Author: Richard Barnett

The Leicestershire and Rutland Light Blue Club held an Go-Kart challenge on the 20th January 2018 at the Sutton Circuit in Leicestershire.

With the rain coming down and snow being threatened on the weather forecast it seemed the perfect day for the first Light Blue Club Go-Kart challenge.

Eighteen brethren and a couple of guests ventured over to the circuit in order to take part in a morning of high octane racing action.

Bacon rolls and coffee were order of the day on arrival at the circuit to ensure driving abilities and reactions times were at their peak.

It was a simple format with brethren split into two groups. Each group had a five minute qualifying for grid positioning followed by a fifteen minute race. The top drivers from each group then competed in a further fifteen minute race to decide who would be the Light Blue Club Champion, whilst the bottom half would fight it out for the wooden spoon.

It did not take long for the competitiveness to start with a few ‘friendly’ taps around the circuit. The light frost remaining on parts of less traditional racing lines and the overall damp conditions made for some interesting and well balanced racing. The smaller lighter competitors were just as susceptible to spinning out on the slippery corners, especially with a gentle nudge of encouragement from the brother behind them.

By the time of the final races the threatened show had become a reality with a combination of sleet and snow only adding not only to the slippery track but also some reduced visibility on the circuit itself. Amazingly this resulted in even faster lap times than the qualifying races. Clearly the racing spirit was only enhanced by the wintery conditions.

The final results were close but in the end two brethren of Sparkenhoe Lodge No.8063 showed their racing credentials taking both first place, Bro. Dom Payne and second, Bro. Paul Wareing with Mr. Chris Tyers taking a hard fought third place. Just to confirm his top spot Bro. Dom Payne also recorded the fastest lap of the day at 53.492 seconds and one of only three to break the 54 second barrier.

The event was so popular that plans are already underway for a repeat event in September.

The Sparkenhoe Lodge No.8063 which meets at the Masonic Hall in Hinckley, Leicestershire celebrated the 50th anniversary of it’s Consecration at their meeting on 23rd February 2016.

The Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. David Hagger along with 32 Officers of the Provincial Grand Lodge attended the meeting to celebrate the occasion. At the meeting, the new Master W.Bro. Colin Brink was Installed by his predecessor W.Bro. Ian Truslove in a most sincere manner.

A Petition for the formation of an additional Lodge, to the existing Knights of Malta Lodge No.50 in Hinckley was submitted in 1965 to the United Grand Lodge of England. The Consecration and Installation Ceremonies of Sparkenhoe Lodge subsequently took place at the Masonic Hall, Hinckley on 22nd February 1966, with the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. Brigadier C.B.S. Morley presiding, along with the Officers from Provincial Grand Lodge. Since then Sparkenhoe has maintained a stable membership of around fifty, sustained by a steady stream of new members.

The Lodge celebrated it’s 50th anniversary in the presence of it’s only surviving Founder, W.Bro. Allison Gibson-Leitch who was also presented with a 50 year certificate of service by the Provincial Grand Master. A book on the brief history of the Lodge, complied by W.Bro. Peter Gibson-Leitch, was presented to all of those attending.

The Sparkenhoe Lodge proudly looks to the next fifty years which high confidence for its continued prosperity and well being.

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