Put on your daisy roots and come out into the glorious Shropshire countryside for a Provincial Perambulation, says Roger Pemberton.
There are so many good reasons to join in the Provincial Perambulations this September and October. The Shropshire countryside looks beautiful at this time of the year; it’s a great way to get into shape before you tuck into a winter’s worth of Masonic dinners; walking is a wonderful social activity and a good way to raise a little bit more towards our £1,000,000 goal for the 2019 Festival in aid of the Freemasons’ Grand Charity.
Our Walking Maul has already completed hundreds of miles around Shropshire and been to the top of the highest peak in England. By the time we finish our Festival we hope it will have travelled a thousand miles and been to the top of Snowdon, Ben Nevis, Snaefell (in the Isle of Man) and Carrauntoohil (the highest mountain in Ireland). In October 2019 the Walking Maul will be raffled with tickets sold around the Province. All proceeds to the Festival Appeal.
Whatever is the level of your fitness you can take part in the Provincial Perambulations. You don’t have to walk the whole walk as advertised. Even if you travel just the last hundred yards you will be eligible to carry the walking maul.
So, what have we in September?
On Sunday 4th September Roger Michell will lead a walk from Oswestry to Ellesmere across the fields and along the canals. The distance is 13.5 miles and the walk will begin at 10am at Roft Street Masonic Hall, Oswestry. This walk is dedicated to The Brownlow Lodge which will be meeting on Wednesday 7th of September. It is hoped that one or two members of Brownlow will walk with Roger but of course anyone is invited for whatever distance they would like to travel. Please contact Roger on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01939 232293.
On Sunday 11th September Roger Michell will lead the walk from the Town Hall, Ellesmere to Market Drayton, a lovely journey following the canal. See kingfishers, swans and herons. The walk will begin at 8 am, an earlier time because the distance is greater – 21.6 miles. Don’t let that put you off, you can walk just one mile of it if you wish. This walk is to honour Clive Lodge which meets on Monday 12th September, the following day. One again, if you would like to join Roger for all or part of this walk, contact him on email@example.com or on 01939 232293.
The next walk will take place on Monday 19th September from The Grove School, Market Drayton to Whitchurch. It is 13.5 miles and will end with a visit to Roden Lodge’s regular meeting which begins at 6.30pm. We can make arrangements for Masonic suits to be transported, showers to be available and pints of beer to be quaffed to slake walkers’ thirsts. I hope that a few Rodenmembers might join us on the walk. Roger Pemberton, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master will be leading this one which will start from the gates of the Grove School at 10.00am. If you would like to join this walk at any stage please contact Roger on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01952 884736 or 07767 377960
The final Provincial Perambulation for September will be a long one but don’t let that put you off. Remember you can walk any section, it’s hop on – hop off. The walk will be a two day affair leaving Castle Hill, Whitchurch at 10.00 am on Thursday 29th September. On the first day we will cover just 15 miles of the journey to Wellington and on the following day, Friday 30th September we will complete the second 15 miles finishing at the Wellington Masonic Hall where we will have the opportunity to attend a regular meeting of Old Wrekinian Lodge. (We will arrange facilities for changing, transportation etc.) This will be a special meeting with two 50 Year Certificates presented.
Once again, Roger Pemberton will be leading this walk as well as presenting the Certificates so if you would like a chance to walk and or attend the meeting please contact him on email@example.com or 01952 884736 or 07767 377960.
THE BIENNIAL WALK TO WELSPOOL
Now if you have walked the Welshpool Walk before you will know how much fun it is. This year we will be walking to Powys Lodge along the Severn Way on Thursday 13th October. The members of Powys are always so hospitable – they really make us feel welcome. It’s a long day but a very rewarding one. If you would like to join for all or part of this walk please contact Roger Michellon firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01939 232293. It would be marvellous to have a good party of Shropshire Masons at the Powys meeting.
So there we are; get those old walking boots out, give them a good coat of dubbin and come and join the walking fraternity, carry the Walking Maul and help the Festival Appeal a little. Above all, come and have some fun!