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Burn’s night unites the Lodges of Blackhill


February 2018

With good food, good cheer and good poetry; there’s no experience quite like a Burns Night celebration. After much planning by the Blackhill Event’s Committee, over 100 Blackhill Freemasons and their guests came together to celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns in a traditional January ‘Burns Supper’.

The tradition started a few years after the poet’s death in 1796, when his friends commemorated his career on the date of his death (July 21) each year. So began the Burns Supper, and more than two centuries later it is has become a nationwide event with recitals of the poet’s works and a haggis dinner.

As part of the traditional Burns Night supper on the evening there was haggis, ‘neeps and tatties’ and lots of Scotch Whiskey besides. The format of the celebration had all of the essential details required for a wonderful Burn’s Night celebration. The piping in of the guests, the Selkirk Grace, the piping in of the haggis and the toasts and thanks delivered in both enlightening and humorous fashion.

The evening was part of a new focus to improve the social activities of Blackhill Lodges which has already begun to have an impact in terms potential membership as well as getting the Lodges to support each other in a closer fashion. In addition, hundreds of pounds were raised once again for the 2021 Festival which will be split across all of the Blackhill Lodges.

After a vote of thanks for the hard work of the Blackhill Social Committee, for their endeavours in organising the evening down to the finest detail, a wonderful evening was rounded off when the guests were invited to stand and belt out a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne. All assembled held hands as one and even managed to cope with those more difficult lines!!

Whether you don’t know your kilts from your dirks, the evening proved a real success and all those who were present look forward to the next social event at Blackhill.

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