Monday the 12th March was the first time in a while that the two cyclists had thrown a leg over the bikes. In fact, not since 8th December as the last visit to Woodbridge was called off due to snow and ice…. The weather forecast didn’t bode well for this journey either. Today they were to visit The Rotary Lodge of Suffolk in Framlingham. This was the third visit to the Masonic temple here, and sadly their last, a sure sign that the challenge is nearing its end. In contrast to the visit last March when they visited and had a pleasant cycle the weather certainly made for a challenging ride.
It rained for 90% of the journey, sometimes torrentially. Approaching Debenham via Low Road they realised why it was called so, it’s below the small stream and field side ditches in places, the water had overflowed and was running down the road…. which made for slow progress! There was not much of the Suffolk Countryside to view on this journey as the mist and rain obscured most of it. March the 15th last year saw this description from a cycle to Lowestoft… “A pleasant 14º saw them donning their shorts and T-shirts for the first time this year. There were little wind and the roadside primroses, the Blackthorn displaying its white blossom and abundant garden daffodils bore testament that spring was indeed on its way!” With Mother’s Day gone by yesterday, there was not a daffodil in sight!!
After a slow, wet and cold journey the cyclists arrived safely in Framlingham, half an hour behind schedule leaving only just enough time to get changed and ready for the meeting. They were warmly greeted and quickly seated, just in time for the installation ceremony of Bro Steve Flory. WBro Stephen Sheldrake carried this out in a most sincere manner and Bro Steve became WBro Steve Flory. The small temple was full of both members and visitors and everyone enjoyed the excellent meeting. The Worshipful Master announced that they would be supporting the cycling challenge and Festival to the tune of £200 which was most generous.
The festive board that followed was excellent, the cyclists had on previous visits sampled some superb homemade pies here. They were not disappointed and the game pie was just as good, helping to replenish the calories burned on the ride over.
Again, the cyclists and support driver Steven met new brothers and the friendly conversation flowed over dinner. There are unique differences in what every Lodge does which always makes for a worthwhile visit, here the candlelit dinner to the quartet who sang the visitor’s song contributed to a very enjoyable evening. But the Loving Cup was unique and if you have no idea what that’s about then a visit to Rotary Lodge is a must.
At the end of the festive board, the Worshipful Master presented WBro Andy with a cheque for £200 and he gave a suitable reply thanking the Lodge and explained a little more about the cycling challenge and the visits they had already made in support of the Festival 2019.
Thanks must this time go to Worshipful Brother Steven Ray for driving the support van.
So thank you to The Rotary Lodge of Suffolk for a very warm welcome, your generous donation and for your support, as always it is very much appreciated.
Miles to date: 1815
Lodges visited: 59
Lodges to go: 9
Money Raised from Lodge visits £13,234 – £1766 to go to reach the Target of £15000