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Chris and Laura begin a new era at Penshaw Masonic Hall


February 2018

Benjamin Franklin once said there were only two things certain in life, death and taxes.  That may well be the case, but perhaps there is a third, change.

Change is something that happens all too often in today’s society.  That certainly has been the case for Chris and Laura Thomlinson, the new Stewards at Penshaw Masonic Hall. With a new job, house and new school for their 2 children, they have risen to the challenge and are relishing their new role.

Since taking on the position in September, they have taken to the role like ducks to water. They both have over 30 year’s experience in catering; Chris and Laura are trained chefs.

The year ahead is an exciting time at Penshaw, with new events coming up thick and fast. A Jersey Boys tribute act is on 17th March with limited tickets available and the first Penshaw Beer Festival is on 2nd March: tickets for both evenings are available from the bar.

Some things have continued in the hall with the Saturday evening dancing, open to all and the usual bookings of weddings, Christenings and baby showers.  A new Facebook page highlights news and upcoming events.

Chris and Laura look forward to many happy years ahead both as a family and with the many Masonic friends they have made.

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