Abbey 180  2019 Sponsored Walk

The Abbey 180 Brethren once again step out on their Annual September walk to Carrickfergus. Money raised this year will be split on a 50 / 50 basis between the Northern Ireland Hospice, in memory of the Lodges Treasurer, W.Bro. Tommy Chambers and the 150th Anniversary fund.

On reaching Carrickfergus, they retired to Wetherspoons for the traditional Ulster Fry and finally ending up in the Local Bowling Club for some liquid refreshment.

Abbey 180  2018 Sponsored Walk

Abbey 180  2016 Sponsored Walk

W. Bro. Gary Spiers, W. Bro. Frank McNeice, W. Master Terry Moore, Bro. Eddie Spiers, W. Bro. Jackie Bennett, W. Bro. Jim Lyttle, W. Bro. Denis Rowland and W. Bro. Bobby Spiers
W. Master Terry Moore, Bro. Eddie Spiers, W. Bro. Denis Rowland, W. Bro. Ian Eachus, V.W.Bro. Bobby Spiers, W. Bro. Gary Spiers and W. Bro. Bobby Spiers.
Celebrations as the team complete the walk, W. Master Terry Moore, W. Bro. Ian Eachus, W. Bro Bobby Spiers, W. Bro Jackie Bennett, W. Bro. Jim Lyttle, and Bro. Eddie Spiers.

 

The Abbey 180 Charity walking team gathered at the Whiteabbey Masonic Centre on the 17th September for their annual walk to Carrickfergus. Once again the Lodge Charities and the Northern Ireland Hospice will benefit from the money raised, with donations split on a 50/50 basis.

The Worshipful Master, Terry Moore who led the walking team was accompanied by

W. Bro’s Gary and Bobby Spiers (JNR), Eddie Spiers, Ian Eachus, Jackie Bennett

and Jim Lyttle. Before setting off they were given the usual pep talk by V.W.Bro. Bobby Spiers, W. Bro. Frank McNeice and W. Bro. Denis Rowland.

Abbey 180  2015 Sponsored Walk

 

Saturday 19th September saw a good turn out for our 9.5 kilometre walk from the Whiteabbey Masonic Centre to Carrickfergus. This year as similar to last year, our donations were to be split 50/50 between the lodge and the

Northern Ireland Hospice.

 

Fully supported by VWB Bobby Spiers and WB Frank McNeice they gave us our Churchillian pep talk before they waved us on our merry way. A warm balmy day greeted the walkers as we spent a leisurely 1 hour 35 minutes walking along the mouth of Belfast Lough. Leaving no one behind us we could see Carrick in the distance drawing us like a moth to a lightbulb.

 

Arriving just after midday we made our way to Wetherspoon’s for a well-deserved pint and a fry. The craic was immense and all were looking forward until next year.

 

  WB Ian Eachus

Abbey 180  2014 Sponsored Walk

Saturday 20th September saw Abbey 180's sponsored Walk from Whiteabbey Masonic Centre to Carrickfergus Masonic Hall.  Bro Colligan and his good lady ran the route which totalled a distance of 9.5K whilst those of a more laid back disposition walked it in a time of 1 hour 39 minutes.

 

The walk was in conjunction with W.Bro John Mcilwaine’s NI Hospice Appeal, which was in memory of his father in-law, W.Bro Tommy Chambers.  W.Bro Chambers was a leading member of  Lodge 180, who held the Office of Treasurer for 12 years and was presented with his 50 year jewel by R.W. Bro Bill Dyer in 2009.

 

The donations were split on a 50 / 50 basis between the Hospice and the Abbey 180 Lodges 150th Anniversary fund.

The day was enjoyed by all participants who would like to thank everyone for their donations and to Carrickfergus Bowling Club who allowed us to rest our weary legs

 

Ian Eachus W.M.

The Tee- Shirt worn by W.Bro. John McIlwaine showing W.Bro. Tommy Chambers at his Installation in 1995.

The "Walkers", Gary Spiers, Bobby Spiers SNR ( discussing last minute tactics), Ian Eachus, Eddie Spiers, young Ben, John McILwaine, and Bobby Spiers ( JNR)  posing for a photograph before they start their 9.5K hike to Carrick.

The "Runners",  Stephen Colligan and his wife Cathy pictured with John McIlwaine at the start of their trek to Carrick.

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The "Walkers" with their coach, V.W.Bro. Bobby Spiers taking a well earned rest in Carrick Bowling Club.