The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading celebrated its 180th Anniversary and a number of Berkshire Masons were on hand to help with the arrangements.
As part of the RBH’s celebrations, they organised a “Chill Out Day” on the 15thSeptember 2019 at Wellington Country Park. This was a great big thank you to all their staff, medical and otherwise, as well their families. With around 1,500 staff and families expected they need help in the morning putting up gazebos and other facilities in readiness for the arrival of all their guests.
The day dawned well and a team of six intrepid Freemasons turned up to help to help assemble the gazebos and tents. Four of the team (Left to right: David Biggs: Ray Sharp: Clive Hitchens: and Mark Heppelthwaite) are shown in the photograph; Wayne Daley and Sean Kulan were also part of the team but had to leave early.
The event was held in a reserved part of the park, but the visitors had access to the main parts of the park. The fantastic weather meant that almost all those invited turned up to enjoy the events as well as the burgers and sausages on offer along with a bar to help quench their thirst.
Anthony Howlett-Bolton the RW Provincial Grand Master commented: “Berkshire Freemasons have had a long association with the RBH – we support their Soapbox Challenge as well delivering toys at Christmas – and we are delighted to help them celebrate their 180th Anniversary. We look forward to continuing our well established relationship long into the future.”