Bucks APGM Graham Dearing, welcomed the guests to the 10th annual Carers Christmas party. He was so pleased to see a full house and, in his usual cheery and fun-loving way, 'ordered' all those present to enjoy themselves.
"Please convey our gratitude to all those wonderful people involved in making the Carers Christmas Lunch so special. The occasion was planned and carried out with efficiency. Guests were left wanting for nothing. The meal delicious; quiz, games and entertainment very enjoyable. The prizes and gifts very generous and welcome. It felt good, for a few hours, to relax and enjoy ourselves. Our hosts, The Beaconsfield Masons, were very kind and made us feel recognised and valued as Carers."
"We just wanted to say thank you for once again inviting us to the Mason's Christmas lunch. We had a wonderful time—it's so nice to feel you're 'someone special' for a while and have people make a fuss of us.........you and the Masons deserve a pat on the back for making it happen.......please convey my thanks to the masons—their hospitality and generosity is amazing and a credit to them."
These were just two of the many thank you cards sent to Sally Hearn, Adult Carers Support Team Co-ordinator, after the lunch on Sunday 27th November held at Beaconsfield Masonic Centre. The lunch was arranged by the Beaconsfield Freemasonry in the Community Committee led by Steve Matthews, ably assisted by his wife Helen who made a beautifully decorated Christmas cake as a raffle prize.
Thanks must also go to the other committee members present, Tony Dyckes, Sean Boardman, Graham Thorn, Rob Knock and Barry Sparks and his wife Juliana. The event could not have been the success it was without the help of the brethren from Cestreham Lodge, 6674, and many others; including the Beaconsfield Ladies Club. Grateful thanks go to all those who helped in the planning, preparation and hosting of the event.
During the 3 course lunch, lovingly prepared by David Pryor the centre caterer, and his staff, games and quizzes were played and enjoyed by all. A free raffle took place and luckily enough everyone present was a winner. The afternoon was rounded off with entertainment from Kevin Taylor, who got everyone into the Christmas spirit and jigging around on the dance floor.
Sally, on behalf of the carers, thanked all the helpers for such an enjoyable event. As the carers departed from a fun packed day, they all received a goody bag to help celebrate Christmas.
Centre Committee Chairman Steve Matthews would like to thank all those masonic units which meet at the Beaconsfield Centre for their donations to top up the budget from the Province. He said: "Without this extra cash we could not create what we consider to be a fitting 'thank you' to those people who work tirelessly day and night caring for their loved ones"
Graham added: "This wonderful initiative brings tremendous joy and happiness to those who spend so much of their own time in looking after others."
Article picture shows mother and daughter, Coralie (on the left) and Paula Taplin, enjoying their lunch.