Some Brethren from our near neighbours Kirkliston Maitland 482, St Margaret 548 and ourselves, including all three Masters made the trip to Colchester to attend meetings at St Oysth's Priory 2063 and Ostrea Lodge 8209. The Friday evening was beautifully captured in an email received the following morning:
Unfortunately, there isn't a place in the Minutes to describe last night's Festive Board and to recount the enjoyment of Freemasonry that our Scottish 'cousins' brought to the table. The response from the Visitors followed by the Scots rising as one and singing the 'Merry Masons' song with such feeling was absolutely brilliant. Their generosity in donating a beautifully crafted Gavel to our Lodge (which the W.M. has asked should be used on the WM pedestal from now on), a bottle of Scotch ( which I have suggested should be placed on the SW pedestal with effect from October) and a sum of £140.00 to the Building Fund which had only been announced during the meeting was indeed fantastic.
They came to our Lodge and wanted to enjoy themselves. They sat amongst us rather than staying in a group. They wanted to be friends and they certainly left as friends and I know they will be warmly welcomed back.
Below is us enjoying pre-meeting drinks courtesy of the Lodge Tyler.