It begins again. After the summer off since the last visit to Solea Lodge at the end of May the cyclists once again mounted up to begin the last part of their quest to cycle to all of the Lodges in Suffolk.This cycle to visit Felix lodge is the first of the last 17 remaining Lodges to visit. Considering neither of the cyclists had done any miles on bikes over the summer they covered the 34 miles to Felixstowe with relative ease.The weather was a help, a balmy 16/17º, great given the time of year, T shirt weather! The Suffolk countryside was as beautiful as ever, entering Autumn, the leaves turning into their blaze of colour and the fields mainly brown earth again. The cyclists arrived on time and without incident, even the numerous releases of pheasant and partridges hadn’t learned their kamikaze suicide routines yet. As was the case earlier in the year with the last visit to Bury St Edmunds this was the last cycling visit to Felixstowe, a sure sign that the end of the challenge was now in sight.
WBro Barry Whymark was ahead of the cyclists in the support van, a quick change into more suitable attire to attend the meeting and just enough time for a swift but well deserved beer in the nearby Grosvenor pub and the cyclists were welcomed to Felix Lodge by the Brethren. This evening was past Masters night and the acting Worshipful Master WBro Steve McDade and the past Masters of the Lodge carried out the ceremony of passing Bro Stuart Webb in an excellent and most sincere manner. WBro Andy was given the opportunity to stand and explain their challenge and progress to date. The Charity Steward WBro Jack Thrower then announced that Felix Lodge would be donating £300 to the Festival via the cyclists.
Following the meeting the brethren retired to the dining hall, some half a mile down the road. There they enjoyed the usual good cheer and warm welcome at the Festive board making new friends and re-acquainting themselves with previously met brothers. Another surprise awaited the cyclists when the raffle was drawn and WBro Jack Thrower then presented WBro Andy with the proceeds of the raffle, a further £200 towards the festival. A final donation of £5 from Bro Stuart Webb made a grand total of £505! Bro Andy even won a bottle of champagne in the raffle, this was promptly confiscated by Bro Nick who takes his role of Charity Steward for Priory Lodge very seriously…….
So, thank you Felix Lodge for your warm welcome, the last of the cycling visits to Felixstowe but by no means the least, with your very generous donation to the Festival and excellent support. A very enjoyable evening.
Thanks for driving the support van and taking the cyclists back home once again go to WBro Barry Whymark from Magna Carta Lodge.
Miles to date: 1686
Lodges visited: 52
Lodges to go: 16
Money Raised from Lodge visits £11,833 – £3167 to go to reach the Target of £15000!