A successful Open day was held on 19thAugust at Bletchley Masonic Centre attended by the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Martin Petchey.
The event was well attended by a host of visitors as well as local masons and their families. The centre was also assisted by members from Winslow and other local centres who helped man the stands and exhibits.
Visitors were able to take guided tours of the Temple and Museum and ask those searching questions which they had always wondered about! The tour team showed over 70 members of the public round who were interested in joining Freemasonry (As well as 10 male Lodges, Bletchley boasts a thriving ladies Lodge).
There was also free teas and coffees in the bar area and a host of displays in the dining room. Among the exhibitors were representatives of Medical Detection Dogs who explained to visitors about the work of the dogs in detecting a variety of cancers and other illnesses.
Other stands showcased literature written by local freemasons about the craft, and the new Buckinghamshire Masonic Waistwatchers group was represented along with the Bucks Masonic Clay Pigeon Shooting Association.
Perhaps one of the most successful parts of the day was the attendance at the event of representatives from The Graham Fulford Trust. They were there to offer free blood tests for prostate cancer. Working tirelessly, they completed 170 PSA tests during the event – many more than on previous occasions. Among those taking advantage of the service was the Mayor, Councillor Petchey. He commented:
“It is fantastic to hear that six lives have been saved over the last three years of PSA testing provided by Buckinghamshire Freemasons.”