The Berkshire Freemasons Open Weekend in Newbury coincided with Remembrance Sunday. Newbury was packed with marchers, brass bands and dignitaries, most of whom made the double journey past the Freemasons’ Gazebo in the town centre shopping street. Many of the passers-by stopped to talk about Freemasonry and there was a good feeling of acceptance by the local community, especially when they heard about our charitable activities. The picture above shows the of the assembled groups in the Town Square.
Three Newbury Masons took part in the march past on Remembrance Sunday and laid a wreath at the Cenotaph. Shown in the photograph from left to right are Jeremy Dickins (Hungerford), Graham Reynolds (St Bartholomew) and Mike Sparvell (Thatcham), as they pass the Freemasons’ Gazebo in Northbrook Street – a great advert.
Newbury Masonic Centre, which is close to the town centre, was inundated with interested members of the public, as well as three Mayors or equivalent and their aides and a number of visitors to the Centre expressed and interest in joining the Organisation. The Ladies’ Lodge of Freemasons was also present and there were many female visitors enquiring about joining.