2002 visitation to Belgium will be a very memorable one for all
of the brethren who participated in this fine deputation of 26
brethren, representing a total of nine Scottish Lodges.
The deputation travelled by coach supplied Bro. J.M ( RWM of Lodge
Barn`s O` Clyde ) for Prestwick Airport where they were joined
by Brother B.M. The Ryanair flight took the brethren to Charleroi
Airport, where Brothers M.P., I.B and B.P. warmly greeted the
Scottish brethren, who were then taken by coach to the Arenberg
Hotel in Brussels.
The first Masonic business of the visitation was on the evening
of Friday the 15th of November 2002, with Lodge Wellington Nom
1385 in Antwerp, where Bro.
William McLoughlin P.M. of Lodge Kelvin Partick No.1207 is the
Proxy Junior Warden of Lodge Wellington.
The Grand Master Mason of Scotland and his deputation as well
as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Belgium entered the
stunning temple. There the brethren witnessed a magnificent first
degree. Afterwards the Grand Master Mason of Scotland presented
the RWM P.J.S. of Lodge Allegiance an apron for his new office,
Honorary Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
The brethren then enjoyed a meal of haggis, neeps and tatties
and were entertained with both Belgian and Scottish harmony.
The next day Saturday the 16th of November 2002 the 50th anniversary
of Lodge Allegiance No 1465 was then attended. Bro.
Ted McLoughlin I.P.M.of Lodge Kelvin Partick No. 1207 is
the Proxy Master of Lodge Allegiance. There the brethren witnessed
yet another magnificent first degree.
At the anniversary banquet which was held in the Royal Crown Hotel
in Brussels, the guests of Lodge Allegiance enjoyed a superb meal.
Afterwards presentations were made by Lodge Kelvin Partick and
Partick St Mary's Lodge to the R.W.M. of Lodge Allegiance Bro
P. J. S. Then Bro George Marshall Hanlon read a few words prepared
by his grandfather Bro George Marshall PM who was very instrumental
in forging the allegiances between the Scottish Lodges in Belgium,
Wellington and Allegiance. The evening enjoyed by all the brethren.
On Sunday morning the brethren were on the move again to Ghent
to meet the Worshipful Bro. J. D. M. and
the brethren of Lodge Fides et Amor No.27 where they witnessed
a first degree performed in Flemish. For the benefit of the visiting
brethren an English translation was provided. Although it was
very different it was very well executed and very interesting
to have watched.
The brethren were then taken to the banqueting hall where Lodge
Fides et Amor No.27 had laid on some truly superb Scottish Fayre,
smoked Scottish salmon and veal with croquettes and of course
Belgian chocolates. After the meal and the various toasts the
Scottish brethren were invited into the adjacent where they were
each presented with a Lodge Fides et Amor tie.
Then Brother L.D.L. and some of the brethren from the lodge accompanied
the Scottish brethren on a guided tour of Ghent. To accommodate
the 26 visiting brethren, the lodge had hired a Belgian public
house solely for the purpose of entertaining their Scottish visitors.
This was very much appreciated by all the visiting brethren and
it was generally agreed that this memorable harmony was the highlight
of the trip made to Belgium.
The brethren were driven back to Brussels and spent the rest of
the evening celebrating the end of a wonderful trip. Early on
Monday morning the coach arrived to take the brethren to the airport.
Thankfully everyone, (after a slight hiccup) eventually managed
to bring their passports and by later that day we were all back
safely in Scotland.
Should any brother wish to document their
own thoughts on this trip, they can do so by posting a message
on the message
board and it will be added to this page in due course.