|Posted by Allan Hutton on December 6, 2015 at 6:40 PM|
Monday 23rd November 2015.
I the RWM of Caldercruix St John 1314 along with an unofficial deputation of 18 brethren from my lodge visited NMM 88 in the hope that we could capture the "Travelling Gavel" for the first time.
However we were not the only Lodge attempting to do so as Lodge Coltswood Glenboig 1067 brought along a deputation too.
However before we entered the Temple 1067 conceded victory to 1314 as we had the larger deputation.
My deputation were warmly invited into the Temple by the RWM of NMM 88 Bro Andy McCulloch and thereafter asked the purpose of our visit.
I explained that we were endeavouring to capture the "Travelling Gavel" and had brought along the requisite charity donation in order to receive it.
Our Lodge were congratulated on being successful in our task and I was then invited to the East where I was presented with the Gavel that we had been in search of.
On receiving the "Gavel" I expressed how delighted I was that the brethren of 1314 had responded to my call and how pleasing it was to at last get my hands on the "Gavel" as the Lodge had unsuccessfully attempted to gain it back in the summer.
I then intimated to the packed temple which had over 90 brethren in attendance that if any Lodge was desirous of recapturing the "Travelling Gavel" from Caldercruix St John 1314 we would be more than delighted to welcome them and laid down the challenge by quoting the words of a very famous Freemason when I said. Here at 1314 "We Welcome the Chase"
Thereafter a deputation from Lodge Union 244 Stonehouse entered the Temple and proceeded to confer the the Master Mason Degree with great discipline, dignity and where appropriate a certain degree of robustness on two brethren who I'm certain will remember the experience for a very long time.
When 244s labours were concluded Caldercruix St John 1314's IPM Bro Johnny Russell proposed a very fine vote of thanks to which the RWM of 244 Bro John McGregor made a suitable reply.
When the business of the evening was concluded all brethren retired to the upstairs lounge to partake in the hospitality of NMM88.
In conclusion, What a wonder evening was had by all and emphasises the power of the "Travelling Gavel" in bringing together so many like minded people and also raising charity funds too. it's what Freemasonry is all about.
I would also like to congratulate the RWM of 88 Bro Andy McCulloch on having an excellent year in Office as this was his last regular meeting as RWM and also offer my commiserations to the RWM of 1067 Bro Brian Hillen, because I know how it feels to lose out on attempting to capture the "Gavel"However Caldercruix St John 1314 meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday's of the Month "We Welcome The Chase"