Whitby Visitation

Installation of Bro Joe Wells
The Lodge took another road trip to Whitby on Sunday October 24th 2010.  Fifteen brethren (Thirteen from the lodge) travelled down to Whitby for the Installation of Bro Joe Wells into his affiliated English lodge. After a five hour drive (yes the minibus was restricted) we finally arrived at our accomodation just outside Whitby.
A quaint farmhouse with several outbuildings owned by Brian and Jill.

Before we unpacked it was off to the local pub for a meal and a wee half or four. Then it was back to Swallow Cottages to get unpacked and ready for the next day ahead.
Monday saw a hearty breakfast with our host, Jill, doing everything in her power to ensure the brethren were thoroughly satisfied. Then it was off to explore the fishing village of Whitby.  Click on any of the photos below to enlarge  
  
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The weather was kind and the streets were very busy for a Monday. After walking down cobbled streets and very narrow alleyways, we arrived at the main street next to the harbour. Alongside the harbour was a steam bus taking tourist trips at a very slow pace and also the local lifeboat museum. Below shows a few Old relics.
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Bro Alan Borsbey PM and Bro Peter Walker then did a spot of gift collecting for their wives, who wanted something different. Well, that request was answered in the shape of Chocolate fish!
Peter bought a big one in a box and Alan bought a small one. Once inside the Dolphin pub across the harbour bridge, ably assisted by PM Bro Murray Robertson a short rendition of Big Fish, Little Fish, Cardboard Box rang out to the bemusement of the locals.
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That evening we proceeded to the lodge, where we were warmly welcomed by all of the brethren of The Caedmon Lodge. A large premises shared by several lodges steeped in history.
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The harmony board which followed was very formal compared to our own harmony board and our RWM Bro Ronnie Gemmill (or was it Jemmill) from Lodge Stoneybrook delivered an excellent reply on behalf of the visitors. The evening wrapped up about 10.30pm where we then decended back to our accomodation for our own party which finished about 3am.
Pictured below is RWM Bro Gemmill presenting some gifts to our hosts Brian and Jill.
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Thanks to everyone for their warmth and hospitality. We will be back.             
                        

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