ISSUE 20, January 2007
Editorial
Historic: Dr Thomas Barnardo - children's saviour
Travel: South African journey
London Gala Evening: Royal Masonic Variety Show
Centenary Celebrations: Scouting's milestone
Quarterly Communication: Speech by the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech by the Pro 1st Grand Principal and Report of the Cttee of General Purposes
Library and Museum: Facets of Fraternity
   Specialist Lodge: Internet Lodge - Masonry on the Web
Special Events: Spamalot and the Alternative Hair Show at Grand Lodge
Freemasons' Hall: ADelphi System - A computer revolution
Mark Master Masons: Duke of Kent at 150th anniversary
Breeches Bible: A Lodge locker's secret
Masonic Arboretum: Planting an idea
Education: Events and The hoodwink
Masonic Charities: RMTGB and Grand Charity and Legacy appeal and RMBI and NMSF
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Bradley Walsh
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Keith Skues
    Is Variety dead? National newspapers have reported that it is certainly facing a crisis with one seaside pier, home to Variety for over 100 years, being mothballed and a well-known comedy duo axed in Blackpool.
    But there was no evidence of the last rites being administered at the Prince Edward Theatre, London on Remembrance Sunday for the fourth Royal Masonic Variety Show. Quite the contrary!
    As well as established names like Jim Davidson, Roger de Courcey and Bradley Walsh, the show focussed on some exciting new talent. Peter Grant, 19, is making a name for himself with his debut album, New Vintage, and is someone we shall hear more from.
    James Fox was first spotted in Fame Academy and has since gone on to represent the UK in The Eurovision Song Contest. Comedy was performed by Simon Evans, Allan Stewart and Fatman and Tenor. Kelli from Liberty X proved she can sing as a solo artiste as well as with a chart-topping pop group.
    Also taking part were Eloise Smith, Donna-Marie Walton and members of Italia Conti, formed in 1911 and which has, over the years, produced some of our most prolific performers. The show was introduced by Dave Lee and Keith Skues and the musical director was Trevor Brown.
    The artistes played to a full house in the presence of The Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent and the Pro Grand Master, Lord Northampton. The tightly knit show was directed by Bonnie Lythgoe and produced by Peter Elliott and Ray Donn. The organising committee were Lord Northampton, David Calderhead, Charles Firth and Greg Lunnon.
    All the artistes taking part gave their services free. The show was in aid of the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution, Entertainment Artistes Benevolent Fund and Abandoned and Destitute Children’s Appeal Fund.
    David Calderhead, Show committee chairman, said: “This year’s Show was a resounding success, particularly as it gave the opportunity for Freemasons and their partners to enjoy themselves at a social event. A substantial amount has been raised for charity.”

A two-hour radio programme was broadcast on the Keith Skues Show on BBC Eastern Counties featuring some of the artistes who took part.

Keith Skues is an author and broadcaster and a member of Chelsea Lodge No. 3098



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