The six Lodges meeting at the Newbury Masonic Centre will be hosting an Open Day on Saturday 9th March from 10am until 3pm. The Centre will be open to the public and it is hoped many will take the opportunity to visit and ask questions. It is also a good opportunity to show wives and partners where we meet and let them know more about the organisation. Who knows they may even go on to be candidates for the Ladies Lodge that meets there too.
The Open Day team will be on hand to answer questions as well as representatives of some of the Newbury Lodges.
On the same day between 10 am and 1pm, members of the Graham Fulford Charitable Trust will be on hand to take blood samples which will be analysed to determine your PSA level. PSA or Prostate-specific Antigen is present in small quantities in men with healthy prostates but elevated levels can indicate prostate disorders, including prostate cancer. If detected early enough, 84% of men survive 10 or more years. There are several Berkshire Masons who have had issues detected through this testing over the past years and they have been able to get early treatment for their condition.
Whilst men over 50 are particularly at risk, the testing is encouraged for those over 45. As the testing is carried out by a charity, we encourage you to donate to their cause when you have your blood sample taken. The recommended donation is £20.
On Saturday 10th March, the Freemasons of Newbury are opening the Newbury Masonic Centre to the public as part of the #EnoughisEnough campaign. Between 10am and 3pm, the team will be in Newbury’s main shopping area, Northbrook Street, to answer questions from the public and offer them the opportunity to tour the Centre.
On the same day, from 10am until 1pm, Freemasons, as well as their friends and family, will be able to take a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test to look for early signs of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the third biggest cancer killer in the UK after lung and bowel cancer and biggest killer of men.
The NHS describes the prostate as a “small gland in the pelvis, found only in men. It’s located between the penis and the bladder and it’s main function is to help in the production of semen”.
According to the BBC News website, although deaths from prostate cancer have been rising over the past 10 years or so, the mortality rate or the proportion of men dying from the disease has fallen – by 6% – between 2010 and 2015.
The Berkshire masonic comunity has joned with a number of the surrounding provinces to increase awareness of the issue. We are encouraging members to discuss the issue with their male friends and family, and to consider getting tested. Testing events are being hosted at Masonic centres throughout the province over the coming year.
Useful information about Prostate Cancer