‘Border reivers’ at Heysham Lodge for Burns Supper

The ‘reivers’ or raiders who historically crossed the Scottish – English border in past centuries would have been appalled at the behaviour of their modern counterparts.

These ‘reivers’ not only originated from across the national border but also included many from over that much closer Cumbria – Lancashire border and had come to give money! In fact, a large contingent from the ‘southern lowlands’ better known as the Garstang area, had travelled north to join in this charitable undertaking.

The reason for this strange behaviour was that Heysham Lodge No 4108 hosted another highly successful Burns Night Supper at Morecambe Masonic Hall recently which commenced in the lodge room with Frank Hogarth’s excellent lecture on ‘Robbie Burns the Freemason’ and continued in the dining room with a fantastic total of 85 brethren enjoying contributions from Owen Maddon, Dave Malcolm and Richard Dennison.

The haggis was piped into the room by Richard Cowie, who also gave the address to the ‘Puddin’ Chieftain’ which was then paraded aloft around the room by Bob Malcom with all due solemnity. Bob later gave a great recitation of ‘The Master’s Apron’.

The level of fun and indeed hilarity that ensued on the evening is perhaps best expressed through the pictures but a special mention must be made of the members of Lodge Dumfries Kilwinning No 53 who had joined their RWM Willie Burnett on this visit. Peter Little performed the ‘Address to the toothache’. The sight of Scot Radley performing his oration complete with headscarf and imitation rotting dentures was a spectacle beyond compare.

Heysham Lodge WM Gordon Hurst admitted that the night was undoubtedly one of, if not the most memorable he had ever witnessed and paid a special tribute to all the organisers and attendees.

The final incredible total of £830 raised for charitable and worthy causes will no doubt be felt an apt justification for any sore heads that were experienced the following morning.

There is no doubt that the brethren at Heysham Lodge Burns Supper gave full weight to their aim of having fun and enjoyment.

There is no doubt that the brethren at Heysham Lodge Burns Supper gave full weight to their aim of having fun and enjoyment.