The end of our Right Worshipful Master's year in office ended on Wednesday 29th January when Bro. Les organised a special meeting a bit different from the norm!!
Instead of a degree, we had the presentation of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Mark Degree tracing boards and these were carried out by:
1st Degree - Bro. Bob Potter I.P.M. No. 85
2nd Degree - Bro. Murrie Thomson I.P.M. 482
3rd Degree - Bro. Ned Kelly I.P.M. 788
Mark Degree - Bro. Brian Clements S.M. 1063
The evening proved to be a great success, with 105 brethren signing the attendance book and afterwards we enjoyed some informal harmony.
Just a couple of days later, on Saturday 1st February, Bro. Les Duff was installed as R.W.M. for a second term in the Chair of King Solomon and the ceremony was carried out in excellent fashion by Past Masters Bro. David Swan and Bro. Gordon Yeoman.
And before admitting the Installing Masters and representatives from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Midlothian, the Director of Ceremonies, Bro. Peter Ritchie P.M. introduced a deputation of no less than 20 reigning Masters, representing Lodges from both inside and outside the Province of Midlothian.
Provincial Grand Lodge were represented by Bro. Colin Thomson, Provincial Grand Chaplain and Bro. Russell Forrester, 1st Provincial Grand Steward.
The Installation Ceremony was followed by the Festival of St. John during which the brethren enjoyed a first-class meal and some excellent harmony.
Bro. Les thanked everyone for their support on the day and assured the brethren that he would continue to do his very best for Lodge Kirkliston Maitland.
Bro. David Swan P.M.
It will be a '482 family affair' of sorts when Bro. Gordon Yeoman P.M. is installed as R.W.M. of The Celtic Lodge of Edinburgh & Leith No. 291, as Bro. Gordon has named Bro. David Swan P.M. as his Principal Installing Master.
In addition, our R.W.M. Bro. Les Duff will take the post of Installing Inner Guard and Bro. Murrie Thomson I.P.M. will be Installing Senior Warden.
It's obviously an event to look forward to and best wishes to all concerned.
Bro. Gordon Yeoman P.M.
Bro. Gordon's election comes as his dad, Bro. Sid Yeoman P.M. of The Celtic Lodge, celebrates his 60 years as a member of the craft and this surely is a fitting tribute to Bro. Sid's achievement.
Bro. Gordon will be Installed into the Chair of King Solomon on Saturday 28th September. The start time for the Installation is set at present for 5pm and this will be confirmed nearer the time.
Bro. Sid is also an Honorary Member of Lodge Kirkliston Maitland.
Still on the subject of Installations, our congratulations go to Bro. Sean Cairns on being installed as R.W.M. of Lodge St John Corstorphine 788.
With over 100 brethren in the Temple, it was almost a case of 'bring your own chair' and this special day will certainly be etched on Bro. Sean's mind for a long time to come!!
Bro. Sean and his Office Bearers were installed by 788 Past Masters Bro. Fraser Gaunt and Bro. Calum Stewart who did a superb job, applauded by all who attended.
And there was a 'family affair' of a different kind here as well when Bro. Sean invited his daughter Rebecca to say Grace before the Festival of St. John - and the meal, prepared by President of Stewards Bro. Rab McKenzie, was served by Bro. Sean's wife Lee, together with friends of the family.
All the best to Bro. Sean R.W.M. and his Office Bearers during their terms of office.
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