Teddy bears’ picnic

Ian Craigs, Provincial Grand Master of Northumberland, with Marcel, eight, and Odin, five, from Barndale House School.
Ian Craigs, Provincial Grand Master of Northumberland, with Marcel, eight, and Odin, five, from Barndale House School.

A themed teddy bears’ picnic was held for schoolchildren from the region at The Alnwick Garden as part of Northumberland Freemasons’ tercentenary celebrations.

The initiative, hosted by Masonic charity, Teddies for Loving Care (TLC), saw more than 200 pupils from schools in Alnwick, Berwick, Morpeth, Cramlington, Newcastle and Hexham enjoy a teddy-bear trail, a picnic box, entertainment by colourful fairy-tale characters and, of course, the obligatory teddy bear was given to every child.

Barndale House School

Barndale House School

The picnic was coordinated by Freemason Dennis Frazer, assisted by several members of Masonic Lodges and Northumberland Scouts.

“It’s been a great day for the children with fine weather and lots of fun,” Dennis said. “We’ve given each child a teddy as a reminder of their day out.”

The schools that attended were Barndale House School, Alnwick; Lowick First School; Shanklea Primary School, Cramlington; Hexham Priory School; Collingwood

School and Media Art College, Morpeth; Hadrian School, Newcastle. Pictured above is Ian Craigs, Provincial Grand Master of Northumberland, with Marcel, eight, and Odin, five, from Barndale House School.