On Saturday 19th December The children's party was held in the temple on Saturday morning from 10am till midday. The children all seemed to have a great day with all the usual party games and fun. The noise coming from the hall as they were awaiting Santa was especially memorable as "Jingle Bells" got louder and louder, then all of a sudden changed to exclamations and gasps of "It's Santa!". The event went very well and I would like to thank everyone for attending on such a cold morning. Thanks also to all the helpers on the day and to the people behind the scenes for all the help in organising such a special day for the children.
The "Big Kid's" party was held on Saturday evening. I think the weather dealt us a blow in terms of numbers but, for those who did turn up we were royally entertained by Alex Wilkie and I believe Angus Scott of ACDC even managed to put in a special guest appearance. Bro. Douglas Welsh P.M. and his wife Annette, Bro. Alan Walmsley and his partner Nicole and Bro. Roy McGibney and his wife Kate were brave enough to take part in the "All Star Mr&Mrs" with Roy and Kate coming out eventual winners answering all their questions correctly. There were however some eye opening answers, Dougie where did the answer "Daniel O'Donnell" come from?.
Once again I would like to thank everyone who braved the weather to make it a special evening and also those who helped on the evening, but special mention has to go to my wife Amanda, I could not have done it without all her help.
Photos from the kids' party can bee see in the Photo Gallery.
On Monday 30th November our Right Worshipful Master Bro. Gary Sweeten had the greatest of pleasure in meeting Mr Thomas Black and his wife Isabelle.
Tommy is the Chairperson and Isy the secretary of RASCALS who are the Lodge's nominated charity for 2009.
RASCALS is a registered charity run by parents and carers who recognise the need for an after-school provision for children with profound and special needs.
RWM Bro. Gary Sweeten presented Mr & Mrs Black with a cheque for £6,145 on behalf of Lodge Robert Burns.
Tommy and Isy expressed their delight in receiving this donation and thanked all from the Lodge who supported the various events held over the year.
This brings the total of donations to non Masonic charities since 1994 to £54,215.34
Bro. Rev. Peter O. Price being presented with his certificate of honorary membership by RWM Gary Sweeten.
At our regular meeting on the 26th of November 2009, we invited Bro. Rev. Peter O. Price along to thank him for 12 years of conducting the lodge Annual Divine Service. Bro. Price has been carrying out this very important date in our Masonic calendar since 1997, when he was asked by the then Right Worshipful Master Bro. George Martin.
Peter accepted our vote of thanks, and was very surprised when the lodge offered him honorary membership of Lodge Robert Burns. He readily accepted this offer, and the obligation was carried out by P.M. Bro. Bill Perry. After the obligation, Bro. Price was presented to the brethren and said how happy and honoured he was to have been given this privilege in our lodge.
The lodge are very proud to have Bro. Price join us as an honorary member and we hope that he is willing and able to carry out the Annual Divine Service for many years to come, and to come amongst us during our regular meetings as a member of Lodge Robert Burns.
Also at the meeting - the RWM Bro. Gary Sweeten presented the RWPGM Bro. Jim Jack with a cheque on behalf of the lodge for £500 to go towards the upkeep of the caravan.
On Thursday 19th November 2009 RWM Bro. Gary Sweeten and a large number of Brethren from Lodge Robert Burns attended the installation meeting of the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
It was with great delight that they heard The Grand Master Mason Bro. Charles Iain Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont announce that Bro. William A. Perry PM Lodge Robert Burns would be conferred with the Honorary Grand Rank of Junior Deacon, this in recognition for his services to the Craft.
I know the Brethren of Lodge Robert Burns are very proud that Bill has been honoured in this manner.
As we all know Bill's commitment to the Craft and to Lodge Robert Burns 440 in particular is renowned through out Scotland.
We are also delighted that at the same meeting Bro Angus Ross PM 114 and Bro Alex Kelly PM 948 were also afforded this Honour
As part of our contribution towards the year of Home Coming celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Bro Robert Burns, Lodge Robert Burns No. 440 donated Burns books to the Local Schools in Baillieston.
Bannerman High, Caledonia Primary, St. Bridgets Primary, Swinton Primary, St Francis Primary and Garrowhill Primary all received books from the Lodge.
