November 24th saw the cyclists saddling up to head out to Hadleigh on what should have been one of the easier journeys in the challenge. Easier as it was only a mere 13 miles to visit Brett Valley Lodge, a short journey compared to some! However, Brother Andy had just travelled 6,000 miles overnight with very little sleep… And coming from a 28º climate into a 4º climate and jumping on a bicycle was challenging to say the least. Brother Nick led the way, staying well in front so he couldn’t hear Brother Andy’s moaning! The ride through the Suffolk countryside was bracing to say the least, but was uneventful, which is more than could be said of numerous pheasants…, It can only be concluded that there are some poor shots over Hadleigh way as most of the pheasants had been hit by cars, maybe the Suffolk Masonic clay shooting team should head in this direction. Despite being cold the weather was good and the scenery as beautiful as ever.
Andy & Nick arrived at the Town Hall early to avoid the dark, one and a half hours before the meeting. However, the DC WBro Kelvin Avis had kindly offered the hospitality of his home so the cyclists had somewhere to change and warm up, Brother Kelvin providing a wee Dram as well for internal warmth!
Arriving at the Town Hall they were greeted by the Brethren of Brett Valley Lodge. The Ceremony this evening was to raise Brother Corey Williams. The Worshipful Master, assisted by his officers and WBro Danny Payne, carried this out in an excellent and moving manner. The Charity Steward in his report announced that the proceeds of the raffle this evening would go to the cyclists in support of their challenge to raise money towards the Festival. Brother Andy was then given the opportunity to stand and explain a little more about their quest and their progress to date.
Following the meeting the Brethren retired to the Festive Board where a welcome and hearty meal was served, seasonal pumpkin soup and steak pie. Brother Andy got to catch up with a Brother he hadn’t seen for some years and all the visiting Brethren met friends anew. Brother Corey Williams excelled himself, with a very persuasive selling technique with the raffle tickets and it raised an excellent sum of £345! This was presented to WBro Andy at the Festive Board for which he gave his thanks.
So, a big THANK YOU to Brett Valley Lodge for your warm welcome, your help and support of our challenge and for the fantastic donation towards the Festival 2019.
Thanks once again go to WBro Barry Whymark for driving the backup vehicle and transporting the cyclists back home safely.
Miles to date: 1762
Lodges visited: 56
Lodges to go: 12
Money Raised from Lodge visits £12,650 – £2350 to go to reach the Target of £15000