Friday the 13th …Possibly not the best choice of date but the two cyclists needed to make the journey to Southwold to visit Martyn Lodge for their April meeting. The day dawned cloudy but no rain was forecast and the temperature was a positively balmy 12º! The cyclists set off, once again on mountain bikes due to the uncertainty of the road conditions. The journey was to be an eventful one…beginning with Brother Nick sustaining a puncture 7 miles into the ride. He waited until Brother Andy had cycled a mile ahead to the top of the hill, pushed his bike back down to the bottom and then called him for assistance!
Brother Andy, keen to assist, arrived and they soon had the tube changed and then began the arduous task of inflating a large 29” mountain bike tyre with a tiny little pump. Some considerable minutes later the tyre was inflated, remove pump, out comes the valve, start again…. Brother Andy thought he had worked up a sweat whilst doing so, water dripping down his back, but no…Upon setting off, Brother Andy soon discovered that his lower back and backside were soaking wet! Having bent down to pump up Nicks tyre the top had come off his water bottle and filled his rucksack, then getting back upright and cycling caused it to leak back out, all down his back. So, although there was no rain he still got wet!
Shortly after Tannington the route took the cyclists down Kings Lane, heading for Brundish. They were indeed glad they were on mountain bikes as the concrete road became a track after a mile.
Thankfully with the Friday the 13th events over with, the cyclists had a pleasant journey through the rest of the beautiful Suffolk countryside, the Primroses and Blackthorn blossom signalling that Spring was just around the corner. The only thing that was sadly missing was the sun, keeping the temperature just a couple of degrees from being pleasant. The cyclists arrived in Southwold with just enough time to spare for a quick pint of the local ale and then proceeded to the Lodge rooms where they were greeted by Brother Cliff Sargeant, complete with crisps and a welcome hip flask, it was now getting cold.
Once again, the cyclists and WBro Cliff were well greeted by all and made most welcome. This was the first visit to the Southwold Masonic rooms and they all marvelled at the beautiful temple with its ornate furnishings and interesting history. The ceremony was a third degree with some interesting additions, which the Brothers had never seen before. All carried out in an excellent manner by the WM Worshipful Bro Julian Cossey and his officers.
Following that the Brethren retired to the nearby Constitutional club for the Festive Board, yet again an excellent meal with much good conversation, where again new Brothers were met.
The Lodge then presented the cyclists with the proceeds of the raffle which was extremely well supported by all the Brethren there, raising a goodly amount of £265 towards the festival 2019, a generous donation indeed, Brother Andy thanked Martyn Lodge and all those present for their support.
So, thank you to Martyn Lodge and all that were there that evening, we had a very warm welcome, a great meeting and festive board and for your generous donation, support and positive comments as always, are very much appreciated.
Miles to date: 1904
Lodges visited: 60
Lodges to go: 8
Money Raised from Lodge visits £13,499 – £1501 to go to reach the Target of £15000