Victory for The Camden Place Lodge versus The Chislehurst Golf Club in the annual Bob Bennie Challenge Trophy.

Despite the Golf Club fielding a very strong team, the Lodge managed to win 4-2, thus retaining the Bob Bennie Trophy. At the dinner following the match, the team were delighted to pledge a donation of £500 to the Club Captain’s charity for this year which is Bromley MS.

The Golf Club published their own report in a recent news letter as follows:-

Recent Results

Our 6th match against Royal Blackheath in 2 weeks days saw our Vets achieve a comprehensive 4.5 to 1.5 win against the league leaders to move up the league table and get within touching distance (but maybe a long drive) of the top spot.

But we were less successful against The Camden Place Lodge. The Lodge edged a close match 4-2 but most of their winning teams came from CGC, so CGC’s captain claimed a share of the trophy even if the Lodge’s name will appear on the Cup! More seriously the Lodge made a very kind donation to the Captain’s Charity which we are sure that Bromley MS will appreciate. Many thanks to Vince and Jonathan and their colleagues for their generosity.

R.W.Bro. Jonathan Winpenny receiving the Cup.
Team CPL

Was Lord Colin Cowdrey a Freemason?

Indeed he was. As well as being a Kent and England cricketer, he was a member of Camden Place Lodge.

The cricketing legend Michael Colin Cowdrey (MCC) was born on 24th December 1932 in Ooty, India and died 4th December 2000 in Littlehampton, W. Sussex.

The Cricketer

  • He was the first English cricketer to be given a peerage
  • His Test career spanned over two decades
  • The first man to play 100 Tests
  • Captained England 27 times
  • Scored almost 43,000 first-class runs

The Freemason

  • Initiated into The Camden Place Lodge No. 3042 on 5th December 1957
  • Passed on 6th February 1958
  • Raised on 6th March 1958

We are continuing our research into Colin Cowdrey’s masonic history and will add to the post as soon as possible – Watch this space!

Camden Place Lodge 3042 v Chislehurst Golf Club

The annual match is always a keenly fought affair and as the Lodge has been victorious since 2018, the Club, under the new Captaincy of Bruce Gripton will be keen to regain the trophy.

Details of our forthcoming annual Lodge v Club golf match are as follows:-

Date – Monday 26th July 2021

This event is open to all members of Camden Place Lodge. In recent years we have been fortunate to have members of the Province of West Kent assist us to make up our numbers when we have struggled to field a full team. Although we are obviously grateful for their assistance we would still like to have as many members of Camden Place Lodge available as possible to represent us in this match.

Brethren, apart from an enjoyable sporting afternoon this event also gives us the chance to showcase Camden Place Lodge and to use the day as a possible recruitment opportunity, many of our golfing opponents may be unaware of our existence or indeed what we do and they may even express a interest to learn more about us, this is obviously something we can expand on during the match and later on at dinner.

The first tee-off will be at 14:00 and we will be playing in pairs, the draw for the match will be held on the day.

There will be no green fee for Camden Place Lodge players but it has been customary for the members of Camden Place Lodge to pay for the wine at dinner. We will be looking to dine at around 19:00 (jacket and tie please). The cost for dining should also be taken into consideration, therefore the cost for the day will be around £40.00. Following dinner the winning team will be announced and then the presentation of the trophy to the winners. We have also traditionally made a charitable donation to the Club Captain’s nominated charity.

If you are available for this match please contact me on the following:-

vince.awg@googlemail.com
07958 592877