Taplow and St Barnabas Lodges host a Xmas lunch for Linslade senior citizens

The Deputy Mayor of Leighton-Linslade, Syed Rahman, recently attended a Christmas Luncheon at Stanbridge Rugby Club.

Hosted by St Barnabas, No. 948, and Taplow, No. 3111, Lodges of Freemasons, both of which meet at the Masonic Centre in Linslade, the guests of honour were 58 residents of the local sheltered housing project.

David Ball, a past Master of Taplow Lodge, acted as head steward and, following a welcome drink, the visitors were treated to a sumptuous meal prepared by Jean Ball MBE, David's wife. Jean was ably assisted by some of the other wives, whilst Lodge members were in attendance to serve the meals.

Following the luncheon a group of local singers, "The Friday Club Singers," sang many songs from the 1950's and 60's and were loudly accompanied by all those present.

Peter Gearing, of St Barnabas Lodge, then tried his hand as the caller for the game of Bingo. Thoroughly enjoyed by all those present, the guests were mightily impressed by Peter's attempts at naming the numbers.

The afternoon concluded with a raffle and tea, coffee and cakes before the fully sated and very happy guests made their way home.

David said: "It is always a pleasure to host this Xmas event and we know that those attending have great fun and thoroughly enjoy themselves."

The picture shows Vera Watts , 88 years old, on the left, with Yvonne Stanley, 82, both of Leighton Buzzard, pulling crackers with the Deputy Mayor of Leighton-Linslade, Syed Rahman