Stepping up to the challenge
On Monday, 4th April and Wednesday 6th April a band of brave walkers completed a forty-five mile hike from the Masonic Hall at Constitution Hill, Wellington to the Masonic Hall at Brand Lane, Ludlow
Apart from twenty minutes of sustained hail and rain at Ironbridge the walkers enjoyed sunshine and warm weather all the way. On the first leg, Wellington to Wilderhope Manor YHA, the walkers were Roger Pemberton DepPGM (Roden Lodge No. 6243), Robin Richardson Provincial Junior Grand Warden, Bruce Allwright, Colin Edwards and Mrs Edwards, Colin Albrow and Mrs Albrow, Peter and Cerys Brerton and Scott the Dog (all Lodge of the Marches No. 611).
This leg took ten hours including a short break at Much Wenlock. The walk proceeded via Wrekin College to Hadley, Ketley, Lawley, Madeley, Ironbridge Much Wenlock, the Wenlock Edge, Presthope, Easthope, and Wilderhope. We couldn’t have managed without the wonderful assistance of W Bro Glyn Condliffe who provided us with coffee and biscuits at strategic points on route.
The second leg, walked by Roger Pemberton and Andrew Henderson (WM Caer Caradoc Lodge No. 6346) took in the magnificent countryside of the Corve Dale including the two highest points in Shropshire, Abdon Burf on the Brown Clee and the Titterstone Clee before travelling down to Farden, Knowbury, Ledwyche and Ludlow. This section also took 10 hours. Many thanks to John and Joy Alban-Davies for providing a shower and changing facilities before the Deputy PGM travelled into Ludlow for second time that day to attend a meeting of the Lodge of the Marches.
At the car park near the Police Station, VW Bro Roger was met by senior members of the Lodge, W Bros, Keith Armstrong, Arnold Packer, Graham Simister, John Alban-Davies and George Loades each of whom carried the maul on the short walk to the Brand Lane Masonic Hall.
At the meeting, W Bro Brian Hardy, the WM of the Lodge of the Marches presented VW Bro Roger Pemberton with a cheque for £5,000 for the 2019 Festival Appeal in aid of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity and at the Festive Board the brethren donated a further £424 in cash and cheques as sponsorship of the walkers.
The Deputy PGM thanked the brethren for their wonderful hospitality and very generous donations to the Festival Appeal.
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master did not walk home from the meeting; the Provincial Senior Grand Warden, W Bro John Norman very kindly gave him a lift.