In 2021, the UGLE Universities Scheme challenged all of its 80 plus member Lodges to take part in a walking team relay, carrying the David Kenneth Williamson Cup, covering the length and breadth of England and Wales. The challenge was to visit every Masonic venue where a Scheme Lodge meets, and in so doing complete an appropriate 2021 miles.
The walk set off from Freemasons’ Hall, London, on June 9th, heading South East and travelling broadly clockwise around the country, returning to Great Queen Street on September 8th. The aim was to encourage inter-visiting between Universities Scheme Lodges and further the goals of fraternity and togetherness.
On a very wet day in July, brethren from Mowbray Lodge in Sunderland braved the weather to bring the cup down the Durham coast to handover to members of the Lodge of Fraternity at Hartlepool Marina.
For the next leg of the relay, the Lodge of Fraternity members were more fortunate as, on a beautiful sunny evening, Lee Harrison, Michael Shaw, Ethan Chapman, Corey Irons, Alfie Mensah, and his son Louis, walked the cup from Hartlepool Marina through the villages of Greatham and Cowpen Bewley to Stockton Masonic Hall.
The team were very grateful for the support of car drivers George Bird and Ken Hardy who provided encouragement and refreshments along the route.
Having completed its tour of our Province the cup was finally handed over by Michael Shaw, our Deputy Grand Superintendent, to Jonathan Smith, Deputy Grand Superintendent of the Province of Yorkshire North & East Ridings, for its onward journey south to Hull.