As part of their Tercentenary celebrations, Thanet Freemasons held a Gala Evening at the Margate Winter Gardens on 24th June 2017. The Queens Hall came alive to the sounds of Frankie Valli, Dolly Parton and a host of other country singers in a ‘Night in Nashville’. The event was organised by Paul Chute (Charity Steward of Porta Maris Lodge) and Maurice Kennett (Charity Steward of Thanet Masters Lodge).

This is the sixth year that the pair have organised the event, which has grown in popularity to the benefit of numerous charities over the years.

This year was no different as 210 guests sat down to a four-course meal. Afterwards, they were serenaded ‘country style’ with some well-known songs from Patsy Kline, Kenny Rogers, John Denver and Johnny Cash. Guests included visitors from Romney Marsh, Maidstone and the Medway Towns.

The now familiar ‘brown envelope’ realised £250 which will be donated to James Barnes-Miller a local Paralympian snowboarder. The money will assist him in the purchase of some of his equipment. There was also a ‘Heads and Tails’ competition which raised £200 for the Armed Forces charity (it being Armed Forces Day).

Other local charities will benefit from the evening during the coming months.

A splendid time was enjoyed by all on the Anniversary day of our fraternity’s 300th Birthday.

The organisers, Paul Chute and Maurice Kennett

The organisers, Paul Chute and Maurice Kennett

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