|Posted by Allan Hutton on December 18, 2015 at 4:45 PM|
Saturday 12th December 2015.
I the RWM of Caldercuix St John 1314 wore my chain of office for the last and 130th time for at one point later in the afternoon I would be passing it on to my successor RWM Elect Bro John Hamilton.
Our annual Installation ceremony attracted visitors from within and out with the Province and it was a great delight to see so many familiar faces.
From the East I warmly welcomed our visitors among us and charged them to take back fraternal greetings from everyone at 1314 to their respective Lodges and RWMs at the earliest opportunity.
I next thanked the brethren of 1314 for their continued support of the Lodge and then called upon them to welcome our visitors into the Temple in the usual manner.
Without any further ado I invited the acting DoC Bro Scott Haviland along with our Piper, Bro Cameron Strain to retire in order to present and Pipe in a deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward into the Lodge to witness our ceremony of Installation.
I cordially welcomed the deputation into the Lodge which was headed on this occasion by the Right Worshipful Substitute Provincial Grand Master Bro Jim Ferguson and indicated to him that it was a great honour and privilege to welcome him and the PGL deputation into the Lodge on this day of ceremony and celebration.
After inviting the RWSPGM Bro Jim to the East I presented him with the Gavel and whilst in his possession he congratulated me on a very successful year and also complimented me on my numerous visits to Lodges in and out with the Province and in so doing promoting the interests and good name of Caldercruix St John 1314.
Once the Gavel was returned I asked the DoC and Piper to once again retire and to present to the assembled brethren in the Temple our three Installing Masters.
It was a great honour to welcome RWIM Bro Billy Murray, RWIM Bro Jeff Spence and RWIM Bro Charles Ringrose into their Mother Lodge.
I next invited the three wise men to the East where with a great feeling of pride, somewhat tinged with regret I surrendered the emblem of power and authority in my mother Lodge for the last and final time to the RWIM Bro Billy Murray for him and his two installing colleagues to continue with the Ceremony of Installation.
Our New RWM Bro John Hamilton was then installed into the Chair of King Solomon in a dignified and solemn manner which I'm sure was an emotional occasion for him.
Our three installing Masters can feel very proud with themselves for the manner in which they conducted the Installation and I'm sure that the experience will live with them and our RWM for a very long time.
The 1314 Office Bearers were installed in an excellent manner by RWIM Bro Charles Ringrose who has now performed these special duties on three occasions now.
The RWM was congratulated by the RWSPGM Bro Jim Ferguson as well as the brethren from the Lodge.
The RWM Bro John Hamilton presented me with my Past Master Jewel and thanked me for my labours over the past twelve months.
I then thanked the RWM for his kind sentiments and expressed that it had been a great privilege and honour to serve this Lodge as RWM and thanked all the brethren, Past Masters , Secretary and Treasurer for their support over the year.
Once the PGL Deputation and Installing Masters retired our RWM Bro John took full charge of the Lodge for the first time and proceed with the remainder of the Lodge business before closing the Lodge in due and ancient form.
The installation now concluded for another year the Lodge celebrated the appointment of new RWM and office bearers with a lovely meal and refreshments along with usual mix of toasts, replies and entertainment!
It was late or perhaps early which ever way you want to look at it when the last of the brethren departed the premises.
As I write these words as the last entry in my diary of a year in the chair exactly a year to the very day that I was installed as RWM of 1314 I find it a very strange experience indeed because I would presume on the first anniversary of something special in ones life it would be customary to celebrate that event.
However today as IPM its ironic that although I feel very proud indeed, I also actually now feel a little deflated, a year on from that momentous and wonderful occasion that I experienced 12 months ago!