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For Province P0060 - Province of Dorset.

27th

Jul. 2017

Inter-Province Banner - second leg completed

Last weekend our intrepid group of Bikers carried the Inter-Province Banner to five more Masonic buildings. The event took place on Sunday, a day later than originally scheduled due to inclement weather.

The Banner was dedicated by the Provincial Grand Chaplain of Devonshire in April 2017. Then as part of the Tercentenary Celebrations it will complete a journey through the 8 Provinces that form the South West Region, Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney, Hampshire and the IofW, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. The cost of the Banner was covered by Mrs Wendy Watts in memory of her late husband, John Watts of Lopes Lodge in Devon

The Banner accessories and pole case are also beautiful artefacts are were made by Alex Moody and splendid banner case provided by Rem Lockton, both Devon Masons. We will take good care of these beautiful items and are enjoying taking them round our lodge buildings.

First stop

The group congregated at Lyme Regis on the sea front promenade close to the Masonic Hall. Car parking for our support vehicle had been reserved by means of a strategically placed 'No Parking' bollard in the High Street!

We were made welcome by the Worshipful Master and other Lodge members. Many Bikers had never visited the building and were really interested to see it. Photographs were taken after which the convoy departed for the next venue.

Second stop

The early morning sun gave way to clouds and light rain for the short ride to Bridport where we arrived earlier than anticipated to find the Masonic Hall locked. Fortunately we were rescued by a well-known Grand Officer who rushed down with a key to the building. We entered just as heavy rain arrived (which had not been forecast) and were grateful to be indoors.

After the usual photo shoot it was obvious that revised plans for lunch were required so we made a dash for a Wetherspoons pub in the town and took lunch whilst the rain abated.

Third stop

One of the Portland Bikers led us towards West Bay and along the coast road to Weymouth, a most enjoyable an scenic ride. We made a pit stop at Abbotsbury Hill for a group photo overlooking Chesil Beach and took full advantage of a nearby ice cream van!

Once in Weymouth town centre we parked on the pavement outside a motorbike shop close to the Masonic Hall hoping to avoid unwelcome attention from a passing Traffic Warden. As we were running a little behind schedule photos were quickly taken and we departed for the last venue.

Last stop

A short ride in congested traffic saw the group arrive at Portland where several Worshipful Masters, Brethren and ladies greeted us with refreshments which were gratefully received. Yet again, several Bikers had never visited the building and very much enjoyed the experience.

Photos were taken in both Lodge rooms and Dorset Masonic Bikers tie pins dispensed to all riders, pillion passengers and of course our support vehicle driver and photographer (many thanks Mark). With rain clouds gathering again, the Bikers bade farewell and departed in various directions for the ride home. The day was a great success, thanks to all who supported it.