UGLE Universities Scheme Challenge Cup Walk
A replica of the DKW Cup (David Kenneth Williamson, founder of our Universities Scheme), is visiting the home of every Scheme Lodge in England and Wales.
A route has been planned, 2021 miles long, reaching all Lodges that are part of the scheme, and will be walked (as much as possible) in a relay fashion. This will be in aid of the Duke of Edinburgh Fund in recognition of the support of much of his work for young people, as well as the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF).
The Challenge Cup arrives in Rochester!
The sun beat down on Rochester Bridge on a hot afternoon last Thursday as the West Kent Team were walking from Sidcup to Rochester in the heat, on their leg of Universities Challenge Cup Walk and their arrival was imminent.
The reception committee meanwhile were having a leisurely drink, in the shade, outside the Crown pub on the east side of the bridge with a good view awaiting the approach of West Kent.
Pentangle 1174 were the University Lodge taking up the challenge next. John Allen and I from Pentangle were waiting with the PGM and Howard Griffith East Kent’s Universities Scheme Coordinator for the cup to arrive.
Slowly but surely the West Kent Team crossed the river led to by Mark Estaugh the West Kent PGM, smoking a cigar and laughing and joking with his team. Mark was greeted by Neil Johnstone, our PGM, with hearty congratulations. The team were offered a drink and a well-earned rest.
After some chat and the refreshments, the West Kent Team were taken up to the Castle Gardens where the formal hand over of the cup took place.
Friday was cooler than Thursday afternoon, but it was still good weather to begin the Pentangle Team’s walk from Rochester to Hempstead House, Teynham where the cup would be placed in the hands of the Order of Women Freemason over night before moving on to EKLB’s on Saturday morning.
The team stopped for necessary refreshment breaks, including the Manor Farm in Rainham plus the odd water stop and selfies. Andy Yeates, pictured, recorded he had walked 32,388 steps which equates to 15.9 miles between Rochester and Teynham, taking about four hours.
The support team (me) carrying the first aid kit, water and the cup arrived at Hempstead House first, followed shortly by the walking team.
Our job was done, Pentangle Lodges had successfully discharged its duty and handed over the cup at Teynham completing our leg of the walk!’
Pentangle Lodge 1174.
But the Cup and the story continues………………………