Gathering of the Clans – Dark Blues Club Toast the Haggis

The Haggis is addressed by a knife wielding Finlay Gordon with piper Hamish Forbes-Forsyth

A gathering of over a 140 guests, including masons, wives, family and friends converged at a highly successful Burns Night at Sindlesham on Monday 25th January, to celebrate the birth of Robert Burns at the Dark Blues Club Burns Evening. The number included a large contingent of Berkshire Masons of Scottish decent who felt compelled to don their traditional dress.




Robert, or Rabbie as he is better known north of the border, who was famously a Freemason himself, and is best known for his often humorous songs and poetry. As tradition dictates, after the Haggis had been piped in, on this occasion by Hamish Forbes-Forsyth, those assembled where treated to a number of Burns light hearted work ,these included the Address to the Haggis passionately presented by Finlay Gordon whilst terrifyingly wielding a knife, and the Reply from the Haggis was entertainingly given by Mrs Valerie Forbes-Forsyth. Andy Gordon then gave the toast to Rabbie in the form of the Immortal Memory.

The Assistamt Provincial Grand Master Anthony Howlett-Bolton and his wife Jane added south of the border balance with very humorous toasts to and from the lassies.

Getting to grips with the traditional dancing

The formalities were then followed by a Ceilidh band with traditional dancing and instruction from a caller, who advised and cajoled those brave enough to take to the floor. It has to be said the ladies performed considerably better than the men in this department!



The Dark Blues next event will be a Masonic walking tour of London conducted by the very knowledgeable WBro Mike Neville, from the Province of Surrey and author of the book ‘Crime and the Craft’.

This promises to be an interesting and informative experience, an opportunity to discover some Masonic history, plus as the title would suggest discover some mysteries!  Full details will be confirmed shortly but the date to save in your diary is Saturday the 11th June. The day will include a tour of Grand Lodge and an opportunity for lunch. We advise early booking as this unique opportunity is bound to be very popular.

Details of the Dark Blues Club are availabl from the Secretary: Hamish Forbes-Forsyth



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