Last weekend saw the Ratho gala committee having their breakfast fair in the hall in advance of Santa touring the village in his sleigh. Santa certainly fills the big Chair. Wishing the village a very Merry Christmas from all at Lodge Kirknewton & Ratho 85.
Congratulations to Bro. Jimmy Stewart P.M. and Bro. Murrie Thomson P.M. Both of Lodge Kirkliston Maitland 482 on being made honorary members of Lodge Kirknewton & Ratho 85 last night, 11/11/16.
Both were honoured by R.W.M. Bro. Alan Banks who gave fitting remarks on the assistance both brethren had given to Lodge Kirknewton & Ratho 85 over the years. Bro. Jimmy for his ever present attendance and help not only in setting the hall up for Harmony but on the brethren of the Lodge always able to call on him to give us an auld Scots song at Harmony. Brother Jimmy also way back in 2008 conferred Honorary Membership on our RWM Bro. Alan Banks into Kirkliston Maitland 482.
Bro. Murrie Thomson was unaware that he was about to become an honorary member, but for his work during the close season to redesign and move the Lodge's website to a more accessible location, giving Lodge members the ability to update it easily and efficiently not only improves our social media presence, but ensures a pleasant experience to anyone visiting our website, Facebook page and twitter feeds. Bro. Murrie has also over the years been our chief "unofficial" photographer, having photographed many of our Installation programmes and indeed our 250th celebrations.
We welcome both as members of our Lodge and know this will help strengthen the already strong ties between our two Lodges.
Well our Halloween themed barge trip was a great success. The RWM would like to thank everyone who participated, not only on the day but to those that donated to the day with either money or raffle prizes. Of course the real success is the amount raised through donations, raffle, quizzes and fancy dress competitions which enabled the RWM to hand over a cheque to the tune of £535 for this most worthwhile cause, The Seagull Trust. Our sincere thanks to all The Seagull Trust volunteers who assisted on the day to make our trip so enjoyable.
On Friday 21st October 2016 the RWM accompanied by Bro. Murrie Thomson pm Lodge Kirkliston Maitland 482 (not his birth name according to his easyjet ticket) flew down to London to attend the installation of Bro. Hemal Wijesuriya at Lodge Freedom 5341 held within the premises of Grand Lodge of England, English constitution on Saturday 22nd. Just prior to the tyle it became apparent that they were short of office bearers and the intrepid duo from Scotland were asked to stand in as Junior and Senior Wardens. They duly carried out all duties required of them and were warmly praised and thanked towards the end of the meeting and during the sumptuous meal and Harmony board afterwards by both the newly installed RWM and visiting Senior Grand Lodge representative Bro. John P Smith. Our RWM then replied to the toast to the visitors and at the conclusion both he and Bro. Murrie joined the remaining brethren in a nearby hostelry to strengthen the bonds between our two constitutions. Both then endured the long journey home in 1st class on Virgin trains Sunday (other carriers are available). Our sincere thanks to Bro. Nick Millings pm, Bro. Robert Stevens pm and all the brethren from Lodge Freedom for their hospitality and friendship throughout.
The following Brethren Bro. Bob Potter DM, Bro. Bob Scott DOC, Bro. Mark Nevin WJW and Bro. Peter Ritchie HM and their families made a long trip to represent Lodge Kirknewton & Ratho 85 at Lodge Middlesex No.1628 in Spalding, Jamaica. The Lodge is celebrating its 50th year anniversary having been chartered on 3rd November 1966 and constituted on the 6th December of that year. Bro. Potter DM has been the proxy Master of Lodge Middlesex for some years. They were “warmly” welcomed by RWM Stevenson Green and the brethren of Lodge Middlesex 1628 where Bro. Potter presented the RWM with a souvenir pennant from LKR 85. They then spent an enjoyable evening in the company of Lodge Middlesex 1628’s brethren.
Sunday 3rd July saw the annual Bob Duff trophy bowling tournament between our nearest neighbours Kirkliston Maitland 482 and Kirkliston bowling club. Lodge Kirknewton & Ratho was well represented as we again helped the Masons lose to the bowlers. A friendly sociable event where once again the trophy needn't be disturbed from the trophy cabinet. Our own IPM is pictured leading the Ratho boys to, well not victory but to the wee white ball at the other end. Thanks to Bro.Les Duff HM for organising and for the invite.