The Beaconsfield branch of Freemasonry in the Community once again held a Christmas lunch on 1st December for adult Carers and also some of those cared for. This year the numbers rose to 80.
David Pryor, the caterer at the Beaconsfield Centre, put on a slap up three course meal including a flaming Christmas Pudding. We had a variation on the games of bingo and heads and tails and fabulous entertainment from our own Kevin Taylor who, after the event, commented; “days like this remind me why I am a mason”. With the refurbishment of the dining rooms at the centre and the availability of a dance floor we were able to create more of a party atmosphere. When our guests had finished dancing and got their breath back a free raffle was held. Finally they were presented with a goody bag containing some early Christmas presents. Our Assistant Provincial Grand Masters Robert Wharton and Peter Moody and their wives attended the lunch. Robert said; “It is always a great privilege for Cynthia and me to be invited to attend ‘carer events’ in Beaconsfield particularly the Christmas party. Each year the Freemasonry in the Community Committee and their helpers exceed all expectations with their commitment, warmth and professionalism towards what has become a highlight of Bucks Carers calendar year. I know all the Provincial Executive feel very fortunate to have this team promoting the good name of Freemasonry by undertaking such a worthwhile cause.”
Gill Aikens, a member of of the carers support team, commented; “Many of the carers who attended the Christmas lunch are caring full time for a loved one, which leaves little opportunity for ‘time out’ for themselves, so the Christmas lunch was a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge what they do. The event was so well organised, and all the helpers on the day so welcoming and attentive, it ensured a wonderful day for everyone who attended, and is an event that carers look forward to throughout the year”.
On behalf of the committee which organises these functions, I would like to thank all those units who meet at the Beaconsfield Centre for their donations to top up the budget from the Province, without this extra cash we could not create what we consider to be a fitting thank you to those people who work tirelessly day and night caring for their loved ones.