Bro. Peter Mitchell PM and Bro. Ted Boult PM who have promoted the works of Robert Burns for many years in and out of the Lodge at once volunteered to deliver these books.
Peter and Ted received a great welcome at each school, moreso from Caledonia Primary who have invited them back on a number of occasions to assist the pupils with their Burns recitals.
Jackie Mullen Assistant Headmistress was instrumental in involving Peter and Ted supporting the Primary 6 class in their Burns Supper preparations.
Peter and Ted have both reported their delight of the enthusiasm displayed by the pupils and teachers for the works of Robert Burns.
On Sunday the 4th October the lodge held it's annual Sponsored walk.
As has been the custom since these walks began, Bro Peter Mitchell PM organised the walk.
This year we walked 10 miles starting and finishing at St Filllans and the weather was very kind to us. The 15 members, family and friends who accompanied us
enjoyed the great views and Peter's home made soup at the end of the walk.
Thanks must also go the the members of the Lodge who could not make it on the day, but who took sponsor forms and all the Brethren who contributed.
Thanks to the contributions from members, families and friends we are well on the way to raising over £1500 towards the Lodge Charity.
On Thursday 12th November 2009, we held our AGM with Nominations and Elections of our Office Bearers for the period 2009-2010.
The result of the election is as follows:
|Right Worshipful Master ||Bro. Iain A. Edgar |
|Immediate Past Master ||Bro. Gary C. F. Sweeten P.M |
|Depute Master ||Bro. James B. Huxtable P.M |
|Substitute Master ||Bro. James Edgar |
|Senior Warden ||Bro. Walter F. Houston |
|Junior Warden ||Bro. Raymond C. Dow |
|Secretary ||Bro. Robert Kennedy P.M. |
|Assistant Secretary ||Bro. Arthur W. Burns P.M. |
|Treasurer ||Bro. Gilbert Weir |
|Assistant Treasurer ||Bro. Edward W. Boult P.M. |
|Almoner ||Bro. William Rodmant |
|Director of Ceremonies ||Bro. George B. Martin P.M. |
|Chaplain ||Bro. Douglas W. Welsh P.M. |
|Senior Deacon ||Bro. Allan McCall Snr |
|Junior Deacon ||Bro. William Queen |
|Architect ||Bro. Gary Hewitt |
|Jeweller ||Bro. David Aitchison |
|Bible Bearer ||Bro. Robert Reid |
|Sword Bearer ||Bro. Peter MacGregor |
|Director of Music ||Bro. John Best |
|Marshal ||Bro. Robert Nesbitt |
|Standard Bearer ||Bro. John Nesbitt |
|Inner Guard ||Bro. Kenneth Primrose |
|President of Stewards ||Bro. William A. Perry P.M. |
|Steward ||Vacant |
|Steward ||Vacant |
|Tyler ||Bro. Martin Sweeten P.M |
On Sunday 12th October 2009 the Lodge held its Annual Divine Service in the Masonic Hall Baillieston.
A large number of members and their families attended this important event in our calendar.
The Brethern were pleased to welcome visitors from the many Lodges who came along to support Lodge Robert Burns that evening.
We also welcomed a large deputation from Provincial Grand Lodge, headed by RWPGM James L. Jack. The service was once again conducted by The Rev. Peter O. Price Provincial Chaplain.
The Rev. Peter O. Price has conducted the Service for many years and the Brethern of the Lodge will always be indebted to him.
Our Right Worshipful Master Gary C.F. Sweeten photographed along with RWPGM James L. Jack and The Rev. Peter O. Price
On Saturday the 7th February our RWM Bro Gary Sweeten and a number of brethren accepted an invitation from councillor James Coleman to attend the unveiling of a plaque in memory of Bro William Reid VC. The ceremony took place in Baillieston Library and was conducted by the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Bob Winter.
The event was very well supported by the community of Baillieston. Pupils from two local schools, Swinton Primary and Bannerman High, delivered presentations of the life of Bro Reid. We took the opportunity to display the memorabilia of Bill's that we have in the Lodge for the community to enjoy.
Lodge Robert Burns and Baillieston can be proud to count Bro William Reid VC as one of their own.