On the evening of 26th February, a most enjoyable Burns Night Celebration was held by St. Mary's Lodge No.7164, organised by the Master, W.Bro. Michael Brooman and his wife Samantha with assistance from their friends and family. The evening was well attended with 65 members of the local Lodges meeting in Melton Mowbray, friends and family.
The chosen Charity for the evening was ProstAid, for which over £600 was raised by the raffle, and a Burns Night themed game of "Neeps and Tatties" great fun was had by all! A most enjoyable meal, featuring, of course, a haggis, which was duly piped around the dining room, and then eloquently addressed by Bro. Martin Fairbairn. For Whisky connoisseurs there were a number of varieties doing the rounds.
After the meal, poems were read by W.Bro. William Hutchison, W.Bro. David Wall and others. The Master then gave a speech on behalf of the gentlemen present and his wife Samantha responded for the Ladies. One of the Lodge members, Bro. Paul Wright was celebrating his birthday and much to his surprise was presented with a birthday cake tomuch applause.
Finally, the Master gave a short speech and thanked all those who had helped with the organisation of the evening. Bro. Raymond de Barry Blanchard responded on behalf of all of the guests. As mementos of the evening, each couple was invited take home a docorative candle and some shortbread, and also a Whisky glass and a small bottle with a tot of Whisky.
A most enjoyable evening which left everyone saying, "Roll on next year!"