Once the lodge had been opened by the PGM, the labour soon moved to the main item on the agenda. The strong family connection was reinforced as the Piers was appropriately presented by his father-in-law. He was then installed by W Bro David George in a very sincere and dignified manner. The working tools were presented in an exemplary way by three of the lodge’s junior brethren – a wonderful advertisement of what is clearly a very successful class of instruction. This was reinforced by the superb way in which the new Worshipful Master invested his officers with the additional addresses used for Chaplain, DC and Organist – a delightful moment when W Bro. Mike Grillage was for once quiet as he was instructed on his duties! The new Worshipful Master was prudent when investing his new Stewards to remind them to look after the welfare of the brethren at the Festive Board, especially his father-in-law. That family association once more came to the fore as the Deputy PGM, and not the PGM as expected, gave the address to the Master – apparently, the PGM had ‘suggested’ to his Deputy that he would like to address his son-in-law!
No visit to Silhill would be complete without the Pike family getting involved. They certainly left their mark on this occasion with W Bro Jamie Pike delivering the address to the Wardens followed by his brother, W Bro Rob, who delivered the address to the Brethren, both in a most accomplished manner. W Bro Dad, aka W Bro Jim Pike, was not to be left out – as Charity Steward he appealed on behalf of St Mary’s Collegiate Church which resulted in a collection of over £200. Silhill is clearly a very generous lodge as Bro Almoner announced in his report that the lodge had raised and distributed £4000 over the past year – a wonderful achievement, epitomising one of our organisation’s core principles. The family connections were not quite complete with a brief, but none the less important moment when the retiring Worshipful Master was presented with his father’s Past Master’s jewel.
Having enjoyed a fantastic meeting, the brethren then moved to the festive board where they were treated to another Masonic feast of a Scottish flavour with a Burn’s Night supper complete with indecipherable address to the haggis courtesy of W Bro Derek Howie, as well as the toast to the immortal memory from W Bro John Handley. All in all, it was a splendid occasion with the brethren leaving having been most ably fed both from the meeting and from the meal. So, if you would like a splendid evening out, keep the fourth Tuesday free as you will be made most welcome at Silhill Lodge.