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.
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.
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.