Spirit of Rugby Straight to the Heart of the Matter

WBros Bob Mitchell and Steve Jones were pilgrims to Canterbury RFC on Saturday to deliver Spirit of Rugby IPA to the Club ahead of their 8 try victory over Westcliff. Production of the beer has been funded by members of the East Kent Lodge and is being gifted to local clubs to help support their rugby programmes. Rugby and freemasonry share so many common values and these are often realised over a beer.

L-R: Bob Mitchell, Giles Hilton and Steve Jones

Lodge member since its consecration back in 2016 Stephen Jones said,

“we are delighted to be able to support the rugby community – for members at Spirit of Rugby it’s what freemasonry is all about”

The club play their rugby at the Merton Lane Ground just outside the walls of the City and provide the wider community with a full range of opportunities to get involved in rugby. Men’s and Women’s teams are complimented by a full mini junior and youth section for boys and girls as well as touch and wheelchair rugby teams.

Club Chairman Giles Hilton, unusually on the receiving end of a #GiftOfBeer, said,

…a big thank you from Canterbury RFC.   We are going to sell each bottle and put the proceeds to our Defibrillator Project”.

The club have recently set out to raise funds to provide every team and age group in the Club with a portable defibrillator machine and committed to a player screening programme to start next season.

The club have already had good reason to invest in defibrillators.   Back in 2013 a player (Mark Jones) collapse on the pitch and was thankfully revived by the prompt use of the club’s defibrillator.   Ensuring every team has access to a portable device is clearly very important to the club and Spirit of Rugby Lodge is delighted to be supporting such a great cause.

Spirit of Rugby Lodge is gifting Spirit of Rugby IPA beer brewed in partnership with Nelson Brewery to all rugby clubs in the Province of East Kent. To find out more about the Spirit of Rugby Lodge, membership and Freemasonry in general email:  spiritofrugby9922@gmail.com
To find out more about Canterbury RFC visit: https://cantrugby.co.uk/