Middlesex Masonic Marauders

A Three Counties Bike Ride:

Ever mindful of aspiring to different ways to raise money for Charity, W Bro Alfie Buckland PProvAGDC of Circle of Friendship Lodge, No 7320 decided, together with several cohorts, that he, with some fellow Masons from both Bucks and Middlesex, would invade the Sunday morning tranquillity of the English countryside by a 30 mile cycle ride.

He also encouraged some non-masons to join in the fun.

So, it was up at the crack of dawn and off to the Royal Masonic School for Girls for the start at 08.00hrs.

Later in the day the Middlesex Grand Family Fete would be held.

The idea was that cyclists could join in the event and Alfie’s team each paid £20 for the privilege of taking part with the proceeds going to The 2020 Festival and to be donated by Prince Michael of Kent Lodge, No. 9120.

Along with the other teams taking part it was estimated that more than £1,000 was collected for good causes on the day.


W Bro Alfie Buckland & W Bro John Leggett PAGSwdB AProvGM

The teams were escorted by two motorcycle outriders one of whom was W Bro John Leggett PAGSwdB AProvGM, who led the way and although the ride was to be 30 miles only, it appeared that map reading skills were lacking and some did up to 60 miles.

Certainly good fun if you are fit.

Other Middlesex Masons included: W Bro Paul Jones ProvDepGDC (Albert Duke of York Lodge, No. 4970) and W Bro Peter Lawrence PProvSGD (Norman Moore Lodge, No. 7976) all also members of the Prince Michael of Kent Lodge, No. 9120.

The route took in Rickmansworth, Chalfont, Great Missenden, Haddenham, Longwick, Princess Risborough, Pink Hill (for those that know it) and Chalfont St Peter and home.

The team comprising of W Bro Alfie arrived back at Rickmansworth for 1.00pm when the Family Fete proceedings were gaining momentum.

This was the first bike ride to be organised on the same day as the Middlesex Grand Family Fete and may be the start of a new initiative.

The important thing was that not only did freemasons come together, it also brought in others willing to participate and whilst marauding across the posh parts of the Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire countryside the chit-chat amongst the riders centred on the possibility of some new recruits to freemasonry.

No doubt W Bro Alfie was practising those excellent precepts outside of the Lodge that are taught within it.

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