Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival.

Event Logo.

Event Logo.

Over the weekend 19th to 21st September 2014, the village of Bushmills hosted the Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival, an occasion of great merriment and relaxation for all present. As you would expect, we had fresh salmon from the River Bush, and mature whiskey from the barrels of The Bushmills Distillery. Add in a goodly crowd, an Ulster Scots dancing competition, a variety of street stalls and children’s amusements and top the lot off with beautiful sunshine, and you have the perfect recipe for an enjoyable afternoon. One unusual stall encountered was the Billy Burger stall, which most of us thought had links to the town-land of Billy, just outside the village. Eventually the cardboard cut-out of a Billy Goat brought us a much clearer picture of the meaty delicacy, on offer from that particular stall.

Bushmills Masonic Hall.

Bushmills Masonic Hall.

As usual, our Brethren in Bushmills took advantage of the occasion and threw their doors open to welcome any remaining curious members of the general public, who had not previously visited their Hall. They opened the doors at 1.00pm and remained open to about 4.30pm, during which time, they received a steady flow of visitors.

The First Steps.

The First Steps.

Royal Blue Masonic Lodge No 414 Bushmills, is celebrating its two hundred and fiftieth anniversary this year and its current Master – Wor Bro Nicholas Dallat has set out a busy series of events to mark the occasion. He had also prepared an interesting fact sheet on the history of the Lodge, that was available for visitors to take away and read at their leisure. Once again Brethren,another excellent example of local Masons playing their part,as apart of Society, not apart from Society. I’m sure you will all join with me in wishing Wor Bro Nicholas continued success in this most significant commemoration, and hope that the remainder of his year is equally memorable.

Nicholas and Bob having a chat.

Nicholas and Bob having a chat.

About irishfreemason

Rt Wor Bro Bashford lives in Ireland where he joined the Masonic Order in 1977. He became a Master Mason in 1978 and served as Master of his Mother Lodge, Moyarget No. 280 Irish Constitution in 1990. He was appointed Richard Robinson Memorial Lecturer in the Irish Masonic Province of Antrim in 1992 and 2004. In 1996 he was appointed Grand Master's personal Standard Bearer by Most Wor. Bro Darwin Templeton, G.M. In 2000 he became the Millennium Master of the `irish Lodge of Research No. 200, and in 2001 went on to become Excellent King of the irish Chapter of Research No. 222.He is the current Editor of the Irish Lodge of Research, and has been since 1992, and of the Irish Chapter of Research since 1996. He was appointed Representative of the Grand Lodge of Portugal at the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 2006 ( a ten year appointment), giving him the courtesy title of Right Worshipful Brother. He is currently Provincial Grand Librarian for the Province of Antrim, and Curator of the museum at their headquarters in Belfast.
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