Stony Stratford Senior Citizens Lunch

Stony Stratford Masonic Centre hosted a Christmas lunch for 68 senior citizens on 10th December.

Members of the Masonic centre were there to serve a traditional Christmas lunch and ensure their guests had a memorable day.

The event was also supported by the Mayor and Mayoress of Milton Keynes, Keith and Vicki McClean and newly appointed Bucks Assistant Provincial Grand Master (APGM), Graham Dearing.

The event was organised by Paul Smith and Tony Bailey of Roman Way Lodge 9533 and they had a wonderful surprise for their guests when children from Emerson Valley School arrived to provide some festive entertainment with several Christmas carols.

Father Christmas also made a surprise visit with gifts for the children who spent time chatting with the elderly visitors before returning to their school.

The childrens’ music teacher Tina Gray Rampello said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and for many of them it was the first time they had sung to an audience. It was also a fantastic opportunity for the children to chat freely to the elderly. Due to long distance or fragmented families that are common in society today, this was a valuable experience for them. They were so chuffed with their chocolates and loved meeting Santa. Our head teacher commented that every child walked through the school door on their return, with a massive grin on their face and lots to tell her.”

Tony Bailey, a former manager for Sheltered Accommodation in Milton Keynes, added: “We’ve been holding this event for several years now and the feedback from the people is so satisfying. It makes it all so worthwhile.”

Picture shows: (L to R) Graham Dearing with Peggy Lucas from Sudgrove House (green hat), Jean Taylor of Bradwell Road and Mayor Keith McClean.