Milton Keynes Freemasons handed over an early Christmas present to a sprightly pensioner. John Petrie of Roman Way Lodge played Santa for Blanche Bailey, 95, at the Carpenter Court Care home in Neath Hill. She was one of around 60 guests from the centre and two other sheltered housing complexes at Sudgrove House, Downs Barn, and Magdalen House, Stony Stratford, treated to a festive lunch by the freemasons. Mrs Bailey received a traditional hamper for being the most senior citizen at the event.
Mr Petrie, 71, of Holy Thorn Lane, Shenley Church End, MK, is the chairman of Roman Way Lodge. He said: “Freemasonry is all about friendship, integrity, and charity, so we couldn’t think of a better way of marking Christmas than by entertaining MK pensioners. “Planning something big like with your mates is a great way of spending your leisure time. It’s fun and rewarding. And the event has now become a Roman Way lodge tradition.” Mr Petrie (right) is pictured with Mrs Bailey (centre) and volunteer organiser Molly Hull (left), 17, of Weavers Hill, Fullers Slade. She is a sixth year student at Stantonbury Campus. Roman Way is one of four masonic groups that meet at the St Giles Parish Room in New Street, Stony Stratford, to develop new ways of helping the community.