We are very grateful to Wor Bro David Woodrow for his e-mail report on visitor numbers to the Saintfield Masonic Hall on Sunday the 14th September 2014. You may be interested to learn that the decision to open on a Sunday afternoon, was part of an agreed strategy with the four local churches and the Orange Hall, all of which were only open on the Sunday afternoon. Indeed the National Trust gave free entrance to Rowallene Gardens on the day and the local historical walking group had a walk through the village ending at the Masonic Hall, in time for a quick visit before the afternoon came to a close.
As usual, the Lodge has many interesting and unusual artifacts, including a very early example of a Victorian puffer fish, which is believed to have come up from Ardglass. These and the many other old certificates, pictures etc were all a source of great interest to their 70+ visitors, who had an enjoyable day with the Brethren. I think it is worth noting that all of their 70 visitor’s enjoyed a cup of tea and a biscuit, before they left.