Most normal people would celebrate their 60th birthday by staying home and eating cake, or whatever, but when you’re a Middlesex Mason convention flies out of the window.
W. Bro Steve Heynes PGStdB PPrGReg, along with W. Bro Paul Darling-Wills MBE PProvSGD, both members of the Middlesex Armed Forces Lodge, No. 9940, did something which was very different and decided to organise a sponsored zipline challenge in aid of BLESMA – British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association.
This took place at Velocity Zip World, Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda in North Wales.
Mere Masonic mortals, would no doubt be good spectators at such an event, but to actually participate, especially when you are flying at 500 metres above a bright blue quarry lake on the fastest zip line in the world, takes a certain kind of courage.
Apart from the exhilaration of doing it, it was aimed at raising money for the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association, or BLESMA for short.
The Charity was established in 1930s and helps all serving and ex-Service men and women who have lost limbs, or lost the use of limbs or eyes, by helping to rebuild their lives; providing rehabilitation activities and welfare support.
Not only that, a feature of the charity is that it supports its members by providing counselling and helping deal with the negative effects of a trauma injury, and also assists with rehabilitation/recuperation, and eventual stability.
The goal is to help members regain a sense of normality, such as finding fulfilling employment.
The costs of travel and accommodation were paid for by Steve and Paul themselves and all monies raised through sponsorship were donated directly to the Charity.
A number of Lodge and Chapters, including Middlesex Armed Forces Lodge gave to the cause and Steve’s employers also were pleased to make a contribution.
The amount donated amounted to £350.
It is hoped that a similar event might take place next year (2019) in support of The 2020 Festival, but this is very much in the planning stage.
Middlesex Armed Forces Lodge, No. 9940 is the youngest Lodge in the Province, having been consecrated in December 2016.Master.
It already boasts a membership of 33 and has a candidate for Initiation in the pipeline.
The Lodge is open to all who have served in the Armed Forces of any country and its current composition is made up of Army, Navy, Air Force and Royal Marines.
On 15th February 2019 the Middlesex Armed Forces Mark Lodge will be Consecrated, with the Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Province of Middlesex being Primus Worshipful Master.
The new Mark Lodge will meet twice a year at the Union Jack Club, Waterloo Station on the third Friday in February and the first Friday in July
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