Wednesday 8th November saw the cyclists in the saddle again, this time their destination was in a different County, Diss in Norfolk to visit Hartismere Lodge No 1663.
The day dawned wet and raining with the temperature down to 7º… really not the best of weather for the 33-mile bicycle ride. Thankfully though the day improved so that when the brothers set off it had all but stopped. The cyclists took a new route down some new lanes to head North for Diss. The Suffolk countryside now heading from Autumn to Winter with game birds in abundance in the fields, once again making the cyclists appreciate the beautiful county they were cycling through. What they did not appreciate however was the biting wind which cut through to the bone when any sort of decent speed was reached. A stop to don windproof jacket helped with the cold and they reached the outskirts of Diss just as the darkness closed in. The roaring fire and the thought of a warming Dram meant that the cyclist were spotted heading into the Cock public house on Fair Green for a well-earned warm up! This proved to a slight error as they then had to find the Masonic Hall in the dark, and the sat nav they resorted to using took them to the wrong destination. Eventually they arrived after a slow but uneventful journey.
They were greeted by the Brethren and visitors of Hartismere Lodge and met some new Brothers as well. There were also some familiar faces. There was no ceremony to speak of this evening but the unveiling of a superb honor’s board to celebrate the Lodges 140th year anniversary and the presentation of a 50-year certificate made the evening both pleasant and interesting. The Assistant Provincial Grand Master WBro Keith Huxley was also in attendance.
Following the meeting the Brethren retired to the Festive Board where the excellent dinner was served. The Steak and Kidney pie possibly being one of the best the cyclists had sampled on their quest. At the festive board the Worshipful Master WBro John Charles Lee presented WBro Andy with a donation for £100 towards the festival which was gratefully received and Brother Andy thanked the Lodge and updated all on their progress.
So, thank you Hartismere Lodge for your warm welcome, your support of the chgallenge and your generous donation.
Thanks once again go to WBro Cliff Sargeant for driving the backup van and presenting the cyclists with hot coffee and Jaffa cakes upon arrival!
Miles to date: 1749
Lodges visited: 55
Lodges to go: 13
Money Raised from Lodge visits £12,305 – £2695 to go to reach the Target of £15000!