On 7th May 2010 we visited Dunbar for the annual Installation. As is now custom we laid a wreath at the grave of the late James Paterson, gone but never forgotten.
Bro Gilfillan Joined the Lodge on 14th April 1960 and Bro Reid on 26th November 1959.
On the 8th February 2010 we held our annual Senior Citizens night.
The night was a great success despite slightly lower numbers than last year with everyone enjoying their meal, drinks and entertainment that followed.
Thanks has to be made to everyone who helped on the night, particularly the ladies who helped with the meal, the drivers and not forgetting the Office Bearers who assumed the role of waiters for the night.
Many prizes were donated and given away in the raffle with Bro. Welsh and R.W.M. Bro. Iain Edgar doing a sterling job.
Photos of the night can be seen by visiting our gallery here.
On Thursday 14th January 2010 our RWM Bro. Iain Edgar had great delight in welcoming a deputation from PGL headed by RWPGM James L. Jack into Lodge Robert Burns.
Bro. Jack announced his pleasure at being present at the Grand Lodge of Scotland when the Grand Master Mason announced that Bro William A. Perry P.M. Lodge Robert Burns was granted the rank of Honorary Grand Junior Deacon. Bro. Jack highly praised Bro. Perry on his dedication to Freemasonry in general and Lodge Robert Burns in particular.
Bro. Perry was then presented to the Lodge, RWPGM Bro. James L. Jack then asked the Lodge Jeweller Bro. David Aitchison (Bill's son in law) to present his Jewel.
This was a night of great pride, not only for Bill but for all the members of Lodge Robert Burns who are delighted that Bill's services to the craft have been recognised in this way.
Photograph courtesy of PGL.
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.