On Friday, 13 July, some brethren from Lodge St Molios left the sunny climes of Arran to head down to Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales. The plan? To exemplify a third degree, Scottish style! Under the guidance of RWM Donald Mackay and the watchful eye of our beloved Secretary and Substitute PGM, DS Bannatyne, the degree team met each Monday night for a run through.
The temple in Barry is absolutely stunning and it was a real pleasure to do a degree there. The brethren of Breaksea Lodge had worked out all the details, so all we had to do was turn up and do the business. No pressure. Well, I say no pressure, but you all know that’s not quite how it goes, right? I mean we were performing in front of Captain Sir Norman Lloyd-Edwards, the Provincial Grand Master for the Masonic Province of South Wales!
Thankfully we all managed to pull it out the hat and put in a very decent performance, much to our relief!
So then it was time for a few photos and then down to the Festive Board. And here the Breaksea boys had really laid it on! The meal was thoroughly enjoyable. Murray was especially pleased as he got two puddings and a bowl of after-eight mints!
The photos are below, but they look better on Google+ where you can download them to your own computer as well: Google+ Album
We managed to make the 6 o’clock boat back to Arran on the Sunday as well. So all in all it was a great weekend of freemasonry and harmony. Thank you all for your hard work!
Kevin Hearne says
What a fantastic night we had and hugely down to the tremendous hard work put on by your excellent RWM, Brother Donald Ian Mackay and the team.
Our 3rd Degree ceremonies whilst similar in parts are tame affairs by comparison. There were a goodly number in the temple who were releived they were not chsoen as the candidate for the night
The feedback has been extremely positive with many brethren now either thinking about visiting a Scottish Lodge or asking when the next “demonstration” may be.
All in all a wonderfully succesful night and the brethren of St Molio’s Lodge can feel very, very proud of a top class performance
You can all be sure that when we toast absent brethren in future we shall be thinking about you all in Arran
Hope to see you all again soon
Yours S & F
Acting Lodge DC
Thank you for the nice comments Kevin and for all your hard work in putting us at our ease. The Saturday morning we spent in the temple with you was as enjoyable almost as the exemplification. The way that you had all the details worked out and, more importantly, the calm and collected manner in which you talked us through it went a long way to putting some rather nervous brethren more at ease than they otherwise would have been. It meant that we could concentrate on what we were there to do and for that we are extremely grateful.
We hope it won’t be too long until we meet again. Until then, lang may yer lumb reek!
Kevin Hearne says
I was delighted to have been, in some small way, of assistance. Mine was no more than a minor part in the scheme if things – you guys, did all the hard work
Look forward to seeing you all some time in the not too distant future
Yours S & F
colin manning says
Dear Bro. Cams !!
I must thank you for your photographs and comments !!
After the time it took me to organise the visitation of 774 to Wales I must say how grateful I am to you and
All the Brethren.I woukd also on behalf of my wife Allison, like to thank the Ladies from Scotland who made
The long trip.
I have passed your photos etc to all the other Brethren and especially to our RWPGM
who I know enjoyed The evening.
Again thank you and until we meet again:
We’ll keep a welcome in Wales for you.