As part of this year's celebrations of the 300th Birthday of Freemasonry, Buckinghamshire Freemasons hosted a picnic for small children, big children and their Teddy Bears, on Sunday 16th July.
With face painting, a donkey derby, archery, a bouncy castle and many other fun activities, there was something to keep everyone occupied who attended the free event at Drayton Parslow Sports and Social Club.
There was an excellent barbecue, ably manned by Mark Duncan and Tracey Gausden, which kept up a steady trade in sausages, burgers and vegetable skewers, and with an ice cream van on site, for those with a sweet tooth, there was plenty of food to keep the hunger pangs away.
Members of the Buckinghamshire Motorcycle Lodge, 9926, and the South East Widow's Sons Bikers' Association, from as far away as Southampton, arrived in convoy to join in the fun and took up station with members of the newly formed Buckinghamshire Classic Car Lodge.
They were also joined by the Mayor of Milton Keynes, David Hopkins, and the Lady Mayoress, who addressed the visitors and wished everyone a splendid afternoon.
Organiser Mel Shah, the Buckinghamshire coordinator of the charity 'Teddies for Loving Care' (TLC), said: "This event is just one of many being held throughout the country, this year, to commemorate not only this important year in the history of Freemasonry, but also to highlight the fantastic work done by TLC."
Also in attendance, at the picnic, was ProvGM Gordon Robertson and AsstProvGM Graham Dearing and their families.
Pictures show the Mayor, David Hopkins holding his TLC Teddy bear, along with Mrs Hopkins, with Eugene Matthias (striped shirt) and members of the Widow's Sons and the visitors.
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