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.
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