Members of Haddenham Lodge No. 8944 in Buckinghamshire once again played their part in the local community, when they were in full cooking mode on the barbecue at the annual Haddenham Beerfest on 7th July 2018
As well as the usual enormous selection of ales, lagers and ciders there was a Pimms tent, a wine tent, and a non-alcoholic bar for the designated drivers. The kids were not forgotten either, with activities and soft drinks to keep them occupied through the afternoon.
Perhaps the best attraction this year was the 6m by 4m big screen erected at the back of Haddenham Middle School for the football fans to watch the World Cup match between England and Sweden.
Gazebos were erected, rugs laid down and canvas seats set up, as the sun shone brightly as it has so often in recent years to welcome more than 3,500 visitors. This was all backed up by a live stage, featuring local bands, a full food court area, including a fish and chips van, fresh pizzas, ice cream and the famous Haddenham Lodge barbecue.
For more than a decade, Haddenham Lodge has manned and operated the barbecue. During the afternoon, 600 burgers and sausages were cooked and served which raised more than £1,500 for local charities and good causes.
Martyn Broughton from the Festival Committee said: ‘The Freemasons are part of the institution that is the Haddenham Beerfest and produce their high quality burgers and sausages, whatever the weather. Every penny that they make from their barbecue goes to local charities and we are extremely grateful for their continued support.’
Lee Buckingham, Charity Steward for Haddenham Lodge, said: ‘The Haddenham Beerfest is becoming quite a famous local institution and we in the local lodge are extremely proud of our involvement in helping to make the Beerfest such a popular day in the village calendar.’