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Masons and musicians sing for their supper to help homeless

(Press Release on 20th September 2010)

Generous freemasons have helped a charity in their task of feeding the homeless and disadvantaged of Tyneside by charging an unusual admission price for their Northumberland themed social evening.

The kind hearted members of Lodge Temperance No. 2557 based in Byker, Newcastle asked their guests for donations of tinned food which was then donated to The People’s Kitchen in lieu of payment for the evening’s entertainment.

For six days of the week, fifty two weeks of the year, more than 650 people are fed and helped by the dedicated volunteers at The People’s Kitchen at their centre on Bath Lane or on the streets of Newcastle using their mobile catering unit. Formed in 1985, the charity has transformed the lives of thousands of disadvantaged people by creating a culture of mutual trust and respect. It provides much needed friendship and food and fills a gap in the evenings when homeless people are at their most vulnerable.
The generosity of the freemasons was well received by long term volunteer at the People’s Kitchen, Maureen Hogg from Tynemouth. “This is another example of the people of Newcastle taking us to their hearts. At this time of harvest all donations of food and money ensure that there is a hot, nutritious meal throughout the year for our friends at the Kitchen whose need is so great.”

The evening’s entertainment included a topical news quiz and a performance by Morpeth based singer song writer John Leslie and The Sawdust Jacks who write their own music based on local history and events including a particularly moving account of the Hartley Pit Disaster.  

Lodge member Terry Keddy of Heaton was delighted that the evening had been such a success. “We’ve had great music and entertainment and at the same time, we’ve helped others less fortunate than ourselves,” he said. “Not only have the musicians literally sung for their supper, but they’ve also sung for the suppers of those who need our help most on Tyneside too.”

Photo shows the stockpile of donated food with members of Lodge Temperance and the Sawdust Jacks.


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