Members of the University Lodge of Liverpool No 4274, accompanied by members of the Organisation of Women Freemasons completed a 21-mile walk section of the UGLE 2021 Mile Challenge on Sunday 4 July.
On a pleasant Sunday morning, in the lovely village of Christleton Chester, the David Kenneth Williams (the founder of the university scheme) cup was handed over by the University Lodge of Chester No 4477, and so the team led by Liam Haywood began the next leg of the 2021 Mile Challenge.
The UGLE Universities’ Scheme has challenged all of its 80 plus member lodges to take part in a walking team relay, covering the length and breadth of England and Wales. The challenge set is to visit every Masonic venue where a scheme lodge meets and hand over a replica of the DKW Cup. In so doing, complete an appropriate 2021 miles; all 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).
A route passed through the Wirral, followed by a short trip on the Mersey Ferry before navigating Liverpool city centre to end at the Liverpool Medical Institute – the home of University Lodge of Liverpool. With good weather throughout the day, the walkers had multiplied in number to a large contingent at the end which was met with a number of guests and well-deserved congratulations.
With this leg of the relay duly completed, the task then fell for the cup to be passed over to the next team, Palatine Chapter No 2447 (Warrington) under the watchful eye of special guest Paul Renton.
Some of the walkers then retired to a well-earned rest in the Philharmonic Dining Rooms for a much-deserved drink or two, and reflection on a magnificent sum of over £1,200 raised for such a worthy cause.