dad - it will be a special occasion for all the brethren of Lodge Kirkliston Maitland.
Following this, our R.W.M. will confer Honorary Membership of Lodge Kirkliston Maitland on R.W.P.G.M. Bro. Thomas C. Smith and Bro. Rab Smith Right Worshipful Master of The Thistle Lodge West Calder 270.
The Thistle Lodge have been granted dispensation to cancel their meeting on the night and we look forward to both brethren becoming Honorary Members of 482.
Finally, in a ceremony presided over by The Provincial Grand Lodge of Midlothian, the Provincial Grand Office Bearers will consecrate our new Lodge Regalia that was displayed for the first time during our Annual Installation.
On the night, we will be supported by deputations from Provincial Grand Lodge, from Lodge Dalkeith Kilwinning No. 10 and, of course, from the Thistle Lodge West Calder 270.
We look forward to welcoming all these brethren and of course all the members, Honorary Members and visitors who join us on the night. All will receive a very warm Kirkliston Maitland Welcome.
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