On Friday 10th June 2016 The members of Temple 51 visited the Provincial Grand lodge Hall in Rosemary Street (PGLH) to confer a first degree on their newest member in the Provincial Grand lodge room. The meeting was hosted by Edenderry lodge 544 to whom we would like to express our thanks for allowing us to confer a first degree. The night went extremely well and was very impressive for the new candidate. We have been told this is the first first degree held in the main Provincial Grand lodge room. We also visited the Provincial Grand lodge museum which is in the basement of the (PGLH). The tour was conducted by WB Robert Bashford and was extremely interesting, he informed us that the museum was actually started by a member of Temple 51 namely VW Brother Samuel Leighton. After the meeting we retired to the Crumlin road hall where lodge 544 very generously laid on a festive board which was enjoyed by all.
W. Bro John Harold Mc Collum (front centre) joined Temple Masonic Lodge No. 51 on the 4th march 1959 becoming a master mason in November of the same year. A regular attender at his lodge he first became Worshipful master in 1971 and then again sixteen years later in 1987, before taking on the roll of Chaplain in 1995.
In 2000, to commemorate the turn of the century, the lodge members saw fit to honour him again by making him Worshipful Master for the third time. He is the only member in the history of the lodge to have done so.
In recent months W. Bro Mc Collum has suffered from ill health and the members of the lodge wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him again in the near future.
‘I can light a match with a single shot from 100yards’ has to be the quote of the day.
Even former Temple 51 Worshipful Master, WT ‘Bullseye’ Braithwaite, 1888, a three time Bisley Rifle shooting champion, would have thought twice before attempting such a feat of marksmanship. Unfortunately, or should i say fortunately, for member making this boast no one had any matches with them, but he will be given the opportunity ot prove himself the next time around!
The sun shone on the members and their guests as they enjoyed a day ot target shooting at a local range held on Saturday 20th October 2012. The standard of marksmanship displayed by the 65 people who were in attendance was, to say the least, impressive. Everyone had the opportunity to try a verity of different pistols and rifles on the day, with the event culminating in a festive board of soup, sandwiches and sausage rolls. Everyone, form novices to semi pros, agreed that it was a great day’s entertainment and that they were looking forward to having ‘another go’ in the near future.
Temple 51 is now in the process of planning their next social event, a ‘friends of the lodge’ night to be held in December, and hope to have many more days out during 2013. If you want to join in just ask one of our members. We are always glad to make new friends.
On Saturday, September 19th, Temple 51 together with the PALS group (Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim Leisure and Social Committee) visited the UIster aviation society(UAS) at the maze complex near Lisburn. The UAS is a privately run charitable status museum run by its own members. They have an extensive aircraft collection and it surely is a hidden gem for a family day out in Northern Ireland.
It was a very enjoyable day. 10d adults and around 30 children were present. We managed to raise £320 for the Victoria jubilee Masonic benevolent fund. there was a visit from the Chopper club who had a brilliant display of their modified motor cycles. We also had a display of historic military vehicles from the UIster Military vehicle club. many thanks to both groups and their support for the event was highly appreciated
The guys at the UIster aviation society give us a very warm welcome and provided us with professional tours of their aircraft collection. It was a very relaxing and informative day out.
Thirty-nine brethren and guests attended the temple 51 masonic christmas festive board. Mini Santa also attended with her helpers and mum Nadine. A good nights craic was had by all. We had traditional Christmas dinner. £147 was raised for charity and the guests had an opportunity to tour the hall.
We had a number of visitors and sincerely hope they enjoyed our hospitality. Merry Christmas.