Another great day was had by all when Lodge Kirkliston Maitland met Kirkliston Bowling Club in the 2014 Bob Duff Trophy Competition. Rain did threaten at the very start of the match but the sun soon shone through.
It didn't shine for the 482 bowlers though as KBC again came out as worthy winners. However, fun and friendly competition were the orders of the day and the match was enjoyed by players and spectators alike.
The trophy is named in memory of our R.W.M. Bro. Les Duff's Dad, who passed to the Grand Lodge Above in March 2012 and Mrs Helen Duff, who threw the 1st jack, also presented the trophy to Bowling Club President Ross Kelt, in the company of our R.W.M.
Both Ross Kelt and Bro. Les thanked everyone who took part and for continuing the great relationship between Lodge Kirkliston Maitland and Kirkliston Bowling Club.
Bro. Les said: "Another great afternoon with our friends from Kirkliston Bowling Club and thanks again to everyone who made it possible especially the members, Honorary Members and friends of the Lodge who made up the 482 team. A big thanks also to the Club for their generous post-match hospitality."
You can see the entire selection of photographs from the day HERE
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.
Well 2014 is well and truly with us and our 1st meeting of 2014 is a 3rd Degree on Wednesday 15th January at which Bro. Greig Robinson will be raised to the High and Sublime Degree of Master Mason. That night, we will welcome a deputation from Lodge St. Margaret South Queensferry 548.
And, as January is a 'five Wednesday month', we are holding a special meeting on Wednesday 29th January when we look forward to welcoming deputations from Lodge St. John Fisherrow 112 and The Thistle Lodge 270.
As these Lodges meet the same night as us, special meetings are our only opportunity to welcome brethren from these Lodges. We also have deputations from Lodge Kirknewton & Ratho No. 85, Lodge St. John Corstorphine 788 and Lodge Newbattle St. Mary 1063.
This will certainly be a bit different from the norm!! We are not working a degree but will be presenting the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Mark Degree Tracing Boards - a bit different indeed!!!
The presentations will be made by:
1st Degree - Bro. Bob Potter I.P.M. No. 85
2nd Degree - Bro. Murrie Thomson I.P.M. No. 482
3rd Degree - Bro. Ned Kelly I.P.M. No. 788
Mark Degree - Bro. Brian Clements S.M. No. 1063
And even after a somewhat busy night, there will be no chance of a break as a few days later - on Saturday 1st February - we have our Annual Installation and Festival of St. John.
On the day, Bro. Les Duff will be again installed into the chair of King Solomon and the Installing Masters are Bro. David Swan P.M. and Bro. Gordon Yeoman P.M.
Tickets, price £12, are available from the Bro. Secretary and more on this event in the next couple of weeks.
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