Universities Walking Challenge 2021 –
Wednesday 9th June marked the start of a 2021 mile walk in aid of the UGLE Universities Scheme, in which Lodges (including three from Middlesex) will participate to raise funds to support the recruitment of the next generation of Freemasons and the Duke of Edinburgh Fund for young people.
Starting from Freemasons Hall in London, over a period of 92 days the walk will cover most of England and Wales as it visits all of the Lodges that participate in the Universities Scheme.
The scheme provides a link between University students and enthusiastic local Lodges to support them as they embark upon their journey in Freemasonry.
Middlesex Scheme participants Ruislip St Martin’s Lodge, No. 9125 and Barn Hill Lodge, No. 7799 are currently scheduled to walk from St Albans to Harrow on Thursday 2nd September and Bushey Park Lodge, No. 2381 from Guildford to Twickenham via Surbiton on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th September, before the walk completes back at Freemasons Hall on Wednesday 8th September.
As well as the physical challenge, the walk represents a return to action for Freemasonry post lockdown and a chance to walk off the ‘lockdown waistcoat’ many of us seem to have acquired over the past year !
This commendable effort can be supported in several ways.
The walks are open to both Mason and non-Masons and anyone who wishes to participate in what will be an enjoyable and friendly activity can use this link to make contact https://forms.gle/9B4Lgg6oo5hBamj56 and sign up is open up to a week before the walk.
Secondly, you can contribute to the fundraising efforts either through the QR code below or by visiting the JustGiving page for L9938 here: www.justgiving.com/campaign/Relief-Chest-Scheme-L9938
The David Kenneth Williamson Lodge, No. 9938, as it is intrinsically linked with the Universities Scheme, has been chosen as the recipient Lodge for donations to be channelled.
As there is no other masonic activity at the moment within the Lodge then donations can be tracked and accounted for.
Monies donated to the Memorial Fund Relief Chest would not have allowed the Lodge to know how much they had contributed through this initiative.
RW David Kenneth Williamson is a Past Assistant Grand Master.
The plan is to make the donation on the day at the Quarterly Communication in September – the details of the presentation are being worked on at the moment, but that is in Sir David Wootton’s hands.
The message is – Freemasonry is back, and here is your chance to enjoy some exercise with like-minded people while benefiting some worthy charities and walking off the lockdown calories in (hopefully) glorious weather.
A thanks to W. Bro Ian Mitchell for this contribution.
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