The Norman Moore Temple at Cole Court, Twickenham was packed to the rafters with Brethren eager to enjoy the evening’s agenda, not least the Burns Night Supper, which would follow.
The Master W. Bro Colin Grant opened the Lodge and welcomed the guests, especially those from Cymbeline Lodge, No. 9004 and Alperton Lodge, No. 5548.
During the meeting, two joining members were welcomed; W. Bro Leon Hubbard ProvGADC and Bro Matt Jennings.
The ceremony for the evening was a Raising carried out by W. Bro Mike Ross ProvGSec on behalf of the WM together with the officers and the newly welcomed W. Bro Leon Hubbard, which was first-class and much enjoyed by all present.
CHARITY FIRST –
After receiving the Charity Stewards report the IPM, W Bro Alan Hykin, presented a cheque for £3,250 to The Blood Fund-Imperial Health Charity of Hammersmith Hospital.
W. Bro Alan decided to donate this money to the charity because they had been instrumental in helping his son Rob through a very acute and severe illness.
PIPING IN THE HAGGIS –
As part of organising a Burns Night for the Festive Board, Bro David North designed A3 placemats made up for each member dining that night.
The placemat had all the words used during the Burns Night supper, including the Address to the Haggis, The Selkirk Grace, Auld Lang Syne, and a small write up about Robert Burns together with other famous Scottish Masons and how they have impacted our daily lives.
The evening’s entertainment started with our Bro Iain Raymond a former Piper in the Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders, (who has also played for the Queen at Balmoral ) piping the members and guests into the dining room.
He then piped in the Master, W Bro Colin Grant, after which The Selkirk Grace was delivered by W. Bro Leon Hubbard.
The Haggis in all its glory received the traditional musical accompaniment as it was brought into the dining room, where it was swiftly despatched with the ceremonial knife !
The brethren then dined well on the remains of the poor creature, being very well looked after by the staff of Cole Court.
Each sprig had its own bottle of a 12 year old Malt whisky with which to mourn its demise !
To finish off the evening prior to the Tyler’s Toast, Bro Iain Raymond piped up one last blast for the evening with the brethren singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’.
The Tyler’s toast completed many of the brethren retired again to the lounge bar and made sure the Malt Whisky was appropriately honoured.
Please see a fuller report together with many photographs and videos of the evening at:-
See: – www.royalhanoverlodge.com
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