A visit to the Annual Installation at the Lodge of Freedom 5341 at Grand Lodge in London proved to be a bit more 'interesting' than expected for Secretary Bro. Murrie Thomson P.M. and Honorary Member Bro. Alan Banks, R.W.M. of Lodge Kirknewton & Ratho No. 85.
Bro. Alan and Bro. Murrie made the trip as guests of Bro. Nick Millings, a Past Master of 5341 and included a visit to Mark Masons Hall.
During a pre-meeting 'refreshment' it became apparent that Freedom may be short of Office Bearers (sound familiar or what!!) and asked if would be prepared to help, we of course said 'of course we will' - but not quite sure what this might entail!!
It then transpired that a WJW was needed to open the Lodge and then, a WSW would be required during the Installation ceremony and then to close the Lodge.
Bro. Alan agreed to stand in as WJW and Bro. Murrie would take over as WSW when the Installation got underway. Thankfully, everything went well and the ceremony saw W.B. A. Hemal Wijesuriya installed as Worshipful Master and, in 'Freedom' style, he then went on to install his Office Bearers.
During the subsequent harmony Board, Bro. Murrie continued in the role of WSW and Bro. Alan flew the flag in his inimitable style by giving an excellent reply to the toast to visiting brethren.
All in all, a really memorable weekend, meeting old friends and making new ones and many thanks to Bro. Nick for his generous hospitality, to Bro. Robert Stevens P.M. and all the 'Freedom' brethren.
Bro. Nick is a veteran of the Ostrea Lodge visits and hopes to make the trip to Colchester when we travel South again in 2017.
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