Freemasons are freewheeling for charity


While many will be enjoying barbecues and picnics this weekend, Freemasons from North Kirklees will take part in a gruelling challenge.

Forty-five Freemasons will cycle 280 miles around the perimeter of the Yorkshire West Riding Masonic Province, visiting 24 masonic halls along the way. The money raised will go towards a charitable festival.

Included in the team are Graham Shuttleworth from Batley and Craig McIntosh from Liversedge who have been in training for the tough challenge for the last four months.

Graham said: “Freemasonry very much revolves around charity, so to combine a challenge like this with helping to raise money for good causes has helped us all to attract a significant amount of sponsorship, which will certainly inspire us as we tackle the route.”

The Provincial Perimeter Pedal, which was designed by coun Martyn Bolt, will start on Saturday at Tapton Hall in Sheffield and head north to High Bentham, across to Ripon and then South through Goole returning to Sheffield on August 25.

The gruelling route has the cyclists climbing 7,000 feet on the first day, and 8,500 feet on the second.

Sponsorship money raised by the cyclists from other Freemasons will go towards the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution Festival.

The idea for the challenge came from former Mayor of Kirklees Martyn Bolt and fellow Freemason Craig Johnson who were inspired by the Tour de France and wanted to create their very own Tour de West Yorkshire.