What a night we had at the Edinburgh Masonic Club last Friday when £3000 was raised in aid of CCLASP.
A big congratulations to everyone who took part and who helped to raise such an amazing sum for such a deserving cause.
I was truly delighted to see so many 482 brethren there on the night and I think it's fair to say that we all had a great time.
Lodge Royal Thistle 1338 were behind the event, with help from ourselves and Lodge St. John Corstorphine 1338 and many congratulations to Bro. Tommy Doyle R.W.M. and his team at 1338.
Lodge Kirkliston Maitland played a high-profile part on the night with Bro. Gordon Yeoman P.M. as joint Master of Ceremonies being kept very busy the whole evening.
Top marks to Bro. Gordon who kept things running very smoothly.
Our very own Bro. Les Duff P.M. was in superb vocal form, with a string of classic numbers and a performance that must rank as one of his best ever. Well done Les!!
And let's not forget Phoenix Lane, the Scottish Rock/Pop band who's vocalist, Sarah Yeoman, is Bro. Gordon's daughter. The other members of the band are: Christine Munday - Bass, Colin Watson - Guitar and Reg McLennan - Drums. Well done guys, yet another great performance.
With the Family Barn Dance in June still to come, we can only speculate on what the final total might be but I think it's safe to say it will be impressive!!
I've uploaded a photo-gallery of 50 shots taken on the night and as you can see, we all had a great time!!
You can click on individual images to enlarge.
Another week gone and it's already hard to believe that just seven days ago we were in Colchester on our bi-annual visit to the Ostrea Lodge.
With our friends from Lodge Kirknewton & Ratho No. 85, we enjoyed another excellent visit to Essex and it was great to meet up with 'old' friends and meet new brethren.
We had a good flight down to Stanstead, followed by a short coach journey to Colchester.
What if this wall could talk!!
The George Hotel was the same as ever, with every footstep accompanied by the creaks and groans that are part of a building that dates back to the 14th century.
Looking at how the town's main street is now, the building sure has seen more than just a few changes over the years!!
And I didn't realize until this year that Colchester is the UK's first recorded town.
The Ostrea Lodge meeting was a bit different than usual as they had four candidates and they opted to initiate them two at a time.
Having entered the Temple as a deputation midway through the meeting, we saw two of the candidates initiated, but all four were part of a programme to attract entrants from university.
Oh to have four brethren of this age join 482 - or indeed freemasonry in general - on a regular basis!!
Along with Bro. Potter, R.W.M. of No. 85, I had the honour of replying to the toast to the visitors. And as I was also R.W.M. for the Ostrea Lodge visit to 482 last year, this completed an 'Ostrea Lodge Double' for me - a rare privilege indeed.
Of course, no visit South of the Border would be complete without a song from our resident artist Bro. Les Duff P.M. Bro. Les entertained everyone, first of all with the Dougie MacLean number 'Caledonia', followed - of course - by 'The Star O' Rabbie Burns, with all the Scottish brethren giving the chorus its traditional enthusiastic gusto!!
All in all, we had a great time and my thanks go to the brethren of Kirkliston Maitland and Kirknewton & Ratho for making it such a memorable visit.
We now look forward to welcoming the Ostrea Lodge brethren back to Kirkliston in 2013.
The new 482 carpet
The following week brought more good news with the arrival of our new carpet and it was great it arrived in time for our regular meeting on Wednesday.
This added a new dimension to our degree and is yet another important step forward for Lodge Kirkliston Maitland.
We still have some things to do but we're well on the way to making it look even more like 'home'.
The degree itself went really well, with a good number of visitors in attendance - and a big thanks to Bro. Hugh Patterson R.W.M. and the brethren of Lodge Hopetoun St. John 1232 for bringing such a large contingent on the night.
Our next meeting on March 21st will be a 2nd Degree.