The Cornwallis Its A Knockout Challenge 2017

The competitors for the Cornwallis It's A Knockout Challenge

The competitors for the Cornwallis It’s A Knockout Challenge

The 2017 Cornwallis It’s A Knockout Competition was held at the Aylesford Bulls Rugby Club ground on Sunday 4th June. On a bright and breezy day, more than 200 competitors in twenty-one teams ran, slid, tumbled and made fools of themselves. They were watched by close on a thousand enthusiastic spectators who whooped and cheered the various activities.

The aim of the event, which was sponsored by the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity, was to raise £20,000 for Macmillan Nurses. It was also one of the many events being held this year to celebrate Freemasonry’s Tercentenary.

Geoffrey Dearing with Mark Bassant opening the event

Geoffrey Dearing with Mark Bassant opening the event

The competitors are keen to get underway

The competitors are keen to get underway

The Event was opened by the Head of East Kent Freemasons, Provincial Grand Master Geoffrey Dearing. He wished everyone good luck and expressed his thanks to all who were helping to fund-raise for such worthwhile causes.

Also benefiting from the Event was the KM Charity Team which works alongside the KM Group, Kent’s biggest multi-media publisher. The team aims to support and promote green travel to school and other health and wellbeing initiatives.  It also delivers other services to help schools, and provides support to PTA groups and charities to help them with their fundraising.  A key focus in 2017 is the KM Literacy Initiative, which includes Buster’s Book Club, with its emphasis on home reading. For more information please visit:
Having Fun

Having Fun

And getting wet

And getting wet

Among the many stands and sideshows were a hot dog stall, an ice cream parlour, a funfair and a pool where you could fish for a teddy bear.  Also present was the East Kent Freemasons’ Mobile Display Unit along with representatives from the local Air Ambulance, the Wooden Spoon (the children’s charity of rugby) and Teddies for Loving Care. Macmillan Nurses were represented by volunteer Glesni Chapman, herself living with cancer, and other volunteer helpers.

The Chairman of the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity, John Grumbridge, said, “What a fantastic day seeing all sorts of teams having so much fun in doing something that will ultimately help others.  I am sure that one or two people will be aching tomorrow; but the fund-raising achievements will have been greatly worthwhile.  And it is heart-warming to think that the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity has been the catalyst”.

The winning team from the Spirit of Rugby Lodge

The winning team from the Spirit of Rugby Lodge

At the end of the competition one of the Cornwallis charity Trustees, Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master Nick Waller, presented the trophies. The overall winning team was from the Spirit of Rugby Lodge, with the “Norman Conquerers” and “Cheers Our Team” the runners up. Trophies were also awarded to the team raising the most money (“French Connection”) and the funniest team (“Butler’s Bs”).

Mark Bassant, Chief Executive Officer of the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity, reflected on the aims and successes of the event.  “We set out to have fun and raise lots of money for charities.  We all went home happy that we had done so.”

Macmillan Nurses

There are 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK today, and this number is expected to grow to 4 million by 2030.  Macmillan Nurses aspire to reach out to and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer.  They rely on fundraising, volunteering and campaigning to help them achieve their goal.

There are over 4,000 Macmillan nurses posts across the UK, both in hospitals and in the community.  All Macmillan nurses are registered with at least five years’ experience, including two or more years in cancer or palliative care.  They will also have completed specialist courses in pain and symptom management and psychological support.

Most of the nurses work in NHS hospitals or the community.  A small number work in hospices and private hospitals, but do not charge for their services.  As specialists, they do not routinely undertake nursing care but are there to assess complex needs, give advice to other healthcare professionals and support people with cancer to understand their treatment options. For more information please visit:

The Tercentenary of English Freemasonry

Freemasons throughout the world are celebrating the 300th Anniversary (Tercentenary) of the formation of the United Grand Lodge of England. It was established in 1717 at the Goose & Gridiron Tavern in London, an event generally regarded as the birth of modern Freemasonry. For more information please visit:

The teams in order of finishing were as follows:-

1: The Spirit of Rugby
2: Norman Conquerors
3: Cheers Our Team
4: Colin’s Crusaders
5: Mason’s Marauders
6: Archie’s Ambassadors
7: French Connection (Won the Trophy for the most money raised)

8: Balmoral Bunch
9: The Manor of Faversham
10: Gore Court Jesters
11: Ramsgate Misfits
12: Maidstone United Legends
13: East Kent Audi
14: Malling Abbey

15: Paul’s Under 10’s
16: Windmill Warriors
17: Masonic Wags
18: Butlers B’s (Won the Trophy for the funniest team)
19: Accounts Unlocked
20: The A Team
21: Tony’s Warriors

Report and photos: Richard Wingett. Video clip courtesy of the KM Charity Team.