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The Wokingham Paper - - SOCIETY - TIM SHER­WOOD PETER DE­LANEY MOLLY CHEESMAN

Berk­shire Freema­sons

A MAG­I­CAL start to the Christ­mas sea­son was given to 500 needy chil­dren by the Freema­sons of Berk­shire with a visit to the The­atre Royal Wind­sor on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 6 to watch Sleep­ing Beauty.

Coach-loads of ex­cited chil­dren ar­rived with par­ents and car­ers, to be greeted by Fa­ther Christ­mas in the lobby and handed a ‘goody bag’ filled with fun items; the glow sticks be­ing a par­tic­u­lar suc­cess.

The cast of Stephen Blakely and Kevin Cruise were joined by Mike Read, Basil Brush, Denise Pear­son and the voice of Tom Baker among oth­ers.

The chil­dren were a great au­di­ence, putting as much into the per­for­mance as the cast and the noise they made was won­drous to hear! Ice cream added to the festive fun and, as usual, the end of show singing and malarkey was a big hit!

Martin Peters, the head of the Berk­shire Freema­sons, met the guests of hon­our from Autism at King­wood, Wind­sor Fam­ily Friends, Se­bas­tian

Trust. Or­gan­i­sa­tions in­vited were chil­dren from Path­way Spe­cial Needs, Ad­ding­ton School, Bourne End Academy, Wind­sor Fam­ily Friends,

Autism at King­wood, Se­bas­tian Trust, DASH, The Va­ri­ety Club Chil­dren’s Char­ity and Stony Dean School Amer­sham. They all had a great time as­sisted by the less than elfin ‘Elves’ and will­ing helpers made up from Freema­sons across Berk­shire who were di­rect­ing the chil­dren to their seats and dish­ing out good­ies.

Michael Brown, the or­gan­iser of the Panto Project said: “The Berk­shire Freema­sons Panto Project was en­joy­ing its 12th con­sec­u­tive year. The aim is to give a mag­i­cal day out for chil­dren who are ter­mi­nally ill, dis­abled, un­der priv­i­leged, or with ed­u­ca­tional dif­fi­cul­ties.

“We buy all 560 seats in the the­atre and dis­trib­ute the tick­ets to the var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions. The project is funded through the Berk­shire Ma­sonic Char­ity, and in­di­vid­ual Ma­sonic Lodges and Freema­sons from across Berk­shire.

“We do all the prepa­ra­tion so that all the or­gan­i­sa­tions have to do is get the chil­dren here and we all en­sure that they have a great time”.

War­grave Lo­cal His­tory So­ci­ety

WAR­GRAVE Lo­cal His­tory So­ci­ety’s De­cem­ber meet­ing was the Christ­mas Party.

A sea­sonal at­mos­phere was cre­ated in the room with a Christ­mas tree and other dec­o­ra­tions. Com­mit­tee mem­ber Wendy Smith had made the tra­di­tional mulled wine, ap­ple and black­berry pies and mince pies, which in­wardly warmed the mem­bers on what, out­side, was a very cold evening.

The mem­bers also took part in a quiz, (in the style of a school ‘end of term test’), for which all the ques­tions were based on the So­ci­ety’s ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing 2017. The Best Mem­ory Award, for the high­est score, was pre­sented to John Coul­son and Richard Lloyd.

The next meet­ing will be on Tues­day, Jan­uary 9, when Mick Pope will tell us about Ac­tiv­i­ties around the Recre­ation Ground. On Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 13, Cather­ine Samp­son will give us a glimpse of some of the many his­tor­i­cal, un­usual and hid­den Berk­shire churches and church­yards. Meet­ings take place at the Old Pav­il­ion on the Recre­ation Ground, War­grave, start­ing at 8pm.

Con­tact me via www. war­grave­his­tory.org.uk, or on 0118 940 3121 for more in­for­ma­tion about the So­ci­ety.

Wood­ley Women’s Club

WHAT a won­der­ful build up to Christ­mas the Wood­ley Women’s Club have en­joyed.

It be­gan with our last club meet­ing of the year held at the Oak­wood Cen­tre when we en­joyed an evening of be­ing en­ter­tained by the Read­ing Ac­cor­dion Group. There were four mem­bers of the group and they be­gan by play­ing Alexan­der’s Rag-Time Band – some­thing to get us in the mood.

This was fol­lowed by the theme tune from Van Der Valk and dur­ing the evening we en­joyed mu­sic made fa­mous by The Bea­tles, An­drew Lloyd Web­ber, Glen Miller and Abba, plus Scot­tish Reels. They fin­ished their per­for­mance with Land of Hope and Glory.

Af­ter this our evening con­tin­ued with mulled wine and mince pies which was fol­lowed by the raf­fle be­ing drawn.

Then it was time for us to visit the NAWC Carol Con­cert held in Ox­ford Street which was fol­lowed by a tour of the Lon­don Lights.

On Mon­day, we had our Christ­mas Party held at the Son­ning Golf Club. Once again we en­joyed an ex­cel­lent two course meal fol­lowed by cof­fee and mince pies.

Then it was time to get our danc­ing shoes on as we danced along to mu­sic sup­plied by D.J. Kevin Mea­ger.

Our first meet­ing for 2018 will be held on Mon­day, Jan­uary 8 when our speaker will be Jim Smith. He will talk about his life as a Po­lice Of­fi­cer and Pri­vate In­ves­ti­ga­tor.

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