W Bro Steve Wright is currently in the chair of two Craft lodges: St Wilfrid Lodge, No. 4453, in the Province of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire, and Fons Vitae Lodge, No. 8744, in the Province of Derbyshire.
This inspired him with the idea of walking between his two lodges, Fons Vitae in Long Eaton and St Wilfrid in Oundle – a distance of some 60 miles – to raise money for the respective festival appeals in the two provinces: the Derbyshire 2014 Festival in aid of the Masonic Samaritan Fund, and the Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire 2013 Festival for the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution.
On the morning of Tuesday 8th May, accompanied by his intrepid and long-suffering partner, Miss Sue Leaver, and their toy rabbit mascot Alistair McAlistair, he set off from Long Eaton in Derbyshire, cheered on by members of the Fons Vitae Lodge.
After many trials and tribulations – as well as the occasional well-earned break for refreshments at hostelries along the way – Steve and Sue (and Alistair, of course) finally arrived in Oundle on Saturday, 12th May, to be greeted warmly by members of St Wilfrid Lodge.
In total, W Bro Wright succeeded in raising over £1,200 with the walk, to be divided between the two festivals. Many congratulations to him and his good lady, Sue, and a sincere thank you to the brethren in both provinces for their generous sponsorship.