Hope Bridge Castle Masonic Lodge 827

in Armadale


Recent renovations to the lodge building

In mid 2008, the members of Hope Bridge Castle Masonic Lodge in Armadale decided to hold a Sportman's Dinner in order to raise money for some of the local children's groups in the town. Although a benevolent society, members felt they had been unable to give as much as they would have liked in charity, in recent times, because of the escalating costs of maintaining their premises. It was decided that, although there were many worthwhile causes in the town, on this occasion the Lodge would concentrate on the children's groups. Selling tickets for the event proved easy, particularly when it was explained where the money would be going. The Masonic Hall was filled with members of the Lodge, Masons from around the District, guests and friends. The grand sum of 1600 was raised and, on Friday 5th December, a cheque for 200 was presented to each of the following eight recipients: BBs, Anchor Boys, Scouts, Girls Brigade, Girl Guides, Brownies, Rainbows and Armadale Sports Club. Hopefully this small donation will help with the wonderful work they do and alleviate some of the financial constraints they faced. The Masons of Lodge Hope Bridge Castle would like to thank everyone who contributed in making the night a success and they wish all the organisations the best of luck in the future.

Christmas Eve was made extra special for 59 children in Armadale when Hope Bridge Castle Masonic Lodge organised a visit to their homes from Santa. The route took Santa on his carriage pulled by two beautiful grey horses around most of Armadale. Santa took great pleasure in delivering presents to a lot of excited children and enjoyed plenty of milk and biscuits on his route. There were many happy faces on the night as the children received their presents from Santa and his Elf and there was plenty of time for photographs to capture the moment. The night was a great success with both parents and children having a wonderful time. The event also managed to raise 115, which will be donated to the Charity DebRA. The Right Worshipful Master of Hope Bridge Castle would like to thank all the members of the Lodge for their assistance and generosity, which made the event possible. Particular thanks to Mr A McIndoe who provided the horses and carriage at very short notice after the children were let down by another supplier. Mr McIndoe and his wonderful horses really saved the day.