Beaconsfield youngsters visit Didcot Railway Centre

As part of their longstanding Freemasonry in the Community initiative, the Beaconsfield Masonic Committee recently took members of The Engine Shed www.theengineshed.org.uk on a fun day out to the Didcot Railway Centre.

The group consisted of youngsters who suffer with autism, their carers and families. They were treated to a full day out which started with a tour of the yard accompanied by volunteers Mike Hurst and Dave Bevan, whose enthusiasm for Didcot railway made it all the more interesting for the youngsters. The children also visited the archive museum and, after lunch, were given a real treat when they were allowed to ride in the cab of one of the steam engines.

On completion of their day out the tired youngsters gave special thanks to Barry Sparks and Graham Thorn of Penn and Tylers Green Lodge, 5876, and Tony Dyckes of Hall Barn Lodge, 8480, along with his wife Christine, for their help in making the day a great success.

Sarah Snow of the charity Engine Shed Said: “Thank you all for the wonderful day at Didcot. We have been truly spoilt by the Beaconsfield Freemasons this year and very much appreciate all the efforts that you made, especially the time given up by those who organised the day and accompanied us around the Centre. The families are very grateful and enjoyed the group tours very much.”