Monday 16th July saw a contingent of four cyclists setting off to Newmarket for a visit slightly outside the boundaries of the original challenge…..
The original challenge was to cycle to visit each Lodge within the Province of Suffolk. However, during the visit to Laconic Lodge the Provincial Grand Master of Cambridgeshire was present, the RWBro Bill Dastur, who kindly pointed out that the challenge may not be complete unless we visited “all of the Lodges in Suffolk” …. There being a Lodge in Newmarket…. which is in Suffolk…But falls within the Province of Cambridgeshire!
An invitation was extended to visit Logistica Lodge in Newmarket and the Provincial Grand Master of Suffolk the RWBro Ian Yeldham was also invited to attend. Always willing to support and participate he also decided to don cycling gear and cycle there too. So at 3.15pm, the cyclists set off, Bro’s Andy & Nick accompanied by the RWPGM of Suffolk and the Worshipful Master of Stour Valley Lodge WBro Bill Dotesio-Eyers. For Brother Andy it was the end of a long journey having left at 6am from Moraira in Spain, some 1,700 miles away! Due to a certain budget airline’s lack of punctuality he arrived home late, with just enough time to change before rushing off to join the others.
The day was hot requiring several stops, a new route for the cyclists winding across the Suffolk Countryside, then into the Cambridgeshire countryside before arriving in Newmarket, once again back into Suffolk!
After a rather hot but uneventful journey the four cyclists arrived in Newmarket and were greeted by the ever-cheerful Brother Stephen Martin-Halls, complete with a cool large bag full of ice, cold water and Snickers bars! The Brothers were all warmly welcomed by the Brethren of Logistica Lodge. There was also a good contingent of Suffolk Brethren, many from The Sportsman’s Lodge of Suffolk.
A quick change and just enough time for a swift cold beer and the Brethren sat down to enjoy the evening. The ceremony was an initiation and was most excellently carried out by the Worshipful Master WBro Billings and his team of Officers. Mr Carl Brinkley became Brother Brinkley and joined the happy band of Brothers in Logistica Lodge. At the end of the ceremony the Worshipful Master rose and presented a cheque for £500 to the Provincial Grand Master of Suffolk in Support of the cycling challenge and the Festival 2019. A fantastic and generous donation, especially given that Logistica are in a neighbouring Province!
After the meeting, the Brethren retired to the bar to enjoy a drink or two before sitting down to the Festive Board. The cyclists were treated to their meals by members of the Lodge, yet again a most generous gesture. The Festive Board was very pleasant with good company and excellent food. Good conversation and the friendly camaraderie ensued to make a most pleasant end to an excellent evening.
Thank you, Logistica Lodge, for your warm welcome, the excellent hospitality and your amazing 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 unwavering support!
Miles to date: 2158
Lodges visited: 68
Lodges to go: 2 – Mildenhall Lodge & Sportsman’s Lodge
Money Raised from Lodge visits £18,490 – The Target of £15000 has been achieved!!