White Table & Talk On The Victoria Cross Followed By Burns Supper
Our January meeting is usually followed by a Burns supper, but this year we thought that we should open up the evening to our guests. So we went for what is known as a ‘white table’ evening. The formal part of the evening was carried out and then we invited our wives, partners and friends into the temple. Our Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Alan Gardner, welcomed everybody and gave a brief explanation of the masonic regalia, furniture and ornaments for those who may not have seen them before. There then followed a talk by our guest speaker, W. Bro. Mark Smith, who is the Curator of the Royal Artillery Museum, Woolwich. His theme was the history of the Victoria Cross, and he kept us spellbound for an hour.
We then left the temple to partake of some refreshment, with our guest piper playing in the background,
before taking our places for dinner. Being a Burns theme supper, we started with cock a leekie soup, and then went into haggis, bashed neeps and champit tat
The haggis was ceremoniously piped in and then addressed in fine form by our Secretary, W. Bro. Mike Batt. We finished off with Tipsy Laird and a wee dram. In all fifty members and guests sat down with what was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.