"That was a good night - I really enjoyed it."
Angus McKinnon - PGLE
"I'm looking forward to my supper and wish you all the best for the coming year."
Ewan Rutherford - PGLE
"May you go from strength to strength"
Maurice Wilson - PGLE
"Brotherly Love's a great wee lodge - I love it."
Jim Gillanders - 1316
"The Brotherly Love Burns Night? Never surpassed!"
Robert Sinclair - 226
"Just go over that bit again, son"
Jimmy Knox - 1428
"You always get the warmest of welcomes."
Roddy Henretty - CLX
"I only need the one prompt, thank you!"
John McQueen - 1428
"Affiliating to 1428 is one of the best things I've done!"
Keith Millar - 1428
"That's no the Tyler's Toast already, is it?"
Kenny Renton - 392
"That's another excellent degree tonight lads, well done."
Ronnie King - 1316
"Mind now - they pies are hot!"
Dougie Sneddon - 151
"I might affiliate next year."
David McNeill - 392
"A very good FC degree followed by a very good harmony."
Ralph Shaw - 48
more to come . . .
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Once a year members and friends from various lodges in Edinburgh get on their bikes and cycle to raise funds for charity! They’re all sponsored by folk in their own lodges, their friends and family - some are even sponsored by their employers. It’s a great day out and a fairly easy way to raise funds. To see what happened at last year's event, click here.
As on previous runs, the cyclists met at the Edinburgh Masonic Club just off Leith Walk and cycled down to North Berwick - and then all the way back! But this year, we had some special guests - The Widows Sons who accompanied us on the run, and also The Hula Honeys who met us when we stopped off at Musselburgh on the way back! The Widows Sons, aka The Hairy Bikers, but officially known as Widows Sons Scotland, are a group of Scottish Masons who also happen to have a love of big bikes - motor-bikes that is - and they were our road marshals for the day. The Hula Honeys are some lovely ladies who hula hoop strangely enough. They're organised by Kim Sibbald and entertained us when we stopped off at Musselburgh for a wee cone on the way back.
Heres our intrepid bunch, who all got up at silly o'clock on a Sunday morning to take part, just before setting off . . .
There's a slide show with more pictures of the day further below . . .
To easily identify your heroes, from left to right they are :- Jimmy Mair WSS 51, Duncan Mackenzie WSS 32, David Wilkins WSS 580, Ian Buchanan WSS No5, Drew Henretty CLX, Gordon Simpson WSS 580, Bill Harra WSS 580, Bill Thomson 405, Steven Collins WSS No5, Lorne Crowe (405), Terry Phillips 48, Russ Craig WSS 580, Doug Heatlie 1428, Dave Arnot (1609), John Small WSS 1283, Andy Rankin IPPWSS 922, Bruce Cockburn (1609), Sandy Cleland 937, Andrew Laing 1253, Stuart Doig (937), David Darling (1253), Phil Chester 1253, Steven Swan 937, Gordon Mavor (1428), David McBride (1428), Adam Gaines of Prostate Scotland, Davie Park 1428, Neill Hope (1609) and Chris Stewart (No2). John Dadds 405 was otherwise engaged at the time this photo was taken, while Alex Keir 1283, Ian Smith 885 and Jim Wells 1291 couldn't make it on the day but did the trip at a later date.
Our stalwart Support Team comprised of Ralph Shaw, Gordon Tait of 48 and Val Park in Ralph's motor, Graham Brodie driving the Broom Bus (kindly supplied by RWPGM) and
There was a bit of wind on the way home, but all things considered it was a great run. Special guests the Widows Sons were our minders on the road for the day, and did us proud. And for the final wee stretch on London Road from the top of Easter Road back to the EMC there were two big bikes at the front, all of us cyclists, then 6 or 7 big bikes in a couple of rows taking up the width of the two-lane carriageway heading West - so that no-one behind would be passing us! The road was ours! Major appreciation to the Widows Sons for that, one of them even took part in the run, they brought along water and energy drinks for us too - and also made a donation to Prostate Scotland! Outstanding guys. Thanks also to the Hula Honeys for entertaining us with their hula hooping skills at Luca's in Musselburgh. They were fighting the blustery conditions too, so couldn't do as much as they wanted - but who knew that Bill Thomson of 405 is a natural born hula-hooping demon? He says it was his first time with a hoop but his skills on the day blow that statement out of the water.
Cycling to and from North Berwick? If you've never done it before it's not as hard as it sounds - it’s mostly quite flat as the route’s never too far from the coastline, apart from Luffness Brae just going into Gullane, and our route is under 43 miles. If you're interested in taking part in next year's run, there's some handy information here for you. This year, those involved managed to raise £3236 - and the amount brought in by the four cycists representing 1428 was £1047. A marvellous effort by all concerned, I know you'll agree. There had been a Family Day and Charity Walk held at Lodge Water of Leith 1267 in June which brought in £2251, giving a total of £5487. The Provincial Grand Lodge of Edinburgh decided to top this up to £10,000 and present a cheque to Prostate Scotland who had been invited to give a talk on the work their charity does at the Regular Communication on Friday 6th December. In between, however, the brethren of The Caledonian Lodge of Uganda No1389 had taken the decision to donate £1000, as some of their members had been directly affected by prostate cancer, and The Caledonian Lodge No392 had held a fund-raising dinner which brought in £2000. Adam Gaines of Prostate Scotland was delighted to receive a cheque for £13,000 on the night.
RWPGM Bro Ewan Rutherford presenting the cheque to Adam Gaines, and receiving a certificate of appreciation from Allan McLaren
And here's the slide show you were waiting for, most photos are courtesy of Bob Cooper,
others are from Ralph Shaw's So Mote It Be FB page, and some from Davie Park
Use the Play/Pause button at the top of the picture to start/stop, the left and right arrows to go back or forward,
move the sliding triangle left or right to increase or decrease the speed,
and hover your mouse at the foot of the picture to have the caption show all the time - enjoy!
These three photos of the PGLE presentation are © Howard Scott King