Haddenham Beerfest 2017

On Saturday, July 1st the members of Haddenham Lodge, 8944, once again played their part in the local community, when they were in full cooking mode on the barbecue at the annual Haddenham Beerfest.

As well as the usual enormous selection of ales, there were more than 50 kegs of cider and lager, as well as a Pimms tent, a wine tent, and a non-alcoholic bar for the designated drivers. The kids were not forgotten either, with activities and soft drinks to keep them occupied through the afternoon.

Hailed as perhaps the largest single day Beerfest in the country, more than 3,500 visitors came through the doors. Gazebos were erected, rugs laid down and canvas seats set up, as the sun shone brightly and the rain stayed away

This was all backed up by a live stage, featuring local bands, a full food court area, including a fish and chips van, fresh pizzas and, of course, the famous Haddenham Lodge barbecue, to help feed everyone.

For more than 10 years Haddenham Lodge has manned and operated the barbecue. During the afternoon 650 burgers and sausages were cooked and served to the hungry of Haddenham. This raised more than £1,500 for local charities and good causes.

Martyn Broughton from the Festival Committee said: "The Freemasons are part of the institution that is the Haddenham Beerfest and produce their high quality burgers and sausages, whatever the weather. Every penny that they make from their barbecue goes to local charities and we are extremely grateful for their continued support."

Lee Buckingham, who is the Barbecue coordinator and a member of Haddenham Lodge, said: "The Haddenham Beerfest is becoming quite a famous local institution and we in the local lodge are extremely proud of our involvement in helping to make this such a popular day in the village calendar."

Pictures show Lee Buckingham, Tony Robinson, Jean Robinson, Brian Murray and Richard Forrest taking a well-deserved break from barbecuing.and a hive of activity around the BBQ