50th Jubilee Celebrations
a mild winter's evening in August 2006, members of the Clan MacLeod
Society of Auckland (CMS Auckland) gathered to greet old friends and
meet new ones in celebrating the Auckland Society's 50th Jubilee with
the sound of pipes projecting their magis across the still waters of
Guests were welcomed by Don Hammond,
Presient, who read out congratulatory messages from Chief John, Malcolm
ACMS President, Torquil Donald, John of Rassay, Ian F MacLeod President
NZ CMS, Mary Clark CMS Canterbury, Bruce McLeod CMS Hawkes Bay, an Emma
Halford-MacLeod co-editor of the CMS magazine, followed by a greeting
in Gaelic from Cathie MacLeod, originally from Lewis.
Entertainment was in the form of Highland dancing by the Balmoral Dancers, followed by a splendid rendition of Robbie Burns' "Ode to a Mouse"
by Ian McLeod originally from Inverness as well as songs by Les
and Sonia Andrews. Les was made an honourary MacLeod when invited to
sing in front of Dame Flora during her Auckland visit in1955. les was
invited to visit Dame Flora at Dunvegan Castle and remains very prod of
The haggis was piped in by Sarah Smythe,
secretary of CMS Auckland, escorted by Don Hammond and Ian McLeod,
whilst Robert Halliday Addressed the Haggis vigorously. A few of the
guests had not tasted haggis prevously and were pleasantly surprised by
To mark the Jubilee, the committee authorised
the design and manufacture of a new Auckland Clan Banner, which was
presented to the gathering who expressed admiration and delight with
its appearance and workmanship.
Laurence McLeod, President of
Helensville CMS, spoke of the Helensville society whichis basically
made up of direct descendants of two McLeod brothers, Isaac and John
and their wives who settled and developed the Helensville area, just
noth of Auckland, contrasting their Society with other New Zealand
Societies which are made up of MacLeods from a variety of backgrounds
After a Gaelic Grace by Cathie MacLeod a
delicious dinner was enjoyed by appreciative guests. Janet Pullan, who
was secretary of Auckland CMS for over 30 years, cut the Jubilee cake
and spoke of the history of Auckland CMS during her long involvement
including the visits of Dame Flora, Chief John, Chief Torquil and many
others. Anecdotes and happy memories were shared amongst the gathering.
morning, being Sunday, many attended the service at St Andrew's First
Presbyterian Church where the new banner was blessed by the Rev Harry
Morgan with readings by Don Hammond and Ian McLeod. At the end of the
service the banner was piped from the church by Sarah Smythe followed
by clansfolk, who later joined the congregation for a convivial morning
It was a happy, informal, friendly successful and
enjoyable Jubilee Celebration. Grateful thanks to all members of the
committee who worked so hard to make the celebration a success, with
special thanks to Sarah Smythe, who continues the proud tradition of
the Pullan family involvement in CMS Auckland.
Auckland and Waikato members got together at a luncheon at the
Muddy Waters Irish pub in Mercer and enjoyed a buffet meal and lots of
All office holders were re-elected at the AGM
The Helensville branch has also celebrated 50 years. Our 50th
celebrations started with a small gathering at the Helensville cemetery
where the recently restored grave of Alexander Porter was rededicated
by the local Presbyterian minister Warren Howes. Alexander sailed on
the schooner Sea Gull from Nova Scotia with the McLeod families that
settled in Helensville and married Isaac Senior McLeod's daughter,
The gathering then moved to the Parakai Tavern with approximately
50 clansfolk including Joy Bridge and Don Hammond and several other
Auckland Clan members.
The evening started with the piping of the Haggis, followed by a
buffet dinner after which several congratulatory messages to
Helensville on reaching it's 50th Anniversary were read out by
President Laurence McLeod including ones for Chief John, Chief Donald,
NZ President Ian F and ACMS President Alex McLeod.
Next was the unfurling of our new Clan MacLeod Helensville Banner
by our two oldest members, Jean Robinson and Murdoch McLeod and the
blessing of the banner by minister Warren Howes. The banner was well
received by those members present and will be proudly carried and
displayed at every function, or occasion, including the next Waipu
Games in 2006.
official function concluded with the cutting of the 50th Anniversary
cake (made by Mary Robinson) by our only life member Joyce McLeod and
Callum Clark, the youngest member attending the function.