Three Graces walk 24½ miles for charity
Members of Haworth’s Three Graces No.408 are patrons of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s charity Festival and keen followers of its progress. And they went out to the limit on Saturday, July 16 to prove their support for the cause.
They, together with their families, staged a sponsored walk round the twenty-four-and-half mile edge of West Yorkshire’s Worth Valley.
The intrepid band pitted themselves against the rugged South Pennine moorland terrain that surrounds Keighley, Haworth, Oakworth, Stanbury and Oxenhope all of which had been well soaked by a plentiful rainfall the previous week.
To enable as many brethren as possible to take part, the walk was broken up into eight separate three to five-mile sections and operated on a relay basis with several walker undertaking a section each before handing over to a fresh set of legs at a pre-designated point.
Members of all ages with their wives, partners and friends (and one dog) undertook the challenge which was organised by Three Graces’ Worshipful Master Worshipful Brother Geoff Smith and Grand Lodge Officer Worshipful Brother Neil Davies.
Geoff put in a mighty effort. Not only did he complete most of the course but together with Neil Davies he acted as an official ‘guide’ and circumnavigated the route the previous week on a reconnaissance mission.
W Bro Smith said: “It was a wonderful effort by all the brethren with their families and friends.
“But we have to note the special contributions of Bro Gareth Harrison and Neil Davies’s 10-year-old grandson Jacob Davies. Together they ran rather than walked one leg of just more than six miles and then did a second leg of three miles just because they wanted to!”
The walk was centred upon Three Graces’ Mill Hey Lodge building where the walkers were offered tea, coffee and biscuits by the ‘base camp’ team of Worshipful Brother John Sharman and his wife Kath.
Added Geoff: “John ferried the walkers to and from the start and finish points while Kath was on hand with all the refreshments. They put in a 15-hour day as the support team and we really appreciated their generosity of time and good will.”
And to round off a very special day for the Lodge of the Three Graces off the walkers and their families enjoyed a superb pie and pea supper evening in the lodge where Immediate Past Master John Huxley’s partner Averil scooped Neil Davies’s ‘Play your cards right’ prize of £20 at the first attempt!
Geoff said: “To make it all worthwhile we raised £400 on the day and I’d like to thank all the walkers who took part; the people that provided the valuable support and our family and friends for joining in the fun. It was Masonry at its best!”