Travelling Maul makes its way to Lodge Gleniffer No.1219, Paisley

A special meeting hosted by Lodge Gleniffer No. 1219 on Tuesday, 30th August, attracted more than seventy Brethren from within and outwith the Province.

The occasion was the arrival of the Travelling Maul – a recently formed “Tuesday Club” held only on the 5th Tuesday of a month allowing lodges that hold regular meetings on that day of the week to get together.

The RWM of Lodge Gleniffer, Bro. Archie Henderson welcomed SPGM Bro. Willie Fleming and a Deputation headed by RWM of Lodge St Columba Govan No 729, Bro. Tom Robertson, accompanied by the RWM of Lodge St John (Kilwinning) Largs No.173, Bro. Les Pearson, both “Tuesday Club” lodges. A further eight RWMs attended the meeting.

RWM Bro. Les Pearson, Bro. Alexander Forbes. RWM Bro. Tom Robertson. RWM Bro. Archie Henderson and SPGM Bro. Willie Fleming
RWM Bro. Les Pearson, Bro. Alexander Forbes. RWM Bro. Tom Robertson. RWM Bro. Archie Henderson and SPGM Bro. Willie Fleming

A FC Degree was then conferred on Lodge Gleniffer’s latest EA, Bro. Alexander Forbes, by the degree team of Lodge St Columba Govan with the Obligation given by RWM Bro. Tom Robertson.

The harmony that followed included a superb buffet supplied by the Brethren of Lodge.

SPGM, Bro. Willie Fleming, representing PGM Bro. John S. Miller, congratulated Lodge Gleniffer for hosting the meeting adding that PGLRE was very keen to promote this sort of event.

The history of the Travelling Maul itself was later explained by RWM Bro. Archie Henderson who found it lying among rubbish at Glasgow’s Shieldhall Recycling Centre where he works.

RWM Bro. Archie Fleming shows the Travelling Maul he found at the dump
RWM Bro. Archie Fleming shows the Travelling Maul he found at the dump

He said: “There was no indication of where it had come from or who had put it there, but I saw it was a very heavy and solid piece of wood and realised its possibilities so I took it home and cleaned and polished it.

“It is ideal as the Travelling Maul and at every lodge it visits a Mark Penny is inserted to the base as a permanent record. We are hoping that more and more lodges that meet on Tuesdays will join in future.”