November brought about the most ambitious event that the Essex Cornerstone Club has ever embarked upon, a trip across the border to Scotland! The club put together a fantastic weekend (Fri 24th- Sun 26th November) full of fraternal fun, history, and sightseeing of some of the wonderful treasures that Scotland has to offer. We visited Lodge Zetland No.391 for an installation meeting with our Scottish Brethren followed by a free festive board. To finish off the weekend we visited the world famous Rosslyn Chapel in the afternoon. What a treat!
Friday 24th Nov.
- Flight from Stansted (1 hour) to Falkirk, free minibus to hotel*
- Members drinks with members of Lodge Zetland
Saturday 25th Nov.
- Afternoon Installation meeting at Lodge Zetland
- Festive board
Sunday 26th Nov.
- Afternoon tour of Roslynn Chapel
- Fly home
The Essex Cornerstone Club announced in September that we were heading north of the border for what was possibly our most ambitious event to date, a weekend trip to Scotland.
On Friday 24th November the time finally arrived when 5 young masons flew into Edinburgh Airport and after a slick transfer, we soon found ourselves in the William Wallace pub. A traditional Scottish bar steeped in history and overlooking the William Wallace Memorial.
On Saturday we attended the Installation of the new Worshipful Master R.W.M Bro. Andrew Preston at Lodge Zetland 391. The warmth of the welcome given by the Lodge was reflected by how well attended the ceremony and festive board was. It was great to see a number of other masons from the Province of Essex who had made the trip north for this special occasion. The ceremony was also attended by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Essex, Paul Reeves. There certainly appeared to be a ’work hard and play hard’ ethos at Lodge Zetland judging from the high calibre of the ritual carried out and the Festive Board which concluded in a disco.
On Sunday we had the good fortune to receive a private Masonic Tour of Rosslyn Chapel by Geoffery W Spence who is a Past Master of Rosslyn St Clair Lodge (606). As well as giving an overview of the history of Rosslyn, he gave an enlightening presentation of the Chapel’s links with the Knights Templar and walked us around the Masonic Symbolism crafted by our operative forefathers.
After the tour, we took a short walk to Rosslyn St Clair Lodge (606) where Geoff explained the antiquity of his lodge and some of the unique features of Scottish Lodges in general. You have to admire the dedication of Scottish Masons when 18 regular meetings a year, with two years in each office is commonplace.
It was an unforgettable weekend that we hope to arrange again next year!
Earl of Dartmouth Lodge, 3279.