The culmination of the East Lakes Group five mile challenge took place on 23rd August 2018, when the Worshipful Master of Derwentwater Lodge No. 6375 in Cumbria, Arthur Turner, had the great pleasure in presenting a cheque for £749 to Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice Jigsaw
The charity was selected by Derwentwater Lodge to receive the proceeds of the event. Members of the lodge 'walking' team were in attendance, as was the Group Chairman, Glyn Titterington.
The original idea for the walk was put together by Joseph Jackson, as a way of creating more interaction between the members of the East Lakes Group of Lodges in the Province of Cumberland & Westmorland and to include their families and friends.
After the idea was discussed with the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary of the Group, it was decided to go ahead and create the event, with the first walk to be held in the rural town of Penrith. It was then decided that the lodge with the most members attending would win the chance to present the money raised, to the local charity of their choice.
Each year the event will be held in one of the East Lakes Groups towns, which include Penrith, Brampton, Kirkby Stephen, Appleby and Keswick. The walk has proved an innovative way for members from different lodges to work together in mutual support, to achieve something special and for Freemasonry to be seen working in their communities. Yet it is an important aspect of this event that the walk is not too challenging and should be inclusive of all mobility and fitness levels.
The inaugural walk was held on 24th June 2018, which started and finished at Penrith Masonic Hall and took in a five mile route through the town, taking in the views of the Lake District hills. The event was well supported by East Lakes members and their families. It was led by Glyn Titterington, and supported by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master Ian Darcy and his wife Heather.
Next year’s walk is being held in the market town of Keswick, taking in the vistas of Derwentwater.