Friday, 21 September 2018

Freemasons pay for children to see panto

DISABLED and disadvantaged children will watch this year’s pantomime at the Kenton Theatre in Henley for nothing.

DISABLED and disadvantaged children will watch this year’s pantomime at the Kenton Theatre in Henley for nothing.

The Oxfordshire Provincial Grand Lodge has bought all 250 seats for the matinée performance of Aladdin on December 19.

The tickets will be given to the youngsters and their families, including users of the Chiltern Centre for disabled children, off Greys Road.

Entertainer Bertie Slippers will be the warm-up act and the children will be given ice cream at the interval. Each child will receive a goody bag at the end of the show.Masons from each of the 57 lodges across the country donated a total of £3,500.

Roger Hampshire, the masonic charity steward for Oxfordshire, said: “This is something very worthwhile and something the children will really enjoy. We hope to run it every year at a different theatre in Oxfordshire but we are starting with Henley because the Kenton is a very nice theatre and a good size.”

Ed Simons, chairman of the Kenton trustees, said: “This is wonderful and all credit to the masons for making it happen.”

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