On Saturday 6 May, the wife of one of Crescamus Lodge’s Past Masters will abseil 160-feet down Guildford Cathedral. Following her parachute jump last year for the 2019 Festival, the journey down the Cathedral will be her latest challenge.
She will form part of a team of 49 brave Freemasons, friends and family from across Croydon and Surrey who will abseil down the Cathedral led by the Provincial Grand Master R.W. Bro Ian Chandler.
Designed by Sir Edward Maufe and built between 1936 and 1961, the Cathedral is the seat of the Diocese of Guildford. It stands in a commanding spot on Stag Hill — so named because the Kings of England used to hunt there — and its solid red brick outline is visible for miles around.
It is a Grade II* listed building and its tower is 160-feet (49 m) high. At the top of the tower stands a 15-foot gilded angel, which turns with the wind. The Golden Angel on the top of the tower was given in memory of Sgt. Reginald Adgey-Edgar of the Intelligence Corps, who died on active service in 1944 during World War II.
Those taking part will have to climb the Tower’s spiral staircase of 249 steps to a height of 160-feet. From there they will enjoy the wonderful panoramic views of Guildford and Surrey. Inspired by the Golden Angel, they will climb over the top of the tower and enjoy the thrill of the journey down.
All funds will go to the Surrey 2019 Festival appeal for the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. The RMBI run 17 care homes across England and Wales. They offer residential, nursing, respite and dementia care.