On Saturday 21st April North Harrow Lodge
held one of the most important events in the Lodge’s social calendar, that of our Ladies’ Night. After almost nine months of planning the event was held at the Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel, a superb venue situated in the beautiful banks of the Thames at Egham in Surrey. Over 64 members along with partners and guests turned up for welcome drinks on the terrace overlooking the river at 6 pm in anticipation of performances by Vasili Karpiak, one of the celebrated singers who performed at United Grand Lodge’s Tercentenary celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall last year.
But alas , he was unavoidably held up in traffic and arrived 45 minutes late during the first course of our Italian themed meal, but on arrival, he did not disappoint and gave one of two stirring operatic performances to the acclaim of all those present and really worth waiting for
One of the highlights of the evening was captured on a live stream http://bit.ly/2qUkQnR
Under the direction of our Master of Ceremonies, W Bro David Russell,
the evening went like clockwork with our President W Bro Leonardo Monno taking wine toasts with numerous members of his family friends and members of this and other Lodges present.
Letters of greetings were read out from Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of her 92nd birthday and their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, who offered their apologies on not being able to attend due to other engagements.
Mrs Anna Monno responded most eloquently
on behalf of Ladies to Vaughan Coleridge-Matthews, who delivered a humorous toast to the Ladies to rapturous laughter and our President Leonardo Monno responded to Terry Clayfield’s toast to the President.
The evening continued until 12 pm to great music and dancing under the direction of the resident DJ.
Another great evening was had by all.
Many thanks must go to the organising committee and the Runnymede Hotel who went the extra mile to accommodate us superbly and make the evening such a success.