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Kind hearted Freemasons from Northumberland raised more than £1200.00 for charity at a special “black tie” event where the guest speaker was   Major Charles Enderby, former Lieutenant of the Yeoman of the Guard – the Queen’s body guard .

The event hosted by Morden Lodge took place at the Newcastle East Masonic Temple in Byker with almost seventy freemasons and their invited guests enjoying a three course meal, “traditional Geordie” songs and a raffle with prizes donated by Hexham Racecourse. Slaley Hall and members of Morden Lodge themselves.
The main event of the evening however was an informative and humorous talk by Major Enderby who lives near Acomb. He recounted to the appreciative audience, interesting aspects of his military life in service guarding Her Majesty the Queen and in particular the behind the scenes occurrences at prestigious events such as the State Opening of Parliament and Royal visits.  A fascinating question and answer session followed the talk. Major Enderby was then presented with a very rare pair of cufflinks exclusive to Morden Lodge. There are currently only two pairs in existence, the other pair were given to last year’s guest speaker Captain Ian McNaught, the master of Cunard’s flagship Queen Victoria.  

The main reason for the evening however was to raise much needed funds for charity, in particular, the Newcastle East Sea Cadet Corps, Tynedale Hospice  and Northumberland Masonic charities were all allocated a share of the fund raising proceeds.
Kevin Wilson Master of Morden Lodge was delighted with the fantastic sum raised on the night. “Even in these difficult economic times, it is reassuring to see that everyone at the event supported these worthy charities with their excellent donations. It was a truly remarkable evening.”

Photos shows Charles Enderby with Kevin Wilson Master of Morden Lodge

This article was published in the Evening Chronicle on Tue 26th January 2010.

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