On Saturday 16th June Brother Andy set off to visit Lodge Faith in Ipswich. This was to be the last time that he cycled to visit the Ipswich Masonic Centre at Soane Street, the Challenge now almost at its end.
It was a most pleasant and dry morning with hardly any breeze, warm but not too hot and Brother Andy made good time. During the journey, he reflected on the many times he and Brother Nick had cycled the route visiting Lodges in Felixstowe, Ipswich and Woodbridge. The hills at Kersey, Burstall and the smaller ones in between no longer presented the challenge they did at the start, some 4 years ago on June 6th 2014, when the then 3 cyclists visited Perfect Amity Lodge. Once again this was a solo journey for Brother Andy as Brother Nick was on holiday.
Upon arrival Brother Andy was greeted by Brother Stephen Martin-Halls, who has supported the cyclists throughout the last 4 years, turning out on over 20 of the visits to assist in getting the cyclists back home. After changing from his cycling gear Brother Andy & Steve enjoyed a coffee and were made most welcome by the members of Lodge Faith.
Lodge Faith meet on a Saturday morning and this was their installation meeting. The IPM WBro Taylor opened the Lodge and then handed over to the DC WBro Bob Jenkins who then installed his son WBro Scott Jenkins in an excellent ceremony. The rest of the ceremony was carried out very efficiently and the once again the Brothers were to hear a new piece of ritual, WBro David Deal delivering a lovely extended version of the address to the Brethren. During the risings WBro Andy was presented with a generous donation of £100 towards their cycling visit and the 2019 Festival for the RMBI, for which he rose and thanked the Lodge, bringing them up to date with their progress.
After the meeting, the Brethren retired to the bar to enjoy a drink before lunch. Once again pleasant conversation ensued and the Brothers learned some of the history of Lodge Faith, it having been founded in Karachi, Pakistan in 1892. After a suspension of Masonry in Karachi it was revived in here in Suffolk in 1987. The Festive Board was a very pleasant meal with good company and excellent food. Brother Steve & Andy’s meal was paid for by the Lodge which was a most welcome and generous gesture. An excellent curry which is the tradition at installation!
So, thank you Lodge Faith for your warm welcome, excellent lunch and your generosity. Your support and positive comments as always are very much appreciated.
And thanks once again to Brother Stephen Martin-Halls for your time and support!
Miles to date: 2139
Lodges visited: 67
Lodges to go: 2 – Mildenhall Lodge & Sportsman’s Lodge
Money Raised from Lodge visits £17,990 – The Target of £15000 has been achieved!!