£500 surprise for military wives choir

Far left John Pearson, Provincial Grand Charity Steward, Senior Warden John Donoghue in the centre and Master Nasser Drees in the hat

The Lodge of Brevity in the Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight put on a white table event before Christmas and were entertained by the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir.

A full house at the meeting held in the masonic centre in Chandler’s Ford enjoyed a wonderful repertoire of carols and other songs.

The choir is one of many military wives choirs across the country that were created in 2012 and have charitable status.

The Lodge of Brevity was consecrated in 2015 as one of many specialist lodges in the province.

It was specifically designed for working men who didn’t have the time to attend meetings with typical early start times. Meetings are short as are the after-proceedings.

At the end of the white table event Worshipful Master Nasser Drees presented the choir with £500 on behalf of the lodge and the Masonic Charitable Trust (MCF).

The money will enable the ladies to continue to entertain people in the area and bring them a great deal of joy.

Nasser said: “The choir were absolutely brilliant; they sounded sensational.

“It was a pleasure to present them with a cheque that they weren’t expecting.”