At 8:30 a.m. on Friday 17th April 2015, four members of St Augustine’s Lodge No 3713 and also Redditch Rugby Club, accompanied by 5 friends, set off on a bike ride from Redditch Rugby Club to Paris to raise money for The Acorns Children’s Hospice, a local charity that cares for terminally ill children in the Midlands.
Rob Gall, Bro Jon Hughes, Bro Chris Hemming, Gary Carter, Bro Mark Broadhurst,
Matt Kenny, W. Bro Paul Buck, Ian Strutt & Matt Burke, ready for the off.
The 7 cyclists and two support drivers were facing a four day journey to the Eiffel Tower covering 320 miles. The Plan was for the cyclists to rendezvous with the support vehicle at pre-
Day 1 covered the journey from Redditch to Reading, travelling via Stratford-
Day 2 saw the team depart the Travel Lodge at 7:30 a.m., in good spirits, for the next leg of the journey to Newhaven, via Guildford and Brighton, with a breakfast stop just North of Guildford for bacon and sausage buns and coffee, arriving at the Premier Inn, Newhaven, late afternoon.
With the UK leg of the journey complete the cyclists had time to relax and recharge their batteries before boarding the overnight ferry to Dieppe. The Bikes and all the equipment had to be loaded into the support van for the ferry crossing and once the van was packed the team set off for the port, boarding the ferry at 10:30 p.m.
Day 3. The team disembarked in Dieppe at 4:00 a.m. and proceeded to prepare themselves for the next leg of the journey. This involved the cyclists stripping off and donning their cycling gear in the car park of the ferry port with temperatures plummeting to around -
Day 4. After a proper breakfast at the hotel preparations were made for the last stage of the Journey to the Eiffel Tower, departing at 8:30 a.m. There were no pre-
Rob Gall, Ian Strutt, Bro Jon Hughes, Bro Chris Hemming, Bro Mark Broadhurst,
Matt Kenny, Matt Burke, W. Bro Paul Buck & Gary Carter.
The total amount of money raised to date stands at £5,000.00 approx. This combines money donated on-
The Annual Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting was again held at Stoneleigh Park on Saturday 16th May. This meeting was attended by 6 members of the Lodge with 3 members receiving promotions, W Bro Tom Fisher promoted to Past Senior Grand Deacon, W Bro Mike Payne, after his year as an Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, promoted to Past Junior Grand Deacon and W Bro Ian Hart, after serving 10 years as Provincial Tyler, being promoted to Provincial Junior Grand Warden. The meeting was attended by over 600 Warwickshire Masons with representatives of 7 other Provinces, either Provincial Grand Masters or Deputy Provincial grand Masters, being in attendance. The Provincial Grand Master addressed the meeting and outlined plans for attracting new members to Freemasonry stating that unless we change with the times then numbers will continue to fall and the existence of Freemasonry could be threatened.
W Bro’s Paul Buck, Steve Roadley, Tom Fisher, Mike Payne & Dave Pellett W Bro Ian Hart
After the Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting Provincial Junior Grand Warden
The annual Provincial Church Service took place at St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Warwick on Sunday 14th June. This was again well supported by members of St Augustine’s and acts as a social event for the members.
W Bro’s M Payne, D Pellett, G Cardy (Master), P Buck & T Fisher
At St Mary’s Collegiate Church