Well, it's a return to business as usual this Wednesday (September 17th) when the R.W.M. and his Office Bearers will be working a 1st Degree.
We will tyle at the usual time of 7.30pm and look forward to welcoming members and visitors.
And we have received our first deputation invite of the Autumn season and look forward to visiting our friends at Lodge St John Corstorphine 788 in November.
We too are in 'Deputation Invite Mode' as our R.W.M. Bro. Les Duff will be conferring Honorary Membership on a prominent I.P.M. from within the Province, this also in November.
Watch this space!!
It was a masonic meeting - but not as you know it!! This might be an appropriate description of our Special Meeting on January 29th.
We took advantage of the 'five Wednesday month' to invite deputations from the two Lodges that meet the same night as 482; Lodge St. John Fisherrow 112 and the Thistle Lodge 270.
However, our R.W.M. Bro. Les Duff also invited deputations from Lodge Kirknewton & Ratho No. 85, Lodge St. John Corstorphine 788 and Lodge Newbattle St. Mary 1063.
And what superb deputations they all were!!! All told, 103 brethren signed the attendance book, a fantastic result and an equally fantastic night!!!
And it certainly was a meeting with a difference. Instead of a degree, we had the presentation of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Mark Degree Tracing Boards and well done to the four presenters who were respectively: Bro. Bob Potter I.P.M. No. 85, Bro. Murrie Thomson I.P.M. 482, Bro. Ned Kelly I.P.M. 788 and Bro. Brian Clements S.M. 1063.
The meeting finished just after 9pm and afterwards we all enjoyed some harmony together. Think we'll need to order more pies and make more soup next time though!!!
Continuing what is a bit of a busy time, we have our Annual Installation on Saturday, a committee meeting on Monday and a regular meeting on Wednesday 5th. It's all go.
In what was a fantastic evening, our 'Stars In Your Eyes' fund-raising night realised £1100.
This is £100 more than our target figure, so a huge 'thank you' goes out to everyone who attended - or who contributed in any way towards the success of the event.
A special thanks must go to the artistes who gave freely of their time and talent to keep us entertained on the night.
The cash will donated to a PGLM fund-raising effort in aid of 'Richmond's Hope', a charity based in Niddrie, Edinburgh, where bereaved children can work through their grief and have the support, information and help to allow them to manage the impact of death in their lives and also the stillbirth and neonatal death charity 'S.A.N.D.S'.
Annual Dinner Dance
Still on the subject of social events, our Annual Dinner Dance will be held in Kirkliston Bowling Club on Saturday 16th November. Time is 7pm for 7.30.
This event will again be in association with Lodge St. John Corstorphine 788 and tickets, priced £20, are available from the secretary.
Lodge St. John Corstorphine 788
It is of course impossible not to mention the fire that engulfed Corstorphine Youth Club, home to our friends at Lodge St. John Corstorphine 788.
The fire seemed to be concentrated in the upper floor of the building where the superb 121 year old Temple was located and it's impossible to know at this time whether or not any artefacts can be salvaged.
It's also impossible to imagine how the brethren of the Lodge are feeling right now and our thoughts go out to each and every one.
For a few short years, 788 was our home so we are perhaps a tiny bit closer to the sad and tragic event than we might have been.
The Lodge have already had many offers of help and support and our secretary has already been in touch to offer assistance in any way we can.
One thing is sure, 788 will come through this event even stronger than before.
Now we're into October, the second half of the Masonic season is up-and-running for all Lodges in the Province.
At 482, our last meeting was also the date of our annual P.G.L.M. visit, with the P.G.L. Deputation headed by Bro. Tom Smith R.W.D.P.G.M. Glad so say we had a favourable report so it's relief all round.
The Saturday before saw Bro. Gordon Yeoman P.M. installed as R.W.M. of The Celtic Lodge of Edinburgh & Leith No. 291 and congratulations again to Bro. Gordon and to all his Office Bearers. Compliments also to his 482 Installing Masters, Bro. David Swan P.M. and Bro. Peter Ritchie P.M.
A big thanks also to all the brethren who attended. Over 80 brethren signed the attendance book, representing a total of 18 Lodges - with 20 brethren representing 482. And the event was topped off by some excellent harmony.
And, quite apart from our regular meetings, there's a trio of events coming up on the 482 calendar.
Our 'Stars In Your Eyes' night on Saturday 19th October is completely sold out and, hopefully, will raise lots of cash for 'Richmonds Hope' and 'S.A.N.D.S.'
Next up we have our Annual Dinner Dance and again this is in association with our friends at Lodge St. John Corstorphine 788. Tickets are £20 each and available from the Bro. Secretary. This will be held at Kirkliston Bowling Club.
Then on Wednesday 20th November we have the Consecration of our premises in a ceremony to be carried out by the P.G.L.M. We're presently discussing with Provincial what format this will take and more details will be available soon. It's not very often we see this ceremony performed so it really is a date for your diary.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday 16th October and this will be a Master Mason Degree.
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.
We've just published photographs taken at our bi-annual 'Ostrea Lodge' visit when, one again, everyone concerned had a really great night!!
It's always good to meet up with our friends from South of the Border and this year was no exception, with 22 brethren making the trip this year.
And we're already taking about a date for trip to Colchester in 2014!!
You can see the photographs by clicking here.
Our candidate on the night was Mr. Andrew Hogg, son-in-law of our R.W.M. Bro. Les Duff. And at our meeting the Wednesday before, we initiated Mr. Peter Cox, the first of our three new candidates.
This coming Wednesday, 3rd April,we'll be working another Entered Apprentice Degree when our third candidate will be initiated.
This will be our second-last meeting of the first part of the season and we'll finish off with a Mark Degree worked by Bro. Alastair Smith P.M.
Between these two meeting is The PGLM Quarterly Communication, being held this time in West Calder at The Thistle Lodge 270.
Later in the month, on April 22nd, we'll be taking a deputation to Lodge Royal Thistle 1338 The Royal Scots and of course there are three installations in the diary: Lodge Liberton 1201 on Saturday 27th April, Lodge St. John Corstorphine 788 on Saturday 11th May and Dalkeith Kilwinning No. 10 on Friday 17th May.
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