Lord Harris Court Christmas Bazaar and Present Giving

The Christmas Bazaar was held on 5th December, a very enjoyable time was had by everyone. The Bazaar made a healthy £1352 on the day, thanks to the following Lodges who ran stalls: Bearwood, Hennerton and Friendship and Care as well as many individual Brethren  and affiliated groups such as the Berkshire Widows. In addition the draw made a little over £2000 with a special thanks to the Berkshire Regalia Fund for their amazing support, as well as all the Lodges and Chapters and of course the Brethren and their families.


As the only Masonic Care Home in the Province it is great when the membership come together and support both the home and the work of the Association of Friends of Lord Harris Court. The presence at our events of the Provincial Grand Master and his Executive as well as the Grand Superintendant and Executive of other Orders is always appreciated.

 Every year just before Christmas the Association of Friends of Lord Harris Court hold their Annual present giving to the Residents at Lord Harris Court, an event highly enjoyed by all the residents as well as those taking part on the day.

This year proved no different as the Hennerton Choir started events as usual with their annual concert of Carols and Christmas Songs in front of a packed audience in the Windsor Lounge.

Hennerton Choir with Santa (2)There were two changes to the normal format, the first, unscheduled, when Father Christmas was invited to join in with the choir for Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer.


The second change was just before                                                                                the end of the concert two Lodges                                                                     were invited on Almoner of Reading Lodge of Unionstage to present very large cheques to the chairman of the Association of Friends (Ted Melber) for equipment and extras for the residents.


The two Lodges ( Reading Lodge of Union – 414 and Friendship and Care – 8802) were recognised for their generous contributions on stage in the Windsor Lounge both Lodges were

Master of Friendship and Care (2)well supported by many Brethren and the presentation were given by Ray Sharp (Almoner of Reading Lodge of Union) and Steven Adamek (Worshipful Master of Friendship and Care).




There then followed the annual giving of Presents  to the Residents, with Mince Pies   and20151219_114509a Sherry to follow, hosted by the Association of Friends of Lord Harris Court.