Or the haggis that got away
The Installation Meeting of Hundred Elms Lodge, No. 5749 normally falls near to Burns Night.
On this important occasion in the lodge calendar the meeting takes on a decidedly Scottish theme.
The procession into the Lodge is carried out with an organ rendition of “Highland Cathedral” with several Lodge members opting to wear Highland dress for the occasion.
Under normal circumstances the Festive Board would consist of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, together with ample measure of Scottish whisky and, of course, there would be the Address to the Haggis.
This year the Haggis survived and will live to tell the tale, no doubt.
However, in true Masonic spirit the Brethren of Hundred Elms Lodge decided to mark the occasion anyway and it was decided that on the night of the Installation Meeting there would be a whisky toast at 9pm to Absent Brethren.
Plans were made and the Secretary sent out a mock Summons to the Brethren and a virtual meeting ensued.
As the Lodge had not been able to meet it was proposed to nominate a charity to receive a donation from the Lodge.
It was agreed to donate £100 to the Teenage Cancer Charity.
A new tradition has been started in the Lodge.
During the earlier lockdown period and subsequently, Hundred of Elms have been meeting fortnightly via Zoom or on another media platform called Jitsi.
These virtual “meetings” are held at least fortnightly, especially on LOI nights.
This gives the Lodge members the opportunity to catch up when they can and at this very difficult moment, keep in contact and raise spirits.
The Lodge members look forward to a swift return.
But will meanwhile keep the virtual contact going.
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