The annual “Dickens of a Christmas” was held in Olney on Sunday 9th of December and once again saw the town come to life with a street market, food, entertainers and lots of seasonal Dickensian atmosphere, including some Dickensian Masons. The Freemasons of Olney assisted by their partners, friends and donations from the Olney Co-op, set up their stall to sell mulled wine and hot chestnuts to help keep the thousands of visitors warm and happy and raised £3,500 for local good causes in the process.
Freemasons, including members of the Royal Arch, have been meeting in Olney since 1888 with the Olney Masonic Club (OMC) being established in 1998. In the six years that the OMC has been supporting “Dickens of a Christmas” they have raised over £13,000. The Club believe that all the money raised should go to support local causes and are keen to learn about deserving cases, particularly those not supported by national charities. In the past they have made donations to the Bells appeal for the St Peter and St Paul’s church, the local school, other churches, the Cowper and Newton Museum, St Johns Ambulance Cadets, Willen Hospice and many more. For more information about Freemasonry in Olney call 01908 611274.