Gibraltar cycle marathon raises £240,000

Masons and their families were among a large group of people who converged on the Wycombe Wanderers ground at Adams Park, High Wycombe, to welcome back the RockRide 2 cyclists who had battled searing temperatures across Spain and France – covering more than 1,500 miles from Gibraltar to Bucks on a charity ride.

Three of the team were masons who, along with another dozen cyclists, helped to raise over £240,000 for their nominated charities. Among the welcoming crowd was Buckinghamshire PGM Gordon Robertson. 

Charities that benefited included the SSAFA, the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust and the Bucks Masonic Benevolent Fund.

Plain sailing for lodge meeting

There have been some unusual ways of travelling to lodge meetings, and a special route was recently taken by four members of the Group of Lodges in Portugal, who sailed from Albufeira to Gibraltar to attend the Annual Investiture of the District Grand Lodge of Gibraltar.

Yacht owner Keith Lloyd, Secretary of Prince Henry the Navigator Lodge, No. 9360, was joined by treasurer Peter Wilkinson, Paul Nicholson, and Rob Levitt, Grand Inspector of the Group.

In January, Assistant Grand Master David Williamson and Grand Secretary Nigel Brown visited Britannia Masters Lodge, No. 9575, in the afternoon to confirm the appointment of Robert Scott Levitt as the new Grand Inspector of the Group of Lodges in Portugal.
This was followed by the Installation meeting of Lancaster Lodge, No. 9413, in the evening and a festive board enjoyed by about 70 brethren. The lodges in Portugal had all been consecrated within the District of Gibraltar 20 years ago, and a strong contingent, led by District Grand Master Alfred Ryan, was in attendance, as was the Grand Inspector of the Grande Loja Regular de Portugal (Legal).
The following evening, at a meeting of Lancaster Chapter, Robert Levitt was confi rmed as Grand Inspector of the Group of Chapters in Portugal.
English masons in Portugal have three lodges: Prince Henry the Navigator Lodge, No. 9360, Lodge of Discoveries, No. 9409, in the Algarve and Lancaster Lodge, No. 9413, in Estoril, as well as a roving lodge, Britannia Masters Lodge, No. 9575, which has one meeting a year in each of the homes of the three other lodges.
The first three lodges each have a Royal Arch Chapter attached to them. Estoril Lodge is nearly 350km away from the Algarve, so visiting is no easy matter. However, all lodges and chapters extend a very warm welcome to any brethren visiting from England or any other constitutions recognised by UGLE.
Lancaster Lodge recently passed and raised a brother from the Grand Lodge of Texas, on instruction from UGLE, via the usual channels, and he is to join the lodge. Scottish and German masons have also been recent visitors. Anyone interested in visiting any of the lodges or chapters in Portugal should check details on the Group website:

1972    Initiated, Barnard Lodge, No. 5100
1980   Master, Barnard Lodge, No. 5100
1987   PProvDGDC (Warks)
1990   Founding Secretary, Prince Henry the Navigator Lodge, No. 9360
1992   PDistGSuptWks (Gib)
1993   Joined Lancaster Lodge, No. 9413
1993   First Exaltee, Prince Henry the Navigator Chapter, No. 9360
1995   Founder, Britannia Master Lodge, No. 9575
1996   Master, Lancaster Lodge, No. 9413, and 2008 & 2009
1996   Overseas Grand Rank
2000   First Principal, Prince Henry the Navigator Chapter, No. 9360
2002   Founder, Lancaster Chapter, No. 9413
2003   Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
2004 & 2005   First Principal, Lancaster Chapter
2005   Master, Britannia Masters Lodge, No. 9575
2007   Perfected, Bayard Chapter, No. 70, Rose Croix

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