Its hard to believe that another year has passed, but, for those in any doubt, the Annual Larne Summer Fete and Open Day was once again held on Saturday the 15th August 2015. We had the usual plethora of events including Face Painting, Bouncy Castle, Police Van with mobile cell in the rear, Ice Cream, Music, Barbeque, Fire Engine, TA Reserves,Nail Games, Refreshments, Airsoft, Tombola, Barbeque, St John’s Ambulance and Scottish Dancing. As usual, THe Irish Lodge of Research had a Historical Display with various local Lodge jewels, artifacts, china plates and Mark Lodge tokens on display, Photo Albums and Transactions, and the Larne Hall Management Team ran a number of tours of the Lodgeroom.
Rt Wor Bro Christiaan Koning and his good lady wife have been touring Ireland for the past couple of months, and I had previously met them at Downhill in County Londonderry. THey have visited a Summer Lodge in Limavady, Grand Lodge in Dublin and hope to visit the Rosemary Street Museum before the end of August. I had invited them to Larne and they were fascinated to see the extent of outreach carried out in the Irish Constitution. Christiaan
is currently in the chair of Lodge Opgang No 173 Hilversum, is active in the Dutch Royal Arch and is a 30th degree Mason in the Dutch Scottish Rite. They spoke to a number of the Larne Brethren present, had a meal in the Social club and enjoyed the range of activities outside for the kids and families.
We had a busy day on the historical stand, so much so, that I did’nt get an opportunity to take any photos outside. As usual, we found that our exhibits reminded people of some of the items they had in their own homes, with family and Masonic collections. This always encourages them to question us, and before we knew it, it was nearly 4.00pm and the end of the show. We always see a lot of the same faces every year, but in one or two instances they were looking a bit different this year. For example “Junior” looks a bit different, but I just could’nt put my hand on it.
All in All, it was a great afternoon’s craic, and the people of Larne are quite happy with the Freemason’s in their midst. The Masonic Lodge-Room has been used for a recent Wedding, and I’m gratefull for the following photograph, showing how the room looked, after being dressed for the occasion.
And on that Happy Note Brethren, we will bring this posting to a close.